Back in October Macbook event, Steve Job expressed his view on Blu-ray’s gimmick as a “bag of hunt”, its licensing were too complex and the company hinted to wait on prices to fall further before entering the market. Job was right about the complication; and today, the founders of Blu-ray have revealed plan to unify the Blu-ray standard licensing, which would result in much simplified registering process and lower Blu-ray products cost, by as much as 40 percent less.
Philips is on the roll with technology headline today, says my News Reader – their Glasses-Free 3D technology gains support in US, and its first NET TV are debuting in UK. This one wouldn’t top the last two, but a follow-up to another Philips product that’ve been captivating Home Cinema fans worldwide since it broke cover.
Philips has priced out the unprecedented 21:9 Cinema LCD and announced a June release in UK. The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you €4000 (£3535/$5044), It’s slightly expensive for nowadays cost per viewing inch displays but none of them offer you a true anamorphic widescreen aspect like the Philips.
Traditionally, AV equipments are retailed more in Europe than here, don’t be surprise to see a $4000 or less suggested retail when the 52-inch 21:9 makes its way to US.
The increasingly popular stereoscopic 3D technologies are everywhere, from live sport, PC and gaming console to the upcoming Blu-ray equipped player, but all of them require wearing a stereoscopic glasses that many have reluctant to try. It’s not about appearance, though it looks silly in some way, but what happen you’ve lost the glasses when the entertainment is calling on you? 3DFusion has the answer, how about a GLASSES-FREE 3D display?
Philips has today unveiled an Internet-based TV service, NET TV, to be available in UK. Initial rollout targets its high-end TVs lineup (series 8000-9000, and recently announced Cinema 21:9 ), enabling partnered internet contents to be displayed and browsed though a user-friendly and a simplified web-TV layout.
amBX, the Philips Ambilight spin-off, have announced that they and Sony have signed a deal that will see real-world sensory experiences – for instance light, colour, rumble and air flow – used by the PS3. The agreement will see amBX technology made compatible with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) hardware, so that upcoming games, music, movies, Internet and TV content will work with licensed amBX peripherals.
Couple weeks ago, Philips teased us with the world’s first ultra wide 21:9 cinema aspect 56-inch LCD, and launched a promote web site to prove its existence. Today, they have unveiled the much-secret display in UK, but once again, technical details were left out.
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Philips is the latest big-name electronics firm to announce their Q4 financial performance, and anyone hoping for an industry turnaround will still be disappointed. Overall sales for Q4 2008 were down 9-percent over the same quarter 2007, with Philips' consumer lifestyle division - i.e. those responsible for HDTVs and other mainstream electronics - seeing 24-percent lower sales. That led to an overall net loss of €1.47bn ($1.9bn) for the quarter compared to Q4 2007.
Most of your favorite HDTV programs are broadcasted at 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect, but some cinematic movies are formatted at anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Some projector users are known to have equipped anamorphic widescreen for such standard, then utilizing an anamorphic lens to convert 16:9 materials. Never before, a natively cinema widescreen resolution was featured on a flat screen; until now, Philips has took the initiative to launch the first 21:9 cinema-proportioned LCD TV.
Not everyone has an All-in-One Home theater system that can manage its full-feature within a single remote control. Thanks to a programmable Universal remote control, I’m able to operate multiple electronic consumer devices using a single controller device on my component shelf, regardless of the brand. If you are in the process to eliminate the need of multiple remote control units, Philips has refreshed their Prestigo Universal remote line-up with SRT 9320 with a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD screen mixed with hard buttons. It worth a look.
The SRT9320 can control up to 20 devices and is completely programmable to enable multi-devices macro and learning modes. Though it come equipped with a USB port for software update, the device can be programmed directly without the need of the software apps. The touchscreen LCD can display your favorite channel line-up and customized commands.
Unlike their flagship Pronto series remote control, the Prestigo doesn’t has a cradle or charger docking station (doesn’t use rechargeable battery) and it lacks the much-advanced RF capabilities. Priced at $249, Philips' Prestigo SRT9320 is slated to release in the first quarter of 2009.
Philips have unveiled a new stereo Bluetooth headset that not only streams music from your cellphone but has its own onboard storage too. The Philips GoGear LUXE incorporates Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP stereo support, dual microphones and 2GB of integrated storage; there's also a single-line LCD display that shows Caller ID and track details.
The Philips Research team responsible for the Ambilight color-changing LED system used on several Philips HDTVs, and which recently was established as the amBX division, has separated and will be run as a single business. While Philips will still licence the technology – which synchronizes colors to emphasize the on-screen image – amBX will also market it to other companies in the hope that it becomes an industry standard. As well as color, amBX devices can also use sound, rumble, airflow and, soon, smell to augment the on-screen entertainment or gaming experience.