Panasonic is going crazy with announcements today. From TVs to portable stereos to Blu-ray, Panasonic drenched the AV market with news today. More 3D, more sound, more Skype, more iPhone, but less CO2 emissions are some of the highlights of the various press releases we’ve provided for your viewing pleasure. Take a look at what’s coming from one of the worlds leader in sound – a long favorite of mine – in the coming months.
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If you’re looking for big sound for your small room to accompany your video and gaming experience, then you may wish to check out the new harman kardon SB 16. With a 100 watt sub-woofer you can stick anywhere in your room for rich full, kickin, bass, and a small bar of speakers that can be placed on a table or mounted to a wall for that left and right sound, space is not an issue anymore. Unlike other brands that attempt to fit big into small and give that tin can sound, harman kardon wouldn’t put it’s name on the line for such a thing.
You know this 2.1 setup is going to rock and make you smile with pride when your friends beg you to, “show us where the system really is!” For just about the price of a decent sub-woofer, harman kardon may have just planted your next sound system in front of your TV. Just in time for the Steelers hard hits against the Packers in Super Bowl XLV next week.
HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NSYE: HAR), today announced the release of the new harman kardon® SB 16 2.1-channel soundbar home theater speaker system.
Home theater installations typically involve five loudspeakers, a subwoofer or two, and lots of speaker wire. Not every room can accommodate so many components, and not every homeowner wants to live with them. The harman kardon home cinema soundbar system offers an elegant and far simpler alternative: a single amplified loudspeaker unit connected directly to your television, DVD player or game console, and a single wireless subwoofer that you may place anywhere in the room.
Offering traditional stereo playback or realistic 3-D surround-sound processing, the SB 16 delivers true harman kardon performance with the absolute minimum number of components, and with no wires in (or out of) sight.
The SB 16 delivers exceptional sonic performance that can flood a room with a completely rich surround-sound experience from just one speaker. The soundbar features two-way, dual-driver, left and right soundbar speaker channels, each with two 3-inch (75mm) midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch (19mm) dome tweeter. The sleek and glossy wireless subwoofer is driven by 100 watts of power and boasts a 10-inch (250mm) driver within a ported enclosure. The soundbar amplifier power boasts 25W x 2 into 8 ohms, 20Hz to 20kHz, at <0.07% THD, when both channels are driven simultaneously. State-of-the-art harman kardon sound-processing technology includes a 3-D virtual speaker surround mode that creates a complete surround-sound experience without any extra speakers or wires.
“To design an elegant technological solution that is convenient to use and can operate seamlessly within its environment is one of the biggest goals that drive us here at HARMAN,” said David Slump, president, HARMAN Consumer Division. “The brand-new harman kardon SB 16 is proof of our continual passion for this goal.”
The SB 16 also includes key features that make it more convenient when instruction manuals, cords and remotes constantly fill up our living rooms. For example, the new soundbar is programmable so that it can obey your TV remote’s volume, power and source commands, enabling a single remote to control your whole home theater system. An EQ switch lets you adjust the soundbar’s bass for wall mounting or table mounting to deliver the most natural-sounding bass performance in any installation. And last but not least, an auto turn-on circuit automatically switches the subwoofer from “standby” to “on” when an audio signal is present.
Pricing and Availability
The harman kardon SB 16 is available in black and has a suggested retail price of $599.99. For additional information or to purchase, visit www.harmankardon.com/SB16.
The first-of-its-kind demonstration (in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center Room S228) was made possible through a technical collaboration between the two companies, with content streaming over Verizon’s future-proof network to a Panasonic Blu-ray 3D player. Engineers from both companies worked closely to co-develop the required network, software and user-interface enhancements that make Full HD 3D possible over the bandwidth-rich FiOS service.
“We’re proud of our work with Verizon to develop this Full HD 3D streaming capability,” said EisukeTsuyuzaki, chief technology officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Panasonic has always believed that the best way to view 3D is via a Full HD, 1080p resolution image, but until now the only option available has been on Blu-ray DiscTM media. Over Verizon’s high-bandwidth FiOS network, we’ve now shown that this kind of innovation can be accomplished by a premium television service like FiOS as well.”
