New Western Digital Media Player Offers Blockbuster On Demand

Western Digital Inc. Oct. 26 unveiled an updated media player that for the first time grants users access to transactional video-on-demand movies from Blockbuster. The WD TV Live Hub media center, which is available exclusively from Best Buy for $199.99, also features Netflix streaming, Pandora music, YouTube videos, Flickr photo sharing,, and MediaFly repurposed video podcasts from ESPN, CNN, NBC and MTV, among others. Media players, including devices from Roku, Seagate, and Netgear, among others, represent conduits linking the Internet with the television. With consumer electronics products such as connected HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players expected to be a key holiday retail item, standalone media players are increasing content selections, compatibility and hard drive capacity to remain competitive. Indeed, the WD TV Live Hub features 1TB storage capacity, two USB ports, HDMI connection and wireless connectivity (with separate adaptor). The customizable user interface enables personalization of screen backgrounds and user interface themes, as well as setting of favorites and content ratings. Standard wired or wireless USB keyboards can be used for text input for activities such as searches of local content and YouTube and Facebook interaction. “Connected media players are an exciting new category that is helping to redefine home entertainment,” said Wendy Fritz, SVP, computing, at Best Buy. During an Oct. 25 demonstration of the media center, Jeff Chen, senior product marketing manager for Western Digital, said the box is Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compliant, allowing it to communicate with most other connected devices found in living rooms. “So far people have been extremely impressed with it,” he said.

SENSIO Granted Patent In India

Covers Essential 3DTV Technology, Enabling Viewing of 3D Content in 2D

Alcatel -Lucent, ng Connect, Ruckus Wireless, and Vidiator to discuss mobile applications and revenue opportunities at CONNECTIONS™ Europe

Mobile data to account for 40% of per-user revenues by 2012 in Western Europe

Crestron Earns Another Important U.S. Government Certification

DoD JITC Information Assurance (IA) Certification Enables Federal Government Agencies and U.S. Military Branches to Achieve Highly Secure AV Networks with Crestron Control Technology

WallWizard's App to Control Motorized TV Mounts is Off the Wall

WallWizard, a relative newcomer in the TV mount world, has introduced a software application that permits remote control operation of the brand's motorized mounts from Apple iPad, iPod, iPhone via Wi-Fi, and Smartphones via Bluetooth. WallWizard's Control System is a 2-piece solution that consists of the brand's proprietary ControlWand software app which consumers download from App stores for $9.99, and a Wi-Fi / Bluetooth accessory that is available from authorized dealers at a selling price of $119.99. According to Sales and Marketing VP Craig Matthews, WallWizard is the first brand to offer such an application. One of the special features is a Gyro Mode, where the motion of the motorized mount duplicates the motion of the handheld device without having to push any additional buttons. In the Auto Mode, the mount can detect whether the TV is On or Off, and move the mount Up, Down, Left or Right. In the Manual Mode, the user can control the motion of the mount by pressing on the appropriate direction arrow. "Offering this type of next-generation motorized technology at prices as low as $149 sums up what our young WallWizard brand is all about, which is "More Mount for Your Money," added Matthews.
 In another example of innovation in the manual operation mounts, WallWizard's team of robotic engineers (the engineering is robotic, not the engineers) incorporate a cam mechanism that enables the TV to be swiveled or tilted using only a finger, creating less wear and tear on the TV and the viewer.

Audio Technica Launches An Alternative Christmas Tune Competition

Audio-Technica, one of the world's finest manufacturers of audio equipment, has launched an online search for the most entertaining alternative Christmas track.

Will Content Hubs Revolutionize the Way People Watch TV?

In the decade since the DVR's introduction, we have seen a massive amount of content make its way online through services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes & Amazon as well as network television websites.

SIM2 Challenges the Future

SIM2 USA has announced plans to strengthen its position in the U.S. with key personnel appointments, and a significant financial investment in research and development to accommodate new and emerging technologies developed by SIM2 Multimedia.

Crestron Invites Engineering Students, College Administrators to Discover the World of AV

Celebrating the Fifth Annual AV Week, Crestron Welcomes Local Educators and Students to its Experience Center

Antennas Direct Brings Lost Content to Thousands in New York and Philadelphia

The company's antenna sales increase 300 percent in affected areas during carriage dispute

Xpand Universal 3d Glasses Now On Pre-sale Through

XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are currently the only 3D glasses that work with all the 3DTV brands and models, 3D computers, 3D gaming consoles and cinema. “The most anticipated product in the history of 3D is now a reality,” says Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND. “The introduction of the XPAND Universal 3D Glasses represents a watershed moment in consumer electronics, as I am confident the glasses will serve as catalysts in the worldwide adoption of 3D systems for the home.” The Universal 3D Glasses can be pre-ordered on

Eliminate Clicker Clutter with the L5 Remote for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Consolidate your remote control collection by using the L5 universal remote to operate all of your home entertainment devices

XPAND Universal 3D Glasses Now On Pre -Sale Through

XPAND Universal 3D Glasses, designed to work seamlessly with the broadest range of 3D-ready television displays and XPAND 3D cinemas, redefine entertainment style, quality and sophistication from the cinema to the home.

CAYIN to Showcase Digital Signage Integrations with Solution Partners at Infocomm Asia 2010

At Infocomm Asia 2010, CAYIN will unprecedentedly partner up with selected system integrators in Taiwan to showcase complete digital signage solutions in sport games, corporate communication, environmental monitoring, 3G and GPS applications.

Smartphones and Tablets Most Popular Consumer Electronic Products as Holiday Season Approaches

CE buying rebounded in first half of 2010; sales outlook more uncertain for 2H 2010

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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!