Netflix launches in Canada today: streaming only service for C$7.99 per month

As expected, Netflix has kicked off its first offering outside the United States by opening up a Watch Instantly portal for Canadians this morning at Netflix.ca. With no discs available at all, the only option is a $7.99 Canadian ($7.80 US) plan for streaming that works on PCs, PS3, Wii, iOS family and many other devices -- interestingly the Xbox 360, Samsung TVs, and Blu-ray players from VIZIO or Insignia are off the compatible list until later this fall. Content availability also seems to be different for our neighbors to the north (English only for now, French is on the way Quebec), with the Netflix blog specifically calling out Superbad and Mad Men as up for streaming, which aren't currently available on Watch Instantly in the US. Unlike our recent Caribana experience we weren't able to cross the border and check it out for ourselves, but owners of Maple Leaf-certified IPs are invited to check out the selection (one month free trials are available) and let us know exactly what we're missing.

Parks Associates presents new consumer data at CEDIA Expo

Bill Ablondi to introduce keynote panel session and highlight trends in energy management solutions

Protecode Launches License Obligations Report for System 4

Protecode today announced a significant new capability that will enable software development organizations to view their code from a pure license obligation perspective reported in plain English.

New Pakedge WAP -W3N Wireless -N Access Point With n -Band Capability Is Ideal for High -Throughput Video Streaming in Home Networks and Custom Installations

For Immediate Release Date: September 17, 2010 Contact: Nick Phillips, 877-274-6100 x116, nick@pakedge.com Frank Doris / Media Relations, 631-645-5668, frankdoris@optonline.net

Perfect Path(TM) and DPL Laboratories, Inc. Team Up to Present 'Rev. 1.4 Revealed' HDMI Seminar at CEDIA EXPO 2010

Perfect Path today announced that the company has teamed up with DPL Laboratories, Inc. (DPL Labs), the industry's leading HDMI product testing and performance rating program, to offer "Rev. 1.4 Revealed," an informative seminar at CEDIA EXPO 2010.

Rives Audio Receives Grant from State of Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Coralville, IA -September 17th 2010, Rives Audio was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development as a demonstration fund project. The project is to develop a new modular loudspeaker named "the Phoenix".

TiVo Adds Pandora Radio Service


Digital video recorder (DVR) resource TiVo revealed Monday that it is now offering Pandora Internet radio service on all broadband-connected TiVo Premiere boxes. Pandora joins TiVo's current musical lineup of Rhapsody, Live365, Music Choice and songs connected from a PC or Mac music library. "Just as TiVo revolutionized your television and personalized your viewing content, the Pandora application brings additional music customization to the all-in-one TiVo box," Jim Denney, TiVo product marketing VP and GM said in launching the capability. "With Pandora now available on TiVo Premiere, we offer customers even more options when it comes to music including personalized on-demand radio, audio podcasts, music videos, music from your PC, and more through the TV and with just one remote." Pandora offers users personalized radio stations, making intelligent song selections based on a sample song or artist selected by the listener. TiVo applies its signature "Thumbs Up" and "Thumbs Down" to help the service identify the songs and styles that most appeal to users. The Music Genome Project, a detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora's personalization - using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. On the TiVo platform, users create a new free Pandora account, or sign-in with existing Pandora accounts. Users can also access Pandora stations created on TiVo on any other platform where they listen to Pandora, including PCs and smartphones and other connected devices. "Pandora and TiVo share the goal of serving up relevant and engaging content for our listeners and viewers," stated Jessica Steel, business development senior VP. "We're excited to add TiVo to the many platforms through which users can access and enjoy Pandora."

