By Lisa Johnston
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Berlin – Panasonic entered the 4K Ultra High-Definition TV market with HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2a jacks, the 65-inch L65WT600, here at the IFA show.
The HDMI 2.0 specification, also announced today at IFA, will allow full 4K 50/60p (2160p) input connectivity. The current HDMI 1.4b connection, found on all current Ultra HDs available for sale, can transport 4K only at 30p, which makes them incompatible with future full 60p 4K content to come, such as emerging 4K camcorders and possible next-generation 4K Blu-ray players to comes.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Content navigation system developer Rovi is gearing up to make oral commands a bigger part of its guide services as evidenced by a disclosure Wednesday that it has expanded its relationship with Nuance Communications for voice-activated guidance and content discovery applications.
Mountain View, Calif. – Remote control and interactive TV app developer Peel said it has surpassed 25 million registered users worldwide and forecasts that number will top 50 million by yearend.
Peel said it counted more than 300 million monthly TV tune-ins and 1.1 billion TV recommendations, making it “the world’s largest multi-source TV recommendation, tune-in and companion platform.”
Miramar, Florida — SIM2 will be making the final stop on its 2013 Global Road Show in New York City on Sept. 4-5.
The invitation-only event will be open to SIM2 dealer and custom installation partners, and follows similar stops in the United Kingdom, Miami, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
SIM2 is using the tour to show off its range of high-performance home cinema projectors, including the just launched Super Lumis.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic North America opened the doors to the media at its new headquarters, here, for the first time and illustrated its transformation as a company with a preview of its Innovation Center this morning.
Panasonic, which moved from its longtime headquarters in Secaucus, N.J. earlier this summer, opened the doors to its new office tower at Two Riverside Plaza, here, and its Innovation Center which showcases its latest technologies for home and industrial applications, avionics, connected care and eco solutions.
Long Beach, Calif. – Epson America introduced today one of its brightest home theater projectors to date.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD ($649 suggested retail) is billed as a 720p 3LCD projector, designed to perform well in both dark rooms and those with some ambient light.
The Home Cinema 730HD outputs up to 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness. It also includes built-in sound, allowing temporary backyard placements.
Los Angeles – Amy Jo Smith has been promoted to president of the digital entertainment industry promotion group the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the now 17-year-old association revealed last week.
Smith’s new title reflects “increasing responsibilities as the industry accelerates its transition to emerging technologies that further enhance the consumer entertainment experience,” the DEG said in a statement.
While Sony’s been generating buzz for a 4K media player and video download service that will serve to prime the pump for its flashy, new UltraHD TV sets, it’s not the only company that will ride broadband connections to deliver movies in the eye-popping format.
A much smaller company, ODEMAX, is developing one, too. In fact, it beat Sony to the punch when it lit up a private beta of its 4K download service last month.
New York — Showtime Networks and LG Electronics Thursday revealed a new partnership that is bringing Showtime’s second-screen Sho Sync app to the single screen of select LG smart TVs.
The app, which is scheduled to bring a range of interactive features to a number of Showtime’s most popular original TV series, will ride atop LG Electronics’ LivePlus interactive platform for Internet-connected TVs, enabling Showtime to present viewers with a range of live onscreen polls about storylines and characters within the program being viewed.