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Burn your retinas with 7,000 lumens of laser power.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:36
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If you are a home theater junkie you have already given up on the “normal” TV market including LCD’s and Plasma displays as they puny.  What you have instead opted for is projectors.  While high quality will cost you dearly, the pay off is pure bliss for the two little cavities inside your head.  But for some, price is no object.  And if that is the case, Sanyo would like to show you something: “The Worlds Brightest Projector”.  How bright?

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Pioneer pulling the anchor up and setting sail…without it’s TV business

Friday, February 6, 2009 21:39
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Yes, you read the title right.  Pioneer, who is regarded as producing some of the finest plasmas (a great deal of) money can buy, is deciding now is the time to exit the market.  Some of you will remember that last year Pioneer announced that they would end plasma production in order to focus on LCD development and production, the next path the TV industry is heading down.  However, this latest announcement states that they will completely leave the TV market.  This is certainly a shock to some as Pioneer appeared as if they were doing pretty well.  However, a report by Nikkei, a Japanese business journal is depicting a different story.  Apparently Pioneer has been bleeding money, not just in the TV market but others.  However the TV market was chosen as the market to cut.  Sad I know.  Pioneer’s strategy is not out of the norm though.   Some of the biggest companies once though to be unstoppable are finding new boundaries in the current economy.  Hopefully things pick up for the better soon.

 

Source: Electronista, Gear Log

Phillip’s announces 21:9 LCD with no US plans…US weeps

Saturday, January 31, 2009 14:43
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Just look at that beaut!  That my friends is a TV.  The TV above is Phillips’ new 56″ 21:9 LCD.  Whats cool is that it is almost the exact same as movie theaters’ 2:39:1 ratio.  Theater are already starting to drool…I can tell.  Best close your mouth though and get a tissue because Phillips as absolutely no plans, I repeat no plans to bring this to the States.  Hopefully, with Phillips breaking the ice, othe manufacturers will f ollow.  The TV coverts the 16:9 format into 21:9 on the fly.  I’m not sure how good of a job it does, but if more manufaturers pick up and run with this format I’m sure they can work the kinks out.  We can only dream…

Source: Engadget, Zdnet

Sears: Don’t forget to recharge your Plasma TV

Monday, January 26, 2009 14:30
Posted in category TV's, Tech Politics

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I guess Sears wants to start a competition with Best Buy on shoddy sales tactics. A Consumerist reader, “Anthony” recently bought a Plasma TV from Sears. He wisely turned down the extended warranty on the day of purchase and went home happy. A few days later a Sears salesmen called him asking why he chose Plasma over LCD and then proceeded to try and sell Anthony another warranty, a $300/3 year warranty. The reason? Read More… »

56″ Cell-based 3,840 x 2,160p TV unveiled by Toshiba

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 6:21
Posted in category CES, TV's

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You think that nice new 1080p TV you got for Christmas looks good?  Try sitting it next to the 3,840 x 2,160 resolution TV and watch your excitement from you old TV turn to shame.  The TV has a Cell-based processor on board that will automatically upconvert everything to said resolution through a technology called “Resolution +”  All I can say is how soon?  And how much?

 

Source: Engadget

Panasonic anounces standard for Blue-ray HD 3D movies

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 14:46
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According to Crunch Gear, the Nikkei, the largest newspaper in Japan is reporting that Panasonic has set standards for Blue-ray/3D HD movies.  In order see said movies, you will have to done those old goofy red/blue glasses.  The result is an effect much like what you would see in a movie theater.  Panasonic is trying to urge movie theaters to adopt the technology to line their pockets. Nikkei is also reporting that Panasonic is in early plans to open it’s first office in Hollywood to demo and test said technology with the public.  Don’t get to excited as this 3D tech isn’t slated to be coming to our houses until at the earliest 2010.

Source: Crunch Gear , Ubergizmo *pic*

What uses more energy: A new TV or old tube TV with a digital converter?

