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Blu-ray Review: The Help

By The HT Guys • Dec 30 2011, 3:49pm

The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia “Skeeter‟ Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film.

I wasn’t excited to watch this movie because I thought it would be a “chick flick” with lots of preachy messages about racism. I’m glad I watch it because its one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. The film was able to...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #511: HDTV and Home Theater Predictions for 2012

By The HT Guys • Dec 30 2011, 7:18am

2011 was in some ways a wild year for HDTV and home theater, but in many other ways, fairly uneventful. We didn't fare so well in our 2011 predictions, so we're back this year with a vengeance. A lot of thought, research and soul searching went into these and we're really hoping for a better than 50% score this year. Without further ado, the HT Guys HDTV and home theater predictions for 2012.

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LG Ultra Definition 3D TV Combines Immersive 3D Experience, Superior Display Quality

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 29 2011, 11:10pm

LG 84-inch Ultra Definition TVLG Electronics today announced that it will unveil what is believed to be the world's largest Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV at the 2012 International CES®. Combining LG's passive CINEMA 3D technology and Smart TV functions with UD display technology, the 84-inch class (84.04 inch diagonal) TV breaks new ground in immersive 3D home entertainment.

LG's 3D UD TV boasts...

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Blu-ray Review: The Hangover Part II

By The HT Guys • Dec 29 2011, 3:46pm

In this booze and laugh soaked sequel to The Hangover, the buddies from the earlier film's bachelor party reunite for a wedding trip to Thailand where one of them, Stu Price (Ed Helms), is planning to tie the knot. Stu is determined that his own pre-wedding party should be a restrained and dignified affair, but between the habits of his friends and the multiple distractions of Bangkok, fate has other plans in store for him.

If you loved the first Hangover movie, you should really like this one, because...

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LG Display Announces World's Largest OLED TV Panel 55" Panel to Advance Popularization of OLED TV Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 26 2011, 9:25pm

LG 55-inch OLEDLG Display, a leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, today announced that it has developed the world's largest 55-inch OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel. The 55-inch panel is a significant step forward in the popularization of OLED TVs and demonstrates the effective application of AM OLED technology to larger panel sizes at a more cost efficient level.

LG Display's 55" OLED TV panel produces...

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #510: HT Guys 2011 Prediction Results

By The HT Guys • Dec 23 2011, 5:39am

Every year in late December or early January we look into our crystal ball to see what the coming year will bring in the way of HDTV and Home Theater. Each year we struggle to get a score of 50%, and in many years we fall way short. So let's take a look at 2011 and see how we did.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #509: Home Theater “In a Box” 2011

By The HT Guys • Dec 16 2011, 7:31am

As you know, we typically are not big fans of Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) systems. In years past we've decided to put our own "box" systems together, complete with TV, Blu-ray player and the audio system as well. Last year we had a $10,000 system and a $5,000 system. This year, with prices going the way they have, we decided to be even tougher on ourselves and try to produce a complete system for $1,500 or less.

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3M-Commissioned Research Shows Consumers Value Wide-Angle Viewing on Their LCD TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 16 2011, 5:12am

A new study commissioned by 3M shows that American consumers want high brightness and quality no matter at what angle they view their LCD TVs.

The study was conducted by CBS Vision, the Las Vegas-based research division and facility owned by CBS Corporation. 3M is a leading technology company in high-quality consumer electronics.

The findings show that...

Programming

HDTV Expert - Nothing Lasts Forever

By Pete Putman • Dec 9 2011, 5:31pm

Americans are reaching the breaking point with ever-escalating costs of pay television. The rising cost of sports programming is a big reason.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #508: Home Theater Projector Buying Guide

By The HT Guys • Dec 9 2011, 6:12am

This is our first time doing it, and we'll admit, it presents some unique challenges, but we did it anyways. This is our first ever HT Guys Projector Buyer's Guide. Of course no projector is complete on its own, it still needs a screen, and the screen plays a large role in how the projector will perform, but the same could be said of receivers and speakers as well. Instead of lumping them into cost categories, we just picked our fave 6 (couldn't use that other number due to trademark infringements).

Marketplace

One Installer's Opinion: A Tale of Two Vendors

By Terry Paullin • Dec 6 2011, 3:33pm

Readers with a strand or two of grey hair will recall a time, somewhere in the late 80's I think, when Quality meant something in America. We heard terms like "zero defects", "Six Sigma", TQM (total quality management), and companies, trying to do the right thing by customers, formed things called "Quality Circles" and the like to get employees invested in the notion. The Ring Leader of the movement in the U.S. was a fellow named W. Edwards Deming and when his preaching's eventually fell out of favor (short-fused management found it too hard to bend the culture) he took his message to Japan where they used it to capture the Auto Industry, apparently forever...

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Perception of Passive 3DTV - A No-Brainer Analogy

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 5 2011, 4:09pm

In previous articles I described the differences between active-shutter and passive polarized 3D technologies, as well as the subject of “perception” endorsed by the passive polarized 3DTV camp. Graphs and descriptions may get in the way of understanding the concepts so perhaps we should describe the subject of brain perception vs. true image quality with an analogy that may be less complicated than comparing the nuts and bolts of 3DTV technologies, as I did in other articles.

Imagine spending your Saturday visiting new car dealers...

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Blu-ray Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

By The HT Guys • Dec 2 2011, 3:44pm

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

This is the Harry Potter movie we've been waiting for since the series started in 2001. We've seen the cast of kids grow up before our eyes, and watched as their adventures become more dark and dangerous in each progressing film. Compared to many of the previous Potter movies, this one moves much faster, and has lots more action. Even though...

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #507: HDTV Buying Guide

By The HT Guys • Dec 2 2011, 7:11am

If we didn't spend enough of your money with the Receiver Buying Guide on Episode 505 and you still have some budget left, you're in luck. Today we'll give you our choices for what HDTV to buy in several different price categories. Of course screen size goes up as prices go up, just as you'd expect. And similar to the Receiver Buying Guide, this guide isn't about getting the latest and greatest. Its about getting a good value for your money and something you'll enjoy for years to come.

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Hi-End Audio Legend McIntosh Labs Meets HDTV Magazine on the East Coast

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 1 2011, 4:46pm

Last week McIntosh Labs stop by the Washington DC/Virginia area in Fairfax, VA to reach out to fans and to introduce their products, the event included live music as well.

McIntosh was and still is up there among the few American companies that still work very hard to continue producing quality audio products. They still have their traditional metered displays and blue-hued backlighting and unique knobs. Audio quality and elegant appearance made McIntosh so special to many for decades.

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Blu-ray Review: Fast Five

By Ryan Gibbs • Dec 1 2011, 3:54pm

Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel)on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first.

I knew this movie was going to be entertain ...

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Blu-ray Review: Water for Elephants

By The HT Guys • Nov 30 2011, 3:39pm

In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). An affinity for elephants brings together the young pair, but the warmth between them sends Marlena's cruel husband, animal trainer August (Christoph Waltz), into a frightening fury.

If you have any love for the circus you should check this movie out. If you are expecting a romantic love story, you might want to think twice. Robert Pattinson...

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HDTV Expert - Goodbye, Free Cable TV

By Pete Putman • Nov 30 2011, 1:06am

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow all cable system operators to encrypt every digital channel on a system — including free, over-the-air channels.

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HDTV Expert - Life (and Death) Go On In The Projector World

By Pete Putman • Nov 30 2011, 12:36am

Sony's bringing 4K to the home, but Sanyo is not long for this world. And 3D projectors are popular, but not very profitable.

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Blu-ray Review: Cars 2

By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 29 2011, 3:50pm

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and the stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer).

So when reviewing a children's movie you can only do so with your kid in tow. My advise pull up your favorite blanket, bowl of popcorn, and sit down for a family night that everyone in the family can enjoy. In the realm of sequel's most fall short, however...

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Blu-ray Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

By The HT Guys • Nov 28 2011, 3:35pm

Marvel launches another super franchise with this action-packed origin story, which follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. With his perfect physique and heightened reflexes -- and his sidekick, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) -- Steve battles the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a super soldier created by Italian fascists.

When I first heard they were going to make a Captain America movie I doubted it would be any good. I thought it would be too difficult to make a superhero movie set 1940's without it feeling corny or out of place...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #505: Black Friday 2011 and Receiver Buying Guide

By The HT Guys • Nov 18 2011, 7:47am

Its that time of year again where the HT Guys get to spend your money. We start of our buying guides with receivers. BTW, this guide is not necessarily about getting the latest product. Its about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year's gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store. This year there are some fantastic deals to be had! Enjoy!

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Blu-ray Review: Super 8

By The HT Guys • Nov 16 2011, 3:42pm

This exhilarating story follows a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie. When they realize that it was no accident, they set out to find the truth - something more shocking than any of them could have imagined. Combining action, humor and heart, the film features outstanding performances from a fresh young cast.

Do you remember how you jumped when you first saw Jaws? What about the magic and emotional impact of E.T.? Now add those two movies together and you have Super 8. It's easy to see that J.J. Abrams was inspired by...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #504: New ways to watch TV

By The HT Guys • Nov 11 2011, 8:37am

Going way back in the history of watching TV at home, we all used to have antennas so we could watch over the air broadcasts. Eventually Cable TV service emerged and changed the way we would get our favorite shows at home. Then came Satellite, then IPTV and we were in heaven. Fast forward a few years and prices for TV service have constantly skyrocketed, leading us all to become frustrated at the lack of options. But there may be a way out.

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HDTV Expert - Put Up, Or Shut Up

By Pete Putman • Nov 7 2011, 6:43pm

The Consumer Electronics Association continues to push the notion of a wireless spectrum crisis, but isn't providing any detailed facts and/or research to support their claim.

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HDTV Expert - Ho-Ho-Ho! Is Turning Into Uh-Oh-Oh!

By Pete Putman • Nov 7 2011, 5:37pm

TV manufacturers are struggling with profitability and lower-than-expected sales. And the upcoming holiday selling season isn't likely to change that.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #503: Dolby Transform Contest Winners and ZVOX Z-Base 580

By The HT Guys • Nov 4 2011, 5:05am

Way back on Podcast #417 we reviewed the ZVOX 575 and at that time we felt it was a great solution for an apartment dweller, den, or a bedroom because its so dead simple to setup. Today we are taking a look at the latest in the ZVOX family, the Z-Base 580 ($599). The 580 builds on the solid base of the 575 and adds some great new features.

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Blu-ray Review: Horrible Bosses

By The HT Guys • Oct 31 2011, 2:50pm

Disgruntled buddies Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) can't leave their miserable jobs, so they cook up a creative strategy for eliminating each other's micromanaging and maniacal employers (Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey) instead in this crackpot comedy. Peculiar advice from con artist Motherf**ker Jones (Jamie Foxx) gets the scheme in motion, but the pals can't keep the wheels from flying off.

Horrible Bosses is an entertaining crudely funny movie, that dares to dive into the darkness of the disgruntled employee's fantasies. Just from the trailer you know about half of the movie, but what you don't know is...

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Would you prefer ugly 3D glasses or ugly 3DTV images? Maybe neither.

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 31 2011, 2:00pm

On the previous 4 articles I detailed the differences of the technologies currently in the market for glasses-required 3DTVs, active-shutter and passive polarized. Here is part 1, which links to the other three. I received some questions and remarks from readers and others in the industry regarding the articles. The comments lead me to believe that the concepts are still hard to comprehend by some, so I decided to summarize the subject using a simple visual comparison in one article.

I previously mentioned...

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HDTV Expert - Biting The Hand That Feeds You

By Pete Putman • Oct 28 2011, 8:10pm

According to antenna manufacturer Mohu, Time Warner Cable won't carry its advertisement for the Mohu leaf antenna. Gee, I wonder whyâ?¦..

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Hey, This Is Really Hard!

By Pete Putman • Oct 28 2011, 7:45pm

Sorry, no 3 AM 'do-over' calls for the television industry! People just aren't buying TVs like they used to, and no one has a solution to reverse the trend.

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Blu-ray Review: Bad Teacher

By The HT Guys • Oct 28 2011, 2:37pm

Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is ruthless, wildly inappropriate and says exactly what's on her mind. She may be working as a teacher, but her real occupation is to find a rich man to support her and get her out of the middle school for good. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Punch), while disregarding the advances of the school's irreverent gym teacher (Segel). Elizabeth’s schemes and their wild consequences prove that she truly doesn't give an "F."

Bad Teacher seams like a run of the mill raunchy comedy that follows a safe and well known path to the ending. However...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #502: Optoma Neo-i DV20A Projector Review

By The HT Guys • Oct 28 2011, 7:33am

You've heard us talk about projectors with built-in DVD players before, typically in conjunction with a feature on backyard or outdoor theater. But who uses DVDs anymore? OK, bad joke, but to be fair, more and more people are storing movies and videos right on their smart phones, portable media players and tablets. If that's you, and your phone happens to be an iPhone, or you happen to use an iPod, Optoma has built the Neo-i DV20A projector just for you.

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Blu-ray Review: Fast Five

By The HT Guys • Oct 27 2011, 2:24pm

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker head up an all-star reunion of the explosive Fast franchise set in sultry Rio de Janeiro. Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) bust Mia’s brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of prison, blasting across South America to elude the authorities. Finding themselves backed into a corner in Brazil, they assemble an elite team of top racers to help pull off the one last job that could mean freedom for them all. But hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is hot on their trail, and so is a corrupt and powerful businessman who wants them dead. When Hobbs and his strike force launch an all-out assault to capture the Torettos and their team, he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Instead, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

If you like over the top action movies, this movie is for you. It's got gun fights, car chases, fist fights, explosions, h ...

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Passive 3DTV Brain Perception - An Excuse for Technical Limitations?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 26 2011, 3:06pm

As you may know, LG continues their offense against active-shutter 3DTVs and claims that their passive-LCD-3DTVs are better because most people that viewed their sets during (their arranged) consumer tests in retail centers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. preferred them over active-shutter 3DTVs.

Although the challenge seemed primarily targeted to the active-shutter technology itself, LG also launched aggressive advertising directed to the manufacturers of that technology as well, such as Samsung and Sony.
The battle of words, ads, and press releases has become...

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars (Episodes IV - VI)

By The HT Guys • Oct 26 2011, 2:44pm

The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars - on a scant 32 screens across America - was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, the rousing "space opera" was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.


Watching the original trilogy is like hanging out with old friends. It makes it hard to look at these films objectively, but I d ...

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Industry's First Integrated Wireless Receiver Gives U-verse TV Customers More Freedom to Easily Watch TV Anywhere, in Any Room in the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 25 2011, 9:59pm

You've probably always arranged your living room furniture around one fixture, without even thinking twice about it: the TV and TV outlet. For the first time ever, U-verse TV customers have the flexibility to set up their TV virtually wherever they want it — anywhere, in any room, on any wall.

The AT&T* U-verse® TV Wireless Receiver is the first fully-integrated wireless receiver available from any TV provider, and gives U-verse TV customers even more freedom to watch TV when and where they want it, including rooms without an existing U-verse outlet. The Wireless Receiver will be available for order on...

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars (Episodes I-III)

By The HT Guys • Oct 25 2011, 2:30pm

The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars - on a scant 32 screens across America - was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, the rousing "space opera" was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.

If the original trilogy never existed, and all we had were the prequels, I think they would be considered good movies. However, t ...

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Verizon Adds E! HD to FiOS TV Channel Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2011, 9:14pm

Verizon is giving FiOS TV subscribers more high-definition programming, with the launch of E! HD. The new addition to the FiOS TV lineup offers E! Entertainment's popular programming dedicated to the world of celebrity and entertainment.

E! HD is now available to...

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Netflix to Launch Service in the UK and Ireland for Streaming Movies and TV Shows in Early 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2011, 9:12pm

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the leading global Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand to the United Kingdom and Ireland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows and movies streaming instantly over the Internet to TVs and computers for one low monthly subscription price.

Upon launch, Netflix members from the UK and Ireland will be able to...

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3D World Conference 2011 in NYC: Are you ready for 4K? How about 3D in 4K?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 24 2011, 3:21pm

Last week I attended the 3D World conference at the Content and Communications World (CCW) 2011 in NYC. Although my main interest has been the professional aspects of the 3D industry from content acquisition to display devices I always find interesting other digital TV subjects and initiatives in conference tracks and discussion panels, this time 4K was very notorious. As I did in 3D World 2009 and in 2010 I flew in and out of NYC the same day so I had to make my conference day as effective as possible, this was a long day indeed.

HDTV Magazine is...

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Blu-ray Review: Transformers - Dark of the Moon

By The HT Guys • Oct 24 2011, 2:59pm

A mysterious event from Earth’s past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS™ alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTS™ must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS’™ all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.


This Transformers movie is the perfect example of movie spectacle at its peak. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with so many explosions, gunshots, fancy camera work, and metal on metal violence. The action is insane to the point of excessive, the final battle sequence is about half an hour of total carnage.

I like Shia LaBeouf, but...

Mobile HDTV

Samsung Expands U.S. Tablet Portfolio with Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 22 2011, 4:29pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, and Samsung Electronics America today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.0 Plus featuring Peel Smart Remote TV application. Peel allows users to instantly find and watch their favorite TV shows and discover new shows based on their preferences, all with the tap of a screen.

Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus packs...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #501: TV Reliability

By The HT Guys • Oct 21 2011, 5:48am

We recently read and discussed an article by the HD Guru about disposable TVs (Vizio Disposable HDTV Sellers: Do They Have Your Back?) and thought it might be a good idea to discuss TV reliability. Armed with this information you can decide whether its worth paying a bit more for a TV that will last longer than some of the cheaper 'Disposable' brands. This information comes from Consumer reports. They surveyed 209,000 readers between 2007 and 2011 to determine Brand Reliability.

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Dolby Enables 7.1 Surround Sound for Streaming Media

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 19 2011, 2:10am

Dolby Laboratories, Inc., (NYSE: DLB) today enabled the first discrete 7.1-channel surround sound entertainment experience available to streaming media using Dolby® Digital Plus audio. VUDU, a leading subscription-free, video-on-demand movie service and wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., began streaming Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 audio today.

To date, more than 30 films have been mixed in 7.1 for theatrical release. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 allows...

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CEA Launches Discovery Group to Examine 3DTV Energy

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 19 2011, 1:46am

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the formation of the 3DTV Technology and Energy Consumption Discovery Group.

CEA expects 3DTV shipments will top 3.6 million in 2011 and nearly double that in 2012, reaching 6.9 million. As more manufacturers add 3D-features to their displays and content producers continue to create more 3D material, this discovery group will examine the state of 3DTV and whether energy measurement standards should be updated to reflect changes in technology.

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: A Tale of Two (3D) Televisions

By Pete Putman • Oct 14 2011, 10:27pm

LG and Toshiba are aggressively pushing passive 3D technology. Here's how their 47-inch offerings compare to each other.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #500: A Look Back at 500 Episodes of HDTV Talk

By The HT Guys • Oct 14 2011, 5:30am

It is hard to believe we've done 500 episodes of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast. So much has changed in the almost 7 years we've been doing this, and so much has stayed the same. It's been a great time; we've enjoyed sharing it with our listeners and are looking forward to 500 more.

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HDTV Expert - A ‘Contrived’ Broadband Crisis, Indeed

By Pete Putman • Oct 13 2011, 4:37pm

The FCC's announcement that it will partner with Best Buy's Geek Squad to teach more Americans how to use broadband shows there is NO wireless broadband crisis in this country.

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Blu-ray Review: Lion King

By The HT Guys • Oct 12 2011, 2:54pm

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets thestage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can't wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

When my daughter was 2 years old, she watched The Lion King on VHS every day for about a year, and I grew extremely tired of it. Needless to say, I did not look forward to reviewing this movie. However...

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Blu-ray Review: Dumbo

By The HT Guys • Oct 11 2011, 2:38pm

In celebration of this landmark film’s 70th anniversary, experience the daring adventures of the world’s only flying elephant with a dazzling all-new digital restoration and brilliant Disney Enhanced High Definition Theatre Mix Sound. The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. And now, the award-winning music and empowering messages about friendship and belief In yourself reach new heights in this must-have Blu-ray high-definition presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Dumbo!

On the surface Dumbo is a simple story about a "deformed" elephant that learns to fly, but I think the story is deeper than Disney suggests it is. Dumbo is really a story about societies social ladder, and how your birth determines you status. It also shows Dumbo hitting rock bottom after a night of drinking and hallucinations. However, not ...

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Ed's View: ATSC M/H Handheld Performance

By Ed Milbourn • Oct 10 2011, 2:48pm

Last spring I convinced myself that, indeed, the M/H application in a notebook stick configuration is viable from a user standpoint. (see previous Ed’s View)

Now, I wanted to verify M/H viability in a “hand-held” configuration with a marketed receiver. So, I acquired an RCA DMT 335R 3.5” Mobile DTV/ATSC Digital TV from the RCA web-store for a field test. This receiver...

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Blu-ray Review: Bridesmaids

By The HT Guys • Oct 10 2011, 2:28pm

Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.

It's great to see a movie starring women being very funny. It made me realize that there are very few movies that feature women in a comedy. In fact, I can't really remember a movie starring this many women where men aren't the focus of the film. While I was watching this film with my wife I realized...

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HDTV Almanac - Gone Dim, but Not Completely Dark

By Alfred Poor • Oct 7 2011, 1:00pm

Just a quick post to let fans of the HDTV Almanac know that the past month of silence has been a hiatus, not an ending. My time and attention has been consumed by a major project launch. (I’m starting a speaking business to help small business owners create effective, low-cost marketing programs that do not [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #499: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter

By The HT Guys • Oct 7 2011, 6:44am

It seems like every new home theater device wants a network or an Internet connection these days. Your TV wants to be connected, your Blu-ray player, even some receivers want to be online. Not to mention dedicated media players and gaming devices. If you don't have a hard wired connection to your theater gear, you can usually try WiFi, but even good connections can be unreliable at times. That's where a good Powerline adapter can make all the difference.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #498: Accell UltraCat HD

By The HT Guys • Sep 30 2011, 6:47am

Up until now the longest HDMI cable run the HT Guys were able to successfully transmit video across was 50 feet. Those cables were pretty thick and hard to snake through walls and attics. We've tried longer cables but had no luck beyond 50 feet. Thanks to Accell there is a product that will allow you to extend your HDMI up to about 330 feet. The UltraCat HD HDMI extender uses HDBaseT technology to send video over Cat5e/6 Ethernet cables. You can even send IR signals over the same cable. The device has an MSRP of $500 and is available today.

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Blu-ray Review: X-Men First Class

By The HT Guys • Sep 29 2011, 2:37pm

In this exciting prequel to the X-Men series, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) -- the future Professor X and Magneto -- are best friends dedicated to harnessing their powers and promoting the education of fellow mutants during the turbulent 1960s. The duo works together to stop a powerful adversary that threatens mankind, but their ideological differences drive them apart and turn them into ferocious enemies.

