Consumer demand, technical innovations to push U.S. revenues for Remote Technical Support Services to $2.6 Billion by 2013
Belkin has launched its Gigabit Powerline HD adapter, a new addition to the existing Powerline Networking lineup. With a speed of 1000Mbps, this adapter is able to create an ultra fast HD entertainment network almost anywhere using the existing electrical wiring. Powered by Gigle Semiconductor's mediaxtream chip, this adapter promises to provide a secure and stable networking signal virtually anywhere. The Gigabit Powerline HD adapter is now available in North America and is expected to launch in Europe by the start of August. No real world data speed/loss tests yet as the product was just released but they should be available soon. The adapter is currently priced at $149.
Beginning in 2010, Blu-ray players must be configured to allow one full-resolution copy. Dubbed "managed copy," the requirement has long been planned for the Blu-ray format, but has only just been finalized by the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator, a consortium of studios, hardware manufacturers and technology companies that licenses the AACS copy protection used on Blu-ray Discs. Managed copies can be made to recordable Blu-ray or DVD discs, as a download to a Windows Media DRM-compatible portable player or hard drive. Unfortunately none of the current batch of Blu-ray players or recorders have the required electronics to allow this. Manufacturers aren't expected to have this feature added to players until mid-2010.
Atlona Technologies officially announces the release of new 3x1 HDMI 1.3 Automatic Switch with 6ft Pro -HDMI Pigtail, the AT -HAD -V31
Innovative Wireless Network Thermostat System Brings Together Affordable Energy Management and Reduced Installation Time
Yamaha have announced a new version of their home audio streaming system, the MusicCAST2. MusicCAST2 currently consists of a touchscreen LCD controller, the MCX-RC100 Network Music Commander, and two types of Network Music Players, the MCX-A300, which has an integrated amplifier, or the MCX-P200, which is non-amplified for integration with an existing AV setup. The whole system uses WiFi b/g to communicate and stream, and can access both music stored locally - on a NAS, PC or MAC, USB stick, Bluetooth device or shared network folder - or streaming from Rhapsody and other internet radio services. As well as the 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, the Commander remote control has a trackpad and offers independent or joined control over up to 32 different zones. In addition to controlling distributed audio, the MusicCAST2 system can be used as a universal remote control; the Commander has an IR port, and Yamaha offer IR blasters to fit to your existing AV rack. Suggested pricing is $500 for the Commander remote, and $400 for the zone players. Slashgear source article.
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