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LiivNAS Media System Gets Redesign

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LiivNAS Media System Gets Redesign

VidaBox announces the "New LiivNAS"-- a more compact redesign of the LiivNAS Media System, now with silent cooling, up to 4TB of internal storage and Dune HD media player support.

Like previous models the LiivNAS carries a "Drop-n-Rip" drive for unencrypted CD, DVD and Blu-ray archiving, as well as 2-way movie metadata for Crestron and Control4 control systems.

Sonos Controller and iTunes installation Continue reading...

Roku STB Gets Third Version

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Roku STB Gets Third Version

Roku launches a premium update of its streaming STB lineup-- the Roku 3, now with a more powerful Broadcom processor promising easier and quicker access to web-based entertainment content.

The update includes a refreshed user interface, as well as an enhanced remote featuring built-in 3.5mm jack (allowing private listening) and motion-based game control capability.

Customers can also control the Continue reading...

Intel’s Uses HEVC to Leapfrog Other STBs

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Intel’s Uses HEVC to Leapfrog Other STBs

Intel Media corporate VP Erik Huggers told a conference its plans for an over-the-top virtual cable TV service include ITU’s newly-approved HEVC, the new, high-efficiency video compression format (now known as H.265).

With a roughly 2X improvement in bandwidth efficiency over H.264, Intel’s service will have an easier time slipping under ISP’s bandwidth caps than Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Xbox Continue reading...

Cineak Heats Seats at ISE 2013

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Cineak Heats Seats at ISE 2013

ISE 2013 visitors can warm up from the chilly Amsterdam weather with a visit to the Cineak stand-- where the company allows one to test out the heating/cooling system inside its home theatre seats.

The ventilation is built into the seats and blows warm or cool air through perforations in the leather backrest and seat. According to company president Alvin Hellemans the technology is unique, and adds Continue reading...

Xbox 360 to Become "Xbox TV"?

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Xbox 360 to Become

As Microsoft soldiers on towards the domination of the global living room, The Verge reports the company should fire another salvo come 2013-- a low-cost "Xbox TV" STB device.

Apparently, according to "multiple sources familiar with [Microsoft] plans" the Xbox STB will provide access to 360 entertainment services and aims at a more mainstream consumer base.

It should run on core Windows 8 components Continue reading...

The Cloud-Powered DVR

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The Cloud-Powered DVR

Remember the Boxee Box, the unusually-shaped STB housing the Boxee media system? Now the company tries again with Boxee TV-- a more traditionally-shaped STB combining over-the-air TV broadcasts, web apps and DVR functionality.

Unlike the Boxee Box, the Boxee TV carries a pair of TV tuner (with coax input), an external antenna and a number of built-in apps for services such as Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo Continue reading...

Logitech Combines Touchscreen, Buttons

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Logitech Combines Touchscreen, Buttons

While some might insist mobile device apps will soon replace universal remotes, others prefer the traditional remote. Now Logitech combines both solution with the Harmony Touch remote.

The Harmony Touch has a centre-mounted 2.4-inch colour touchscreen with support for the tapping, swiping and scrolling controls, as well as a number of physical buttons. Users can access some options (such as volume Continue reading...

WW Home Theater Projector Market to Hit Nearly $1 Billion

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WW Home Theater Projector Market to Hit Nearly $1 Billion

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) expects sales of home theater projectors will hit $915 million by year end with strong growth on both a volume and revenue basis over 2011.

"During last year's holiday season, sales of home theater projectors hit an all-time high," says Michael Abramson, VP Pacific Media Associates. "We expect another new high this holiday season. Attractive offerings in the sub-US$ Continue reading...

Yamaha Intros Airplay-Capable Home Theatre in a Box

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Yamaha Intros Airplay-Capable Home Theatre in a Box

Yamaha debuts a complete home theatre solution with the YHT-679BL-- a system in a box replete with Apple Airplay-compatible receiver and a full 5.1 speaker package.

The speakers include 2 front tower speakers, 3 compact satellites for the surrounds and centre channel and a 6.5-inch 100W subwoofer packing Yamaha's Advanced YSTII technology.

The receiver is not only Airplay capable (connecting to Continue reading...

VideoWave Gets Sequel

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VideoWave Gets Sequel

Bose reveals the 2nd generation VideoWave "entertainment system"-- the VideoWave II, an HDTV/console combination providing a "complete" Bose home cinema and music system.

The TV gets a design refresh with an aluminium bezel, updated click pad remote control and LED backlighting. It comes in either 46- or 55-inch sizes and carries a 7-element speaker array (with x6 woofers) hidden behind the display. Continue reading...

More Immersive Video via Blurry Projection

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More Immersive Video via Blurry Projection

The MIT Media Lab proposes a novel means of boosting the "immersive" experience in any home theatre setup-- projecting blurred images on peripheral screens via ceiling-mounted projectors.

The idea is similar to Philips' Ambilight ambient room lighting technology, only far more ambitious.  Dubbed Infinity-By-Nine, the system generates blurred images based on what is on-screen in real-time, stretching v Continue reading...

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