Wednesday’s Wacky HDTV Deals

September 30, 2009 by  
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Time to get d9134901_sbown to business:

BestBuy has a very nice deal on a Dynex DX-L32-10A 32” 720p LCD HDTV for $329.99 with free shipping as well. Any bedroom would be glad to have a good-sized TV like this one.

Newegg.com -  More savings on a Samsung LN32B550 32” LCD TV for $694.99 – $45 off coupon we provide you with at checkout: “EMCLXNX74″ (Expires 10/05/09) = $649.99 with free shipping included.

Join us tomorrow for more great savings!

HDTV schedule for September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009 by  
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063_myth_hdtvABC (720p) has the series premieres of Hank at 8 p.m. and The Middle at 8:30 p.m., then Modern Family at 9 p.m., Cougar Town at 9:30 p.m. and Eastwick at 10 p.m.
TLC (1080i) has the season premiere of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant at 8 & 8:30 p.m., series premiere of King of the Crown at 9 p.m. and Toddlers & Tiaras at 10 p.m.
NBC (1080i) airs Mercy at 8 p.m. and Law & Order SVU at 9 p.m.
CBS (1080i) brings The New Adventures of Old Christine at 8 p.m., Gary Unmarried at 8:30 p.m., Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. and CSI: NY at 10 p.m.
Fox (720p) has Glee at 9 p.m.
Showtime (1080i) airs Inside the NFL at 9 p.m.
Syfy (1080i) has Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. and Destination Truth at 10 p.m.
Discovery (1080i) presents Mega Engineering: Mile High Skyscraper at 10 p.m.
Travel (1080i) has Man vs. Food at 10 p.m.
History (720p) has Nostradamus Effect at 9 p.m. and Mysteryquest at 10 p.m.
ESPN (720p) has Twins/Tigers baseball at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 (720p) has Hawaii/Louisiana Tech football at 8 p.m.

Lots of college football, new episodes of many shows, including CSI: NY, Christine, Criminal Minds, and Modern Family, which has gotten some decent reviews. A very full slate tonight for HDTV viewers.

GoPro goes big with new footage from the 1080p Hero Wide Helmet Cam

September 29, 2009 by  
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gopro-hero-hd-20090929-600GoPro announced the release of its cool new 1080p HD Hero Wide helmet cam a few months ago, back when going fast and jumping off too tall places was the in thing to do, it seemed.

Now the company has released some pretty neat clips to show what the camera can do, and it’s pretty awesome to watch. This new camera could change the way action/sports is shot in 1080p, to say the least.

Here’s the full skinny on the cam: its 30fps at the big-time 1080p setting or 60fps mode at 720p, which is pretty amazing given its size and design. 720p film can be recorded at a very wide 170 degrees, while 1080p footage is 127 degrees.

The company says even the microphone will work at this speed, making it something networks and such will definitely have an interest in. More footage here.

HDTV Schedule for Sept. 29, 2009

September 29, 2009 by  
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ncis_los_angelesCBS (1080i) has NCIS at 8 p.m. NCIS: LA at 9 p.m. and The Good Wife at 10 p.m.
CW (1080i) has 90210 at 8 p.m. and Melrose Place at 9 p.m
ABC (720p) has Dancing with the Stars at 9 p.m. and The Forgotten at 10 p.m.
Discovery (1080i) airs the season finale of Swords: Life on the Line at 9 p.m.
History (720p) has The Universe at 9 p.m.
TLC (1080i) has 18 Kids & Counting at 9 p.m.
Syfy (1080i) has ECW at 10 p.m.
FX (720p) brings Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 (720p) has WNBA Finals action with Fever/Mercury at 9 p.m.

WNBA (yes!), lots of NCIS action with a new LA edition starting tonight. 18 Kids, DWTS and The Forgotten along with Sons of Anarchy all make tonight a very sweet night to own an HDTV.

Sunday’s Sensational HDTV Deals

September 28, 2009 by  
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896310_sk_lgHere we go without further ado:

OfficeDepot has a very nice deal on a good sized side room TV: The Samsung 2333HD 23” HD LCD Monitor for $279.99 with free shipping too. Great offer from a store with very cool deals on occasion.

BestBuy has a well-reviewed Panasonic Viera 42” 1080p LCD HDTV on sale for $699.99 with free shipping as well.  Great price on a great TV.

Thanks for joining us and please come again for more fantastic deals!

Report: Blu-Ray will break through this year

September 27, 2009 by  
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blu-ray_logoA recently released NPD analysis indicates that Blu-ray will finally hit the “big time” in the mainstream in 2010, as prices will continue to drop on new discs, with prices coming close to current new DVD levels by 2010-2011.