Like all X-men movies this one is also about the outcasts of society trying to be accepted or accept themselves. However, this movie is a little different, it has more heart and style than its predecessors. The movie's 1960's look is slick, and I'm not talking Austin Powers slick, I mean Sean Connery's James Bond slick. Not only do they get the look right, they also switched things up and intertwined the movie with actual history. At first this seams off-putting, but...

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Blu-ray Review: Bridesmaids

By The HT Guys • Sep 27 2011, 2:48pm

Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.


This movie was a horrible...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Thor

By The HT Guys • Sep 26 2011, 2:34pm

Kenneth Branagh directs this Marvel Comics-inspired action flick about the thunder god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful warrior whose father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) -- the king of Asgard -- forces him to live among humans on Earth and learn humility. Once there, he finds a friend (Natalie Portman), along with unexpected enemies sent from his world.

When I first heard Thor was going to be a movie I was hesitant. It could easily be corny and awkward, however the acting and direction of Kenneth Branagh brought this movie to life and helped fit it into the existing Marvel movie universe. I'm glad they decided to...

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DISH Network Introduces Blockbuster Movie Pass, Featuring First Subscription Streaming Movie Service Bundle in Pay TV Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2011, 12:54am

DISH Network L.L.C. and Blockbuster L.L.C. announced today Blockbuster Movie Pass, the most comprehensive TV entertainment programming package ever delivered by a multichannel pay TV provider.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, Blockbuster Movie Pass is available for DISH Network customers, starting at...

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3D TV Hits Home with Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2011, 12:51am

Consumers love 3D TV, according to a new study of the TV marketplace. Conducted by well-known independent research firm Frank N. Magid Associates for Panasonic during Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim last month, researchers found that a vast majority of consumers believe that 3D TV significantly improves their television viewing experience.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club provided the venue for the face-to-face study which queried more than 500 attendees at Disney's D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, which was held in Anaheim in August, and found that...

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Blu-ray Review: Scarface

By The HT Guys • Sep 23 2011, 2:22pm

In the spring of 1980, the Mariel boatlift brought thousands of Cuban refugees to the sun-washed avenues of Miami in search of the American dream. From acclaimed director Brian DePalma, Scarface is the rags-to-riches story of Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who finds wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams…at a price he never imagined. Tony Montana’s meteoric rise, lavish life and soul-destroying fall anchor an epic film that inspired a worldwide following. Pacino is at his most memorable as Montana, blasting his way to the top of Miami’s drug underworld in a bravura performance.


Scarface is a classic gangster film that has a twisted take on the American dream. It's a groundbreaking film that was almost rated X for excessive violence when it was released in 1983. However, according to the film makers, the violence was based on police reports of Miami drug wars at the time. This film has the best of Hollywood working together. Not only does it star Al Pacino and is directe ...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #497: Optoma HD33 3D 1080p Projector

By The HT Guys • Sep 23 2011, 4:15am

One complaint we have about 3D is that it needs to be immersive if you are to appreciate the effect. Since most of us can't afford 100 inch plasmas, a front projector is pretty much the only choice you have for this type of experience, albeit an expensive one. Enter the Optoma HD33 ($1500). Its a 1080p DLP projector that supports 3D.

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Blu-ray Review: Priest

By The HT Guys • Sep 22 2011, 2:15pm

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Priest succeeds in being a different kind of vampire killer movie, but...

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Blu-ray Review: Dances with Wolves

By The HT Guys • Sep 21 2011, 2:06pm

Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe. This special edition of Costner's Oscar-winning directorial debut features an extended cut of the film, an audio commentary from Costner, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more.

Dances With Wolves is well deserved American classic, that's thoughtfulness and detail to history stand the test of time. I remember watching this film when it was released, and couldn't figure out what made it so different than other westerns. Now that I'm older it's easy to see it was the first western I saw that was sympathetic to the Indians and told the story from their perspective. In fact, by the end of the film...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Win Win

By The HT Guys • Sep 20 2011, 2:46pm

Academy Award® Nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose ’em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play.


Win Win is a relate-able story about average people stuck in an uncomfortable situation. It's a heartwarming film that's funny without going over the top and dramatic without being sappy. The tone is perfect and doesn't need any strange twists or tricks to suck you in. It’s charm and light comedy makes this an easy watch. This film is based in reality, and if you are an adult with a family it's easy to like this movie.

I don't think I've ever seen Paul Giamatti...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #496: ZyXEL AeroBeam Wireless HD Video Kit

By The HT Guys • Sep 16 2011, 4:21am

Through the years we've had the opportunity to check out several wireless audio, video and wireless HDMI systems. This week we're adding one more option to your list of choices for wireless HDMI. If you've always wanted to use a front projector for huge home theater, but never wanted to cut up the ceiling to run cables, you'll want to listen to this review. It's the ZyXEL AeroBeam Wireless HD Video Kit (WHD6215).

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - Attention, All Cord-Cutters!

By Pete Putman • Sep 15 2011, 7:45pm

Want TiVo-like functionality in a dual DVR for terrestrial DTV only? Channel Master's got the ticket.

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Sneak Peek: Panasonic’s TH-42BT300U Reference-Grade Plasma Monitor

By Pete Putman • Sep 15 2011, 7:00pm

It's about as accurate as any flat-panel display can get.

3D HDTV

Look Out 3D Glasses, Here Comes 3DFusion's NO Glasses 3DTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 13 2011, 2:09am

Out of the Lab and into the Marketplace. Ithaca N.Y., home to Cornell University and scores of major technological breakthroughs, including the Wharton's 1st Silent Films, has now given birth to another major entertainment / scientific advancement.

3DFusion's first to market, stereoscopic Broadcast Quality, Glasses-Free 3D television platform has been installed at The Shops at Ithaca Mall as a fully operational 3D Advertising Promotional Kiosk, displaying 3DFusion's proprietary 3DFMax™ stereoscopic content. This 3D digital signage-advertising platform is the first...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #494: JVC 47-inch BlackCrystal 120Hz LCD HDTV

By The HT Guys • Sep 9 2011, 8:01am

The HT Guys have been JVC fans for quite some time, dating back to CRT tube TVs in years gone by. Braden has a JVC rear projection TV still in use in his home and Ara has a JVC projector in his theater. When we got the chance to talk to Tom Paterniti, VP of Sales for JVC BlackCrystal TVs and also check out a brand new 47' BlackCrystal LCD for ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Sony Introduces the World's First 4K Projector Designed for High-End Home Theater Installations

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:50am

Sony Electronics today introduced its VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector, once again demonstrating its leadership by delivering a first of its kind high-resolution home entertainment experience. The new ES (Elevated Standard) model is the world's first home theater front projector that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of custom installers and is capable of displaying stunning 4K images that provide entertainment enthusiasts with a more immersive, engaging visual experience with over four times the resolution of HDTV.

With 2,000 ANSI-lumens of brightness, the VPL-VW1000ES delivers nearly twice the output of...

Plasma HDTVs

Panasonic Launches TH-65VX300U Professional Plasma Display

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:45am

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today announced the TH-65VX300U – the newest addition to Panasonic's family of HD Professional Plasma Displays. The 65" display's color reproduction approaches digital cinema standards making it ideal for both the home theater and post-production markets.

The display's ultra high-speed drive technology achieves clear and extremely detailed 3D video and also enhances 2D content. The advanced drive provides...

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Pioneer Blu-ray 3D Players Add New Dimension to Home Theater

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:43am

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced three new Blu-ray 3D players designed for the ultimate home theater experience. The new line consisting of the Pioneer BDP-140 and two Elite branded models, BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD, provides unrivaled picture and audio quality that's expected from Pioneer in addition to an array of features including improved loading times, wireless capability (AS-WL300 required), and audio and video streaming from Pandora®, YouTube® and NetFlix®. Additional features include...

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Epson Launches Full Line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projectors for Cinema Enthusiasts and Custom Installers

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:02am

Epson America today announced its first line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors with the new 3LCD™ PowerLite® Pro Cinema 6010, and Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e. With both home cinema enthusiasts and custom installers in mind, Epson utilizes new Bright 3D Drive technology for an exceptional 3D viewing experience at home on a big screen. Epson's new line offers a range of value-add features and performance at varying price levels to accommodate virtually all home cinema projection needs, including an entry-level solution available for less than...

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Sharp’s New Elite LCD TV: Yep, They’re Out There!

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 11:24pm

Not too many dealers have any to show you. But Value Electronics in Scarsdale, NY does.

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - Made For Each Other

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 10:27pm

TiVo and digital terrestrial TV, that is!

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HDTV Expert - Are Pro Sports Leagues Killing The Golden Goose?

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 9:50pm

Are the rights for sports programming getting too expensive for everybody?

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Sony Raises the Bar at CEDIA 2011 With New Home Theater Innovations for High-End Enthusiasts

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2011, 2:39am

Today, in advance of the 2011 CEDIA Expo, Sony Electronics unveiled a variety of ground-breaking products designed to deliver an integrated and immersive home entertainment experience. From audio/video receivers and televisions to speakers and projectors – Sony's CEDIA exhibit runs the gamut from A/V, HD, 3D and beyond.

Sony introduced its first home theater front projector capable of displaying stunning 4K images. The top-of-the-line VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector model is...

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Sony Introduces the Worlds First Personal 3D Viewer

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2011, 2:36am

Sony Electronics today announced the launch of HMZ-T1, Personal 3D Viewer. The head mounted display is a device that offers a one of a kind style viewing of both 2D and 3D content. Simply slip the device onto your head to experience the movie theater-like virtual screen and surround sound.

Equipped with two newly-developed...

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LG Electronics' Premier NANO FULL LED Cinema 3D HDTV is First Passive 3D TV to Achieve THX® 3D Certification

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2011, 2:15am

LG Electronics USA today launched the world's first passive 3D TV to achieve the coveted THX® 3D Display Certification.

LG's new "NANO FULL LED" model is a stunning ultra-slim full-backlight LED HDTV being shown publicly for the first time here this week at the 2011 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo. Shipping now, the flagship 55LW9800 also includes the LG Smart TV platform featuring wireless access to a rich array of online content without a PC*.

This unique NANO FULL LED HDTV uses...

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3D All the Rage as Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions Debuts 3D DLP Home Theater Front Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2011, 2:06am

Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. will introduce one of its best 3D projectors, the HC7800D, at the CEDIA Home Theater Show in Indianapolis, September 8-10, 2011 in Booth #5537. A major addition to its line of large screen visual displays, the HC7800D is the first in the line that features...

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion: Encouragement/Discouragement ...... and other matters

By Terry Paullin • Sep 6 2011, 2:48pm

I love my job. Have I mentioned that before? If you'll excuse the mixed metaphors, I have my fingers in enough pies that I get to look out over the landscape of our amusing little avocation and see Engineering genius stacked up next to Marketing faux pas (uh, let's call them mis-directions, unclear as to legitimate intent or not) on a regular basis. Sometimes it boggles the mind.

Things to like as I look around are...

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix is Not Seeing Starz

By Alfred Poor • Sep 2 2011, 1:00pm

Bombshell: Starz has ended talks with Netflix about renewing a licensing agreement for movie content on the streaming video service. The current agreement — which expires on February 28, 2012 – reportedly is estimated to be worth about $30 million, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had stated that he expected the renewal to cost around [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #494: Reflections, Streaming Movies and IFA

By The HT Guys • Sep 2 2011, 4:39am

IFA is essentially the Consumer Electronics Show of Europe. It is held in Berlin, Germany and is attended by most of the same companies that attend CES. Although we couldn't attend this year, we have been eagerly eyeing press releases coming over from Germany. Here are a few that caught our attention.

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Panel Shipments Rise 118%

By Alfred Poor • Sep 1 2011, 1:00pm

According to the new Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report from DisplaySearch, the global shipments of 3D-capable panels for use in HDTVs grew to 4.9 million units in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 118% increase over the first quarter of the year.
As the DisplaySearch analysis points out, “the LCD TV panel industry [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Tablets: the New TV?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 31 2011, 1:09pm

When I was growing up, television was a group activity. Sunday evenings, I’d get an early bath and put on my pajamas so that I could watch “The Ed Sullivan Show” with my family. Shows like “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” seem to be keeping that group activity alive, but the it seems [...]

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HDTV Almanac - DISH on the Road

By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2011, 1:00pm

Satellite TV subscriptions are great, especially if you live out past where the sidewalks end, beyond the reach of cable services. But it’s not so great when you want to go somewhere else. You can’t exactly bring down your dish antenna and take it with you. At least you couldn’t until now. DISH Network is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Bye-Bye Channel 51?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 29 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, the FCC announced a procedural decision to freeze all pending applications for new low-power or full-power television broadcast stations on channel 51. The announcement also permits any of these pending applications to be modified within the next 60 days to request assignment to a lower channel.
Any discussion of television channels is complicated by [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Super

By The HT Guys • Aug 26 2011, 2:14pm

When his wife (Liv Tyler) falls in league with a drug dealer, average guy Frank D'Arbo (Rainn Wilson) dons the guise of a superhero, dubs himself the Crimson Bolt and tries to keep a tag-along comic-book store clerk (Ellen Page) from becoming his sidekick. But it's hard to be a superhero when all you've got to work with is a pipe wrench.

Super is a crazy awkwardly funny movie and is sometimes too uncomfortable and even depressing to fully enjoy. Frank is a...

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Let’s Watch a Movie; Fire Up Facebook

By Alfred Poor • Aug 26 2011, 1:00pm

Maybe it would be easier if I just listed all the websites that aren’t offering streaming movies these days. We can now add one more to the list of the ones that do: Facebook. Miramax has signed a deal to provide blockbuster titles for streaming onto computers, tables, or Google TV devices. You can now [...]

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #493: Step by Step DIY Home Automation

By The HT Guys • Aug 26 2011, 4:40am

Many of our listeners have lights on timers so that their homes look lived in when they are away or so they don't come into a dark home. With the end of Summer and day light savings quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some step by step tips for home automation so you never have to reset your timers again!

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Paul

By The HT Guys • Aug 25 2011, 2:06pm

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smartass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. As two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Paul can be charming at times, but at the end of the day, it's a...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Bad Economy? hhgregg Steams Full Speed Ahead

By Alfred Poor • Aug 25 2011, 1:00pm

After opening ten new stores in Florida this summer, electronics retailer hhgregg is expanding into the Chicago market with 14 new stores. It was not so long ago that we saw the implosion of Circuit City and CompUSA, and the discounting 6th Ave Electronics beat a retreat from its efforts to expand into the Philadelphia [...]

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HDTV Almanac - NFL on PS3: It’s More than Just Madden

By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, here’s how I see it. Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors. All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites. But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Optoma Shatters 3D Home Projector Price

By Alfred Poor • Aug 23 2011, 1:00pm

Have I got a deal for you! How would you like a 55″ 1080p high definition display for $1,500? Not so exciting? Okay, let’s make it 70″; does that make it more interesting? I’ll sweeten the pot and throw in 3D capability and support for radio frequency (RF) active glasses, still for $1,500. Do I [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Fox Limits New Episode Access

By Alfred Poor • Aug 22 2011, 1:00pm

Are you a fan of a Fox Network series such as Family Guy, the Simpsons, or Fringe? Have you been using Hulu or Fox.com to catch up on a recent episode that you missed? Well, Fox has delayed your access to new episodes until eight days after the original air date. If you try to [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Netflix Retools For Kids

By Alfred Poor • Aug 19 2011, 1:00pm

According to an article published by GigaOM, Netflix appears to be testing a new user interface designed specifically for children. Not only is the listed content limited to kid-friendly titles, it also makes it easier for youngsters to navigate. A scroll bar at the top of the screen shows individual characters, including kid favorites such [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #492: Projectors and Mistakes

By The HT Guys • Aug 19 2011, 6:48am

Have you ever wondered what the biggest mistakes are that people make when buying a new HDTV? Or perhaps you're looking for ideas for projectors to use in your home theater. Forget that, you want to know how to get NFL Sunday Ticket on your PS3. We've got all that and more on an action packed episode of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast. And for your reference, the answer is 22 minutes.

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - TWC: #2 and Growing

By Alfred Poor • Aug 18 2011, 1:00pm

The cable TV industry news has been full of gloom and doom over the loss of subscribers recently. Time Warner Cable (TWC) has found a way to boost its subscriber rolls quickly; the company is going to acquire Insight Communications which is a leading cable company in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. In exchange for $3 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Gathers Momentum

By Alfred Poor • Aug 17 2011, 1:00pm

The easiest way to turn a dumb TV into a Smart TV is to add a network media player. And some of the most attractive choices at this point are available from Roku. The new Roku 2 models are smaller than ever, and even the entry level $60 model can stream HD resolution content to [...]

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HDTV Almanac - iSupply: Low-End Brands Drive Down Prices

By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2011, 1:00pm

Here’s another item from the Stating the Obvious Department, though it is still worth noting; iSupply has released a study showing that lower-priced HDTV brands are helping drive down the price of premium models. According to a company press release, “U.S. average pricing for a typical high-end LCD TV amounted to $1,002.58 in July, down [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Zediva Goes Dark

By Alfred Poor • Aug 15 2011, 1:00pm

I wrote about Zediva last month, and the fact that it was taken to court for violating copyright law. If you recall, the company had a clever idea for streaming movie content over the Internet; a customer would rent a physical DVD that would then be placed in a DVD player and the content would [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Wishing Won’t Make It So

By Pete Putman • Aug 12 2011, 2:55pm

Pioneer and Sharp's new Elite line of LCD TVs represent the triumph of hope over experience.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Walmart Does End Run around Apple iStore

By Alfred Poor • Aug 12 2011, 1:00pm

My accountant once gave me some sage advice: “Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.” A little greed is okay, but when you start gouging your source of sustinance, you may discover that you end up going hungry. Consider the case of Apple’s iStore and its policy concerning content for iPhones and iPads. Apple insists [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #491: Portable Media Streamers

By The HT Guys • Aug 12 2011, 5:27am

A trend that we have been following for a while now is portability of your media. In the future many believe that the cloud will house all our media and make it available to us everywhere we go. But until we have universal high speed access at low costs we will remain dependent on physical storage. The current crop of portable devices have at most 64GB of storage so often you have to compromise on what media you take with you.

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Active Glasses Standard in the Works

By Alfred Poor • Aug 11 2011, 1:00pm

Standards are great. It means that you can buy one set of wrenches and you can use them to work on any car or truck. Unless the car uses hardware built to a different standard. So maybe you need two sets of wrenches to work on cars. It looks as though we may be headed [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Eagle

By The HT Guys • Aug 10 2011, 2:09pm

Haunted by the disappearance of his father, who vanished with the Roman Ninth Legion on an expedition into the north of Britain, centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) sets out to unravel the mystery and recover the legion's eagle standard. But in the wilds of Caledonia, the soldier and his British slave (Jamie Bell) encounter fierce native tribes and other dangers.

Based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 novel, "The Eagle of the Ninth," The Eagle is a interesting and moody character driven film. The Eagle is like watching two movies, the first one is a Roman war film, the second one is like...

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HDTV Almanac - Pay TV Services Lose 0.5 Million Subs

By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2011, 1:00pm

Are people unhappy with their pay TV subscriptions? Is the bad economy wiping out the money that people are willing to spend on television entertainment? According to the second quarter earnings reports, the cable and satellite television services lost a net of 553,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year. Only DirecTV picked up [...]

3D HDTV

Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and XPAND 3D Join Forces in 'Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative'

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 9 2011, 2:58pm

Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation and X6D Limited (XPAND 3D) today announced their intent to collaborate on the development of a new technology standard for consumer 3D active glasses, under the name, "Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative."

With this new agreement, the companies intend to...

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Blu-ray Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

By The HT Guys • Aug 9 2011, 2:03pm

Having spent most of his career defending gutter-variety criminals, attorney Mick Haller (McConaughey) takes on a case that could land him a real office, instead of running his practice out of his old Lincoln. Haller reaches a crisis of conscious, though, while working on the defense of Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Phillippe). Roulet is charged with attempted murder and what appears to be a straightforward case with a big payoff escalates into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation.


I don't normally like courthouse dramas. Watching Law and Order makes me feel like an old man. However, The Lincoln Lawyer had enough believable twists in it to keep me interested and enjoy the cleverly written storyline. The casting was perfect. Matthew McConaughey plays the morally questionable lawyer with confidence and charisma. The whole cast has great chemistry and help bring the movie to life.

The plot was almost what I expected, but then...

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HDTV Almanac - Amazon Snags Universal Movies

By Alfred Poor • Aug 9 2011, 1:00pm

Last month, Amazon did a deal with CBS for television episode content to stream to its Amazon Prime members. Now it has added movies from Comcast’s Universal Pictures catalog, including popular titles such as “Notting Hill,” “Being John Malkovich”, “Fletch,” and “Billy Elliott.” According to an Amazon press release, this brings the service’s total count [...]

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HDTV Expert - Sony: “Make. Believe” Isn’t Making It Anymore

By Pete Putman • Aug 8 2011, 3:02pm

Sony's continuing losses in TV operations cant' be wished away.

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Blu-ray Review: Limitless

By The HT Guys • Aug 8 2011, 2:58pm

Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) and two-time Academy-Award® winner Robert De Niro, star in this provocative and action packed-thriller with unlimited surprising twists. Eddie Morra (Cooper), a burnt-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success. But his dream life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll and Eddie finds himself entangled with a cunning Wall Street power broker (De Niro) who wants everything Eddie has…and more.

Limitless is a subdued drug related thriller, that is interesting to watch but never crosses the line to be a great movie. The movie is ambiguous and dapples in different film genres to tell the story, but at times it seems a little disjointed. At first, it’s about ...

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HDTV Almanac - ESPN 3D: Too Little, Too Soon?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 8 2011, 1:00pm

AT&T made a big public splash last year when it picked up ESPN 3D, the all-3D sports channel. So it’s a little surprising that the company has dropped the channel without ceremony rather than renew the contract. According to AT&T sources, “the price tag was too high.”
Is this a major blow to ESPN or 3DTV [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Insidious

By The HT Guys • Aug 5 2011, 2:54pm

After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning.

Insidious is a small creepy ghost story that capitalizes on writing and direction to make this PG-13 film scarier than it should be. The film was written and directed by the same team that created the highly successful Saw films. Instead of focusing on gore and shock value of their earlier works, they utilized tone and actor performances to make this one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a while. It’s rare that Hollywood creates an original movie. Even though this is a ghost story, there are a few twists that change up the genre and make this movie stand out in the crowd. For one thing...

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HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Uses TiVo for HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Aug 5 2011, 1:00pm

According to a company press release, Best Buy has released two new connected HDTVs under its Insignia brand. The 32″ NS-32E859A11 sells for $499, and the 42″ NS-42E859A11 has a $699 price tag. These sets have fairly typical feature sets, including LED backlights, 120 Hz LCD panels, and support for online streaming services including Netflix, [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #490: PlayLater by MediaMall Technologies

By The HT Guys • Aug 5 2011, 4:23am

Have you ever sat down to watch a TV Show or Movie at your favorite streaming site, only to find that what you wanted to watch is no longer available? Sure, maybe you saw it just yesterday, but for some reason it has disappeared now. If so, you'll want to check out a new application called PlayLater by MediaMall Technologies, the makers of PlayOn.

