Media Players, PCs and Displays Drive Nearly $5 Billion in Revenue for Digital Signage

Contributing to this strong growth was an increase in shipments for screens smaller than 30 inches.

Control4 Offers A Starter Kit for Home Automation

Transform your house into a smart home and control what matters most: family security, entertainment systems, energy use, music, lighting and more.

VIZIO Announces Availibility of XVT Series Cinemawide 21:9 Aspect Ratio HDTV, the first Ultra-widescreen HDTV of its kind in the U.S.

VIZIO's groundbreaking TV allows movie lovers to experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters without the distraction of black bars at the top and bottom of the picture.

Control4 Integrates Napster Streaming Music Service in UK and Germany

With multiple streams of music, over 15 million songs and the easy-to-use Control4 navigation, customers can personalize their music experience throughout their home.

WattStopper launches streamlined website for improved access to a wealth of online tools and resources

The new site also improves searches of resources including documents and a growing library of videos.

OLED Prices to Remain High. Volume Production in 2013

In a recent press release, Sony and Panasonic announced that they would be teaming up to jointly develop a printing method-based OLED technology, which would be suitable for low cost, mass production of large, high resolution OLED panels. Mass production is not expected to commence until 2013.

Hopes for low-cost OLED seem to have been dashed by Kazuhiro Tsuga, the newly appointed president of Panasonic, who said that he does not expect prices of its next generation OLED TV’s to fall to that of LCD models for a considerable time.

LG and Samsung have a significant jump start on the Japanese; however, each is pushing a different OLED technology. Samsung is backing AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode), while LG is betting the farm on WOLED (white OLED).

Panasonic and Sony seem to have gotten over their Betamax vs. VHS war and we’re probably smart to team up, especially on a “printable” OLED due to the lower manufacturing costs, but it does seem that Sony may have made another about-turn after announcing that they were abandoning OLED a few years ago, and then showing CrystalLED at CES. Recently, Sony reported the worst loss in its 66-year corporate history for the business year ended March with red ink of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion), so sharing R&D costs will help preserve cash and hopefully result in a lower cost product.

Whatever the outcome, the Korea vs. Japan battle will be good for competition, which is pretty crucial given the projected price of $10,000 for a 55-inch OLED later this year.

Can the Olympics Save 3D TV

3D television has still to make major in-roads into the home for television, but the 2012 London Olympics could be the boost that in-home 3D needs. According to NBC, they will provide 242 hours of 3D coverage. Given that 5,535 hours will be recorded that’s only about 5%. I’m not a big 3D fan, but thought it might be interesting to watch the opening ceremony and an event or two in 3D (having never watched 3D sports). I don’t have (nor do I want) 3D at home, so off to Google I went to try and find somewhere in Chicago to watch the Olympics in 3D. Nothing: no movie theaters, no bars. Given movie theaters are resorting to concerts and opera to fill their seats, one might of thought that the Olympics would be a good opportunity to get more revenue. Apparently not. Obviously, the time difference does make it a bit awkward, but I thought I would have found something in one of the biggest cities in the US.

In related news, DirecTV has announced that they are cutting their 3-D channel from 24-hour to part-time due to lack of content. In a similar move AT&T dropped ESPN 3D from their channel offering, stating that it wasn’t cost justified considering the lack of demand.

Manufacturers are always keen to stress that 3D TV’s account for over 10% of all LCD TV sales. To be quite honest, that’s almost as pointless as saying that all TV’s purchases are now color. I’d we willing to wager that the vast majority of those buyers only have 3D because it was a feature on the higher end model they purchased.

Let’s see if 3D takes the Gold or straggles along in last place at the Olympics.

Matrox Video Products Group Appoints JB&A as a U.S. Distributor

Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the appointment of Jeff Burgess and Associates (JB&A) as one of its distributors for the United States.

How to Use Existing Powerlines to Extend Your Home Network and Stream Media Uninterrupted

This article is an overview of how wired home plugs can provide an option and may in fact may be the best choice when adding a network/broadband connection to a home or small office

The Lowball Audio Video Bid - Are You Really Getting the Best Deal?

"You get what you paid for". We've all heard that phrase, and that is because it is almost always true. Yet sometimes the tempt of the low price, even when our gut is telling us something is fishy, overrides reason and we wind up making a choice we later regret. DSI Entertainment Systems' Josh Christian explains why the cheapest price is rarely the best value.

Key Digital's Compass Control

There are many offerings in the market for automation are from software companies - for 13 years KeyDigital has been building some of the most advanced hardware solutions for Digital AV connectivity and their customers demanded a better way to control not only their hardware but other products in the eco systems they are specifying.

Gefen Wireless HDMI Extender (GTV-WHD-1080P-LR) Review

Running AV cables from a set -top box, receiver or DVD/Blu-ray player to a TV or Projector is not always practical or cost-effective. Recent times have seen a number of wireless HDMI extenders come to market. We took Gefen's GTV-WHD-1080P-LR for a spin to see how it performed.

Stewart Filmscreen's New CIMA screen

Interview with Dave McFarland, Stewart Filmscreen Marketing Director about the new CIMA screens

Hidden Vision TV Mounts

Hidden Vision specializes in versatile, easy to install TV mounts that can uniquely hide your television. Offering three models called the "Flip-Around," the "Standard Flip-Out," and the "Extended Flip-Out" we are sure to have a solution for hiding your TV in any room.

The New Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System Safeguards What Matters Most

With live video, whole-home intercom, trigger mechanisms and remote monitoring, homeowners now have a single system for centralized security at home or away.

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