A 2010 Black Friday predictions report from dealnews (at www.dealnews.com/predictions ) said discounts will be smaller this holiday season than in that of 2009, and without much-desired deals on 3D TVs and Apple’s iPad and iPhone 4. Apple’s Black Friday sales are likely to disappoint for the third year standing, the report said. Shoppers may find up to 10% off of iMac, MacBook and iPod products, but not for the iPad or iPhone 4. The report said shoppers looking for those products should instead seek a no-minimum, free shipping discount online, which is likely to be offered. The report said to expect 46-inch and 47-inch 1080p LCD HDTVs starting at $499 and 55-inch TVs at $799. But the report said those deals will be on smaller-name TVs, while high-end brand TV sales may have to wait until December. “Each year, it becomes more and more evident that the Black Friday shopping experience is no longer a one-time event; consumers are constantly seeking out the best deals to take advantage of well into December,” said Daniel de Grandpre, editor in chief, dealnews. “While we expect discounting to be somewhat lighter from years past, online deals continue to be the best and easiest way to save, and dealnews looks forward to helping consumers find those deals and keep more cash in the bank this holiday season.” Source: Billy Gil – HomeMediaMagazine.com
If there's been an underlying theme to consumer electronics in the past year, it's been this: audiences are looking for easier ways to view Web video on their big-screen TVs. That's really the promise of widget- and app-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and Roku boxes, as well as the coming wave of specialized products such as Boxee, Apple TV, and Google TV. And it's exactly the market for which newcomer Veebeam is aiming as well. Veebeam can most accurately be described as a PC-to-TV video streamer. Plug the included USB dongle into your laptop, and whatever's on your computer screen will be streamed wirelessly to the Veebeam box that's connected to your TV--without the need for any convoluted wireless networking setup. For what it's worth, the HD version of the box supports output up to full 1080p HD video. Two modes will be offered: "screencasting," which mirrors the display on the laptop screen, and "play-to" mode, which presumably treats the TV as a second monitor (allowing you to use the PC for other tasks in the meantime, while simultaneously streaming the view). Two models will be available--the $99 Veebeam SD and the $139 Veebeam HD (which adds an HDMI output).
American consumers like the immersive feeling of watch 3-D television, but are put off by having to wear special glasses because they restrict multi-tasking at home, according to a U.S. report on attitudes to the next big thing in television. But some 89 percent of those questioned for the "Focusing on the 3DTV Experience" report felt the special glasses would constrain other activities they usually do while watching TV. More than half said the glasses were a "hassle" and 57 percent said they were "not likely" to buy a 3D TV set for that reason, the survey found. The 425 randomly selected participants had watched 30 minutes of 3D television programing in a home viewing environment. Although 57 percent of viewers agreed that watching 3D television made them feel they were part of the action, 77 percent said they thought the technology was best suited for special events like sports or movies, rather than everyday viewing. "In fact, purchase interest for a 3DTV set among those planning to buy a new TV in the next 12 months decreased after seeing a demonstration of the technology, experiencing the glasses and learning more about product costs," Stagliano said.
The Boxee Box by D-Link, Now With Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor Inside instead of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - Pre Sales open today MSRP $199
Today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), D-Link and Boxee announced that the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link now will be powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor CE4100. "This represents long overdue innovation to the entertainment experience that D-Link will help consumers quickly deploy through their home network. These exciting new capabilities align closely with Intel's commitment to improving how people access and enjoy digital content on their TV," said Lou Reda, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Division, D-Link. "We are leading a revolution that will offer tremendous new possibilities in the home." Pre-Sales opened today and units will begin shipping in November 2010 in the US, Canada, EU and Australia. MSRP is rumored at $199
Attending CEDIA? Make sure to download the "Follow Me Mobile Phone App" to help you navigate the show floor.
For iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad users: From your phone go to the iTunes App Store and search for "CEDIA" to find "CEDIA EXPO 2010" and click on the "free" button to take you to the install screen. Then download the CEDIA EXPO 2010 Mobile App as you would any iPhone application. If you are syncing your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from your PC, go to http://bit.ly/CEDIAEXPO2010 for download. For all other types of web-enabled phones: Point your mobile phone's web browser to m.core-apps.com/cedia2010 [Note: when you point your "all other" web-enabled phone browser to this web-based mobile site, it will let you choose your phone type for proper download]
Boxee is going to switch its integrated web browser from Mozilla’s Gecko to Webkit with its next major update, according to Boxee Lead Apps Developer and Community Evangelist Rob Spectre. The switch is an attempt to make full use of HTML5 within Boxee, but it should also help with accessing a wider array of video content that’s not yet available through dedicated Boxee apps. Since its first release, Boxee has offered a web browser through its “Boxee Browser” application that enables users to navigate to any site on the web. However, the implementation has been little more than a stop-gap measure to offer access to sites like Hulu.com, which briefly blocked the ability to access its videos directly through Boxee in early 2009. The current browser is based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine, which is also used by Firefox. Its implementation is fairly buggy, and many sites don’t display correctly within Boxee.
