Bold Experiment: Paramount to release BR disc movies first

July 31, 2009 by  
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dance_flick_073009It appears Blu-Ray must not be doing too badly (we’ll leave it up to our readers to decide if BR is doing well or not), but Paramount’s latest idea to get it going is a staggered release schedule that would see BR versions released a month before the DVD version.

Variety reports Dance Flick will be released on September 8 in unrated Blu-ray (and rental DVD form), and four to eight weeks later the purchase DVD version will be released. It’s a bold experiment to jump start the Blu-Ray industry, and as HD lovers, we hope it does so.

Disney did this with Bolt, but retailers messed it up and ended up putting both on the shelves when they weren’t supposed to, and will do the same with Snow White, according to rumors.

And we can picture a day, very soon, when blockbuster films will be released on BR first, then DVD later on, and that’s a day that should start to signal a shift to Blu-Ray for mainstream video viewing.

Slim Chance: LG’s new slimline design debuts

July 31, 2009 by  
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lg-tvs-h-005_600LG loves the slim look, it appears, and they announced a couple new lines of LCD HDTVs today that really drive home the point.

The new SL80 and SL90 units don’t knock your eyes out in terms of the specs, but have LG’s take on the “borderless” slimline design with invisible speakers and miniscule depth measurements.

The SL90 (the top of this line) is due November or so this year in 42″ and 47″sizes with LED backlighting, 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 1.15 thickness, plus 120Hz TruMotion included as well. Solid, nice specs, but not earthshattering.

The SL80 line has the 240Hz dejudder feature, but older CCFL lighting means a somewhat lesser 300,000:1 contrast ratio and 1.8-inch thick bezel, but the 42-, 47-, and 55″ models will be available for your home in late August for $1,599, $1,899 and $2,799, respectively.

A very respectful showing for LG, and they look like winners.

The Train Keeps Rolling: Samsung 8500 to debut new LCD dimming tech

July 30, 2009 by  
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07-30-09sa8500All of us are just marveling at how great LED-dimming LCDs are, but this technology train keeps on rolling, it appears.

Samsung just announced details of the 8500 series, which features the next-gen local-dimming LED goodness built-in for even better picture than ever.

The 54.6″ and 45.9″ (odd measurements) 240Hz dejudder sets are just 1.6 inches in depth (very thin) and offer a razor sharp 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2ms response, and Energy Star 3.0 savings mode that keeps the picture quality high while keeping the power bill low, always a nice combo.

The now famous Yahoo! Widget Engine and DLNA support will be a part of this tasty package, but this won’t be cheap, needless to say: $3,599 for the smaller one, the bigger one will run you $4,499.

Cool Stat of the Day: DTV unreadiness reaches a miniscule 1.1%

July 30, 2009 by  
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dtvclockzeroedout_061209We love to hear this sort of embrace for the DTV revolution.

According to Nielsen’s latest numbers, the amount of TV viewers who haven’t prepared for the DTV changeover dropped to a tiny 1.1% of households in the US, with over 229,000 converting just in the last few weeks, which is an amazing stat when you really stop to think about it. All that hulabaloo over the cost of converting, and people found a way to do it. Amazing what revolution will make people do that they didn’t think they would do.

Bear in mind as we stated the other day, the deadline for converter box coupon submissions is July 31st, so those still in the dark ages should get with it and grab your box coupons.

Wednesday’s Wonderful HDTV Deals

July 29, 2009 by  
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hot-dealsYet another installment of our now infamous HDTV deals:

Newegg.com – How about a monster for a small price? The LG 50” Widescreen Plasma HDTV for $799.99 with free shipping too? Yes, its an amazing deal, indeed.

TigerDirect.com – Another great deal for a well-reviewed unit: the Vizio VO37LFHDTV20A 37” LCD Full HDTV for $569.99 + shipping = $605.69 Shipped. It’s amazing how far prices have fallen.

Join us tomorrow for more great deals!

Thought: Is there such a thing as just HD TV service?

July 29, 2009 by  
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dish_network041108We’ve gotten this question a few times, just because some of our users and readers won’t watch anything below 720p as a matter of principle.

As far as we know, Dish Network’s TurboHD is the only sort of service like this we know of, and its a shame. There now would be a market for this kind of thing, assuming other providers would jump in. It seems many are happy with the service, but wish that Comcast or some other large provider would provide a service like this.

We don’t blame users, but feel free to chime in: would you pay for a high quality all HD service with hundreds of channels? Or did the failure of previous attempts seal the fate of ventures like these?

HDTV Guide for July 28th, 2009

July 28, 2009 by  
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76362-deadliestcatch2Wow…is there a lot of HD programming tonight, or what? We count 22 shows/events airing on various major networks or major cable channels just tonight, making this a virtual smorgasbord of HDTV goodness, and we’re glad to see it.

Among the events airing tonight in HD, Warehouse 13, Hawthorne, Saving Grace, Rescue Me, WNBA basketball, Deadliest Catch season finale and more. Now how can you beat that for entertainment?

