JetBlue providing Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming to flights this week
Passengers of JetBlue will soon be able to stream from Amazon's Prime services during flights, as the airline makes it available via its Fly-Fi in-flight Wi-Fi service. Originally announced in May, the program will provide access to TV shows and movies on Prime Instant Video, as well as the option of renting or buying titles from the Amazon Video store for instant viewing, and listening to Prime Music, with non-Prime members able to sign up for a free trial during the flight itself.
Mitsubishi, Philips, Thompson allege Motorola willfully violating patent
Adding to Google's legal woes due to its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a coalition of companies consisting of Mitsubishi, Philips, and Thompson have filed suit in the Southern District of Florida over the MPEG-2 video codec standard. The complaint alleges that Motorola Mobility is willfully violating patents licensed through the MPEG-LA licensing group and is continuing to receive profit through the group despite no longer paying for a license since December 31, 2010.
Mitsubishi releasing two screens with phone views
Mitsubishi Electric Japan has said it will release two Diamondcrysta WIDE monitors in the near future. Both the RDT234WX-S and RDT234WX are 23-inch, 1920x1080 screens that are able to take video from a smartphone through a HDMI connection.
Elpida files for bankruptcy protection in Japan
Despite recent efforts to team with Toshiba or partner with Micron, Japanese computer chipmaker has filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, The Register reported. The DRAM maker has debts that add up to 448 million yen ($5.6 million). In a statement, the company revealed its actions were made necessary by the falling prices of DRAM products due to competition and record yen values against the US dollar.
Hitachi and Mitsubishi join Sony in going offshore
Hitachi and Mitsubishi have separately made decisions to cease aspects of their Japanese manufacturing operations. Following reports to the effect, Hitachi has announced that it will cease production of plasma and LCD TVs in Japan sold under its Wooo brand by this September. Mitsubishi has also made the decision to stop its Japanese DVD and Blu-ray optical disc manufacturing operations.
Pioneer outs head unit/GPS for electric vehicles
Pioneer is the first company to introduce a vehicle navigation head unit meant for use in electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The AVIC-ZH09-MEV sports a fold-out seven-inch touchscreen and proprietary technology that is said to be capable of estimating the power consumption needed for particular routes and where EVs can regenerate their batteries using onboard systems such as regenerative brakes. The system finds the most efficient such routes for EVs during navigation mode by default, so they aren't always the shortest or fastest.
Mitsubishi outs 22-inch TV with BD, HDD for Japan
Mitsubishi has just taken the wraps off an upcoming LCD TV that sports not only a built-in Blu-ray player but also a 500GB hard drive. While these features don't make it unique, the 22-inch set's ability to hide these in the base keeps the design more compact than others. Most Japanese all-in-one sets hide it in a bulkier cabinet or need a larger overall TV.
Use lenses instead of mirrors to project payload
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics has announced two new projectors. These projectors use ultra-short throw lenses instead of mirrors to create their projection. The company claims that this creates less image degradation and longer useful operation.
Full HD, HDMI 1.4 support
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation introduced an IPS-based 3D LCD display, the RDT233WX-3D (BK). The 23-inch display features supports HDMI 1.4 and requires glasses to view 3D content. The intensity of the 3D effect can be adjusted to suit viewer preference. The unit has full HD 1,920×1,080 resolution, 3.8ms response rate, and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. The display provides a twelve degree viewing angle in 3D mode.
Dual "flip" remote, up to two TB internal storage
Mitsubishi unveiled three new REAL Blu-ray recorders on its Japanese website, the DVR-BZ450, DVR-BZ350 and DVR-BZ250. All three have 3D Blu-ray, BDXL and VoD support, AVCREC, and two digital TV tuners. The difference between the three models is the amount of internal storage. The BZ-450 has two terabytes of internal storage, while the BZ-350 has 1TB and the BZ-250 has 500GB.
Panasonic leads M-3DI standard for 3D glasses
Panasonic and Xpand 3D on Monday put out an initiative to settle on a standard for 3D glasses. M-3DI, which includes support from others like Hitachi, Mitsubishi, ViewSonic, and Seiko Epson, would create a consistent approach to active-shutter 3D for not just TVs and theaters but computers and home projectors. In an ideal world, the technology would let a viewer take the same 3D glasses they wear at home to the theater and get the same effect, the new group said.
Mitsubishi drops LCD TV to do laser and projectors
Mitsubishi finished its week with word it would bow out of the LCD TV business. The company will focus on 73-inch and larger sets and should include both projection sets as well as LaserVue TVs. The goal is to retake the top spot as the "'large screen' company," Senior VP Cayce Blanchard said.
