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March 31, 2012

TMCnet High Definition Digital Week in Review

By Carrie Schmelkin
TMCnet Web Editor


We might still be a few months away from the summer heat, but things were certainly heating up the high definition digital space this week.

Kicking off the week, Toshiba (News - Alert) received some good news at its new two-megapixel IP network dome cameras, designed specifically for professional video surveillance, remote monitoring and management, have been SELECT certified for use with Intransa’s optimized physical security server and storage infrastructure platforms.  Intransa officials said they believe that storage for surveillance applications should be reliable, scalable and optimized for evolving workloads of video and other physical security needs.

Toshiba’s high definition IP video surveillance cams are capable of reducing upfront installation time with its incorporation of remote optical zoom, one-touch remote focus, and a new cable management system based on PoE. Toshiba Video Management System (VMS) TruSight video analytics can provide real time alarms based upon user-defined rules to detect abnormal behavior, without requiring human supervision.

Also this week, Samsung (News - Alert) Canada has joined hands with Videotron to offer two new set top boxes, the Samsung HD box and the HD PVR, to Videotron customers. These new enhanced versions of set top boxes are currently available through Videotron (News - Alert), in support of their next generation illico digital TV service. Paul Brannen, vice president, Enterprise Business Group at Samsung Canada, said the company is very excited to enter the Canadian cable broadcasting market through illico TV new generation Service, the most advanced TV experience in Canada, provided by Videotron.

“As an established leader in TVs and mobile devices, Samsung is focused on delivering premium and innovative products that enable Canadians to enjoy interactive home entertainment services team up with a telecommunications leader in Canada, Videotron,” Brannen added.

In other news, Datacolor unveiled the Spyder4TV HD, a sophisticated colorimeter that can help adjust TVs and enhance the factory-defined color settings offered by the manufacturer. While most TVs that are on display in stores and shops display outstanding colors using pre-defined settings adjusted by manufactures, these default settings are not suitable for traditional living rooms.

With the Spyder4TV HD, which fine tunes brightness, contrast, color, tint and color, among other things, television settings can now be calibrated.

“Diehard sports fans, movie buffs and anyone who has made the investment in a home theatre system will wonder how they’ve watched anything without having first used the Spyder4TV HD,” said Dave Faulkner, product manager for Imaging Color Solutions at Datacolor. “Natural colors and picture accuracy, displayed as intended by the director, will provide users with a superior picture quality unlike anything they’ve experienced before in the comfort of their home.”

Check back here next week for more in the high definition digital space.

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