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'Tech' was the word at the Video & Audio Center superstore opening
Ultra HD TV—frequently called "UHD" at the International CES in a further failure to settle on standard nomenclature—is nothing new. At this year's show, these TVs were again all over the place, but the big improvement touted was more accurate color reproduction.
Samsung Electronics used the curvy confines of New York City’s spirally designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as the venue for unwrapping its latest UHD and curved TV product lineup Thursday, along with new audio line additions.
Barnes & Noble is expanding its Nook Video content to include NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox programs as it also begins shipping its HD and HD+ tablets this week. B&N said customers who preordered the tablets will start receiving them throughout the week. The devices will also hit Barnes & Noble's stores and retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy.
Chief Executive William Lynch said that B&N had a record number of preorders.
Roku's claim as the No. 1 streaming media player July 26 received validation of sorts after securing $45 million in investment funds from News Corp., British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) and another unnamed investor.
Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku said the investment, which includes both financial and business agreements, would be used to develop new markets, brand awareness and increase engineering and production to support sales growth of both hardware and digital media services on the platform including advertising, games, transactional and pay-per-view video as well as content packages.
For two bucks, Walmart will make your DVDs available in the "cloud." So far, Best Buy remains on the digital sidelines.
If this were a movie, Walmart would play the DVD lover's knight in shining armor.
The Bentonville, Ark., retailer announced Tuesday, from Hollywood no less, that it will offer a "disc-to-digital service" at its 3,500 stores in the United States. For $2 a movie, Walmart Stores Inc., which is partnering with Vudu, will store your DVD movies in the "cloud," or Vudu's remote servers, where they can be downloaded to any Internet-connected device
In their annual CES movie directors' panel, Panasonic and 20th Century Fox Tuesday hosted three men who have directed James Bond films, on the occasion of the series' 50th anniversary and upcoming Blu-ray release.
When Microsoft released the first Xbox nearly a decade ago, analysts considered the then-money-losing endeavor to be a sort of Trojan horse into the living room: a bid to become the home's central media hub. Now, Microsoft is facing an undisguised assault from Apple, Google, Samsung Electronics and start-ups like Boxee and Roku. They are all vying to fill the holes in Internet video on the big screen with hardware that makes it easy to watch on demand.
Microsoft and Sony, which makes the PlayStation, are working to bolster their Internet-video offerings
Best Buy's CinemaNow PC video service, along with Intel, announced last week that it is offering movies in 1080p, while also expanding its library.
All six "Star Wars" theatrical features will be released on Blu-ray for the first time this September, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced Thursday at International CES. Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers were on hand for the announcement on the CES showfloor.