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LG Electronics Expands Consumer Preferred* LG CINEMA 3D Line With New Home Entertainment Packages

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 4 2011, 7:49pm

Following the release of study results showing that four out of five consumers prefer LG CINEMA 3D over Sony and Samsung active 3D televisions,* LG Electronics today launched two new LG CINEMA 3D entertainment packages, which include an LG CINEMA 3D HDTV, 3D Blu-ray Disc player and four pairs of LG's lightweight 3D glasses – all packed together in one box.

The attractively priced LG CINEMA 3D entertainment packages come with...

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Sharp® Introduces Elite® LED LCD TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 4 2011, 7:43pm

NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp is bringing back an iconic name in television by introducing Elite LED LCD TVs. Providing the highest caliber picture quality and technology available, Elite TVs are designed for discerning consumers who want the best home entertainment experience.

Elite LED LCD TVs will be available in...

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LG's Passive-Polarized-Glasses 3DTV - Where is my Pixel?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Aug 4 2011, 6:11pm

In the previous articles I covered the subject of the current battle between active-shutter glasses 3DTV and passive-polarized-glasses 3DTV technologies to gain consumer acceptance. I also illustrated how both TV technologies show 3D images and briefly introduced LG’s new passive 3DTV.

In this article I illustrate how that 3DTV employs a proprietary feature to claim it displays the full resolution of the original 3D images, a claim LG used to challenge active-shutter glasses 3DTV technology known to be capable of full resolution per eye.

As mentioned in other articles, passive technology discards half of the pixels of the original 3D images and LG’s implementation of the technology has a more complex pixel management. This article discusses that complexity.

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Blu-ray Review: Source Code

By The HT Guys • Aug 4 2011, 2:11pm

Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a soldier recruited for a time-bending government investigation that places him in another man's mind and body, reliving the same traumatic event repeatedly in an effort to identify the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing. Vera Farmiga plays a communications specialist who provides the vital link to the soldier's primary reality as he searches for critical clues within a recurring nightmare.

Source Code is an original Sci-Fi thriller with a debatable ending that's interesting to watch but...

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HDTV Almanac - Streaming Sports for Canadians

By Alfred Poor • Aug 4 2011, 1:00pm

There are many items that are unique in Canada, including the Toronto Blue Jays: the only Major League Baseball (MLB) team in the entire country. The team’s unique status has resulted in an unusual and perhaps unintended consequence. MLB treats all of Canada as the home market for Blue Jay games, and thus blacks out [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

By The HT Guys • Aug 3 2011, 9:55pm

Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) stars as Dylan Dog, a supernatural detective who will go where the living dare not — facing friend and foe alike in the monster infested backstreets of New Orleans. Armed with an edgy wit and an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must solve a series of murders before an epic war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients. Based on one of the world's most popular comic books (over 60 million copies sold), this inventive horror comedy will slay you with humor and genuine frights.

I have a soft spot for comedy horror films; Zombieland is one of my favorites. Dylan Dog looked like it could be a fun movie. It’s based on a Italian comic book, and stars Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh. This should be a decent bet right?...

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HDTV Almanac - English Football Goes for Immersion

By Alfred Poor • Aug 3 2011, 1:00pm

The whole idea about a home theater – or a local cinema, for that matter — is to fill your field of vision and overwhelm your auditory system to produce a state of immersion: the sense that you’re really there. This is certainly not the only way to get to such a state; many of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Speedbump for Comcast/NBCU

By Alfred Poor • Aug 2 2011, 1:00pm

The Justice Department gave its blessing to Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal earlier this year, and many figured it was a done deal. Not so fast! A federal judge in the District of Columbia has expressed doubts about the arbitration terms of the agreement, and has stated that his is concerned that they may not [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Hard Times for Logitech; Trouble for Google TV?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 1 2011, 1:00pm

Don’t look know, but one of Google TV’s few proponents just took a big hit. The company announced a $29.6 million first quarter 2011 loss, which represents more than a $49 million swing compared with the same quarter 2010. And in a phone call for investors, it was revealed that its Google TV product, Revue, [...]

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Typical Passive 3DTVs - Displaying and Perceiving 3D Images

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jul 29 2011, 2:43pm

The first article of this series covered the current battle of 3DTV technology concepts between active and passive 3DTV manufacturers. The second article provided a brief introduction of how passive and active 3DTV differ in displaying video pixels to make 3D images. This article further expands the illustration of the passive 3DTV method. The next article will illustrate LG’s implementation of the passive 3DTV display method.

Small Pixels make...

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HDTV Almanac - Westinghouse Lowers LED LCD HDTV Prices

By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2011, 1:00pm

You can scratch off another “premium” feature that no longer carries a premium price. According to the company’s press release, Westinghouse Digital has announced that it is shipping LCD HDTVs with LED backlights at prices that challenge the traditionally less-expensive cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight designs. Its 40″ LD-4070Z is on sale online now at [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #489: MOHU Paper Thin HDTV Antenna

By The HT Guys • Jul 29 2011, 6:58am

We've been talking about cutting the cord quite a bit lately. One of the primary components required is a TV antenna so you can pick up all the free digital goodness flying through the airways. If you are those lucky enough to live within 30 miles of your TV Transmitters then we have discovered probably the best thing you'll ever plug into your HDTV. Its the paper thin HDTV antenna made by MOHU and it goes for $44 (Buy Now) and its made in the USA.

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: RCA DMT336R Mobile DTV/ATSC Pocket TV

By Pete Putman • Jul 28 2011, 10:00pm

The DMT336R is just one of many inexpensive pocket digital TVs that RCA is rolling out this summer.

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Displaying 3DTV Images - What is Wrong with this Picture

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jul 28 2011, 2:38pm

The first article on this series covered the battle of passive vs. active 3DTV methods. This second article is a teaser to make you think about how much our brain is expected to work when viewing passive 3DTV images.

Each pixel of a TV is important, larger objects in an image show sharper when their pixels show accurate information, every pixel counts regarding image quality. Let us go down to the pixel level.

Imagine each picture below...

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HDTV Almanac - DisplaySearch Lowers Expectations

By Alfred Poor • Jul 28 2011, 1:00pm

“Demand in many developed countries continues to be very soft” so analysts at DisplaySearch have lowered their forecasts for the total worldwide television shipments for this year. The new figure is 252 million units, which is down 3% from the previous estimate. Three percent doesn’t sound like much until you realize that represents more than [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Rango

By The HT Guys • Jul 27 2011, 2:15pm

Johnny Depp lends his voice to the portrayal of the title character, an adventurous family pet who leaves home to learn more about himself, in this family-friendly animated adventure directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Rango does a great job of paying homage to classic westerns like High Noon and True Grit has some surprising interesting social commentary. If you want your kids to start watching western with you, this is the first step into the true American film genre. Shootouts at noon, riding off in the sunset, assembling a posse, all the familiar tropes of the standard western are present. They even have a famous spaghetti western character make a cameo in a pivotal scene. What is most surprising was it's underlying commentary on the world's economy. Without spoiling too much...

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HDTV Almanac - Connected TVs Getting Used

By Alfred Poor • Jul 27 2011, 1:00pm

In-Stat has released results of a new survey that indicates connected TVs are being put to use. The company estimates that about 60% of households with a connected TV use a TV app at least once per week. Netflix and YouTube are the leading choices and Keith Nissen, Research Director, says “TV apps will become [...]

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HDTV Expert - To the Federal Communications Commission: STOP! Enough, already!

By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2011, 4:09pm

The FCC, once a respected arbiter of the nation's spectrum, has become little more than a pawn of the CTIA - The Wireless Association and apparently wants to do away with free digital TV and HDTV.

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Blu-ray Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

By The HT Guys • Jul 26 2011, 2:55pm

A train pulls into the station –it’s the end of the line. A Hobo jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan. Amidst the chaos, the Hobo comes across a pawnshop window displaying a second hand lawn mower. He dreams of making the city a beautiful place and starting a new life for himself. But as the brutality continues to rage around him, he notices a shotgun hanging above the lawn mower. Quickly, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with that gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.

Hobo with a Shotgun isn't for everyone, it's a borderline horror film, with cheesy dialog, and over the top characters. However, when all the crazy ingredients come together its a delicious casserole of awesomeness. When I said this movie had corny l ...

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Pressure for Retrans Reform Builds

By Alfred Poor • Jul 26 2011, 1:00pm

According to a press release from the American Television Alliance, the FCC approved the sale of the ABC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas, to Parkin Broadcasting Company. The problem is that two other major network stations in that market — NBC and Fox affiliates — are owned by a single company, New Vision Television. And New [...]

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Blu-ray Review: A Warrior's Way

By The HT Guys • Jul 25 2011, 2:45pm

Fugitive Asian assassin Yang (Dong-gun Jang) journeys from the Far East to the Wild West, where he holes up in a tiny town in the American badlands. There, he meets local drunk and ex-fighter Ron (Geoffrey Rush), as well as a beautiful circus knife thrower (Kate Bosworth) with a dark secret. Danny Huston and Tony Cox co-star in writer-director Sngmoo Lee's gripping hybrid of martial arts and Western genres.

If you enjoyed the synopsis of this film and you like campy movies, there is a high likelihood this is the film for you. The Warriors Way is a fun movie to watch, its over the top, a little funny, bloody, and doesn't take itself to seriously. First off, this movie puts a assassin samurai in the wild west with an abandoned circus act ... this movie is designed for fun, not for a gut wrenching drama. However, it is not...

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HDTV Almanac - CEA Reports TVs Weigh Less

By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2011, 1:00pm

From the Who Ever Would Have Guessed It Department, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has come out with a report detailing the “materials footprint” of televisions and computer monitors from 2004 through 2011. In comparing televisions in the 13″ to 36″ size range, the group determined that flat panel LCD TVs weigh 82% less than [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Season of the Witch

By The HT Guys • Jul 22 2011, 2:26pm

In 14th-century Europe, a courageous knight (Nicolas Cage) leads a group of weary warriors across impossibly treacherous terrain in order to transport a suspected witch (Claire Foy) believed to be responsible for spreading the devastating Black Plague.

It's no coincidence that Season of the Witch was a flop at the box office the movie is a mess. It has horrible writing and is directed like it was made for TV SciFi movie. Nicolas Cage has been...

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HDTV Almanac - Making a Case for a la Carte

By Alfred Poor • Jul 22 2011, 1:00pm

Earlier this year, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court threw out a class action antitrust lawsuit (Brantley v. NBC Universal) that held that bundling of cable channels unfairly forces consumers to pay for programming that they don’t want. The ruling stated that while consumers may be damaged by the practice, there is not evidence that competition [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #488: Painting Your Home Theater

By The HT Guys • Jul 22 2011, 4:10am

A couple weeks ago on Episode 485 we talked about how to paint your own home theater projector screen. That might not be something you plan to take on, but you might have to paint the walls in your home theater or main TV room. If you get that item on your todo list, we've got a few pointers to help maximize your effort for an optimal HDTV experience.

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HDTV Almanac - Zediva: Rent-a-DVD-Player Service under Fire

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2011, 1:00pm

If you haven’t heard about Zediva yet, you may want to check it out quickly. Like iviTV and FilmOn, this company thinks that it has figured out a way to game the system to provide video content over the Internet. Where iviTV and FilmOn provided broadcast television programming, however, Zediva is renting DVD movies.
The wrinkle [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CBS Picks Amazon

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2011, 1:00pm

If you’re a Hulu fan, you have probably noticed the conspicuous absence of any current CBS shows. It’s not too surprising, given that the owners of major rivals ABC (Walt Disney Co.), NBC (Comcast), and FOX (News Corp.) are Hulu’s owners. Now comes word that CBS has signed a deal with Amazon to offer about [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Dyle-ing Mobile TV with a New Brand

By Alfred Poor • Jul 20 2011, 1:00pm

New wine in a new bottle, already. Mobile DTV was the name for the broadcast television for mobile devices that has started to roll out in markets across the country. There aren’t many devices available yet that can receive these signals, but the industry hopes that it will be supported by a wide range of [...]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Hauppauge WinTV Aero-M ATSC/MH USB Tuner

By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2011, 4:36pm

The WinTV Aero-M combines ATSC and MH tuning into a compact USB stick design — and works exceptionally well.

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HDTV Almanac - DisplaySearch: LED Costs Less Overall

By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2011, 1:00pm

The display market research firm DisplaySearch has released its latest “Quarterly TV Design and Features Report” for Q2′11, in which the company points out the energy-savings advantages of LED backlights for LCD HDTVs. An analysis of 40″ LCD TVs shows that consumers will save money over the life of the television set in spite of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Closed-Captions Coming to the Internet

By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2011, 1:00pm

With all the interest and excitement about streaming video over the Internet, one detail is often overlooked. Some individuals with disabilities — particularly those with limited hearing – are closed out from this video content because it does not include closed captioning. Broadcast television provides it and most movie DVDs offer English sub-titles, but not [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Beyond Smell-o-Vision

By Alfred Poor • Jul 15 2011, 1:00pm

I recently wrote about adding odors to movie screenings, but it was a low-tech, scratch-and-sniff solution. And it is totally eclipsed by a new venture coming out of Korea that looks to enhance your movie-going experience with a lot more than some simple scents. The company is CJ CGV, and it has created what it [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #487: Next Generation Audio

By The HT Guys • Jul 15 2011, 6:23am

We received a few emails of late asking why there are more Blu-ray titles being released with DTS-HD Master Audio vs Dolby True HD. So we thought we'd take a look at the formats and see if we could determine why.

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jul 14 2011, 1:00pm

“They cost too much.” “There’s not enough content.” “I won’t get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses.” Two out of three ain’t bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough.
We’ve already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Raises Rates

By Alfred Poor • Jul 13 2011, 1:00pm

Netflix has raised its rates. Get over it.
Apparently there has been a firestorm of protest over Netflix raising its rates this week. The focus is on the company increasing the rate by 60% for some subscribers. That’s sounds pretty egregious, but let’s break it down.
There used to be a plan that gave you one DVD [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Product Placement on the Fly

By Alfred Poor • Jul 12 2011, 1:00pm

Frequent readers of the HDTV Almanac will know that one of my favorite hobbyhorses is the question of who will pay for episodic “television” and movie content going forward. Consumers now have more ways to avoid watching commercials, and there are limits to how much money you can get from them in monthly subscription fees. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - ISPs Ready to Get Tough on Copyrights

By Alfred Poor • Jul 11 2011, 1:00pm

Have you heard of the Center for Copyright Information? I encourage you to head over to their site and check it out. In particular, look at the “Copyright Alerts” section because it could have an impact on your access to the Internet.
The Center is a joint effort between the copyright holders — the music, film, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - FCC: More Waiver Trouble

By Alfred Poor • Jul 8 2011, 1:00pm

The fast-track waivers that the FCC granted Lightsquared have received a lot of attention lately, none of which makes the federal agency look good. Now the courts have struck down another set of waivers that the FCC granted to allow some companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market. The [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #486: Smell-o-Vision and Streaming Movies

By The HT Guys • Jul 8 2011, 8:15am

For TV manufacturers, the HDTV transition was a huge success. We all went out and bought new televisions, some of us even bought more than one. So far, the push for 3D televisions hasn't been quite as successful. Most of us have decided to sit this one out. So what would it take to get us all to run out and buy a new TV? What if your TV could actually produce the smells you see on screen? That might be a more immersive experience than 3D. Of course, that's a power you don't want falling into the wrong hands...

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: Mitsubishi HC9000 Diamond 3D Projector

By Pete Putman • Jul 7 2011, 5:00pm

Mitsubishi's entry into the 3D projector marketplace makes beautiful 2D images. But it needs either more horsepower for 3D, or a high-gain screen for viewing.

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HDTV Almanac - For Sale: Hulu

By Alfred Poor • Jul 7 2011, 1:00pm

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Disney CEO Bob Igor has gone on the record confirming the rumors that Hulu is up for sale. The joint venture owned by Disney, News Corp, and Comcast/NBC Universal is expected to reach a million registered users and more than $500 million in revenues this year.
One [...]

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HDTV Expert - InfoComm 2011, From The Rear view Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jul 6 2011, 4:26pm

Digital video was big at the show. So were higher brightness projectors, tiled displays, and lower prices!

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Rare-Earth at Sea

By Alfred Poor • Jul 6 2011, 1:00pm

“Rare-earth” is the term given to a number of exotic minerals that have proven to be essential to the modern electronics industry. Currently, nearly all this material comes from China, but that country has made noises about restricting supply and increasing prices. As a result, geologists have been searching for other sources. The problem is [...]

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3DTV - The Battle of Passive vs. Active Methods

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jul 5 2011, 2:45pm

As you may be aware there is a battle of concepts going on in the 3DTV market for home panels. The price of the glasses has been one main difference for consumers looking for low cost solutions for 3D group viewing, but that is only part of the story.

Manufacturers of active-shutter 3DTVs claim their panels display the full resolution of the original images stored on 3D Blu-rays per eye, and they do, but their glasses are relatively expensive and fragile, and the TV/glasses style of operation was reported to create visual discomfort to some viewers.

Manufacturers of passive polarized 3DTVs claim...

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion: Road Trip

By Terry Paullin • Jul 5 2011, 2:18pm

It's a rare and fortunate "find" when you encounter a client who is willing (actually, more like insistent) to have you build three theaters for him. I've been favored with a few such patrons, but none so exacting, erudite and insightful as LD. Let's call him LD, as he is a private man and will appreciate the alias. Save to say, the demographic of this readership likely uses his product in some way, everyday. What follows is the saga of LD's theaters for which, by the time I am done with #3, I will have driven over 10,000 road miles to complete.

LD initially found me through...

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HDTV Almanac - Throttle Back Production

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2011, 1:00pm

DigiTimes has reported that LCD panel makers in Korea and Taiwan scaled back production of large size panels, starting in June. Panel prices went up a little in May, but soft demand for product has threatened to drive prices down again. By limiting production, the manufacturers hope to stabilize prices. The article indicated that the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Happy 4th of July!

By Alfred Poor • Jul 4 2011, 1:00pm

Backyard barbecue or small town parade: how are you celebrating Independence Day? I’m probably sitting someplace shady with a cool beverage right now, taking the day off from the HDTV Almanac. If you’re in the U.S., I hope you enjoy a great long weekend. And I’ll be back tomorrow with more news and insight into [...]

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First-Ever Blu-ray DVD Club to Launch Under Columbia House Club

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 2 2011, 12:04am

Direct Brands Inc., the leading direct-to-consumer club network for books, DVDs and recorded music, and the parent company of book clubs such as Book-of-the-Month Club, Doubleday Book Club and Columbia House, announces the first-ever launch of a BLU-RAY-specific Club under the Columbia House division.

The Blu-ray Club will be available at...

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HDTV Almanac - iPhone Users Like Video

By Alfred Poor • Jul 1 2011, 1:00pm

I have an Android smartphone, and I’m a bit surprised that I actually watch video on it. I don’t watch lengthy content such as movies or television episodes (at least not yet), but I do find myself watching more YouTube videos and similar content on the device in spite of its tiny screen. All the [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #485: Painting Your Projector Screen

By The HT Guys • Jul 1 2011, 5:17am

For many, a true home theater is one that has a projector and screen. This type of setup can range in cost from a few thousand to tens of thousands or dollars. Most of the cost goes into the projector but a good percentage is also taken up by the screen. Ara's Black Diamond II screen goes for about $2700 online. Today we are going to discuss a way to save as much as 95% on the cost of screen and still have a high quality experience. All you need is some specialized paint, elbow grease, and a weekend. We're talking about painting your screen onto a wall.

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HDTV Almanac - Return of Smell-o-Vision!

By Alfred Poor • Jun 30 2011, 1:00pm

I know that lots of people are of the opinion that most of Hollywood’s movies stink, but filmmaker Robert Rodriguez apparently wants movie goers to come to that conclusion about his films, literally. His new 3D version of “Spy Kids” All the Time in the World” will provide simulated scents to enhance the cinematic experience.
The [...]

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HDTV Almanac - A 3D Apple for the Teacher

By Alfred Poor • Jun 29 2011, 1:00pm

“There’s not enough 3D content available!” That’s the main complaint from consumers, and is one of the main reasons for the slow uptake on 3DTV-capable sets. (The other is price, but that difference is going away.) But lack of content is not just a problem for consumers; it also affects teachers.
XPAND is coming to the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Large Screen Photo Album

By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2011, 1:00pm

I suspect that many of the readers of this column don’t remember the sinking feeling of arriving at someone’s home in response to a dinner invitation, only to find a Kodak Carousel slide projector set up on the living room coffee table. It meant that you were in for hours of post-meal “entertainment” of reviewing [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Does Passive Glasses 3DTV Add Cost?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2011, 1:00pm

Up until Vizio’s stunning announcement at the end of last year, I was convinced that we would not see 3DTV flat screen TVs that use passive glasses any time soon. My reasoning was that the patterned polarizing retarder required to make this work was an added material expense, and panel makers are fighting to reduce [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Unknown

By The HT Guys • Jun 24 2011, 2:22pm

Liam Neeson stars in this taut thriller as a man who regains consciousness after an auto accident only to discover that another man is impersonating him, and that no one -- not even his wife (January Jones) -- recognizes his identity as the real Dr. Martin Harris. Finding himself with an unexpected ally (Diane Kruger), Harris struggles to solve the mystery and hang onto his own wits, while also being stalked by anonymous killers.

Unknown tries to be an original intriguing mystery action film with several plot twists, but inevitably...

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Cisco: Video is the Killer App

By Alfred Poor • Jun 24 2011, 1:00pm

Cisco has released its Visual Networking Index and it has some interesting data about video and the Internet. For example, video accounted for 40% of all the consumer data traffic on the Internet in 2010, and is forecast to reach 50% in 2012. When you consider all the emails, all the music downloads, and all [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Is Broadcast TV Going Away?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 23 2011, 1:00pm

I mentioned topic this in passing during my discussion of the dustup over wireless broadband vs. GPS, but I think the time has come to officially recognize this as a subject of interest.
Here’s the situation as I see it in a nutshell. Some 8% to 15% of the U.S. population relies on the free terrestrial [...]

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VIZIO Brings Theater 3D™ Technology to All with a Full Lineup of Bright, Flicker-Free 3D HDTVs Including Three 21:9 Cinemawide HDTV Models

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 22 2011, 6:09pm

Images/Vizio Theater 3dVIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, revealed today their full line up of Theater 3D™ LCD HDTVs, including the ultra-sleek M Series models. All of VIZIO's new 3D HDTV models use Theater 3D passive 3D technology to achieve superior performance with a bright, crystal clear, virtually flicker-free 3D picture. Available in each of VIZIO's product series, E, M and XVT, in screen sizes ranging from 32 to 65 inches, Theater 3D technology will be available in 11 models at a wide range of performance and price levels, making the entertainment freedom of VIZIO's 3D technology available for all.

