HDBaseT Hopes to Take On HDMI in the Living Room

LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony all backed the HDBaseT Alliance this week, a new wired standard for the living room that hopes to replace the ubiquitous HDMI cable. With the finalization of the specification, the HDBaseT alliance said that it envisions other companies licensing it during the second half of 2010, with first products (most likely from the member companies) appearing by the end of the year. More widespread adoption could take place in early 2011. Unlike HDMI, which merely transfers uncompressed audio and video data, HDBaseT uses what it calls 5Play: the transfer of audio and video data, plus 100BaseT Ethernet, and even power, plus control signals.

AVAD INVITES DEALERS TO SHOW THEIR BEST OUTDOOR AV INSTALLATIONS

As summer installations wrap-up, AVAD LLC is offering all AVAD dealers an opportunity to showcase their biggest and best outdoor AV projects and lay claim to being one of the best in the business as part of AVAD’s “Outdoor Installation of the Year” photo contest. From now through August 31st, AVAD dealers are invited to post pictures of their award-worthy outdoor installations to AVAD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/avadllc. AVAD will announce the contest winner and present the winning dealer with the AVAD “Outdoor Installation of the Year” Award at CEDIA Expo 2010.

Hulu Unveils $9.99 Premium Subscription Service

Hulu, the online TV and film portal, has finally rolled out a subscription service, according to a note posted to the site on today. For $9.99 a month, subscribers of Hulu Plus get access to a full season's worth of their favorite TV shows--and even past seasons in some cases. The shows will be accessible to subscribers on the iPhone, the iPad, and on some television sets. Soon it will also work through the PlayStation3 and Xbox video game consoles. Hulu Plus will still have ads, just like the free service does but many of the programs on Hulu Plus will be in 720p high definition.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Adds New 75-Inch LaserVue TV to Bolster Industry's Broadest Line of 60-Inch-and-Larger 3D TVs Available Today

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., today announced two significant 3D additions to its line-up of theater-like 3D TVs: A 75-inch LaserVue® TV (Model L75-A91) brandishing several prolific, new features, and a 3D Starter Pack (Model 3DC-1000) containing all the necessities for watching 3D at home. The new Mitsubishi 3D Starter Pack contains two pairs of active shutter 3D eyewear, a 3D emitter, 3D Adapter with remote, an HDMI™ cable, and also features a Disney 3D showcase Blu-ray® disc featuring 3D trailers of “A Christmas Carol”, “Alice In Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3” along with an educational short on 3D presented by Disney’s infamous Timon and Pumba. Available at retail in July, the 3D Starter Pack enables existing and future owners of Mitsubishi 3D DLP® Home Cinema TVs and LaserVue TVs to instantly enjoy the ultimate in immersive, large-screen, theater-like 3D home entertainment.

D-tools Announces 2010 Project:Success Finalists

D-Tools, Inc. announced the finalists of the 2010 D-Tools contest, Project:SUCCESS. This contest recognizes excellence in system integration projects utilizing D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools held the contest to pursue SI5.5 users’ greatest success stories about how the software has positively affected their business and returned a significant ROI. Success stories of some of most distinguished system integrators were submitted by the D-Tools user base. The contest is sponsored by D-Tools MVP Partners Atlantic Technology and Universal Remote Control. The six finalists were selected by the D-Tools Marketing team and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, project complexity, use of D-Tools’ software, and which stories best communicate the user’s expertise of the software. See the list of finalists here.

S1Digital today launched the latest updates to its line of Media Centers and Servers

Building on the latest advances in digital media technology, S1Digital’s summer 2010 refresh introduces new features such as 3D Blu-ray playback and lossless audio bitstreaming. Also being unveiled is S1Digital’s new P250 Media Center client, a small, compact Media Center with big time features. S1Digital’s flagship S800 Media Server, in addition to supporting 3D Blu-ray, gets a massive upgrade to a full ten terabytes of internal storage on six hot-swap hard drives, and is powered by a hardware RAID controller, latest Intel Core i7 processor and runs on Windows® 7 64 bit operating system.

HOMERUN HOLDINGS CORP. COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF TECHNIKU INC.

HomeRun Holdings Corporation. (formerly known as Wayne-Dalton Corp.), announced it has completed its acquisition of Techniku Inc., a Broomfield, Co. based manufacturer of automation solutions for interior window coverings and windows. “Now that we have completed the acquisition process, I can tell you we are delighted to welcome Techniku to the HomeRun Holdings family” said Yan Rodriguez, Vice President, Business Development of HomeRun Holdings Corporation. “We are looking forward to integrating and expanding the Techniku brand with our line of Home Controls products to offer a more comprehensive solution to all our customers”.

