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Philips Econova Green TV with solar-powered remote

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

Philips has unveiled its Econova LED TV, which has been awarded the European Green EV 2010-2011 by the European Imaging & Sound Association. It was designed to be environmentally friendly without giving up performance.

This 42-inch LED TV uses just 40W of power in eco-mode and even comes with a solar-powered remote control, e-manual and it uses a recycled aluminum panel. The latest LED technology is also on board to reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent, while still giving you best-in-class picture quality.

Hulu Plus dropping to $4.95 per month?

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

For now this is just a rumor, but All Things D has heard from sources that Hulu Plus is going to cut its $9.95 per month subscription fee in half to $4.95 as they want to increase their subscriber count.

If this is true, it beats the $8.95 per month fee paid by Netflix subscribers. It could happen. Content owners are still experimenting with pricing and they want to see what price point will draw people in. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

LG’s announces world’s largest LCD 3DTV in the World

Posted in LG,Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

It may be time to move into a larger apartment if you happen to love 3D movies, and have a large sum of disposable cash. LG’s Infinia 72LEX9 is the world’s largest 3D-capable HDTV at 72″.

For now, it’s for Korea only. And anyway, who has the room for this monster? The Infinia 72LEX9 will go on sale there in the second quarter of next year.

Toshiba introduces two new 3D TVs in Japan, no glasses required

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2010

Toshiba has announced their latest 3D glassless TVs. The 12-inch 12GL1 and 20-inch 20GL1. The 12-inch model sports a 466×350 resolution with a 500:1 contrast ratio, a digital TV tuner, HDMI out (1080/60p and 1080/24p), Ethernet, a USB Port and an SD card reader.

The 20-inch 20GL1 has a 1280×720 resolution, a 550:1 contrast ratio, Toshiba CELL Regza technology, digital TV tuners, HDMI out (1080/60p and 1080/24p), Ethernet and a USB port.

1 Million Google TVs to ship by end of the year?

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2010

According to Digitimes, Google will ship over 1 million Google TVs by the end of the year. We heard earlier that the Logitech Revue Google TV set top box had already been shipped to retailers, and 500,000 units were on their way to stores, so they might just reach this figure.

That 1 million also includes TVs from manufacturers like Sony, and others who have already confirmed that they are producing hardware using Google’s TV software. We just have to see how it plays out.

Galaxy GTX 460 Video Card Streams Content to your TV

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2010

So, you want to get the likes of Hulu and other streaming video sources on your TV, but you lack a media player. Well if you also need a new video card, then check this out. Galaxy has unveiled an NVIDIA GTX 460 card called the GTX 460 WHDI Edition.

It ships in October and has built-in wireless streaming that will send any video content to your TV. On your TV, a wireless receiver receives the streamed video. So now you can watch Hulu or even play a PC game using your TV in the living room.

Netflix debuts service in Canada

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Netflix has released details of its new Internet Movie subscription service launched today in Canada. It’s the first Netflix service outside the US. It will be available for $7.99 per month on a number of different devices, with the possibility to sign up for a free trial month.

Netflix also revealed that it has now signed Canadian license agreements with major studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures, as well as Canadian distributors Alliance Films, Maple Pictures, eOne and Mongrel.

ABC app listens to your TV to synchronize interactive content

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Those fine folks in charge of TV ratings that don’t work very well, Nielsen, have come up with a new way to monitor your home, or at least your Tv viewing habits. Maybe both. It’s an official ABC app that uses the iPad’s microphone to figure out what you’re watching, no matter if it is live or recorded, and offer interactive content based on this.

Nielsen says the app uses the same audio watermarks that are embedded in almost every US television show to do its thing. I guess that means that your household conversations are safe. For now. It has only been announced for the show My Generation so far.

Toshiba UL605 series LED-backlit TVs hit the US

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2010

Toshiba has added a new addition to its LED-backlit TVs called the UL605. It replaces the outgoing UX600 by offering a slimmer shape, edge-lit LED backlights and a 120Hz panel. It will come bundled with a USB Wi-Fi adapter so you can access Vudu movies, Flickr and Picasa photos, DLNA media sharing and Facebook or Twitter.

You can choose from 40-, 46- and 55-inch sizes for $1,399, $1,699 and $2,499. Those price tags aren’t that bad all things considered.

Lava Scandinavia unveils Android TV

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

You might remember Lava Scandinavia and their cool Android powered TV. It’s the first in the world and it was demonstrated at IFA 2010 Berlin. The device is essentially a low-power computer and traditional TV in one, with an Android-based Internet TV interface.

The home screen can be filled up with all kinds of Android widgets, and when you hit a key on the QWERTY keyboard/remote, you get an even more feature-rich home menu, which will allow you to access the web browser, YouTube, Facebook, Email and other Android apps.

LG 31-inch OLED TV

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2010

LG’s 31-inch OLED TV has been showing off at IFA 2010. It measures just 2.9mm thin, which is pretty amazing. But that thinness comes at a price.How about £6,000? It is coming in March of next year.

Some features include Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a contrast ratio that allows it to be viewed from nearly any angle. If you like them thin, then it is money well spent. Everything else in your home will look huge in comparison.

Amazon planning unlimited movie, TV streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The latest on Amazon is that the company is planning to expand its Video On Demand service into a flat-rate, unlimited service, according to insiders. The plan that was pitched to NBC, Time Warner, Viacom and others would provide unlimited access to at least “some” movies and TV shows.

The service would work over both the web and existing devices, like TiVo DVRs and the Xbox 360. One option may be to use a subscription as a perk for Amazon Prime, which already gives automatic two-day shipping upgrades for $79 per year. It might also focus on back catalog titles instead of newer ones to appease executives who are cautious about applying unlimited access to newer titles.

Panasonic Viera TX-L32D28BP HD Plasma TV

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

If you are in the market for a new Plasma HD TV, Panasonic has just rolled out a new HD LCD Plasma TV, called the Panasonic Viera TX-L32D28BP. It fits in with the D28 series and features a 32-inch edge-lit LED TV with a wide 178° viewing angle.

Other features include Panasonic’s Viera Cast internet platform, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. You can also enjoy online content like videos, photos, weather and stock information through the Web interface.

Retro television iPad dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

While this dock puts your iPad into a case that is far too oversized, we still dig the design. This retro iPad dock was created by Jonas Damon of Frog design. We like it.

But if you are going to create an iPad dock in such a huge form factor, you better at least add some old fashioned channel dials that can control the iPad. Might as well add some rabbit ears too while they’re at it.

LG’s First Nano Tech-powered 3D TV

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

LG is set to unveil the LEX8 Nano tech-powered 3D TV at IFA 2010. The display uses NANO Lighting Technology, which produces LG’s brightest, clearest and smoothest picture to date. The LG LEX8 also boasts an improved localized dimming in both 2D and 3D with Micro Pixel Control.

This DLNA-ready 3D TV also has LG’s TruMotion 400Hz for super-fast processing of moving images making the picture virtually blur-free.