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New Car DVD Players, Interactive TV Platform Highlight CES’ Third Day

10 Jan, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

LAS VEGAS — Pioneer debuted three new car DVD players with enhanced entertainment features and smartphone connectivity during the International Consumer Electronics Show.

The AVH-X6500DVD, AVH-X7500BT and AVH-X8500BHS features enhanced connectivity with iPhone 5, include Pioneer’s exclusive Mixtrax virtual DJ technology and AppRadio Mode, smartphone and USB connectivity, Pandora radio, a high-res touchscreen display and more. Select models also integrate control of the SiriusXM SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner and include Bluetooth technology and built-in HD Radio Technology.

“Pioneer’s in-dash DVD receivers offer the ultimate audio video in-car experience by incorporating a wide mix of connectivity and entertainment features,” said Ted Cardenas, VP of marketing for the car electronics division of Pioneer Electronics. “We continue to diversify entertainment options by integrating popular music services such as satellite radio from SiriusXM and streaming services like Pandora and enhanced connectivity to allow access and control of compatible apps and videos on Apple devices including iPhone 4, 4S and now iPhone 5.”

Pioneer also announced it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance which will allow Pioneer to deliver uncompressed high-def video, audio, Internet and power over a single cable.

“HDBaseT has been embraced by professional AV installers worldwide, which is creating demand from consumers for broader availability,” said Micha Risling, marketing chair for the HDBaseT Alliance. “Having Pioneer join the HDBaseT Alliance will help us meet that growing demand in 2013.”

San Francisco applications company Flingo debuted a new interactive TV platform dubbed Samba, which synchronizes a screen — TV, phone, tablet or PC — with a live TV show, offering metadata, recommending other videos and opening social media options.

The application can be integrated into a set-top box and can offer interactive features, including check-ins, polls, quizzes, cast and crew information, e-commerce offers and more.

“Samba makes smart TVs even smarter by providing an integrated second-screen experience,” said Peter Erdman, VP of consumer electronics for Hisense USA. “Our customers have told us that they want more content choices and control over the entertainment experience. With Samba, Hisense immediately has a powerful tool to bring together phones, tablets and TVs.

Ashwin Navin, CEO and co-founder of Flingo, said Samba will make for a different viewing experience.

“We saw a surge of smart-TV and tablet adoption in 2012, but realized that a seamless TV experience across all the screens was missing,” he said. “Samba will blur the lines between linear TV and the Web.”

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