Logitech Revue with Google TV

Chances are, you have one of the 60 million HDTVs in the US that are ready. To be smarter. To integrate the full Web and your HD cable or satellite content. To do things no TV has ever done before. Logitech is putting the final touches on a companion box that will connect your HDTV to everything the Google TV experience can be. So watching is just the beginning. They are creating a system that includes a companion box – an external device that connects to your TV through an HDMI port – and an intuitive controller that’s been designed to take full advantage of everything the Google TV platform offers. Release is scheduled for this fall, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

Aperion Audio marks ten years of award-winning speakers and industry-leading customer satisfaction by offering special pricing and forum contests through July

The Super Bowl in 2000 is remembered for the dozens of dot-com TV commercials by some websites that are no longer around today. That April, Aperion Audio opened their Internet storefront as one of the first online direct-to-consumer manufacturers of audiophile-quality speakers. To celebrate a decade of delivering the joy of home audio, Aperion is offering special pricing on select products and sponsoring contests on audio enthusiast web forums this summer. The Aperion 10th Anniversary 5.1 Home Theater System, which is built around the full-range Intimus 6B monitors, is a high-end system available through the end of July at $770 off the already low, direct-to-consumer price.

More than 32,000 in Attendance at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas last week

InfoComm International today announced that InfoComm 2010, the annual conference and exhibition for professional audiovisual buyers and sellers worldwide held June 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the second largest commercial AV show ever held , with 32,002 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. “InfoComm continues to be the one tradeshow where most professional AV service providers make their important buying decisions for the year,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO, InfoComm International. “The AV marketplace has enthusiastically embraced InfoComm as the place to make their purchasing choices, network with product and service providers, and enhance skills through our robust educational program.” There were 925 exhibitors participating at InfoComm this year, up from 832 at InfoComm 09. Exhibitors occupied more than 475,000 net square feet of exhibit and special events space.

$299 CEDIA University Education Pass

Now, more than ever, having a well-educated work force is the best tool any electronic systems company needs for success. CEDIA knows the value of education—it is the foundation on which they were built. For the first time ever, at CEDIA EXPO 2010, CEDIA University is offering an unprecedented education discount. Members can sign-up for the $299 Members Only Education Pass* and take as many CEDIA University core courses and electives (excluding full-day workshops) they can fit in their schedule. You must pre-register for the courses you wish to take using the $299 Members Only Education Pass.

World Cup 2010 in 3D now showing on ESPN 3D

Cable sports giant ESPN's latest network, ESPN 3D, launched successfully at 9:30 am EST Friday with the stereoscopic 3D broadcast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between Mexico and South Africa. ESPN held a launch event for the press at its Bristol, Ct. headquarters, where the game could be seen on both a Samsung DLP set that used active-shutter glasses and a Hyundai LCD set that used passive glasses. Sony, which is sponsoring the channel's launch, has also supplied a number of its new 3D LCD sets to ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., where ESPN is hosting a viewing party for fans. Read what Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable who was in Bristol for the launch had to say.

RTI Inc, debuts several new Home Technology Control solutions at InfoComm 2010

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, integrator-friendly control solutions, today announced a sneak preview of several new solutions making their debut at InfoComm 2010. Featuring sleek and sophisticated controllers and processors loaded with innovations, the latest additions to RTI's lineup will showcase the company's commitment to the commercial market with intuitive, flexible solutions that provide the ultimate control experience in boardrooms, classrooms, and much more. "We've been working hard on a number of simply amazing solutions over the last year, and we can't wait to share them with our valued dealers at this year's show," said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. "With powerful new universal controllers and processors that combine the latest advanced technologies with a sleek new design, we're set to unveil a number of exciting products. These new solutions provide integrators with amazing options for their clients -- in any commercial environment -- all at a great value and without sacrificing performance."

Cisco wires 'city in a box' for fast-growing Asia

Cisco Systems is helping build a prototype in South Korea for what one developer describes as an instant "city in a box." Cisco, which has more than 4,400 employees and contractors in Research Triangle Park, is wiring every tech nook and cranny of the new city, making it one of the most technologically sophisticated urban centers on the planet. New Songdo City, a soon-to-be-completed metropolis about the size of downtown Boston that serves as a showroom model for what is expected to be the first of many assembly-line cities. In addition to state-of-the-art information technology, Songdo will emit just one-third of the greenhouse gases of a typical city of similar size. "Everything will be connected - buildings, cars, energy - everything," said Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Bangalore-based chief globalization officer. "This is the tipping point. When we start building cities with technology in the infrastructure, it's beyond my imagination what that will enable."

InfoComm 2010 - Exhibit Hall set to open Wednesday in Las Vegas!

Truly the “Information Communications Marketplace,” InfoComm is where everyone in the industry convenes each year — buyers, sellers, systems integrators, distributors, technical professionals, engineers and designers — to conduct business, share ideas, learn and have fun as part of a growing community. More than 32,000 professionals from 80+ countries are expected at InfoComm 2010. News from the show is pouring in to HomeToys.com’s special InfoComm newspage. Click here to check out all the latest headlines.

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