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LG FLATRON Wide Format M228WA

Posted in Displays,LCD,LG,Television by Nino Marchetti on June 4th, 2007

LG FLATRON Wide Format M228WA Monitor TVLG seems to think they have found the magical formula in the form of a 22-inch widescreen display which can serve as both home television and computer monitor. Enter the mighty LG Flatron Wide Format M228WA.

What you say? Why is this the replacement for your big screen plasma? Well, we weren’t exactly saying it was. Rather the LG M228WA, with its 1680 x 1050 viewing resolution and 170-degree viewing angles, will serve as a nice LCD display for television when you tire of crunching numbers in Excel. The monitor, optimized to work with Windows Vista, has a slim and light design which hides built-in stereo speakers, 16:10 aspect ratio, a “digital fine” contrast ratio of 3000:1, 2ms response time and automatic detection and switching for dual monitor support.

This is all on top of a USB input interface for multi-screen support and …

BeoVision 9 Beauty

Posted in Bang & Olufsen,Plasma,Television by Chetz on May 15th, 2007

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 9 Plasma TVFor those that like the finer things in life let me introduce you to Bang and Olufsen’s BeoVision 9 50-inch plasma television. Weighing just over 270 pounds and measuring 48.4” x 50” x 22.4”, it comes in six color choices (black, silver, silver/black, dark grey, red and blue) and is another one of the high performance pieces of technology that we’ve come to expect from B&O.

It has a couple of features that constantly reevaluate the picture quality, tweaking the image based on the room’s light levels or the present image’s color settings to bring you the best viewing experience possible. If you’re watching a movie the TV will switch over to a film mode which delivers the movie in richer detail for widescreen presentation. Switching over to play video games or watch digital TV will also make the TV …

The Simpsons Xbox 360

Posted in Simpsons,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on May 12th, 2007

Simpsons Xbox 360Now that the Simpsons have a new feature film heading for the big screen Fox has teamed up with Microsoft to make a shiny yellow Simpsons-themed Xbox 360 to help promote the movie. The 360 case and controller have been given a glossy coat of Simpsons-yellow paint along with a big picture of the top half of Homer’s head on the side.

For those of you that are Simpsons collectors or Xbox Collectors, actually getting your hands on one of these Simpson’s Xbox’s might prove to be difficult as Microsoft is only making 100 of them. The units that they do make will be used to be given out and different events and promotions for the Simpsons movie.

According to Engadget the Simpsons game will actually not be coming with the unit as you might think, and Microsoft has skimped a little bit on the …

Hear the TV Better with Clarity C120 Amplification

Posted in Headsets,Television by Chris Weber on May 11th, 2007

Clarity C120 helps the hearing impaired hear the TV betterWith age often comes some degree of hearing loss, and I’ve been witness to households where I’ve heard repeated forecasts on the weather channel at a volume higher than it ever should be.

The Clarity C120 is a wireless TV amplification device that allows those that are hard of hearing to better listen to the television without making the volume unbearable for anyone else in the house, or sometimes on the block for that matter. The headset runs on batteries and uses a wireless infrared signal to transmit the sound which means it does require a line of sight to the transmitter, but if used while watching TV you will more than likely have a line of sight anyway.

The C120 headset will also pick up the volume at movie theaters or any events where the sound is broadcasted via …

Sony OLED TV Coming This Year

Posted in News,OLED,Sony,Television by Chetz on April 16th, 2007

Sony OLED TVThis past January we reported about Sony’s ultra-thin OLED (orangic light emitting diode) televisions that were on display at the CES. These beauties produce a far greater range of colors and contrast ratio (try 1,000,000:1) making them absolutely amazing to look at – and they range in thickness from just 3mm to 9mm.

At the CES Sony wasn’t saying one word about cost or when the public would be able to purchase these in stores, leading to speculation that the OLED technology would remain out-of-reach and in the prototype stage until Sony could crack a way to mass manufacturer them.