Janko Roettgers at NewTeeVee today wrote: Boxee is going to switch its integrated web browser from Mozilla’s Gecko to Webkit with its next major update, I was told by Boxee Lead Apps Developer and Community Evangelist Rob Spectre. The switch is an attempt to make full use of HTML5 within Boxee, but it should also help with accessing a wider array of video content that’s not yet available through dedicated Boxee apps. Since its first release, Boxee has offered a web browser through its “Boxee Browser” application that enables users to navigate to any site on the web. However, the implementation has been little more than a stop-gap measure to offer access to sites like Hulu.com, which briefly blocked the ability to access its videos directly through Boxee in early 2009. The current browser is based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine, which is also used by Firefox. Its implementation is fairly buggy, and many sites don’t display correctly within Boxee.
Attending CEDIA? Make sure to download the "Follow Me Mobile Phone App" to help you navigate the show floor.
For iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad users: From your phone go to the iTunes App Store and search for "CEDIA" to find "CEDIA EXPO 2010" and click on the "free" button to take you to the install screen. Then download the CEDIA EXPO 2010 Mobile App as you would any iPhone application. If you are syncing your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from your PC, go to http://bit.ly/CEDIAEXPO2010 for download. [Note: iTunes address is case-sensitive] For all other types of web-enabled phones: Point your mobile phone's web browser to m.core-apps.com/cedia2010 [Note: when you point your "all other" web-enabled phone browser to this web-based mobile site, it will let you choose your phone type for proper download]
Google Inc will launch its service to bring the Web to TV screens in the United States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive said, as it extends its reach from the desktop to the living room. CEO Eric Schmidt said the service, which will allow full Internet browsing via the television, would be free, and Google would work with a variety of programme makers and electronics manufacturers to bring it to consumers. "We will work with content providers, but it is very unlikely that we will get into actual content production," Schmidt told journalists after a keynote speech to the IFA consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin. Sony said last week it had agreed to have Google TV on its television sets, and Samsung has said it was looking into using the service.
XpanD is unveiling its Universal 3D Glasses at IFA in Berlin. The glasses, which are available in four colors and different shapes and sizes to meet any 3D enthusiast’s unique style and size, are solving the biggest 3D challenge in consumer electronics – the incompatibility between different 3DTV manufacturers. With XpanD Universal 3D Glasses, anyone can experience the most engaging and dynamic 3D technology with any 3D-ready television display in virtually any environment. While retailers have struggled with selling 3D glasses that are only compatible with a single brand of 3D-ready television, the XpanD Universal 3D Glasses are compatible with any 3D-ready display, regardless of brand. This “must-have” technology is a tremendous benefit to retailers, as the Universal 3D Glasses will help drive sales of 3D-ready displays. XpanD did not announce pricing or a release date.
TV shows are emerging as a new front in the war over digital media between Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., amid their ongoing battles over electronic books and online music. Hours after Apple said Wednesday that it would begin renting some shows for 99 cents per episode, Amazon cut its price on a similar set of shows to 99 cents from $2.99. And unlike Apple, which rents the videos, Amazon lets its customers buy the shows. For the past several years, Amazon and Apple have both offered services that let consumers buy or rent films over the Internet on a one-by-one basis and watch them on TVs, game consoles or portable devices. It's part of a wider race among cable-TV and satellite-TV providers and tech companies, including Netflix Inc. and Google Inc., to dominate the digital delivery of TV and movies. That race heated up on Wednesday when Apple introduced an updated Apple TV set-top box for $99 and said it reached deals to offer rentals for a selection of TV shows from News Corp.'s Fox and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel, as well as BBC America.
