Widget Wackiness: Research company predicting 20+ million net connected TVs shipping in 2011

July 21, 2009 by  
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yahoo_connected_tv_ces_imaAnalysts projections are sometimes interesting, sometimes badly misinformed. This particular article is about a company’s projection that widget connected HDTVs will experience an explosion in a few years. We aren’t convinced, but we’ve been wrong – on occasion.

The latest data from ABI Research indicates that in the next few years net-connected TVs will be huge – to the tune of 20 million widget TVs shipping in 2011. Obviously they’ll be using Wi-Fi, but the current generation of widget-connected units are kind of slow, and not something people would pay a premium for, in our humble opinion. Perhaps the tech will improve in the near future, and in that case, all bets are off.

Here’s the whole press release regarding this analysis.

Old School: 1930′s “HD” projection TV still working

July 21, 2009 by  
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1936tv-rear-ukThere was a time when “TV” was simply a gleam in some engineers’s eyes, and not TOO long ago either. It’s quite easy to forget how far we’ve come the past 60-70 years, and this TV from the UK is a shining example to remind us.

This 12-inch CRT TV is probably the oldest working TV in the UK, and has even been modified to connect to a modern converter box thru Freeview, which is even more amazing.

But the real story here is that it is a rear projection TV with the main mirror component screen being mounted on a fold down lid to help it blend in with the home’s decor when not in use – so blending things in with the scenery isn’t a new idea; designers have been thinking about that sort of thing for awhile now.

Here’s a video with the TV in action: Link

Speaking of HD Choices: Tonight’s HDTV lineup

July 20, 2009 by  
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063_myth_hdtvAs for more choices in HD, tonight is a prime example of networks and stations stepping up to deliver more HD content than many thought would ever happen.

With Cake Boss, the new The Closer and Raising the Bar, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, baseball on ESPN, A&E’s fascinating Intervention, and WWE wrestling, there’s literally something for everyone tonight in glorious HD, and its something that’s been a long time coming for fans to have this much mainstream HD choice in one evening.

Check out all the listings in HD tonight right here.

This week’s Blu-Ray releases: Things are looking up

July 20, 2009 by  
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watchmenbox_051109Well, this week’s BR releases sure makes up for the last few weeks, which haven’t been the greatest in terms of big-time releases really.

A couple of TV shows (Prison Break being the bigger one), a big-time release in Watchmen (special Director’s Cut with tons of features), Coraline, and some fine nature productions round out the releases very nicely indeed. With the recent report in sales surge with the BR platform, it’s never been a better time to go HD with your movie viewing.

We’re glad that studios are stepping up with more BR coverage than ever. It’s a platform that will only survive with choice (and continued price reductions) so keep ‘em coming.

The full release list is here.

Sunday HDTV Deals

July 19, 2009 by  
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amazing-dealsIt’s Sunday, a day of rest, relaxation and fine HDTV deals around here, as usual:

PC Connection – A fine deal on one of the better smaller HDTVs out there right now: the Sony KDL32S5100 32″ 1080p Bravia LCD for only $600 w/ free shipping (that beats most other places by $100+ or so). Nice price.

Best Buy – Now this is a tad bit depressing: Here’s a LG Electronics 47LH40 47in 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for only $1,098 w/ free shipping to store. I paid $1,200 for a 42″ 6 months ago or so. Argh! Grab this one up.

Thanks for joining us and have a happy (rest of your) Sunday!

Choice is Always Good: Plasma vs. LCD Wars (sort) continue on

July 19, 2009 by  
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20090718-lcd_vs_plasma_smIt’s not a huge secret that we do like us some Plasma TVs sometimes, but the price ratio has changed a bit as Plasma begins to phase out of existing lines.

The average cost of a 50″ set is $200-300 cheaper for Plasma than LCD, so it isn’t always a bad choice to go with Plasma, even though its considered “older” technology. It duplicates colors and blacks better than most LCD’s do, and contrast comparisons often favor Plasma.

With the pricier TVs, dynamic LED backlighting has made performance gap not as wide as it once was, but LED backlit sets are still not cheap.

Choice is a good thing, as we’ve always said here at SS, and it still is. We actually hope the “battle” continues, as that usually results in more choice, better HDTV prices and more features for everyone, and that’s a good thing for customers.

Saturday’s Scary Good HDTV Deals

July 18, 2009 by  
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hotdealsiconLet’s get right to it, two great deals:

Newegg.com – A very nice deal on a name brand TV that’s appearing on many home shopping channels now: the Honeywell Altura ML MTHWJCT42B3AB 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for $647.99 – $50 discount right now = $637.99 with free shipping as well. Amazing price on a 42 incher.

JandR.com – Great deal on a bonus type TV: the JVC LT42P300 42” 1080P LCD HDTV With built-in Teledock (for charging iPods and MP3 players) for $849.99 – with free shipping. Astounding!

