Marantz AirPlays Its Hand For Music Streaming

Marantz were early arrivals at the Apple AirPlay shindig, stating that its Melody Media all-in-one system, was "the world's first AirPlay certified music system". Since that announcement, Denon has also confrimed that it will come a rocking down AirPlay avenue, via a firmware update on some of its systems. And now, Marantz has announced a similar plan and declared what systems it will be including in its AirPlay line-up.The AirPlay update will be coming to Marantz's SR7005 AV receiver, the AV7005 AV preamplifier, the NA7004 network audio player and the Melody Media (M-CR603) networked CD receiver. Ken Ishiwata, brand ambassador of Marantz said: “Marantz has always been at the forefront of every music packaged media playback, be it mono LP, stereo LP, CD and SACD. "However people’s lifestyle and needs changed. Nowadays the use of iPod and iPhone is very popular and rapidly increasing. That is why it is a natural step for Marantz to make AirPlay possible on our products and we strongly believe this way of listening music will bring Marantz closer to people. "AirPlay uses Apple’s lossless format and this allows high quality music playback from the Marantz systems. AirPlay adds yet another great dimension to the content enjoyment experience made possible through Marantz’s relationship with a variety of streaming partners. "Our consumers, as well as valued retail partners, have always depended on Marantz for the most advanced innovations and leading-edge technologies that take the home entertainment experience to the next level and provide creative solutions for maximum enjoyment and flexibility." It isn't yet known how much the upgrade will cost, but we expect it to be around £40 (US $60).

Netflix Testing Streaming-Only Model in the U.S.?

A Netflix spokesperson would not confirm nor deny online chatter the DVD rental service is testing a $7.99 streaming-only plan in select markets nationwide. According to hackingnetflix.com, Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix is testing a plan that would include a $2-per-month option to rent one DVD at a time, bringing the total cost to $9.99 per month — $1 more than the current $8.99 plan for one DVD and unlimited streaming. Last month Netflix bowed a $7.99 (Canadian) streaming-only plan in Canada — the company’s first foreign business venture. CEO Reed Hastings mentioned Netflix would be launching a streaming-only service in the United States in the near future. “We’re always testing consumer sentiment for everything related to Netflix, whether it is pricing, website design, content or devices,” said Netflix spokesperson Steve Swasey, adding he wouldn’t confirm any specific testing. Noteworthy is that Netflix has offered a domestic ($7.99) streaming-only option for Starz Media content, which includes Disney titles, since 2008.

Home Technology Specialists of America Adds IC Realtime and GoldenEar Technology

Home Technology Specialists of America Adds IC Realtime and GoldenEar Technology

Kramer Establishes New Group to Target Educational Market within the Pro AV Industry

Focused on Building the Kramer and Sierra Video Brands in Educational Vertical Market

Atlona Technologies announces the latest in AV installations with 7 inch PRO HD Testing Monitor with HDMI, VGA and Component Inputs

Atlona Technologies soon to release advanced version of previous EXC!TE Award winning 7"HD Testing Monitor, now with HDMI, VGA, and Component Inputs, the DIS7-PROHD

Hulu Prepares IPO Amid Battle With Netflix

Popular U.S. Web video service Hulu is prepared to raise as much as $300 million in an initial public offering likely to be led by Morgan Stanley, according to sources familiar with the matter.  Hulu is ready to raise $200 million to $300 million in a deal valuing the company at about $2 billion, and could file a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before the end of the year, one source said.  A decision could come by November, the source said, adding that the offering is contingent on the renewal of rights to carry shows, some of which expire in a year.  The online video service, backed by General Electric Co's ( GE.N ) NBC Universal, Walt Disney Co ( DIS.N ), News Corp ( NWSA.O ) and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, was launched three years ago as an ambitious attempt to harness the explosive growth in online video viewing.  The worldwide online video market is expected to hit $16.1 billion through paid and ad-supported services by 2012, according to ABI Research, which tracks media trends.  Hulu is now the second-largest Web video service behind Google's YouTube in the United States.

Furman Signs Distribution Agreement With Invision UK

Furman today announced that the company has partnered with Invision UK, one of the U.K.'s fastest growing trade-only distributors of integrated A/V solutions for residential, commercial, and marine applications.

AUDIO -TECHNICA INTRODUCES ITS NEW TOP -OF -THE -LINE AT -LP240 -USB DIRECT -DRIVE TURNTABLE SYSTEM

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Frank Doris Tel: (631) 645-5668 frankdoris@optonline.net

Wireless HDMI, the second generation!

Switching, splitting and wirelessly transmitting HDMI with the Marmitek GigaView820

Crestron Releases DigitalMedia 8G™ Fiber Products for the Fastest, Most Powerful AV Network

DigitalMedia 8G™ is the First Ever 8 Gigabit AV and Control Network that Distributes Full HD with Single Wire Technology

Belkin Conserve Gateway Connects to Smart Meter to Provide Energy Usage Insight in the Home

Belkin today announced its Conserve Gateway, a router system that pairs with your smart meter to provide real-time insight about home energy use. Conserve Gateway delivers this information via a simple web interface.  The interface allows people to easily track and reduce energy use in their homes and learn conservation tips. Further, it offers utility companies the ability to push information to Conserve Gateway with advice or calls to action, such as: “By using your dryer more efficiently, you can save up to $76 per year.”  Its protocol was informed by extensive ethnographic research that proved most people don’t know what a kilowatt-hour (kWh) is and have even less of an idea about where power comes from.  Both Google with the Google PowerMeter and Microsoft with Microsoft  Hohm also offer real-time wireless internet energy monitoring services.

Careworx Spotlights Mobile Clinical Assistant at the AHCA/NCAL 61st Annual Convention & Expo

Careworx, a computer hardware provider for long-term healthcare professionals, is on their way to AHCA/NCAL 2010 Annual Conference & Expo at Long Beach, CA to showcase GammaTech's MT10 fully rugged tablet PC.

Icron Launches Video and USB Extension Solutions at Korea Electronics Show 2010 (KES)

Icron Technologies, leading providers of high performance video and USB extension solutions,and newly appointed representative firm Soltron, to showcase ExtremeLink™ KVM Extender and Ranger USB Extender product families at Korea Electronics Show 2010

Belkin Conserve Gateway™ Connects to Smart Meter to Provide Energy Usage Insight in the Home

•Belkin aims to partner with utility companies to provide in-home energy monitoring connected to the smart meter. •To help make you a smarter consumer, Conserve Gateway translates meter readings so you can now easily understand

DENON® AVR -4311CI NOW AVAILABLE - OFFERS CONSUMERS AND CUSTOM INTEGRATORS A HOST OF NEW POSSIBILITIES

-- 9.2-Channel A/V Network Receiver Includes Many of the World's Most Advanced and Innovative Features; Backed by Expanded CI Certification Program and More Integration Functionality --

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