GE today unveiled plans for a “Net Zero Energy Home” project which combines GE's most efficient appliances and lighting, the company's new energy management systems, and GE power generating and storing technologies in new home construction. When applied together, the system would enable a homeowner to achieve net zero energy costs by 2015. The Net Zero Energy Home project -- and new smart grid consumer poll data from the U.S. and the U.K.
Home Box Office and Comcast Corporation announced partnership to offer award-winning television and movie content from HBO and Cinemax online for the first time as an added value to Comcast’s HBO and Cinemax customers nationwide. The HBO and Cinemax broadband services will be available as part of Comcast’s On Demand Online trial, accessible via Comcast.net and Fancast.com. On Demand Online is a new service that will significantly expand the number of top-rated TV choices available online to Comcast cable customers free of charge.
DMi D&M Europe has announced the launch of Escient Zone, its exclusive powerful, cost competitive, integrated CI home control system. The launch of Escient Zone this month is accompanied by an extensive programme of product support and training for DMi appointed installers.
Microsoft has released a new service called Microsoft-Hohm - beta (US only). The new service will allow users to track the amount of energy they use in their home. Developed using web services technology the system will use smart grid data on energy use when it’s available, but even when it is not. The energy management service will work with both users and energy supply companies in an effort to reduce the amount of energy we use.
Sonic Solutions, announced plans to introduce a Roxio CinemaNow(R) Widget. Starting this fall, consumers with Internet-connected televisions running Yahoo! TV Widgets will be able to find, rent and purchase Hollywood's hit movies from the Roxio CinemaNow service instantly on their connected TVs.
HomeGrid Forum, a global, non-profit trade group promoting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) G.hn standardization efforts, today announced that it has signed a liaison agreement with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) setting the stage for collaboration between the two organizations and the approval of G.hn as a DLNA-recognized Physical Layer technology for the next-generation of home networking products.
Mirosoft announced last week that French network services and telecoms operator Viapass, has selected Microsoft Mediaroom with virtualization as the software platform to deliver a breakthrough Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service to its business customers worldwide through its division Viapass TV.
Rogers Cable Communications(Canada) on Thursday announced the launch of the fastest wireless home networking device, the N gateway. Rogers is the first cable Internet Provider in North America to offer its customers a DOCSIS 3.0 N gateway wireless home networking that has been specifically designed for optimal usage on its high-speed network.
TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in television services and advertising solutions for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Best Buy Co., Inc. designed to transform the digital home entertainment experience. The alliance seeks to drive greater distribution of TiVo(R) products and its user experience, and to provide Best Buy with a digital platform in the home to strengthen its customer relationships.
The DEG (The Digital Entertainment Group) has elected its new board of directors and executive committee for the fiscal year starting 1 August 2009. Four of the five executive committee members are re-elected. The Group have also outlined its priorities for the new year: Strong support of Blu-ray Disc and sustainability and will expand its focus to include a wider variety of home entertainment platforms, including 3D and digital delivery.