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Flat-panel TV sales surge

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Flat-panel TV sales surgeDespite a weak economy, Flat-panel sets are selling like hot-cakes. And Vizio is in first place among LCD TV manufacturers. The folks at DisplaySearch have some interesting new numbers on the flat-panel TV market, which has surged over the last year.

About 7.2 million flat-panel sets were sold in the first quarter of 2009, which is a 23% increase over the numbers from the first quarter of 2008. The numbers show Vizio’s market share at an impressive 18.9%. Higher-end brands like Sony and Samsung didn’t fare as well during the economic downturn and they saw their sales decrease compared to the same period last year.

Sharp intros new range of Aquos full HD LCD TVs

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Sharp intros new range of Aquos full HD LCD TVsTo go along with their new TV racks, Sharp has a new range of Aquos full HD LCD TVs. 10 models in all, ranging from 32″ to 52″ that will fit any budget.

Some specs include: Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), 15,000:1contrast ratio, 176° viewing angle, Clear Double Speed function, Active Conditioner for automatic contrast adjustment, Auto volume function, 10w x 2 speakers, Three HDMI inputs.

Modder turns Nintendo Game and Watch into portable TV

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2009

Modder turns Nintendo Game and Watch into portable TVThe Nintendo Game and Watch is fun, but the replay value really sucks. So why not turn it into a TV? Inside this gutted Nintendo Game and Watch Donkey Kong Jr. is a mini television, complete with LCD display.

The only problem seems to be that there wasn’t any room to keep the TV’s front-mounted speakers in place, so sound is provided by a ginormous external speaker that’s about 3 times the size of the Game and Watch. I dub thee Nintendo Game and Watch and TV and Speaker.

Sharp announces two new Aquos TV racks

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2009

Sharp announces two new Aquos TV racksSharp just rolled out two new home theater racks in the AN-AR410 and the AN-AR510. The racks support 37″ – 42″ and 42″ – 52″ LCD TV’s.

Both racks are equipped with 3.1 channel surround sound, 3 x HDMI ports, 2 x Digital inputs and a digital amplifier which delivers an output of 485W. The AN-AR410 is priced at 90,000 Yen ($900), while the AN-AR510 sells for 100,000 Yen ($1000). Both units will be available in Japan starting June 10.

BeoVision 4 103-inch plasma display

Posted in Bang & Olufsen by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2009

BeoVision 4 103-inch plasma displayBang & Olufsen has introduced the massive BeoVision 4 103-inch plasma display, which they are claiming is the ultimate flat screen TV on the market today. The plasma screen comes with its own stand that can lift the screen, turn and tilt it to the optimal viewing position at the touch of a button.

It’s available in black, silver, red, blue, and dark grey. The BeoVision 4 can be custom ordered from any Bang & Olufsen showroom. Give it about three to four months since each product is custom built-to-order and requires a special “white-glove” delivery and installation process.

Asus Express TV Stick

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Asus Express TV StickAsus just released the new Express TV Stick that features high quality digital (DVBT) and analog TV signal reception. The device allows you to watch TV and enjoy access to multimedia entertainment wherever you find yourself.

Just plug the Asus Express TV Stick into your USB slot, and the built-in Asus Pop-Up TV technology will instantly display TV channels without requiring any manually launched programs. So it couldn’t be easier. It’s fully compatible with Microsoft Vista Home Premium, Vista Home Basic, Vista Ultimate, and Windows XP platforms.

Samsung’s latest 240Hz LED TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Samsung’s latest 240Hz LED TVsSamsung just released three new 240Hz LED TVs, which are competing with LG’s 240Hz LH90 LED TVs. Known as the PAVV 8000, 7000 and 6000 series, these TVs are compatible with YouTube, DLNA, and feature a USB 2.0 port to display both photos and DviX videos from USB flash drives.

The Samsung PAVV 8000 series will be available in 46 and 55 inch and will be available in the US in May as well as Europe and Southeast Asia. Sadly, the specs for the PAVV 7000 and 6000 series are still unavailable. They must not be all that awesome.