VIZIO Theater 3D HDTVs use a revolutionary new technology to deliver...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Mechanic

By The HT Guys • Jun 22 2011, 5:55pm

When his mentor is murdered, lone hit man Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) trains the man's son, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), in the ways of the professional kill. Together Arthur and his eager apprentice hunt down those responsible for executing Steve's father. But the partnership gives rise to new dangers and deceptions. Simon West directs and Donald Sutherland co-stars in this action-packed remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller.

The Mechanic is the type of popcorn movie you’ll enjoy watching, but a week later you will forget you’ve seen it. This is mainly because...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV No Longer a Premium

By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2011, 1:00pm

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47″ LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you’d expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The [...]

Blu-ray

Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray player

By The HT Guys • Jun 21 2011, 2:14pm

There’s a lot of talk about streaming movies eventually taking over for conventional disc based media like DVD and Blu-ray. But we all know the quality just isn’t quite there yet to eliminate Blu-ray entirely. So what are you to do? Why not buy a Blu-ray player that also streams movies so you’re covered for both cases? If it also supports 3D, you’re triple covered. That’s what you get with the Samsung BD-D6500...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Hide in Plain Sight

By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2011, 1:00pm

One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing an HDTV is that they get one that is too small for the viewing distance. Insufficient budget for a larger one is certainly a good reason for going with a smaller model, but too often I hear people complain that they don’t want a [...]

Internet HD Video

Streaming Inflation

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 20 2011, 2:17pm

A recent report compared streamed image quality to Blu-ray, as it was tested by several viewers with different abilities. The report provided some interesting points. I few months ago I drafted my own research on the subject but I postponed the publishing of the article because other articles required prompt attention. I still plan to publish the article, hopefully soon.

The matter of comparing streaming vs. pre-recorded media in terms of quality, convenience, number of viewers reported by research companies, features, etc. has appeared on the press many times. A common denominator in most cases is that usually the whole picture is not analyzed.

Articles mainly respond to...

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Hello Comcast, Skype is Calling

By Alfred Poor • Jun 20 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, Comcast and Skype announced a partnership that will make Skype’s video calling available to Comcast customers. Subscribers will be able to make and receive video calls through their television with other Skype users. This means that you’ll be able to connect for free with other televisions, computers, tablets, or even smartphones. The plan [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Rubber

By The HT Guys • Jun 17 2011, 2:31pm

Quentin Dupieux directs this inventive twist on low-rent revenge flicks, which follows a car tire named Robert that rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more. But when Robert spies a gorgeous woman motoring down the highway, he decides to follow her and take a chance on love. This gleefully over-the-top black comedy stars Stephen Spinella and Roxanne Mesquida.

Like any small independent film by a French director, this film is weird and a little artsy. For the most part it’s intentionally...

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - China Passes Japan in LCD Production

By Alfred Poor • Jun 17 2011, 1:00pm

Korea is first (thanks to LG and Samsung), and Taiwan is second in terms of producing LCD panels, including those used in LCD HDTVs. Now comes word from Displaybank that China has taken over as the third largest producer of LCD panels, pushing Japan out of the money and into fourth place. This is in [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #483: Over the Air TV Signals – Are They Still Needed?

By The HT Guys • Jun 17 2011, 5:05am

On the last two shows we discussed an initiative by the Consumer Electronics Association to eliminate over the air (OTA) broadcasts of television signals. In CEAs findings they stated that only 8% of the US population receives their signals through the air. We feel that this number is artificially stated as low. The survey polled 1,256 adults but it did not say where the respondents were located. If the survey was done in rural communities that number may be as high as 25%.

Blu-ray

OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player

By The HT Guys • Jun 16 2011, 2:58pm

OPPO has been around since 2004, about a year longer than the HT Guys. We’ve watched them go from a company that built high performance upconverting DVD players to one that builds high performance Blu Ray Players. Today we take a look at the latest in the OPPO lineage, the BDP-93. The player is all black with a brushed aluminum face. The fit and finish is first rate and looks great in our equipment stack. The BDP-93 has a MSRP of $499.99 and is available today.

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HDTV Almanac - Trouble Brewing for Wireless Broadband

By Alfred Poor • Jun 16 2011, 1:00pm

Let me start by explaining how this relates to HDTV. A growing number of U.S. consumers are turning to the Internet for some or all of their video content. Consumers are also becoming accustomed to getting the content they want, where they want, when they want. This means that we are growing to expect broadband [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

Samsung Expands Its LED/LCD Leadership at InfoComm 2011 with the Introduction of Four New Product Lines

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 15 2011, 9:39pm

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation and the number one worldwide brand of professional commercial display products* today announced from the Information Communication Marketplace Show in Orlando four new lines of LED/LCD commercial displays. The Samsung HE, ME, UE and UD Series incorporate LED-backlight technology that offers many benefits including overall image quality and lower power consumption.

All four product lines are on display at Samsung booth #1543 during InfoComm 2011 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, FL, June 15-17 and available through Samsung distributors and resellers in Q3 2011...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Battle: Los Angeles

By The HT Guys • Jun 15 2011, 2:52pm

Led by their skillful staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart), a platoon of gutsy Marines, including Santos (Michelle Rodriguez), Simmons (Taylor Handley) and Lockett (Cory Hardrict), fight to protect all humankind from astonishingly powerful aliens who've suddenly invaded Los Angeles.

At its core Battle: Los Angeles is a war movie first, and a Sci-fi film second. With that said, it has every war movie cliché thrown trying hard to remind you it's a war movie and tug on familiar heart-strings. Let's see, there's...

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HDTV Almanac - Thin HDMI Cables Are Smart

By Alfred Poor • Jun 15 2011, 1:00pm

When you just need an HDMI cable to connect your big flat screen HDTV to a Blu-ray player or other device, pretty much all you need is one that is long enough. The problem is that HDMI is now used in all sorts of devices, and you may have good reason to want to take [...]

Speakers & Sound Systems

HSU Research Speakers

By The HT Guys • Jun 14 2011, 2:41pm

Recently Braden started looking for some new speakers for his house. Recommendations came flooding in, but one that really intrigued us came from good friend Ray. He suggested we check out what HSU Research has to offer. We know they make great subs, but were unfamiliar with their speakers, so we decided to check them out...

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Hurts Subscription TV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2011, 1:00pm

This should not come as much of a surprise, but The Diffusion Group (TDG) has done the legwork to back it up. People who stream video content from Netflix over the Internet are twice as likely to cut back on their cable or satellite service than they were a year ago. According to a [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2011, 1:00pm

From the “How’s That Again?” Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #482: The Best HDTV Widgets

By The HT Guys • Jun 10 2011, 3:14pm

An HDTV Widget is an application that runs on an Internet-connected HDTV, sometimes called a “Smart TV” or other home-theater device, like many Blu-ray players, a Roku, the Boxee Box or a Google TV, that offers functionality beyond the traditional TV watching experience. There are a plethora of these widgets, some useful, some not so useful. We’ve assembled our list of the best, or most useful, HDTV Widgets available right now.

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HDTV Almanac - $4 Billion for Five Rings

By Alfred Poor • Jun 10 2011, 1:00pm

NBC has become known for its television coverage of the Olympics; the network has had the U.S rights every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Olympics since 2002. When the next four events came up for bid — 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 – a lot had changed at the network, however. It had [...]

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HDTV Expert - It’s Just Not That Complicated!

By Pete Putman • Jun 9 2011, 9:43pm

A new global study from DisplaySearch shows that most people buy a new TV simply because they just want a newer, bigger, and better performing TV – and Internet connectivity and 3D have little to do with their purchase decision.

Global & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Rivers Are Low in China: So What!

By Alfred Poor • Jun 9 2011, 1:00pm

If you still need proof that we live in a global economy, you need look no further than the consumer electronics market for HDTVs and other devices. In this case, the important factor is an ongoing drought in the Yangtsu River basin in China. A big yawn, right? Well, consider this. The Yangtsu River is [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Drive Angry

By The HT Guys • Jun 8 2011, 2:34pm

Career criminal Milton (Nicolas Cage) breaks out of prison to pursue the cult members who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. Milton is in turn chased by a serial killer (William Fichtner) who's determined to catch him before he can find redemption. Aiding Milton in his quest is Piper (Amber Heard), a comely waitress who supplies him with a muscle car that he uses to outrace the police that are hot on his trail.

Drive Angry could be...

3D HDTV

Auto-Stereoscopic 3DTV (Glasses-Free) - One Company's "picture perfect" Solution, How Does it Work?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 8 2011, 2:00pm

On my first pair of installments on the subject I covered 3DFusion and their demoed 42” auto-stereoscopic 3DTV panel (AS3DTV) at CES 2011, which to my eyes was the best of its kind at the show.

A recent article covered how 3DFusion managed to create this product, which is not simply a 3DTV.

This article offers further details about how the product actually works, and how can be used for what purpose...

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HDTV Almanac - The Civil Shoe Drops

By Alfred Poor • Jun 8 2011, 1:00pm

It should come as little surprise that a retailer has sued 15 LCD panel makers for losses due to price fixing. The first one to file is BrandsMart, a Florida-based electronics retailer. The list of defendants includes Samsumg, LG, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Epson, and NEC, along with other major companies in the display manufacturing business. [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Rite

By The HT Guys • Jun 7 2011, 2:53pm

A movie based on a best selling novel starring Oscar Winner Anthony Hopkins should be a slam dunk right? Yeah, it should be good, but some how this movie is...

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HDTV Almanac - Here We Go Again: Broadcast TV on the Internet

By Alfred Poor • Jun 7 2011, 1:00pm

I think I’ve seen this movie before; it’s the one where a company thinks it has a legal way to capture over-the-air broadcast signals and then make them available to customers to stream the live content over the Internet. This story ended badly for Ivi and FilmOn within the past year, but here comes another [...]

3D HDTV

Auto-Stereoscopic 3DTV (Glasses-Free) - Who Made it Work Right - and Now

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 6 2011, 2:34pm

As introduced on my previous installments on the subject, 3DFusion demoed a 42” auto-stereoscopic 3DTV panel (AS-3DTV) at CES 2011 that to my eyes was the best of its kind at the show and the best of what I have seen so far in glasses-free 3D panels, including Sony’s and Toshiba’s prototypes of the same technology demoed at CES 2011, and including other screens shown at the 2010 Display Taiwan Show I attended in Taipei a few months ago.

This article describes how this company managed to create this product, and the product is not only a 3DTV. The next article covers how the product actually works.

The primary reason 3DFusion’s panel stands out of the crowd is due to...

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HDTV Almanac - Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 6 2011, 1:00pm

Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year.
According to NPD’s figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales [...]

Broadcast

HDTV Almanac - What the BLEEP Did He Say?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2011, 1:00pm

Call me old fashioned, but I’m still amazed at what can pass as acceptable content for broadcast television these days. I’m not saying that I think Rob and Laura Petrie should still be sleeping in seperate twin beds, but there’s some pretty steamy dialog and scenes that occurs even in the “family hour” of 8 [...]

Front Projection

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #481: 720p vs 1080p or More Compression vs Less Compression

By The HT Guys • Jun 3 2011, 4:35am

Last September Apple released the AppleTV 2 and one of the things people complained about was that it was only 720p. We have talked on this program many times that resolution is not the most important specification of a good display or projector. Especially when you talk screen sizes less than 50 inches. There is study after study that says MOST people need to sit six feet away from a 50 inch TV to see the difference between 720p and 1080p.

Service & Repair

HDTV Expert - Cord-cutting: Yet More Perspectives

By Pete Putman • Jun 2 2011, 4:47pm

Another study of TV viewing habits has been released, and shows that Generation Y is more likely to drop pay TV service.

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Satellite Shouldn’t Count

By Alfred Poor • Jun 2 2011, 1:00pm

I was sitting in a restaurant lounge the other day, waiting for a take-out order to be prepared, and I was watching a sports channel on their flat screen televisions. Actually, I mostly watched text images that announced that the signal had been lost (which was probably caused by the massive thunderstorm that was going [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - Reading Between The Lines

By Pete Putman • Jun 1 2011, 11:27pm

What do small businesses and over-the-air digital TV have to do with each other? You'd be surprised.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: True Grit

By The HT Guys • Jun 1 2011, 2:59pm


In my mind, True Grit is a near perfect film. It possesses everything to make it American classic. I'm a fan of the original film staring John Wayne, and thought that it would hard to fill his shoes. I also knew that whoever played young Mattie Ross had to be a convincing actress. The performances of Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld, were not only better than the original actors, they were some of the best of 2010 and both received Oscar nominations. They are not the only stand out performances in this film either. In fact every speaking part has a memorable performance.

True Grit was originally a novel written by Charles Portis. This film...

3D HDTV

3D Technology Damaging HD Viewing

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 1 2011, 2:50pm

Two months ago I cautioned consumers about the possibility that some new passive 3DTVs could affect the quality of 3D side-by-side images but also the quality of HD viewing, which is what most viewers would still watch because most content is not available in 3D.

Some viewers may prefer to convert to 3D all content if the set is capable to do that, and although some 2D content may show an interesting improvement with the touch of some 3D depth, I would not recommend on-the-fly 3D conversions of all content because some may be difficult to watch when converted to 3D, and abusing of that practice could even hurt the general acceptance of 3D if viewers become disappointed with the results and think all 3D is the same, when actually is not.

Recent events that happened when several 3D public theaters projected 2D movies may bring to surface the potential of possibly affecting 2D viewing on some 3DTVs at home...

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Samsung Connects with 3D Content

By Alfred Poor • Jun 1 2011, 1:00pm

So you think there’s not enough 3DTV content available yet? Samsung wants to sell more 3DTVs, so they are making it easier for you to find the content to watch on their sets. One of the apps available for their connected models is Explore 3D. According to a company press release, this gives you access [...]

Mobile HDTV

Ed's View - M/H: Does it Work?

By Ed Milbourn • May 31 2011, 2:20pm

I normally don’t write product reviews, so this should not be considered one. Rather I was more interested in relating my experiences from a consumer standpoint of the viability of ATSC Mobile/Handheld (M/H) service in general and that of a specific category – USB “stick” devices – in particular.

I had seen the various demonstrations of USB M/H devices at CES11 and was frankly unimpressed. The reception conditions inside the LVCC were hostile to anything “portable” and, therefore, could not adequately replicate reasonable user experiences. So, the Hauppauge people sent me an aero-m USB stick receiver to field test in anticipated consumer conditions...

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HDTV Almanac - Mitsubishi Chooses the Big Picture

By Alfred Poor • May 31 2011, 1:00pm

It’s tough to make money in the HDTV business these days. It’s even tougher if you’re trying to push the boulder of rear-projection HDTV up the mountain. Rear-projection DLP has been the focal point for Mitsubishi’s product line, and the company has finally decided not to try to compete with the $500 flat panel market. [...]

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HDTV Expert - DEG Cranks Up The 3D Hype Machine

By Pete Putman • May 30 2011, 7:16pm

A recent study commissioned by the Digital Entertainment Group says consumers are “tremendously satisfied” with the home 3D experience. Did you expect to hear otherwise?

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - Is The Bloom Falling Off The Rose for Theatrical 3D?

By Pete Putman • May 30 2011, 4:21pm

Are moviegoers are losing interest in 3D…again?

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Can New TV Be Profitable?

By Alfred Poor • May 30 2011, 1:00pm

We all know how television content is made. Producers develop concepts, create pilots, and try to land network contracts. The networks distribute the shows, and in some cases, the show episodes will show up on the network website or maybe even a streaming site like Hulu or Netflix. And if the producers come up with [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By The HT Guys • May 29 2011, 7:14pm

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a good family movie. It has everything, talking animals, sword fights, dragons, magic, religious symbolism, and (of course) an important lesson. However, this movie does not match up to the 2 previous trips to Narnia. If you like Lord of the Rings, but your kids are a little scared of it, the Narnia series is for you. The movies have good messages without being too preachy, and are light enough younger audiences to watch without the nightmares. However...

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HDTV Almanac - The End of Unlimited?

By Alfred Poor • May 27 2011, 1:00pm

[I have not run out of material about SID Display Week 2011, but it’s time to get back to some of the other news in the HDTV Almanac world of large screens and home entertainment.]
One of my favorite hobbyhorses is the concept that content as a service will eventually become separated from the data pipes [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #480: What is RVU?

By The HT Guys • May 27 2011, 4:38am

DirecTV recently began testing what they’re calling a new “media center” that will allow customers to watch live and DVR recorded programming on any TV in the house without the need for a set-top box in each room. This new media center is built on a technology called RVU. But what exactly is RVU? There’s an RVU Alliance, but what do they do? What does “RVU” even mean?

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: 100 Micron Glass

By Alfred Poor • May 26 2011, 1:00pm

You can’t see it, so you probably take it for granted. But think for a moment about all the glass that you use in everyday life. From windows to windshields, light bulbs to flat panel screens, these variations of melted sand are a fundamental part of many technologies. One of the key applications is for [...]

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: Spread the Word about 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • May 25 2011, 1:00pm

The day before the official start of SID Display Week 2011, I attended the Business Conference hosted by DisplaySearch. I could probably write the rest of this year’s Almanac entries based just on the information that was presented that day, but I want to highlight one here. Mike Abary is the Senior Vice President of [...]

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Samsung Launches 3D On Demand Streaming Service in the U.S. – Delivering Spectacular 3D Content at Any Time

By Shane Sturgeon • May 25 2011, 4:21am

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a new way for consumers to access incredible new 3D content for their 3D LED and 3D Plasma TVs.

Beginning immediately, the "Explore 3D" app, which is accessible with a single click from Samsung's SmartHub interface, will offer access to dozens of pieces of free 3D content - all in streaming high definition - including trailers from DreamWorks Animation and other studios, music videos, educational content and full-length TV shows from Wealth TV.

Later this year, Explore 3D will also offer...

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Expert - The Times They Are A-Changin’

By Pete Putman • May 24 2011, 3:43pm

We’ve entered a decade of change and turmoil in media distribution and consumption that rivals the period following World War II.

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: Ask the Experts

By Alfred Poor • May 24 2011, 1:00pm

Every year, the press corps gets up in time to attend the annual press briefing breakfast at SID Display Week. We have to be there in time for its 7 AM start, but we’re there so you don’t have to be. Someone presents an overview of the conference and some of the hot topics, and [...]

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: What Wasn’t Said about OLED

By Alfred Poor • May 23 2011, 1:00pm

I can’t think of a display technology that has generated more interest than OLEDs since the advent of LCDs. Any shred of news gets bounced around the Web like a ball of flubber in an instant. So while there was some OLED news at SID 2011, some of the most interesting details were the ones [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: 3DTV’s Door Number 3

By Alfred Poor • May 20 2011, 1:00pm

All around the SID 2011 exhibit hall, a battle raged. In many booths, you could find proponents of the Shutter Glasses (SG) approach to stereoscopic 3DTV. This presents full screen images for left and right eyes, in rapid succession. The glasses synchronize with the screen so that the image is blocked or transmitted to each [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #479: HDMI 1.5 Wish List

By The HT Guys • May 20 2011, 5:51am

When we bought our first devices that supported HDMI way back in 2006 the hot devices could handle the HDMI 1.1 specification. At that time the big deal was an AV receiver that would take next generation audio formats decoded on Blu-ray players and sent to a receiver that could accept PCM audio via HDMI. HDMI is still the only way to get next generation audio into a receiver.

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: Green Displays

By Alfred Poor • May 19 2011, 1:00pm

Yesterday, I attended a special conference-within-a-conference about Green Displays, hosted by IMS Research. It turns out that this topic runs deep and wide, but there was one particular aspect that I thought would be worth sharing. Consider the following comparison between two Sony 46″ LCD HDTVs.
The Qualia 005 was the first LCD HDTV to use [...]

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: LCD Weight Loss

By Alfred Poor • May 18 2011, 1:00pm

I want to tell you about what I saw yesterday that could have major implications for LCD HDTVs. A new technology from 3M can save weight and drive out all sorts of cost from large LCD panels.
A typical panel for an LED edgelit LCD has a reflective layer in back along with a bunch of [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - SID 2011: It Begins…

By Alfred Poor • May 17 2011, 1:00pm

I’m inLos Angeles, and today marks the official start of the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2011. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, this is the organization for the people who do the research and development that leads to the amazing devices that let us enjoy high definition [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Stream Netflix on Your Smartphone

By Alfred Poor • May 16 2011, 1:00pm

Netflix has announced that is starting to roll out an app for select Android smartphones so that subscribers can stream content over their phones. This adds to the support already available for iProducts and Windows Phone 7 devices.
Here are the five Android phones that are supported now:
HTC Incredible with Android 2.2
HTC [...]

Politics & Policy

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 at the Hill, and the Digital Patriots Event - Who can actually use more innovation?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 14 2011, 1:30am

Yesterday I attended the “CES at the Hill” event. Today I am heading for the Digital Patriots dinner to honor leaders that contributed their efforts to the consumer electronics industry and to innovation, those are Sen. Tom A. Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Dr. Robert E. Kahn, chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), also known as the co-founder of the Internet TCP/IP protocol.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), explained the importance of...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Over the Air?

By Alfred Poor • May 13 2011, 1:00pm

ATSC stands for Advanced Television Systems Committee, and about 20 years ago, this group developed the standard that became the basis for our digital terrestrial TV broadcasts. (Remember all that confusion about the digital transition two years ago?) The standard is due for updating, and the group has been hard at work on ATSC 2.0 [...]

Politics & Policy

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 at the Hill, and the Digital Patriots Event - Is Government actually listening to what Innovation can do?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 13 2011, 5:45am

If you were not one of the 149,000+ attendees of the recent Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, but you are in Congress and did not have the chance to be among the one hundred government leaders mentioned above, you had the chance to receive a tailored walk-through of some of the main CES introductions at the CES at the Hill event, right in your backyard (but in a tent) in Washington D.C.

The event was followed by...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #478: Optoma 3D Projector Package

By The HT Guys • May 13 2011, 4:49am

It’s hard to get the full effect of a 3D movie on a standard TV screen. There’s something about being in a movie theater, where the screen takes up the entire wall, that allows the 3D to really come to life. Trying to get that big screen, IMAX feel on a home TV can be challenging. But what if you could watch 3D at home on a giant projection screen? Would that make it worth making the jump into 3D?

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Samsung Demonstrates PenTile RGBCW Multiprimary LCD with 2D RGB Local Dimming Backlight for Ultra-Low Power Next-Gen HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • May 13 2011, 3:04am

At SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium May 17-19 in Booth 707 at the LA Convention Center, Samsung is exhibiting a first-of-its-kind technology developed with its affiliate Nouvoyance that blends three leading-edge technologies to enhance ultra-low power High Definition TV (HDTV) display products while enabling dramatic power savings. In this demonstration, frame sequential color (FSC), PenTile® technology, and RGB local dimming have been combined to produce a TV display technology that features a wider array of colors, virtually eliminates color breakup, and operates at approximately 25 percent of the power of legacy LCD TV technology.

