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Google’s early unveiling this week of some of its content partners and strategy for Google TV provided a solid preview of the company’s television strategy. According to Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research (imsresearch.com), the potential capabilities and embedded product reach of Google TV may make another high-profile over-the-top (OTT) video play, Apple TV, largely irrelevant to consumers over time. Although the latest version of Apple TV has been significantly improved and Apple continues to deliver a strong user experience, Erickson remains doubtful: “Apple has struggled over time to make Apple TV a hit with consumers due to issues with pricing, content, and awareness. The product is now squeezed between broad OTT video capabilities on game consoles and Blu-ray players, and the search-augmented, integrated television+OTT video experience that Google TV is slated to deliver across TV and set-top box form factors.” “Google’s strategy to deliver the Google TV experience on an platform-agnostic basis, regardless of whether Google’s guide, search, applications, and OTT video capabilities are combined with cable, satellite, or terrestrial programming, makes it a product that will have a larger impact than Apple TV. This is also due to broad content support, with Google TV supporting a larger selection of content partners that is only expected to increase over time. Some of Apple TV’s more innovative features, like remote control via iPhone or iPod, already have their equivalent in Google TV, which supports remote control via Android smartphones as well as the iPhone.” Google TV still faces some hurdles of its own, with announced retail hardware partners at this time limited to Sony and Logitech, and a few missing pieces in its content offering, notably Hulu Plus, Flickr, and others. These limitations, however, are only expected to be near-term. Erickson, who will shortly begin work on IMS’ 2011 report on Internet-delivered TV, believes, “Google TV fundamentally differs from Apple TV in that its scale is larger and less constrained; tight integration of live TV, OTT video, and Internet-driven search and applications, either in set-top box form or built straight into your TV. Without a careful re-imagining of exactly what Apple TV’s value proposition will be within this new competitive landscape that Google TV is likely to occupy at the high end, Apple’s “hobby” of Apple TV is likely to remain such.”
Wireless Home Digital Interface, or WHDI, is a technology used to wirelessly stream content from a computer to your TV. Typically, this content has been HD videos streamed from a laptop to an HDTV. But what if there was a video card that had this same technology so you could wirelessly stream a video game to your big screen TV? Well, Galaxy and Amimon are partnering up to embed Amimon's WHDI technology in a GeForce GTX 460. The new card will be known as the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition and comes with an adapter you plug in to your TV. Once the video card is installed in your system, all the content will be able to be streamed to your TV, even when you play video games. The WHDI technology delivers uncompressed 1080p video at 60Hz up to 100 feet away, you can even stream HDCP content provided your TV can support it. Curiously, the GTX 460 WHDI Edition does not appear to have any vents on the rear of the card so your guess is as good as mine as to how the temperatures will be inside your case. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition video card will be available in October though no mention was made of pricing.
Tigerpaw Software, Inc., developer of the most comprehensive business building software for technology providers, today unveils Tigerpaw 11, its most monumental release in 26 years, at the Tigerpaw Users Conference in Dallas, TX.
InfoComm Asia 2010 - scheduled for 17-19 November in Hong Kong - will once again offer an invaluable platform for AV trade members to gather for three days of learning and networking.
Recently appointed Home Automation company Hometoys announces local supply of QPD Motorised Speakers available in Australia from Mid October
Phiaton announces that its Primal Series PS 210 Earphones have been awarded the Japan "Good Design Award 2010" in the category of "Network/Personal Audiovisual Equipment." The PS 210 was chosen from among 3,136 applications from all over the world.
AMIMON announced today the WHDI Stick™. The WHDI Stick is a new product design that showcases the slim PC-to-TV products that CE manufacturers will bring to market in 2011. The WHDI Stick enables users to wirelessly view all of their tablet or notebook/netbook content on their TVs without the limitations of other solutions. With virtually no latency (less than one millisecond) users can now play their PC games and interactive content on the “big screen.” In addition to all other content, WHDI security and HDCP 2.0 copy protection allow the WHDI Stick to bring Blu-ray movies and other copy-protected content to the HDTV. The WHDI Stick is a true plug-n-play product, no installation is needed and it is OS independent. The WHDI Stick is the smallest WHDI product design to date. The 3.2x1.18x.61 inch (81.3x29.9x15.5 mm) transmitter plugs in directly to the HDMI port of the notebook/netbook and is powered by the USB port. The WHDI Stick will transmit the PC screen directly to TVs embedded with WHDI or to any TV using a WHDI receiver adapter that connects to the TV via HDMI. AMIMON will be demonstrating the WHDI Stick at the CEATEC consumer electronics show in Tokyo, Japan.
Google's early unveiling this week of some of its content partners and strategy for Google TV provided a solid preview of the company's television strategy.
NCH Software, the leading provider of audio, video, business, and telephony/VoIP tools and utilities worldwide, today announced the release of Pocket WavePad Audio Editing Software application for the Apple iPhone.
Crestron GLPAC Compact Dimming System Now Available
The CE350/CE370 offers remote control over large distance with automatic signal compensation; CE370 enhanced with patented Deskew function
Compact WHDI Stick Wirelessly Brings All PC and Tablet Content and Games to the HDTV
Web Mountain's Remote UPB Controller Allows Installers and Home Owners to Control and Monitor UPB Systems from Anywhere
Web Mountain Technologieshas announced a new Remote UPB Controller (RUC) that combines scheduling, conditionallogic, email origination and UPB control with remoteaccess for the ultimate in UPB functionality in an extremely compact form factor.
Qualcomm will shut down the FLO TV service, which will wind down by year's end, PaidContent.org reported Monday. The service had been struggling, CEO Paul Jacobs said multiple times, publicly, in recent months. The company may lease out the remains of the service to AT&T or Verizon, the report said. The company had announced price cuts for the in-car version of the service as recently as last month.
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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!