HDTV Deals Jumbo Weekend Post

October 31, 2009 by  
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8889107_sbWe haven’t had any HDTV deals in awhile, so we’ll do a jumbo sized post to catch up a bit:

dbuys.com – Want a jumbo sized HDTV? How about an LG 60PS60 60” 1080p HDTV for $1,795 with free shipping too? Yes, we love it.

BestBuy – Yes, its their brand, but what a deal: the Insignia NSLCD52HD09 52” 1080p LCD HDTV + Free Hook-Up Kit as well for $999.99 – and free shipping. Now that’s tough to turn down!

B&H Photo Video – Free shipping on this Panasonic TCL37S1 37” 1080p LCD HDTV for $574.99 takes the cake for our last deal of the day. Well reviewed and solid TV for any room of the house at a great price!

Shop to your heart’s content, and we’ll see you tomorrow at Screen Sleuth for more breaking HDTV news.

LG: “OLED will cost less than LCD in 2016″

October 30, 2009 by  
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15_oled-tv_o_440-cropYes, LG stated that at a recent show in Japan about electronics, and while we’re excited at the prospect, let’s not carve this into stone just yet.

Won Kim, VP of LG OLED sales and marketing group spoke about its OLED plans for the future, and they make interesting food for thought, if little else.

So far: LG will put out 20-inch (and perhaps larger) OLED panels in mid-2010 based on their current roadmap, 30″ in mid-2011, and 40-inch OLED panels in 2012.

While 40″ OLED units will still be “fairly expensive” (read:  a bloody fortune) in 2012, Kim states that in 2016 OLED panels will actually cost less than LCD TVs do now. That seems a bit aggressive, but hey, we’re rooting for LG to make good on this prediction. It’ll mean good things for HDTV lovers everywhere.

The Latest Vizio Legal Scuffle: A settlement with Sony

October 29, 2009 by  
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vizioBoy, Vizio seems to attract the legal battles like few others companies in recent memory (besides Apple). The very latest involves Sony and has a happy ending: they’ve settled for who knows how much money and promises made, but a settlement is a good thing for both companies in this case. Usually its Vizio doing the suing as we reported a few months back regarding their feud with Funai.

Vizio was sued by Sony in October 2008 for using patented Sony technologies, and the two went back and forth for awhile until reaching this latest settlement.

Press release from Vizio: Link

A spokesman for Sony contacted several blogs regarding this issue, and was quoted as saying:

In October 2008, Sony filed a litigation against Vizio in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California for infringement of fourteen of Sony’s patents related to color televisions and PC monitors. The parties have now settled all current patent litigation between them, with Vizio becoming a paying licensee under Sony’s patents for color televisions and PC monitors. Additionally, under the settlement, during its term, Sony will be licensed under any patents that Vizio purchased this year related to color televisions, as well as any they may own in the future that are related to color televisions or PC monitors.

Hopefully, Vizio can stay out of court for awhile and continue making solid TVs at affordable prices.

Razor’s Edge: Vizio releases LED-backlit 19″ and 23″ models

October 28, 2009 by  
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vizio_led_lgLED backlit LCD HDTVs have been the hot thing the last few months, but they’ve been restricted to the bigger models for the most part. Vizio has changed all of that with their new line of LED-backlit wonders, with a 19″ and 23″ model being released.

The 23-inch is 1080p, but both have slick, thin styling and all the color and sharpness only the smaller models can feature. Both can also function as a digital picture frame as well, making this unique gadget do double-duty, which we can always appreciate.

The 19-incher sells for $349, and the 23-inch will cost an extra $50 (not much of a jump really) out of your wallet. No exact release dates have been set as of yet, but expect these quite soon.

FPD International 2009 and the Rumor Mill: 14″ OLED to be displayed?

October 27, 2009 by  
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auo-oled-20091027FPD International 2009 is almost here, and its usually a display source for companies showing off the latest in thin, ultra-fancy displays, including a new OLED display from AUO, according to the rumor mill. They’re showing off some panels that may not be released for a few years, but we can drool over them right now.

Top Dog: a rumored 14-inch, 1080p OLED TV from AUO with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 16 million+ colors. Now that’s something to get excited about. OLED displays are slowly evolving into something more palatable for the masses, though to reach the point LCD’s are at now may take 2-3 years, in all honesty.

We can’t wait to bring you a full preview of this show as details emerge.