By combining the strengths all three technologies...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Tourist

By The HT Guys • May 12 2011, 2:26pm

This film has a beautiful Venice setting, two of the most sought out actors in Hollywood in a big budget romantic action thriller. Every thing should add up to a great movie, but it doesn’t. After it was over I felt like I should have liked it more than I did. It’s hard to put my finger on what went wrong, but I'll try. I never really cared about...

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HDTV Almanac - Sen. Kerry Weighs in on Cable Rates

By Alfred Poor • May 12 2011, 1:00pm

Are you unhappy with your cable TV subscription rates? Have you been faced with increases year after year? Apparently, this has been such a point of contention among Comcast customers in the Boston, Massachusetts area that the mayor filed a petition with the FCC. He wants the feds to give his city the power to [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CEA Launches Lobby Assault on Congress

By Alfred Poor • May 11 2011, 1:00pm

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the organization behind the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that is held each January in Las Vegas. It also represents the interests of the consumer electronics industry, which means that it spends a lot of time and money trying to get Congress to see things their way. The group has [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: No Strings Attached

By The HT Guys • May 10 2011, 2:18pm

Like most romantic comedies, this movie is predictable. You can tell from the title of the film what is going to happen. Since they can't surprise you with the plot, they need to get you like the characters and sympathize with them. I think they did a pretty good job of it.

Natalie Portman is...

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HDTV Almanac - Streaming Goes Up, Up, and Away!

By Alfred Poor • May 10 2011, 1:00pm

Talk about “cord cutting”! American Airlines announced that it is the first North American airline to test video streaming over WiFi during flight. Initial tests are being conducted onboard two 767-200 aircraft on transcontinental routes. The system relies on WiFi service which is provided by Aircell, and customers are expected to get a chance to [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Skyline

By The HT Guys • May 9 2011, 9:15pm

The directors of this film (the Strause brothers) are well known for making special effects in movies like Avatar, Iron Man, and 2012. The writers of this movie are also well know for special effects. That alone should tell you all you need to know. This movie is not directed well, does not have a good script, but it has great special effects. The "Brothers Strause" made this movie without any major studio help for under $20 million dollars, and more than 80% of that money went to special effects.

Most of this movie happens in...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV: Here Comes the Content, Part II

By Alfred Poor • May 9 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, I wrote about new content being developed for the 24/7 3DTV network, 3net. This week, I need to add a quick footnote. Digital Revolution Studios (DRS) announced that they created the new series, “Bullproof“, that debuted last week on 3net. The company claims that it is “the first episodic docu-reality or Sportumentary [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Blu-ray Gets IP Clearinghouse

By Alfred Poor • May 6 2011, 1:00pm

Do you have an idea about how to make an insanely great Blu-ray player, or maybe something new that includes a Blu-ray player, such as an an ultimate mult-media bicycle? Before you go into production, make sure that you have all the necessary rights to build it. This means getting licenses for all the various [...]

Blu-ray

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #477: Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Blu-ray Player

By The HT Guys • May 6 2011, 6:00am

We have been doing this show for the past six years and have had an opportunity to review a lot of Blu-ray players. So when the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 (Buy Now $135) showed up on our doorstep we were pretty sure we knew what to expect from a sub $150 Blu-ray player. We were wrong! Panasonic has raised the bar for every player out there regardless of price.

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion - A VERY Good Question

By Terry Paullin • May 5 2011, 2:41pm

A couple weeks ago I got an E-mail from a regular WSR reader, Shawn, wanting to ask me a "quick question" ... It seems Shawn and his wife are building a new home down South, and were looking for a home theatre tip or two. His "quick" question really distilled down to three, which I will paraphrase here...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Railroads versus Highways

By Alfred Poor • May 5 2011, 1:00pm

I’m not an expert on transportation history, but I think I have enough of the facts straight to make this analogy work. So please bear with me if I stretch the facts in order to make them fit my purpose.
In the early days of this country, transportation was more or less based on the individual; [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV: Here Comes the Content

By Alfred Poor • May 4 2011, 10:09pm

It is coming slowly, but it is coming. ESPN is working hard to figure out how to do live sports in stereoscopic 3D, and the movie studios keep churning out feature films. And now comes word that the kids are not going to be left out. 3net is a joint venture by Discovery, Sony, and [...]

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion - An Admission, an Excuse and Yet Another List

By Terry Paullin • May 3 2011, 2:31pm

Some time ago in this space, I predicted that the post-2010 Christmas season we would see the demise of our beloved DVD as a video format. I cited economies of scale for the Studios and the sheer perceived (and actual) value for the consumer, in the form of clearly obvious performance superiority in both audio and video as the drivers. It didn't happen. Here's why I think it didn't.

The long overstayed stinko economy has taken a toll on almost everything, including...

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HDTV Almanac - TiVo and DISH Bury the Hatchet

By Alfred Poor • May 3 2011, 1:00pm

TiVo was one of the first two companies to come out with digital video recorders (DVR) and the one to eventually dominate the market and kill off the video cassette recorders (VCR). (They will not be missed!) But then the consumers rapidly shifted from over-the-air television to subscription service with cable or satellite. TiVo deftly [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 46″ LCD HDTV Under $550

By Alfred Poor • May 2 2011, 1:00pm

I know. Posts about “Look at this incredible HDTV deal!” are dime a dozen and I really try to avoid doing them because I don’t think that they really tell you much that you didn’t know already. And it’s an immediate invitation to play “Top This” where everyone wants to chime in with an even [...]

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HDTV Almanac - EPIX Multi-Screen Strategy

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2011, 1:00pm

EPIX is a a movie channel for subscription TV services including cable, satellite, and telco (such as Verizon’s FiOS). It boasts recent releases from major studios, including Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. But you aren’t just limited to watching the movies and other programming on your TV service when they are scheduled; EPIX is also a [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #476: Costco Round-up 2011

By The HT Guys • Apr 29 2011, 4:57am

The HT Guys and the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast celebrated a 6 year anniversary just a few weeks ago. Hitting a mark like that got us to reminisce about the good old days of HDTV. The days when CRT and rear projection sets dominated store shelves. The days before 3D, Blu-ray and 1080p. Back in those days, we used to occasionally visit our local Costco to see what deals we could find.

Events & Tradeshows

One Installer's Opinion - The Boys are Back in Town (The 2011 CES Report)

By Terry Paullin • Apr 28 2011, 2:12pm

Regular readers know that we (several from this publication and hundreds from others), flock in the first week of January to that mother-of-all-things-that-light-up, the Consumer Electronics Show held in the city that is never un-lit, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The big news in Las Vegas this year wasn't a new app. for the next i-Trinket that prints money in eleventeen different languages, nor was it a 175 in. flat panel, or even the announcement of Smell-o-Vision as a 3D accessory - although there's a joke in there somewhere. It was, in fact, the attendance itself. By some counts...

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HDTV Almanac - Wanna Buy a Cable Business?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 28 2011, 1:00pm

An article in Multichannel News reports that Charter is looking to sell its cable business in Los Angeles. It appears that the normal way these deals go down is to swap subscribers with a competitor, but Time-Warner Cable apparently turned down a deal to trade for its business in parts of Wisconsin where Charter already [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Netflix is #1

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2011, 1:00pm

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! It’s just little ol’ Netflix, doing it’s little streaming video thing. Nothing to see here, move along, move along. At least, that seemed to be the message on Monday when CEO Reed Hastings announced the company’s first quarter financials. All they did was about double worldwide [...]

3D HDTV

One Installer's Opinion - 3D..isappointment, Chicken Little is screaming ...and other matters

By Terry Paullin • Apr 26 2011, 2:50pm

No, this isn't the I-told-ya-so column ... yet. Events have moved much faster than I predicted when I wrote a column on this topic about a year ago, but it seems we are headed for the same forecasted result. In that column I pointed to lack of standards, lack of content, the glasses nuisance and the problematic usage model in the home as probable deterrents to wide (or any) adoption of 3D in your living room. Press releases received over the past few months from various independent surveys have "leaked" reports of disappointing sales from even the most conservative manufacturers estimates. Last week, an article in reuters.com confirmed "3DTV hasn't caught the imagination of consumers". Reasons cited later in the article were ... uhh ... lack of standards, lack of content and, yup, those pesky glasses. To make matters even worse, in an almost unbelievably inept marketing move, studios partnered with specific manufacturers to offer "exclusive" content packages - as if wanting to spend a ...

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Dark Friday

By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2011, 1:00pm

If you’re planning on relying on the Internet to get work done on Friday – especially if you’re on the East Coast — you may want to think about working unplugged. William and Kate may spoil your day.
Not even the HDTV Almanac is a Royal-Wedding-Free zone. But rather than focus on bridal trains and the [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - James Cameron Says Passive 3D Is ‘Good Enough’ for the Home

By Pete Putman • Apr 25 2011, 7:50pm

Yep, the perfectionist who spent four years making 'Avatar' thinks half-resolution 3D is just fine for home viewing.

Programming

HDTV Almanac - CALM Act: Your Tax Dollars at Work

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2011, 1:00pm

If you watch television programming that has commercials, I’m sure you’ve experienced it more than once. Your program winds down to a sensitive, thoughtful stopping point, and then there’s a commercial break. And the very first commercial BLOWS YOUR EARS OUT!!! You lunge for the remote and mash the Mute button, wondering “why doesn’t someone [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Rabbit Hole

By The HT Guys • Apr 22 2011, 2:22pm

I was not looking forward to watching this film. The subject matter is seriously sad. However, I am happy to report that I have come out of the Rabbit Hole without being effected by the heavy themes and emotions this movie brings to the table. I was surprised. I was even more amazed when I laughed a few times. Then I realized, this movie is...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - DisplaySearch: TV Replacement Cycle Shortens

By Alfred Poor • Apr 22 2011, 1:00pm

According to a press release from DisplaySearch, the company’s new study reports that consumers worldwide continue to replace their televisions more frequently than in the past. Traditionally, consumers replaced a CRT TV with another CRT TV every 10 to 15 years. That cycle is much shorter now, and not just in the U.S. but worldwide.
Clearly, [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #475: Zediva and the Blu-ray Process

By The HT Guys • Apr 22 2011, 6:39am

Recently we were talking with an old friend of ours who works for a movie studio in the Blu-ray production facility. This got us thinking about what it takes to create a disc filled with all that high definition goodness. Today we are going to take a high level look at what is entailed in producing a Blu-ray disc.

Service & Repair

One Installer's Opinion - You Want It To Last HOW LONG?

By Terry Paullin • Apr 21 2011, 2:34pm

I recently got an E-mail from a regular WSR reader (Greg) who, apparently satisfied with our product reviews in other areas, complained that we fell short in commenting on "serviceable life expectancy". Although Greg's comments were aimed at front projectors, I want to expand his Q and attempt to answer for all display devices.

So on these "service" topics, here's the thing...

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HDTV Almanac - Philips Quits the TV Business

By Alfred Poor • Apr 21 2011, 1:00pm

Once a worldwide leader in the television industry, Philips has thrown in the towel and is exiting the business. The company has been headed in that direction for some time. In 2008, they licensed their brand name to Funai for sales in North America. (Funai also makes televisions under some other familiar brands, including Emerson, [...]

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HDTV Expert - NAB 2011: It’s All About Streaming, Displays, and Connectivity

By Pete Putman • Apr 20 2011, 5:25pm

The recent National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas was loaded with new media demonstrations, and there were some cool broadcast and professional monitors to check out, too.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

By The HT Guys • Apr 20 2011, 2:06pm

As the characters get older and the film's themes become more adult, this Harry Potter shows us it's a film franchise that has grown up and isn't afraid to have darker subtext and tone. This is the first time the series that no scene takes place in Hogwarts. It's also the first time several adults didn't help them along the way, in fact most tried to hurt them. They're finally grown up, on their own, and in major trouble.

This film gave me something I've always wanted in a Harry Potter film...

OLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - More on Bigger OLED Displays

By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2011, 1:00pm

This is totally propeller-headed, but a company named Cymer, Inc. made an interesting announcement in a press release last week that said, in part:
Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI), announced today that TCZ, its display equipment product division, has received a volume order for the TCZ-1500B, TCZ’s new Gen 5.5 crystallization system, from a leading Asian flat [...]

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion - (another) Terry's Top Ten

By Terry Paullin • Apr 19 2011, 2:23pm

Before we get to the meat, let me first thank this readership for putting up with my rants and occasional insight all this time. It's been a genuine labor of love, I promise you.

Over the years I've offered "TOP TEN reasons to invest in a Home Theatre", "TOP TEN mistakes made by DIY theatre installers", "TOP TEN things that tick me off about this business", "TOP TEN pieces of mis-information likely to be heard from Sparky down at Big Barn A/V" and more recently, "TOP TEN Blu-Ray concert videos". Having completed my 1,000th theatre installation this year, allow me to offer what I think have been the TOP TEN contributions to our collective enjoyment of our various theatre experiences.
As they say on DWTS, "In no particular order...

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HDTV Almanac - New Hybrid Portable TVs from RCA

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2011, 1:00pm

At the NAB show last week, RCA demonstrated three new portable LCD TVs. All run on battery or AC power, and both can pick up standard ATSC digital television broadcast signals. What makes these two models particularly interesting is that they also can receive the new Mobile DTV signals (that I discussed last week).
Two models [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: TRON: Legacy

By The HT Guys • Apr 18 2011, 2:19pm

TRON: Legacy is a fun and visually spectacular film that attempts to best the original by having more heart and meaningful messages. First off, TRON: Legacy is a gorgeous film with some of the most creative art design I have ever seen. The action sequences are mesmerizing and left me wanting more. The plot is more complicated than it should be, and made the movie a little convoluted. There are very important plot points that were just glossed over, and required me to watch the movie again before understanding them completely. By the way, understanding what an isomorphic equation is can be a major plus to understanding the plot. The first half of the film moves along at a great pace, but then it screeches to a halt to deliver some important exposition. It takes a long time for the film’s pace to catch up to itself, but it eventually does in the end.

I have never seen a film with a...

Marketplace

HDTV Almanac - Walmart Shrinks CE Store Space

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2011, 1:00pm

Walmart recently announced that it was expanding the number of HDTV models that it will offer, but that apparently will be primarily for online sales. The company has announced plans to actually shrink the display space allocated to consumer electronics products in their brick and mortar stores.
Part of the move is due to their perception [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Secretariat

By The HT Guys • Apr 17 2011, 2:52pm

Like most sports films the Secretariat is about underdogs overcoming impossible obstacles. However, this movie features something that most sports films do not, feminism. At its core this is a movie about racing horses however, just as the horse must overcome stereotypes of his lineage, Penny Chenery must fight for the respect of her all male horse owning peers. The movie does a good job of it too. At times her fight of equality while trying to remain a housewife seamed a little heavy handed, director Randell Wallace was able to balance out the sensitive side of this film with the competitive nature of horseracing.

For the most part, the facts surrounding the real Secretariat are...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Faster

By The HT Guys • Apr 16 2011, 2:41pm

This is the kind of movie I’ve wanted to see Dwayne Johnson in. A movie where he shoots guns, fights, bleeds, and that wasn’t made for my kids. Don’t get me wrong, Tooth Fairy and Race to Witch Mountain were cute, but I want to see “The Rock” kick some butt, old school action hero style. That’s exactly what this movie gives you. This is a straight forward revenge movie that does not disappoint. There are several plot holes, and silly characters but it makes up for it with fast cars, sweat, bullets, muscles, and meanness. It’s not a great movie, in fact it’s silly at times, but if you know what you’re in for, it’s very fun to watch.

This movie has major similarities to...

HDTV Accessories

B&W P5 Headphones

By The HT Guys • Apr 15 2011, 6:30pm

Portable music players have been around since the 80’s. Back then it was the Walkman, today it’s an iPod or a cell phone. Regardless of what you use to listen to your music on the go you need headphones. And depending on the quality of how your music is encoded, headphones can have a major impact on what you hear. Today we are reviewing headphones that are designed with those who demand the highest quality sound in mind, the B&W P5...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: 127 Hours

By The HT Guys • Apr 15 2011, 2:34pm

127 Hours doesn’t sound like it would work. Everyone knows what it’s about, and most people know how it ends. So how do you build tension? How do you keep the audience interested? The answer is simple, get Danny Boyle to direct and James Franco to star in it. It’s directed with masterful skill and has one of the best acting performances of 2010. This film is also very well paced. Almost an hour of it was spent in a canyon with a guy’s arm pinned down by a boulder. Not once did I look at my watch and wonder...

3D HDTV

3DTV Going South

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Apr 15 2011, 2:33pm

The 3D naysayers may reschedule the party, I meant geographically “south”, way south.

I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, eating as much of the famous tender beef my stomach can take, for which I had to reset myself to my young years of dining after 9:30pm and having desert at 2am after the second bottle of great red wine in a restaurant that is still full of people. In other words, like Paris in South America...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Prediction Coming True, Part II

By Alfred Poor • Apr 15 2011, 1:00pm

Earlier this week, I pointed out that the price of active glasses for 3DTV has plummeted, now that Samsung has announced that it will sell them for less than $50. Now it appears that another point has been proven. I have contended for a long time that adding 3D support to a typical HDTV from [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #474: Mobile DTV

By The HT Guys • Apr 15 2011, 4:22am

According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, Mobile Digital Television, or Mobile DTV, will be available in 71 million homes in the US in the next 12 months. That equates to roughly two-thirds of all US households by this time next year. With that almost instant market penetration, we’re bound to see some shifts in HDTV, home theater and certainly consumer electronics.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Unstoppable

By The HT Guys • Apr 14 2011, 2:24pm

This film has everything going for it. It was based on true events, has a great cast, and a hotshot director, even though it is entertaining it’s a forgettable experience. Unstoppable is a well paced movie, once you’re comfortable with the characters, it takes off and re-enacts some of the events of the CSX 8888 train incident it was based on. Even though you have an idea of what will happen, Tony Scott does a good job of keeping enough tension in the film to keep you interested.

Denzel Washington and Chris Pine do serviceable jobs in this movie. However, there is no...

Technology

One Installer's Opinion - This Changes Everything ... (About Calibration)

By Terry Paullin • Apr 14 2011, 2:14pm

Readers of this magazine have long been about examining the best of audio and video ... ... if not for their own consumption, then just to better understand how various Home Theatre products get to be "the best that they can be". Regular readers of video product reviews in these pages have come to understand that NO display product can fully realize its potential until it has been calibrated in the environment in which it lives - perhaps your living room.

Clearly, not all display devices calibrate equally well. There are several factors that impact the end result...

Broadcast

HDTV Almanac - Coming to You Live on YouTube!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 14 2011, 1:00pm

First, YouTube extended the limits on uploaded content; some partners are now able to post feature-film-length videos. But it seems that Google has even bigger plans for YouTube to become not just the video network of the future, but the whole broadcast system as well. Last week, the company announced that YouTube Live is now [...]

3D HDTV

True 3D Standardization

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Apr 13 2011, 2:31pm

Standardization in 3D technology (and glasses) is a step in the right direction, and the CEA has started an effort toward that objective. At some point, hopefully soon, that effort would have to be reconciled with a similar initiative made by XPAND 3D and Panasonic. Monster has also released their 3D glasses oriented to standardize communication with 3DTVs.

Recent announcements of 3D glasses standardization convey a similar spirit on standardization efforts. However, having customizable features in the glasses, and having “the operation” of active-shutter glasses synchronized with 3DTVs of different manufactures may not be sufficient. An important ingredient for an effective standardization across manufacturers is missing...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Machete

By The HT Guys • Apr 13 2011, 2:27pm

This movie started as a spoof trailer during the Grindhouse movies. It became so popular online that they made a real movie out of it. If you watch the trailer and thought that it was too silly, too over the top, or too awesome to handle then your are right. Machete gives all you expected it to be with out taking itself too seriously and never forgetting to have fun along the way. Be warned, this movie does not pull any punches. Some sequences are gruesome to watch because of gory violence. A few scenes are so...

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HDTV Almanac - Storefronts for Satellite TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, DISH Network successfully outbid others to buy the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster for about $320 million. (The company reportedly owes its creditors more than $1 billion.) Does DISH intend to go into the DVD rental business?
It’s not likely. Already, it appears that the company will continue to close many of the remaining Blockbuster [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Switch

By The HT Guys • Apr 12 2011, 2:46pm

The premise of The Switch sounds ridiculous and offensive, however they are able to pull off this storyline in a serviceable manner. If you have seen the trailer for this movie, you know what will happen. This movie is easy to predict and never deviates from the standard romance comedy framework. Most of the characters aren’t as funny as you would like, and some of them are just plan unlikeable.

However, there is one savior for this movie...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Launches Browser-Based Streaming of Expansive Content Library on VUDU.com

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 12 2011, 2:42pm

VUDU, the leading subscription-free, video-on-demand movie service, announced today that it will make its vast library of content available directly on VUDU.com. Movie fans can visit VUDU.com to browse, select and instantly stream content from the company's massive selection of movies and television shows, including the newest releases from...

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HDTV Almanac - More Mobile DTV on the Air

By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2011, 1:00pm

According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, 76 stations in 32 U.S. markets are now on the air with Mobile DTV signals that let consumers receive station programming on mobile devices without needing to access the Internet through WiFi or data wireless broadband networks.
According to Anne Schelle, Executive Director of OMVC, “Mobile DTV will reach [...]

HD Camcorders & Cameras

JVC Introduces GY-HM750U ProHD Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 11 2011, 7:36pm

JVC GY-HM750UJVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today introduced the GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount camcorder. Ideal for ENG news, sports, documentaries, events, and other location shoots, it offers the industry's fastest shoot-to-edit workflow by recording native HD or SD footage in ready-to-edit file formats on low-cost SDHC memory cards.

Equipped with the same 3-CCD imaging system found in the GY-HM790U, JVC's ProHD flagship camcorder, the GY-HM750U delivers outstanding 1920x1080 images in a small, lightweight form factor. It records at selectable data rates up to...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Fighter

By The HT Guys • Apr 11 2011, 2:38pm

At times, I found this movie hard to watch. It wasn’t because of the subject matter, but rather how it is presented with such authenticity. I felt like these actors weren’t really acting, it almost seemed like they became the people they were portraying. In fact, during shooting, some family members confused Christian Bale with their brother Dickey. They said his movements and mannerisms were just like their brother’s. With dedication like that, it’s no wonder why Bale won the Oscar for this role.

The Fighter tackles heavy themes of...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Prediction Coming True

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2011, 1:00pm

Remember how I said that the price of the $200 active glasses would come down sooner or later? I was expecting that to come from the third-party vendors, but it looks as though the top brands are willing to make pre-emptive price cuts in order to increase 3DTV sales.
Samsung has announced that it will start [...]

