AT&T is making U-verse subscribers an offer they may not want to refuse. A new U-verse Mobile App for iPhone and BlackBerry Torch can set up recordings for playback on home DVRs and, via cloud computing, on portable devices as well.
In the fast-paced Web world, nothing remains the same for long. So it is with UltimateAVmag.com. We decided it was time for a major makeover, and the result is now staring you in the facewelcome to the new UAV!
Panasonic has released six new combo DVRs and Blu-ray disc recorders, with the latter offering 100 gigabytes per disc, way in excess of conventional Blu-ray's 25GB per layer or 50GB per side. Before you get too excited, note that like BD component recorders in general, these products are for the Japanese market only and are unlikely to come to the U.S. anytime soon.
A weekend of 3D demo events will entertain a grateful nation next month. The 3D demo days will be sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association and ESPN with the additional participation of AT&T, Comcast, and DirecTV.
Until now the default price for an album download has been $9.99, with iTunes setting the standard for other music download stores. But a recent pricing experiment involving Arcade Fire and Amazon suggests that a lower price will turn more downloaders into paying customers.
THX and BluFocus are getting together to "build an ecosystem of services to address the technical challenges of 3D post-production," a press release says. Their certification program will address a/v quality, artistic fidelity, viewer fatigue, and interoperability of discs and players.
Heard of Sezmi? The company offers what it calls a personalized TV solution that integrates DTV broadcasts with online and on-demand video. Having originated in Los Angeles, it is expanding service to 36 other U.S. television markets in 23 states.
Last week, Home Theater editor Shane Buettner, UAV editor Scott Wilkinson, and I visited the Hollywood facilities of The Best Practices Laboratory. BPL is an independent technology laboratory located at the historic Raleigh Studios. Established under a different name in 1915 (it became Raleigh in 1980), Raleigh today is primarily dedicated to the production of independent films, commercials, and TV shows. (When we were there they were filming The Closer, Private Practice, and Castle.)