Datacolor Delivers Innovative SpyderTV Into Professionals’ Hands At CES 2006 For Easily Assured Color Excellence

LAS VEGAS, NV – Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – January 3, 2006 – Datacolor, an internationally known name in color technology, introduces the latest professional-level tool for optimized television viewing at CES 2006. SpyderTV™ PRO will be on display in Datacolor Booth No. 25754, South Hall No. 2 (Ground Level), at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CES' South Hall – dedicated to the latest in home theater and home networking – provides an ideal venue for the debut of SpyderTV PRO.

"We designed this innovative product with dealers and installers in mind," confirms Datacolor Technical Director of Home Theater Products Mark Hunter. Hunter, who is one of the product's R&D gurus, joined Datacolor from professional home theater pioneer Milori. "SpyderTV PRO allows for quick calibration in the customer's home, providing an easy, value-added service to the installation. There's no other product like it in the marketplace today," he adds.

As with all products in the Datacolor breakthrough line of color calibration for home theater, SpyderTV PRO scientifically measures and adjusts the display presets of any CRT, plasma, RPTV, LCD or DLP display screen–and does it easily and quickly. SpyderTV PRO has been designed especially for televisions and front projectors that have gray scale controls in the user menu. Yet this brand-new offering delivers a deeper level of diagnostic for professionals. It was developed with the understanding that the standard adjustments that make up these presets – i.e., contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature – can be difficult for even the most experienced installer or technician to adjust optimally by eyesight alone.

The more advanced functionality of SpyderTV Pro includes:

  • Support of superior grayscale. Through the system's easy-to-run wizard diagnostics, SpyderTV PRO allows the technician to adjust the gray scale for proper color output from the display.
  • Calibration of front projectors. As this industry segment heats up with brighter, faster, less expensive projectors, producing outstanding color becomes critical.
  • Customizable reporting. SpyderTV Pro gives dealers and other service providers the ability to customize their reports, including inserting their own logos on to each page or screen.
  • Easier-than-ever wizard interface. SpyderTV Pro offers a new "timeline" feature that allows the technician to jump to any step in the wizard-driven process, making it even user-friendlier
  • Online support. A one-year subscription to an installer assistance forum, moderated by industry experts is INCLUDED with the product.

With little more than a DVD player, laptop and USB port, professional installers or their staff can use SpyderTV PRO to set and accurately and easily adjust menu sliders for virtually any television or frontend projector display onsite.

"SpyderTV PRO is an easy addition for the service technician or installer, but it delivers a dynamic outcome. Consumers will experience a dramatic difference in picture quality, whether the display is on a high-end video display or a basic 36" television. It complements our in-depth calibration package, Datacolor Colorfacts Professional 6.0, and our consumeroriented SpyderTV. A complete line of calibration tools is good-news for an expanding home theater segment," Hunter concludes.

In a February 2005 report, Forrester Research noted that US consumers' lust for the latest big, flat television sets is unabated. A significant percentage of those polled, 39%, said their next television will be a flat-panel plasma or LCD. Setting the pace for HDTV penetration to grow past 50 million American homes in the next five years1.

System Requirements

DVD player; remote control and a portable computer such as a laptop or notebook with Windows 2000 or XP operating system; and a USB port.

About Datacolor

Because color matters, leading businesses, creative professionals and consumers worldwide choose Datacolor's innovative technology solutions to consistently achieve the right color. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor's strong worldwide presence encompasses global manufacturing, operational facilities, and sales and support offices. ColorVision, the digital imaging unit of Datacolor, provides affordable, easy-to-use digital color control products to creative professionals, photographers, corporate customers and consumers around the world. For more information, visit www.datacolor.com