Philips Discontinues Pronto

Leuven, Belgium-based Philips has pulled the plug on its Pronto remote control line.  The company issued a statement to the European press over the weekend that read in part: "In December 2009, Philips announced the intention to relocate some of its existing remote control activities in Leuven, Belgium to Asia. At the same time, the intention was communicated to investigate alternative strategic options for the Pronto business, as this activity no longer fits with the Philips strategy. Following thorough research, no suitable partner was found for the acquisition of these activities. As such, Philips confirms today that it will discontinue the Pronto product line and related activities."  Philips said it plans to offer support to users of the existing line. The company also said it "will engage in a dialogue with its social partners on the consequences for the involved personnel of this announcement."  The announcement came less than two months after Philips launched its latest Pronto product,  the TSW9500 in-wall touchscreen , at CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta, as well launching a  new, more robust website  for the line.

Haivision Acquires CoolSign - - Brings Together IP Video Streaming and Digital Signage

Haivision Now Uniquely Provides the Industry With Best-in-Class Video Streaming, IPTV, Digital Signage, and Interactive Solutions for Every Market Segment

Runco Extends FinishPalette Personalization to New Home Theater Projectors

Expanding its Design by Runco Initiative, Runco's D-73d, Q-1500d, SC-50d and SC-60d projectors will now be available with the brand's exclusive FinishPalette customizable design options.

Panasonic Brings 3D Hollywood Home With Exclusive Avatar 3D Blu -ray Bundling Deal

The highly anticipated 3D Blu-ray disc (BD) edition of AVATAR, the highest grossing theatrical film of all time, will be available in Europe from today exclusively bundled with Panasonic Full HD 3D products

Redbox Confirms Streaming in 2011, May Not Follow Netflix

Movie kiosk operator Redbox has confirmed in a conference call late this week that it's planning to offer Internet movie streaming in 2011. The CEO of parent company Coinstar, Paul Davis, explained that there were talks with a "number of highly interested parties" hoping to start a Redbox Internet service in 2011. Physical rentals were still to be a core feature, but Internet video was a "significant opportunity," Davis said.   The executive warned investors not to presume that it would follow the $4 monthly subscription model proposed in a survey earlier this year. It was a "bit premature" to assume that Redbox would follow this model, made popular by Netflix, versus the pay-per-title approach taken by Amazon Video On Demand or Apple's iTunes. In the early suggestion, viewers would have had both unlimited movie streaming as well as four free DVD rentals each month, effectively giving users free Internet access for the same cost as using ordinary Redbox service once a week.

Runco Hits the Road with Dealers to Give Customers a Look at the Latest in Home Entertainment Technology

Runco and select dealers are co-hosting demonstrations of cinema-quality experiences and the latest in 3D technology for the home.

Excel Software Expands Software Sales with QuickLicense 5.0 License Protection

QuickLicense 5 adds subscription licenses starting from activation date with grace period, delayed activation, quick validate for plugins, dual licenses, remote data retrieval, a pre-activation message and powerful programming commands.

VMP Initiates Monthly Customer e -Newsletter at Videomount.com

The E-Blast will Include Information on What's Happening within VMP Headquarters, the Latest Product Updates and Marketing Efforts, and Much More

First Ever Rankings Of 3d Performance Show Plasmas Offer More Realistic Images Than LCDs

In its first-ever ranking of 3D performance, Consumer Reports evaluated 14 3D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3D images than LCD sets, primarily because they exhibit less ghosting, or double images that appear even when wearing 3D glasses. Three plasma models from Panasonic exhibited the best 3D picture quality and the least ghosting of all the sets tested. The report appears in the December Annual Electronics issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org . “It remains to be seen whether 3D TV is just a novelty or a new product category in the consumer electronics space,” said Paul Reynolds, electronics editor for Consumer Reports. “But, our tests show that there are some fine 3D TV sets out there for those consumers eager for a new experience.”

Autonomic Controls Announces New US Reps, Aims to Grow US Dealer Base

New reps groups will provide Autonomic dealers more support and better opportunity for growth.

Cabinet NG Announces 2010 iNGie Award Winners

Cabinet NG (CNG), provider of document management and workflow management software, today announced the recipients of its "iNGie" awards, the first customer award to recognize that going green is good for businesses.

CONSUMER REPORTS: FIRST -EVER RANKINGS OF 3D PERFORMANCE SHOW PLASMAS OFFER MORE REALISTIC IMAGES THAN LCDs

Annual December Electronics Issue Compares 14 3D TVs with Panasonic Sets Exhibiting the Best 3D Performance and the Least Ghosting; What to Consider Before Buying a 3D TV

Sequoia Announce U.K Distribution Agreement with Laird Technology

Sequoia Technology - the Berkshire based technology solutions company, announced a U.K distribution agreement with Telematics and Wireless M2M module manufacturer Laird Technology.

AVS Android App, the wait is OVER!

You thought you were waiting in vain! You thought it would never come! You feared and fretted and worried...pacing the floor...nervous and anxious! "My Droid, my Android...it will never, ever be complete without an App for AVSForum!!! How will I stay on top of the latest happenings in Home Theater if I can not have easy access to the very best, most complete, most informative place on the web, thanks to its members, on my Android Phone?" IT...IS...HERE!!! (and free). Just visit the Android App Market and your nerves can now relax once you search for AVSForum and install. You then can get your fix of the latest, greatest innovations in the realm of Home Theater Entertainment.

Honeywell Releases Total Connect App for Android Smartphone

Honeywell today released a new Android compatible app for its popular Total Connect services. This app provides lifestyle-enhancing Total Connect features to the growing number of Android users—letting them view streaming video of their homes and businesses on their smartphones as well as control their security systems from any location. Total Connect is Honeywell’s award-winning service that gives consumers access to their Honeywell security systems or Total Connect video systems from anywhere, anytime. Using PCs, laptops, mobile phones and smartphones, Total Connect customers can arm and disarm their systems, receive e-mail alerts when an alarm trips, and access video from inside and around the premises. In addition to Android, Honeywell provides Total Connect apps for the iPhone® and BlackBerry®. The new Android app is available for free download at Android Market.

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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!