Archive for November, 2008

SI Features New Multi Award-Winning Black Diamond™ Projector Screen at 2009 CES

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Austin, Texas, Nov. 17, 2008 – SI (www.sicreens.com) is proud to announce that it will feature and demonstrate its new award-winning Black Diamond™ projector screen at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan 8-11 alongside Paradigm / Anthem at The Venetian (suites 30-135 and 30-136). (more…)

NuVision® Appoints Market Share, Inc. Pacific Northwest Representatives

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2008 – NuVision® U.S. Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of high performance 1080p Deep Black™ LCD displays, is proud to announce that it has named Market Share, Inc. as its sales representatives for the Pacific Northwest. Based in Bellevue, Wash. and covering Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho, Market Share will represent NuVision’s entire line, including the recently launched Lucidium Series 42-, 47, and 52-inch “FX5 120Hz” models, which are scheduled to ship Q1 ‘09. (more…)

AudioSource® Now Shipping New Retail Accessory Series

Monday, November 17th, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 17, 2008 — AudioSource® (Audiosource.net) is proud to announce that its new retail accessory line, including HDMI, RCA, component, digital coaxial, and optical cables, mini/MP3 headphones/earbuds, and new cleaning/care products are now shipping. (more…)

Discussion Topic: 1080p Movies Coming to your Satellite Box Soon – John E. Johnson, Jr. – November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The other day I received notification from DirecTV that they would soon be delivering movies in 1080p to my satellite box, and that the box could handle them, and I could watch these movies on my HDTV as I would any other programming.

Well, the question is how well this will work, and will it provide us with anything we don’t already have in terms of the final image on our TV screens.

First, programming is currently delivered in 1080i, and the end result is different when the source is, say, a live TV program shot in 1080i, vs. a 24fps movie shot on film or digital.  With the live program, each field, which consists of 540 lines, representing 1/60th of a second of video action, does not allways merge with the subsequent field because it represents the subsequent 1/60th of a second in the video action. On old 1080i CRTs TVs you end up with “combing” where edges of object are not straight because they moved between one field and the next. On newer 1080p TVs this material is deinterlaced with variable quality.  If done incorrectly, entire frames are interpolated from individual fields, resulting in only 1/2 the resolution.  If done correctly though, only areas of the picture in motion lose resolution, and the remainder of the picture is full 1080 line quality.

Film on the other hand, has individual frames, 24 of them per second, and each frame gets divided into two fields. 1080p TVs are able to recombine the fields into frames yielding a true 1080p image.

So, whether the filmed movie is sent to us via cable or satellite in 1080i or 1080p, the end result will look the same when the TV merges the two fields to become 1080p.

What then is the point of this new venture?

Marketing? Probably. Will it increase subscriptions? Probably.

Will it work? Probably, as long as the cable or satellite box can downconvert to 1080i or 720p so that it can be connected to the majority of HDTV’s out there that were purchased before 1080p.

Dish Network has been offering 1080p24 movies as part of their VOD (Video On Demand) service now for several months. It seems to be working.

Whether the movie is sent the cable or satellite box as 1080p24 or 1080i60 is unimportant, as long as the box gives a choice of, and can output it correctly as, either 1080i60 for old HDTVs, 1080p60 for the newer ones, or 1080p24 for those lucky enough to have one of the new TVs that accept 1080p24 and interpolate in between frames to give us a 120 Hz image (120 frames per second, with each native frame in the 24 FPS movie having 4 interpolated frames in between). I don’t think that is what is going to happen, but, we will see, and it looks like it will be soon.

Wisdom’s Sage Series Audio Systems Win Two Coveted Industry Awards

Friday, November 14th, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev., Nov. 14, 2008 — Wisdom Audio (www.wisdomaudio.com), the leader in planar magnetic technologies, is proud to announce that its new Sage Series L75i speaker recently won Custom Retailer magazine’s 2008 Exc!te Award for Excellence in Custom Installed Technologies and Electronics, as well as a 2008 Resi Award from Residential Systems magazine for Best In-Wall or On-Wall Speaker. (more…)

Salamander Design’s New Madrid- A Sleek, Feature-Rich Home Entertainment Cabinet

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Sophisticated New Triple-Wide A/V-System Solution
Boasts Space, Simplicity, Storage and Style

BLOOMFIELD, CT, Nov. 13, 2008 — Salamander Designs, Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of modern furniture, seating and mounting products for Home Theater and A/V entertainment systems, introduces the Madrid audio/video entertainment cabinet, a stylish, high-quality furniture solution, packed with practical features, that meets the needs of high-end electronic components and exceeds the expectations of entertainment consumers. (more…)

NAD Offers Advanced Phono Preamp, Integrating Turntables with Stereo Systems & PCs

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Compact, Cost-Effective and Sophisticated, PP-3 Digital Phono Preamp Lets Users Enjoy and Digitize Vinyl LP Collections and More (more…)

Thomas public relations chosen as agency of record by gigatribe

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

For photo of Karen Thomas, CEO Thomas PR, click: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/…relations.html

Release at: http://www.thomas-pr.com/pressreleas…gigatribe.html

Contact:
Karen Thomas
Thomas PR
(631) 549-7575
kthomas@thomas-pr.com
www.thomas-pr.com

THOMAS PUBLIC RELATIONS CHOSEN AS AGENCY OF RECORD
BY FRANCE-BASED GIGATRIBE

GigaTribe’s 900,000 Member Web 2.0 Software Community Links Friends & Coworkers Together to Share Large Photo & Video Files in a Peer to Peer Environment–
Free & Completely Encrypted

November 13, 2008, Melville, NY –Thomas Public Relations, Inc. http://www.thomas-pr.com, the award-winning technology, consumer electronics, digital imaging and Internet public relations agency, announced today that it has been chosen as Agency of Record by GigaTribe www.gigatribe.com, the France-based revolutionary Web 2.0 file sharing software community, that lets you share entire photo, video, and other file folders with friends and coworkers quickly in a private, completely encrypted peer to peer (P2P) environment. (more…)

JBL CES Innovations 2009 Award Winners

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

WOODBURY, NY, November 12, 2008 – JBL, Inc., announced today that its JBL Control NOW™ loudspeakers and WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module have received CES® Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Awards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®). (more…)

Harman Kardon Receiver Wins CES Best of Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

WOODBURY, NY, November 12, 2008 – Harman Kardon, Inc., announced today that its AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video receiver has won the prestigious 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) Best of Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering award in the Audio Components category. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the Innovations 2009 awards honor exceptional product and engineering design. (more…)

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