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SV Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2008 0 comments
Great wines, fine food, fabulous fashion. What else is fierce about France? Fox/MGM has reportedly announced that they will be releasing six James Bond flics on Blu-ray in November in France. The first six titles are (rumored to included) From...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 20, 2008 0 comments
As we predicted last month, Bond's going Blu. Blu-ray, that is. Just announced from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the same six titles that were being released in France will be available in the States, just one day after their...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2016 0 comments
In a CES press release, one-time TV market leader RCA says it’s committed to delivering the latest technology. “Staying true to the RCA brand means staying on top of market trends, so HDR is a big focus, because it’s what consumers want this year,” said Patrick Deighan of Activeon, which sells RCA under license from Technicolor.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2014 0 comments
RCA, the storied brand now owned by Technicolor and licensed to On Corporation for TV manufacturing and distribution, unveiled its first Ultra HD televisions and a line of Roku-ready TVs at 2014 CES. Ultra HD models, capable of displaying images four times the resolution of standard high-def TVs, were shown in 55-, 65-, and 84-inch screen sizes.

In addition to a native resolution of 3840 x 2160, the LED-backlit LCD sets offer smart TV functionality via the Android (formerly Google) TV platform, which provides an integrated onscreen interface with access to cable/satellite TV, apps and online content, including more than 100,000 on-demand movies and TV episodes.

The Roku-ready TVs models, which come bundled with a Roku Streaming Stick, will be available in screen sizes of 28, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55, and 65 inches. When the Stick is inserted into the TV’s MHL port, it unlocks access to more than 1,000 entertainment channels and all Roku commands can be controlled by the TV’s remote control.

TV pricing was not announced but company officials said it would be competitive.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2007 0 comments
There's something about the electronic book that holds a lot of appeal. When Sony launched its first-edition Reader at the Consumer Electronics Show a few years ago, reporters flocked around the device - to the surprise of the Sony PR team, who...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 07, 2014 3 comments
Dolby Atmos holds great promise for taking the home theater experience to new heights but is it audio’s Next Big Thing?

In the wake of announcements that the commercial surround technology is making its way to home gear, we asked readers if they would upgrade to Atmos. Nearly a third (30 percent) said they would have to wait to hear a demo and read reviews before deciding, while one in five indicated that they would upgrade to an Atmos setup but only with properly installed ceiling speakers.

Another third dismissed Atmos as either too much of a hassle to install or too expensive. Only 6 percent of survey respondents said they would upgrade to Atmos with speakers designed to reflect sound off the ceiling—a percentage that we expect to grow once people hear live demonstrations.

Here’s the complete breakdown of the results:

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments
Why is this girl smiling? For heaven's sake, doesn't she know she's just been sued? Well, actually, it's RealNetworks that has entered a new dimension of legal adventure. All because of its RealDVD software. You know, the stuff that lets you rip and...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2008 0 comments
RealNetworks - remember, they're the ones who tried to offer AAC music downloads that would play on your iPod product until they got shutdown - is back with a new product. RealDVD. This may or may not be legal in the eyes of Hollywood, but they're...