Dish, NCR Spar Over Blockbuster Brand for Rental Kiosks

Dish Network Corp., the U.S. satellite-TV provider that acquired Blockbuster Inc. last month, told NCR Corp. that its contract to license the Blockbuster name on movie-rental kiosks is invalid. Dish rejected the contract as part of Blockbuster's court- ordered bankruptcy proceedings and sent NCR a termination letter, expressing its intent on ending the pact, NCR spokesman Jeff Dudash said. NCR disagrees with Dish's conclusion that the contract is void, and plans to continue to brand its movie kiosks with the Blockbuster Express name, Dudash said. "There will be legal proceedings to address this that will come up at the end of the month," Dudash said. No lawsuits have been filed yet by either company. NCR builds kiosks, often placed in grocery and convenience stores, that allow customers to rent and drop off movies. The company pays Blockbuster for the use of its brand and collects all revenue from rentals. NCR says the Blockbuster Express name, design and related trademarks are held by a trust that wasn't part of Blockbuster's bankruptcy filing. Duluth, Georgia-based NCR has branded more than 9,000 kiosks with the Blockbuster name, Dudash said. If Dish successfully voids the contract, the Englewood, Colorado-based company will decide whether it wants to own the kiosk business, renegotiate deal terms with NCR or find another company that makes kiosks to license the name.

Bang & Olufsen's 85-inch 3-D TV sells for $85,000

Bang & Olufsen's new 3-D TV has an 85-inch screen and a $85,000 price tag. That comes out to about $1,000 per inch of display real estate for the high-end consumer electronics firm's BeoVision 4-85 plasma television, which Sound & Vision magazine described as an aspirational product. "The massive, anodized aluminum -encased set -- all 359.6 pounds of it -- rests on a similarly massive motorized stand (the whole package weighs just north of a half ton), which raises and lowers the screen from a floorbound rest position and conceals an integrated BeoSound 10 center-channel speaker, which emerges gracefully from beneath the screen as the motor lifts the set to viewing height," Sound & Vision's Michael Berk wrote of the new TV. "The actuators used have built-in sensors that automatically stop the stand from parking should they encounter an obstacle, preventing you from crushing an unwary guest's foot." To see any 3-D images on screen, 3-D glasses that sell for $149 are needed, Berk said. The picture displayed on plasma TVs tends to fade as the set ages, he said. But Bang & Olufsen has added what it calls an Automatic Colour Management system to offset the problem. The system includes a "tiny camera-bearing robotic arm, concealed above the center of the screen" that "emerges every 100 hours of use to calibrate the device. No user input is required (though you can run the routine as often as you like)," Berk said. The robotic calibration should allow the TV to attain a life of about 60,000 hours, he said.

MuxLab CCTV IP Extender Streamlines IP Camera Cabling

IFSEC 2011, Birmingham UK - MuxLab (www.muxlab.com), designer and manufacturer of security video and audio-video connectivity solutions for copper twisted pair, announces its latest addition to its CCTV portfolio…..The CCTV IP Extender (500110)

CRESTRON'S DIGITAL REVOLUTION CONTINUES WITH NEXT GENERATION DIGITALMEDIA 8G+™

Crestron has introduced its new DigitalMedia 8G+™, the next generation of its revolutionary high output, one-wire digital AV network technology.

Panasonic Turns Your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch Into A VIERA TV Remote Control With New VIERA Remote App

Panasonic is proud to announce its new VIERA Remote App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

New Wireless Temperature and Humidity Solution from Sequoia

The Sequoia Wireless Sensor (SWS) range is a very user friendly solution for monitoring and recording temperature readings from -10⁰C to +50⁰C and humidity readings from 0~100%RH.

Standalone PIC programmer for maximum flexibility

Kanda have added a new standalone PIC microcontroller programmer to their handheld programmer range. These new programmers can store up to 32 different programs with different PIC microcontrollers, and have a LCD and simple keypad

Haivision's Giacalone to Speak on Understanding the Real Costs of Digital Signage at Digital Signage Expo 2011

Haivision Network Video, leading provider of the most advanced video networking, digital signage, and IP video distribution solutions, today announced that Louis D. Giacalone, founder of CoolSign, will be presenting "TCO: Understanding the Real Costs

New BenQ Professional Projector Model to Debut at InfoComm 2011

New SH960 1080p Projector Ideal for Multiple Applications and Environments

OWI Announces New Product Line Up at InfoComm 2011

The press release gives details about OWI's attendance at INFOCOMM 2011 and the different products that will be debuting that week.

VMP Partners with UPS for Carbon Offset / Green Initiative Program

As a Result of a VMP Donation Per Shipment, UPS Purchases Certified Carbon (CO2) Offsets to Give VMP a Way to Balance Out the Emissions Produced by the Transportation of its Shipments

CONNECTIONS™ Digital Living Conference to Examine $12 Billion Tech Support Market Next Month

Dell, EchoStar, iTOK.NET, and PlumChoice will discuss successful strategies and market dynamics for consumer tech support services

Vutec Debuts Labor Free Motorized Retracta -Vu Traveller Screen & Projector Lift at InfoComm 2011

Coral Springs, FL (May 11, 2011) - As a leader in hi-performance screen technology, Vutec Corporation will introduce the innovative Retracta-Vu Pro Traveller and Retracta-Vu Traveller Projector Lift at InfoComm 2011. Both products are geared towards

2011 Creative Storage Conference Speakers Posted

The preliminary agenda and speakers for the 2011 Creative Storage Conference is now posted at http://www.creativestorage.org/2011Agenda.htm.

Kramer Introduces the 910 Digital Audio Preamplifier & Mixer

The 910 is a high-performance stereo audio preamplifier and mixer that accepts balanced and unbalanced stereo audio, S/PDIF digital audio, and a microphone input.

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