Minicom Digital Signage's innovative solutions presented in its Solution Days in Israel

Minicom Digital Signage (MDS) is organizing Solution Days in order to celebrate its first year as an independent company, to communicate on its strategic repositioning in the digital signage industry

Hulu Set for $500M in Revenue, 1M Hulu-Plus Subscribers

Hulu is doing well if you ask Jason Kilar, the CEO, who reported the Q1 stats for the online video service in a blog post on Monday. From the sounds of the post everything is unicorns and cotton candy over there in the rose-colored world of Huludise. Lots of good stats to show how healthy the company is and illustrate the jump up from the $263M they did last year which could spell I…P…O… Kilar stated the company is, "on pace to approach half a billion dollars in revenue in 2011." He also cited a 90% revenue growth in Q1 year-over-year. That's some pretty stiff growth. Considering how the company has been bouncing around on the comScore Top Ten video properties lists it's good to see they're on the up and up in the revenue department. They grew some 50% in regards to the number of advertisers they served. A stat I am frankly not all that impressed with. They do load up on ads already so I don't want them to think that's the continued way to go. No ads for Hulu Plus is going to be key to their continued success I think because they will continue to push ads on the subscribers to the point where people stop paying, and why wouldn't they when they can possibly get a lot of that Plus content that has ads for free elsewhere.

Toshiba promises Glasses free 3D TV within 12 months

Toshiba just unveiled a new line of 3D panel televisions that will – for the first time – be available outside of Japan. And here's the real kicker: They're promising that at least one of these models will be completely glasses-free. You hear that, 3D fans? Nothing weighing down your face. Just good ol', unencumbered TV watching plus an extra dimension. Details at this point are scant, but Toshiba didn't shy from talking up their other projects, notably a new line of Regza VL passive 3D TVs. Each one is said to come standard with four ReaID 3D glasses, and will be available in 42- and 47-inch sizes. No word on pricing yet. In Japan, 12- and 20-inch glasses-free 3D TVs are already available. The catch is they can only be watched from nine very specific angles, which--let's face it--is far from ideal, especially at such tiny sizes. But if Toshiba lives up to its promise and delivers a full-sized 3D TV the entire family can enjoy sans shades (they're saying April 2012, so cross your fingers), it may change the game enough to give 3D a fighting chance.

Dish Network acquiring Blockbuster for $228M

Dish Network Corp. said Wednesday that it won the auction for Blockbuster Inc. with a bid valued at $228 million in cash. As of Tuesday, the satellite TV company, billionaire investor Carl Icahn and a group of debt holders were the three remaining bidders for the Dallas movie-rental chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. Dish's bid was for $320 million, but the value decreases to $228 million after adjusting for available cash and inventory. "Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for Dish Network," said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of sales, marketing and programming for Dish Network, in a statement. Blockbuster is already a shadow of its former self. When the chain filed for bankruptcy protection, it was down to 3,000 stores, less than a third of the peak of 9,100 in 2004. There are about 2,400 currently open with plans to close about 700 more by mid-April. Blockbuster used to dominate the U.S. movie rental business. But it lost money for years as that business declined because customers shifted to Netflix Inc., video on demand and DVD rental kiosks. Dish, based in Englewood, Colo., expects to close the deal during the second quarter. The transaction needs bankruptcy court approval.

Leon Speakers Launches the Next Generation of its Award -Winning Horizon Ultra -Thin Series

New Custom LCR's Combine Class-Leading Performance With Ultra-Thin Design

AVS GEAR Debuts ZIPPY BT -637 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad

ZIPPY BT-637 ultra-flat scissor-structure keyboard delivers smooth, quiet typing, completing the home entertainment experience

Alteva Receives Unified Communications® Magazine's 2010 Product of the Year Award

Alteva today announced that TMC has named Alteva's voice integrated UC Solution as recipient of its 2010 Unified Communications magazine Product of the Year Award.

Haivision's Zixi Ready(TM) Makito Encoders Dramatically Reduce HD Video Transmission Costs

The World's Most Popular H.264 Low Latency Encoder Now Supports Zixi Quality HD Video Transport Services Over the Public Internet

SIM2 USA Appoints Two New Rep Firms

SIM2 USA announces the appointment of two new rep firms on the West Coast. Steven Lester Company will handle Northern California and Northern Nevada, while Morris-Tait Associates will cover Southern California.

Netflix, Hulu Drive Big Jump in Over-the-top Media Server Market

Market research firm Infonetics Research earlier this month released its fourth quarter 2010 (4Q10) Cable, Satellite, IPTV, and OTT Set-Top Boxes and Subscribers market share and forecast report, now led by analyst Teresa Mastrangelo. ALYST NOTE "In the fourth quarter of 2010, we witnessed the dramatic growth of over-the-top services, as service providers and equipment vendors hit the 'sweet spot' for pricing. However, these services continue to complement pay TV rather than replace it. On a global basis, demand for set-top boxes continues to increase as more countries transition from analog to digital and more operators offer enhanced services such as high definition and DVR. We also are seeing increasing demand for hybrid set-top boxes, which leverage the existing broadcast infrastructure, but utilize the broadband connection to incorporate OTT content and increase interactivity and on-demand services," notes Teresa Mastrangelo, directing analyst for video (cable, satellite, IPTV video) at Infonetics Research.

ihiji Takes Remote Monitoring and Support To The Next Level With Control4 Home Automation Systems and ZigBee Device Monitoring Capability; Easy Integration, Offers Extended Visibility into Home Networks

Represents a great opportunity for all Control4 and ihiji dealers to approach clients with a proactive and lucrative remote monitoring and support solution.

Parks Associates forecasts number of consumer and home network devices to exceed seven billion worldwide by 2015

CONNECTIONS™ pre-event Webcast analyzes consumer cloud solutions

RedEye Controls Go Pro

ThinkFlood releases the second generation of their award-winning RedEye control systems, including a professional-grade home automation processor

Wirelessly Manage Input for Six Mobile Devices with Iogear Multi -Link Bluetooth Keyboard

IOGEAR's Multi-link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad wirelessly switches between six Bluetooth enabled devices, providing convenient management of smart phones, tablets, HTPCs, gaming consoles, and more.

HTSA Donates to Support Relief Efforts in Japan

HTSA members and vendors come together to donate $19,000 to American Red Cross and the Japan Society

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