Roku, which markets Internet video receivers priced between $59 and $99. Roku vice president of marketing Chuck Seiber said his firm is targeting different consumers than Apple and offers unique content including Major League Baseball games and Ultimate Fighting Championship matches. “We’re going to make our product really inexpensive, really super easy to use,” Sieber said. He also noted that Roku has managed to stave off competition from consumer electronics firms marketing broadband-connected Blu-ray players and TVs. Boxee which plans to begin distributing its $199 Boxee Box in November, but isn’t cutting the price for its receiver, which will allow users access to Web video content from dozens of providers. Boxee CEO Avner Ronen wrote in a blog post late Wednesday. “We have a different view of what users want in their living rooms. We are taking different paths to get there. The Boxee Box is going to be $100 more expensive than the Apple TV, but will give you the freedom to watch what you want,”
ATON™ LAUNCHES FIRST EVER OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION FOR MULTI-ZONE MUSIC WITH IN-WALL OLED INTERFACES AND PLUG AND PLAY SUPPORT FOR IPOD & LIGHTING CONTROL
ATON™ announced today it will be launching the industry’s first pre-programmed Whole House “Music & More” System at CEDIA 2010, the AH66T KT. The new kit features the AH66T Multi-Source Multi-Zone Controller plus six (6) OLED2 touchpads that offer full-color graphic control and feedback. With built-in programming to run market leading sources like the iPort® and Lutron™ RadioRA®2, the affordable multi-room audio solution allows dealers to rapidly deploy a first-time or add-on audio system with iPod® & lighting control capability ready to go. Bob Williams, ATON’s General Manager, made the announcement. “The AH66T KT offers an unsurpassed out-of-box experience that delivers beyond expectations,” said Williams. “ATON is all about bending traditional categories and this is no exception. Why have just music when you can get so much more? Plus you can complete the system with our musician-voiced Storm Series speakers.”
Here what Apples Steve Jobs had to say about Apple TV at Apples Fall 2010 event. “So what have we learned from our users? They want hollywood movies and TV shows whenever they want. It's not complicated. They don't want amateur hour. They want HD -- everyone wants HD. They want to pay lower prices for content. They don't want a computer on their TV -- they have computers. They go to their TVs for entertainment. They don't want to manage storage. They don't want to think about -- they just want to watch movies and TV shows. And they don't want to sync to a computer. And they want whatever hardware we have to be silent, cool, and small. So this is what we've learned. It's different than what a lot of companies think... So we made something new. This is the new Apple TV." "It's small -- a 4th of the size of the current ATV. It looks like a small hockey puck." "Matte black. Around back it's got HDMI, USB, optical audio and Ethernet." "Wifi 802.11n" "It's got a great remote. It's about movies and TV shows -- it's all HD when the content is available. We've gone to the rental model for this -- you rent everything. It's all rentals and you don't store anything on it -- you just rent them. You stream content from your computer if you want to. There's no syncing required. Stunning photo slideshows. And, it's silent cool and tiny." "So what about content? iTunes has the largest online library of movies and hd movies iin the world. You can rent them for $4.99 the day they come out on DVD. Now, to buy TV shows it used to be $2.99 -- people said that was too expensive. Now they're going to be $.99." "Remember, these are commercial free. Now this is a big step for some of the studios to make. So we have ABC and Fox. We think the rest of the studios will see the light. In addition to renting, you can also stream Netflix. You can also watch anything you want on YouTube. You can get photos from Flickr and MobileMe. And you can stream content from your computer." "So that gives you an overview of Apple TV. Now let me show you something else that's really cool. We talked about AirPlay before. One of the things we can do with AirPlay is stream content from an iPad to an Apple TV. You're going to be able to be watching a movie, push it to your TV, and finish watching it there. You're going to be able to push photos from your iPad to your TV... it's going to be pretty cool. The price of Apple TV was $229... users said they'd like to see it more affordable. So we're gonna lower the price, from $299... to just $99. The Apple TV will be available in 4 weeks."
Guifx(R), an interface design studio specializing in touchscreen interfaces for home automation and embedded systems, today announced that its Deana User Interface (UI) Kit(TM) is now available for the iPad(TM). Providing uncompromising convenience at home or away, Deana is currently compatible with Crestron's Mobile Pro(R) G iPad application, with other manufacturers to follow. "The iPad is a revolutionary device that is the perfect complement to any control system. For users, the ability to access their components easily from anywhere provides the ultimate in convenience, while our Deana UI Kit gives them exactly the same experience they would have at home," said Morgan Strauss, director of operations at Guifx. "Even more than that, remote access provides a great opportunity to save energy and lower utility bills. If a user leaves for work without turning off the lights, it's not a problem. A single push of the Deana UI's designer icons takes care of it." The Deana UI Kit for iPad is available for download now on Guifx's website (www.guifx.com) for $799.99, or as part of the Deana Bundle, which includes all file sizes, ranging from 240 x 320 to 1280 x 768, for $2,999.99. Updates to the Deana UI Kit, as with all Guifx products, are always available for free, so customers who have already purchased the Deana Bundle may download the updated version with Crestron's Mobile Pro G iPad functionality at no additional charge.
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RETRO-M is designed to replace existing Home Intercom Systems and operate on existing 3 and 4 wire systems. BLUETOOTH you music by adding the BT-RECEIVER. No need to remove existing master wall housing, trim plates available to cover those large holes. The RETRO-M intercom unit has a built-in AM/FM radio. Plug in mp3 players such as iPod, iPhone, Zune or any other hand held player into the master and share your music with the entire family. Choose between two music sources; listen to the radio in one room and the mp3 in another room.