Now it appears that Sony has solved that problem because the Japanese electronics titan has announced that it will begin selling OLED TVs before the end of 2007. But here’s the rub: Sony hasn’t revealed what size their first OLED units will be or …

Sony XDV-100

Posted in 1seg,Media Players,Sony,Television by Chetz on March 14th, 2007

Sony XDV-100 1seg TVJapan has had mobile digital television for almost a year now but it still hasn’t taken off due to technical obstacles, like poor carrier coverage and practically none on rapid speed transportation like Japan’s many train systems.

Nevertheless, that hasn’t prevented Japanese tech companies from bundling the 1seg service into just about every portable gadget they can think of, from cellphones to PMPs to GPS units. Now Sony wants to directly tackle the market by introducing the XDV-100 to consumers on April 10, hoping against hope that there’s still a market out there.

The screen is 2.8-inches wide and offers 320 x 340 rez, plus you also get a built-in AM/FM tuner, ear buds and a docking cradle for recharging for your 40,000 yen (about $330 of our Yankee bucks.) If the 1seg service can be beefed up …

LG’s VCAST Phone Prices?

Posted in LG,Mobile Phones,Services,Television,Verizon by Chetz on March 10th, 2007

VX9400 VCAST mobile phoneThe rumor du jour is that LG is prepping to release its VX9400 handheld phone/TV on March 23. As we reported this past January, Verizon is soon to launch a service that allows for live television to be beamed and picked up by mobile phones.

Samsung is the other company with plans to release a phone, the u620, that works with the service, but we’ve been waiting to see what LG’s entry looks like in action especially since it has a neat looking pivot screen. According to a tipster that whispered in Engadget’s ear, LG will launch the VX9400 on the 23rd in the VCAST launch cities.

Prices are said to be $350 for the full version, $250 for a one year contract or $200 if you purchase two years at sign up. The same tipster also claims that the Samsung …

Free space TV coming with the HelioDisplay

Posted in Digital Imaging,Television by Reuben Drake on March 6th, 2007

Free Space television with the HeliodisplayThe very same company that produced the M2 Heliodisplay mid-air projector has just come out with their latest project – the new M3/M3i Heliodisplay.

This nifty thing is basically a monitor that displays images in free space, just like those holograms of Princess Lea asking Obi Wan for help. With a viewing space of 30inches and a resolution of 1024×768, the display is quite blurry and not very stable. However, with advances this particular technology should become a big thing in the near future. Currently, this will set you back a very hefty price of $18,100 for the basic version and $19,400 for the interactive version.


BBC Programs Now Available on YouTube

Posted in Services,Television,YouTube by Darrin Olson on March 4th, 2007

BBC will now make program excerpts available on YouTubeThe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced a deal with YouTube to publish excerpts from the BBC news and entertainment programs on the popular video downloading site. The BBC clips starting appearing on YouTube Friday, which marks the first time an international broadcaster has made such a deal with the Google-owned YouTube site.

Mark Thompson, BBC director, hopes the agreement will help drive more traffic and subsequently more revenues to the BBC web site to supplement British license fees for taxpayers. “It’s essential that the BBC embraces new ways of reaching wider audiences with nonexclusive partnerships such as these,” said Thompson.

The BBC videos will be available through their own channels on the YouTube portal. One of the channels called BBC Worldwide will show popular BBC programs such as “Top Gear” and “Spooks” along with nature documentaries. A BBC

Sony BRAVIA Flat-Panel LCD HDTVs

Posted in HDTV,Home Theater,LCD,Sony,Television by Paul Patterson on March 1st, 2007

Sony BRAVIA High Definition TelevisionsSony has been busy with product announcements this week. The latest announcement from Sony is a new line of seven BRAVIA high-definition televisions.

The BRAVIA televisions come in two series – the 1080p V-series and the 720p S-series. The V-series units include 40- and 46-inch (pictured) screen sizes, while the S-series offers 26-, 32-, 40-, 46-inch models.

The new televisions are compatible with Sony’s new BRAVIA Internet Video Link module which provides access to Internet video, music videos, movie trailers, user generated videos and RSS feeds. The module mounts on the back of the TV and connects to the Internet via broadband Ethernet connection.

The BRAVIA televisions are expected to be available in Summer 2007. The pricing details have not been released.

