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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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