Apple TV Show Rentals: Was 99 Cents Too Expensive?

In 2010, Apple announced the ability for Apple TV owners to rent television shows for $.99, the price of most iTunes music downloads. CEO Steve Jobs explained that the pricing was intentionally aggressive, and that the company would make revenue on the volume of rentals. This past week, however, Apple deleted all options for renting television shows, shuttering a rental service that only Disney and Fox had signed on for in the first place. Apple TV owners can buy shows for $2.99 each. So was the rental service shuttered for lack of consumer interest or a because of technical issue with the upcoming iTunes in the Cloud? An Apple spokesman told All Things D's Peter Kafka, who broke the story, that Apple was following the consumer trend. "iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said. Fox corroborated the story by saying it hadn't seen much traction, telling Kafka that the best model for its consumers was to purchase content.

Research and Markets: Streaming Media Players: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Profiles of the Leading Vendors Included

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Streaming Media Players: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?" report to their offering.

Tributaries® Premium Speaker Cables

Tributaries is proud to introduce a new line of premium speaker cables that includes three levels of products -Series 3, Series 5, and Series 8. CEDIA Booth 3365

Auralex Introduces Digital Room Analysis Form

Auralex Acoustics, Inc., launches the newest innovation to its Free Personalized Room Analysis service, a Digital Personalized Room Analysis Form (Digital PRAF). The new digital form will allow for a more efficient customer experience.

RTI Now Shipping T2 -Cs+ Handheld Controller and XP -3 Control Processor

Available in Time for CEDIA EXPO 2011, Duo Delivers Complete Control and Powerful Capabilities

Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, to Keynote 2011 CEA Industry Forum

Keynote Expands Event Attractions Which Include New Digital Health and Fitness Program

Rumor: Apple 'almost certainly' making iOS TV set for 2012

The persistent rumor of an Apple-branded TV was sparked once again with a rumor from multiple sources. The tips from San Francisco Bay area contacts for Alsop Louie Ventures didn't say much more than that it would most likely run iOS and with an aim for 2012. Co-founder Stewart Alsop explained to VentureBeat that he was on the boards of Sonos and TiVo and was connected to the hardware field. He speculated that Apple was mostly held back by the costs of LCD panels. Rumors of a full Apple TV, not just today's media hub, have been persistent for years and have in some cases been projections of desires more than reality. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has long called for an Apple TV set but has only now begun claiming sources at Apple and the supply chain that suggest Apple might be moving forward. A tentative separate report also mentioned a new TV video delivery method in the works at Apple.

OmniMount Revamps Wall Furniture Designed to Manage Components Near Ultrathin TVs

OmniMount is announcing four new wall furniture pieces with enhanced functionality, performance and a fresh new appearance, targeted at installers looking for a quick component solution and retailers seeking unique furniture options.

OmniMount Increases Furniture Offerings with Audio Towers and Video Tables for Home Theater Applications

OmniMount introduces a collection of distinct furniture pieces designed to offer retailers and consumers a variety of home theater furniture options from audio towers to video tables, ranging in styles from open to fully-enclosed.

OmniMount Accessory Line Now Includes Travel Safe Screen Cleaner, Flexible Cable Management and Rack Mountable Surge Protector

OmniMount has expanded its accessory line to include screen cleaner, cable management and surge protection products.

OmniMount Introduces Commercial Venue Ceiling Mount for Lightweight TVs

OmniMount introduces the SCM50, a quick-install single ceiling mount solution for small TVs and monitors in public viewing and security applications.

Movea and SMK Partner to Deliver SmartMotion® Enabled "RemoPad™"

New motion enabled remote control creates opportunities for Cable, Satellite & IPTV Operators to enhance Digital TV services

Sharp Vies for an Edge in TV Market

As it becomes more and more difficult to sell TVs at premium prices, manufacturers are coming up with new features they hope will entice customers.  Sharp Corp. says its new Freestyle Aquos line of liquid crystal display TV sets, unveiled Thursday, are not bound by the location of the aerial plug, thanks to a tuner that can wirelessly send broadcast signals to a TV elsewhere in the house. “For people wanting to move around all the furniture and freely design their homes, the TV has been a bottleneck,” said Keiko Okada, a Sharp executive in charge of design and branding strategy at a press conference.Sharp’s new TVs represent the latest attempt among television makers to differentiate their product lineup, in a search for an alternative to cutthroat price competition that has been crimping TV earnings at most major electronics makers world-wide for the past few years. In 2009, for example, Samsung Electronics mass-produced light emitting diode-backlit TV sets ahead of rivals. When 3-D TVs debuted in early 2010, the industry hoped the new feature would create a more profitable market segment, but 3-D TVs soon became part of the relentless price competition plaguing the industry. In October, Sony Corp. released new Internet-enabled TV sets that run on Google Inc.’s software, and the so-called “smart TVs” with built-in processors and operating software became one of the major themes at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Smartec intelligent solution - network video cameras with Full D1, VCA video analytics and WDR

Smartec product line has been supplemented with the new Smartec STC-IPX3562A network video cameras with VCA Technology video analytics.

Atlona Introduces New Industrial Line 12x2 and 16x2 HDMI Switchers

AT-HD-V12x2 and AT-HD-V16x2 Connect 12 or 16 HDMI Sources to Two Displays via Dual HDMI Outputs Supporting 1920x1200, 1080p, and 3D Visual Settings

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!