Unlike some competing technologies, Full HD 3D transmissions preserve the complete 1080p picture resolution that consumers have come to expect from their HDTVs. Other solutions degrade the 3D image, typically reducing resolution by half. In a demonstration at the Verizon-sponsored Blogger Lounge, FiOS engineers showed a selection of 3D content streaming to a Panasonic Full HD Blu-ray 3D DiscTM player at a bit rate of up to 18 Mbps (megabits per second) — double the bit rate currently used by most cable providers.
Tony Melone, chief technology officer for Verizon, said, “Delivering full-resolution 3D content is a natural fit for Verizon’s FiOS network. Built with the future in mind, FiOS was designed with the bandwidth headroom to grow along with consumer demand for the latest technologies. Verizon continues to deliver the future of TV and is once again redefining the consumer’s at home-entertainment experience.”
Last year, Verizon televised the first National Football League game in 3D, the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots, as well as the first Major League Baseball games in 3D, between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners.
Verizon continues to drive the future of TV, with more than 140 HD channels and next-generation interactive services like social networking, DVR management via broadband or mobile phone, and an interactive media guide.
ivi TV offers more content than Hulu and the ability to legally watch live major broadcast channels anywhere there’s an Internet connection, including hit shows and popular sports programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW, PBS, and others from a growing number of local affiliates, all available from a downloadable app at ivi TV.
“ivi TV continues to scale and rapidly roll-out new markets and deliver to new devices because we don’t have to send a truck out to drill holes in consumers’ homes and install clunky set top boxes,” said Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of ivi TV. “Instead, ivi TV is a sustainable offering that is quickly and easily downloaded, available to instantly start streaming favorite TV programming in seconds.”
Consumers who live in other parts of the country can watch live local programming from their hometown or favorite city. People with no conventional cable access or left adrift by the shift to DTV can watch TV with ivi. As ivi TV rolls out new markets, the channels it includes from each respective market are available to all ivi TV subscribers, regardless of where they presently reside within the US.
As consumers increasingly “cut the cord” and seek more innovative and affordable alternatives to expensive traditional cable TV, ivi TV’s ever-expanding service creates a sense of inevitability about its future.
“It’s a little poetic that our next market to include is Philadelphia, Comcast’s hometown. Despite spending millions of dollars lobbying DC in hopes to merge with NBC Universal, the proposed merger is increasingly being questioned and was just labeled as ‘detrimental’ for its impact on consumers and competition by Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who is singularly the most powerful voice in Congress on telecom policy. Last week, ivi met with Rockefeller’s office, and many other lawmakers, in addition to the FCC to voice our concern about Comcast’s anti-competitive behavior in the marketplace. If the merger is approved, the FCC must include enforceable measures to prevent Comcast from monopolizing the content marketplace, limiting access to content for its on-line competitors, and further extorting consumers,” added Weaver.
While most 3D glasses are only compatible with a single brand of TV and cannot be used with other brands of TVs or computers, XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are compatible with any 3D-ready, infrared-emitting display. They can also be used in any of the thousands of XPAND 3D-ready movie theaters around the globe.
“With XPAND Universal 3D Glasses available at such a popular national retail outlet chain as Sears, the opportunity for enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite show, movie or video game in 3D is finally here,” Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND. “Rather than confusing the consumer with multiple brands of glasses, our Universal 3D Glasses will ease worry amongst those invested in 3D technology with the sole solution to 3D entertainment. This opportunity also gives Sears an exciting new product that satisfies a growing customer need, especially as interest in 3D TV will be stronger than ever this holiday season and into 2011.”
For more information on XPAND’s Universal 3D Glasses, visit http://www.xpandcinema.com
“While TV manufacturers have bold plans and a lot of new products, consumers remain cautious,” said Paul Gray, Director of TV Electronics Research. “Consumers have been told that 3D TV is the future, but there still remains a huge price jump and little 3D content to watch.”
