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user  |  Dec 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Two Japanese electronics giants have merged with the news that Panasonic will buy Sanyo.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 12, 2009  |  0 comments

Pioneer has confirmed that it will exit the TV business altogether in the face of the global economic crisis. According to a press release issued today, "Pioneer will terminate any further in-house display product development after its products currently available on the market, and withdraw from the display business by March 2010. Recent market conditions have changed far more than initially anticipated, and Pioneer has decided to withdraw from the display business after concluding that there are no prospects for improving profitability under current conditions. However, the Company will continue to provide after-sales services even after the withdrawal.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 20, 2009  |  0 comments
A Japanese newspaper has reported that Toshiba will in fact market a Blu-ray player, though further details are scanty. It's not known whether it will emerge in the North American, European, Japanese, or world markets.
 |  Apr 05, 1998  |  0 comments

According to Italian researchers, seizures caused by flashing video games and television shows can be minimized by using higher-frequency display rates. Such seizures affect about 10% of epilepsy sufferers between the ages of 7 and 19. In December, <I>Pokomon</I>, a popular Japanese television show with brightly flashing scenes, induced blackouts and epileptic seizures in more than 700 young victims, many of whom required hospitalization.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Apr 10, 2009  |  0 comments
Apple will eliminate digital rights management from all songs sold through iTunes.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 25, 2009  |  0 comments
Apple has started selling and renting high-def movies through iTunes.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 07, 2011  |  0 comments
What game-changing moves did yesterday's Apple software announcements hold for home theater enthusiasts?

Among the few mentions of Apple TV, the company's video streaming set top box, came in connection with Photo Stream. This new app pushes photos and other content to the cloud, then sends them to your computer, portable, and other devices. Apple TV is one of those devices.

SV Staff  |  Oct 08, 2009  |  0 comments
iTunes 9 comes with a handful of new features, one of which being the new iTunes LP format. It lets labels release complete albums onto the iTunes music store in an interactive form, with lyrics, liner notes, and cover art available directly...
Peter Pachal  |  Nov 17, 2011  |  0 comments

It's been a big week for digital music. First Apple finally rolled out iTunes Match, the final link in its chain of cloud services, allowing users to get anytime, anywhere access to all those songs they ripped from CDs over the years or acquired by, uh, let's say "other means." Then on Wednesday Google unveiled Google Music, its fully armed and operational online music store.

SV Staff  |  Mar 20, 2009  |  0 comments
Starting today, iTunes users can buy HD movies straight from the iTunes Store. HD movies have been available to rent over iTunes for some time, but this is the first instance of users able to buy them. Instead of $4 for a rental or $15 for an SD...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 24, 2011  |  0 comments
Apple's iTunes music store will soon support audiophile-approved high-res files, according to CNN.

Music industry executives have been discussing the possibility with Apple, reports the news network. If the plan moves forward, it would allow consumers to buy music files encoded at 24-bit resolution, as opposed to the 16 bits used for CDs and compressed files.

SV Staff  |  Sep 09, 2008  |  0 comments
After a year in exile, fans of NBC should rejoice. And there's even more exciting news from Steve Jobs. It is Apple season, after all. First part is that Apple is adding high-definition TV shows to iTunes 8.  Standard def shows cost $1.99 to...
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 01, 2008  |  0 comments
Apple has struck a deal with Hollywood to give iTunes the same release window as brick-and-mortar stores. The same day a movie hits Wal-Mart or Blockbuster on disc, it'll also appear in the iTunes store as a download.
SV Staff  |  Apr 04, 2008  |  0 comments
In fewer than five short years, Apple has managed to whomp the entire music industry. The iTunes online store sold more music in January and February than any other U.S. retailer, including second-place finisher Wal-Mart, according to a report from...
 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Interactive TV (iTV) is about to become a reality, according to a new study released by <A HREF="">The Strategis Group</A>. The study, "Interactive TV: Platforms, Content, and Services," projects that, by 2005, the majority of US households will be iTV-capable, and that active usage will reach over 41 million&mdash;a dramatic rise from the 1 million households using the service this year.