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Connecting Homes at CEDIA Expo

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Rebecca Day

Conference focuses on managing business during tough 2008 market.

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Panasonic's DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 Blu-ray players integrate proprietary 4:4:4 signal technology that processes each pixel of the Blu-ray video signal in the horizontal direction to complement vertical direction processing. The feature requires playback on a compatible Panasonic Viera PZ800 series TV to “recreate images with the original film quality,” according to the company. The players feature BD-Live and BonusView.

Inteset showed its Media Center extenders and Movie Collection server modules that support Blu-ray. The extenders play back Blu-ray content at 1080p resolution over DVI and HDMI interfaces.

To help spur sales, Inteset is now offering a financing plan through which dealers can buy an Inteset server for $1,000 down and pay the balance plus a finance charge on the server and extenders over a two-year period. Inteset is promoting the financing program as annuity-based revenue to dealers.

The ubiquitous iPod extended its presence in the custom channel with scores of third-party docks and interfaces based on the iPod and iTouch interfaces.

Crestron cemented its support of the iPod as a music source with iServer, a permanent, integrated iPod-based home audio server that connects to a home computer network and automatically syncs with an iTunes library whenever new content is added or new play-lists are created. Creston calls the iServer the “first audio server that stores and plays back iTunes, automatically updates without undocking the iPod, and is permanently installed and available to enjoy at all times.”

Life|ware was previewing its Life|ware client interface for the Apple iPhone and iTouch devices for whole home automation. Using an iPhone or iPod touch, users will be able to connect to their Life|ware systems over the home network. The iPhone or iPod Touch then becomes a full-featured remote control giving the user complete access to and control of all of the home's digital entertainment as well as home-control subsystems such as lighting, climate, security, and surveillance. (See p. 14 for coverage of video technology at CEDIA Expo 2008.)

SVC Online Editor Jessaca Gutierrez contributed to this article.

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