Toshiba, Mitsubishi, others hard-hit
[Updated with new information] While of less concern overall than the terrible loss of human life and ongoing disaster, the earthquake and tsunami which hit northern Japan on March 11th could create significant component delays for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, claims Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Asian contacts reportedly say that the production status of Apple's Japanese suppliers is changing by the hour, and that none of them can definitively detail the damage they've suffered or when production will start up again. Two companies in particular are thought to be especially important: Toshiba and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical.
Mitsubishi shows curved commercial OLED display
At the ISE show in Amsterdam this week, Mitsubishi showed off a curved Diamond Vision OLED display. The prototype TV has an extra-wide 1920x256 resolution, a pixel pitch of 3mm and an 80-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle. The display is made up of modules, with each sporting a 128x128-pixel grid.
Best Buy post-BF deal gives free GPS with iPod
Best Buy today kicked off a post-Thanksgiving sale with a heavy emphasis on iPods. The deal gives those who buy an 8GB fourth-generation iPod touch a free GPS unit from the store's in-house Insignia badge. Other iPods are also on sale, ranging from $5 for a fourth-generation iPod shuffle to $10 off new iPod nanos and $15 off the iPod classic.
Mitsubishi shows SXRD-based 3D projector
At the CEDIA show in Atlanta on Thursday, Mitsubishi's presentation division launched its latest home theater projector, the Diamond 3D 1080p. Based on Sony's SXRD liquid crystal on silicon technique and with Mitsubishi's own software, it's capable of producing images larger than 100 inches at a very high 120,000:1 contrast. The six-piece, 17-cluster optics are made of extra-low dispersion glass.
Mitsubishi to ship first module OLED display
Mitsubishi Electric said over the weekend that it will release the first modular OLED display later this month. The display, dubbed Diamond Vision OLED, will be sold in sizes of 100 inches at a minimum and meant for indoor use. Maximum brightness of 1,200cd/m2 is about twice that of Mitsubishi's LED-lit products, while the viewing angle is about 80 degrees from any given side. The display is made up of individual modules rather than a continuous panel: each weighs 17.6lbs and measures 15.1 inches square.
Mitsubishi intros 75-inch 3D-ready LaserVue TV
Mitsubishi Electronics added one of the largest 3D-ready HDTVs on the market to its range on Wednesday, with the 75-inch LaserVue L75-A91. The new set adds Cinema Color mode and StreamTV, or access to internet-based media. This includes 1080p movies from Vudu, streaming music from Pandora and photos from Flickr and Picasa. To get 3D, the set requires a separately sold 3D Starter Pack, 3DC-1000, which includes two active shutter 3D glasses, a 3D emitter, 3D adapter with remote and an HDMI cable.
EU may make firms take plea to avoid huge fines
The European Union is about to fine nine companies a total of $370 million for allegedly fixing pricing on flash memory, leaks revealed on Monday. Samsung, Hynix, Toshiba and six other major companies are being pressed to admit to colluding on high prices in exchange for seeing a 10 percent drop in the fines levied against each company. An NYT contact believed a ruling could come as soon as Wednesday.
Mitsubishi 2010 TVs get Pandora, Vudu
Mitsubishi revamped its TV lineup for 2010 with a full 31 sets. The DLP sets lead the way; in addition to being 3D-capable, most now have StreamTV, an Internet component that provides media and news. The feature brings not just familiar Internet-on-TV features like Flickr and Vudu movies but also basic Facebook access and Pandora streaming radio.
VUDU gets Flickr, Pandora, Picasa, other apps
VUDU on Thursday announced that it has brought brought three key Internet apps to VUDU-enabled TVs. These are the same apps that were already available on the VUDU box and include Picasa, Flickr, Pandora, a free TV on-demand service and a few simple games. VUDU says it brought these apps to the TVs from its partners due to popular demand.
Mitsubishi ships VUDU-enabled Unisen HDTVs
Mitsubishi announced on Thursday that it has integrated VUDU support for the flagship Diamond models in its Unisen Immersive Sound range of LCD HDTVs. This will give users access to VUDU's extensive library that include thousands of HD movies and TV shows. The two Diamond Unisen models, the 46-inch LT-46249 and 52-inch LT-52249, have an Ethernet port that allows them to connect to the web. Otherwise, there is an optional VUDU wireless accessory bridge for hooking up to existing home networks.
