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Boxee gets a movie library

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

Boxee users who want movies just got their wish. Boxee has just improved the service by adding a new Movie Library which will complement the existing TV Show Library. The new Movie Library offers thousands of films from all four launch partners: EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI*, and Openfilm.

Don’t worry about cost, most movies will be available for free, supported by ads. The Movie Library is currently available in for Mac, Windows, and Linux, while a version of Apple TV will be arrive next week.

Mitsubishi announces Full HD 3D TVs with built-in HDD and Blu-ray Burner

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

The 3D TVs just keep on coming and Mitsubishi is introducing some 3D TVs that offer an integrated Blu-ray player/recorder and hard drive. Of course, they’re not cheap. They will cost you $5,900, $4,700, and $3,500 for the 55-inch, 46-inch, and 40-inch models respectively.

At least for those prices they will come bundled with a pair of 3D glasses. They should go on sale on October 21st in Japan. Specifications of all three models are identical and include a Full HD LCD panel, LED backlight, Blu-ray burner that can play 3D Blu-ray discs, 1TB hard drive, DIATONE speaker system, USB and HDMI ports and an SD memory card slot.

Fox, others considering 99-cent iTunes TV rentals?

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

There had been previous rumors, but now a new source claims that Apple is deeper into negotiations with Fox’s parent company News Corp., as well as “other media companies”, regarding deals for the plan, which would give one or two days of viewing at half the price of a purchase. CBS and Disney are also considering it.

The rumors around iTV persist as well. It would cost just $.99 and have a “smaller hard drive,” a flash drive, and would rely more heavily on streaming than locally stored media. Some other detailed rumors have said that it would still stop at 720p, but that it would run a variant of iOS and could have an app platform.

Top Gear USA coming after all

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

I really like cars and have been a big fan of Top Gear for years. The only thing that bothers me about the UK version of Top Gear is that they often hate on American cars and are known to get the facts of some cars completely wrong.

Long ago, there was rumored to be a version of Top Gear in the works for the US market with Adam Corolla. That program was cancelled before it even aired.

Motorola-Verizon tablet to have FiOS TV, 10 inch screen?

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

According to the Financial Times, Verizon and Motorola are teaming up on an Android tablet. One that will have dual cameras, Adobe Flash support and a ten-inch screen, plus mobile hotspot functionality. If that isn’t enough, how about access to pay TV?

Motorola does make a Verizon FiOS set-top box, so why not? And sources are telling the Times that the television tablet may be the same technology. We don’t have any info on processing power or price yet, but rumors say that we could see it as early as fall of this year. If that’s true, it won’t be a long wait.

Samsung’s Healthcare LCD HD TV

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

Samsung has something new, born out of a collaboration with TeleHealth Services. They are launching the 458 Series LCD TVs that are specially designed for use in hospitals.

They are available in 26-inch and 32-inch models and are UL-approved with TeleHealth Services’ proprietary TIGR patient education system that will give patients access to educational videos anytime they want. These TVs also have USB ports that allow patients to access the multimedia content of their choice.

Luxurite 82-inch Glass TV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2010

If you like your TV to have a more glass, Luxurite has released their Giant series 82-inch Glass TV, basically a two-way mirror with an LCD screen behind it. This means that when the LCD is activated, you see the display. When it’s turned off, you only see your reflection.

That huge screen delivers 1080p resolution, a 120,000:1 contrast ratio and you also get three HDMI inputs. This weather-proof Glass TV is also available in 15-inch, 17-inch, 19-inch, 22-inch and 42-inch sizes.

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Mitsubishi 75-inch 3D Full HD LaserVue 75-LT1 TV

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2010

Mitsubishi has confirmed the availability of their new 3D Full HD Laser TV for the Japanese market. The Mitsubishi 75-LT1 uses the company’s Laser technology to provide a color range that is twice that which is found on a normal HDTV and also reduces the power consumption.

The Mitsubishi 75-LT1 features a 75-inch Full HD panel (1920 x 1080) that is capable of displaying 3D images using the side-by-side format, BS.110/CS Digital TV tuner, five HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, a D-Sub port, three S-Video ports, a couple of 10W speakers and two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses.

Samsung prices C680 and C490 3D Plasma TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Samsung has kindly let us know about the pricing of the C680 and C490 active-shutter Plasma 3D TVs. To refresh your memory, the Samsung C680 features a Full-HD resolution with a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, four HDMI ports, a USB port, as well as Samsung’s Internet and DLNA AllShare.

The Samsung C490 is a budget-minded 3D plasma TV that features 720p HD resolution and three HDMI inputs. There’s also the 50-inch PN50C680, 58-inch PN58C680, and 50-inch PN50C490 priced at $1,599, $2,299 and $1,099, respectively.

iRecord Pro records TV to your iPad and iPhone 4

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

iRecord has just released it’s updated iRecord Pro which supports both the iPad and iPhone 4. It allows you to turn your iPad into an even more dedicated portable entertainment device.

The iRecord Pro will now let you record TV, Video, and audio directly to your iPad or iPhone 4. That’s pretty handy if you absolutely can’t miss that all important TV show you’ve been waiting all week for.

LG finally ready for 3D

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

LG is finally preparing to make a really big push into the 3D market as it has started to offer its first Blu-ray 3D players and 3D TVs, and even putting both together into 3D bundles. They recently rolled out the Infinia LX6500 47″ LED TV along with the LX9500 55″ LED TV, which are its first 3D-ready TVs.

To compliment these new TVs, LG is rolling out its first Blu-ray player that can handle Blu-ray 3D movies. The 3D active shutter glasses will cost extra. LG will even give a $100 discount if you pick up a 3D TV, 3D Blu-ray player and two pairs of activate shutter glasses. Not that that helps much.

ColorWare wants to add some color to your TV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2010

Not content with jazzing up your handheld devices, the folks at Colorware now want to give your TV a color makeover. LED or 3D, it makes no difference to them.

They will color the bejesus out of whatever you have. But this time, instead of mocking up your TV’s new paint job on their site, you’ll have to call with the type of colors you want to customize all over your TV. What color would you want?

Samsung adds Facebook and Google Maps to TVs

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

If there’s one thing (well two things) I can’t get enough of on my huge HDTV, it’s Facebook and Google Maps. I just need more of both in my livingroom. Can’t get enough when I’m watching my favorite shows.

Thankfully, Samsung has announced that they are now offering Facebook and Google Maps on their connected TVs that run Samsung Apps. Thanks Samsung, but I don’t need this. There are far better things you could be offering. Watching TV is one of the things people do when they want to relax and escape from Facebook.

Westinghouse unveils affordable LED TVs

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

In the market for a new LED TV? Westinghouse just introduced several affordable LED HDTVs, priced for those on a budget. They measure just 1-inch at the edges. There is a downside though.

It doesn’t support HDMI 1.4a, which means no 3D support for you. Models up to the 42-inch model are Energy Star 5.0 compliant, while certain models also support being hung up using a wall hanger, instead of a specialized mount.

Google TV combines TV, Android and…everything else

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Google is finally launching Google TV, which brings regular TV and web video to your TV. Plus, Android apps. Should be very powerful, given those factors. Google says that there’s the web, which lives on your laptop and your phone, and the TV world, which lives on your TV.

Google wants to incorporate both of those worlds into “a single seamless experience.” They want to give you the same experience at home on your TV as you get on your computer. A Google search box lets you search and find results from your TV and from the web. If you select the TV channel it goes to your TV channel. Pretty straightforward.