Sling Media Inc.'s newest device, to be shown at the International CES, is intended to transmit multimedia images from the Web to TV sets. The SlingCatcher will cost less than $200 when it makes its consumer debut in mid-2007.
The number of flat-screen HDTV sets shipped this year will reach 19 million, with display technologies representing $22 billion of the projected $155 billion in sales from consumer electronics, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
At the International CES, Toshiba announced the HD-A20, its third HD DVD player, following the HD-A2 and HD-AX2 players. The HD-A20 will offer outputs of 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions, handle HD DVD, DVD and CD content, and retail for $599.
Microsoft Corp. and Ford Motor Co. announced a new "Sync" entertainment and communication system designed to bring computer connectivity to select 2008 models and in the future to all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. The Microsoft software offers technologies such as hands-free phone calls and music on digital media players. Microsoft reportedly wouldn't say whether it plans to pitch Sync to other car manufacturers.
Philips Electronics debuted its wireless high-definition video hub and Ambisound one-speaker surround-sound system at the International CES on Sunday. The electronics maker revealed the products, along with video game system amBX, which simulates wind with a fan, as part of its "immersive" TV and video technology initiative.