News Round-Up (VI): Samsung-Facebook-Google Maps, Sonic-RealD-DTS, Sony-Eurosport

--Facebook and Google Maps Applications Launched in Samsung Apps Store
--Sonic Solutions in 3D Partnership with RealD, Audio Partnership with DTS
--Sony in Connected TV Partnership with Eurosport

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  • Samsung Electronics America has announced the availability of Facebook and Google Maps interactive TV applications in its Samsung Apps store. The apps can be downloaded for use in the company's 2010 Blu-ray players, Blu-ray home theaters, and in most of its TV sets with screen sizes 40 inches or larger, the company says.
  • OTT video infrastructure provider, Sonic Solutions, has announced a strategic alliance with RealD to "develop and release new consumer solutions for the home creation, publishing and playback of personal 3D video content, as well as the enjoyment of premium 3D entertainment. As part of the collaboration," the company states in its press materials, "Sonic is integrating the proprietary stereoscopic RealD Format into its RoxioNow premium entertainment platform. Once titles become available for online distribution, the RealD Format will be used to efficiently deliver cinematic-quality, stereoscopic 3D entertainment directly to a broad range of connected consumer electronics devices. In addition, the RealD Format will be featured in Roxio consumer software applications for the creation and consumption of true-3D quality home movies." Sonic says that new 3D-enabled products and services resulting from the alliance are expected to be available this summer. The company has also announced a partnership with DTS which it says will bring the latter's multichannel audio format to its RoxioNow broadband video platform, and thus enable Sonic customers such as Best Buy and Blockbuster to "significantly enhance the viewing of premium movies, next-day television shows, and independent films with richly immersive 5.1-channel surround sound."
  • Sony and Eurosport have announced a partnership to make available on-demand online video clips from Eurosport on Sony Bravia TV sets, Blu-ray players and home theaters. The service, which is free and updated on an hourly basis, is currently available in 59 European countries, the companies say, and is available in local languages in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland and Russia.


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