Digital Projector with Integrated DVD Player – instant home theatre


July 14, 2005

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July 15, 2005 Now this idea just might have some legs. The MovieTime Digital DVD projector by Optoma lets consumers instantly create a home theater environment anywhere there’s a flat wall and a power outlet. It’s a compact ultra bright, theater-quality digital projector with a built-in DVD player and integrated speakers. Originally shown at the CES earlier this year, the MovieTime DVD projector is designed for a wide range of home entertainment options, from watching the latest DVD movie releases to hooking it up to a gaming console so you can play on a large screen with friends and family. Because of MovieTime's integrated digital DVD player and two 5-watt speakers, as well as its short-throw lens, it is easy to turn any room in the house into an instant screening room - right out of the box.

MovieTime features Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology from Texas Instruments, providing a direct digital signal from the DVD to the projector to produce accurate color and details, and ensuring that the images on the screen do not fade or degrade over time. MovieTime offers HDTV compatibility for HD content from a number of sources, as well as an optimized display setting for true widescreen theater-quality performance.

The MovieTime DVD projector also offers an optical audio output, which can deliver up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. MovieTime is also compatible with gaming consoles, VCRs, and PCs, as well as other devices to provide large-screen entertainment.

MovieTime is a pure digital DVD projector and accepts direct digital signals from a DVD disc to the projected image. There is no analog to digital conversion in the signal processing, resulting in a DVD viewing experience with guaranteed color accuracy and distortion-free pictures. MovieTime provides true 480p from DVD to DLP, with no scaling errors.

Priced for the consumer market at US$1,495, MovieTime is also compatible with other sources such as gaming consoles, VCRs, and PCs. It projects an eight-foot image from less than nine feet with superb image and sound quality.


Display Technology DarkChip2 DLP technology by Texas Instruments Brightness 1000 Lumens Resolution 480P (854x480) native, SXGA+ (1400x1050) compressed Contrast Ratio 4000:1 Aspect Ratio 16:9 native, 4:3 & 5:4 compatible Image Size 36 to 335 inches Projection Distance 4.9 to 32.8 feet Weight 7.8 pounds

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