Broadcast

HDTV Almanac - PBS Loses Major Affiliate Station

By Alfred Poor • Apr 8 2011, 1:00pm

Another dot got connected in the broadcast television picture. Earlier this week, WMFE-TV in Orlando, Florida, announced that it was to be purchased by a Christian broadcaster based in Dallas, Texas, and would be leaving the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The viewer-supported station was unable to raise enough in donations to meet the annual PBS [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #473: Microvision ShowWX Plus Pico Projector

By The HT Guys • Apr 8 2011, 4:45am

Last year Braden and Ara added projectors to our respective media rooms. We have been absolutely thrilled with the experience. There really is nothing like watching a movie on a 100 inch plus screen. Lately we have been reading about smaller scale projectors - so small that they will fit in your pocket. They are commonly referred to as Pico Projectors. Pico Projectors are a class of projectors that can be held in your hand. About the size of a smart phone, they are ideal for travelers and college students.

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - What Can We Learn from Internet Radio?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 7 2011, 1:00pm

A news release from Futuresource indicates that the number of people listening to streaming music over the Internet has remained about the same over the past year and a half — about 38% in the U.S. — but those people are listening more. The study reports that U.S. listeners increased the number of hours by [...]

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Expert - Blockbuster And Dish Network: A Marriage Made In Bankruptcy Court

By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2011, 3:55pm

Surprise! Blockbuster has been saved from an ignonimous ending by – Charlie Ergen?

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HDTV Almanac - See-Through TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2011, 1:00pm

News from Korea indicates that Samsung Electronics has started the commercial production of 22″ transparent LCD panels. The panels are capable of 720p had images without scaling (they have 1,680 by 1,050 pixel resolution) but they are really intended for digital signage applications.
Still, it’s intriguing to think about what you could do with a transparent [...]

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HDTV Almanac - How Much Would You Pay?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2011, 1:00pm

The major studios are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make money from their movies now that DVD sales are dropping. Blockbuster is on the verge of disappearing, and Netflix is trying to transition to streaming services. One possible replacement is to boost the video on demand (VOD) part of the business. It has [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Sony Closes 11 U.S. Stores

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2011, 1:00pm

The “Sony Style” is changing. According to a report from TWICE, the company closed 11 of its retail stores last month. Perhaps more interesting is that the remaining stores will be renamed from “Sony Style” to “Sony Factory Outlet.”
The closings seem perfectly reasonable. The last few years have been difficult ones for retail stores, and [...]

Broadcast

Ed's View - THE HARVESTER - A Miracle Power Source

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2011, 2:06pm

Sounds like the title of a Steven King novel. Not quite. The term “power harvesting” has long been given to the process of acquiring useful power from otherwise wasted energy sources. However, in this particular application it is the name given to a uniquely innovative system that provides power to electronic devices virtually free. The theory has been known for years: a vast amount of energy flows in the ether simply from the existence of random RF radiation over a vast spectrum. The engineering challenge, of course, has been...

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HDTV Almanac - SMPTE Develops New HDTV Format

By Alfred Poor • Apr 1 2011, 1:00pm

It seems that as soon as we get settled with our 720p and 1080p HDTV displays, talk started up about even higher resolution images. Demonstrations of 2K and 4K display technologies have knocked viewers’ virtual socks off. Is there a limit to how high “high definition” can become?
One problem that doesn’t get discussed much, however, [...]

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #472: Crossover Frequency

By The HT Guys • Apr 1 2011, 6:48am

We got a Twitter question from a listener about how to set the Crossover Frequency for his speakers and subwoofer, so we thought it might be worth while to explain the concept for everyone. For some this may be review, but if you’ve struggled with crossover, or have just left it set at the default because you didn’t know what to do with it, this is for you.

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Samsung Electronics Becomes the World's First in Mass Production of Transparent LCD Panel

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 1 2011, 3:59am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it began mass production of a 22-inch transparent LCD panel in March this year.

The panels come in two types, the black-and-white type and the color type, and they have a contrast ratio of 500:1 with WSXGA+ (1680*1050) resolution.

Compared with the conventional LCD panels that use back light unit (BLU) and have 5% transparency, Samsung's transparent LCD panel boasts the world's best transparency rate of over...

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Scores Free Movies with Crackle

By Alfred Poor • Mar 31 2011, 1:00pm

I love Hulu. About half of the programming that we watch at home comes from Hulu (and the other half from Netflix). This is because I have a computer right beside my HDTV, because my television doesn’t have digital tuners and I wanted to be able to record broadcast shows for time-shifting. A computer was [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - YouTube Gamble Pays Off

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2011, 1:00pm

Google isn’t saying much about the financial side of YouTube, but it has been widely reported that the parent corporation does report that YouTube’s revenues doubled in 2010 compared with 2009. It’s not clear whether or that is enough to be profitable — estimates put the 2009 losses at almost $500 million – but the [...]

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HDTV Expert - This TV business is a killer!

By Pete Putman • Mar 29 2011, 8:05pm

Blockbuster announces it will close another batch of stores, while Philips takes a first-quarter beating in TV sales.

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - One Size Fits All

By Pete Putman • Mar 29 2011, 7:30pm

Active shutter 3D glasses ought to work across all TV brands. What a radical concept!

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HDTV Almanac - XPAND 3D to Tame Chaos

By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2011, 1:00pm

XPAND 3D is leading the charge to bring some sense to the active-glasses stereoscopic 3DTV market. Yesterday, the company joined with Panasonic to announce the M-3DI standard for 3DTVs, computers, and home projectors, as well as digital cinemas that rely on active shutter glasses technology. This new standard provides a communication protocol for the signals [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Takers

By The HT Guys • Mar 28 2011, 6:00pm

Takers is not an original film, nothing new is really done here. In fact the main heist is a rip off of the movie “The Italian Job”, and a character in this movie even admits it. I’m conflicted by this movie because I like all the actors but they did nothing to make me care about the characters. However, it is hard to focus on one character when the cast is so big. There were a couple of times where I would think, “I didn’t know what’s his name was in this movie.”

The script for this film...

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Opens the Kimono

By Alfred Poor • Mar 28 2011, 1:00pm

At the IP&TV World Forum in London last week, the VP of Business Development for Netflix, Bill Holmes, revealed some inside information about his company and its plans. You can watch his entire keynote speech at this link — which I recommend — but here are some highlights.
Perhaps the most intriguing fact of his presentation [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Town (Extended Cut)

By The HT Guys • Mar 27 2011, 12:55am

This film is full of heist movie clichés. It has a hardnosed FBI agent, a bad boy, a love interest, an evil crime lord, and most importantly a thief with a heart of gold on his last job. You would think this movie wouldn’t work, but its acting performances and respect for its setting make this movie tasteful and enjoyable.

This is a very well paced film. I thought it would...

3D HDTV

3DTV Over-the-air Broadcasting in a Bind

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 26 2011, 5:25pm

The 3DTV frame-compatible structures of “Side-by-side” and “Top-bottom” fit the left and right images within a shared video frame and could be employed by over-the-air broadcasting using the existing MPEG-2 transport and bandwidth that are currently used for DTV, similarly to how cable, satellite and IPTV implemented their 3DTV services over the past months using their existing MPEG-2/MPEG-4 transmission infrastructure. The difference: broadcasters do not have the luxury of using a separate channel for 3DTV as they did.

Is there any other format that would perform the double function without impacting the image quality of either 2D or 3D and still fit in the allotted channel space?

The answer is...

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 3D Imaging in a Fog

By Alfred Poor • Mar 25 2011, 1:00pm

When we talk about “3DTV” we generally mean “stereoscopic” images. This approach presents different views to the left and right eyes. The brain then deciphers information from the small differences between the two images, and constructs a three-dimensional image from the combination. This can deliver the illusion of depth, where some objects appear to be [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #471: Hannspree 42 inch 120Hz LCD HDTV

By The HT Guys • Mar 25 2011, 5:45am

Back when we started this podcast (six years ago on Thursday) we never dreamt of being able to purchase a 42 inch LCD for around $460. And if you could would it be any good? Today that dream has come true with the Hannspree ST42DMSB 42 inch 120Hz LCD HDTV. As you would expect with a 42 inch TV at this price point there aren’t a ton of bells and whistles. What you get is a solid basic HDTV that can be used in your main or secondary room without breaking the bank.

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Samsung Unveils Slim External 3-D Blu-ray Combo Drive for PC Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 25 2011, 1:48am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its new slim external 3-D Blu-ray combo, the SE-406A optical disk drive (ODD).

Featuring a sleek design with...

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Mitsubishi Abandons LCD HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 24 2011, 1:00pm

When you’ve got an also-ran share of an enormous market and there are no signs that you can make a substantial dent in the leaders’ share, what can you do? Mitsubishi has decided that if you can’t beat them, quit. In a press release last week, the company announced that it was leaving the LCD [...]

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HDTV Almanac - More Retransmission Woes

By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2011, 1:00pm

LIN Media blacked out programming on 27 stations in 17 markets for a total of eight days during a fee dispute with DISH Network. According to a release by the American Cable Association (ACA), the Univision affiliate WUNI in Providence RI has been blacked out on the local Full Channel TV cable system for 30 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CEA Offers Individual Memberships

By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2011, 1:00pm

The Consumer Electronics Association hosts a little event in Las Vegas every January called the “Consumer Electronics Show,” better known by its initials: CES. The original intent was to hold a trade show for electronics dealers, such as home stereos and televisions. Then the corporate side of the computer market got boring and Comdex went [...]

OLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 55″ OLED HDTV on the Way?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 21 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, I’m probably the last person to write about this topic, but there was so much noise and confusion that it took me a while to find a source who could give me the straight skinny. And I mean, really skinny!
You may have noticed stories saying that LG is going to come out with a [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #470: Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray player

By The HT Guys • Mar 18 2011, 5:38am

There’s a lot of talk about streaming movies eventually taking over for conventional disc based media like DVD and Blu-ray. But we all know the quality just isn’t quite there yet to eliminate Blu-ray entirely. So what are you to do? Why not buy a Blu-ray player that also streams movies so you’re covered for both cases? If it also supports 3D, you’re triple covered. That’s what you get with the Samsung BD-D6500.

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Samsung Blu-Ray Players Deliver Smart Entertainment Options

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 18 2011, 4:00am

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced U.S. pricing, availability and new features for its 2011 Smart Blu-ray player line. Models will begin shipping this month at a range of price points to suit consumer needs.

The seven new Blu-ray players come fully loaded with...

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Samsung Announces Spring Availability for 2011 LED TV Lineup, Offering Rich, Interactive and Immersive Entertainment with Smart TV and Advanced 3D Capabilities

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 18 2011, 3:42am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced it will offer features previously available in its premium models across a broader range of its 2011 LED TV line. Products will begin shipping this month. The 21 new LED TV models, ranging in screen size from 19 to 55 inches, are packed with Smart TV and advanced 3D capabilities. Samsung's premium TVs will also incorporate a stylish ultra-thin bezel which helps images become part of the living room, achieving an overall immersive smart TV and 3D viewing experience.

In 2011, consumers can look forward to...

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Samsung Announces That Plasma is Now Bigger Than Ever with the Availability of 2011 Plasma TV Line and Introduction of Plasma+1 Design

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 18 2011, 3:30am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability, pricing and additional product details for its new plasma TV portfolio. The 2011 line represents the company's broadest range of plasma TVs, with 15 new models across six product series. Its new Plasma+1 narrow bezel design delivers even larger screen sizes than previously available so consumers can enjoy an outstanding immersive experience.

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HDTV Expert - Samsung’s 2011 Line Show: “The Edge Of Wonder”

By Pete Putman • Mar 17 2011, 11:59pm

I’m not really sure what that catchphrase means. But Samsung is totally plugged in and turned on this year.

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HDTV Almanac - Recipe for More 3DTV Content: Small Cameras

By Alfred Poor • Mar 17 2011, 1:00pm

As I’ve written here repeatedly, the biggest factor to slow 3DTV sales is the lack of content. The extra cost of the sets and the annoyance of the glasses would be ignored if there were compelling content available in significant quantity. But it costs a small fortune to convert existing 2D content to 3D, and [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Dominates Digital Downloads

By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2011, 1:00pm

Market-tracking firm NPD has issued a press release on digital video based on its VideoWatch Digital service. One of the interesting results is that digital video — either downloaded or streamed — now accounts for one quarter of all video watched at home. That’s a pretty stunning share of the total.
Even more stunning are the [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Japanese Disaster Has Worldwide Impact on CE

By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2011, 1:00pm

Words fail. Disaster, devastation, catastrophe; nothing seems adequate to describe the situation in northern Japan. The triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami, and electrical power plant failures has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and untold billions in damages. No doubt, it will be weeks or months or even years before the [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - It’s Deal Time!

By Pete Putman • Mar 14 2011, 4:07pm

Black Friday, Christmas, and late January aren’t always the best times to buy a new HDTV.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Blockbuster: Down but Not Yet Out?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 14 2011, 1:00pm

It came as no surprise to many when Blockbuster declared bankruptcy last September, given the struggling chain’s continued losses. After a lackluster holiday season, it appeared all but certain that the company was headed for Chapter 7 and liquidation.
But not so fast! As reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, a judge has decided [...]

3D HDTV

Is 3DTV a Replacement of Digital Television? Would 2D Viewing be affected?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 11 2011, 3:44pm

I would like to start with a statement that I customarily make about 3DTV. 3DTV should not be regarded as a new TV system intended to replace the current digital H/DTV system, but should rather be considered as just one more advanced feature to occasionally view 3D content on an HDTV.

The amount of 3D content is expected to improve with time. The effects of prolonged 3D viewing may soon be confirmed by appropriate research. The existing over-the-air, cable, satellite, and IPTV transmission infrastructure, bandwidth, and equipment are being adapted to distribute 3DTV, although with certain limitations compared to the 3D quality of Blu-ray, such as half resolution per eye using frame compatible 3D formats (such as side-by-side or top-bottom 3D structures for the left/right images to share the same video frame), relatively high digital compression, lower transfer speed rate, and reduced audio quality using lossy codecs rather than the high quality lossless codecs of Blu-ray (such as D ...

Service & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Is That a Camel’s Nose I See?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 11 2011, 1:00pm

Dateline: Calgary, Alberta. (That’s Canada, folks.) In a press release, Shaw Communications announced Tuesday that the company was going to offer its subscribers a new service called the Shaw Plan Personalizer. The new offering comes with a three-year price guarantee if you sign up before the end of May, but that’s not the news. Here’s [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #469: B&W P5 Headphones

By The HT Guys • Mar 11 2011, 5:59am

Portable music players have been around since the 80?s. Back then it was the Walkman, today its an iPod or a cellphone. Regardless of what you use to listen to your music on the go you need headphones. And depending on the quality of how your music is encoded, headphones can have a major impact on what you hear. Today we are reviewing headphones that are designed with those who demand the highest quality sound in mind, the B&W P5 (Street Price $300)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Easy A

By The HT Guys • Mar 11 2011, 4:45am

Easy A is not a cookie cutter teen comedy. Instead of the standard boy meets girl story, it analyzes stereotypes, questions religion, and pokes fun at spreading rumors. All while remaining witty and charming.

If you are a fan of John Hughes movies, this is a must watch. There are several scenes where ...

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HDTV Almanac - Now You Can “Like” a Movie

By Alfred Poor • Mar 10 2011, 1:00pm

Add one more player to the roster of online streaming video content services. Warner Brothers is partnering with the social media juggernaut Facebook. The studio is just dipping its toe in these uncharted waters by offering “The Dark Knight” at $3 for a 48-hour rental. There’s no mention of resolution (or if you have a [...]

3D HDTV

3DTV Technologies – Which one for you?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 9 2011, 3:05pm

As mentioned on the previous article, 3DTV is being implemented by different technologies. According to some the approach causes unnecessary confusion, asserting that the various technologies may eliminate themselves if consumers decide they’d rather not spend on 3D when not knowing what to buy.

I see the choices of technologies as solutions to various issues and preferences people naturally have. A consumer may not...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - 15 Million 3DTVs by 2012

By Alfred Poor • Mar 9 2011, 1:00pm

Futuresource has announced a study that predicts an installed base of 15 million 3DTVs in the U.S. by the end of next year. They point to the increased content that is becoming available as the driving force behind this forecast. And other prognosticators are saying that this figure is way too high, especially when you [...]

3D HDTV

CEA Begins Standards Process for 3D Glasses

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 9 2011, 5:11am

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the launch of a new standards process for 3D glasses. CEA, the nation's largest technology trade association, represents more than 2,000 technology manufacturers, retailers, service providers and installers. CEA seeks proposals for standardizing 3D active eyewear that uses an infrared (IR) synchronized interface from consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers. Interested participants are encouraged to...

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: Samsung PN50C8000 3D Plasma TV

By Pete Putman • Mar 8 2011, 4:08pm

While LCD TVs dominate the marketplace, they’re not the best way to show 3D on a direct view TV – plasma is. And this review will show you why I think so.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Dinner for Schmucks

By The HT Guys • Mar 8 2011, 3:16pm

Dinner for Schmucks is laugh out loud funny at times, and painfully embarrassing at others. Unfortunately for me, the embarrassing moments were only uncomfortable and not very funny. It’s hard to make a good movie about turning innocent people into laughable jokes for the rich. However, this movie did succeed in making the characters likeable and giving the movie a heart … at times.

Some of the scenes seemed like...

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HDTV Almanac - Pot? Kettle? The Screen is Still Black

By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2011, 1:00pm

Ever heard of LIN Media? It’s quite possible that you haven’t. It’s a company that owns local broadcast television stations across the country, from Albuquerque to Toledo. In many markets, it owns more than one station, such as the CBS and CW affiliates in Buffalo, or the NBC and ABC affiliates in Grand Rapids.
If you’re [...]

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JVC First To Offer Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 8 2011, 1:23am

JVC today announced the availability of a new 3D consumer camcorder, the first on the consumer market that offers 3D video recording in Full High Definition. The new JVC GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two imaging sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images in much same way that human eyes work.

What's more, the camcorder can shoot 3D video that can be burned to a Blu-ray disc or DVD-R for 3D playback on...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Get Low

By The HT Guys • Mar 7 2011, 9:44pm

Get Low is a small introspective character driven film that tackles the themes of death, regret, love, confession, and redemption. It accomplishes it all with class and without using a heavy hand. What really shines in this film is Robert Duvall’s performance. He brings his character to life in such a charismatic way; I was hanging on every word he said. It sounds strange to have Bill Murray in this film, but he helps lighten the films mood and is a good contrast to the main character.

This movie has a good mixture of...

Blu-ray

HDTV Expert - Panasonic’s 2011 TV and Blu-ray Press Briefings

By Pete Putman • Mar 7 2011, 6:54pm

The theme for this year is ‘connectivity’ across the TV and Blu-ray line.

3D HDTV

3DTV - Are Competing Technologies Necessary? Including Auto-stereoscopic?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 7 2011, 3:27pm

At the beginning of any new technology the first products are usually immature and expensive. A complex technology such as auto-stereoscopic glasses-free 3D cannot be expected to be at its best when introduced, and so far we have seen just prototypes of the large screen TVs.

On the other hand, the 3D technologies that require glasses, such as the active-shutter type or the theater like polarized glasses, got introduced to consumers at retail just recently and while they are expected to continue improving as new models are introduced, the technologies for the home are at their first stages.

Those that may have witnessed the HDTV introduction in 1998 may remember...

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HDTV Almanac - More Broadcast 3DTV News

By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2011, 1:00pm

Most analysts who understand the HDTV market seem to agree that the reported “failure” of 3D HDTVs is not about people not wanting 3DTV at home; it’s more about the fact that there’s very little to watch. So you can expect to see announcements about more content becoming available. And you can expect to see [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The A-Team

By The HT Guys • Mar 4 2011, 10:50pm

If you are expecting this movie to be a serious satire on the state of government affairs or have melodramatic scenes where people cry, you will be disappointed. This is a fun movie with larger than life characters, physics-defying action scenes, with guns that never need reloading.

What really keeps this movie together is the cast. Not only do they look just like the original 80’s A-Team, they...

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Hook’em Up, Danno!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 4 2011, 1:00pm

[Okay, I’m not that big a fan of the 2.0 version of 5-0, but I couldn’t resist the reference for this title.]
The news is that The Diffusion Group has released a new report about Internet connectivity and television, and I expect that some people will be surprised by the results. According to their study, about [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #468: Easy Home Theater Audio Tweaks

By The HT Guys • Mar 4 2011, 7:35am

It seems like there was a lot going on in the news this week, so we have a bunch of current events to cover - everything from iPad 2 to AllRovi.com. Then we go over some tips from an article at Electronic House called Acoustics Matter: Easy Home Theater Audio Tweaks. The article has some good ideas for how to get the most out of your home theater audio equipment and configuration.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: Inception

By The HT Guys • Mar 4 2011, 4:20am

To say that Inception is an original movie is an understatement. Some may try to compare this movie to Dreamscape, but that’s like comparing a tricycle to a motorcycle. Inception is a very sophisticated film. This movie is very entertaining, however it is not a Michael Bay film, you can’t just unplug your brain and watch the pretty colors fly by. You must be mentally engaged, to keep track of time, to understand dream rules and why some of them must be broken.

This movie is very surprising. It’s not just an action film, it has...

3D HDTV

Glasses-Free (Auto-stereoscopic) 3DTV - When?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 3 2011, 4:02pm

The auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3DTV technology is usually criticized by many in the press, especially those that have only seen the first generations of prototypes. The negative comments are mainly about the limited number of viewing positions, the low resolution of the image on each viewing zone (eye) and the disruption of the 3D effect when changing positions.

Auto-stereoscopic panels of today are...

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HDTV Almanac - TV Replacement Cycles Get Shorter

By Alfred Poor • Mar 3 2011, 1:00pm

At a recent conference hosted by DisplaySearch, a presentation by a Corning representative made an interesting point about how often consumers replace their old television sets. In the old days of analog broadcasts and CRTs, the replacement cycle was about nine years. We then had the digital broadcast transition and the advent of more affordable [...]

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DIRECTV Continues 3D Leadership with Exclusive Full-Length 3D Opera and Even More Hollywood Movies in 3D This Spring

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 3 2011, 4:00am

3D is in full bloom on DIRECTV this spring with a colorful variety of new programming to choose from, including the exclusive, U.S. broadcast of the full-length 3D opera, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, directed by acclaimed British filmmaker, Mike Figgis, and several 3D Hollywood movies – all available on the DIRECTV CINEMA platform. DIRECTV offers more 3D programming than any other television provider in the country.

Told through the visionary directorial style of...

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HDTV Almanac - Green Tips

By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2011, 1:00pm

No, the title is not about the new shoots appearing as spring arrives (there still are some piles of snow around here as I write this). I’m talking about environmentally-friendly ideas. I just came across a site (actually I rediscovered it) that has some great resources. It’s the Green tab at the Digital Tips [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

By The HT Guys • Mar 2 2011, 5:10am

The Social Network is a well crafted character driven film, and it had to be considering it’s just a movie about creating a website and then fighting over it with lawyers. The fact that this film is elegant is a testament to its skillful acting, intelligent script, distinguished directing, and wonderful musical score. The cast of young actors...

