Zediva is nuked, Hollywood rejoices

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against Santa Clara–based Zediva, essentially ordering a shutdown of its low-cost streaming-movie-rental service. The decision comes less than six months after the launch of the service, which aimed to curtail streaming licensing fees by renting and streaming DVDs over the Internet. Zediva launched in March, hoping to build a business from what it saw as a loophole in the way that DVDs are rented and how streaming-video-on-demand services license content. It built out a data center that housed numerous DVD players, which were hooked up to servers to deliver streaming “rentals” of those DVDs over the Internet. As a result, Zediva was able to offer streaming rentals at a much lower price than competing services that licensed the content for streaming. While most new releases on online VOD services like iTunes or Vudu are priced at around $5 each, Zediva was offering rentals for $1.99 or a package of 10 rentals for $10. It was also able to offer new releases sooner than competing subscription VOD services like Netflix, which must wait for titles to hit a certain distribution window before they’re available for streaming. Because it was buying the DVDs, it could offer new titles as soon as new releases were available for sale in stores.

CEDIA Awards Program - Finalists Announced

CEDIA has announced this year’s finalists in the Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards competition. Finalists include 30 products in the Best New Product category as well as two products in the Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation category, which recognizes products with an environmentally friendly approach. Winners will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Banquet during CEDIA EXPO on Saturday, September 10 in the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Up to 10 Best New Products will be recognized, and one Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation winner will be announced. Also honored at the banquet will be the 2011 Product Hall of Fame inductees as well as winners of the Designer Awards, the Attendees’ Choice Award, the CEDIA/HGTVPro.com People’s Pick Awards, and more!  View Finalists here.

IOCELL Networks Purchases Innovative NDAS Technology

As owners of NDAS Technology, IOCELL Networks offers the industry's first high-performance, fully scalable and portable networked storage solutions for a variety of needs

Humbug Telecom Labs Becomes Latest Member of TM Forum

Humbug Telecom Labs provider of carrier-class fraud prevention, detection and telecom analytics for any size business, today announced that it has becomes the latest member of TM Forum.

NVU Electronics to Distribute Class on Demand Digital Media Training DVDs

NVU has been chosen to be the exclusive Candian distributor for Class on Demand's Award-Winning Digital Media training DVDs for the world's most popular media titles, such as Adobe Photoshop, Pinnacle Studio, Avid Studio, Final Cut Pro and more!

PCS Signs Agreement to Liscense UPB Technology for Worldwide Use

Powerline Control Systems has announced that it has approved a license agreement with Powerline Lighting Control Party Limited (PLLC), of Sydney, Australia, to manufacture products using UPB technology for the 240 Volt 50 Hz market.

Clare Controls Introduces the First Home Automation System Managed from the Cloud and Run on a Mac

ClareHome's cloud-based portal allows dealers to order, configure, deploy, monitor and service home automation systems

Take the 5 -Minute "How Smart is Your Home?" Quiz for the Chance to Win Energy -Saving Prizes!

Smarthome announced today that it is bringing back its "How Smart is Your Home" quiz and giveaway, offering customers the chance to win energy-efficient and money-saving prizes.

Best Buy moves into the connected TV business with Tivo's user interface

Internet connected TVs are becoming a lot more mainstream. The latest sign of that is that Best Buy is announcing its own house label model, dubbed the Insignia Connected TV. Best Buy, the nation's largest gadget retailer, hopes to capture more margin in the increasingly competitive electronics business by selling its own equipment under Best Buy's house brand, rather than selling more gadgets under brand name such as Sony or Samsung. It's a strategy that has been working for a while. This TV will be the first to use Tivo's design interface, giving Best Buy's customers a user interface that is well-known as a good way for browsing for shows and watching TV - without a TiVo subscription. The TV will be available in 32-inch and 42-inch models for $499 and $699 respectively at BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores nationwide. The TVs offer a variety of ways to access movies over the web, such as Netflix, CinemaNow and YouTube. It also has applications such as Pandora, Napster, Facebook, Twitter and Photobucket.

Akitio Releases Taurus Mini Super -S to Professional Storage Product Line

Taurus Mini Super-S features increased file transfer speed, reliable data backup, and optimal performance and compatibility in compact size

Andy Bennett Joins Crestron as Residential Regional Sales Manager

Crestron Welcomes New Residential Regional Sales Manager in Southern California

3-D Projector Line-Up

You no longer have to be limited to 55 or 65" 3-D televisions, as you can watch 3-D movies on screens up to a 300" diagonal, depending on the image size that can be projected by the brand of projector that you select.

Not all projectors are capable of projecting 3-D.  In fact, many cannot.  Even some projectors that are cited by its manufacturer as 3-D ready or 3-D capable do not process 3-D well.  Some models cannot project 3-D images from a Blu-ray player, but only from a PC that has 120 Hz output.

CEDIA 2011 - Special News Report

News Releases and Announcements from the show

CEDIA 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year CEDIA EXPO returned to Indianapolis and as usual showed off as the years premier event for the residential electronic systems industry. 

We walked the show floor and reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased in the coming year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

Click here to visit the CEDIA website for additional information.

If your company was an exhibitor at the show, don't forget to post your company news and keep up to date.  Visit our Newspage to view and post news.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 1 of 4

This is the first of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Many people buy a LCD television, such as a 55" or 65" flat screen, add a $200.00 "theater in a box" from Wal-Mart, and call it a home theater. Of course, the couch or lazy Boy is the seating.   This is as basic as it gets.

Let's step this up a notch and see how to have a large projection screen (70" or better) and a projector, as the basis for a true home theater.  We will look at what's available to make a comfortable home theater that you will be proud to show off. 

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.