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DIRECTV and TiVo Launch HD DVR Nationwide

We have been holding our breaths for TiVo to work with DIRECTV in releasing a compatible HD DVR to the masses nationwide, since the release of the TiVo Premier line of set-top boxes. Well the wait is finally over as DIRECTV customers from any area can now get their very own “DirecTiVo” for $199 along with an additional monthly service fee, HD and DVR access fee. We are sorry to say that this new box will not be supporting some premier features such as 3D support, multiroom support, as well as the Premier UI and live streaming iPad apps. The new box will allow users to record up to 100 hours of HD content or 400 hours of shows in standard definition.

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New Television Technology from CES 2012

With the recent CES conference in January, television manufacturers unveiled both their television models for the coming year and concept designs for the future. With this conference and other announcements, we’ve got a clear view of some of the new technologies manufacturers plan to include in their sets.

Among these cool technologies are ultra-thin displays, improved 3D technology and a vast improvement on current HD standards. Everyone from the end-users to television networks such as DirecTV should be interested in seeing where television manufacturers are guiding the industry.

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Intel Solid State 520 Series Drives Now Available

Intel has released their new 520 Series Solid State drives with increased performance and durability. These new solid state drives support up to 80,000 4K random Input-Output operations per second or IOPS. And up to 50,000 4K random read IOPS per second. Read operations from 550 MB/s and up to 520 MB/s write operations sequentially. Intel tested the drives 5000 times before providing those benchmarks.

The new solid state drives will be available starting at 60GB for $149, 120GB at $229, 180GB at $369, 240GB at $509 and 480GB at $999. Each drive also comes with a 5-year limited warranty. More information at www.intel.com/go/ssd.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Receives First DLC

There are two Downloadable Content packs now available for Final Fantasy XIII-2. The first is a Coliseum battle with Lightning and Amodar, and the second is an alternative “Warrior” outfit for Noel.

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Redbox Acquires NCR Entertainment Division, the operators of Blockbuster Express Kiosks

We reported previously that Redbox and Verizon had entered into a joint venture to bring a new video rental service option to consumers that could rival Netflix. Well, it looks like Coinstar’s Redbox was not done there as they have purchased the entertainment division of a company called NCR for $100 million. NCR is in the business of operating self-service solutions such as ATM machines, point of sales and retail systems, airline check-in systems, and even the kiosks that are branded as Blockbuster Express kiosks. The purchase will include DVD kiosks, certain retailer contracts, and DVD inventory from NCR’s entertainment line of business. This move will bring Redbox to more consumers nationwide by re-branding all Blockbuster Express kiosks to Redbox kiosks.

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