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Sony Previews Some Skinny TV’s

Posted in Sony,Television by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2007

Sony Previews Some Skinny TelevisionsSony had some prototype super-skinny OLED TV’s display on CES this week. Consumers can’t get them yet, but they are certainly going to want to.

The new wafer-thin televisions come in sizes as large as 40″, and put out a full high-definition picture. The photo and video courtesy of T3 really says it all, showing the televisions on display with bright, high quality video that are still viewable from quite an angle. This will be a product that we will definitely be watching for from Sony this year as this promises to be the future of home entertainment.

Check out the video of these thin TV’s on display at CES 2007:

Jobs Unveils Long Awaited Apple TV at MacWorld

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

Jobs Unveils Apple TV Today at MacWorld in San FranciscoToday at MacWorld in San Francisco Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated Apple TV, dubbing it the iTV multiple times during his keynote speech. The Apple TV was overshadowed and did not come with as many surprises as the Apple iPhone, but nonetheless has many impressive features.

The Apple TV connects directly to a television to allow viewing streamed iTunes content such as movies, photos, TV shows, and music directly on the TV, from up to 5 different PC or Mac computers at a time. There is also a feature to auto-sync the content of the hard drive to one computer which would allow your content to be easily updated.

Apple TV contains a 40GB hard drive to store movies and other media content as rumored, and plays the video at 720p high-definition. The box is of …

Verizon Launches Mobile Phone Television

Posted in Mobile Phones,Television,Verizon by Chris Weber on January 8th, 2007

verizon v-cast mobile tvFrom the CES, Verizon in planning to launch a service that allows mobile phones to receive live Television broadcasts. The service, called V Cast Mobile TV, is expected to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2007.

The service will allow subscribers to get live content from NBC, ABC, Fox, MTV and others. Pre-recorded shows will also be available for viewing.

Two phones, a model from Samsung and the LG VX9400 will be available with more expected by year end.

Verizon will be using a network built by Qualcomm. The technology known as MediaFLO allows content to be broadcast to phones rather than requested by each individual phone. To think of it as having a TV antenna on your phone and you can watch what is on right now, instead of requesting specific content.

The MediaFLO technology …

Sony Unveils 70 Inch LCD HDTV

Posted in HDTV,LCD,News,Sony,Television by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2007

Sony Unveils 70-inch Bravia KDL-70XBR3 LCD HDTVToday Sony unveiled its new 70-inch flat panel LCD HDTV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sony stated that the Bravia KDL-70XBR3 HDTV is the world’s largest television compliant with x.v.Color.

The 70-inch Bravia features a 10-bit panel, which gives a finer gradient than most LCD’s with an 8-bit panel. Along with that, Sony incorporated a Motionflow technology at 120Hz. This doubles the number of frames per second that are displayed to practically eliminate blurring with fast motion scenes. The LCD panel also has a 178 degree viewing angle, so viewers can still see the picture at almost a perpendicular angle. The 70-inch Bravia from Sony also sports three HDMI inputs and a PC input to use this screen as a computer monitor, and has a shiny piano black finish distinctive of this model.

“The BRAVIA KDL-70XBR3 is the result …

Microtek Announces New LCD HDTV Offerings

Posted in HDTV,LCD,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2007

Microtek LCD HDTVAnnouncing their first offering of LCD HDTV televisions to the market Microtek recently added two new 42″ LCD HDTV‘s to their list of plasma television offerings.

Both the L42CX2A and the CL42HA models boast the full-HD 1080p with native 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution in wide-screen 16:9 format. The CL42HA model will be part of the Cineon line of televisions created more for the high-end custom installation market, while the L42CX2A is designed for video enthusiasts, according to Microtek.

“We are proud to offer these new LCD HDTV’s in addition to our plasma HDTVs,” said Parker Plaisted, product brand manager at Microtek. “LCD and plasma have emerged as the top choices for consumers for high-definition televisions because they offer outstanding picture quality with the flat-panel convenience and affordable prices. Some people prefer plasma technology and others LCD technology. By offering both to our customers …

Battlestar Galactica Rumored to get Fourth Season

Posted in News,Sci-Fi,Television by Chris Weber on January 3rd, 2007

battle star galactica six possible forth seasonThe fan favorite Battlestar Galactica is moving to Sunday nights in January. This move led many fans to wonder about the prospects of a fourth season of the show. Now Sci-Fi news site syfyportal.com is reporting that the fourth season may be green lighted even before the second half of season 3 begins.

Galactica has been widely acclaimed outside the Sci-Fi community. TV Guide named Galactica one of the 10 best shows of 2006. Entertainment Weekly said Battlestar Galactica was the third best show of 2006. The American Film Institute put Galactica on its Programs on the Year list.

If there is a fourth season for Galactica then it will not probably air until the Fall of 2007.