Mitsubishi, Vudu team up
Starting July 16th, Mitsubishi will give buyers of the majority of its TVs a Vudu HD set-top box and $50 of movie credits. The promotion will run until August 10th at stores carrying Mitsubishi sets and effectively provides a $200 discount on the combo. Vudu offers over 2,000 high-definition movies from more than 40 studios and distributors and gives users renting or purchase options for the content.
NEC and Renesas Merge
Semiconductor giants NEC and Renesas today said they would merge in a deal likely to change the electronics industry. The two plan to finish talks by July that would create a single company by next April. Such a deal would give them roughly $13 billion in combined yearly sales and would make it the single-largest Japanese company building processing technology.
Mitsubishi TVs April 2009
Mitsubishi this morning overhauled its high-end HDTVs with several new models in two categores. The Home Theater line has been updated with the 737 and 837 series; the DLPs introduce a new extra-thin bezel and now support 3D for movies and eventual TV shows that can address the format. They also now scale up to a large 82 inches and have improved image processing, including a more advanced video calibration mode for those refining high-end home theaters.
Mitsubishi LaserVue back
Mitsubishi on Tuesday confirmed that its flagship LaserVue HDTV is back in production after a near month-and-a-half stoppage in the 65-inch TV's manufacture. The company reported back in mid-February that it would temporarily stop building the laser TV model due to issues with the manufacturing equipment used in its creation.
Pioneer looks for partners
Japan's Pioneer is searching for a partner in the auto electronics business, according to Nikkei Business Daily. The company is currently said to be in negotiations with three main contenders -- Alpine, Clarion and Mitsubishi Electric -- in a bid to work on new auto electronics, such as car navigation systems. The company's reputation may also steer it further into the realm of audio, though no information to this effect has been revealed.
Mitsubishi 3D touch panel
Last week at the Interaction 2009 show in Tokyo, Mitsubishi Electric showed off a prototype capacitive touch panel that can detect the distance between it and a user's finger. The prototype features a 5.7-inch touchscreen with 640x480-pixel resolution and is meant for use in mobile devices, and specifically in interfaces that have a mouse-over function, where the cursor can change depending on what icon or shortcut it is placed over without an actual click or touch. The panel is also capable of judging the speed of the finger's approach by calculating the time variation of capacity on the z-axis and so could trigger different actions based on velocity, not just position.
Mitsubishi in-car Blu-ray
Mitsubishi Electric recently announced that it plans to bring its single-DIN automotive Blu-ray Disc player to the market. The player is just a third of the volume of the company's home theater Blu-ray disc player. The prototype of the unnamed player (shown) will fit into a car's standard, 1-DIN radio fitting, and the player supports BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE discs. Mitsubishi reached the small size by increasing board density by 150 percent and reducing the thickness of mechanical parts while improving the anti-vibration performance.
Mitsu halts LaserVue HDTVs
Electronics maker Mitsubishi has temporarily halted production of its flagship line of LaserVue HDTVs, a Wednesday Engadget report maintains. Mitsubishi says the delay is due to a problem with the manufacturing equipment used in the build of the HDTVs, though does not give any additional details. The company is, however, making all the efforts to resume production of the high-end TVs and is taking steps to ensure quality of the products and their reliability are not negatively affected.
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision
NVIDIA on Thursday took the wraps from GeForce 3D Vision, its first stereoscopic 3D setup meant for home users. The add-on combines a set of glasses with a USB-attached IR emitter and certain new displays to generate 3D imagery for games, movies and videos without the blur or flickering that often creeps up in many stereoscopic setups. It also supports more common gaming setups and works with two-card SLI without special configurations.
Mitsubishi Blu-ray DVR
Mitsubishi has recently released the DVR-BF2000 digital video recorder in Japan that includes a 500GB hard disk drive and the ability to write to blank Blu-ray discs (BD-R/RE). Users can record two programs at the same time, or record one while watching another, thanks to a dual digital tuner that supports Japan's BS/110CS digital and analog broadcast systems. For smaller files, users will be able to burn DVD-R/RW discs, with AVC recording to DVD supported as well.
Mitsubishi wide projectors
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America on Wednesday announced the release of two new 500-series projectors with the wide-format WD510U and WD500U-ST. Both have 1280x800 native resolution and 16:10 aspect ratios and are meant for use in education and business industries. The WD510U has a brightness rating of 2,600 lumens, with the WD500U-ST rated at 2,100 lumens.
