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Adding to the rush of recently introduced miniature USB digital TV products, Leadtek have just sent out a press release introducing their new WinFast DTV Dongle. All the details reside in the announcement here folks.
Taiwan- November 11, 2005 - Leadtek® Research Inc., a world-leading VGA card and multi-media solution provider, introduced new released of the world's small form factor DVB-T solution for PC: Winfast® DTV Dongle, an enhanced USB 2.0 version TV box. With compact, slim and noiseless thermal design, no extra power adapter required, simply plug & Play digital terrestrial TV on your PC is no longer a vision of imagination.
Released within a day of Compro's comparable offering, Info-Tek have unveiled their GECUBE Digital TV Walker which makes for easy digital TV tuning and recording capabilities whilst on the go. You can get to all the details over at the official site folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 8, 2005--Info-Tek Corporation, the major supplier of the world's leading graphics card brand GECUBE, has announced the new release of a complete DVB-T tuner USB solution--the GECUBE Digital TV Walker. A mobile multimedia device that allows users to watch and record TV on the go, the TV Walker supports high-definition digital TV and radio broadcasts.
The GECUBE Digital TV Walker is a lightweight multimedia solution perfect for executives or those constantly traveling on the road. By simply plugging the GECUBE Digital TV Walker into notebook's USB interface, users can watch local digital TV or listen to radio broadcasts conveniently anywhere and anytime.
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With PCI-Express equipped motherboards now becoming far more prominent in the market place these days, it's only a matter of time before the ole' PCI standard is looked upon in a similar light to the prehestoric ISA ages. However, what good is PCIe if companies arn't providing products to support it?
Video card wise, we certainly haven't anything to worry about with full 16x PCIe support across the board nowadays, but what about all the other PCIe devices many are still waiting upon such as soundcards, RAID 0/1/5 controller cards, gigabit network cards, and others of that nature? Unfortunately there isn't much happening in this area just yet as we play the waiting game for companies to fully adopt the new higher throughput/less limiting interface and start hitting the markets with superior PCIe equivilents of their products.
Avermedia have made the right step at the right time I believe, with an announcement coming in today from Intel's Developer Forum in Taipei which details their move towards PCIe with a couple of new TV tuner cards (one of which was introduced back in September at IDF in San Francisco). The well featured AverTV ExpressCard (E508) is aimed at smaller notebook and SFF PCs, whilst their just launched AverTV PCI Express Dual (M1A3) is a "hardware" based dual-tuner offering which allows one to minimize CPU usage whilst recording a particular channel and watching another simultaneously.
The full scoop on these new PCIe based TV tuners in Avermedia's supporting PR folks.
The new AverTV PCI Express Dual (M1A3) also demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum, employs two TV Tuners which allow users to watch one channel while recording another simultaneously. The M1A3 also incorporates two hardware video encoders reducing the loading onto the CPU. You can simply watch TV without any interruption whilst working on a PC.
"AVerMedia has been committed to developing cutting edge video and multimedia products. We are pleased to have developed the ExpressCard and the new PCI Express TV Tuner products. To be able to support Intel's new solutions with these innovative TV tuner solutions is really exciting," said Dr. J. Allan Yang, CTO of AVerMedia.
In order to be a total PCTV solution provider, AVerMedia will roll out a series of products with ExpressCard's form factor in 2005, such as a 34mm DVB-T ExpressCard, a 54mm Hybrid ExpressCard, a 54mm MCE ExpressCard and a 34mm ATSC ExpressCard.
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Now this is cool! Imagine you're standing in line at the local theater to buy tickets for that new movie you're just dying to see. Suddenly, a dinosaur roars, a battle rages, or a pretty actress winks at you. It's not your imagination. The next step in your moviegoing experience may be the way of the interactive movie poster.
MOVIE posters - paper-and-ink enticements that can be traced to the days of nickelodeons - have over the decades become so commonplace in theater lobbies that they have practically faded into the wallpaper for millions of American moviegoers. Noticed, maybe, yet never really seen.More information @ The New York Times
But what if those posters could talk? What if Leonardo DiCaprio could stare out from a wall and wink at passers-by? What if, rather than being frozen on a poster for the latest James Bond movie, Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry could leap in a full-motion, fist-flying fury to a stereo soundtrack? And what if these posters could interact with film patrons, recognizing their tastes and quickly matching their interests with trailers and show times for movies that they most likely want to see?
For the last five years Stephan Fitch and his company, Thinking Pictures, have been quietly working to recast movie posters with precisely those capabilities and more!
With the shadow of Digital TV growing, there could be some unexpected surprises in the future ahead. While Digital TV is definately going to be the next best thing in the world of Television, some of the things we're used to might not be there when Digital TV steps up to the plate.
Television broadcasters are required to switch to digital, copy-protected signals by January 1, 2007. When this happens, more than 300 million televisions and VCRs will be useless.Notice that these quotes state that your TV's and VCR's will be useless.. not could. Of course, I'm sure new technology will move in to fill that void, but it's still the principle of it all that gets my feathers ruffled.
The draft being considered by the House subcommittee also lays the groundwork for "broadcast flag" content protection. Broadcasters would send their video encoded with a security "flag" that would prevent customers from taping a program on one system and moving it to another for viewing. The FCC should require all digital devices to contain such copy controls by January 1, 2006, according to the subcommittee's draft recommendation.
More information @ Yahoo! News