Rounding Up HD News: More BD-Live Capable Players Unveiled, ‘Nightline’ Goes HD

Aug 28, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Samsung, Panasonic, Pioneer to Unveil BD Live-Capable Players
Samsung is likely to introduce its BD-P2500 Blu-ray player, which has interactive BD Live capabilities, at Germany’s IFA show this week and may start selling it as early as next month, Web site EngadgetHD.com says. Meanwhile, Pioneer and Matsushita’s Panasonic will unveil BD Live-capable players at next week’s CEDIA home-theater installation conference in Denver, Video Business says. Yamaha also will use CEDIA to introduce a $1,200 Blu-ray player with picture-in-picture features, Video Business reports.
ABC’s ‘World News Tonight,’ ‘Nightline’ Start HD Broadcasts
ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” this week began broadcasting in high definition as they cover the Democratic National Convention from Denver, Broadcasting & Cable reports. The nightly newscast will broadcast the Republican National Convention in HD next week from Minneapolis-St. Paul and will do the same from its New York studios the week of Sept. 8, when ABC’s “Primetime” and “20/20” also debut in HD, the magazine says. Meanwhile, Matsushita’s Panasonic was named the official HDTV of the Democratic National Convention and is providing the event with 200 Viera plasma televisions, including three 103-inch models.
Cinemax to Go All HD, All the Time
Time Warner unit HBO said its main Cinemax channel next month will start airing full-time in true high definition, becoming the first pay subscription channel to do so. As part of the launch, Cinemax will have the pay TV premieres of movies such as “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Night at the Museum.”
Blu-ray Players to Drop to $150 by the Holidays
The cheapest Blu-ray players will fall below the $200 price level by November and will reach $150 by the holiday season, Web site TVPredictions.com reports. Manufacturers and retailers will drop prices, which have gotten as low as about $230, on older models as they introduce new Blu-ray players with interactive capabilities and other features, the Web site says.
Microsoft Buys Stake in HD Video Service Move Networks
Microsoft paid an undisclosed amount for a stake in high-definition online video service Move Networks, whose customers include Walt Disney’s ABC and ESPN, the Washington Post reports. Utah-based Move had raised more than $60 million in funding from companies such as Cisco and Comcast before Microsoft’s investment, the newspaper says.

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