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post Nov 21 2004, 11:03 PM
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Gigabit Wi-Fi looms large blink.gif

Linspire's Robertson embraces Windows Media mad.gif

Nvidia wins big Aldi deal cool.gif

Sigourney Weaver books flight with Virgin Galactica laugh.gif
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post Jan 9 2005, 08:47 PM
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HP goes Media Center, HD TV nuts Full range of wobulators wink.gif

ATI RS400 puts Intel 915 graphics to shame

Modix HD-3510: The USB hard drive box becomes a DVD player!

Dolby waves its big Codecs
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post Jan 10 2005, 10:49 AM
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Shuttle XPC Pentium M htpc

some more pics and info on the shuttle htpc. looks pretty good to me. based on the cool and quiet pentium m and the upcoming alviso chipset. its also a much better case shape(compared to the regular boxy shuttle cases) to fit with home theatre components. http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=2317&p=5
due: Q2-Q3
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post Jan 13 2005, 07:07 PM
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Intel to launch complete Media Center systems
CES 2005 This is going to cause unhappiness

By Charlie Demerjian: Sunday 09 January 2005, 20:53

INTEL'S HOME MEDIA STRATEGY is about to take a sharp left turn, and take it into waters that it has only ventured into before. It is going to launch a complete barebones system for home media centers. This is going to irritate a lot of vendors all at once, and have some mind-bending PR explanation to it that will probably drive me into a foetal position.
The device itself is a complete machine lacking only CPU, HD an RAM. Graphics are powered by an X300SE video card, adequate for putting pixels on a screen, but not so much for gaming, with dual Avermedia NTSC tuners backing it. There is also a 16X DVD+R drive included, and the standard MS Media Center remote comes in the box.

The back side is filled with ports, both in and out, and it should connect to most existing devices in your entertainment center.

The HTPC will sell for about $750-850 with typical configurations going for $1300 or so when you put in the parts that Intel does not include. While there is no official word, we plan on asking Chipzilla if there is an A64 version coming, it makes a lot of sense for Intel to cover all bases here.

These systems will be sold through two distributors, TNH and Synnex (SP?). Even then, it is said to only be given to authorized buyers, so you can't just pick one up if you don't like the color choices Shuttle offers. Look for systems based on them from most tier-2 vendors in a few months.

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post Jan 19 2005, 09:23 PM
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LCD response times a real can of worms cool.gif

Benq has 6ms LCD monitor in wings rolleyes.gif

Decidedly dodgy standards dog digital radio ohmy.gif

By Wil Harris: Tuesday 18 January 2005, 12:24
THE RACE to provide the world with digital radio services is creating a new standards war, it has emerged.
With no less than three terrestrial standards for digital radio and further competing satellite products, the world is looking increasingly fragmented as different territories choose to adopt different standards.

At CES last week, the HDRadio consortium announced that twenty of America's top radio broadcast groups had agreed to convert 2,000 AM and FM stations to digital HD radio. The consortium has had increasing success in building the US market, with supporting articles appearing in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Car Audio magazine. The equipment hasn't had the same time to mature, however, with radios still costing in and around the $300 mark.

Meanwhile, here in the UK, the BBC is head of a group of media broadcasters that have adopted the DAB banner, and anyone living in the UK will have found it impossible to miss the adverts for Aunty's digital service. The difference between the US and UK approach is primarily in the codec used for compressing the digital audio and the noise filtering system used by the actual equipment. DAB equipment is now going incredibly cheap, meaning that almost anyone can afford to buy into the digital revolution.

However, recent rumblings from abroad have caused something of an underground panic amongst terrestrial digital proponents. Germany has taken the step of halting all licences for DAB radio, because it wants it replaced with a higher quality service. There is a growing concern that, because the UK is leading the way for DAB digital radio, it will ironically end up with the lowest quality service because of the inefficiencies of that standard.

