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TV Poltergeist lets you take over a friends TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

Here’s a good April Fool’s Day gadget that will help you spook your family or friends. The TV Poltergeist can be programmed to mess with others by turning your TV on or off randomly every 5 to 20 minutes, and you can even leave it working that way all day long for weeks if you want them to buy a new TV.

It will drive people crazy, especially if they are a couch potato and love TV. It just needs to be hidden near the TV in line of sight to the LED’s. Only $12.99 for hours of fun.

Dairy Cows watching large LCD TVs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

There is something very wrong with a world where cows are watching TVs larger than yours. So what gives? The deal is that some dairy cows owned by a Russian dairy farmer are living the life that most of us dream of. Eating, pooping and watching TV all day.

The farmer installed 40-inch LCD TVs in the barn, which constantly show a video of a nice peaceful nature scene. The question is, do TV-watching cows produce more milk? Do they dream of starring on those big screens?

Soccer Ball Remote Control

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

Just in time for the world cup, comes the Soccer Ball Remote. This remote control is padded, so if your team loses, it can presumably take some abuse. Maybe you can even kick it around a bit.

It’s pre-programmed for a bunch of TV, VCR, satellite and DVD systems and it works from up to 20 feet away. It will only cost you $20, which is a lot cheaper than the TVs it will damage as it’s kicked around the livingroom.

Panasonic announces two new portable Digital Viera TVs in Japan

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Not all of Panasonic’s Viera TVs are large. Take these guys for example. They have shrank down in size. It’s the new Viera portable TV range featuring Panasonic’s latest 10.1” a-Si TFT displays at 1,024 × 600 resolution. The DMP-BV200 and DMP-HV100 models will let you watch TV, DVD and Blu-ray (only for the BV200) and are compatible with all forms of AVCHD video.

It will also handle DivX files from either a USB device or an SD memory card and you can hook either one up to the Panasonic Viera Home Theater system and DVR with the DY-WL10 Wi-Fi dongle. Same sets, smaller experience.

Samsung launches 3 new hybrid PDP TVs in Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Samsung will be adding some new TVs to their PDP TV 5 and PDP TV 4 series of TVs. The series 5 includes the PN50C550G1F TV and the series 4 will include the PN42C430A1D and the PN50C430A1D models. The new models improve the quality of images using ‘Clear Panel Technology’ for clearer images.

Some other features include ‘FilterBright Antiglare Technology’ for reduction of glare, ‘Eco Sensor’, 600 Hz subfield motion technology and USB playback. The series 5 50 inch version of the TV will cost you about $1,675 while the series 4 counterpart will cost you $1,411.

Google Set-Top Box coming soon

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

You knew that Google was looking to take over your living room at some point and the NYTimes has the details on Google TV, a platform to deliver web content to Android-based set-top boxes and TVs through partnerships with Sony, Intel, and Logitech.

Google hopes that the platform can succeed where many others have failed to seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, and of course games, webapps, and more.

Panasonic 3D TVs sell out in the US

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Whatever you think about 3D, the new sets are selling. Panasonic has confirmed that it has sold out of its 3D TVs in the US, just a week after they went on sale in Best Buy stores.

And now Panasonic is taking back orders from retailers instead. Panasonic’s 50-inch plasma TV went on sale at Best Buy, bundled with a pair of 3D glasses and a 3D Blu-ray player for $2900 on March 10th. Panasonic is the first manufacturer to get these products to market even though there is very little content available to watch.

Sony BX Series BRAVIA TV gets built-in 500GB HDD in Japan

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Sony Japan has released their first LCD TV with a built-in hard disk drive. The piano black BRAVIA BX series of LCD TV’s is known in the USA as the BX300 and is available in 32″ and 22″ models. But, the BX series recently debuted in Japan as the BX30H, available in 22″, 26″, and 32″ sizes.

And just because Japan likes to get things that we Yankees don’t have, They also have a 500GB HDD and are also available in white. Some other features include a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, CCFL backlighting, 720p HD resolution, 60hz, 24p True Cinema, BRAVIA Engine 2, BRAVIA Sync and other common video features.

Sony Japan’s 3DTV dates and pricing

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2010

3D continues to hit Japan in a big way. The 3DTV from Sony has now made it to Japan beating both Panasonic and Samsung. The edge-lit LED LX900 comes with the IR emitter built-in and two pairs of RealD active shutter glasses. The glasses are also available separately.

There’s even a face tracking feature that lets you know if you’re sitting too close. Gee, thanks. Are you my TV or my mom? Also, if you leave the room the TV dims out and goes off, which is nice.

LG’s 15-inch 15EL9500 OLED TV heads for Europe

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

We know that you’ve been waiting for LG’s new OLED television, with it’s 3mm-thick display, and you won’t have to wait much longer. It sports a 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 0.001ms response time. It’s sexy on the inside and sexy on the outside.

LG has announced that the 15-inch OLED panel will hit Europe this May and the US in the summer. Those with lots of disposable cash can pick it up for €1,999 (or $2,725). It ain’t cheap, but you already knew that.

Shutter glasses for your 3D TV could cost $150

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Samsung is showing off their 3D TVs as well as the LCD shutter glasses you need to go with them. But if you are buying all the 3D hype, all of that gear is costing you tons of money and those glasses cost $150 a pair on top of all that other stuff.

Why so expensive? Well, shutter shades usually have a transmitter inside so that they can communicate with the TV, and a battery. Of course this is just one model. Maybe other Shutter glasses from Samsung will be cheaper.

Chromakey is everywhere, in everything

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

This video is pretty amazing and a real eye-opener at how pervasive green-screening has become in almost every scene in television these days. If it takes place outdoors, it is faked in one way or another.

In some cases you wonder why they even had to change the scenery. I guess even the most beautiful reality isn’t real enough these days. Gives me a whole new appreciation for actors these days. These guys and gals are way more talented then they get credit for.

LG introduces Skinny Frame PDP TVs

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

LG has just launched a range of new plasma display projection (PDP) televisions in Korea, the X Canvas 60” 60PK550 and 50” 50PK550, 2 PDP TVs with a 600Mhz panel and a 25mm thin edge around the screens. The new displays are much brighter and twice as clear the older versions according to LG.

Both televisions feature an upgraded voice system and light sensors that automatically adjust brightness and energy efficiency, which should help you save up to 60% on power consumption.

LG 15-inch EL9500 OLED TV

Posted in OLED by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

The world’s largest production OLED TV will be headed to the states later this year, according to LG reps at the ISE-2010 LG Electronics show. LG is looking at mid-2010 for availability. How much can you expect to pay for it? How about $2,500? Hope you have some money in the bank.

Apparently the 15-inch EL9500 will be followed with 19 and 20 inch OLEDs. There’s even a 40-inch version that none of us can afford coming in 2012. Just as the Mayans predicted.

Panasonic’s 3D full HD TVs get prices and dates

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2010

Panasonic Japan, just like everyone else, is going 3D crazy. Today they presented 6 3D products to be rolled out soon. And the company has priced and dated these new TVs, Blu-ray recorders and players for the Japanese market.

The VIERA TH-P54VT and TH-P50VT2 feature 54 inches and 50 inches of screen size. Both plasma TVs are full HD with 3D. Sadly you need to wear Active shutter glasses for that 3D experience. Some other specs include a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, VIERA link, web connectivity, 4 HDMI ports, multiple TV tuners, eco-mode, full range 16×4cm×2 speakers and a 10cm sub-woofer. Be prepared to pay a premium for the 3D experience.