The in-home HD entertainment provider HDGiants last week filed for bankruptcy.
Warranty Group Appoints Humber, Kelly The Warranty Group announced last month that it has named Roger Humber as its divisional managing director for its London General Insurance unit. Humber comes to the company from Sterling Insurance, where he was a group director. The group also said last week that Peter Kelly, formerly of CIT Group, has been appointed national sales director for Australia and New Zealand. Panasonic Appoints Susice Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. announced Tuesday that it has appointed Zoe Susice to the position of group manager for imaging. The promotion puts Susice in charge of digital cameras, as well as headphones,
True to the promise made at the Fall 2007 CEDIA Expo, high-definition direct-to-home audio content provider MusicGiants has kicked off its video content delivery platform, VideoGiants. The company announced at the 2008 CES that it would partner with Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment so that could make hundreds of titles in the Paramount library available through its service – the first time Paramount has made its movies available through such a method. Scott Bahneman, MusicGiants CEO, said that initially, releases would be of DVD-quality. He added that video content could be delivered either on a hard drive (in the case of large collections) – through
The online music dealer MusicGiants has announced a new partnership with distributor ADI to provide pre-loaded packages of music and high-definition video to dealers and installers selling media servers. “ADI dealers not only will realize greater revenue on each project, but they also can differentiate themselves as dealers that deliver added value,” MusicGiants executive Jack Wrigley said in the company’s statement. MusicGiants also described content added to media servers as “fuel for the Ferrari.” MusicGiants has agreements with all four major record labels to license content.
High-resolution music download service MusicGiants is using its site to help some neighbors in need. The company, based in Incline Village, Nev., is sponsoring a “charitable media store” and fundraising events to support victims of the recent South Lake Tahoe-area wildfire. The fire has burned thousands of acres, hundreds of buildings and homes, and has forced thousands of local residents people to evacuate. Once the fire is contained, many of them will return to find total loss. At its online music store, MusicGiants has launched the Angora Fire Relief Fund Media Store to generate recurring proceeds for the victims. A portion of download sales
New companies in the CE industry pop up everyday, but not everyone brings a fresh new business model to the table, and some names will disappear as quickly as they appeared. But there are those that do succeed and push the industry in new and exciting directions. This month the editors at Dealerscope picked 10 new or emerging companies covering different corners of our market—retail, distribution, and service—we think offer new and interesting concepts and strategies. Time will tell if they have what it takes to become CE superstars, but for now they certainly have a good start. Service provider CE Interactive CEO: Dean
MusicGiants targets new service to "uber" audiophiles, and gives the dealer a piece of the action By Brian Ploskina For some people, it's easy to carry on listening to your iPod or similar device and forget that what you're hearing is distorted, i.e. compressed, music files. Whether the files are stored as MP3s, Windows Media (WMA) or Apple's version of Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), you're still only getting a fraction of the real song. You might say that's the price you pay for the ability to store thousands of songs on a single device and take it anywhere you want. But isn't it strange that when most