Rovi filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Delaware against Hulu alleging the video content streaming service is violating three program guide patents. Rovi's licensees include Apple, Comcast and Microsoft.
GameStop is capitalizing on its acquisition of Impulse Inc. to sell digital versions of games in-store. Impulse is providing the technology. The digital versions also can be purchased through GameStop's website.
Best Buy has launched its own foray into connected TV with the introduction of its own house brand that draws on the TiVo interface but does not require subscribing to the service. The big box retailer's Insignia Connected TV offers various avenues to access Internet content including Netflix, CinemaNow and YouTube, as well as familiar applications such as Facebook and Pandora.
Intel is developing technology designed to alert car owners if thieves are lurking, according to an Internet report, which says the application would link smartphones to the vehicle's security system. Once it detects an intruder, the system would stream video along a Wi-Fi network to a cloud server that would ping the user's handset.
New data from comScore indicate mobile-based retail traffic is up in the top five European markets, with the number of mobile shopping users in these markets increasing 37% to 13.5 million in the past year -- still less than 6% of all European mobile customers embrace the practice, however. In contrast, close to 8% of all U.S. mobile customers use their devices to access retail sites.
Panasonic unveiled the PT-AE7000 3D home theater projector. The product features 480 Hz transparent LCD panels, an infrared transmitter for syncing the 3D glasses and picture adjustments for viewing distances. The PT-AE7000 will hit the market in September with a suggested retail price of $3,499.