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Christie Home Entertainment at CEDIA Expo 2014

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CEDIA ChristieChristie launches a first in its 85-year history-- a home entertainment division, revealed at CEDIA Expo 2014 with a variety of 3-chip DLP, 1-chip DLP, flat panel and audio solutions aimed at the consumer segment.

At CEDIA, a Christie home entertainment theatre demoes DCI and alternative 4K content, while smaller secondary displays show off alternative content.

Visitors also get the chance to win a pair of M1 Vive Audio speakers.


The Most Mega TiVo Yet

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TiVo reveals its biggest DVR-- the whole home capable TiVo Mega, an appropriately named STB featuring 24 terabytes of storage, the equivalent of 26000 hours (or 1083 days, or 3 years) of TV.

Tivo Mega"TiVo Mega offers more than twelve times the storage of any cable or satellite DVR," the company claims. "TiVo Mega is the solution for the power user who wants to record everything."

Designed for the most hardcore of customers, the TiVo Mega weighs around 20kg and is rack-mountable. It carries 10 hot-swappable RAID 5 HDDs inside a server-style "anodised precision-machined" enclosure, as well as 6 tuners allowing it to record up to 6 channels simultaneously.


Beter "Drop-n-Rip Archiving" for LiivNAS

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VidaBox improves the "Drop-n-Rip Archiving" software on the LiivNAS Blu-ray, DVD and music servers-- the system now automatically updates missing metadata and allows for easy imports of digital video content.

VidaBoxMetadata updates take place automatically whenever the server is connected to the internet, and include missing cover art and details. This replaces the use of VidaBox's Collection Management software.

“These new features make our LiivNAS an ideal choice for clients who have an existing movie collection that they want to integrate seamlessly, and also in setups where internet connectivity is not guaranteed,” VidaBox says.  “ For example, in mobile installations like yachts or planes, an internet connection is not always available.  Discs archived during these internet outages will appear as “Other Title” or other generic description, since there’s no metadata.  This leads to confusion, especially if many titles were archived during the outage."


IHS: High Hopes for European Netflix Expansion

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IHS predicts international customers will make 20% of overall Netflix subscribers as the video streaming service is set to be available in Belgium France, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland and Germany by end 2014.

Netflix According to the analyst the move will see the addition of 5-6 million new subscribers.

"Between the expansion of Netflix and its growing popularity in markets such as the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Scandinavia, we anticipate that the company will add a total of 8m new subscribers to its European tally by the end of 2018,” IHS says.

Further on the analyst says the Netflix rollout should propel the W. European online subscription market to a 35% CAGR over the next 5 years.


Marantz Intros SR5009, Dolby Atmos Products

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Marantz updates its network AV receiver lineup with the SR5009, a home theatre receiver including both wifi and Bluetooth, and announces its first Dolby Atmos-compatible AVR and preamp/processor.

MarantzBluetooth and wifi connectivity allow the SR5009 to access media on PCs or external storage units, with a built-in media player taking care of playback duties. It handles MP3, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV 192/24, AAC, gapless, DSD and AIFF formats, and also streams via Apple AirPlay, web radio and Spotify Connect.

It features 7 channels, each with 180W, and even supports 4K/UHD and 3D, with 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. Further features include Audyssey MultiEQ XT room connection, 4 Smart Select buttons, FM/AM tuner and support for the Marantz Remote mobile device app.


Wifi, Bluetooth for Denon AVR Trio

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Denon launches the AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W and AVR-X3100W-- a trio of AV receivers equipped with wifi, Bluetooth aptX and Apple Airplay connectivity as well as the latest Denon surround sound and HDMI specification.

Denon AVRThe AVR-X1100W is the more basic model, being a 7.2-channel with built-in wifi and USB port allowing connection to Spotify, iDevices (via Airplay), users' music libraries and DLNA-compatible devices.

It also includes 5 HDMI inputs (2 HDMI 2.0 4K ready), 1 HDMI output and a power rating at 80W (8 ohm 20-20kHz 0.08%) per channel.

The AVR-X2100W builds on the AVR-X1100W with a power amplifier pushing 95W per channel (8 ohm 20-20kHz 0.085), 8 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs and a video processor allowing the unit to upscale standard and HD video up to 4K.


PS Vita TV Makes it to Europe

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Remember the Playstation Vita TV, the Sony Japan-only micro console? Only scratch that last bit-- at E3 2014 the company announces the devices is making to European markets as the Playstation TV.

Playstation TVIn way of refresher, the Playstation TV is basically a PS Vita handheld console reworked into a small (6.4 x 10.5cm) STB. It connects to TVs via HDMI and plays select downloadable PS Vita, PSP and PS One games using up to two Dualshock wireless controllers.

In addition it also supports PS4 Remote play (ie game streaming from PS4 consoles) and PS3 games through the forthcoming Playstation Now service.