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Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability for Its Expanded 2011 VIERA® LCD/LED Line-Up

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2011, 3:57am

Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry and technology leader in High Definition and Full HD 3D technology, recently announced pricing and availability for its 2011 LCD/LED models. At the same time, Panasonic heralded the introduction of two LED Full HD 3D TVs to its expanded LCD/LED 2011 line-up. With a total of eight LED models in the VIERA LCD/LED line-up, the 2011 model array provides internet access via its proprietary VIERA Connect service, found on three models and Easy IPTV, a web entertainment solution that is available on five models.

For the 2011 Viera Full HD 3D line-up, Panasonic extended the...

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Panasonic's 2011 Blu-Ray Line Up Focuses on High-Quality Picture and Sound, Ease-of-Use, Connectivity Energy Efficiency and Introduction of Skype™

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2011, 3:54am

Panasonic , a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, recently introduced an expanded Blu-ray disc player lineup with three new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110 – and a new 2D model, the DMP-BD75.

The BDT310, BDT210 and BDT110 are...

Plasma HDTVs

Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability for Its Award Winning 2011 Plasma Model Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2011, 3:42am

Driving the resurgence of Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry and technology leader in High Definition and Full HD 3D televisions, recently announced pricing and availability for its award winning 2011 Viera Plasma line-up. This announcement coincides with Display Search's recent analysis and conclusion that 2010 was a great year for Plasma TV panels, with shipments growing on a Year/Year basis every quarter since Q4 '09. NPD also produced data showing a growth in Plasma sales.

In a February 3, 2011 report – Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, Display Search reported...

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - 3D At Home: No One’s Buying It??

By Pete Putman • Mar 1 2011, 5:10pm

When the people who produce 3D content aren't on-board with 3D at home, you know it's a tough sell.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Samsung & LG Still on Top

By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2011, 1:00pm

A report from industry tracker Displaybank indicates that the Koreans still dominate the flat panel TV market. For worldwide unit shipments in 2010, Samsung accounted for 19% of all flat panel TVs, and LG provided another 13%. That means that nearly one out of three flat panel TVs are made by one of these two [...]

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HDTV Expert - Who Wins In The New Media Landscape?

By Pete Putman • Feb 28 2011, 10:33pm

It's becoming clear that streaming movies and TV shows is in, and renting optical discs is on the way out. That may be a great model for consumers, but how content creators make any money from it?

PC & Laptop TechnologyOLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Progress on Thin Color Display

By Alfred Poor • Feb 28 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, news of a display technology demonstration from Samsung Electronics was reported in Nature Photonics. This is a thin film technology based on “quantum dots“, and was built on a flexible substrate. This approach is quite different from OLED technology; the nanoparticles emit light when excited by an electrical charge, and the color of [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #467: SRS iWow 3D and Amazon Instant Streaming

By The HT Guys • Feb 25 2011, 1:32pm

This week Amazon announced that Amazon Prime members will get instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows. We are big fans of Amazon Prime. You get free two day shipping on almost anything Amazon sells. But with free unlimited streaming of 5,000 movies its a no brainer...or is it?

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Celebrates 1 Million Units

By Alfred Poor • Feb 25 2011, 1:00pm

Roku is throwing a party to celebrate the sale of the one millionth Roku box at the end of last year. The company has launched its “1 Million Fans Giveaway” promotion for this popular network media player.
You can enter the contest by uploading a picture that will become part of an online mosaic picture or [...]

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review: RED (Special Edition)

By The HT Guys • Feb 25 2011, 5:55am

RED sounds like a ridiculous movie. Actors old enough to draw social security playing the parts of retired CIA agents forced into rip roaring action. Maybe that’s why 4 Oscar winning actors are in this movie, to pull it off without making it look hokey. Needless to say, they did a good job of it. RED is a fun popcorn movie to watch. It has a lot of witty humor, great action scenes, a decent plot, and most importantly...

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HDTV Almanac - New Type of “Laser TV”

By Alfred Poor • Feb 24 2011, 1:00pm

Mitsubishi has developed yet another twist on the flat panel television, according to a report in Tech-On. Instead of using LEDs as a solid-state light source for an LCD panel, the design uses a red laser along with a special, high-brightness, cyan LED. The combination of the two light sources create a mixed white light [...]

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HDTV Almanac - ivi.tv Goes Down in Flames, for Now

By Alfred Poor • Feb 23 2011, 1:00pm

Well, you can’t fault them for trying, I guess. Cable companies can pay a fee to the Copyright Office and then capture over-the-air television broadcast signals for distribution over their cable network. Upstart ivi.tv plunked down its cash, and then started distributing the live broadcasts from the New York and Los Angeles markets (among others), [...]

Broadcast

Ed's View - ALL THREE WAYS: Free, Mobile and Quality

By Ed Milbourn • Feb 22 2011, 3:56pm

OK, suppose the national interest and economic forces dictate that must of the TV broadcast spectrum now devoted to over-the-air (OTA) TV be allocated to broadband services. With that premise being accepted, is there a way to preserve free TV, have mobile TV services and provide a quality experience for viewers? The answer is yes, there is! Several ideas proposed by various ATSC Mobile/Handheld (M/H) stakeholders could be combined into one comprehensive scheme that would deliver all three objectives.

The basis of this unified proposed plan is to ...

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HDTV Almanac - More 3D Channels

By Alfred Poor • Feb 22 2011, 1:00pm

Comcast has announced that it’s launching Xfinity 3D, a new 24/7 channel that will have nothing but stereoscopic 3D content. According to the press release, the channel will carry “concerts from top-tier artists, sporting events, more than a dozen movies and original 3D programming.” (Fans of the serial comma might notice that its use here [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy in Your Smartphone

By Alfred Poor • Feb 21 2011, 1:00pm

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in some store, looking at a beautiful new HDTV or other sparkly shiny electronics gear, and the price looks pretty attractive. But you can’t quite bring yourself to pull the trigger, because you haven’t comparison shopped the item yet. What if you could get it cheaper somewhere else? [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Tablet, Tablet, on the Wall…

By Alfred Poor • Feb 18 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, I’ll confess that I have not yet been caught up in the touch tablet frenzy. (I have never look at my notebook computer and said to myself, “Dang! I wish that sucker didn’t have a keyboard!“) But I get it that people love their tablets and they are using them for all sorts of [...]

Blu-ray

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #466: HSU Research Speakers

By The HT Guys • Feb 18 2011, 6:58am

Recently Braden started looking for some new speakers for his house. Recommendations came flooding in, but one that really intrigued us came from good friend Ray. He suggested we check out what HSU Research has to offer. We know they make great subs, but were unfamiliar with their speakers, so we decided to check them out.

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HDTV Almanac - Banned at the Border

By Alfred Poor • Feb 17 2011, 1:00pm

HDMI Licensing is the organization charged with protecting the intellectual property pool for the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standard. This has become the first choice for digital high definition connections for home entertainment devices and accessories, and is supported by more than 1,000 companies who have licensed these patents.
Not all manufacturers have bothered to pay [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Boxee Box Gets Netflix, Finally

By Alfred Poor • Feb 16 2011, 1:00pm

From the Other Shoe Finally Drops Department, the Boxee Box now has Netflix. An announcement on the Boxee blog let the world know that the latest revision of the software has given users access to streaming content from Netflix. Now, to be fair, D-Link released the device last November. So it has just been a [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Through a Glass, Brightly

By Alfred Poor • Feb 15 2011, 1:00pm

I have seen the future, and I like it. Corning is responsible for most of the glass used in LCD flat panel HDTVs, among other things, and naturally the company can be expected to have a rather “glassy-eyed” view of things, if you’ll pardon the expression. But I was not expecting anything like this. The [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV on DirecTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2011, 1:00pm

Last night, “3net” was scheduled to debut on DirecTV. (I can’t confirm that it did, because I don’t get DirecTV and I don’t have a 3DTV to test it with anyway.) This collaboration with Sony, Discovery, and IMAX will broadcast 3D programming 24/7, which is pretty cool. And the network has promised to premier new [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Cable Subsidies: “A Dumb Idea”

By Alfred Poor • Feb 11 2011, 1:00pm

If you’re not from the northeast, you may not be aware that New Jersey is in a serious financial bind. The state is facing a $2.2 billion deficit in the current fiscal year that ends in June, and forecasts for next year’s budget predict a staggering $11 billion deficit. So it should come as no [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #465: McTiVia Review

By The HT Guys • Feb 11 2011, 7:19am

We don’t think there is one listener/reader out there who has not wanted to connect their computer to their TV. In the traditional sense a computer connected to your TV is commonly referred to as a Home Theater PC or HTPC. This requires you to dedicate a computer connected to the TV or at least use a Media Extender device like an Xbox 360. On today’s show we look at a device that is part Media Extender and part HDMI extension cord. We are talking about the McTiVia ($230 with shipping) and it works with both Windows and Macs.

Global & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Sue Me, Sue You

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2011, 1:00pm

I figure I could probably write exclusively about lawsuits in the display and consumer electronics industry, but frankly, I get tired of the stories and I suspect you do too. This one is worth mentioning, however, when you consider the two parties and the venue.
LG has announced that it is suing Sony with an International [...]

Sports

HDTV Almanac - The Subscriber Bowl?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, so we now have another spectacular Super Bowl in our rear view mirror. (I won’t make any mention of the favorable outcome.) But keep your eyes on the road ahead, because it may not be a smooth ride. I’m not just talking about the fact that the contract between the players and the National [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Tough Times for CE Retailers

By Alfred Poor • Feb 8 2011, 1:00pm

Some chains are expanding, some are standing still, some are pulling back, and some are just plain going away.
In the last category, the final shoe has dropped and Ultimate Electronics has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to throw in the towel. The company has not been able to secure credit for new inventory, and [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Such a Deal!

By Pete Putman • Feb 7 2011, 10:59pm

Best Buys’ future-proof Buy Back Program sounds great. That is, if you think getting 10 cents back on the dollar is great…

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Samsung HDTV? There’s an App for That!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2011, 1:00pm

Samsung’s new Galaxy S smart phone and Galaxy Tab know how to play nice with their bigger siblings. According to news from Samsung, the company now offers apps for both of these devices that will let them control many of the 2010 HDTV models, using a WiFi connection. They can also control many of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDTV Sets Turn Green

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2011, 1:00pm

No, this is not an announcement of a major recall. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13″ to 65″ LCDs and 42″ to 65″ plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% [...]

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #464: Pioneer VSX-1120-K Audio/Video Receiver

By The HT Guys • Feb 4 2011, 6:44am

We recently switched our go-to value receiver to the Pioneer VSX-820-K. For under $300, it packs in a great deal of features. But it also makes some sacrifices to get the cost down that low. So for those who want to step up to a 7.1 receiver, we decided to check out the Pioneer VSX-1120-K. Right now it’s just over $200 more at a street price of $535.

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HDTV Almanac - Jon’s Back on Hulu!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 3 2011, 1:00pm

There is happiness and rejoicing throughout the land. All the 20-somethings can now get their daily dose of news presented with a spoonful of sugar, for free, now that Viacom and Hulu have made peace. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is one of several Comedy Central shows that are back on Hulu with complete [...]

MarketplaceInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - NeTV Sales to Grow

By Alfred Poor • Feb 2 2011, 1:00pm

Parks Associates estimates that about a quarter of the new TVs sold in 2010 were able to connect to the Internet. The same group forecasts that this will reach 76% by 2015. These predictions make sense to me, though it’s not all about streaming content from Web sites.
I expect that a lot of these sales [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Tops 20 Million

By Alfred Poor • Feb 1 2011, 1:00pm

Netflix has announced that it added 3.1 million net subscribers in the last quarter of 2010, bringing it up to just over 20 million total. If it were a cable company, it would now be in second place behind only Comcast, which has just under 24 million subscribers. Some additional statistics make this comparison even [...]

BroadcastPolitics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - FCC Opens Up the Space Between

By Alfred Poor • Jan 31 2011, 1:00pm

Last Wednesday, the FCC issued an order that names nine companies as the joint administrators of a database that will govern the use of an unlicensed section of the broadcast spectrum known as “white space”. These are the frequencies between television channels in a given regional area. Not all channels are assigned in a given [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sharp Goes for Elite Line

By Alfred Poor • Jan 28 2011, 1:00pm

Pioneer made top-of-the-line plasma HDTVs when it exited the television business. It was known for its Elite brand, which was sold through professional AV retailers. Sharp has now decided to resurrect the brand and license it for its own LCD HDTVs. Pioneer will still use the brand on its home theater products and Blu-ray players.
Presumably, [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #463: Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray Player

By The HT Guys • Jan 28 2011, 10:22am

Oppo has been around since 2004, about a year longer than the HT Guys. We’ve watched them go from a company that built high performance upconverting DVD players to one that builds high performance Blu-ray Players. Today we take a look at the latest in the Oppo lineage, the BDP-93. The player is all black with a brushed aluminum face. The fit and finish is first rate and looks great in our equipment stack. The BDP-93 has a MSRP of $499.99 and is available today.

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HDTV Almanac - TV Panel Prices Continue to Fall

By Alfred Poor • Jan 27 2011, 1:00pm

In the latest PriceWise report, DisplaySearch reports that large LCD television panels dropped another 1% to 2% for the wholesale price across a wide range of sizes in January. Some of the biggest movement was at the 42″ size, with the typical panel dropping from $245 to $240. A 120Hz LED edge-lit 42″ panel also [...]

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HDTV Expert - Pico Projectors: Cute, But Does Anyone Use Them?

By Pete Putman • Jan 26 2011, 5:13pm

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a projector in your smart phone, or digital camera? Apparently not, based on what I’ve seen so far.

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - People Won’t Pay for Content, Right?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 26 2011, 1:00pm

Ah, the wonder that is the Internet, where you have access to all the content in the world, and it’s free. And for those parts that aren’t free, they should be free, right? That seems to be the attitude of a lot of people, and I agree that there is a lot of good and [...]

3D HDTV

ConsumerReports.org Unveils First Ratings of 3D TVs; Panasonic 3D Sets Among Best HD Models Ever Tested

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 26 2011, 2:26am

In its first-ever Ratings of 3D TVs, ConsumerReports.org has found that the some of the best performing 3D-capable TVs were among the best overall HD performers. The Panasonic VT20 and VT25 plasma models were among the best HD sets that ConsumerReports.org has ever tested. In addition to excellent HD performance, they displayed the least ghosting with 3D programming, and achieved the highest overall scores in Consumer Reports 3D TV Ratings.

The full report, which features Ratings of twenty 3D-capable TVs and more than 120 LCD and plasma HDTVs, is available...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Microsoft Sues TiVo; So What?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2011, 1:00pm

The story is breaking that Microsoft has sued TiVo for alleged patent infringements. What fascinates me is that so many industry pundits are ready to jump in with an explanation of the suit and its implications for the two companies and their markets. Here’s what I think we know for sure about this lawsuit:
We’ll probably [...]

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HDTV Expert - 3D: Americans Still Aren’t Buying It

By Pete Putman • Jan 24 2011, 8:12pm

Nielsen Research just published its State of the Media 2010 report, and we’re watching more TV than ever. But we don’t plan to add 3D to the mix any time soon.

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Adds Live Channel

By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2011, 1:00pm

Roku is one of the network media players that lets you turn your HDTV into a “Smart TV” by adding an Internet connection. In general, this means that you can access streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. The company has announced that it will start carrying its first “linear” channel of programming: WealthTV. [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Mobile Video Taking Up Bandwidth

By Alfred Poor • Jan 21 2011, 1:00pm

Do you watch video on your smartphone? The odds are good that you don’t. A study released by Bytemobile shows that only about 10% of users were responsible for 90% of the total mobile network traffic in 2010. And of this total traffic, 40% is video. The company forecasts that video will grow to be [...]

Events & TradeshowsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #462: Where are they now?

By The HT Guys • Jan 21 2011, 10:12am

Being at CES this year made us think back to the many booths we’ve visited and exhibits we’ve seen in prior years. There have been major highlights in years past that seem to have faded into the sunset. Some of the things we were excited about just a couple years ago were nowhere to be seen this year. Where did they go?

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HDTV Almanac - Retransmission Wars Avoided… This Time

By Alfred Poor • Jan 20 2011, 1:00pm

Good news! Broadcaster Sinclair and Time Warner Cable have worked out an agreement on retransmission, at least in general terms, and will extend the agreement that expired December 31st until February 21st, to give the two sides time to finalize the details. Sinclair did not pull any of its programming from the cable service during [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Comcast Gets NBC-U Approval

By Alfred Poor • Jan 19 2011, 1:00pm

The FCC and the Justice Department have given their approval to Comcast’s take-over of NBC Universal, which it is buying from GE. The nation’s largest cable company will now have control of a major Hollywood studio (and all that goes with that), providing it with unprecendent vertical integration.
The FCC tacked on a few conditions with [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Limits Access to DVD Queue

By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2011, 1:00pm

Bottom line: Netflix really wants out of the physical DVD business. And the company is doing its best to hasten its exit.
It has been widely reported that the company’s director of product management, Jamie Odell, announced that subscribers will no longer be able to add DVD titles to their queue using network media players, [...]

Service & RepairCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 15 More Minutes of Fame

By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2011, 1:00pm

Actually, it’s just under 8 minutes this time. The HDTV Almanac is syndicated through Newstex, a service that provides “authoritative content” from a variety of online sources. And I’m pleased that they chose the Almanac as one of their sources. The company has a new program of video interviews with some of their authors and [...]

Events & Tradeshows3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: Are TV Makers Doing an “Osborne”?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 14 2011, 1:00pm

The big buzz at CES 2011 was about the auto-stereoscopic 3DTV demonstrations that seemed to be everywhere. Toshiba, Sony, and LG all had demo screens available that worked without glasses. Some are designed for single viewers, which is okay. Some were designed for multiple viewers, which I don’t think will work in the typical American [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #461: Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58″ 3D 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTV

By The HT Guys • Jan 14 2011, 10:15am

Ara has been watching his Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58-inch 3D 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTV (Street Price $2500) for about a month and thought it would be a good time for a review. When Ara purchased the TV it was going for about $2700, now you can buy it for about $2500.

3D HDTV

Glasses-Free 3D at CES 2011 - Improving, but no Cigar, Except for the Queen of CES

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 14 2011, 4:37am

Most journalists covered CES’s Smart TV announcements, new panel sizes and models, with backlight LEDs here, there, and everywhere, dozens of tablets, etc. but provide no coverage on the technical detail and depth of what is really difficult to create in the 3D world, and most say will not be ready for many years: auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D.

So which was the best looking glasses-free large screen 3DTV? Who was the 3D-glasses-free queen of CES? Not Sony’s 56” 4K, or 46” 2K LCD panel prototypes shown with floor platforms that wisely limited the viewing area/angles. Not the 65” and 56” LCD models from Toshiba shown with fixed feet marks on the floor (so you better not move) in a tunnel-type booth that also precluded angled views other than straight to the set. Not even LG. The best looking large screen 3D image without using 3D glasses to my eyes was...

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2011: Afterthoughts

By Pete Putman • Jan 13 2011, 10:38pm

There’s always more to the story. Here are some additional parting thoughts from this year’s gadget fest.

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: More Choices for Hurricane Kits

By Alfred Poor • Jan 13 2011, 1:00pm

Back when the digital transition was pending, I raised the question of battery-powered portable televisions for use in emergencies. The old analog sets that people had stored in their hurricane kits no longer work with the digital signals. At first, there were few choices.
Now the market has responded and you’ve got more choices than in [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: Pico Projectors Coming

By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2011, 1:00pm

Take your iPod or iPad and plop it in a handy dock to recharge; that’s not unusual. The dock has speakers so you can listen to your music with room-filling sound. Also not so unusual. But look at this:

The Cinemin Slice from WowWee is a docking station that includes a pico projector so you can [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2011: Applications? Plenty! Buzz? Ahhh, Not So Much…

By Pete Putman • Jan 12 2011, 1:49am

Attendance was way up at CES, but the overall mood was more subdued and businesslike than extravagant.

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: Yahoo! Connected TVs

By Alfred Poor • Jan 11 2011, 1:00pm

Consumers are discovering that there’s a lot of good content available on the Internet. Netflix is getting a lot of the attention, especially with the statistic that at peak times, it accounts for 20% of all Internet traffic in the U.S. That’s astounding.
Television manufacturers are going to make that proportion increase, it appears, as many [...]

Events & TradeshowsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: Now THAT’S an LED TV!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 10 2011, 1:00pm

Wandering around the LVCC Central Hall, I rounded a corner and saw this at the Mitsubishi pavillion:

That screen is 155″ diagonal. Yes, that’s equivalent to more than nine 50″ panels. It’s big. (Look at the person standing beside the lower left corner to get a sense of the scale.)
There are two interesting things about this [...]

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Panasonic and Verizon Demonstrate an Industry-First at the International Consumer Electronics Show: Full HD 3D Video Over Verizon's FiOS All-Fiber-Optic Network

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2011, 3:15am

Full-resolution high-definition 3D transmission via a premium TV service provider became a reality at this year's 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. Verizon and Panasonic, a leader in Full HD 3D technology, are streaming Full HD 3D, currently the highest-possible resolution of 3D video, via Verizon's 100 percent fiber-optic FiOS TV service.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration (in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center Room S228) was made possible...

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Penthouse Announces the World's First 3D Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2011, 3:12am

Continuing to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, Penthouse announces the launch of the PENTHOUSE 3D Channel. This new channel will feature original adult-oriented programming each month shot in native high definition and 3D. The company's commitment to 3D draws on the strengths of Penthouse's unique expertise in content delivery, movie making and technological acumen.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: What’s That Show?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 7 2011, 1:00pm

My wife was watching Glee the other night, and I thought I recognized one actress as someone who has starred in movies. In a typical senior moment, however, I could not come up with her name or any of the movies, which left me with the stammering conversation, “That’s whats-her-name, right? The one who has [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #460: CES 2011

By The HT Guys • Jan 7 2011, 10:05am

It's hard to believe that another year has gone by and we're back on our annual trek to Las Vegas to pay homage to the consumer electronics industry. The Consumer Electronics Show is always a fun adventure, showcasing some of both the best and the most peculiar devices imaginable. Last year we were bombarded with 3D; this year it was all about connected TVs and tablets.

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Toshiba Enhances 3D Accessibility With Multiple 3D TV Technologies

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:55am

Toshiba UL610 Cinema Series 3D LED HDTVToshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its most advanced 3D LED TVs for 2011. Featuring exclusive CEVO Engine Technology that includes enhancements for 3D picture quality, the new LED TVs also boast new ultra-thin cosmetic designs with chrome trim that add a touch of elegance to any home décor. In addition, Toshiba plans to demonstrate its cutting edge Glasses Free 3D TV for the first time in the U.S. at CES.

For 2011, Toshiba 3D models utilize the CEVO Engine, which includes three key 3D technologies that set Toshiba 3D apart...

Internet HD Video

Hauppauge Introduces a New Way to Watch Live TV on an Apple iPad or iPhone

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:47am

Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of TV tuner products for personal computers, has announced a new live TV streamer for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Called "Broadway", this new stand alone "box" from Hauppauge's PCTV Systems division allows live TV to be watched on an Apple device in the home through a WiFi connection, or anywhere in the world via an Internet connection.