The company surveyed users of Blu-ray components in late February 2008 and in August 2009, and it shows that BR is out of the “new shiny early adopters” phase, but people are stopped by the higher prices of the players/discs, which is understandable.

In 2008 for example, over 64% of users were the “adopters on the edge”, which only account for 20 percent of the entire market. By August 2009, that same number had been reduced to 38%, with the market now being middle-aged families with money that waited until prices got more reasonable.

There are those who might never switch, even those who love HDTV. According to the report, neutral on BR votes were at 17% while people that just plain hate Blu-ray and don’t plan to ever adopt it are at 7%, which is about average for any technology.

Related to HD: Sony PS3 recent 3.01 Update Kills Blu-Ray (For Some)

September 26, 2009 by  
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slim-ps3-rumorThe minor 3.01 firmware update for the PS3 was released, and now there’s over 800 posts about it? What could cause that amount of uproar?  Perhaps the fact that (for some) it has killed their ability to play back Blu-Ray discs; that would make me as an HD lover pretty darn upset.

Updates are sometimes known to break as many things as they fix, and this is a case in point, it seems.

A pretty wide number of users are saying that Blu-Ray playback has been choppy or reduced to none by the recent 3.0 update, and they’re angry, as well they should be. Sony has been slowly building their rep back up again, only to have this sort of thing happen.

Not everyone is reporting the issues, but enough so that Sony has to do something, and quick, it seems. Hopefully, another patch will be released that will solve this issue and quiet the storm.

Sighting: Vizio VF551XVT LED Backlit HDTV seen in stores

September 26, 2009 by  
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vf551xvtThe recent CEDIA gathering promised that VIZIO’s very first baby steps towards an LED backlit LCD would be in stores for sale in days came true, according to recent sightings and sources. Vizio had previously avoided the technology up until now, but it’s good to see they’re jumping on the bandwagon.

The picture here was taken at a Costco recently with a $1,999 price on it, so odds are its available where you are by the time the ink dries on this post.

The only thing to consider: should you grab this, or wait a bit longer and grab its web widget & WiFi included VF552XVT HDTV due out in November or so? Tough call, we know.

Friday’s Fabulous HDTV Deals

September 25, 2009 by  
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toshibSee, we told you the adverb guy would return today, and return he has with a vengeance. Let’s get right to the HDTV deals:

6ave.com has a great price busting deal on the Toshiba 40RV525U 40″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $637 – 5% more off with our coupon code “AFL5” = $605 with free shipping. They guarantee the price, so you can’t go wrong.

Newegg.com offers a nice HDTV for the kitchen or any side room of the house: the Samsung LN19B361 19” 720p LCD HDTV for $221.99 with free shipping as well. Tough to beat that anywhere, and good reviews to boot.

Join us once again tomorrow for more HDTV savings deliciousness!

HD Blu-Ray Lost Season 5 arrives – with a surprise BD-Live feature

September 25, 2009 by  
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lost_season5_blu-rayWe love us some Lost, though perhaps its gone on a bit long at this point. Now that the fifth season of Lost arrives on Blu-ray December 8 (projected street date), and not only will it look amazing because its 1080p on Blu-Ray, but the BD-Live feature will include a special feature not available anywhere else.

Viewers can go log into “Lost University” where they can explore the mysteries of the island in all their strange and intricate detail. Fans can visit LostUniversity.com right now to register, and word from above is that the first 108 “graduates” using the BD-Live feature will receive a hand-signed diploma from Lost University heads (and Lost producers) Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, which would be awesome indeed.

This is an example of what BD-Live should be used for to draw more people to the feature, and we hope more companies follow suit with things like this.

HDTV Deals for Thursday

September 24, 2009 by  
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0060958516377_215X215Sorry, no same-letter adverb in the title for today; our verb manager has the day off. To make up for this terrible deficit, we offer some great HDTV deals for your consideration:

Walmart is known for great prices, and this is a nice deal: The Philips 32PFL3504D/F7 32″ LCD HDTV for $398 + free In-Store Shipping. We love it, and you will too. Solid reviews so far.

BeachCamera.com has a very nice deal on the Panasonic Viera TCL37X1 37” 720p LCD HDTV for $749.95 – $230 Add to Cart discount given instantly with our link = $519.95 with free shipping as well. Hard to beat that for a very well regarded HDTV model.

Come back tomorrow for more amazing deals!

