October 16, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Terk HDTVa Antenna

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We finally caved and bought an indoor antenna to replace the one the cat ate. We admit we are a slave to "Hell's Kitchen" and haven't been able to get Fox since the digital crossover. We did some homework first, then settled on the Terk HDTVa because frankly, we not only liked its looks, we liked the way it could be positioned. We definitely approve of its reception, a gazillion times better than the one we got from the dollar store.

The HDTVa has a high gain amp for better reception and can receive UHF and VHF channels 2 - 69. The receiving element can be placed vertically or horizontally as can the antenna, and the dipoles can also be adjusted. We no longer have to constantly turn the thing after finding the best position. The only thing we don't like about it is that we still cannot get Fox and Chef Ramsey.

Via Terk

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September 29, 2009

The AntennaWeb Mapping Program

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We found a dandy little site set up by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) that locates the best antenna for you in your area, whether you have a home satellite system, HDTV or analog set. Put in your zip code/address and it will also locate stations that you should be receiving since the digital transition as well as the best placement of an antenna.

Via AntennaWeb

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September 28, 2009

Haier Portable TV

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We were hunting around online for a new TV antenna (the cat ate the last one) and we inadvertently found the present day version of a portable TV.

The Haier TV has a 7" LCD screen that works in both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It has a built-in ATSC/NTSC tuner and detachable antenna. The HLT71 is also connectible to other devices with coaxial output and audio/video jack. Add to that a built-in twin speaker system and headphone jack, and this truly is a portable system. The TV comes with a rechargeable Li-polymer battery that has a life of 2.5 hours, remote, and AC and car adapters.

Via Haier Portable TV

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August 31, 2009

Panasonic Goes 3D For Home Use

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3D is about to be more accessible to the masses. Panasonic plans on new plasma HDTVs (the smallest being 50") and Blu-ray players to come out next year. Look for "full HD" (1920 x 1080) with left and right image frames alternating at 120 Hz, and yes, some of those nerdy glasses. They have also teamed with 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment to co-promote the upcoming 3D release of "Avatar" to home video.

Via HD Guru

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August 28, 2009

Sales of Plasma Screens Increase

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According to researchers Quixel Research, plasma HDTV sales rose 31% in units and 35% dollarwise during Q1 this year, while flat panels fell 7% over the same period. Here's the entire listing of Q1 and 2 with Vizio in the lead.

Rank Brand 1Q 2Q

1 Vizio 21.4% 21.7%
2 Samsung 17.8% 21.3%
3 Sony 14.8% 11.9%
4 Toshiba 8.0% 8.3%
5 LG 8.9% 7.9%
6 Panasonic 3.7% 6.0%
7 Sharp 8.6% 5.3%
Others 16.8% 17.6%

Via Quixel Research

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August 18, 2009

Sharp to Release 13, Count 'em, 13 Blu-ray HDTVs

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Sharp is certainly attempting to be #1 in the HDTV market as it has announced 13 new LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray. The AQUOS DX2 series comes in 26, 32, 40, 46 and 52" sizes and will make their debut September 10.

Via Sharp Blu-ray HDTVsand Sharp (translated)

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August 13, 2009

Amazon VOD Available for Panasonic Viera Products

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Panasonic is outing Amazon VOD for its 2009 Viera Cast Blu-ray Players, about 3 months later than expected. Available for the full line, it offers more than 45,000 titles, 1,000 HD selections and instant playback. There is also access to YouTube, news and weather feeds. Other online sites and playback is also possible via PC or other compatible device. The download is free via software update after you register your player. The service was previously released in April for those who have Viera CAST-enabled Plasma HDTVs.

Via Panasonic

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August 5, 2009

Vizio To Release Streaming HDTVs

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Vizio will soon be producing HDTVs this September that will stream Netflix, Showtime, Yahoo widgets and other Internet content. The XVT series has a basic 32-inch model at a price starting at $749.00. Options such as LED backlighting and 240Hz can be added for those with higher budgets. The top of the line will have the options and 5 HDMI ports at a price of $2,199.00. We will see if this line can make them more competitive with others in the HDTV world.

Via PR Newswire

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July 27, 2009

Blockbuster To Be Featured on Samsung Products

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We guess that Netflix finally got a subtle nudge by Blockbuster as they have teamed with Samsung to offer their OnDemand streaming with HDTVs and Blue-ray players this fall. Owners can search and browse, rent or buy and receive "instant viewing." In addition, those with Samsung 2009 BD players and HTIBs, LCD and plasma TVs from Series 650 and above, and LED TVs from Series 7000 and above will be able to download Blockbuster's OnDemand widget and some will need a firmware upgrade.

Via eHome Upgrade

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July 20, 2009

Mitsubishi TVs Include Free VUDU With Purchase

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Such a deal. Mitsubishi has begun to pack a free VUDU with each TV. Frank Martin, VP of Marketing claims that since most future TV will be equipped with streaming, the company's thinking is that until that time, free takes an excellent second place. Customers will also get a $50.00 service credit.

Via High Def Digest

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