Broadway can be used in the home, for example, to watch a football game or a news program on your iPad. Your iPad will display a list of...

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JVC Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder is World's First

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:40am

JVC today announced the world's first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD, thanks to a new JVC-developed high-speed processor that can produce two simultaneous Full HD images.

The new GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images much the same way that human eyes work. JVC's new high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images – left and right images at 1920 x 1080i – within that single chip. The newly developed...

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LG Electronics Sets New Standard in HDTV Design With 'NANO FULL LED' HDTV Series

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:38am

LG Electronics today unveiled the next generation of flat-panel televisions featuring NANO Lighting Technology developed to redefine "clarity" in FULL LED TVs at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205).

Two new NANO FULL LED series (LW9500 and LW7700) push the boundaries of viewing pleasure with their NANO Lighting Technology, producing a clear, bright and smooth picture. Extremely thin film printed with a proprietary light dispersion pattern and combined with a full array of LEDs disperses light more evenly across the screen, creating pictures that are brighter and more uniform than conventional edge-lit LED sets. What's more, an Anti-Reflection Panel on the screen minimizes reflection from external light sources, including sunlight, to provide a crystal clear picture.

The LW9500 and LW7700 boast improved localized dimming in both 2D and 3D with their Micro Pixel Control. By manipulating individual LED blocks, Micro Pixel Control adds...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

LG's New 'Super LED' Line Raises Bar for High-Tech, High-Performance Monitors

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:32am

LG Electronics' innovative new SUPER LED monitor line-up, introduced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205), is designed to provide consumers with stylish designs, excellent picture quality, wide viewing angles and energy efficiency – aptly named SUPER Slim, SUPER Picture Quality, SUPER Angle and SUPER Energy Saving.

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LG Electronics' Flagship INFINIA PZ950 3D HDTV Headlines Expanded 2011 Plasma Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:27am

LG Electronics announced its expanded family of plasma HDTVs for 2011 today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205), a stunning line-up of seven new plasma series headlined by the Full HD 1080p INFINIA PZ950.

The INFINIA PZ950 – with its added online content options through LG SmartTV with Magic Motion Remote for easy navigation, THX Certified 3D display* and picture-enhancing technologies...

New Products & Equipment

Ciil Technologies Unveils First Truly Weatherproof Flat Panel TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:22am

Placing a display outdoors requires a certain confidence that it can operate and last in a variety of harsh environments, as well as unpredictable weather. You can now rest assured, thanks to the fully-sealed technology that sets a new standard for weatherproof flat panel TVs, featuring the greatest flexibility in outdoor screen placement on the market.

Ciil Technologies, LLC, provider of the market's only 100-percent, fully-sealed full 1080p HD flat panel TVs, is showcasing its full line of 32" thru...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

New Peerless HD Flow Wireless Multimedia Kit Delivers HD Video and Audio to Any HDTV Anywhere in the Home without Cables

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:19am

The new HD Flow Wireless Multimedia Kit (HDS100) from Peerless Industries is a simple solution for installing HDTVs and other displays with the freedom to stream Full HD 1080p 60Hz video and 5.1 channel Digital audio anywhere in the home – without drilling or running cables through the walls.

Featuring simple plug and play setup, HD Flow wirelessly connects devices such as Blu-ray®/DVD players, satellite/DVR/cable set top boxes, video game consoles, media servers, VHS players, laptop and PCs to HDTVs, digital TVs, projectors, monitors and even CRT TVs transmitting high-definition 1080p 60Hz resolution as well as analog.

With a reach of...

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LG Electronics Further Expands Access to Content-on-Demand With New Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:17am

Continuing its leadership in digital media with vast online content options, LG Electronics today introduced its 2011 line-up of Network Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205).

Leading the line-up being unveiled this week is LG's BD690 3D-capable Network Blu-ray Disc player with LG SmartTV and an integrated 250-gigabyte (GB) hard drive, allowing for easy storage and instant playback of music, photos, personal videos and online movies from VUDU™*.

Demonstrating...

Internet HD Video

New LG SmartTV Upgrader Makes Every TV a Smart TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:11am

LG Electronics introduced its new LG SmartTV Upgrader (ST600), an easy solution for transforming any TV into a Smart TV, today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205). The Upgrader gives any television with an HDMI input the ability to access endless amounts of content including movies, sports, television programming, music and premium applications, all through an easy to navigate user interface*.

The LG SmartTV Upgrader also offers...

Blu-ray

Marvell and OPPO Digital Deliver High Definition Network Streaming Universal 3D Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 11:59pm

Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, announced today at CES that it has been selected by OPPO Digital to provide its award-winning Qdeo® Video Processor for the company's newest Network Streaming Universal 3D Blu-ray Player, the OPPO BDP-93.

By integrating a dedicated Qdeo video processor from Marvell, the player enables...

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Haier Launches New Internet Connected Television Line and Haier Audio Line at CES 2011

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 11:56pm

Today Haier introduced its new line of Internet enabled televisions and new Haier Audio product line. Haier's Net Connect line of LED televisions is inspired by the evolution of the consumer lifestyle and evokes the experience of the home theater dream: wirelessly connecting to streaming movies, music, and entertainment from one source with a LED image that is deeper, richer, and bolder than ever.

With the introduction of the new Net Connect series of Wi-Fi connected televisions, comes the announcement of new content partner...

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: 3D Glasses Improve Rapidly

By Alfred Poor • Jan 6 2011, 1:00pm

“Those goofy glasses.” It’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks for 3DTV with many consumers, and I can’t blame them. Many of the active shutter glasses look like something out of a 50s science fiction B movie. And the passive glasses that you get in the movie theaters make Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello’s eyewear [...]

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Samsung Presents Highlights of New 3D Blu-Ray Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:20am

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled new innovative features in its 3D Blu-ray line that offer Samsung Smart Hub via integrated 802.11n wireless and Smart Blu-ray features. Three of the new models have Samsung's innovative system-on-chip (SoC) for exceptional 3D up-conversion of movies, pictures and streaming video. Consumers can look forward to seven new products that offer a range of features to suit their lifestyle needs. The key 3D Blu-ray products being showcased by the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include...

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Samsung Unveils Broadest Range of Ultra-Slim, High Performance Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:18am

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., continued to raise the industry bar for plasma TVs with its extended plasma TV line-up of 16 new models across six product series.

Offering breathtaking picture quality, advanced connectivity options and superior audio-visual technologies, Samsung's 2011 ultra-slim plasma TVs add a touch of sophistication and style to any home. All new plasma TVs also offer...

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Samsung Showcases Breakthrough Design Innovations and Smarter LED TV Products for 2011

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:15am

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today unveiled new LED TV series that redefine the home entertainment experience and add a touch of refined elegance, simplicity and luxury to any home. The new smart TVs address consumers' growing need for greater choice and control over how and when they access content.

Samsung will be augmenting its extensive product lines by...

3D HDTV

LG Display Takes 3D to the Next Level

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:12am

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LG Display (NYSE: LPL) (KRX: 034220), a leading innovator of TFT-LCD technology, showcased its Film Patterned Retarder (FPR, polarized glasses type) 3D panel at a kickoff press conference in Las Vegas, during media day of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

"Whereas first generation shutter glass technology introduced us to the possibility of 3D TV, next generation FPR makes 3D practical for mainstream use," remarked LG Display CEO Mr. Kwon Young Soo. "FPR will effectively allow manufacturers to create an incredible quality 3D TV experience that is healthy, convenient and affordable – all factors hindering the popularity of first generation 3D products."


Popularizing 3D TV for Mainstream Consumption

Existing shutter glass (SG) 3D technology has long been criticized for picture quality problems like flicker and cross talk, as well as bulky, battery-operated glasses. Given these issues, consumers have been ...

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Sony Redefines Television With New BRAVIA LCD HDTV Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:10am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (CES BOOTH #14200) -- Sony's new BRAVIA® HDTV lineup is redefining the television category again. Building on its broad line of innovative 3D and Internet connected TVs, Sony's 2011 BRAVIA LCD HDTV line includes 16 new 3D capable models and 22 Internet connected models. In all, the line features 27 new models ranging in screen size from 22 inches to 65 inches (measured diagonally)....

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New Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems Deliver Connected Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:06am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (CES Booth #14200) -- Sony today introduced its new Blu-ray Disc™ line featuring access to online entertainment, Wi-Fi® Internet connectivity, Blu-ray 3D™ playback, and compatibility with Sony's new HomeShare™ Network speakers for wireless multi-room audio streaming throughout the home.

The full HD 1080p new Blu-ray Disc™ line includes...

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Full HD 3D, VIERA Connect™, and LCD-LED HDTVs Highlight Panasonic's 2011 VIERA LCD Model Line-Up

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:04am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, the industry and technology leader in High Definition televisions, introduced the 2011 line-up of LCD and LCD-LED HDTVs at the Consumer Electronics Show, confirming Panasonic's commitment to provide the highest quality home entertainment experience and viewing options to the consumer. The 2011 series features the inclusion of Full HD 3D television to select Panasonic LCD-LED models (see separate Full HD 3D press release), IPS Alpha panels, the introduction of VIERA Connect to select models, fast motion refresh rates, Game Mode, wide viewing angles, and a reduction in power consumption.

The 2011 LCD and LCD-LED line-up...

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Panasonic Unveils New 3MOS HD Camcorders For Professional-Level Video Shooting In 3D and 2D

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:01am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today introduced three new Full-High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders to its 2011 line, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800. The new full-HD camcorders feature 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1080/60p recording to create crisp, detailed videos, and can also shoot 3D videos when used with Panasonic's optional 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1). Incorporating Panasonic's 3MOS system – an advanced technology used in professional-level equipment– the new camcorders record bright, low-noise videos, even in low lighting. Other top-of-the-line features include...

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Panasonic Expands and Enhances its Award Winning State-of-the-Art Line of VIERA Full HD 3D HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:59am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, the industry and technology leader in Full HD 3D technology and High Definition televisions, introduced its 2011 line of VIERA Full HD 3D HDTVs at the Consumer Electronics Show. The 2011 Full HD 3D line-up features an expansion of its award wining 2010 model line from eight to 12 Plasma models, including two new screen sizes and the addition of two LCD/LED Full HD 3D models. At last year's CES, Panasonic's TC-P50VT25 was judged "Best Product of the Show" and the 2011 model line-up builds upon that recognition of high quality with improved picture quality, new crosstalk reduction, faster acting phosphors, the inclusion of DLNA in all models, expanded internet functionality via the proprietary VIERA Connect IPTV platform and Neo Plasma technologies. Adhering to Panasonic's commitment to the environment, all 2011 models meet Energy Star 4.2 requirements. The 2011 VIERA line also includes VIERA Link™ for increased n ...

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Panasonic's 2011 VIERA Plasma HDTV Model Line-Up Builds Upon Its Award Winning 2010 Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:51am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced seven new models as part of the 2011 line of VIERA HDTV Plasmas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Building upon its reputation for producing award-winning Plasma HDTVs, the 2011 VIERA Plasma lineup features expanded IPTV functionality, improved picture quality and superior motion picture resolution.

Year after year, Panasonic has been dedicated to bringing new picture improving technologies to HDTVs and the 2011 line-up continues that philosophy. The educated consumer now demands blacker blacks, faster response time and the billions of colors that Panasonic Plasmas deliver. Panasonic has been recognized for having the deepest blacks in the industry and the 2011 models feature the Neo Plasma technologies, providing a new Infinite Black Filter with a higher efficiency panel that generates the best balance of black and white under brigh ...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Panasonic Adds Feature-Packed, Super-Slim LUMIX Digital Cameras With HD Recording Capabilities

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:49am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today introduces two slim and stylish digital cameras to its highly-successful LUMIX FH-Series. The ultra-compact 16.1 megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH5 and 14.1 megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH2 both feature newly-developed retractable, high-quality 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lenses with a 4x optical zoom. With the new retractable lens, the LUMIX FH5 and LUMIX FH2 have approximately 20% slimmer profiles than their predecessors, while still maintaining exceptional performance. Both models also record 1280 x 720p High Definition (HD) video.

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Panasonic's New Blu-ray Home Theater Systems Bring a New Dimension to Home Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:48am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a leader in Full HD 3D technology, today unveiled new Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc™ home theater systems which employ advanced technologies to reproduce immersive 3D with superb picture quality, cinema-like surround sound and boast built-in WiFi, Universal Dock for iPod®/iPhone® and Skype™(1) compatibility and 3D Effect Controller.

The new models, SC-BTT770, SC-BTT370 and SC-BTT270 deliver...

3D HDTV

Panasonic Introduces 3D Video Conferencing

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:45am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D technology, today introduced immersive 3D capability in its HD Visual Communications System (HDVC). Panasonic continues to lead the marketplace with a range of cutting-edge 3D products, creating opportunities for enterprises to take their operations to the next level. The 3D HDVC solution enhances the productivity and collaboration of key commercial and professional applications such as healthcare, manufacturing and education. It will be on display at the Panasonic booth #9408 in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Panasonic's 3D HDVC provides...

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Panasonic's New Full-HD Camcorders Offer Flexibility - From 3D and 2D Shooting to Wide-Angle Lenses, to Ultra-Lightweight Bodies With Intuitive Features

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:43am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today announced a full roster of Full-High Definition (HD) camcorders to its 2011 line. The seven new easy-to-use camcorders, HDC-SD40, HDC-TM40, HDC-HS80, HDC-TM80, HDC-SD80, HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90, all have a 1MOS sensor with 1920 x 1080 resolution feature wide-angle lenses. The Panasonic HDC-SD90 and HDC-TM90 are capable of shooting full-HD video with 1080/60p recording and can even record 3D video with the optional Panasonic 3D Conversion lens (VW-CLT1).

Leading off the line of 1MOS camcorders are the...

Blu-ray

Panasonic's 2011 Blu-ray™ Line Up Focuses On High-Quality Picture and Sound, Ease-of-Use, Connectivity and Energy Efficiency

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:41am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic Corporation of North America, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc™ player lineup with three new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110 – and a new 2D model, the DMP-BD75.

The BDT310, BDT210 and BDT110 are all high-quality Blu-ray Disc players with 2D-3D Conversion, which can convert 2D images from DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D with natural depth perception. With the 3D Effect Controller the user can control the leaping effects of 3D images, as well as allowing one to adjust the amount of depth. This permits the user to view expansive images and enjoy 3D content with exactly the kind of 3D effects they want. Also contributing to higher picture quality is the new...

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TI DLP® 1080p 3D Projectors Now Shipping and Widely Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:37am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) DLP® Products makes viewing quality, High Definition (HD) projection in 3D at home a reality with the announcement of multiple brands shipping 1080p 3D projectors. 3D 1080p from DLP provides consumers the ability to be immersed in film-quality images for everything from movies to gaming to sports, all powered by the dynamic DLP chip structure. Brands including Samsung and Sharp are showcasing the current 1080p 3D systems, which are now available for...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

NETGEAR Leads the Way with Second Generation Push2TV Adapter Featuring Full-HD Support

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:34am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the second generation NETGEAR Push2TV™ HD TV adapter, now with full-HD 1080p video resolution and other key improvements to enhance the home theater experience, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Push2TV HD (PTV2000) is compatible with laptops featuring both current generation and next generation Intel® Wireless Display technology and enables consumers to...

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Audiovox Introduces Industry's First Automotive Blu-ray Disc Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:31am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International CES, Center Hall, Booth 10406-10418 -- Audiovox Corporation (Nasdaq: VOXX) today announced the introduction of the industry's first automotive Blu-ray Disc player that plays any Blu-ray Discs as well as traditional DVDs and CD Audio Discs.

"We developed the AVDBR1 in response to the consumer preference for Blu-ray Discs in their home entertainment systems. This mobile solution will allow them to maintain a single video collection that works both in the vehicle and at home," said Tom Malone, President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation.

The AVDBR1 is installed...

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Partners with Sony Network Entertainment to Deliver Celebrated Swimsuit Franchise in 3D Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:28am

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, the 60 million+ fans of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's iconic Swimsuit franchise can experience Swimsuit in 3D video thanks to a cutting-edge transactional licensing agreement around SI Swimsuit 2011 with Sony Network Entertainment. The offering aligns the most successful platform in publishing history with Sony's unique ability to combine technology, products, content and services.

Premiering on February 15, launch day for SI Swimsuit 2011, the 3D Swimsuit video (content will also be available in a 2D format) shot earlier this year will be exclusively available for rental or purchase on...

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NETGEAR Supercharges the Home Theater and In-home Mobility Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:24am

strong>LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) three new home networking products that deliver the connectivity consumers need to supercharge their Internet-ready home theater gadgets and connect their iPads and other tablets, gaming consoles, and smartphones to the Internet.

Demonstrating the company's commitment to delivering the innovative products needed to create the best connected entertainment and mobility experience throughout the home, NETGEAR introduces...

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LG Electronics Redefines Home Entertainment with Broad Line of Full-Featured LED and LCD HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:19am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics today introduced its 2011 LED and LCD HDTVs – led by advanced new display technology, versatile new 3D viewing options and internet-connected "Smart TV" capabilities – at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205).

The LG LED and LCD HDTV 2011 lineup combines slim depth and bezel design with enhanced connectivity and abundant content options. Leading the way to the ultimate home entertainment experience, the LW9500 and LW7700 sets are LG's first NANO FULL LED 3D-ready models available in the United States. Setting a new standard in 3D comfort, the LW6500 and LW5600 sets will be LG's first models available...

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LG Electronics' 'Cinema 3D' Technology Creates Movie Theater Experience at Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:15am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics introduced its next generation 3D technology, Cinema 3D, today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205). With Cinema 3D, consumers can recreate the 3D movie theater viewing experience in their home with lightweight eyewear, crisp, bright images and wide-angle viewing.

Each Cinema 3D HDTV is bundled with...

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VIZIO Unveils Ultra-Widescreen 21:9 Cinemawide HDTV LED LCDs for the Ultimate Cinematic Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 4:52am

VIZIO Ultra-WidescreenVIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, revealed today plans to launch Cinemawide HDTV™, 21:9 Cinema aspect ratio models that can display native 2.35:1 ("CinemaScope") movies without any black bars for a true cinematic experience. The ultra widescreen perspective displays movies as designed for the silver screen for an immersive movie experience at home. Each model also features VIZIO Internet Apps™ (VIA) in Cinema mode, which allows users to browse apps side-by-side with 16:9 Full HD content without any compromise in resolution or size. The 50- and 58-inch class size models are Edge Lit Razor LED™ HDTVs with Smart Dimming. VIZIO will also be demonstrating at their private CES showroom a 71-inch class size model with Full Array TruLED™ backlighting for the ultimate in performance.

All three model ...

Internet HD Video

Hulu Plus™ Subscription Service and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® Now Available on VIZIO Internet Apps™ Adding More Entertainment Freedom to the Industry's Award-Winning Connected CE Platform

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 4:46am

Vizio Hulu BlockbusterVIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today a significant expansion of the VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) platform with the addition of Hulu Plus™ subscription service and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®. These new apps further strengthen the diverse catalog of entertainment choices available through VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) Connected CE platform on 2010's best-ranked LCD HDTVs and select Blu-ray players. Several other partners soon to launch their content and services to the award-winning VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) platform include...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Toshiba Unveils CAMILEO S30 Compact HD Digital Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 4:41am

Toshiba Camileo S30Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the CAMILEO™ S30 camcorder, a new addition to the highly acclaimed CAMILEO S-Series line. Toshiba's latest lightweight and ultraportable full HD resolution camcorder now features image stabilization in 1080p1, 720p and 480p modes for smooth and clear videos, a touch screen designed for easier navigation and a 16X digital zoom for getting in on the action.

At only...

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: 3Takes on 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 5 2011, 1:00pm

CES 2011 Day -1: No, the show doesn’t open until tomorrow, but I arrived in Las Vegas yesterday because it starts two days early for the press. So I had a bunch of events to deal with yesterday. There are a lot of interesting themes emerging already, but I was particularly interested by three different [...]

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IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit Streams a Tidal Wave of Content

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2011, 1:27am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International CES 2011 – January 6-9 – Central Hall #13427 – At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, IOGEAR today announces the Wireless 3D Media Kit (GW3DKIT), the company's first device to wirelessly stream HD audio/video and offer 3D support up to 100 feet away. Six different A/V devices can be connected and stashed away for discrete, uninhibited performance.

Leveraging its own integrated private Wi-Fi (802.11n), the IOGEAR™ Wireless 3D Media Kit broadcasts with almost no latency and no interference from nearby wireless routers. Content can be streamed to...

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HDTV Almanac - 2010 A Good Year for LCD HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 4 2011, 1:00pm

According to a new report from DisplaySearch, 2010 was a good year for LCD television shipments worldwide. Total shipments are expected to top 190 million units, which is a whopping 31% increase over the 2009 figures. This is a bit of a surprise, given the worldwide recession, but apparently the demand increased in response to [...]

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Samsung Innovation Makes Capturing Video Easier Than Ever with the Practical and Affordable Full HD HMX-Q10 Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 4 2011, 5:26am

Samsung HMX-Q10 CamcorderSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the latest model in its camcorder portfolio, the HMX-Q10. The HMX-Q10 has been designed to highlight Samsung's full HD camcorder technology with a BSI CMOS sensor, and makes recording movies easier than ever before, using ground-breaking technology and smart features such as its innovative Switch Grip technology. As a new addition to the Samsung line-up for 2011, the HMX-Q10's Easy Operation and Smart Access user interface (UI) makes Samsung's innovations in video capture more accessible than ever, allowing everyone to record excellent quality video.

Samsung has created the HMX-Q10 to be a compact, practical and easy-to-use full HD camcorder that combines the best in Samsung innovatio ...

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The Walt Disney Studios Unveils Stellar 2011 Blu-ray 3D™ Release Slate

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 4 2011, 3:38am

Lion King Blu-rayContinuing its leadership in the advancement of 3D entertainment and marking the most significant title commitment to the growing Blu-ray 3D™ market, The Walt Disney Studios today announced plans to release at least 15 of its films for in-home viewing on Blu-ray 3D in 2011.

Among the stellar list of films to debut on 3D include...

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VIZIO Announces Full Line of Theater 3D™ HDTVs in Sizes Ranging from 22 to 71 inches - Brighter, Flicker-Free 3D with Superior Performance for Everyone

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 4 2011, 2:53am

VIZIO Theater 3DIRVINE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today a full line of Theater 3D™ HDTVs that deliver superior 3D performance for all, with sizes ranging from 22 to 71 inches. Theater 3D HDTVs offer crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D that's up to 2x brighter and significantly reduces crosstalk compared to current Active Shutter LCD TVs. Best of all, Theater 3D eyewear is battery-free, lightweight and comfortable, works with most 3D movie theaters, and will be available in...

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HDTV Almanac - A “Goofy Glasses” Rant

By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2011, 1:00pm

I apologize in advance for starting the new year off with a rant; I usually try to keep my posts upbeat and focused on the optimistic side of HDTV and home entertainment news and technology. But I want to start off the new year with a message for everyone who is waiting for a wonderful, [...]