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Toshiba Regza 19 inch Hello Kitty LCD

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Hello Kitty is the stuff of fluffy pink nightmares. There are only three certainties in life: Death, taxes and a new Hello Kitty product every week. Sanrio Japan has announced the Regza 19A800KT. The 19 inch LCD from Toshiba comes in white and sports a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

Some other features include an analog and digital tv tuner and 2 HDMI ports along with the usual inputs and outputs. Both the remote and the TV are branded with Hello Kitty, which is plenty, but you can also see a small image of her when you change the channel or volume.

New Polarizer Film to boost contrast of LCD TVs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

Our TVs have come a long way, but they can still be pushed further. A Japanese company called Zeon is doing the pushing with a film it has developed for the polarizing plates of LCD screens, which would boost picture contrast quite a bit.

This phase difference film is created from Cyclo Olefin Polymer, which makes it suitable for LCD TVs based on in-plane-switching (IPS) technology, which is used by companies like Panasonic or Hitachi. The new film inhibits the diffusion of light from the backlight and that gives you clearer pictures. The company would like to mass produce the films this year, and are aiming at LCD TVs 40-inches or larger.

Hitachi unveils Wooo L26-HP05 and L22-HP05 LCD TVs

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

Hitachi’s new LCD TVs from the Wooo range are the L26-HP05 and L22-HP05 and can be expected on March 3rd in Japan, retailing for €845 and €995. Both models have a 250GB hard drive for your TV recording needs and BS/110°CS digital TV tuners.

Some other features include a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 400cd/m2 brightness, and DLNA compatibility. Refreshingly, there’s not a hint of 3D support, which we kind of admire.

New Onkyo C4 netbooks are all about TV and radio

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Do you love TV and radio? Want them in your netbook? Of course you do. Onkyo is launching some new netbooks that feature an AM/FM tuner and a digital terrestrial tuner card for receiving digital TV. The C411A6 has a miniB-CAS system so you can connect cable or an external antenna to the F-type connector for TV viewing. There’s also a recording feature using “PureSpace”.

The C411A5 has a miniPCI chip with an AM / FM radio tuner built-in. You can record your favorite shows with this one too. The PureSpace app sends signals directly to the “PDAP (Pure Direct Audio Path)” so don’t worry about alerts not being heard.

Hulu thinking about $5 monthly fee for older episodes

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

We knew that the day would come when HULU started charging for episodes and that day may be soon. According to The LA Times, Hulu is thinking about a pricing model that would go into effect in the next six months.

One of the options they are contemplating is to allow you to watch the five most recent episodes of a TV show for free, with the older episodes requiring a $5 monthly fee. At least 20 shows would be in the package to make it look good to users.

Boxetti transforming home theater: A big box of ugly

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

We love home theater systems. The large sound and movie experience is awesome. But it can be challenging setting up all of the speakers and the rest of it. The Boxetti Thrill might make things easier, keeping it all in one place. It’s a home theater cabinet from Lithuanian designer Rolands Landsbergs.

When not in use, it looks like an ugly piece of furniture, a washer maybe, but when it’s movie time, it opens up Transformers style to reveal a full home theater rig including speakers and a flat screen TV on a motorized lift. There’s even hidden storage area for your DVDs and Blu-Rays. Problem is it doesn’t get any less fugly.

Oregan launches Widget Store for TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Do you have a connected TV? Would you like an app store to go along with it? Well, you are in luck. Oregan Networks has come up with an applications store for connected TVs. It will allow you to select and download services and applications right onto your TV.

You can select and download services and applications for your television. Content like Twitter, weather, sports and news will al be available, and will come pre-installed with Onyx. You will also be able to access paid content like movies and subscription TV services through the Widgets.

Super slim Samsung 9000 with sexy remote

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2010

The Samsung 9000 LED LCD will provide support for 3D and will come with a sexy touch-based remote that looks like a tall iPhone with a Samsung logo. The remote has a touch interface and actually shows video from various sources. It can convert anything 2D into 3D.