Take care and see you back here soon for more unheard of deals.

Sleeping (Movie Watching?) With The Enemy: Toshiba to produce Blu-Ray decks?

July 18, 2009 by  
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toshiba-blu-ray-playerExperiencing the Saturday doldrums? How about this news: Toshiba is joining with the enemy.

You heard it here: Japan’s Yomiuri is reporting today that Toshiba is expected to finally join the evil world of  Blu-ray later this year, perhaps November. The company that battled for HD-DVD is giving in and going to the “dark side”.

For their part, we’ve heard both confirmations and strong denials about the company finally giving in and supporting the format it once battled so strongly, resorting to all sorts of things to smear it, but this seems to come from a source pretty high up that it will happen.

Their first DVD/Blu-ray unit is on for release somewhere in the world by the year’s end. The war is officially over, and now even the strongest supporter of HD-DVD is waving the white flag.

That won’t help us this year: BBC swears they’ll do the Open Championship in HD…next year

July 17, 2009 by  
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tunein_britishopengolfExcuses, excuses…major sports events almost need to be in HD these days, and the British Open golf tournament apparently isn’t going to be in HD. If I were a golf fan, i’d be very upset right now.

And to make it worse: the BBC swore at a news conference Wednesday that next year’s tournament would be in high definition all the way around, but that this year, they didn’t want to invest in HD cameras (required to broadcast shows in HD).  Sounds like they’re pinching their pennies (or pence, as the case may be).

As it stands, even with first to last swing widescreen coverage from ABC/TNT, and DirecTV doing their HD Mix channel thing, we’ll know it won’t be in HD as it should be. For shame, BBC.

New Video Series: HD Nation

July 17, 2009 by  
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hdnation1Remember TechTV, folks? We loved it, and were fans back before Comcast murdered it and it was then swallowed up by the far less interesting G4, and like most classic TechTV fans, we’re also fans of Revision3.

But this week we became even larger fans since they started a new brand video series show on (you guessed it): HD. It’s called HD Nation.

The 20+ minute episode is presided over by Patrick Norton and Robert Heron. They’re a little dorky, but they know their stuff too, and covered in this video is HDTV calibration discs, 240hz LCD TVs and whether they’re worth it, and their fav Blu-ray discs for showing off your setup. Good stuff.

Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure: Link

Thursday’s Thrilling HDTV Deals

July 16, 2009 by  
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unordered_list_hot_pricesWe once again present more great HDTV deals for your kind consideration:

6ave.com – Great offer on a fine TV: The Sharp LC46E77U Aquos E-Series 46” LCD TV for $1599.00 – $465 off coupon we provide for your eternal joy: “AFLSHP1134″ (Expires 08/04/2009) = $1134.00 with free shipping too. That’s about the lowest we’ve seen on this model.

Newegg.com – You know how we appreciate our LG TVs and this is no exception: here’s an LG Electronics 42LH30 42” LCD Full HDTV for $899.99 – 15% off coupon code “HVD15″ we’ve given you (Expires 07/25/2009) – $50 instant discount too = $754.99 – with free shipping. Good stuff, folks.

Thanks and feel fee to come back and catch more great deals soon.

The Kid is Alright: Blu-Ray sales shoot up 91% over last year

July 16, 2009 by  
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blu-ray-discRemember when we wrote while back when Blu-ray sales were up a whole bunch so far this year over last? Well, it seems based on the numbers that BR is doing even better, good news for the HD disc industry, and it needs that news, honestly, with the economy sucking so hard lately.

The Digital Entertainment Group reports a 91% sales leap year-on-year, with over $407 million in total, for the first six months of this year, which is absolutely huge for any format. It seems HD users are discovering the wonders that is BR, and not turning back. 

Blu-ray rentals also saw a jump: a 61% increase as well, with people not committing large amounts to pre-recorded entertainment in general (overall that sector saw a 3% drop). We love it, and hope it continues.

Wednesday’s Wacky HDTV Deals

July 15, 2009 by  
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591678Here, with no further ado, we present two more great HDTV deals:

6ave.com – A real monster here: the Samsung PN58A550 58” 1080p Widescreen Plasma HDTV – Black for $1826.00 with free shipping too. An amazing deal on a great TV that will shine in any living room for years.

B&H Photo Video – Pretty sweet deal here for the size: the Coby TFTV2617 26” LCD HDTV/Monitor for $318.99 with free shipping as well. Nice TV with solid reviews and a great price tag.

Feel free to explore the deals and come back soon to discover more great HDTV offers.

It’s a Wireless World: Panasonic to launch Wireless HD HDTVs shortly

July 15, 2009 by  
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panasonic-54z1top001Panasonic has completed plans for its WirelessHD equipped HDTV to begin selling in the UK now that Ofcom has opened up the radio spectrum for use by all manufacturer that it needs to function properly, and possibly the world of Wireless HD programming may be launching its lifeboat into the wired seas.

