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February 2009Next Generation Sharp at CES 2009

      Showcasing several revolutionary products and technologies, Sharp presented its next-generation AQUOS® LCD TV with built-in Blu-ray™ player along with new 120 Hz offerings plus, new separate Blu-ray products.

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February 2009Summary INTERNATIONAL CES 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada ? 8 -11 January

Colourful CES 2009 - featuring Green TV and Blu-ray with Internet Interactivity The 2009 CES in Las Vegas was again a massive ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of colourful products [and characters], widgets, gadgets and innovations that are the envy of many to own, both in and especially out of our industry.

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January 2009Samsung at CES 2009 - Summary

Samsung introduced at CES 2009 on 7th January in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, a new category of LED TVs, deeper Content Partnership with Yahoo, plus, unveiled intuitive UI Solutions and evolved “Touch of Colour” design to create new digital lifestyles.

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August 2008 SKY plus goes from strength to strength

According to a 5 August 2008 news release, Sky+, reported as the UK's most popular digital video recorder, added 321,000 customers in the three months to 30 June 08. Over 40% or 3.7 million of Sky's customers now benefit from being able to pause and rewind live TV, record two things at the same time and record a whole series instantly with one button.

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August 2008Olympics go High-Def for the first time

With the Olympics set to start in days, Sky+ HD customers are getting ready for over 500 hours of unrivalled high definition (HD) coverage from BBC HD and Eurosport HD according to a news release from BSKYB 5 August 2008.

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July 2008Sir Alan steps down from Amstrad

Sir Alan Sugar has stepped down as chairman of Amstrad [Alan Michael Sugar Trading] but insists that he is not retiring.  The entrepreneur and self-made multi-millionaire has also become more known as the boardroom chairman in BBC reality TV show The Apprentice.

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July 2008Freeview boxes stop working in North UK

From 1st July 2008, some older digital terrestrial set-top boxes will not work in the STV Central (Scottish), STV North (Grampian), Ulster, Tyne Tees and Border TV regions because of transmitter changes.

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July 2008UK Digital Television Q1 2008 Update

OFCOM has published on 11 July 2008 its Communications Market details: Digital Television Progress Report for the first quarter of 2008 (January-March). This information is of importance to the Trade in general though some consumers may also find it an interesting read regarding DTV progress in the UK.

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July 2008Sony back at IFA in Berlin

Sony announced on 28 July there largest ever experience at IFA to showcase the immediate future of Digital Entertainment.

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June 2008Report of plans for Panasonic 37 inch OLED

Courtesy of Nikkei Electronics, Asia, some media sources reported 24 June, 2008, that Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd are making final adjustments to start volume production of a 37-inch OLED TV in fiscal 2011.

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May 2008Freesat launch in UK

Freesat was launched on 6 May 2008 by both BBC and ITV at a press conference in London, UK. The units were said to be available immediately in some major stores.

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April 2008Freesat deal agreed with Retra

Freesat was launched on 6 May 2008 by both BBC and ITV at a press conference in London, UK. The units were said to be available immediately in some major stores.

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March 2008Pioneer restructure and stop PDP manufacturing

Pioneer Corp. has announced a restructuring that will force it to withdraw from 'own' manufacturing of Plasma Panels and thus procure from the Panasonic [Matsushita] factories. This decision is the result of intense competition and continued price erosion.

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March 2008FREESAT ? HD availability with no subscription

With an expected Spring launch in the UK, a brand new digital satellite TV service offering free HD TV programming at no extra cost comes from the BBC and ITV in the form of FREESAT. This service has NO monthly subscription, only a one-off payment for the FREESAT digital box, a satellite dish and installation. As FREESAT is broadcast via satellite, it is claimed that approximately 98% of households in the UK will be able to receive the digital broadcasts with this system.

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February 2008Toshiba decides to end HD DVD manufacturing

Toshiba announced on Tuesday 19 February 2008 that the Company remains focused on championing consumer access to high definition content, though it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

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February 2008Sony takes climate-save to next level

Sony announced on Wednesday 19 February 2008 it will takes its Climate-Saving commitment to the next level with the introduction of a new European Environmental Communication Programme highlighting, Product, Process and Planet’

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January 2008Pioneer announces 9mm PDP at CES 2008

Pioneer announces KURO Flat Panel technology concepts at their Press Conference at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, that will end the contrast ratio discussion and show an Ultra Thin 9mm thick display exploiting the advantages of self-emitting plasma technology, Pioneers takes “Seeing and Hearing Like Never Before” to greater heights previewing 50-inch Project KURO concepts showing extreme contrast and advanced design.

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January 2008Sharp Displays 108 inch at CES 2008

Sharp introduced a dramatic expansion in the range of LCD TV screen sizes including its 108 inch LCD, a groundbreaking size in the LCD TV industry at the International CES 2008, Las Vegas, USA, held 7-10 January.

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January 2008Stewart Filmscreen win HiVi Prize

Stewart Filmscreen's has received a Grand Prix Award from the Japanese publication HiVi for their Studio Tech 130 G3 front projection screen. Thomas Stewart, CFO of Stewart Filmscreens, went to Japan to personally receive the award during a special awards ceremony attended by 135 of Japan's top audiovisual professionals.

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January 2008Slimmer Larger and Lighter at CES 2008

CES 2008 has been one of the most memorable for many years. Those fortunate enough to visit the annual Las Vegas event will appreciate the value and enormity of the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. Highlighting all in just a few paragraphs is impossible so a snapshot has been prepared of just a few interesting developments though in a nutshell one could say the show showed all that were, SLIM, LIGHT, LARGE, ORGANIC, GREEN, BLACK & BLUE.

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January 2008Warner Bros prefers Blu-ray for ALL HD releases

In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced 4 January 2008 by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

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April 2014SONY Pulls out of OLED

Announced in Japan by Reuters on 16th February 2010, SONY has stopped production of OLED TVs due to sluggish demand.

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