Oct 10 2006

News - Logitech Enhances Mid-Range Harmony Remote with Easy-to-Use Harmony 670

FREMONT, Calif. — Oct. 10, 2006 — Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the mid-range Harmony® 670 advanced universal remote, which builds on the features of the company´s popular Harmony® 659 remote, with enhancements that make controlling today´s complex home-entertainment systems even easier.

The new remote features improved one-touch activity buttons and a button layout optimized to control digital video recorders (DVRs) such as TiVo®. It´s also the company´s first remote to include the new Harmony 7.0 software, which makes setting up the remote and fine-tuning it on the PC easier than ever. And like all of Logitech´s award-winning family of Harmony remotes, the Harmony 670 remote can completely control an entertainment system — it´s the only remote people will need.

 

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It's going to go for  MSRP of $149.99...i tried looking for a picture of it, but couldn't find one. If you do, send it my way & I'll post it. Always love what those fellas at Logitech come up with.

Oct 10 2006

News - Next-Generation Set-Top Platforms Supporting Microsoft TV IPTV

Just curious to see how long they'll continue IPTV so distant from Media Center, even though I can see useful features from both.

PARIS — Oct. 10, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and leading set-top box manufacturers Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Inc., Philips and Tatung Co. today announced at Broadband World Forum Europe that advanced system-on-a-chip (SoC) set-tops, which will greatly enhance the Internet Protocol television (IPTV) user experience, are now available to support Microsoft® IPTV Edition software platform deployments with leading telecommunications carriers worldwide. An integral part of the IPTV ecosystem, SoC set-tops will enable service providers to begin delivering high-definition TV (HDTV), digital video recording (DVR) and picture-in-picture functionalities as well as other advanced features in the future, enhancing consumers’ television-viewing experience.

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No idea what IPTV looks like? You're not alone! But luckily, someone in Germany was kind enough to post some screenshots. Pretty neat.  

Oct 10 2006

News - Xbox 360 owners to spurn HD DVD drive

I'll file this under, too early to tell so quit making predictions category. However, since we are I might as well talk about it. Yet another journal is predicting the outcome of the format wars. This time around, the victor shall be Blu-ray because the Xbox360 owners will not buy the HD DVD add on. I think they are discounting the fact that the add on is significantly cheaper then any other HD option out there.

From the article:

According to predictions by trade journal Screen Digest, only 10 percent of Xbox 360 users will invest in the system’s optional HD DVD drive. For this reason, the trade analyst says it’s difficult to gauge the influence of the 360 on the HD format war. It concludes that Blu-ray retains the upper hand.  

Oct 10 2006

News - Sharp ships new twin-tuner Freeview PVR

Sharp has just released a new DVR with twin Freeview tuners. The 160GB model supports the 8 day Freeview EPG along with a PIP function. As well, this model will record subtitles if recording your favorite foreign language film.

From the article:

Other features of the R160H worth a mention include an unusually low power consumption rate of 0.5W in Standby mode (many similar products on the market consume more than 15W); quieter running time than competitors thanks to an internal design that means there’s no need for a cooling fan; two Scart connections (1 x RGB, 1 x SVHS); RS232 connection; and an optical digital audio output.

Oct 10 2006

News - What Are the Ugliest Products on the Market?

I really can;t think of too many ugly products at the moment. Luckily, CE Pro News has a couple of them. Any product that looks "a bit too much like Charlie Brown's teeth" has to be one only its mother could love ;). What ugly products can you think of? My wife says the Silver Sensor style antenna's fit into this category.

From the article:

The Campinile series of floorstanding speakers from Bolzano Villetri are supposed to emulate the look of a classic Italian bell tower. The company had a booth at the CEDIA Expo, where I snapped the photo. I know that some of the best-looking designs in the consumer electronics industry are Italian, but this looks a little too funky for me. By the way, I did listen the speakers at the booth and they sounded great.

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