Fuss Oval LCD TV is…oval

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2009

Fuss Oval LCD TV is...ovalWhat’s all the Fuss about? The Fuss LC-4212B LCD TV is making a huge fuss with its unique shape, which is oval. And that sure beats the typcal sharp edged rectangles we usually see. It was on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair from Ultmost Technology.

Is it a huge phone? An LCD pill? A consumer suppository? The new Un-handheld PSP? What do you make of this oddball? Do you like it more or less than the typical form factor? No word on whether this will ever make it into any homes, or what the price may be.

82-Inch Mitsubishi WD-82737 3D-Ready TV for $4200

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

82-Inch Mitsubishi WD-82737 3D-Ready TV for $4200Mitsubishi just announced a whole bunch of new LCDs. DLPs too. The one that has us most interested is an 82-inch DLP for $4200. It isn’t just frakkin huge, it’s also equipped with “3D-ready viewing technology.”

With this baby you’ll be all ready to go whenever 3D content enters your home. It’s part of their 737 “home theater” TV line. The company also updated their soundbar-integrated LCD TVs, which start at $1800 for a 40-inch model up to to $3,300 for a 52-incher.

ViewSonic VT2230 LCD TV announced

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

ViewSonic VT2230 LCD TV announcedViewSonic just announced another LCD model for your consideration. The VT2230 LCD TV is a 22-incher, for those who need a smaller screen that offers a high quality image. It features a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1080p resolution, 5ms response time, 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness.

Decent specs for an LCD that will be tucked away in that small area in your home. This one comes with several integrated tuners including NTSC, ATSC and QAM. The connections include HDMI, VGA, composite and S-Video inputs. You can get the ViewSonic VT2230 LCD TV now for a reasonable $349.

PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerryLooks like the rumors were true. BlackBerry App World showed up today, but that isn’t the only exciting Blackberry news. QuickPlay Media’s PrimeTime2Go is launching as well. It delivers video only over WiFi and will work on all carriers.

The app will let you watch full-length television shows on certain BlackBerry devices. So far they have deals with NBC, CBS and MTV, so they should have a good selection of shows that will only get better. The service will cost users $7.99 per month, though it will only work on the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 (to start).

ABC coming to Hulu?

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

ABC coming to Hulu?Looks like we may soon be getting another network’s content on Hulu sometime very soon. Supposedly Disney is discussing the possibility of sharing their ABC TV shows on the website. Some other Disney-owned shows might make it over as well. What this means is that you’ll be able to catch up on everything you missed on LOST and maybe also check out all your favorite High School Musical type programs. Yeah, sure you don’t watch them.

There’s no word on how close Disney and Hulu might be to making a deal, but the company is getting more interested, now that Hulu is more popular. If the deal goes through, Hulu would then have three of the four major networks on their web video service, which would be pretty awesome.

LG presentation shows off fake TV advancements

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2009

Just your typical viral marketing ad. What’s interesting about this one is that it shows off a bunch of TV Advancements during an LG presentation. The first one replaces all swear words with baby laughter, while a “Happy Time” feature detects when a program is too sad for you and replaces the image on screen with images of cute puppies or kittens.

The last one is the Family Time feature that turns any adult themed scene into a cartoon, which would make porn something entirely different.

Samsung now producing LED edge-lit LCD panels

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

samsung-logo-sbAt CES this year the big focus wasn’t on huge screens as it had been in the past years, but on how thin LCD and other types of TVs could be. There were some very thin TVs being shown at the show that looked pretty sexy. I still say that the only reason someone would care how thin their TV was is if they are wall mounting the set.

Samsung has announced that it is now in production with its energy efficient edge-lit LED backlit LCD panels. The panels are being produced in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch sizes for ultra thin big screen TVs. The screens are only 10.8mm thick according to Samsung.

RIM planning to launch full-length TV service

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

RIM planning to launch full-length TV serviceRIM is keeping quiet for the moment, but the timing makes us believe this rumor. BlackBerry App World is launching on April 1st so it would be perfect timing for RIM to introduce a television service for BlackBerry devices. Makes sense right?

According to NewTeeVee, “multiple sources” tell them that RIM is planning to announce a “full-episode television service” for BlackBerry users. Supposedly, it will download content via WiFi, so carriers shouldn’t be an issue and using Wi-Fi will avoid clogging 3G networks.