Battlestar Galactica airs at 10pm ET/PT on the SciFi channel.

Modeo Mobile TV

Posted in Mobile Phones,Television by Darrin Olson on October 14th, 2006

Modeo TV Mobile Phone

This innovative mobile phone device called Modeo is designed around the high performance DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standard, the Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 platform and along with Microsoft Windows Media platform to give users with a feature-rich mobile multimedia and productivity solution. The new Modeo phone has a pretty good multimedia experience which is impressive when viewing shows on the mobile device.

Manufactured by HTC, the Modeo mobile phone views broadcasted television entertainment to the palm of your hand. You can watch live digital TV and music services, access home or office emails through Outlook, along with calendar and contact information.

Based on the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, the Modeo is built to receive and playback specifically Modeo’s DVB-H mobile broadcasts delivered using Windows Media technologies. The Modeo handset also uses Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to playback video and music stored in many formats, …

I want “Frickin’ Laser Beams” on my TV

Posted in Television by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Laser TVOK, anytime I hear anything about laser beams anymore I can’t help but think of evil geniuses.

Mitsubishi has manufactured a prototype of a television based on the technology of two other companies that uses a type of laser beam projection instead of plasma or liquid crystal displays (LCD). This is still in development but they think something might be ready for production towards the end of 2007.

The Laser TV is intended to be a replacement, or at the least direct competition to the reigning plasma televisions for brightness and picture clarity. Makers boast that the new laser projection television will have a better quality with more detail, consume less power and cost significantly less than plasma or LCD TV’s.

If the new laser TV’s do all that then I guess you really can’t go wrong with that. Is it really to much to ask to …

iZak Plays Your Media on Your TV

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Imaging,Digital Video,Television by Paul Patterson on September 29th, 2006

iZakAre you looking for a way to play that extensive media collection laying dormant on your PC? The iZak may just be the device you have been looking for.

The iZak is a simple to operate portable multimedia player for music, pictures, and video. The device will connect to any PC or Mac via USB-2 allowing you to copy your favorite music, movies, pictures, or data files. Once your data has been transferred to iZak, you can connect it to any TV to watch movies, view photos, or listen to your digital music.

The iZak supports any standard display device with an external input. This includes TVs, Video Monitors, Plasmas, video Projectors, and GA monitors. You can watch your favorite films in HDTV quality Video and Dolby Digital or DTS quality Audio.

The iZak is a creation of Unibrain, a global leader in the development of FireWire …

Archos 604 Portable Video Player

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Television by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

Archos 604 Portable Video Player
The Archos 604 is a portable multimedia player for all standard video formats in a full DVD resolution, including MPEG-4 ASP, WMV (and protected WMV) as well as MPEG-2 and VOB with a software plug in.

The Archos 604 has a 30G hard drive to store up to 130 hours of encoded video. The screen is a 4.3″ wide screen, which gives quite a bit more view that most portable video players out there. You can view them right on the screen, or output them to a full size television and still view them in DVD quality. Once uploaded you can use features to play the video, video editing and video bookmarking right on the player.

There is an optional DVR station for the Archos 604 that seems to almost be must to get all the benefits from this super thin player. You …

70 Inch Samsung LCD Screen is Worlds Biggest

Posted in LCD,Samsung,Television by Paul Patterson on September 14th, 2006

Samsung 70 Inch LCD
At 70 inches, this high-definition LCD display from Samsung is setting the record for largest LCD. The screen has a resolution of 1,920×1,080, which is powerful enough to qualify as a high-definition TV, but is not necessarily high for a screen of this size.

The Samsung screen is positioned towards the consumer HD-TV market. Samsung Vice President Kim Sang-Soo said, “Our new 70-inch LCD is not only significantly larger, but also sets a new benchmark of excellence in terms of video image reproduction, viewing angle and image quality. We’ve designed it to dramatically enhance the large screen LCD TV user’s viewing experience. ”

With the introduction of the 70″ LCD TV, Samsung will be in a position to compete head-to-head with PDP (plasma display panel) and projection TV makers.

Production of the new 70-inch LCD is scheduled to begin …

SlingBox

Posted in Digital Video,Sling Media,Television by Darrin Olson on September 5th, 2006

SlingBoxThe Sling Media Slingbox is a must have for those of you on the road that want to keep up on your recorded shows at home. If you haven’t ever seen this, you really need to take the time to read this post.

The Slingbox allows you to watch your home television on any PC connected to the internet from anywhere in the world. They even have a Sling Mobile Player for Windows based smartphones. Here’s how it works:

You connect the slingbox to your cabe, dish, DVR, TiVO, security camera feed or any TV input that you have. You have to also have an internet router to connect it to, either with a cable or wireless. Then you install the player software on your PC or Windows mobile device. You …