“North American consumers in particular appear to be playing a waiting game,” noted Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research. “Set makers have trained consumers to expect rapid price falls for new technology, and consumers seem happy to wait a little.” As a result, DisplaySearch forecasts that 3D shipments in North America will be just under 1.6 million this year.
The Quarterly TV Design and Features Report results also found that sales of 3D glasses in Western Europe remain low, with most countries failing to achieve 1:1 sales of glasses to sets.
“This is particularly disappointing,” noted Gray, “A healthy level would be closer to two pairs of 3D glasses per TV, so it’s clear that these sets at best are being chosen for future-proofing, and at worst it’s an indication that consumers cannot buy a premium set without 3D.”
Nevertheless, 3D is a feature that set makers are determined to develop. 3D product choice is expanding fast with increased product launch plans and more set makers adding 3D. Rapidly expanding product offerings and 3D TV set prices have led DisplaySearch to increase its forecast for 3D in later years, with an anticipated 90 million sets being shipped in 2014.
“TV manufacturers strongly believe in 3D and are driving its cost downward, but its value to consumers relies strongly on the availability of quality material to watch,” Gray concluded.
The DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report is a quarterly update of the rapid shifts in feature development in TV sets. The 200+ page report examines and forecasts video processor and signal processing IC market development, including 120/100 and 200/240 Hz frame rates and market shares for major IC vendors. In addition, the report also features forecasting for MPEG-4 decoding and the digital broadcast environment around the world; TV connectivity, such as wired and wireless networked TVs; LED backlighting; 3D capability and implementation; remote controls and chassis design; and power consumption.
Logitech is getting the word out that the “future of TV is here today” with it’s pre-order invites for Revue. Taking on Apple’s own Apple TV, truly available now if you can find one in stock, Logitech aims to bring Google TV and its added features such as CNBC, Twitter, Napster, and other bits not found on Apple’s second-generation device (yet.) For a mere $299, two hundred more than Apple, you can now pre-order one of the first offerings for Google TV. Will you buy one?
“North America LCD TV sales have been weak in 2010 so far, falling 3% Y/Y on a unit basis during the first half of the year,” noted Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research for DisplaySearch. “Continued economic pressure, mostly in the form of high unemployment and a weak housing market, have combined with a sharp slowdown in the pace of average price erosion have pushed consumers to the sidelines as they wait for the economy to improve, prices to fall further, or both,” noted Gagnon.
LCD remains the dominant TV technology worldwide, accounting for at least half of all TV shipments in nearly every region. Although sales resulting from the World Cup were somewhat disappointing in Europe, and the resulting elevation of inventory at the end of summer will slow growth down in the second half, solid growth in other markets like Japan, China, Latin America, and Asia Pacific will offset this weakness and contribute to 20% Y/Y growth during the second half of 2010.
At the same time, LCD TV street prices are expected to start falling more vigorously in Q4’10, especially for LED-backlit LCD TVs as an oversupply of LCD TV panels resulted in falling panel costs during Q3’10. Consumers are very interested in LED LCD TV technology, but premiums were very high in early 2010. Manufacturers have greatly increased the assortment of LED LCD TVs in their line-ups, and consumers still seem to be waiting for premiums to fall on LED-backlit models. Sales of lower-priced CCFL-backlit LCD TVs continue to decline despite having much lower prices. DisplaySearch projects that average LED LCD TV prices will fall at twice the rate of CCFL LCD TV prices during Q4’10. This should cause an improvement in growth rate, particularly for North America.
DisplaySearch expects LED LCD TVs to account for the majority of LCD TV shipments in 2011, as the cost premium reduces quickly and manufacturers continue to transition their LCD TV lineups away from older CCFL technology. More than 50% of LCD TV shipments will be based on LED backlight technology in 2011, up from 20% in 2010.
Demand for plasma TV continues to be robust, as LCD TV price declines have slowed while plasma TV has maintained similar rates of price erosion. The result is that plasma TV shipments are now expected to approach 18 million units in 2010, a 25% increase from 2009, even though shipments actually declined Y/Y.
