Smart Energy Summit to explore competition in energy management with session featuring Verizon, Direct Energy, Reliant Energy, and PG&E

Dallas, TX, December 9, 2010- Executives from Verizon, Direct Energy, Reliant Energy, and PG&E will examine the new competitive market for residential energy management in the special session "Energy as a Service" on January 25 at Smart Energy Summit

Comcast Readies iPad Video Streaming

Comcast is close to introducing an app that will let Xfinity TV customers stream movies and TV shows to the iPad. The app, called Play Now, will be available in the "coming weeks," Comcast president Neil Smit said today at a UBS AG conference in New York City. Smit, who joined Comcast from Charter Communications Inc. in March, said Play Now will first work with premium networks such as HBO, Starz, and Showtime. The MSO is working out the rights with other networks. Will Comcast eventually make all its video content available this way? "That's our plan," he said, without providing any time line. It seems likely that Play Now will draw from the 150,000 video items on the TV Online portal, which Comcast launched just a few months ago. By comparison, Comcast's set-top-based VoD service offers about 25,000 titles. These moves are all viewed as a defense against cord cutting, although Smit said Comcast has seen no real evidence of such a trend. Most video subscriber losses have been due to people rolling off of promotional rates and churning to competitors, with a "small trace" leaving to go with free over-the-air TV, he said.

CEDIA ASIA PACIFIC CONFIRMS 2011 DATES FOR NZ EXPO

Following the success of the inaugural 2010 event, CEDIA Asia Pacific (AP) has announced that the second CEDIA New Zealand Expo will take place at Auckland's SKYCITY Convention Centre on 17-18 May 2011.

Audio Video Lifestyles Expands Into Commercial Market Utilizing D -Tools SI 5.5

Audio Video Lifestyles expands into Commercial System Integration market and experiences increase in revenue and a decrease in labor time and equipment costs utilizing D-Tools Software

Parasound Introduces the Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier

Parasound, the highly regarded San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production samples of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier.

New HDMI over Cat5 Solutions From Tripp Lite

Tripp Lite has introduced a full line of HDMI Extenders and Extender/Splitters.

Crestron Presents Cornell University Professor Yervant Terzian with Summum Bonum Award

Crestron Honors Excellence in Teaching

TMPG Inc. Now Offers Accelcoder, Real -time Encoding System from Fixstars

TMPG Inc., the company that takes video to the next level, is pleased to announce that it has added the Accelcoder, a real time, professional H.264 encoding system from Fixstars Solutions, to its prestigious product offering.

RTI's RK10 In -Wall Touchpanel Controller Now Shipping

Flexible Device Combines the Power of a PC With the Ease-of-Use of a Controller in One Elegant Solution

VMP's New Low -Profile Flush Wall Mount for Large Flat Panels Now Shipping

Easy-to-Install and with Less Than a 1-Inch Profile Off the Wall, the FP-LFVB Holds Most 42- to 63-Inch Flat Panels up to 150 lbs.

Atlona Technologies Now Shipping AT -HD620 HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter

Atlona Technologies(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its AT-HD620 HDMI to Mini DisplayPort converter, which is capable of up-converting video signals to dual-link resolutions up to 2560x1440.

It's That Time Of The Year Again, The CES Season!

It seems to start earlier and earlier each year, but still a month away HomeToys.com is starting to see the CES news and emails rolling in. This years show will take over Las Vegas from January 6th to the 9th and will offer an even wider variety of companies and exhibitions than the past. The Keynote address will come from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. More information can be found at the International website. As for HomeToys, we have launched our Special CES Newspage for all the news and PR related to the show. Make sure to check back regularly for product announcements and information. Also if your company will be exhibiting at CES you can submit your news and PR as well. Enjoy the Show!

HomeToys would like to thank its CES newspage sponsors: Somfy Systems, Mitsubishi, Vidabox, Richard Gray’s Power Company, Home Automation Inc. and Calrad Electronics.

Accell's Award -Winning PowerSquid® Power Outlet Multiplier Now Available

The PowerSquid provides multiple outlets that conveniently convert one grounded outlet into five grounded, adapter ready outlets

AT&T Has Acquired Home Automation Company Xanboo

AT&T has acquired home automation company Xanboo, part of a spate of activity which could lead to energy management services from broadband providers. Xanboo provides homeowners with a system for managing connected devices, such as security cameras and controllers, from a smartphone, TV, or PC. CEPro reported the acquisition yesterday (hat tip to Earth2Tech). The deal follows Motorola's announcement last week that it has bought home automation company 4Home, in which Verizon also had invested. Earlier this year, iControl and uControl merged their product offerings, which are expected to be used as part of Comcast's Xfinity home security service. Internet broadband providers are pushing into home automation to expand their product offerings as a way to retain customers. They expect that consumers will be willing to pay for security services, where people can access cameras and door alarms from a PC, TV, or smartphone. An AT&T representative today said it is too early to discuss specific offerings around the Xanboo technology. "We see synergies between Xanboo's technology and our offerings for consumers and small businesses. Xanboo's monitoring services are a natural extension of our high-speed Internet, video, and voice offerings and a good fit for our wireless services," she said.

No Longer Tiny, Netflix Gets Respect -and Creates Fear

Netflix's growth surge—at a time of weak DVD sales and increasingly fragmented TV audiences—prompts concern among movie and TV studios as well as other technology companies. One big worry is that the company could end up dominating the electronic distribution of movies and TV the way Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store dominates music. To prevent that, entertainment and technology companies are exploring plans to outflank Netflix with their own offerings. Amazon.com Inc. is developing a Netflix-like subscription service that would offer TV shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter. That service would be included as a bundle with its Amazon Prime shipping service, which costs $79 a year, those people said. An Amazon spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment. Media companies, meantime, have talked to Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., both of which provide access to Netflix's streaming service through their videogame consoles, about licensing TV shows directly to the two companies for offering through subscriptions, said people briefed on the conversations. A spokesman for Microsoft, which already cut one such deal with Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN, declined to comment. A Sony spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment. TV maker Vizio Inc. also has expressed interest securing video content for a subscription service, according to people familiar with the talks. A Vizio spokesman declined to comment.

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