Onwers of the latest Sony 4K Ultra HDTVs are to be given access to the world’s largest library of 4K VOD content via the NanoTech UltraFlix app.  Starting with Sony's 2014 range viewers will be able to stream more than 300 hours of 4K quality travel and nature documentaries, including 40 made for IMAX theatrical titles and other genres.

Samsung has connected all the dots and has laid a foundation for a future in the connected home.  Through its recent acquisition of SmartThings, they now have a platform to connect all their smart devices. They now have a connected home portfolio with touches every aspect of our daily lives. On the run up to IFA 2014 Samsung shared with us their plans for the future connected home and the Internet of Things (IoT).

To offer better quality content to households, content creators and distributors need to know that it is going to the intended person in a secure way.  Therefore, service providers need to convince content distributors that they have the very best conditional access or Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems in place to protect the content from unlicensed distribution. That is why Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) like Entropic is collaborating with Cryptography Research to provide security for content from the hardware level.

Developers of Twonky based solutions now have the option to integrate their services with the cloud. According to PacketVideo version 8 has a "cloud-enabled architecture that ensures optimal speed and flexibility". With the increaseing need for flexibility and connectivity PacketVideo said they want to accelerate the provivision of cloud services by service providers and manufacturers to their customers.

The recent release of the Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart WiFi Router (R7500), is the latest addition to its award-winning Nighthawk family of 802.11ac routers. Powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor, the X4 supports Quad-stream WiFi Architecture to deliver the fastest dual-band 802.11ac speed and performance for high intensity gaming, streaming and mobile connectivity.

The HDBaseT Alliance has annunced plans to launch a dedicated HDBaseT installer web community at the up coming CEDIA EXPO this month. The Alliance said the web portal will offer installers and integrators HDBaseT information and resouces, such as white papers, case studies, application notes plus support from other community members.

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By combining its devolo range+ Technology and the newest Powerline chip technology Devolo said their newest powerline ethernet adapter (dLAN 1200+) can offer data transfer rate at up to 1200Mbps.  As one of Europe’s leading networking company Devolo prides itself in offering the latest in powerline communication solutions. The dLAN is energy smart, it uses a maximum of 4.2 watts and if the connected device is switched off the adapter automatically goes into standby mode and saves even more energy working with 0.7 watts.

The use of Powerline Ethernet Adapter has grown over the last couple of years. The technology has also grown to become a suitable alternative to wireless in the home.  Unlike wireless, Powerline Ethernet Adapters are flexible, accessible, user friendly while maintaining the same data transfer rate.  Some Powerline Ethernet Adapters even go a bit further by offering wireless access. With powerline networking, any wall outlet can be turned into an Internet access point with a fast, reliable online connection.

A report by NanoMarkets is predicting world wide smart grid sensor market to almost double by 2021.  NanoMarkets expects advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications to account for the vast majority of the market throughout the forecasting period to 2021. They are expecting the market value of the different sensors to fluctuate over the same period.

Better home network security has become paramount for the modern home, recent news reports have attested to this. The off-the-shelf network security products have let us down and yes I know many of us hasn’t done anything to help ourselves either; by not setting up basic security.  The thing is, we need better home network security systems but unlike businesses, we are unable to justify an enterprise solution for a few home appliances.

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