The Thin Race Continues: Samsung debuts thinnest-ever (again) LCD TV

October 26, 2009 by  
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needle_slim_samsung_004Yes, the “thin panel” race in HDTV LCD panels is getting a little ridiculous right now, but hey, it seems that’s what people want, so by gosh, they’re getting it. And Samsung has fired yet another volley in the thinnest-ever LCD race.

What measures 3.9-mm thin? No, not the typical Korean models showing this stuff off, though that’s not too far from the truth; this time, however, its Samsung’s latest LED backlit LCD with 120Hz refresh and 5,000:1 reported contrast too. Now thinner than two pencils; that’s pretty crazy.

And yes, that makes it the world’s thinnest LCD panel – beating LG’s 5.9-mm thick LCDs, which previously held the record. No word on price or availability aside from “soon”, where it should debut in Korea/Asia first, then travel here.

Opinion: What’s the best Blu-Ray player out there?

October 25, 2009 by  
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toshiba-blu-ray-playerSince we assume many of our HD loving brethren watch their movies on Blu-Ray, we’re wondering: What’s the best option for a blu-ray player out there right now?

Yes, the Sony PS3 includes a BR player along with being able to play games, but ya know, it doesn’t include all the extra stuff that BR is really known for, and has been known not to perform as well as stand alone players. So what company/model offers the very best that BR has to offer? LG, Sony, Pioneer? All have their supporters and upsides, but we’d love to hear from you, our readers. What model do you like and why?

We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Microsoft confirms, HD Lovers Saddened: No Blu-Ray on XBox 360

October 23, 2009 by  
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xbox_360-no-blu-rayRumors have been flying about the possibility of a Blu-Ray addon for the XBox 360, and the press has been back and forth on the subject, as has MS. It now appears that the rumors have been put to rest: it won’t happen.

It’s official: Microsoft engineers have confirmed in several recently published reports that there will be no Blu-Ray joy on the XBox 360. They believe the future of movies is on-demand, not physical media. That’s an interesting (and somewhat valid) stance to take, the problem being that transition is a few years away from being reality.  Right now, not everyone has the bandwidth to plug in a wi-fi connection into a console and get great speeds with it, enough for movie streaming anyway.

We’re a little saddened here as HDTV lovers about this development, but not surprised really. MS has always touted their eventual plans for a movie mecca with the 360 platform, so we wish them luck, all the while wondering why an HD-DVD addon exists, but a Blu-Ray one doesn’t.

Dying Breath for Plasma?: The Panasonic Z1 Plasma HDTV First Look

October 22, 2009 by  
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2009-06-25pannyz1Plasma may be dying, or on life support, but hey: they do make for beautiful TVs sometimes. Take the example of the Panasonic 54″ TC-P54Z1, which amazed convention-goers when it was displayed at CES several months ago.

HD Guru recently took this thing for a test drive in their home, and the results were pretty amazing, if the article is to be believed.  It took a 1-hour setup process, but then the gawking was definitely in line after that. Their engineers have the panel down to 1″ wide, really amazing and slick to look at.

Yes it does retail for over $5,000, but its (almost) worth it according to the review, with “outstanding” color and deep black levels not normally found in LCDs.

Read here for a complete unboxing and detailed review, for a look at technology that’s truly sad is going the way of the dinosaur these days.

HD Movie Fix: Starz announced 5 new HD channels to launch next year

October 21, 2009 by  
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3-31-08-new_starz-logoIt’s been a long time in coming, but perhaps the time is almost here: more HD channels from Starz to play more movies and more variety of films in HD. Any new channel additions in HD are cause for celebration, indeed.

These new HD feeds are due to launch by mid-2010 (our feelers indicate June/July timeframe).

New for 2010 are:  Starz in Black HD, Starz Cinema HD, IndiePlex HD, RetroPlex HD and an Encore HD West Coast channel too. That will really fill up the screen with HD movies, which is something some cable systems lack about now. We’re hoping that systems pick these up, and pick up the pace adding new HD channels to enjoy as well.

This would bring the HD channel count to 9, so the wait for more subscription HD options is nearly over.

Hack It Up: SamyGo project aims to add more features to Samsung TVs?

October 20, 2009 by  
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hackerOnce upon a time, there was no “Windows”, there was only DOS, in all of its command line beauty. It appears there’s now a “command line” project in the works to allow people to modify their HDTV (Samsung anyway) to do different things called SamyGo, and its an interesting project, if not really for newbies.

The immediate goal of the project is the ability to use other WiFi dongles besides Samsung’s dongle that would run you $80, but it can also potentially used for other things, such as more programming and feature improvements and additions.