VIZIO buys MPEG-2 license
Reseller of consolidated patent license portfolios MPEG LA on Monday announced flat panel HDTV maker VIZIO has entered into an MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License with the company. As a direct result of the new agreement, a few other clients of MPEG LA with essential MPEG-2 patents have dropped their lawsuits against VIZIO. Filed in the summer of 2008 in New York, the lawsuits allege VIZIO failed to enter into a licensing agreement for MPEG-2 video compression technology necessary for its HDTVs.
Mitsubishi laser TV ships
After a small delay, Mitsubishi says it has begun shipping the LaserVue, said to be the world's first commercial laser TV. The technology is claimed to reproduce up to two times the color of most current HDTVs, and at the same time consume significantly less power. Power use in the LaserVue is 135W, said to be a third of the amount used in an equivalent LCD, or a fourth of that used in a similar plasma set.
Mitsubishi HD projectors
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics unveiled three high-end 1080p home theater projectors at the CEDIA Expo that opens on Thursday, including the HC8000, HC7000U and HC6500U. The HC8000 is the electronics giant's first ultra-bright 1080p HD projector, meant for use in brighter home environments thanks to its rated 5,000 ANSI lumens. It uses three 1.1-inch 3LCD inorganic panels to create 1920x1080 images. Its connections include a DVI connector with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
Mitsubishi MZW200 HDTVs
Mitsubishi on Tuesday gave a preview to Americans of some likely HDTV updates with refreshes to its REAL TV line in Japan. The MZW200 series at 40 and 46 inches claim a strictly average 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio but have a comparatively high 3,000:1 base ratio that helps improve their overall black levels. They also use the electronics giant's newer Diamond Engine Pro III technology to process video in 16-bit detail and reduce noise beyond typical efforts from competitors.
Mitsubishi 149 HDTVs
Mitsubishi this morning took a different approach to its LCD line through the launch of its 149 series TVs. The 46-inch LT46149 and 52-inch LT-52149 both replace the simple stereo speakers of many other HDTVs with a 16-point audio system, much like speaker bars, that can generate a 5.1-channel surround effect without occupying the physical space. Called the integrated Sound Projector, the system lets users optimize the sound field for a certain room size and sweet spot to more convincingly generate audio.
LaserVue HDTVs in Summer
Mitsubishi today committed to the final launch of its LaserVue sets. The world's first production laser-based HDTVs should be available in the summer and will be split into 65-inch and 73-inch screen sizes; by using laser light in place of normal lamps, either screen is much more accurate and can generate 200 percent of the normal NTSC color gamut while also consuming much less power. The 200 watts used by a LaserVue is said to be half that of a same-size LCD and a third that of an equivalent plasma set.
Mitsu LaserVue and DLP LCD
Mitsubishi on Monday took advantage of the gap between electronics shows to firm up its HDTV lineup, including the first-ever laser TVs. Originally shown at CES, the laser-based range is now to be called LaserVue and should be available sometime during the summer. While most details of sets themselves are unknown, the news makes laser TV only the second next-generation HDTV technology after OLED to ship and will reportedly eliminate most of the problems of both LCDs and plasma: the screen jumps from showing just 40 percent of the visible color range to 200 percent and consumes half the power of an LCD. It can also display 3D imagery with the right support.
MB Air vs Mitsu Pedion
Apple's claim to have the world's thinnest notebook in the form of the MacBook Air may not account for a 10-year-old notebook, says a claim from CNET. Although as thin at every point, the 1998-era Mitsubishi Pedion maintained a uniform thickness of 0.72 inches when closed, just slighly thinner than the new MacBook's 0.76-inch figure at its thickest point. This came despite a smaller 12-inch screen and considerably older technology, which included a 233MHz Pentium MMX. The HP co-developed notebook used magnesium instead of aluminum but also required a unique design to reach its dimensions.
Mitsubishi Laser TV at CES
Mitsubishi today revealed details about its laser TV technology following its debut at CES. Based on technology from Australian firm Arasor, the approach is said to produce far more accurate light than possible with either LCD, plasma, or rear projection techniques. Where an average TV can only display 40 percent or less of the visible spectrum, the beams from a laser TV can produce double the color and create a far more color-accurate image on the screen, Mitsubishi says. The precision also improves over other technologies and prevents color bleeding or other artifacts.
Laser, more TV tech at CES
Next month's Consumer Electronics Show, scheduled for January 7th to the 10th, may see the arrival of some long-awaited TV technologies, according to reports. Laser sets -- which are said to be lighter, less power-intensive and cover 90 percent of the visible color spectrum -- should finally make their public debut, as Mitsubishi has announced a formal unveiling. Models from Samsung and Mitsubishi were originally supposed to premiere by the end of 2007, but unspecified delays pushed the date forward.