According to Hisakazu Torii, DisplaySearch Vice President of TV Research, “Because of the very strong pricing advantage of large screen sizes and large improvements in power consumption and thinness, plasma TV continues to be a key display technology in the TV category, especially among a base of fans that favor this technology for picture quality and 3D performance.”
The DisplaySearch Q3’10 Quarterly Advanced Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report includes panel and TV shipments by region and by size for nearly 60 brands. Also included are rolling 16-quarter forecasts, TV cost/price forecasts, and design wins. This report is delivered in PowerPoint and includes Excel-based data and tables. For more information on this report, please contact Charles Camaroto at 1.888.436.7673 or 1.516.625.2452, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact your regional DisplaySearch office in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan.
Boinx Software, a multi-award-winning software developer for the Mac platform, is pleased to announce the latest update to its 2009 Apple Design Award-winning live-video production software, BoinxTV 1.6. BoinxTV is designed as your own personal broadcast truck – without the truck. Perfect for recording presentations, lectures, video podcasts, sporting events, concerts, sermons and more, BoinxTV produces stunning Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video – all in real time. In version 1.6, improving quality and performance, and optimized redundancy with fault-tolerant system architecture remain top priority. A new template for recording conferences and events provides users with an in-depth, how-to example for broadcasting hours of live conference footage with a flawless and stylish finish that rivals prime-time, professionally produced events.
“The brand new ‘Conference Recording’ template in BoinxTV 1.6 provides users with the inspiration to set up their own custom templates for live conference recording from their own personal ‘studio’ – their Mac,” comments Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. “This most recent update to our ‘broadcast truck – without the truck’ software makes the task of producing and broadcasting live events quicker and easier than ever before. Layers for introducing conference sessions, switching between multiple cameras, adding unique lower thirds, placing movies or clips into the background, adding sidebars to feature conference sponsors, and branding your broadcast with the all-important logo give broadcasts an especially creative and professional edge. Version 1.6 is also jam-packed with redundancy enhancements for continued reassurance that your footage is safe. Up to the moment that a crash might occur, BoinxTV automatically saves your footage for you to pick right up where you left off. We are thrilled to present our current and new users with the safest and most redundant BoinxTV to date.”
BoinxTV 1.6 Highlights: NEW “Conference Recording” Template
BoinxTV 1.6′s new “Conference Recording” template comes complete with fresh new layers for creating customizable opening credits, placing a source in an area defined by four arbitrary screen points, automatic crawls, sidebar options and an iPhone demo layer complete with iPhone 4 artwork. The new template allows users to create a polished and unified presentation in just minutes, ready to broadcast with no post-production work necessary. In addition, the Axis camera layer now supports Mac OS X v10.5.8, while images coming out of the chroma key filter are now crisp and clear with no blurry side effects.
Version 1.6 also features BoinxTV’s fully equipped, first-class rendering engine for enhanced performance on multi-core/hyperthreading-based Macs. A fail-safe auto save function ensures that if your system crashes, you will not lose your BoinxTV footage. An innovative user interface, extendable architecture and improved performance features allow users to create professional “TV-style” shows and broadcasts with minimal post-production efforts. Its “broadcast truck” production capabilities reduce expensive production and post-production costs without sacrificing creative and professional gloss.
BoinxTV’s “broadcast truck – without the truck” capabilities are utilized to broadcast one of the industry’s most well-known and respected international events series, The SuperMeet. Dan Berube and Michael Horton partnered with Boinx Software and BoinxTV to stream San Francisco (MacWorld), Las Vegas (NAB), Boston and Amsterdam (IBC) SuperMeets in 2010. “We searched for a way to easily and affordably exemplify our event’s creative efforts remotely. We wanted our story to resonate with industry enthusiasts, indie filmmakers and Hollywood creatives alike. BoinxTV fit our needs like a glove,” comments Mike Horton.
BoinxTV Key Features
▪ Over 50 layers provide creative possibilities for designing your own unique show template. Many aspects of the layers, such as font, size, color and position can be easily adjusted for endless variety.
▪ Preconfigured, easy-to-use templates provide a starting point and inspiration for your show.
