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LG might show off Google TV hardware at CES

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Turns out the Apple TV isn’t the only one to see rehashed rumors making the rounds, as Bloomberg has dredged up “people with knowledge of the project” to say LG could show off hardware featuring Google TV at CES 2012. Of course, slow-to-materialize new software apparently put a stop to LG, Sharp, and Toshiba’s plans at last year’s show, leaving Samsung and Vizio alone to bear the flag. Making the timing of this rumor conspicuous however, is news of Logitech sitting out the next round of Google TV, the aforementioned Cupertino project, and Sony’s promise of a “different kind of TV” floating around recently. Now that the Honeycomb update and Android Market access actually exist, Google’s next big task is securing more partnerships for content and hardware — we’ll find out how successful it’s been in January.

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Report: 3.5 million 3D Blu-ray discs ‘sold’ in first year, half were bundled with hardware

Friday, July 15th, 2011


If we’re looking at sales figures of 3.5 million units in the first year for a new laptop, smartphone, or camera, then we might be impressed. But 3D Blu-ray discs? When half were included in the box with a Blu-ray player? Man, that’s gotta sting. Those numbers are based on an IHS Screen Digest estimate, tallying US sales beginning in June of 2010 and ending last month, though many larger titles didn’t make their debut until later in the year. Still, if those results are even in the ballpark of official (unreleased) numbers from BD distributors, then things really aren’t looking up for 3D. With fewer than 100 titles even available on Blu-ray, however, we’re not really surprised that discs aren’t exactly flying off the shelves. Obviously, as a growing number of movies are filmed in 3D we’ll see BD title availability increase as well, but with the technology’s lackluster beginnings over the last year and no sign that consumers are ready to spend more to embrace that new dimension, 3D may continue its slow crawl toward the mainstream for some time to come.

Report: 3.5 million 3D Blu-ray discs ‘sold’ in first year, half were bundled with hardware originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Denon, Marantz audio hardware gets AirPlay update

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

iPodNN: Selected Denon and Marantz audio hardware should now finally support Apple’s AirPlay streaming technology, as promised, the two companies say. Supported Denon receivers include the…



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Six major studios to distribute UltraViolet titles by mid year, hardware to come later

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
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Some days our dream of being able to watch anything, anywhere, anytime, and on any screen seems like it’ll never happen, but other days are like today. Yes, today every major studio, except Disney, announced that it would start distributing movies that will work with any UltraViolet devices, software or services. We learned on the Engadget HD podcast that this means that if you buy a movie one way (DVD, VOD, hotel PPV, whatever) you can view it on just about any other without paying again. PC software and updates for existing devices are expected to start rolling out later this year — so much for launching in 2010 — but we’ll have to wait for CES next year to learn about all our gadgets that can’t, or won’t, be updated. Of course the dream will only come true if everyone and everything agrees to play, and while we’re a long way away from finding out if our media consumption fantasy will ever come true, the list of 60 companies that have already pledged their allegiance is a who’s who among media and electronics giants.

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Roku makes hardware and software available to license, embedded TVs can’t be far out

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Aw, suki suki now! Roku — the guys responsible for taking over your living room — just announced that it’s making its hardware and software platform available to license. At first glance, you may assume this means little to nothing for consumers, but you’re (hopefully) mistaken. If you’ll recall, the Roku XD was rebranded in order to slip into Netgear’s vast sales channels, but the software part of this equation has our interest very much piqued. We’ve already seen Vudu’s software baked into a number of HDTVs, and we’re envisioning a future filled with world peace, In-N-Out for all and Roku-embedded television sets. We’ll take two outta three if we have to, though.

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VLC 1.1 released, adds hardware acceleration and new codec support

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

VLC 1.1 was just released, adding hardware acceleration on Windows Vista, 7, and Linux (no mention of the Mac just yet), along with a general 40 percent speed boost from a massive code cleanup. A new add-on and script framework now enables extensions, which should lead to some interesting additions, and the VP8 and MEPG-4 lossless codecs have been added, along with container support for MKV HD and Google’s open-source WebM format. We just gave it a quick try and things certainly do seem to perform as advertised — hit the source link for the download.

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