It’s good to see networks stepping up more and more to deliver great HD resolution to many of the shows people enjoy watching, including Comcast adding HBO HD On Demand this week as well. Companies are listening, and we’re letting them know we want our shows in glorious HD.

The full guide to all the good stuff is located right here.

Last Chance: Deadline approaching for $40 DTV Converter Box coupons

July 28, 2009 by  
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dtvcouponcutoff_072809Are there people you know still in the dark about the digital TV transition still without a converter box? If so, their opportunity to get a coupon for a free box is coming up. It’s amazing to think there might still be people out there unaware or that don’t have things set up already, but who knows, there probably is.

An L.A. Times article has said that July 31 is the cutoff for issuing $40 free box coupons, so now’s the time to send in those requests if needed. So give those cave dwellers a call. If they even have a phone, that is. (Ok, now we’re done with the jokes, honest.)

Here’s the article.

Award-Winning: 98″ wonder HDTV adorns this child’s bedroom

July 27, 2009 by  
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ceiling-screen-07-27-09I remember my childhood room and its multimedia setup: a 15-inch TV and an Atari 2600. Those were high times, you might think…well, until you get a look at this setup, which is enough to make my old room look like a primitive cave.

Patti Deni apparently wants the ultimate room for her son: she installed a 98″ HD screen installed flush in the ceiling of her son’s bedroom. Now that’s the way to grow up watching TV.

Front and center is the NEC projector paired up with some Draper projection mirrors, which fills that mammoth StarGlas60 display with some HD images than can be viewed from just about any angle you would ever desire. It’s enough to make our mouth water.

The install process was pretty rough, involving reframing and reinforcing the ceiling, according to sources. It’s even attracted attention and a nomination for the Electronic House’s Home of the Year awards, and rightly so. Lucky kid, indeed.

Changing course: Sony aims for buyers on a budget with their new line

July 27, 2009 by  
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sony_bravia_v3000_hdtv_lcdAre you waiting for Sony to debut their new LED-backlit LCDs? Well, you might be in for a surprise: Sony’s going lower cost over higher image quality.

FlatpanelsHD, an HD blog, has some info on the next models of Sony’s BRAVIA sets, called in the UK the X5500. The big diff here is instead of the company’s Motionflow tech they’re using now and super-fancy Triluminos LED backlighting, these sets will pack Black Frame Insertion tech (the older tech) to up the Hz flow, and will use white LEDs instead of the previous three color setup, reducing cost and potentially image quality too. It’s an attempt to capture the lower income bracket for LCDs, no doubt.

Of course, DLNA and AppliCast widgets will come in these units, so if Sony’s were a bit pricey for you before, look in September or so and there should be an announcement about this new “budget” line.

Sunday Siesta: 2 Great Best Buy HDTV Deals

July 26, 2009 by  
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9034216_sbHere’s some great HDTV offers to stir up your quiet Sunday:

Best Buy – A nice TV at a great price: The Samsung LN32B360 32″ 720p LCD HDTV for only $450 and free shipping too (In-Store Pickup). Talk about a deal! Expires 8/1.

Best Buy (again) – Yet another eye-popper: the Sharp AQUOS LC46D85U 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for only $999.99 w/ free in-store deal again. Can’t beat that at all; solid reviews.

Thanks for reading and come back soon!

Top 10 HDTV shows for July 26th

July 26, 2009 by  
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whatis_hd20081003Did you know HDTVs are active (and displaying HD channels) in over 30 million homes right now, according to a recent report? Wow, that’s pretty amazing.

Anyway, here’s the top 10 HD TV shows for viewing today and tonight. Included are lots of MLB baseball games, a new True Blood on HBO (one of the better shows on TV), a new Entourage, golf, auto racing, tennis and more. Lots of great viewing today and tonight for lovers of all sorts of fare.

We’re thrilled that there’s so much choice in HD viewing these days, and we hope the trend continues. With the digital transition, we’re almost certain it will continue strong into the future.

Saturday HDTV Deals Galore

July 25, 2009 by  
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hotdealsiconYet more mouth-watering, five-alarm deals for your consideration:

Newegg.com – How about the MAG 22” 720p LCD HDTV for $189.99 with free shipping. Amazing price for the size.

6ave.com – Very nice deal here: the Mitsubishi 52” 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV With “Integrated Sound Projector” feature for $1999.00 – 5% off order coupon code we supply “AFL5″ = $1899.05 with free shipping. High rated and an amazing deal; how can you beat it?

Thanks for joining us today and have a nice weekend. Come back tomorrow for more earth-shaking offers.

The New Format War: CBHD vs. Blu-Ray?

July 25, 2009 by  
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cbhd_tvtokyo_072509We reported that Toshiba gave up the battle (officially) this week and decided to make Blu-Ray disc players, but that’s doesn’t mean there aren’t any format wars going on in the world somewhere. In fact, Japan has one going on as we speak: China Blue HD vs. Blu-Ray, and CBHD is winning, based on a report we read recently.