Premiere Heaven: HDTV schedule for September 24, 2009

September 24, 2009 by  
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CBS_MENTALIST_HD_CLIP1ABC (720p) has the series premiere of Flash Forward at 8 p.m. and the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m.
Fox (720p) has Bones at 8 p.m. and Fringe at 9 p.m.
CBS (1080i) has Survivor at 8 p.m. and the season premieres of CSI at 9 p.m. and The Mentalist at 10 p.m.
NBC (1080i) brings Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday at 8 p.m., Parks & Recreation at 8:30 p.m., The Office at 9 p.m. and Community at 9:30 p.m.
CW (1080i) airs The Vampire Diaries at 8 p.m. and Supernatural at 9 p.m.
WGN (1080i) has WWE Superstars at 8 p.m.
History (720p) has Marked at 9 p.m.
Spike (1080i) has TNA! Impact at 9 p.m.
TLC (1080i) has L.A. Ink at 10 p.m.
FX (720p) has It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10 p.m.
ESPN (720p) has Mississippi/South Carolina college football at 7:30 p.m.

Tons more premieres (tis the season after all) to debut in glorious HDTV tonight, including our highlights: CSI, The Mentalist (one of the best shows you may not have heard of), and Bones.

A wonderful night of crime-solving, gut-busting, tattoo celebrating, mind-reading joy courtesy of the folks at various networks.

HDTV Bonanza: Schedule for September 23, 2009

September 23, 2009 by  
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newadvofoldchristineABC (720p) runs Dancing with the Stars at 8 p.m. with the series premieres of Modern Family at 9 p.m., Cougar Town at 9:30 p.m. and Eastwick at 10 p.m.
NBC (1080i) airs the series premiere of Mercy at 8 p.m. and season premiere of Law & Order SVU at 9 p.m.
CBS (1080i) has the season premieres of The New Adventures of Old Christine at 8 p.m., Gary Unmarried at 8:30 p.m., Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. and CSI: NY at 10 p.m.
Fox (720p) has Glee at 9 p.m.
Syfy (1080i) has Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. and Destination Truth at 10 p.m.
Showtime (1080i) airs Inside the NFL at 9 p.m.
Travel (1080i) has Man vs. Food at 10 p.m.
ESPN (720p) has Phillies/Marlins baseball at 7 p.m. and Giants/Diamondbacks at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 (720p) doubles up on WNBA playoffs action with fever/Shock at 8 p.m. and Mercury/Sparks at 10 p.m.

Tons of season premieres, including CSI: NY, Law & Order SVU and one of our favs, New Adventures of Old Christine, all show up tonight to cap off a great, full spate of HDTV goodness.

Add it baseball and WNBA excitement too (yes, we said that with a straight face) make this a fine night to be an HDTV viewer.

Value Added: Best Buy to release bargain HDTV/Blu-Ray combo unit soon

September 23, 2009 by  
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ns-lbd32x_blu-ray_lcdAre we shocked that Best Buy/Insignia will offer a 1080p LCD with Blu-ray player built-in for as low as $599 soon?

Not really, as we’ve been expecting units from overseas to hit the value market here in the US for quite some time.

Marked “coming soon” on their site/stores, when it hits, players like Sharp will be forced to respond, as it will easily fall $200-300 cheaper than a comparable unit from them.  Specs are spotty at the moment, but we aren’t necessarily expecting a state of the art kind of unit stats wise for this price point, but solid and decent more than likely.

Wal-Mart, its your turn now. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond to this “challenge” of sorts.

Premieres Galore: HDTV Schedule for September 21, 2009

September 21, 2009 by  
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HouseABC (720p) has the season premieres of Dancing with the Stars at 8 p.m. and Castle at 10:01 p.m.
NBC (1080i) brings the season premiere of Heroes at 8 p.m.
Fox (720p) drops in the season premiere of House at 8 p.m.
CBS (1080i) lines up the premieres of How I Met Your Mother (season) at 8 p.m., Accidentally On Purpose (series) at 8:30 p.m., and season premieres of Two and a Half Men at 9 p.m., The Big Bang Theory at 9:30 p.m. and CSI: Miami at 10 p.m.
USA (1080i) has WWE: Raw at 9 p.m.
CW (1080i) has One Tree Hill at 8 p.m. and Gossip Girl at 9 p.m.
ABC Family (720p) brings Lincoln Heights at 8 p.m. and Greek at 9 p.m.
TLC (1080i) has Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9 p.m.and Ultimate Cake Off at 10 p.m.
A&E (720p) has Intervention at 9 p.m. and Hoarders at 10 p.m.
History (720p) has Clash of the Gods at 10 p.m
Travel (!080i) brings the series premiere of Madventures at 10p.m.
ESPN (720p) airs Monday Night Football with Colts/Dolphins at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 (720p) doubles up on WNBA playoffs with Mystics/Fever at 8 p.m. and Silver Stars/Mercury at 10 p.m.