It goes without saying: only do this sort of stuff if you have some clue about computers and what you’re doing, as we (or they) aren’t responsible if anything goes wrong.

Opinion: Do you buy Blu-Ray discs, and where?

October 19, 2009 by  
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5-29-08-blu-ray-player-endcWe all know by now that Blu-Ray is one the few recorded mediums that allow full 1080p to really show off those HDTV sets to their full potential. But…do you buy them? And where do you buy them?

At Wal-Mart, Target or some other big store? Online (many stores online are now having some decent sales on them finally, after a long period of their being double the DVD price, which no doubt slowed down sales)? Or do you just rent them from Netflix (and pay the premium to do so)?

Wal-Mart apparently plans an expanded BR focus, including an exclusive version of Transformer 2 to be delivered there soon, so now we can say its hit the big time mainstream market, officially, and no doubt other stores will follow with expanded BR marketing.

So speak out and let us know: how do you get your Blu-Ray fix?

Friday’s Fantastic HDTV Deals

October 16, 2009 by  
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lg42A second helping of HDTV deals coming up on this fabulous Friday:

6ave.com – How about an LG 42LH30 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for $849.00 – $154 off coupon we have given you “AFLLGE695″ (works until 11/3/09) = $695.00 with free shipping too? Much cheaper than I paid for the same TV more or less, so grab this while it lasts!

CircuitCity.com – We love us some Plasma when we get the chance, so run and grab this one ASAP. This must be LG day, as we present yet another great deal on an LG model, this time the 50PY3D 50” 1080p Plasma HDTV for $939.97 – with free shipping once again. That’s a fantastic price, and its hard to go wrong with plasma, so check it out.

Thanks for joining us for our HDTV deal roundup, and see you all this weekend for more news and savings.

Thursday’s HDTV Deals

October 15, 2009 by  
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sonytvWe always enjoy a great deal, so we’re pleased to bring back our now infamous HDTV offers and specials:

BuyDig.com – Combo TVs are popular, so this one is a no-brainer: The Toshiba 15LV506 15” LCD TV With DVD player built-in for $229.00 – with free shipping. Great price on a nice unit for any room of the house not currently blessed with a flat-panel.

Amazon.com – Sony makes some of the better TVs out there, and this is a steal for the reviews and type of unit this is: the Sony KDL52Z5100 52” Bravia Series LCD HDTV for $1681.98 – with free shipping available. Amazon strikes again with nice HDTV offers!

Thanks for joining us, and keep an eye on this site for more deals in the days to come.

First Look: The Samsung 55″ 240Hz 3D HDTV

October 14, 2009 by  
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14oct09_sm24055Engadget HD has a preview of the upcoming Samsung 3D HDTV, and it’s supposed to be pretty breathtaking indeed, if first rumors are true.

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Look, we know this 3D thing is as likely to sink as it is to swim right now, but we have to hand it to Samsung — it’s pursuing the idea with some pretty hefty ambition. A 55-inch 1080p panel with a true 240Hz refresh rate is a decent base on which to build your paradigm-shifting new offering. Using a set of “shutter” glasses, which rapidly alternate between blocking out the left and right eye, the set is capable of delivering the full 240Hz quality, debatable as its benefits may be. Of course, the value or otherwise of a TV like this is going to be found only by experiencing its output in person, so if you’re somewhere near Seoul this week, head on down to the IMID 2009 conference to get an eyeful of an early model.

We’re not sure about the long-term benefits of a 3D technology that might not ever come to roost, but 240Hz and 55″ inches of the latest LCD HDTV Samsung technology sound good to us.

NHTS (New HDTV TV Schedule): Screen Sleuth for October 13, 2009

October 13, 2009 by  
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ncisla-poster-2009ESPN (720p) presents 30 for 30: The Band that Wouldn’t Die at 8 p.m.
CW (1080i) has 90210 at 8 p.m. and Melrose Place at 9 p.m
CBS (1080i) has NCIS at 8 p.m. NCIS: LA at 9 p.m. and The Good Wife at 10 p.m.
ABC (720p) has Dancing with the Stars at 9 p.m. and The Forgotten at 10 p.m.
Discovery (1080i) brings Dirty Jobs at 9 p.m. and Ghost Lab at 10 p.m.
A&E (720p) has Parking Wars at 10 & 10:30 p.m.
FX (720p) brings Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m.
Syfy (1080i) has ECW at 10 p.m.
TLC (1080i) tosses in 18 Kids & Counting at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 (720p) has Arkansas State/Louisiana-Monroe college football at 8 p.m.

