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Bang & Olufsen announce 40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD HDTV

Posted in Bang & Olufsen by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Bang & Olufsen announce 40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD HDTVThe BeoVision 8 is entering big screen territory. Bang & Olufsen’s latest is known as the BV8-40, and stretches the LCD TV to a full 40-inches diagonally and features a nice 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution.

Some other specs include 500 cd/m2 brightness, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, six-millisecond response time, a digital TV tuner (In DVB regions) and some nice internal speakers that have been tuned for the “reproduction of human speech”. All we know about pricing is that the MSRP is touted as affordable.

Archos 5 Dual TV Tuner

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Archos 5 Dual TV TunerArchos launched a new accessory for their popular Archos 5, which will transform the PMP into a fully functional TV. The ‘Snap-on TV’ module doesn’t do much for the devices looks, but features dual tuners, which means you will be able to watch one program while recording another.

You can also hook it up to digital terrestrial TV tuners and even an external antenna. If your desire is to watch LOST on a small screen, please stop denying yourself and get one. They are available now from Archos for about $100.

gCubik: A 3D TV in a cube

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

gCubik: A 3D TV in a cubeJapan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT for short) has announced the development of an interesting device called the gCubik. The gCubik allows you to visualize objects in three dimensions through its integrated imaging technology.

Essentially you have a box with six screens, that simulates a 3D object inside, that is also interactive via touchscreens. The institute is looking at commercializing the gCubik for use in business, science and of course gaming. Check out a video below.

Stitch takes a bite out of an LCD Display

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2009

Stitch takes a bite out of an LCD DisplayNothing too cutting edge here, but if you have an unhealthy love of Disney characters and already own the Stitch humidifier, you might consider this Stitch LCD Display.

It’s a 20-incher that features 1680 x 1050 pixels, HDMI, D4, and even a B-CAS card reader. While stitch may be taking a huge bite, he hasn’t taken a bite out of the price, which is around €800. The mouth even opens up and it features stitch’s body clinging to the rear.

Huge remote control gets you off the couch

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2009

Huge remote control gets you off the couchDo you want a remote that will get you off your butt and help you shed some of those couch potato pounds? Here’s just the thing. Change the channel like playing DDR. Some creative guy with dreams of a huge remote saw an over-sized novelty remote at Brookstone and it was destiny.

He stitcheed together two PS2 Dance Dance Revolution mats, a PS2-to-PC controller converter box, and some homebrew source code. It works, but I think I’ll stick with the palm sized version. This would however be a great preventative device for those people who get so obese that they need a crane to break their wall and take them to the hospital. Video below.

ZillionTV offers alternative to subscription TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

ZillionTV offers alternative to subscription TVWant to ditch your overpriced cable TV service and get the same thing? For free? That’s what ZillionTV is all about. It’s a new service that offers ad-supported HDTV shows and pay on demand. See? Just like what you have now. The “Z-bar” is a compact set-top box that gets its video direct from your broadband connection. That’s where the magic happens. It will cost you a $50 installation fee, then you’re all set to stick it to the man.

The service is in beta right now, but when it’s available later in the year, you will have a few options. You can view shows for free with advertising attached, or buy them to watch ad-free shows. And yes, some big names are attached, like NBC Universal, Disney, 20th Century Fox Television, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Sounds awesome.

TV Remote features built-in speaker

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2009

TV Remote features built-in speakerThis remote has us asking a single question. Why? It’s bizarre. Even so, couch potatoes will love it. It’s a cube that flips open to reveal the control buttons. It even has a retro-looking speaker on top.

It has that look about it that says, “I’m an evil genius taking over the world. But right now I need some TV time.” It certainly looks like it’s capable of opening trap doors and remotely flying helicopters, so I guess it has a purpose. You can get yourself this cube controller for just $41.

16943 TV swings both ways

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2009

16943 TV swings both waysHere’s a first. This 16943 television concept is capable of going both ways. The Television is designed so that no matter what type of program you’re watching, you’ll always have the correct aspect ratio and the picture will fill your screen. It would be pretty strange watching things on this TV.