Along with the 9000, Samsung also showed off some other flatscreens like the 8000, which features edge lit technology, 2D to 3D conversion, and the 7000 that Features Samsung’s ‘Touch of Color’, and a 4-legged stand, as well as the 6500 with DLNA streaming, but no 3D. Lastly the 5000 with low power usage, USB playback, and DLNA.

Toshiba intros ZX900 Series 55-inch and 65-inch Cell TVs

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2010

Toshiba’s ZX900 Cell TV claims to have 143 times the processing power over existing televisions. That processing allows for Toshiba’s Resolution+ upscaling, a 480Hz frame rate and some home media server capabilities. Net TV applications include Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow and Pandora, along with 802.11n WiFi and 1TB of HDD for streaming and storage.

It also boasts video phone capability, but it’s we aren’t sure if it has a built-in webcam or if you bring your own USB. The Japanese version has eight tuners, but that has been removed from this US version. These displays use KIRA2 LED-backlit displays with 512 zones of localized dimming, as well as built-in Wireless HD.

Wireless HD streaming coming to a TV near you

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

There’s nothing like HD video and if you want to stream HD video content in your home, you’ll want to check out AXAR at CES 2010. It was created by ProVision and the technology should arrive in TVs, set-top boxes and network devices by Christmas 2010. That’s not too long of a wait.

ProVision has already worked with companies like Thomson, Pace, ITV, Toshiba and Sky, so AXAR may be used by them first. Instead of using a wireless network or the Internet to send and receive the signal, AXAR will be sending the signal from Component or HDMI over the air to a dedicated receiver.

Warpia USB Adapter connects your PC to your TV wirelessly

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

Warpia has unveiled a handy USB audio/video adapter that allows you to hook up any PC to your TV using a USB PC adapter and a display base station that’s attached to your TV through VGA or HDMI. This is just what many of you have been looking for since the ports on your PC and TV probably don’t match.

The package comes with a wireless PC adapter and the display adapter and retails for $179.99. The adapter has about a 30-foot operating range, and supports video only up to 720p resolution, so you won’t be getting High Definition video.

IMDB app for iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

IMDB app for iPhoneYou need movie facts and you need them now. Otherwise you won’t win the argument. There’s an app for that. The Internet Movie Database now has it’s own iPhone app. It’s the same stuff that’s on the site, but in a neatly-designed and easy to use reference for just about every film or show. You’ll also get local showtimes, trailers, and TV listings.

However you can’t rate or review movies, and do the other stuff that you can with an account. But it’s all good because it’s free.

Koreans to get full HD 3D shows

Posted in HD by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2009

Koreans to get full HD 3D showsLooks like the Koreans have gone 3D crazy. Crazy about implementing 3D. Crazy like a 3D fox. The Korea Communications Commission has announced that it will start broadcasting 3D broadcasts in full HD quality in 2010.

Licensing starts in January, so the first broadcasts should be by mid-year. We’ve seen 3D satellite broadcasts tested in Japan and the UK, but this will be delivered through terrestrial networks. I wonder if we will get all 3D crazy over here. Good luck grabbing that pack of smokes from Joe Camel.

Wii pay-per-view introduced in Japan

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2009

WiiTVWe Americans are still waiting for the TV Guide Channel that Japanese Wii users have been using for nearly two years and now Variety is reporting that Nintendo has teamed up with several corporate partners for a Japanese pay-per-view service for the console.

Last Saturday, Wii no Ma (Wii’s Room) premiered. It currently has 120 titles, including such blockbusters as episodes of Sesame Street and Pocket Monsters, available from ¥30 – ¥500 ($.35 – $5.63). Titles can also be viewed on your Nintendo DSi handheld.

Netflix now on internet-capable Sony BRAVIA sets

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2009

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA setsWell if you don’t have a home theater Netflix streaming option yet, but own an internet-connected Sony BRAVIA TV, Netflix just went live. Just as they promised back in July. You’ll be watching your favorite flicks in no time now.

All you have to do is apply the latest software update and you’re ready to go. What will it be? A drama? Action movie? Comedy? Comedy is PS3 owners having to use a “DVD” to get Netflix working on their console. Feel free to laugh at them.