▪ Character generation – Easily create lower thirds, titles, crawlers, tickers, credits and other text on screen.
▪ Computer graphics – Draw on screen, highlight and magnify screen areas, and display a weather map, stock charts and other data.
▪ Chroma keying – Replace a unified color backdrop (usually called a green or blue screen) with animated backgrounds, a virtual studio, a computer screen for screencasts – or create other special effects.
▪ Video scaling – Display, scale and distort video, PDFs, photos and other documents, or create a 3D video podcast.
▪ Camera Switching – Use multiple video sources picture-in-picture, side-by-side, n-up – or switch between sources with a variety of transitions.
▪ Audience interaction – Display a Twitter stream or let viewers Skype in to your show.
▪ Use QuickTime-compatible video sources such as DV cameras with FireWire (sometimes called i.Link or IEEE1394), HDMI cameras (with HDMI interface card such as Blackmagic Intensity Pro), iSight camera, USB webcams (if supplied with QuickTime driver), SDI cameras (with the help of SDI input systems from Matrox, AJA and Blackmagic Design) and many more.
▪ Screen grabbing to include video chats (Skype, iChat) and presentation slides (PowerPoint, Keynote).
▪ Use any audio device available in your system. A built-in adjustable audio delay helps you to synchronize audio and video easily.
▪ Integrate with Soundflower and other audio routing utilities for audio interviews with
Skype, iChat and more.
▪ Record directly to disk as QuickTime file.
▪ Play out simultaneously over second screen connector.
▪ Convert to Internet stream using external converter or third-party software (device not included).
▪ Convert to SDI using external converter (device not included).
▪ Submit to Apple Podcast Producer automatically after recording.
▪ Execute an AppleScript after recording.
BoinxTV, winner of the “Apple Design Award 2009,” is a revolutionary tool for creating Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video developed by Boinx Software in cooperation with TheCodingMonkeys. With BoinxTV, you can create stunning studio shows, podcasts, sports events, concerts, interviews, sermons, lectures, seminars and more using your Mac and multiple cameras. With its innovative user interface and its extendable architecture, BoinxTV makes it easy to create professional “TV-style” shows, minimizing post-production time. BoinxTV requires an Intel-based Mac with discrete graphics from ATI or NVIDIA, and a minimum of 2GB of RAM. Full system requirements and more information on BoinxTV can be found at http://boinx.com/boinxtv.
Availability & Pricing
BoinxTV 1.6 is available as a free update for existing BoinxTV users at boinx.com/download. A free demo license enables BoinxTV for five days. The single license of BoinxTV is available for $499 at the Boinx Kagi Store. The BoinxTV Sponsored Edition for $199 requires a credit for BoinxTV in every video created with BoinxTV. For education and volume licensing (multi‐seat) of BoinxTV, please contact email@example.com.
Sanus®, the leading global brand of audio/video mounts, furnishings and consumer electronics accessories, announces a home accessory product designed to minimize the chance of flat-panel TVs and furniture tipping over due to accidental bumping or nudging.
The Sanus Elements™ ELM701 Anti-Tip Strap features a durable, shock-resistant, polypropylene strap that provides a secure four-point connection. It connects twice to the back of the TV, once to the back of furniture and once to the wall.
A 2009 study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, reported nearly 17,000 children were admitted to emergency rooms in 2007 (the last year complete figures were available) when furniture or TVs had fallen on them, a 41 percent increase since 1990. The study attributed the increase to the popularity of large flat-panel TVs with consumers and unstable furniture. None of the TVs or furniture they were placed on were properly secured.
“The low-profile design of today’s flat-panel TVs and furniture makes them prone to tipping, so even the slightest bump could cause them to fall,” said Jason Schmidt, product manager for Sanus. “Our ELM701 Anti-Tip Strap reduces this risk by providing a secure connection of the television to furniture and the furniture to the wall.”
The Sanus Elements™ ELM701 Anti-Tip Strap’s universal design works with nearly all furniture and flat-panel TVs up to 60″. All hardware is included.
The strap is currently available for a list price of $24.99.