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Collectible Tyrion Lannister Figurine

Posted in Game of Thrones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Tyrion Lannister figurineApparently HBO’s Game of Thrones has reached a new level of geek-dom from adoring fans; enough so that people are selling and purchasing collectibles from the hit TV show.

If you’re a fan and would like to join in, this Tyrion Lannister figurine is a good place to start. It stands about 8.5 inches tall and actually comes with two pairs of exchangeable hands, a goblet, and a book. (We would have though Jaimie would be the one with an exchangeable hand.) The facial features are as realistic as they can get. It is just proof that the guys at Threezero are really good at what they do.

Vizio VMB070 7-inch Portable TV Lands in Stores

Posted in Television by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

Vizio has been the most popular brand of HDTVs in the US for the last few quarters thanks to the low price and decent performance the sets offer. Vizio has announced that the portable TV that it showed off back in January is now available directly from it and at Walmart.

The TV is called the VMB070 and has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. The screen supports 720p resolution and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 500:1. The screen is rated for 250nits brightness and has a 25ms response time. The internal tuner is a NTSC/ATSC/QAM unit.

Make your HDTV look retro and stylish

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Remember the old days when TVs were more a piece of furniture? They were stylish and had substance and they were so heavy that once you put it in it’s place, it stayed there forever. TVs have slimmed down a lot since then and they’ve lost all of their good looks with the weight.

Halden-Caviglia TV sets want to bring back the retro TV using today’s technology. You can choose a screen between 42 inches and 65 inches in a bunch of Art Deco and American Craftsman styles, and the company even offers an IR repeater so your remote can communicate with the TV through all of that wood.

TV Poltergeist lets you take over a friends TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

Here’s a good April Fool’s Day gadget that will help you spook your family or friends. The TV Poltergeist can be programmed to mess with others by turning your TV on or off randomly every 5 to 20 minutes, and you can even leave it working that way all day long for weeks if you want them to buy a new TV.

It will drive people crazy, especially if they are a couch potato and love TV. It just needs to be hidden near the TV in line of sight to the LED’s. Only $12.99 for hours of fun.

PrestigeHD Supreme Rose: World’s most expensive television for $2.25 million

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2010

Looking for something decadent to put in your summer cottage in Monaco? No plain old TV will do, I know. You need something to match your blinged out iPod. Well, here’s a good TV to blow your money on. Stuart Hughes has announced the world’s most expensive Televisions. They are powered by Metz and manufactured by PrestigeHD.

The pricier of the two is the PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition. For £1.5 million ($2,250,000), the 55” screen is encased with 28 kilograms of solid 18ct rose gold. The frame has 72 brilliant round cut 1ct IF flawless diamonds along with Sunstone and Amethyst. Alligator skin is even hand sewn on the inner screen layer.

Marvel Comics licenses line of Superhero-branded LCD/LED HDTVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

Marvel has partnered with RTC23 to release “the ultimate comic fan’s TV”. C’mon, you know you’ve been waiting for a TV branded with Superhero images. The 22, 32, 42 and 55-inch LCDs/40 and 46-inch LED HDTVs feature Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Wolverine, Thor and other characters on the bottom corners of the frame as well as on a themed splash screen that appears for 8 seconds when you turn on the TV.

Even if you love Marvel Comics, it’s bound to get old staring at the same images though. The smaller LCD sets start out at 720p with a 60Hz refresh rate, 8000:1 dynamic and 3000:1 native contrast with 1 HDMI output and top out at 1080p with 240Hz refresh, 80,000:1 dynamic and 4000:1 native contrast, and 4 HDMI inputs. Prices range from $339 to $1989.

Quiet down loud commercials with the MyVolume adapter

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Loud commercials suck. So do the people who create them. I recently adjusted the settings on my HDTV to auto-adjust these loudmouth ads, but a few months later, they came back, having found a way around my TV settings. Finally there’s an easy way to quiet them down. A way that will hopefully work for good.

SRS Labs’ MyVolume adapter, is a $99 plug-and-play box that connects to your cable or satellite box via HDMI. Plug it in, and just like that, everything is leveled out to the same volume. The guys over at Dvice recently had some ears-on time with the gadget and it seems to do the trick.