Here’s the quick skinny: manufacturers needed to get permission to use a part of the wireless spectrum, but now anyone should be able to use the required 57-66GHz range, needed for no-wires HD to work.

The 54″ version of Panasonic’s wireless HD set will sell for around £5,000 when it comes out in a few weeks, and LG and other companies will release their own sets in the next few months or so.

Final Wave Goodbye: Analog “nightlight” signals get shut off forever

July 14, 2009 by  
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20090510-dtvswitchdateDid you hear the pin drop? That was the sound of analog “nightlight” transmissions going dark Sunday afternoon — which amounts to 121 stations in 87 markets waving goodbye to analog signals forever. It was a great day for HDTV and TV lovers everywhere.

Besides the nightlight info screens, and aside from areas being served by analog translator service, this marks the official end of the analog broadcast TV era for good. And good riddance we say.

No reports of massive calls or anything by the FCC, so it appears the US handled the transition quite well overall, and that news makes us smile. This will mean huge advances in the next few years in terms of picture/sound quality and HDTV channel choice, without all that bandwidth being swallowed up by outdated analog technology.

A New Player: The Asus TV Monitor T1 Series

July 14, 2009 by  
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asus-t1-tv-monitorAsus has (sorta) dipped its toes into the HDTV arena before, but here is their first real entry into the competitive HDTV marketplace, and it’s a bold and solid, if not totally out of the blue entry, it appears.

The TV Monitor T1 will be coming in 22″ (22T1E), 24″ (24T1E) and 27″ (27T1E) flavors, this trio of sets features 1080p panels, a very nice 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 7 watt speakers built-in. Pretty nice specs overall.

As for plug-ins, you’ll find VGA, 2 HDMI ports, component, composite, and all the other usual assortment of suspects. Asus has a general policy not to give out early pricing/availability info, so we’ll have to wait and see what kinda info surfaces in those areas.

Monday’s Manic HDTV Deals

July 13, 2009 by  
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hot_dealsTwo more tempting, titillating HDTV deals for your perusal:

Buy.com – Here’s a very nice price on a very solid TV that’s been reviewed quite well on the web: The Samsung LN32B360 32” Widescreen 720p LCD for $467.49 with free shipping too. Tough to beat….

Newegg.com – …but we’ll try. How about the the Panasonic TCP50X1 50” 720p Plasma HDTV for $810.99 with free shipping. P-sonic makes some of the best Plasmas in the industry, and if you read the last article posted, you know that means something.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see all of you tomorrow.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Sales: DisplaySearch shows Plasma to best LCD in some tests

July 13, 2009 by  
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20090409-panasonic_tc-p50g10The past year or so has been pretty rough on Plasma, and yet we’ve said there are times and usages that Plasma beats LCD. And now the tests of a company whose specialty is TVs has backed that up. The  “old” gas capsule technology is considered outdated in many circles, but test results don’t lie.

The lineup of 2008 top of the line LCDs from Samsung, Sharp and Sony were carefully calibrated and compared against a top-end Pansonic plasma TV.

Here’s the full details of the test, but the gist is: the plasma set beat all of the LCDs in contrast, color accuracy and black level, and in some cases, it wasn’t even close. That should be alarming for those who know that Plasma is on its way out for most companies, but it appears maybe it could be another Beta vs. VHS kind of situation (Beta was also clearly superior in sound and picture quality, but lost the cassette tape wars anyway and faded away).

Opinion: ChromeOS and HDTV – future pairing?

July 12, 2009 by  
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32-inch-sony-hdtv-chromedWidgets and big-time experiences are starting to be built into our TV’s, if this years CES is any indication. But this opinion article is about building in an actual OS, such as the newly announced ChromeOS from Google? Would you bother with such a TV? Would you buy it?

If someone’s designing a lightweight, net-connected OS, why not add that to a flat panel and let us do what we want to do with it?

The Google operating system news was sent into the wind this week, and people began to wonder: is this what TVs need and could use? A freeform web-centric OS that could help grab us lots of content for our sets, whether it be video, information, or whatever.

First of all, our opinion is: let us see the actual OS before it gets built into anything. Who (and it isn’t clear really) what kind of OS this will really turn out to be, and with a debut date of mid-2010 or so, it could evolve quite a bit before it sees the light of day.

Today’s HDTV TV Listings

July 12, 2009 by  
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Icit’s amazing how diversified the HDTV content is on TV right now. Take tonight for example: Baseball (the last before the All-Star break), reality TV, crime drama, fantasy and driving down a super slick icy road for a living. How that’s for variety in TV viewing, and all in HD.

The new Law & Order:CI (this writer loves the addition of Jeff Goldblum in the show) and In Plain Sight are airing tonight, along with HBO’s new “killer” lineup of True Blood, the amusing new series Hung and the season debut of Entourage.

Feel free to peruse the rest of the listings here.

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