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Europe pushes for DMB mobile TV

June 13, 2009

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Five European countries have established a coalition to push mobile TV services over the DMB and DAB network standards.

The International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) was founded by representatives from the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Malta and Italy, with the goal of promoting TV, radio and data services via DMB, DAB and DAB+ with a nod towards enhanced functionality via other networks, such as 3G and wifi.

The group said it will focus on creating a bigger Pan-European market for DMB terminals through purchasing partnerships, collaborations with other companies and organizations, coordination of technical solutions and the development of business models.

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SD cards to store from 64 GB up to 2 TB

June 13, 2009

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Memory cards based on a new specification will boost storage of consumer electronics to as much as 2TB, according to the SD Association.

Secure Digital memory cards based on the new SDXC (extended capacity) specification could be out as early as next year with a capacity of 64GB, with 2TB available at some future point.

Companies including Panasonic have announced plans to develop memory cards based on the new specification. The SD Association has about 1,100 member companies, including Toshiba and SanDisk, involved in the design, manufacture and sale of products using SD technology.

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Digital TV switch-over underway in the US

June 12, 2009

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The US will officially begin its transition to purely digital TV by shutting down all analog over-the-air broadcasts. Such moves come after a last-minute delay from the government from its original February 17th date after concerns that too many viewers, particularly in poor or rural areas, would lose all access to TV under the original timeframe.

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Blu-ray copying to become legal – Managed Copy

June 12, 2009

Beginning next year, studios and other content holders will be required to give consumers the ability to make one copy of any Blu-ray Disc they buy.

Dubbed “managed copy,” the requirement has long been planned for the Blu-ray format, but has only just been finalized by the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator, a consortium of studios, hardware manufacturers and technology companies that licenses the AACS copy protection used on Blu-ray Discs.

Initially, managed copies can be made to recordable Blu-ray or DVD discs, as a download to a Windows Media DRM-compatible portable player or hard drive, on a memory stick, SD card or as a bound copy, such as a digital copy file on the disc, Ayers said.

Downloads to iPods, iPhones and other Apple devices are not approved, and the AACS-LA has not received a submission from Apple to make Blu-ray copies to Apple devices, though Ayers said Apple could apply at any time. The final AACS license allows for additional copying formats to be added.

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LG Electronics launches first broadband HDTVs that can stream videos from Netflix

June 11, 2009

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Building on its 18-month alliance with Netflix,  LG Electronics has introduced yet another industry first with two new series of Full HD 1080p HDTVs with Netflix instant streaming software embedded directly in the TV and requiring no external device.

Ideal for movie enthusiasts, LG’s LH50 and PS80 series provide access to the Netflix library of more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes available to watch instantly, with hundreds available in HD. Without the need for an external device, the LH50 and PS80 provide consumers access to more content and video on their big screen.

Netflix members pay as little as $8.99 per month for unlimited instant streaming to the LCD or plasma in addition to unlimited DVD and Blu-ray rental from a catalogue of more than 100,000 titles. Instantly streaming content from Netflix to the LG HDTVs requires a broadband connection and relies on a Queue-based user interface.

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