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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha plans shipments of a new 3D Blu-ray player that will expand its selection of SACD-equipped models to two.
The BD-S677, shipping in April at a suggested $329, will also be the company’s first Blu-ray player with wireless Miracast to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It’s also the company’s first to connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-stored videos, music, pictures and documents.
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.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The NPD Group reported that almost half of all home entertainment devices in U.S. homes are connected to the Internet.
The research firm’s recent “Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report” noted that 47 percent of connected home entertainment products were actually hooked to the web.
Montebello, Calif. – Theta Digital shipped its first universal Blu-ray disc transport with 3D Blu-ray capability.
The $3,995-suggested Compli Blu 3D joins the $2,995 Compli Blu, a universal Blu-ray transport without 3D playback.
Both models are designed to connect to outboard audio DACs or to preamp/processors with embedded DACs. “It’s simply impossible to build a DAC into a disc player that can compare with the finest outboard units,” claimed Theta chief engineer Dave Reich.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Sales of Blu-ray Disc and DVD movies were the largest revenue drivers for the movie industry in 2012, according data released this week by The NPD Group.
Blu-ray tallied 61 percent (down from 64 percent in 2011) of home video spending on movies (excluding subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix), NPD said.
NPD attributed the decline to lower average prices of Blu-ray titles, which fell 7 percent to $19.97 per unit last year.
New York — One-Blue said Thursday that U-Tech Media has signed on as a licensee of the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc (BD) product licensing program.
U-Tech Media signed the BD-ROM Movie Disc and/or Data Disc License Agreement that grants the company access to important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard from licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.
New York — Optical disc replicators PrimeDisc Marketing and Bestdisc Technology have joined the One-Blue Blu-Ray Disc (BD) product licensing program as licensees, One-Blue LLC said Wednesday.
Both companies signed BD ROM Disc License Agreements that grant each company access to important patents from leading licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.
Los Angeles – Blu-ray Discs, electronic sell-through (EST) and video-on-demand (VOD) all registerd the home entertainment industry’s highest growth margin marks for the third quarter 2012, according to a study released Friday by the Digital Entertainment Group.
The home entertainment industry’s promotions group said Blu-ray, EST and VOD all saw material increases as overall consumer spending on home entertainment content remained stable with a 0.24 percent increase compared with the third quarter of 2011.