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DuPont can print a 50-inch OLED TV in two minutes

Posted in OLED by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2010

Dupont has announced that it has achieved record performance in printed OLED panels. The company worked with Dainippon Screen to develop a multi-nozzle printer for the new inks.

Using a special printer from Dainippon screen, DuPont can now print a 50 inch OLED-Television in under two minutes! If only we could get it in our hands that fast. We will be waiting for awhile to see this. Testing of the displays shows that the lifetime is about 15 years. Dupont says that the printer works perfectly.

Hulu isn’t ready for HTML5 yet

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

We’ve all heard the back and forth over which is better, HTML5 or flash or just watching stuff on your HDTV. Many think that HTML5 will save streaming video, but Hulu VP Eugene Wei recently went on record stating that HTML5 can’t handle Hulu’s current needs.

DRM seems to be a big part of the problem. HTML5 doesn’t support it. Hulu needs it. Otherwise we would all just be able to right click to save any Hulu show. Good for us, but for Hulu not so much.

Ellen jokes about the iPhone…then apologizes

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

Apparently Apple doesn’t like satire when it’s about their company and their devices. Seems like they think it’s A-Okay to bully Ellen into apologizing for spoofing an iPhone commercial.

Seriously Apple, I’m starting to think you go out of your way to create bad PR and a Gestapo-like image. Ellen isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but she shouldn’t have to apologize for a simple spoof. When Hitler gets wind of this one he won’t be happy. Bet you can’t get him to apologize.

YouTube adds Movie and TV show rentals from 99 Cents

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

After experimenting with movie rentals in January, YouTube has added a bunch of movies and TV episodes that you may actually want to see. However there’s still nothing very mainstream in the YouTube store. It’s mostly indie films, Bollywood and documentaries, which are viewable for 48 hours after renting.

They cost between 99 cents and $4, with payments made via Google Check-Out. YouTube will need to strike some deals with movie studios to get some decent stuff on the site. Stuff with explosions should do the trick.

PS3 owners can watch live Major League Baseball, for a price

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

It’s not just 3D gaming that’s coming to the PS3. Major League Baseball will be streamed live to consoles by the end of this week, but don’t get your hopes up for free baseball. It will cost you.

How much? We’re talking $100 for the standard package, or $120 for the premium one. We don’t yet know what the difference is. MLB.TV subscribers will also have access to back games. It might be worth it to die-hard fans, but otherwise many of us will pass.

Hulu subscription service will be $9.95 a month for older shows

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

Sadly Hulu is ready to invade our wallets. At least some parts of Hulu won’t be free for much longer. We heard back in January that they were considering charging for the service and now the LA Times says that a subscription service could go into effect as early as May 24th. Yikes.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” viewers would be asked to pay $9.95 per month for access to episodes that aren’t brand new. Hulu will continue to provide the five most recent episodes of hit shows for free, but a paid subscription will be required to view shows older than that.

Another Android HDTV debuts

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

From mobile handsets to Tablet PCs, Android is everywhere, even in TVs. Here’s the latest Android (v1.5 this time) powered LED TV, designed by Korean company NCPG. This one is packing an ARM processor running at 833MHz Cortex 8A and features HDMI, and supports ATSC / DVB-T / DVB-C / DVB-T HD Analog.

Connectivity features include USB, S-Video port, D-Sub, DVI, and Component connectors. It’ll be available in three sizes: 42-inch, 55-inch and 47-inches.

Samsung issues health warning for its 3D TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

Samsung’s common sense has finally caught up with their desire to make as much 3D money as possible. So they have decided to out some health issues that come packed with their 3D entertainment systems. No I-told-you-so. Not from us. We won’t say it.

But let me ask you this? Would you have bought a regular TV that told you it was dangerous to use when drunk, tired or pregnant? Probably not. Samsung says that their 3D televisions can cause confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, and muscle twitching. You would think that the crappy quality of the plot in most movies these days is enough to bring on such symptoms alone.

Hanshin Icreon HUWB-3000Kit wirelessly connects your PC to TV

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2010

We’ve seen other options that connect your PC to TV without any wires, but here’s one you can actually love. Hanshin’s Icreon HUWB-3000Kit supports both video and audio transmissions. And setup is simple. Just plug the USB dongle into your laptop or desktop, and connect the transceiver box via HDMI to your HDTV. You’re good to go.

It uses an ultra-wideband connection to send audio and video wirelessly to your TV, with support for 1080p. It’s not compatible with Mac yet, and we don’t have a price, but it’s coming soon.

Toshiba Regza LED LCD TVs do LAN recording

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2010

Toshiba’s latest line of Regza LED LCD TVs have been announced for the Japanese market. The Z1 series comes in a range of 37″ to 55″ edge-lit LEDs, with USB and LAN recording functionality. That’s right, these Regza LED LCD TVs can record over a network.

Some other specifications include video-on-demand support, 10Wx2 speakers, Regza Link, four HDMI ports and an SD/SDHC memory card slot. Prices range from $2,700 to $5,200.

House season finale shot on a Canon 5D Mark II

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

The HD video quality of dSLRs is amazing these days. And so the House season finale has now been shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II.

House director Greg Yaitanes recently announced the news on Twitter. He says the 5D was a perfect fit for the “tight spaces” of the finale. They used some Canon prime lenses along with the 24-70 and 70-200 zoom and they didn’t even use an image stabilization rig of any sort for the non-tripod shots. Pretty impressive.

SnapStream DVR records 50 channels at once

Posted in DVR by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

SnapStream has a new DVR that can record up to 50 channels simultaneously onto 100TB worth of storage capacity. SnapStream is also writing the software that controls it. Think about that. This is equal to 326 Tivo Premier boxes all in a closet-sized box.

There’s just a single coax cable as the input in back. SnapStream has tools to search the content. Their system is already used by TV production teams that need to find recent footage quickly. Pretty amazing and not for the likes of you and I.

Mitsubishi WD-82738 82 Inch 3D TV for $3800

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

Mitsubishi has announced three new lines of “affordable” 3D Home Cinema TVs. The most interesting model is the 82-inch DLP with 3D for just under $4,000. Sure DLP will bulk it up some, but if that’s a trade off you are willing to make, that’s not a bad price.

The WD-82738 adds StreamTV Internet Media, with applications like Pandora to Vudu to NY Times. The WD-82838 is another 82-inch set for $4,500, which also includes Immersive Sound Technology, and an integrated 16-speaker 5.1 surround sound system.

Make your HDTV look retro and stylish

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Remember the old days when TVs were more a piece of furniture? They were stylish and had substance and they were so heavy that once you put it in it’s place, it stayed there forever. TVs have slimmed down a lot since then and they’ve lost all of their good looks with the weight.

Halden-Caviglia TV sets want to bring back the retro TV using today’s technology. You can choose a screen between 42 inches and 65 inches in a bunch of Art Deco and American Craftsman styles, and the company even offers an IR repeater so your remote can communicate with the TV through all of that wood.

LG outs world’s first full LED 3D TV

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

The LX9500 has an innovative backlight structure that will deliver an amazing 3D experience. It has a stunning brightness, a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, TruMotion 400Hz and of course a 3D picture. It’s available in 47 inch and 55 inch versions.

The LX9500 also supports the Multi Picture Format, the 3D picture standard that allows users to create and enjoy 3D content effortlessly. On the LX9500, viewers can immediately see images snapped with 3D cameras without having to first convert them on their PCs.