Monday, January 5, 2009 15:08
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In interesting post by Crunch Gear caught my attention and I though I would share it with you.  Crunch Gear stumbled upon a question raised by Plenty: What would use more energy, a new TV or an old tube TV hooked up to a digital converter box?  Long story short, the power usage increase with the old tube TV was negligible.  If you are at all worried about energy costs with your TV’s, stay away form plasma, they are energy hogs.  The old tube TV’s are more efficient than plasmas but fall behind in efficiency when compared to a new Energy Star LCD.  Energy Star rated LCD TV’s are your best bet for saving money on electricity while enjoying TV in all of its HD glory.  For further energy savings, wait (if you can) another year as TV power usage is set to drop yet again.

Source: Crunch Gear , Plenty

LG Announces HDTV’s with Netflix Streaming

Monday, January 5, 2009 11:37
Posted in category LG, TV's

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LG makes some rather nice HDTV’s.  Netflix is becoming the favored way to rent and watch movies, giving us more control over when and how we watch them.  Put the two together and you have a match made in heaven.  The easy to use Netflix service coupled with the great video quality of LG TV’s.  Today LG announced just that, TV’s that will be able to stream Netflix movies straight to the TV without the need for a separate device such as a Roku Netflix Player, Xbox 360,  TiVo DVR, specially equipped Blue-Ray players equipped with Netflix streaming, or a PC to watch it on your TV.  The “Netflix TV’s” will come with an ethernet jack that will connect your TV to the internet and allow the direct streaming.  This added benefit doesn’t come free however.  Expect an added $300 on top of the standard prices.  While it is more expensive than the other options listed above, which run between $99-$199, new technology always carriers a premium.  But the true gadget lovers will gladly pay the premium price for admission.  Besides Netflix video, expect YouTube and Cinema Now content to eventually make their way to these TV’s as well.

TV’s with direct internet connectivity whether it be through an ethernet jack or wireless, is a very exciting glimpse of TV of the future.  Hopefully the move towards TV over the internet will bring new and exciting opportunities for consumers!

Source: Crave

California: “Plasma/LCD TV’s use too much energy, therefore we are banning them”.

Monday, January 5, 2009 8:59
Posted in category CES, TV's

Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds.  California being the environmentally conscious state that it is, is taking a rather drastic and ridiculous step.  They are proposing banning the sale of certain “inefficient TV’s, mainly Plasma and LCD TV’s.  The strain on California’s power grid is apparently too much and they are looking for every possible means to reduce the load.  The LA Times is pushing hard the fact that LCD TV’s use 43% more power than traditional tube-style TV’s of yesteryear.  One thing the conveniently leave out of their report is that LCD TV’s, unlike the old tube TV’s, don’t look like absolute crap! (I guess they didn’t get that memo).  Read More… »

CES is just around the corner!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:20

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For all of you consumer electronic loving addicts, CES is probably one of the times of the year that you start foaming at the mouth and twitching uncontrollably at each and every announcement of a new gadget.  This year, the main focus is forecasted to be software, not hardware as it has mainly been in the past.  With the economy in the toilet and no one wanting to spend any money, companies are looking at software to bring them out of the economic slump.  Since last year was Bill Gate’s last CES keynote, our favorite CEO Steve Ballmer will be presenting it this year with a ton of new information about Windows 7 possibly including a release date for a beta and or a release date for the finished product.  Of course, CES will say that registration for the show is going well, which at 133,000 so far isn’t a small number at all, but is a far cry from the 144,000+ they drew just a year ago. Read More… »

480Hz TV’s coming to CES!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 22:47
Posted in category LG, TV's

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120 Hz tv’s are sooo 2008.  The new hotness is 480Hz!  Not wasting any time in the new year LG is ready to unleash an ocular ecstasy…(or so they hope)!  Why does this matter to the average human?  Basically, the Hz number means how many images are displayed each second.  The goal LG hopes to attain with the 480Hz tv’s are making movies and tv viewing smoother and more natural looking.  Movies at a movie theater are shot at 24fps.  Most people won’t notice any slow downs in the movie, but a few people have “better eyes” than the rest of us and notice these small blemishes.  Obviously tv’s operating with frequencies that high create some of their own images and put them in between the original content in order to get that ridiculously high refresh rate.  In the end a cleaner picture is produced with these “added images”.  Will the massive jump to 480Hz be worth the equally massive jump in price that is sure to follow?  We will see soon enough at CES!

 

Source: Ubergizmo

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