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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 10, 2011 0 comments

VUDU debuts on the iPad today, though not quite in the way you'd expect. You won't find a VUDU app in the App Store - and for good reason.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2008 0 comments
The on-demand movie business is alive and well and living in the set-top box business. And competition is fierce. Climbing above the fray, Vudu is claiming to have more HD movies than anyone else. More than Netflix, Xbox 360, Apple TV, and...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments
What happens when you have the coolest new technology and no one cares? That seems to be what's happening with wireless HDMI. A report by ABI Research says sales for wireless HDMI systems won't hit one million until 2012, calling the market's...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 30, 2008 0 comments
Wal-Mart has become the latest online music retailer to shut down the encryption-key servers for its DRM-encrusted downloads. As a result, anyone unfortunate enough to have bought the latter will have to burn them to CDs for archiving. Otherwise it will become impossible to transfer them to other computers and players in the future.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2009 0 comments
If you've ever gone for a long stroll inside a Super Wal-Mart, you've probably seen the DVD orchards, where vast rows of discs sit fresh on the shelf, ready to be picked. At the end of most rolls, there is are great new release trees, where the...
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SV Staff Posted: May 20, 2008 0 comments
Just last week, we reported about the somewhat dismal adoption of Blu-ray among consumers. We said it seemed that $300 was the magic number that would entice more folks to whip out the credit card and go Blu. Seems like Wal-Mart was taking notes....
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2008 0 comments
The folks who shop at Wal-Mart aren't what people typically think of as audio- or videophiles, nor necessarily trendsetters. But, they do represent Main Street, America. So, when Wal-Mart speaks, we all listen.After CD sales dropped by almost...
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 14, 2013 0 comments
The Welsh company REL Acoustics has been specializing in subwoofers for more than two decades and likes to do things a bit differently. In particular, REL believes a subwoofer must be connected to the main amplifier’s high-level inputs to make sure it receives the same signal as the main speakers—the company even provides a special cable to make the high-level connection.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments
Sometimes a cigar is just of cigar, and sometimes a "Wall of Sound" is just a... wall of sound. At over 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall, the Brothers Wall of Sound is one of the largest iPod docks on the market, and at almost $4,500, it's certainly one...
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 05, 2008 0 comments
Everyone's talking about waiting for the price of Blu-ray players to come down to an acceptable price, but what about movies? Until Blu-ray movies are closer in price to DVD, folks aren't about to make the switch, are they?Wal-Mart has...
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user Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments
Walmart has launched itself into the video streaming business in a big way with the acquisition of Vudu.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 08, 2009 0 comments
Is the disc doomed? It isn't good news for hard-copy video formats when a chain the size of Walmart announces that it will devote less space on the sales floor to both DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
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Posted: Oct 09, 2005 0 comments

Over the years we've seen many home theater companies attempt to rekindle memories of Hollywood's grand, but nearly forgotten ballyhoo past (some of which would make even the great William Castle jealous). Several companies make devices that will shake, rattle, and roll your chair during passages with loud, deep bass. We've even seen subwoofers said to originate from research projects aiming to imitate the low frequency groans that elephants use to communicate to each other through dense brush.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2010 0 comments
Panasonic has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to exclusively offer the Blu-ray 3D version of Avatar to customers who buy Panasonic 3D plasma HDTVs. The specifics of the deal or Panasonic's plans haven't been announced, but they...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 30, 2008 0 comments
Wouldn't it be convenient if all satellite radio--meaning Sirius XM--receivers also handled over-the-air HD Radio? A bill in Congress would mandate this pairing. The Federal Communications Commission is also considering it as an outgrowth of its approval for the Sirius XM merger.

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