NCIS, NCIS: LA (solid show, if not something we predict to run for a long time) and a new Parking Wars (guilty pleasure) highlight tonight’s HDTV lineup for us, along with 90210 and Melrose Place if you’re into that sort of thing. We’ll record us some Dirty Jobs too.

Big Bang Evening: HDTV schedule for October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009 by  
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BigBangTheoryNBC (1080i) airs Heroes at 8 p.m. and Trauma at 9 p.m.
TLC (1080i) has the season premiere of Little People, Big World at 8 & 8:30 p.m., Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9 p.m. and Ultimate Cake Off at 10 p.m.
Fox (720p) has House at 8 p.m. and Lie to Me at 9 p.m
ABC (720p) has Dancing with the Stars at 8 p.m. and Castle at 10:01 p.m.
CBS (1080i) has How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m., Accidentally On Purpose at 8:30 p.m., 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
ESPN (720p) has Jets/Dolphins Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m.
CW (1080i) airs One Tree Hill at 8 p.m. and Gossip Girl at 9 p.m.
ABC Family (720p) has Lincoln Heights at 8 p.m. and Greek at 9 p.m.
USA (1080i) has WWE: Raw at 9 p.m.
Travel (1080i) has Madventures at 10 p.m.
History (720p) has the season finale of Clash of the Gods at 10 p.m.

It’s a good time to an HDTV watcher, as loads of great programming comes on tonight, not the least of which is the always good House, CSI:Miami, Lie To Me, Jon & Kate’s curiously fascinating train wreck, Monday Night Football, and Big Bang Theory. Too many shows, too little time in our book.

Saturday’s Awesome HDTV Deals

October 10, 2009 by  
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LG_LG-47LH30We’ll get right to the great HDTV deals and offers:

OneCall.com – How about an LG 32LH30 32” 1080p LCD HDTV for $483.77 with free shipping as well? Indeed, we do not kid you. Good price on a very nice set.

BestBuy – How about a DVD/LCD combo set for one of the best prices we’ve seen? You got it – The Dynex 22” 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV with DVD built-in for $279.99 with free in-store delivery too. Unbeatable value for any side room of the house.

Thanks for joining us and feel free to come back again for more deals and steals.

HDTV – Fail? Not Quite: The Forrester Research 1998 HDTV Fairy Tale

October 10, 2009 by  
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Engadget HD has an interesting snippet about a research tech report published in 1998 that stated HDTV had “no future”, and that even basic HDTVs would still be $2,000 in 2008. Needless to say, that report was way off, and we’re quite happy about that fact.

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One of our favorite pastimes is to give analysts and researchers a hard time and this is one that we just couldn’t pass up. The HDTV Almanac happened across a very old Forrester Research report that didn’t think HDTV had much of a future. Of course looking back over 10 years makes it almost too easy to poke fun, but predicting that HDTVs would still cost $2000 in 2008 seems pretty silly about now. What’s worse is the prediction that only one million sets would be sold by 2003, while the number ended up being 3.4 million. Looking back at all of this makes us wonder about all the 3D predictions we’ve seen lately, because if consumers went that crazy about going from 480i to 1080p, just imagine how they’ll feel about adding a third dimension.

It’s amazing to think about how far HDTV has come up until now, and how far it still will go in the future. More dissecting of this report is here.

HDTV Schedule for October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009 by  
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theofficeNBC (1080i) has Community at 8 p.m., Parks & Recreation at 8:30 p.m. and The Office at 9 & 9:30 p.m.
ABC (720p) has Flash Forward at 8 p.m., Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m. and the season premiere of Private Practice at 10:01 p.m.
CBS (1080i) has Survivor at 8 p.m., CSI at 9 p.m. and The Mentalist at 10 p.m.
Fox (720p) has Bones at 8 p.m. and Fringe at 9 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 the season finale of Marked at 9 p.m.
Spike (1080i) has TNA! Impact at 9 & 11 p.m.
FX (720p) has It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10 p.m.
ESPN (720p) has Nebraska/Missouri college football at 9 p.m.
TBS (1080i) has Red sox/Angels playoffs baseball at 9 p.m.

Lots of great entertainment tonight, notably CSI, Community (love it) and The Office. Fringe and Bones are new too. An HDTV mainstream network lovers dream night, indeed.

Baseball and college football if that isn’t enough for you.

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