CEDIA Expo to feature a 35 seat 3D theater on the exhibit floor


A handful of companies are collaborating on an enclosed 3D demo booth (#2658) on the showfloor that will seat 35 people. The collaborators are SmX Cinema Solutions, Cinepro Music & Cinema Systems, and Cineramax Special Venues in association with RealD Professional and Barco Media & Entertainment.
The equipment for the 35-seat 3D “mini-stadium” includes:

RealD Professional CE4 eyewear, 6-million pixel Series 2 DCI Barco Superkontrast projector with 4,000 watts of illumination producing four-times the light intensity for 3D, with light output that will exceed SMPTE spec for 2D commercial movie theaters (16 foot lamberts). A 195- by 90-inch Pro-Mask Quad (4-way masking) screen from SMK that required erecting a custom stadium seating structure. The SMX 4K acoustically transparent projection material is designed for the next-generation high-pixel-density projectors.

SH Acoustics Partners with Top AV Manufacturers

SH Acoustics of Milford, CT, one of the leading acoustic designers of home theater and residential environments, is proud to have been involved in specialty projects over the last twelve months for four separate A/V manufacturers and organizations.

AV Manufacturers gearing up for Asian growth at InfoComm Asia 2010

Asia's AV community will once again gather in Hong Kong this November for an update on the latest pro AV products and applications. InfoComm Asia 2010, to be held from 17-19 November at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Platinum Tools® Debuts 4Mapper Coax Tester at 2010 CEDIA Expo

Shipping by Oct. 1, Platinum Tools' 4Mapper Coax Tester is the Solution to Find and Identify Single or Multiple Coax Cables Connected to Televisions, Security Cameras, Splitters, Monitors or Routers

Perfect Path(TM)'s Eric Bodley to Participate in HDMI Panel and Teach 'Customer Service Best Practices' Course at CEDIA EXPO 2010

Perfect Path today announced that Eric Bodley, vice president and general manager of consumer electronics for PPC, will be a panelist for the HDMI Hot Seat at CEDIA EXPO 2010, in addition to teaching the course "Customer Service Best Practices."

VIDABOX EXPANDS COMPETITIVE DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO NOW INCLUDE FORMER NIVEUS MEDIA CENTER DEALERS

VidaBox, LLC has expanded its discount program to now include former resellers of Niveus Media, which ceased providing media center hardware as of mid-September 2010. Effective immediately, former Niveus dealers can now receive an additional 10% discount off any new VidaBox system order.  “Once again, VidaBox stands proud in providing the CEDIA marketspace with integrator-friendly media server solutions,” exclaims Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox, LLC. “Former Niveus dealers can choose from our comprehensive line-up of 11 different media centers, servers, and extender products, all of which combine into a complete, seamless AV distribution ecosystem that installers can take advantage of. With our vast selection of products, it’s easy to transition any Niveus-based media center project into using VidaBox systems, without sacrificing features or ease-of-installation.”

SIM2 ANNOUNCES SPECIAL CEDIA OFFER FOR IPHONE-IPAD APP


SIM2 continues to dedicate efforts to cost-saving measures for its dealers and now extends a courtesy show bonus for an incredibly helpful tool for the entire industry. The wildly popular iPhone/iPad app called SIM2Calc, always free of charge for authorized SIM2 dealers, will be available on ITunes for the discounted rate of $4.99 during expo. What happened to “free”? All CEDIA attendees that talk to a SIM2 representative while downloading the app* will receive the $4.99 back on the spot! This to celebrate SIM2Calc as an entrant for CEDIA’s new Attendee Choice Award and it is another way for SIM2 to put money back into the dealer’s pocket. 

 


SIM2Calc is a comprehensive collection of calculation tools covering the vital aspects of home theater video design including: Screen Type and Size, Projector Model, Aspect Ratio, Throw Ratio Calculator, Geometry Settings, Viewing Angle Map and Luminance levels. Additionally, the tools are organized by tabs in a logical progression, guiding the user through the process of designing a SIM2 projection system that adheres closely to industry standards and best practices to achieve reference video quality."

iPanel™ Turns the iPad™ into a Crestron Touchpanel

Crestron iPanel™ Adds Tactile Hard Buttons to the iPad™ for Full Touchpanel Experience The stylish,

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