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Arcam Receiver, Blu-ray Player Deal

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Arcam Receiver, Blu-ray Player Deal

Arcam launches a package deal for the AVR750 receiver and DP300 Blu-ray player-- effectively providing custom installers with a discount when installing the two products together.

“This is a very attractive package option for installers,” the company says. “Independently, the AVR750 and the BDP300 are both top of the range products which complement each other perfectly in delivering an enjoyable, emotionally rich movie and concert viewing experience, complete with the highest audio and cinematic quality. It’s a winning combination for CI dealers and their customers.”

The AVR750 receiver features Class G 7-channel 100W amplifiers and handles anything from high resolution 7.1 surround sound to 2-channel music.

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Amazon Preps STB, Calls it FireTube?

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Amazon Preps STB, Calls it FireTube?

More news emerges from the Amazon STB front-- The Wall Street Journal reports the retailer plans to launch the device on the holiday season, while 9 to 5 Google points out Amazon recently trademarked the name "Firetube."

Of course, Firetube might be the name of the rumoured Amazon smartphone, but one has to admit it would make more sense attached to a piece of online video streaming equipment of some kind.

The WSJ does not mention the "Firetube" name, instead saying the STB is code-named "Cinnamon." Apparently it will not only push media content available on the Prime subscription service but also connect to competing services "for streaming video and music, as well as some games."

Wait, games? Game Informer and TechCrunch did report Amazon is working on a games console a few months ago...

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Arcam Intros BDP3000 Blu-ray Player

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Arcam Intros BDP3000 Blu-ray Player

Arcam claims the BDP300 3D Blu-ray player is ideal for media room and home cinema applications, thanks to a range of straightforward integration and control options as well as high quality audio and video performance.

According to the company the BDP300 uses a direct video path from disc to outputs, allowing for pristine picture presentation without unintentional artefacts.

Complementing such processing are "broadcast quality" digital video clocks.

Audio comes through a Wolfson Audio 8741 DAC paired with a linear phase Bessel output filter and a high precision re-clocking system.

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Integra Intros THX-Certified AV Receivers

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Integra Intros THX-Certified AV Receivers

Integra launches a pair of home theatre receivers-- the DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5, both with Ultra HD/4K support, internet radio, built-in wifi, Bluetooth interfaces and THX Select2 Plus certification.

The DTR-50.5 is the more powerful option, with a 7-channel 135W-per-channel power amplifier (compared to thes 7x110W-per-channel DTR-40.5). It also carries additional digital audio inputs, differential DAC for front channels, programmable remote control and Integra's Digital Processing Crossover Network (DPCN).

Both receivers stream music from mobile devices and PCs via wifi and Bluetooth. Integra offers iOS and Android Remote Control apps, and users can play high definition music files (in FLAC, DSD, ALAC, HD 24/96 and HD 24/192 formats) from HD music download services and on-demand services such as Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM and Tune In.

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Red Intros Redray 4K, 3D Player

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Red Intros Redray 4K, 3D Player

High resolution camera maker Red ships what it says is the first Ultra HD/4K-capable media player-- the Redray Player, a device capable of playing UHD media and upscaling HD content to UHD (4096x2160) resolutions.

It connects to UHD displays via either HDMI 1.4 output or one of four HDMI 1.3 outputs, with an additional HDMI output for 7.1 channel audio (for standard HD displays the Redray uses x1 HDMI 1.3 output).

3D playback at 48-60fps is also supported.

The Redray does not carry a disc drive-- it plays content (in MP4 format) from internal 1TB HDD, USB drives and SD Cards. Playback takes place at 3 different data rates (10-, 20, and 40-Mbps), with higher data rates demanding more storage space.

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ConnectTRx Intros Wireless Device Range

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ConnectTRx Intros Wireless Device Range

ConnectTRx announces the ConnectTRx wireless device family, one consisting of the TX MHL MediaHub, RX MediaHub receiver and the ConnectTRx-enabled SmartPico projector.

“Our technology enables high-speed, high-performance wireless communication among consumer electronics, PCs, and mobile devices." ConnectTRX creator Michael Seo says.

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WSJ: Uncertain Future for Microsoft STB

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WSJ: Uncertain Future for Microsoft STB

Microsoft still has to announce whether it is working on a TV STB, yet word on its potential demise is already out-- The Wall Street Journal says "it is unclear whether the company will introduce the device."

According to anonymous WSJ sources Microsoft is working on different "simple set-top box device" designs, all offering similar functionality to the likes of the Apple TV or the Roku. More recent prototypes even having Kinect compatibility.

Such a device would cost less than the Xbox 360 console, yet still allow access to the Xbox Live social network.

The WSJ also reports the company is encouraging development teams to write apps using recently developed coding standards making it easier to create programs working on any device (be it Xbox, PC or smartphone) running Microsoft software.

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Bloomberg: Amazon's TV Plans

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Bloomberg: Amazon's TV Plans

Rumours on Amazon working on a smartphone are nothing new, but Bloomberg claims the online retailer has another device in the works-- an online video streaming TV STB.

According to "three people familiar with the project" the STB is a Roku/Boxee-style device providing access to the growing stable of Amazon video content, including Video on Demand and Instant Video services.

The company declines to comment.

The Bloomberg sources do not mention whether the STB will offer competing streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube) like Amazon's own Kindle Fire does. A name is not available either, although "Kindle TV" sounds like a more than obvious choice of moniker.

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The Little Projector That Would

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The Little Projector That Would

Yuhuan Global of Taiwan sells pocket projectors under their xxodd brand. Their Nano Go 8 is a compact ultra-lightweight DLP projector for any HDMI or 5-pin MHL device. There’s no built-in media player: you must use a phone or tablet or notebook to play.

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Sony 4K TVs Get (Some) Content

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Sony 4K TVs Get (Some) Content

Early 4K/UHD TV customers will have some content to show off their high-resolution TVs with-- Sony announces the FMP-X1, a curious puck-shaped 4K media player first seen in prototype form at CES 2013.

The FMP-X1 plays content in both 4K and (upscaled) HD, and ships with a bizarre selection of 10 films, including  Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Salt, The Karate Kid ( Continue reading...

Intel Intros Media Server Design

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Intel Intros Media Server Design

Intel highlight its living room ambitions at TV Connect 2013-- revealing the Intel Media Server Reference Design (MSRD), a hardware and software design kit for Intel-based media servers and STBs.

Aimed at OEMs and system builders, the MSRD uses the dual-core Atom CE5300 system-on-chip (with integrated power management, 3D/2D graphics engine and H.264 B-picture hardware encoder) and pre-integrated Continue reading...

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