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NEWS: Toshiba confirms UK price cuts for HD DVD players

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 18 Jan 2008, 1:35pm

Following US price cuts earlier this week, Toshiba has confirmed price drops for its UK line-up of HD DVD players. Effective as of today, the entry-level Toshiba HD-EP30 will cost "below £150" and the higher-end HD-EP35 will be ...

How many TVs do you have in your house?

By Clare Newsome | Thu, 17 Jan 2008, 4:09pm

According to a study by marketing and information group CACI, UK homes boast an average of 4.7 television sets, writes Clare Newsome. A further survey, by Lloyds TSB, suggests many of these sets are in children's bedrooms - with 70 percent ...

CES NEWS: No news is good news for Sonos fans

By Clare Newsome | Sun, 13 Jan 2008, 6:01pm

In one of the most refreshing conversations we had at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sonos CEO, John MacFarlane confirmed his firm's multiroom music server would - for 2008, at least - continue to evolve via a series of free firmware ...

CES NEWS: Philips launches Blu-ray bargain and wireless style systems

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 12 Jan 2008, 6:29pm

"The future for the consumer is nothing but Blu", claims Philips, the latest of the Blu-ray-backing manufacturers to celebrate HD DVD's severely dwindling studio support. Despite its confidence, Philips only launched one new HD ...

CES NEWS: Philips takes the edge off flatscreens with three new Design Collection ranges

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 12 Jan 2008, 5:29pm

Philips has woken up to the astonishing fact that "women play a highly influential role in Consumer Electronics buying decisions", with 98 percent considering style as an important consideration. The manufacturer's answer is a ...

CES NEWS: Award-winning Audioengine goes wireless

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 12 Jan 2008, 3:38pm

First it simplified speakers for any iPod or MP3 player, now Audioengine is making it easier to go wireless, with its new USB-based sender/receiver system, promising a plug-and-play solution for under £100. The W1 is super-small, needs no ...

CES NEWS: Samsung says hybrid HD DVD/Bluray player WILL come to UK - plus new wireless AV systems

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 8 Jan 2008, 8:18pm

Samsung's hybrid HD players - able to fully support both Blu-ray and HD discs and interactive functionality - are still some months away, despite being launched back at IFA last August. The first BD-UP500 Duo Player - already available in ...

CES NEWS: Samsung launches five new LCD and plasma ranges - and dumps its model-number madness

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 8 Jan 2008, 3:41am

Samsung has unveiled its flatscreen plans for 2008 and beyond - and is making it far easier to know the sort of set you're buying. Yes, it's ditched its current, confusing model numbers and replaced them with five new numbered series ...

CES NEWS: Toshiba previews five new LCD families and promises to transform SD viewing on HD sets

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 7 Jan 2008, 4:02am

In a press conference dominated by the future (or not) of HD DVD, Toshiba gamely pushed on with news of its new LCD line up: “five new series, four new cosmetic designs, three dimensions of picture quality and two new gaming features.” And ...

CES NEWS: New TVs, home cinema, hi-fi... and Kevin Costner?

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 5 Jan 2008, 7:52pm

Greetings from not-so-sunny Vegas (still, the locals seem happy with the rain), writes Clare Newsome. We're here for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the tech-fest that kicks off every year in a blaze of new products and bizarre events. ...