LG goes retro with the Serie 1 CRT TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

You won’t have to enter the way-back machine to check out what 1960′s TVs looked like. Just check out LGs Serie 1 television. The Serie 1 uses not-quite-2010 CRT technology and a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 14-inch screen.

A digital tuner gives you all the channels (If you want black and white, just push a button) and composite video connectivity so you can hook up your old game console. Check out those chrome legs and screen dials.

Oregan launches Widget Store for TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Do you have a connected TV? Would you like an app store to go along with it? Well, you are in luck. Oregan Networks has come up with an applications store for connected TVs. It will allow you to select and download services and applications right onto your TV.

You can select and download services and applications for your television. Content like Twitter, weather, sports and news will al be available, and will come pre-installed with Onyx. You will also be able to access paid content like movies and subscription TV services through the Widgets.

Wireless HD streaming coming to a TV near you

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

There’s nothing like HD video and if you want to stream HD video content in your home, you’ll want to check out AXAR at CES 2010. It was created by ProVision and the technology should arrive in TVs, set-top boxes and network devices by Christmas 2010. That’s not too long of a wait.

ProVision has already worked with companies like Thomson, Pace, ITV, Toshiba and Sky, so AXAR may be used by them first. Instead of using a wireless network or the Internet to send and receive the signal, AXAR will be sending the signal from Component or HDMI over the air to a dedicated receiver.

FLO TV Personal Television

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2009

FLO TV Personal TelevisionTired of all that amazing detail on your big TV? Yeah, it’s a problem. FLO TV is a more portable version for ya. They’ve unveiled the Personal Television, which will let you watch your favorite news, live sports, etc on a device made specifically for mobile TV viewing.

We don’t see many people rushing out to buy one of these anytime soon, what with all the countless PMPs on the market. Plus, you can’t save your TV programs on this device, so you are at the mercy of TV programming as usual. What’s the point?

Grundig’s latest TVs offer USB recording

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

Grundig’s latest TVs offer USB recordingGrundig may be looking to replace TiVo with their latest TV models. Several of the models will incorporate USB-recording technology. You can use a standard USB flash drive or external hard drive as a personal video recorder or PVR. The catch is that you can only watch the recorded content on a compatible Grundig set.

8GB of storage should hold up to 4 hours of programs at normal resolution, but for HD recordings that number goes down. Content without copy protection can be viewed on any Grundig TV with the USB option, but encrypted channels can only be viewed on the TV where they were recorded on. The USB drives can be fully or partially formatted to suit the USB recording function and still allow other data to be stored on the drive.

HANNSpree intros line of plush TVs for kids

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2009

HANNSpree intros line of plush TVs for kidsIf there’s one thing we don’t have enough of, it’s TV. We obviously need more. Like this one from HANNSpree in the form of plush animals. HANNSpree’s new line of weird TVs include a zebra, giraffe, camel, and polar bear, with televisions embedded in their sides.

Now your kids can watch all of the cartoons that they want, while clutching a plush toy at the same time. Parents have always turned their kids over to the TV and let it raise them into adulthood. Now it’s easier than ever.

Liquid digital media guide by Rovi

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

Liquid digital media guide by RoviRovi better known as Macrovision just announced Liquid, a media guide that connects users to “content”. With Liquid, “content” encompasses anything: photos, music, Cable TV programs, free web videos or even online video services like Blockbuster OnDemand. Liquid can also interface with home networked devices using standard protocols like uPNP and DLNA.

Rovi already owns huge databases of content-related information that should give Liquid a nice advantage over competitors. At the moment, Liquid will go into consumer devices like televisions, but not in cable/satellite boxes.

Adapter plays back HD on TV from a hard disk

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Adapter plays back HD on TV from a hard diskHong Kong gadgeteer Brando can sometimes score a rare hit. We offer this SATA HDD Multi-Media Player Adapter as proof. This small adapter lets you plug in any SATA hard disk, SDHC card, or external USB drive, and play back its media with no computer anywhere. How sweet is that?

You have to wonder about the interface presented to you when you plug it into your TV via HDMI, component, or composite inputs. But even if it’s horrible, you’ll be able to view all kinds of audio and video formats on your TV, including MPEG-4, DivX, and AVI, without a PC anywhere nearby. That’s pretty convenient.