Of course, based on the article found at FormatWarCentral, the video (in Japanese mind you) declares the format war officially back on.

Who knows if its true, since the media tends to be a bit slanted towards whoever has the power in these countries, but if it is true, we’ll keep an eye on this new battle to see if it really is a battle worth covering in detail.

Video is here: Link

Friday’s Freaky HDTV Deals

July 24, 2009 by  
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a2851374temp1We haven’t done any deals in a while, so let’s make up for that right now:

Dell Home – What a deal on a huge quality TV set: the Vizio 55” 1080p LCD HDTV for $1699.00 – $100 instant discount using our link = $1599.00 with free shipping. Hard to beat this for HD goodness in a big package!

CircuitCity.com – (Yes, they’re still around – online anyway): A nice price on a perfect TV for a side bedroom: The Westinghouse 16” 720p LCD HDTV for $149.99 with free shipping as well. Smaller TVs have definitely declined in price dramatically.

Two great deals for you to peruse, and more to come later on. Come on back!

Still Going, Just Delayed a Bit: The Sharp/Sony LCD partnership

July 24, 2009 by  
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sony_sharp-thumb-450x337We told you awhile back that Sharp and Sony would be joining minds in a LCD factory venture, but up until now, it’s just been a blueprint, and the details were being worked out.

Now its happening: Sony and Sharp’s LCD joint agreement will be finalized by the end of the month and Sony is expected to agree on investing around $1 billion in return for a 34% share in the swanky new LCD plant by next spring or so, and Sharp is expected to take the reins in early October, assuming things go well.

What does mean for HDTV fans? Cheaper and better TVs, as the two companies will swap a few trade secrets, no doubt. And cheaper and better is good in any industry, HDTVs included.

BBC America HD Feed: Still “coming soon”

July 23, 2009 by  
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bbcamerica_060109Don’t you hate all that “coming soon” business? It seems anything people really want, its always stuck in “coming soon” mode for long periods of time, with little progress. Such is the case with BBC America’s HD launch, which has been in neutral for awhile now.

BBC America’s HD launch, well…launched, but it hasn’t gone off with any sort of bang, since it isn’t really carried anywhere yet, based on our last check.

The only thing the channel will say is that “they are in negotiations”, and people who watch the channel are getting increasingly frustrated by the lack of urgency being shown by the parent company. Hopefully, they’ll get it in gear soon and bring Dr. Who and other fine over the pond shows here soon, and in glorious 1080 HD, the way they should be shown.

Kitchen Friendly: The Toshiba 19LV612U HDTV

July 23, 2009 by  
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toshiba-19lv612u-lcdThere have been kitchen friendly sets released before, most of which could be mounted under a cabinet or whatever. This new line from Toshiba adds a few twists though, with a finish that resists stains and is designed to fit right in with an average modern kitchen.

Announced as the of the Stainless Style TV line, this 18.5-inch set has a built-in DVD player, integrated digital TV tuner, and is 720p (its only real weakness feature wise).

It’s coated with stainless steel, which makes it fit in well and resist the obvious moisture and other issues that can happen with a delicate electronic appliance in a kitchen. Other specs include: a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, HDMI inputs, headphone plugin and of course, mounting support.

It’s expected to debut and cut into family meal conversation time in mid-September for $349.99 SRP.

THX Joy: LG LH90 series released in the US

July 22, 2009 by  
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thx-lg90-lg-hdtvWe’ve covered LG’s series of THX certified TVs previously, when they released on other shores. Now they’re migrating to the US, and we’re here to inform our readers of the event.

LG’s 240Hz LH90 series of LED-backlit, 1080p trio is now shipping to US shores, much to the delight of HDTV fans everywhere no doubt, based on these specs.

The sets, which are one of the easly LCD sets to earn THX certification, also feature the all-important ambient light sensor, 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and that ultra-cool 240Hz refresh.

The prices aren’t the cheapest LG has ever offered, admittedly: a rather steep $3,199.95 (55-inch), $2,399.95 (47-inch), or $1,899.95 (42-inch). Street prices may be a little lower.

Best Plasma in 2009: Readers Speak Out!

July 22, 2009 by  
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pioneer-pdp-6070hd-plasmaSo many of you may be looking for a new HDTV to adorn your living space. Some of you may even be on the lookout for a Plasma, due to reading this blog where we’ve talked about how cool Plasmas can be, and their advantages over LCD in several areas. But what is the best Plasma TV to grab here in 2009?

Here’s where we ask you, our knowledgeable readers to give advice about those models you may have heard about that offer the best picture, most features or best reliability. The Pioneer Kuro? One of the Panasonic models we’ve covered here? There are still a wealth of options to choose from.

We look forward to your opinions. For those of you eager to read other opinions, read on here.

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