The TV can display video image ratios for both 16:9 and 4:3 (Get it? 16943…). Sadly, it will never be produced, but it’s an interesting and bizarre solution. Maybe if the side could retract, it might be less distracting.

Philips Net TV announced

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

Philips Net TV announcedPhilips has introduced it’s Net TV service that will target it’s high-end TV line (the Philips 8000 and 9000 range), and allow you to surf only ceratin selected sites from your living room. Sadly, not everything from the Internet can be accessed. You’ll be restricted to a pre-determined set of sites like YouTube, TomTom, eBay, Funspot and MyAlbum among others.

These sites have been specially modified for the Philips Net TV service so that your eyes will benefit from large text. While you can view other sites, these have yet to be optimized.

Global TV sales revenue fell in Q4 2008

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2009

Flat Screen TVWe all know the economy is bad, businesses are closing, people are out of work and technology and many other industries are seeing very slow sales. The housing market in many areas is virtually dead. The recession has significantly impacted TV sales.

According to DisplaySearch, Q4 2008 was the first quarter in history that saw a decline in TV revenues. At the same time revenues declined shipments were up 33% year over year. The reason for shipments increasing and revenues falling is lower prices forced by poor sales.

The Simpsons go HD tonight

Posted in Simpsons by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2009


If you tune into the Simpsons tonight, you’ll be in for a special treat. The visuals will be sharper. Bart’s butt will be crisper, should he bare it. Barney’s puke chunkier. You may even find that Homer has an extra strand of hair you didn’t know about. Springfield will come to life like never before as the show will be presented in HD for the very first time.

In honor of that fact, the show’s intro is getting a makeover. It’s longer and more HD-a-riffic. They’ve basically added about a minute as the family chases down their couch.

LG LH30FD HDTV reduces power consumption by 70%

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

LG LH30FD HDTV reduces power consumption by 70%LG just announced the launch of it’s new LG LH30FD LCD HDTV series. The LCDs will come in three sizes, 47 inch, 42 inch and 32 inches and will feature rich finishes to compliment home interiors.

The interesting thing is that they are being promoted as energy saving devices with up to 70% reduction of power consumption when using the LCD’s unique power saving modes. No other specs yet or the pricing, but they will likely hit the Korean markets first.

Xantech intros XIS100 iPod dock for high-res TVs

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Xantech intros XIS100 iPod dock for high-res TVsWe’re used to seeing a new iPod dock every day or so. They turn up like bad pennies. But Xantech’s XIS100 iPod docking station is a little different, focusing on high-res videos. It’s perfect for the modern high-end A/V system. In fact, it’s being touted as the first docking station designed for high-resolution televisions and features a unique component video output capability that will enable owners of the new 480P video output iPods to see their video in full native resolution on a plasma, LCD or other compatible TV screen with component video output.

The Xantech XIS100 is a stand-alone iPod dock that is compatible with all current iPods. Comes complete with a 15 button remote with chrome finish. The dock station with touch panel also features an On-TV menu display for music and video navigation.

Video of Philips’ Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV

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


We first told you about Philips’ Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV last month. Well, they got all official with a site launch and a nifty new video. It does away with the usual 16:9 format for a 21:9 one instead, letting you watch movies the way they were meant to be seen.

The TV is 56 inches diagonal and features Ambilight technology around the borders for a more immersive experience. It’s a bit strange at first, but movies will look really awesome on it.

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TV

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TVThere are some people out there who like to bore the rest of us with slideshows of their vacations, weddings, and other things we could care less about. You sit, you try to be nice. “Oh that’s lovely. Where did you take that pic?” You’re sorry you asked after a fifteen minute explanation.

This device will help such people bore you more effectively, by letting them connect their iPhone to the TV. It’s a cable. If you see them pull this out, run! But if you are the picture shower, just plug one end into your iPhone or iPod and the other into the RCA input on a TV. Then you can control a slideshow or show a video.