There’s almost too much going on tonight as several Fall series launch in razor-sharp HD, along with football, and last but not least, the WNBA playoffs.

Our TVs are set to House, the season premiere. Hopefully, it improves over a mediocre season last year and gets back to its glory roots as one of the sharpest written, most provocative shows on television.

It’s “Star”-studded Event: Blu-Ray releases for this week

September 21, 2009 by  
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star_trek_series1Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Paramount)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount)
Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection (Paramount)
Star Trek: The Original Series (Season 2 (Paramount)
Hot Fuzz (Universal)
Shaun Of The Dead (Universal)
Battle For Terra (Lionsgate)
Book Of Blood (Lionsgate)
Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (Lionsgate)
Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (New Line)
Observe and Report (Warner)
Scooby-Doo!: The Mystery Begins (Warner)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (The Complete Second Season (Warner)

Lots of cool releases on Blu-ray this week, most notably tons of Star Trek movies and material on BR that fans have been clamoring for quite awhile now.  Several other fill-in titles too, as BR rounds into shape with various additions for collectors everywhere.

Sunday’s Satisfying HDTV Deals

September 20, 2009 by  
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9291777_sbWe chose a nice, relaxing title for today’s HDTV offers, so let’s get down to it:

BestBuy - A nice deal, especially for the size: the Dynex 32” 720p LCD HDTV for $329.99 with free in-store pickup included. A 32″ for that price; unbelievable.

Dell Home – Dell sometimes has very nice deals on fancier TVs and here we go once again: the Sony 52” Bravia Series LCD HD Television for $2299.00 – $700 discount = $1599.00 with free shipping as well. Good price for a very popular, well-reviewed TV.

Thanks for reading and see you on the flip side!

Football and Blood: HDTV Schedule for September 20, 2009

September 20, 2009 by  
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curbyourCBS (1080i) has the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at 8 p.m.

  • HBO (1080i) airs the HD & season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9 p.m., series premiere of Bored to Death at 9:30 p.m. and Entourage at 10:30 p.m.
  • History (720p) airs Holy Grail in America at 8 p.m. and Pawn Star$ at 10 p.m.
  • NBC (1080i) has Giants/Cowboys football at 8:15 p.m.
  • Syfy (1080i) presents Clive Barker’s Book of Blood at 9 p.m.
  • AMC (720p) has Mad Men at 10 p.m.
  • ESPN (720p) has Cubs/Cardinals baseball at 8 p.m.
  • ESPN2 (720p) has NHRA Carolinas Nationals at 7 p.m.

Lots to like tonight, including the debut of Curb, Bored to Death on HBO, baseball and football too, and to top it off, the Emmy awards in HD as well in glorious 1080i HD. We like it.

Good News (for Awhile Anyway): JVC botches first Blu-Ray recorders in US

September 19, 2009 by  
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jvcsrhd1250-890Boy, were we jazzed. CEDIA brought the announcement that JVC was releasing the first Blu-Ray recorders being launched into US stores. Our buzz ended as the announcement continued…

These models cannot record HDTV over the air/cable/satellite content. Take your time and read that again. It’s ridiculous, and reduce interest in these units by quite a long ways.

Each recorder comes equipped with a 250GB or 500GB hard drive and can record either standard or hi-def content from SD Cards and digital camcorders via USB or Firewire interface. We assume the target audience are video editors and related professionals, but its sad that they missed a grand opportunity to move BR into the mass marketplace with this awful omission.

And the worse part: These aren’t cheap, even for the lack of its most useful potential feature. The SR-HD1250 is priced at $1,995 and the SR-HD1500 will go for $2,550.

Football Madness: HDTV schedule for September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009 by  
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  • fsuFox (720p) has Cops at 8 p.m.
  • ABC (720p) has Texas Tech/Texas college football at 8 p.m.
  • TLC (1080i) airs Moving Up at 10 p.m.
  • ESPN (720p) has Georgia/Arkansas college football at 7:45 p.m.
  • ESPN2 (720p) has West Virginia/Auburn college football at 7:45 p.m.
  • HBO PPV (1080i) Mayweather/Marquez boxing starts at 9 p.m.

It’s a pigskin night for HDTV fans as college football ramps up on this balmy (for the most part) Saturday evening. 3 games, plus Cops and a big boxing match too. Hard to beat that for high-def thrills.

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