DVB-H, the standard Germany is looking into, is roughly five times more efficient than DAB when looking at the codec compression and bandwidth usage. It is based on AAC audio (the native format of Apple's iTunes), whereas DAB is based on ancient MP2 technology. Because of the increased efficiency, 121 stations can be fit in the same space as 22 DAB channels using DVB-H, or 81 channels using compression that would make the audio clearer than over DAB.

All this, of course, is increased competition for XM Satellite radio, a service which is really beginning to take off in the US. XM is commercial free and operates on a subscription model. It provides incredible audio clarity and over 100 channels covering sports, music and talk. It is heavily centrally controlled, and whether or not this will affect its growth we are yet to see.

Digital radio, then, is still a minefield. Whilst FCC Chairman Michael Powell may have said that "If it stays analogue, broadcasters will end up on the 'ash heap' of technology", it seems that the major players in the radio industry are far from certain about the best way to move into the digital age when it comes to codecs, bit-rates and standards. Maybe they should have a pow-wow with the DVD boys?
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post Jan 26 2005, 11:00 AM
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Putting aside the incredible stupidity of yet another broadcast standard rolleyes.gif


First China-designed digital TV chip passes appraisal
China's first ever home-made digital TV chip "Zhongshi No. 1" Saturday passed technical appraisal by experts from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The chip, which integrates more than 70 memory units, 2 millionlogic gates and 20 million transistors, has outperformed European and American products in terms of sensitivity and anti-jamming capacities at far lower costs.

The chip was made by Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, according to Zhou Dian, president of the School of Microelectronics of Fudan University, independent designer of the product.

"Zhongshi No. 1" was based on China's DMB-T standard and has outdone European and US standards for experimental broadcasts of digital TV, respectively known as DVB-T and ATSC, in terms of definition, noted Zhou......
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post Jan 26 2005, 01:56 PM
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Chinese manufacturers sue DVD patent pool
By Tony Smith
Published Tuesday 25th January 2005 12:03 GMT

The company charged with licensing the intellectual property enshrined in the DVD standard has been accused of violating US antitrust laws by a pair of peeved player makers from China.


CE giants open DRM to the community
By Faultline
Published Monday 24th January 2005 14:04 GMT
The leading vendors in consumer electronics have banded together to create a Community Source Program for digital rights management and will license the whole kit and caboodle, the patents, copyrights, compliance logo and source code to anyone that wants it.

And whilst we are on the topic laugh.gif sad.gif laugh.gif sad.gif
http://www.eff.org/IP/Video/HDTV/?f=broadcastflag.html ] http://www.eff.org/IP/Video/HDTV/?f=broadcastflag.html [/URL]
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post Jan 26 2005, 02:02 PM
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F*cking typical 3rd world treatment of anyone who doesn't live in the USA mad.gif

Studios announce HD DVD movie release lists
By Tony Smith
Published Friday 7th January 2005 19:07 GMT

CES 2005 While games publisher Vivendi Universal was touting its support for the Blu-ray Disc format yesterday, the movie business in which it owns a 20 per cent stake, Universal Studios, was announcing plans to release 16 HD DVD titles in the US.

It was joined by Paramount, which will ship the first titles from its initial 20-strong list of HD DVD products in Q4 2005, and by Warner Bros., which plans to lead the field with a catalogue of 50 HD DVD titles, again commencing Q4 2005.

Warner's line-up includes titles from Lord of the Rings producer New Line Entertainment - though the studio did not yesterday commit itself to offering those movies, in either their cinema or extended versions, on the new format. The 50-title list also include HBO productions The Sopranos and Angels in America.

[I]All these releases will be pitched at the US home video market. None of the companies concerned were willing to discuss when European roll-outs are likely to take place. DVD-style region coding is expected to be imposed on all future releases.[/I]
It's also certain that a premium will be imposed on the new content, with disc prices only approaching those of DVDs today when the market matures. So like Super Audio CD and DVD Audio, HD DVD is likely to start out as a niche product, priced accordingly. Certainly, the studio representatives speaking to reporters yesterday gave no indication that price will be used to drive HD DVD into the mainstream. Instead, they're relying on the level of HD TV ownership to steer consumers toward the new format.

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