July 17, 2009

Sony is Latest Company to Team With Netflix


Sony has teamed with Netflix to add their streaming to Bravia Internet Video-capable TVs and older models through the Bravia Internet video link. Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings commented that the company is "proud to include Sony Electronics among our CE partners" such as MS, Roku, Tivo and LG. We would be proud as well if we just upped our market by an entire company.

Via Hacking Netflix

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July 1, 2009

Plextor Mini Digital HDTV Receiver


Turn your PC into an HDTV with Plextor's Mini Digital HDTV Receiver. Plug the PX-HDTV500U into your USB 2.0 port, load the software and, as long as your computer can display it, it will show your favorites in HD. An integrated Electronic Programing Guide is included for recording and viewing as is automatic channel scanning. The device supports DTV standard ATSC protocol and provides scalable or full screen view.

Via Plextor

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June 16, 2009

LG HDTV Packed with Netflix


Netflix seems to be slowly taking over the planet with these two new LG HDTVs equipped with the service. Both the 42" 42LH50 and the 50" 50PS80 have NetCast Entertainment Access with over 12,000 movies, TV episodes and YouTube available. They feature a 1080p Full HD resolution 1920 x1080p Trumotion 120Hz panel with 4 HDMI v 1.3 digital inputs. Add to that energy efficiency, an invisible speaker system with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Clear Voice, and a 70,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio and you have one state of the art TV.


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June 10, 2009

DTV is Coming This Week


Don't forget that the DTV transition takes place this Friday or you will be seeing snow on your screens this weekend. Even if you haven't yet received a coupon you had best find yourself a digital to analog converter and antenna. Procrastinators can pick these up for very little coinage if you shop around. Need help? Call 1-888-CALL-FCC and someone will volunteer to assist you.

Via DTV. gov

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Eviant Portable T7 TV Travels


Remember when portable TVs were almost cute? Unless you have one with Hello Kitty smeared all over it, they are pretty dull these days, although Eviant's 7"
T7 widescreen
fits the category. With a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480x234 resolution, the TV is mini HDTV is good for traveling being ATSC/NTSC compatible. The 7.3 x 1.1 x 5.7" T7 only weighs 1.39 lbs., has built-in tuner and speakers, and comes with rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, remote, and its own carrying case. Available in several colors, pre-order one now for a June 15 release.

Via Eviant Portable HDTV

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May 28, 2009

Recent Viewing Trends in US Households


Nielsen has determined that as of February, 1/3 of US TV homes had at least one HDTV and that they were the single most popular home entertainment purchase during the holidays. The survey also claims that they are not replacing other sets, but instead relocate their older ones to other rooms. The average household has 2.6 total sets.

NPR's "Entertainment Trends in America" report claims that the US spends 80% of its hard earned bucks renting or buying discs as opposed to downloading. Sixty three percent was spent on DVD, while 7% went to Blu-ray. The remaining amount went to non-physical media such as VOD. While these two announcements certainly let us know the trends in viewing habits, we want to know if that 2.6 figure is like having 2.3 kids.

Via Nielsen

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May 26, 2009

Sharp Aquos DX has Built-in Blu-Ray Burner


Comparison shop at an electronics store in the HDTV department and our guess is that if Aquos is there, it wins best picture, hands down. Here is another reason to covet one with the release of their latest HDTV that has a digital tuner for programming and a burner for recording Blu-ray discs. The Aquos DX, aka LC-20DX1, has a 20" screen and two built-in speakers. Available June 20 in Japan, it carries a price of $1,590.00.

Via Slash Gear

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