BestBuy rolls out new line of connected TVs; Harmonic launches multiscreen software solution

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> Video encoding specialist Harmonic (Nasdaq: HLIT), looking to make hay with the growing demand for video on a variety of devices, today rolled out its ProMedia family of software solutions, designed to help content creators and service providers implement an efficient and scalable infrastructure that can support a wide variety of input, editing, and output formats. Article

> With increasing consumer demand for easy access to over-the-top online video content from services like Netflix and Hulu, it's no surprise that CE manufacturers are jumping on the connected TV market. Best Buy just announced its own line. Article

> Digital entertainment technology provider Rovi is expanding its three-month-long "Smart TV Field Trial," which enables companies to test click-through ad campaigns across a wide variety of platforms including TVs, Blu-Ray Players and other devices, to Canada following success in the U.S. Article

> Here's some more evidence that supports critics' contentions that 3D TV is going nowhere fast in the U.S.: AT&T (NYSE: T), whose carriage contract with ESPN 3D expired last month, has dropped the channel with little, or no, public outcry. Article

> AT&T added five new HD channels to its lineup, including Fox Soccer HD, Fox Sports Arizona HD, fuse HD, GolTV HD, and Nat Geo Wild HD, four international channels and a movie channel that gives customers packages with up to 400 channels. Article

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> Limelight Networks will launch a new version of their website tomorrow. One of the biggest changes the company is making is re-aligning all of its products, which will now be broken down by services and verticals. Article

> Last month, CNN updated its iPhone and iPad apps to stream CNN and Headline News live for subscribers of its television partners. While Verizon was announced as a compatible pay TV service, the app didn't actually provide a FiOS TV login until today. Article

> Time Warner reported higher-than-expected earnings in the second quarter as its cable networks reported strong advertising growth. Net income was $638 million, or 59 cents a share, up from $562 million, or 49 cents a share, a year ago. Revenues rose 10 percent to $7 billion, which the company said was its highest growth rate since the third quarter of 2007. Ad revenues were up 8 percent, including an 11 percent gain for Turner Broadcasting. Article

> Apple TV continues to achieve moderate success, selling roughly 500,000 units per quarter as the 2011 holiday shopping season approaches. The latest update to Apple's $99 streaming media box arrived last fall and sold a million units within just a few months. Article

> Logitech is having a fire sale for its Google TV Revue set-top boxes, after reporting that more people are returning the televisions than are buying them. Article

And finally... Police in Idaho Falls have told a man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public after people complained he has been frightening children. Article