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SV Staff  |  Oct 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Wireless HDMI is a developing technology that will be able to transmit high-def video directly to a screen without running any cables from the video's source. Unfortunately, it still leaves the issue of actually providing power to the screen; even...
SV Staff  |  Jun 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Okay, so maybe when Sony reported that they were planning on downloads for its PS3 platform, they were a little optimistic. Turns out, they're only able to confirm that they can only offer downloads from one movie studio. Wanna take a guess at...
Barry Willis  |  Mar 05, 2000  |  0 comments

As of March 1, <A HREF="">Sony Electronics</A> is offering a nice inducement to home-theater fans: a 30% reduction in the suggested retail prices of 53" and 61" high-definition rear-projection television sets. 1999 list prices for 53" and 61" HDTV RPTV models were $4499 and $5499, respectively. The equivalent models for the year 2000, the KP-53HS10 and KP-61HS10, will be priced at $3199 and $3699&mdash;a discount of approximately 30% from the previous year. Both sets are capable of displaying pictures at 1080i, the highest quality of all varieties of digital video. The price reductions are encouraging news for broadcasters as well as for consumers, as more than 120 stations nationwide now offer HD programming.

HT Staff  |  Sep 06, 2000  |  0 comments
Movies or music? Sony has solved this dilemma with its new Sony DVP-S9000ES, an all-purpose disc spinner that offers progressive-scan video with Super Audio CD capability. Not only will the machine output flicker-free 480p video, it will also play standard music CDs, CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Such versatility enables home theater fans to get the most from their present music and film libraries while being prepared for the future.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 24, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Sony Electronics</A> announced that its newest 16:9 flat-panel plasma display, the PFM-510A1WU high-resolution 42" (viewable area, measured diagonally) monitor, is now available. Sony claims that the new monitor, originally debuted at NAB in April 1999, is one of the first on the market to offer over 1,000,000 pixel capability in a plasma display, and is capable of handling high-definition video signals.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 10, 2011  |  0 comments
Though disc releases are festooned with special features, movies sold as downloads tend to be unadorned. However, Sony Pictures is beginning to add features to movies sold as downloads through iTunes.

You'll be able to search for actors and dialogue, choose clips to share on social networking sites, and find songs embedded in soundtracks. Not surprisingly, the latter will be linked for purchase in the iTunes music store.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 05, 1998  |  0 comments

Entertainment-industry executives should sleep better thanks to a recent announcement from <A HREF="">Sony Corporation</A>. On November 30, Sony announced it has developed robust, multilevel copy protection for the emerging IEEE 1394 interconnect standard, which represents an escalation in the technological war against poachers of intellectual property.

SV Staff  |  Nov 07, 2008  |  0 comments
Looks like I bought a new cellphone a few years too early. While most phones are maxing out these days at around 5 megapixels — 8 if you're lucky — Sony Ericsson just announced plans to blow those numbers out of the water.In a bit of...
SV Staff  |  Sep 09, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony Ericsson isn't going to let Nokia get the upper-hand since announcing unlimited music downloads. Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones will be able to download music from more than just the Sony label. Reportedly, they're in discussion with all of...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Dec 20, 2007  |  0 comments
Sony has become the latest manufacturer to dump its rear-projection television line.
SV Staff  |  Aug 24, 2016  |  1 comments
Sony and Best Buy today announced that starting this week Sony Hi-Res Listening Stations are being rolled out to 250 Magnolia Home Theater locations around the country, joining the 82 Magnolia Design Centers that have had listening stations since late last year. The rollout is expected to be complete by September.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 22, 2005  |  0 comments

At a press event in Pittsburgh, PA, last week, Sony announced two new rear-projection SXRD televisions. Previously available only in the company's upscale Qualia line, SXRD now enters a wider market. The 60-inch KDS-R60XBR1 and 50-inch KDS-R50XBR1 Grand Wega designs, at $5000 and $4000 respectively, are still priced toward the high-end, but they are now in direct competition with top-of-the-line sets using other digital display technologies.

SV Staff  |  Sep 26, 2008  |  0 comments
They promised, and now they've delivered. Sony has just released the firmware update for their BDP-S350 Blu-ray Disc Player to add BD-Live functionality, improved BD-Java compatibility, and better remote control sensitivity for  when the...
HT Staff  |  Dec 21, 2000  |  0 comments
Improvement wrought by Sony and other manufacturers is bringing flatscreen monitors into territory they weren't originally intended to serve. First developed for commercial signage and public information display, flatscreen monitors---especially the type known as plasma display panels (PDPs)---have seen huge advances in contrast ratio and reduction of motion artifacts, to such an extent that they can be seriously considered by even hard-to-please home theater fans.
SV Staff  |  Apr 24, 2014  |  0 comments
Sony is aiming to make high-resolution music available to a broader audience with the introduction of high-rez-capable AV receivers, a Blu-ray-based home theater system, and a series of speakers, all due out in May. Two of four new receivers and the Blu-ray system are equipped to handle a variety of audio formats from FLAC to Sony's own Direct Stream Digital (DSD), originally developed for Super Audio CD.