Wi-Fi, HomePlug Groups To Collaborate On Smart Grid, Home Energy Apps

 The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced an agreement Tuesday to collaborate on applications that allow smart energy grids to interoperate with "connected" homes. The two alliances are part of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a forum that coordinates smart grid standards. They plan to collaborate on wireless and wired network applications for what the forum calls its Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile.  The Wi-Fi Alliance believes that working with HomePlug will help mesh Wi-Fi equipment and devices connected to home powerline networks. The collaboration is focused on helping bring about "a great user experience with smart home technology," Edgar Figueroa, the Wi-Fi Alliance CEO, said in a statement. 

The ABCs of Launching Digital Menu Board

The essential components required by Corn's Digital to launch a digital menu board solution include simply a TV with VGA port with a Ceres-88 player...This article covers everything you need to know about launching digital menu board solution...

Dish Exec: Hulu Is Destroying the TV Industry

Hulu users would wait a lot longer to catch up on their favorite shows, if Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen had his way. “If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don’t have to pay a pay TV service –- I think that’s bad,” Eisen said during a panel about cord cutting at the Streaming Media West conference this morning. The model of sites like Hulu that make catchup content available immediately isn’t benefiting the industry, he said, adding that broadcasters should instead reserve catchup episodes for authenticated TV Everywhere services, and only make them available freely after 30 days. “If people decide that they don’t have to pay for pay TV, then one of the pillars (of the TV industry) starts crumbling,” he said.

VidaBox ThinClientV2 Media Extender Provides Faster Performance for 1080p Blu -ray & DVD Playback, Replaces ThinClientHD

VidaBox, LLC debuts the ThinClientV2, a low-cost Blu-ray & DVD media extender which replaces the ThinClientHD. Preserving the original design's mini form factor, it offers significantly better Blu-ray playback performance at a similar price point.

New Stereoscopic 3D Driver from iZ3D Joins AMD HD3D Ecosystem

AMD and iZ3D Cooperate to Expand Stereoscopic 3D on the AMD Graphics Platform

Atlona Technologies Soon to Release New Professional 10 -input Video Scaler/ Processor/Switcher with HDMI Output, the AT -LINE -PRO4

Atlona Technologies, a manufacturer of AV signal processing equipment and technology, is soon to release their Professional 10-input Video Scaler / Processor / Switcher with HDMI Output, the AT-LINE-PRO4

Target, Walmart, Best Buy Tempt Tech Shoppers

With many experts predicting that consumer electronics will emerge as one of the hottest gift categories in an otherwise hum-drum holiday, Walmart, Target and Best Buy are already sweetening the shopping options. Walmart is planning "The Amazing Walmart Electronics Event," kicking off Nov. 6, with low prices on a full line of Vizio HDTVs, including a 26-inch model for $198, a Compaq laptop for $288, and a $50 gift card for the Sony PlayStation 3 Move Bundle. And Target says it will begin offering the iPhone -- expected to be one of the season's most coveted gifts -- in some 850 stores that include Target Mobile centers beginning Nov. 7, and is cutting prices on iPod touch and offering two-for-one video games. Best Buy is rolling out its new line of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and Beatbox portable speakers, and offering "Free Phone Friday" specials. That's because while an estimated 32% of shoppers plan to make a consumer electronics purchase this season, reports the Consumer Electronics Association, they're also expected to be exceedingly price-wary.

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

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