The Logitech Revue started shipping this month in the US. One of the first devices to integrate Google TV, the Revue allows you to watch content from the TV, DVR, or Internet seemlessly without switching inputs or devices. You can fully search the Web, Android apps, movies and more from your HDTV (HDMI required). For example, watch a movie on Amazon Video On Demand, search for a YouTube video, or watch a TV show and check your fantasy league standings at the same time. You can also operate all your systems with one keyboard controller with touch pad. The Revue is also expandable via accessories and apps such as Netflix and Pandora.
Leaked memos from AT&T a few days ago showed how an Xbox 360 could be used as a receiver for U-verse TV. AT&T makes it official today, announcing an Oct. 15 launch of the U-verse feature which will allow you to use the gaming console in place of a U-verse receiver. According to a U-verse rep, no hard drive will be required unless you plan on using the Xbox as a DVR.
D-Link’s Boxee Box has now become available for pre-order in the US through Amazon and in Canada through BestBuy and Future Shop. Team Boxee says those who pre-order Boxee Box through Amazon in the US will get it before it goes on sale anywhere else. The Boxee Box will have more access to HD content than the PC application (supporting 1080p, H.264 Level 4.1, and 5.1 surround sound) and comes with with a stylish sliding remote. Service on the Boxee Box (Model #DSM-380) shows HMDI, Optical audio, stereo audio, ethernet and two USB ports. Boxee Box is currently available for $199 ($30 off the list price of $229).
Upcoming HD entertainment system XStreamHD has signed with Lionsgate to digitally distribute movies from the studio’s 12,000 title library. Through the agreement XStreamHD will be able to sell or rent HD titles, including new releases from the studio.
LG has finally made available two HDTVs with Netflix streaming capabilities. The 77-inch 47LH50 LCD and 50-inch 50PS80 plasma are now shipping in the States. Two other models — a 42-inch LCD (42LH50) and 60-inch plasma (60PS80) — should be shipping sometime this summer.
Amazon.com is throwing in a Denon Blu-ray player with the purchase of any qualifying Denon home theater receiver. The DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray player is no lightweight either, literally. The 20lb player supports 1080p/24fps, 10-bit processing, 36-bit Deep Color, and Dolby TrueHD (7.1 channel) audio. The BD player normally sells for about $499 ($899 MSRP).
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its list of finalists for the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards. The list includes electronics suppliers, system integrators and training programs. The winners will be announced during the tenth annual Electronic House Expo (EHX) on Friday, March 13, 2009. Among the categories listed include “Best Video Component” and “Best Video Display.”
Onkyo, who once produced HD DVD players for the now defunct format, has announced it will release a Blu-ray Disc player by the end of 2008. The player will be 1080p compatible (I would hope so) and HDMI capable. For audio the player is supposed to support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Who says you need an HDTV to watch high-definition television? You can actually watch HD shows on your computer whether it be a PC or Mac, tower or laptop. You just need a USB device from Pinnacle (an Avid company), or from Elgato (a privately held company out of Germany and San Francisco.) The devices act as tiny receivers, converting television signals and transmitting them to your PC via USB port.
Verizon Communications, which recently signed up its 1 millionth FiOS TV subscriber, has been forced to tell some new customers to sit tight for a few weeks before they can get high-definition service because it has no more HD set-tops …