No Tuxedo Required

Posted in Home Theater,Plasma,Samsung,Television by Chetz on February 28th, 2007

Samsung plasma televisions named after Cannes film festivalSamsung brings some of the glitz and glitter of the Cannes Film Festival to your home with three newly announced plasma screen televisions named after the prestigious French movie party.

The company says that its new PDP image quality delivers brighter screens, richer colors and clearer images using new technological features incorporated into the Cannes line. For example, the Ultra DayLight component delivers a contrast ratio of 1000:1 in brightly lit rooms and 15000:1 in dimmed environments. The reproduction of natural colors is improved with Natural True Color Technology which processes reds, blues and greens with faster 18 bit speed processing. Finally, the Real Motion Studio technology sharpens the image on-screen, making letters and hard outlines less blurry.

That sounds all well and good but the bottom line is how much will it cost? Samsung is going to launch three sizes …

TiVo and Amazon Announce Video Download Service

Posted in Amazon,Digital Video,News,Services,Television,Tivo by Paul Patterson on February 7th, 2007

TiVo and Amazon.com Announce Video Download ServiceTiVo and Amazon.com have announced a new service that will allow TiVo Subscribers to watch Movies and TV Shows downloaded from Amazon Unbox on Their TVs.

With “Amazon Unbox on TiVo”, subscribers will have the ability to rent and purchase movies and television shows. Television shows will cost $1.99 per episode and most movies will range between $9.99 and $14.99 for purchase with movie rentals starting at $1.99. The current list of supported major studios includes CBS, Fox Entertainment Group, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Once live, subscribers will be able to activate the service on Amazon.com to establish a link between their TiVo Series2 or Series3 box. Once the service has been activated, eligible movies and television shows can be downloaded directly to the TiVo box. Downloaded content will automatically appear in the “Now Playing” list …

LG HDTV’s With Built In Hard Drive

Posted in HDTV,Home Theater,LG,Television by Darrin Olson on February 6th, 2007

LG HDTV with built in hard driveLG has some new HDTV’s coming your way with a nice built in feature. The new XCanvas high def televisions almost negate the need for a DVR by housing a built in hard drive.

We’ve seen LCD and plasma televisions with built in DVD players, but we seem to like this even better. Using an internal 160GB hard drive, high definition television and movies can be recorded and played back at a later date, even in a dual picture mode similar to having two tuners.

Your might soon start to wonder just how much high def TV the 160 HDD can hold, but have no fear. The new LG XCanvas televisions come with a USB port to transfer the media in or out, although we’re not sure of the format at this point.

These new hard drive toting TV’s also come with the …

Watch Your TV Anywhere with Slingbox Pro

Posted in Digital Video,Sling Media,Television by Chris Weber on January 31st, 2007

Slingbox Media Slingbox Pro Streaming Video DeviceJust can’t bear to miss your favorite television show? Have some time to kill at work? Have to go to junior’s game but you don’t want to miss the big game on TV? The Slingbox Pro from Slingbox Media may be your answer. Slingbox is a media device which connects to up 3 standard definition devices and 1 high-def device to your internet connection and thus to the world. You can control your home theater from anywhere that has an internet connection. You can watch regular cable, pre-recorded shows, on-demand movies, basically anything you can watch in your living room, you can watch on the road.

This has to be one of the greatest advances of the new millennium. I can watch TV from anywhere. It was only a matter of time …

OnAir USB HDTV-GT Portable HDTV Tuner

Posted in HDTV,Television,USB by Chris Weber on January 30th, 2007

OnAir USB HDTV-GT Portable HDTV TunerIt’s a well known secret; I guess then that it’s not really a secret, that you can get HDTV broadcasts over the airwaves. That’s right; if you have an HDTV tuner you can pick up many of the local stations that broadcast in High-Def. If you’re a mobile type and travel a lot and you want to watch HDTV broadcasts anywhere with an HDTV signal, you are in luck. AutumnWave’s OnAir HDTV-GT lets you connect an HDTV tuner to your laptop or PC with a USB connection.

The HDTV-GT features a remote control and DVR features so you can record and watch your High-Def shows any time you want. A rather surprising feature is that the HDTV-GT allows you to receive QAM signals, the unencrypted cable signals that cable companies sometimes use to broadcast local stations. …