Connected CE and Platforms from 08/2010

Hillcrest Labs' Freespace® in-air pointing and motion-control technology has been chosen by LG Electronics for implementation in 3D- and Internet-ready televisions. The "Magic Wand" remote, which is powered by Hillcrest Labs' technology, will be included in some LG models. Also, Hillcrest announced that Sony has licensed some technology, although terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
by Kurt Scherf | Aug. 30, 2010
Tags: connected CE
Apple has invited the media to a music-themed event on September 1 , leading to much speculation about what might be announced. Here are the potential announcements being kicked around: * Revamp to the iPod lineup; * TV show rentals for $0.99; and * An "iTV" product that might be a stand-alone set-top box like the Apple TV or an integrated connected TV. The big question regarding Apple is whether it will continue to pursue the development of a stand-alone...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Aug. 30, 2010
Tags: connected CE

Marvell's acquisition of the intellectual property and assets of DS2 has rolled up the last of the big independent powerline networking chipset vendors. First, CopperGate acquired the HomePlug assets from Conexant (and then itself got purchased by Sigma Designs), and Atheros purchased Intellon. It's a trend that signifies the importance of well-integrated networking solutions that may leverage at least a couple of networking technologies, including Wi-Fi and "no-new-wires."...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Aug. 23, 2010
Tags: digital media, home network
I had an interesting call with Western Digital yesterday regarding their WD TV Live Plus product, one that we categorize as a Networked Digital Video Player. They indicate that recent sales numbers actually have them leading this category for the U.S. market. They note that they're even beating the vaunted Roku Digital Video Player . After years of hand-wringing about how (or if) digital media adapters would sell (which they really didn't until it was determined that streamed...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Aug. 20, 2010
Tags: apps

One of the key takeaways from our 2010 CONNECTIONS™ conference was a note that we would expect to see more activity in developing security solutions for devices beyond the PC. I have made note of some of the interesting activity in this space this year, particularly with companies such as Mocana being more active in developing security solutions for smartphones. Today's news that Intel is buying McAfee for a is a reflection on the heterogeneity of IP devices, and Intel's own...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Aug. 19, 2010
Tags: CONNECTIONS, security
Today, Verizon announced the development of an app that will allow streaming of FiOS TV to Apple iPads. Verizon's app further expands the growing TV Everywhere trend as well as the number of companies providing video content to the iPad platform. However, before you plan on watching reruns of Top Shot at the office, you may note that Verizon plans for the service to only be available inside the home for FiOS customers.
 
by Brett Sappington | Aug. 18, 2010
Tags: tablets, TV Everywhere

Jim O'Neill wrote a very nice overview of 3DTV on FierceIPTV . The concept of 3D is becoming more of a reality as 3D-ready consumer electronics become more affordable and the availability of content increases. There are many obstacles on the way to success: low consumer engagement, difficulties in marketing 3DTV effectively, advertising issues, etc. However, as I told Jim, "there is no doubt in my mind that 3D is here to stay, and it will be a standard feature in sets...
 
by Pietro Macchiarella | Aug. 18, 2010
Tags: 3D
More U.S. households are watching online video and on a wider variety of devices now than two years ago, but they are not sacrificing their TV viewing to do so. Digital Media Evolution II found 40% of all U.S. broadband homes now regularly watch long-form video on a computer. However, service providers can allay their fears of cord cutting for now as high use of PC video does not yet correlate with decreased TV viewing. People are using online video to fill in the gaps. When it comes...


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