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Digital video recorder (DVR) resource TiVo revealed Monday that it is now offering Pandora Internet radio service on all broadband-connected TiVo Premiere boxes. Pandora joins TiVo's current musical lineup of Rhapsody, Live365, Music Choice and songs connected from a PC or Mac music library. "Just as TiVo revolutionized your television and personalized your viewing content, the Pandora application brings additional music customization to the all-in-one TiVo box," Jim Denney, TiVo product marketing VP and GM said in launching the capability. "With Pandora now available on TiVo Premiere, we offer customers even more options when it comes to music including personalized on-demand radio, audio podcasts, music videos, music from your PC, and more through the TV and with just one remote." Pandora offers users personalized radio stations, making intelligent song selections based on a sample song or artist selected by the listener. TiVo applies its signature "Thumbs Up" and "Thumbs Down" to help the service identify the songs and styles that most appeal to users. The Music Genome Project, a detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora's personalization - using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. On the TiVo platform, users create a new free Pandora account, or sign-in with existing Pandora accounts. Users can also access Pandora stations created on TiVo on any other platform where they listen to Pandora, including PCs and smartphones and other connected devices. "Pandora and TiVo share the goal of serving up relevant and engaging content for our listeners and viewers," stated Jessica Steel, business development senior VP. "We're excited to add TiVo to the many platforms through which users can access and enjoy Pandora."
A handful of companies are collaborating on an enclosed 3D demo booth (#2658) on the showfloor that will seat 35 people. The collaborators are SmX Cinema Solutions, Cinepro Music & Cinema Systems, and Cineramax Special Venues in association with RealD Professional and Barco Media & Entertainment.
The equipment for the 35-seat 3D “mini-stadium” includes:
RealD Professional CE4 eyewear, 6-million pixel Series 2 DCI Barco Superkontrast projector with 4,000 watts of illumination producing four-times the light intensity for 3D, with light output that will exceed SMPTE spec for 2D commercial movie theaters (16 foot lamberts). A 195- by 90-inch Pro-Mask Quad (4-way masking) screen from SMK that required erecting a custom stadium seating structure. The SMX 4K acoustically transparent projection material is designed for the next-generation high-pixel-density projectors.
VidaBox, LLC has expanded its discount program to now include former resellers of Niveus Media, which ceased providing media center hardware as of mid-September 2010. Effective immediately, former Niveus dealers can now receive an additional 10% discount off any new VidaBox system order. “Once again, VidaBox stands proud in providing the CEDIA marketspace with integrator-friendly media server solutions,” exclaims Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox, LLC. “Former Niveus dealers can choose from our comprehensive line-up of 11 different media centers, servers, and extender products, all of which combine into a complete, seamless AV distribution ecosystem that installers can take advantage of. With our vast selection of products, it’s easy to transition any Niveus-based media center project into using VidaBox systems, without sacrificing features or ease-of-installation.”
SIM2 continues to dedicate efforts to cost-saving measures for its dealers and now extends a courtesy show bonus for an incredibly helpful tool for the entire industry. The wildly popular iPhone/iPad app called SIM2Calc, always free of charge for authorized SIM2 dealers, will be available on ITunes for the discounted rate of $4.99 during expo. What happened to “free”? All CEDIA attendees that talk to a SIM2 representative while downloading the app* will receive the $4.99 back on the spot! This to celebrate SIM2Calc as an entrant for CEDIA’s new Attendee Choice Award and it is another way for SIM2 to put money back into the dealer’s pocket.
SIM2Calc is a comprehensive collection of calculation tools covering the vital aspects of home theater video design including: Screen Type and Size, Projector Model, Aspect Ratio, Throw Ratio Calculator, Geometry Settings, Viewing Angle Map and Luminance levels. Additionally, the tools are organized by tabs in a logical progression, guiding the user through the process of designing a SIM2 projection system that adheres closely to industry standards and best practices to achieve reference video quality."
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