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Monday, July 6, 2009

New Monitor from Philips Watches You

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ne..._bathroom_break

"There's been a major push this past year in being more energy conscious when it comes to computing, and one way Philips plans to do that is by making sure your LCD monitor doesn't consume more power than it needs to. Called the Brilliance LCD, the upcoming display will feature a built-in sensor capable of detecting whether or not you're sitting in front of your monitor."

I'm all for features that allow you to automate your energy conservation. Hopefully this implementation is cheap enough so that they'll implement it across their entire line without a material increase in prices. If there is a significant premium, it will be difficult to earn back the cost in energy savings and those that are willing to pay a premium are probably already knowledgeable enough to just set their computer to shut off their monitor after a few minutes of inactivity.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Philips Agrees That Wider Is Better

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/..._ultrawide_lcd/

"Dubbed the Cinema 21:9, this TV's screen measures 56 inches diagonally with a native resolution of 2560x1080. An auto-formatting function can resize 16:9 material to fill the screen, or—thankfully—this function can be disabled to display everything in its native aspect ratio, sort of like an anamorphic lens being moved into and out of position on a front projector. "

I've always preferred widescreen to formats that have been modified to fit my television. Aside from the fact that most movies are filmed with an eye to widescreen, it provides a much more compelling experience. Yes, I even watched widescreen format movies on a 13" kitchen TV. Philips seems to be taking this to the extreme by releasing a TV that has an aspect ratio of 2.33:1, just kissing the widest ratio you will ever need. The rest of the specifications look typical with it capable of 1080p resolution and 56 inches of LCD goodness. But why, oh why would you want Ambilight? I've never understood manufacturers that are infatuated with extra lights on their products. I have a desktop computer case that has blue LEDs that rivals the Luxor Hotel spotlight! Especially for a TV where all I would want to see is the movie itself, not the poorly painted wall its mounted on. Does anyone buy into mood lighting?


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Blu-ray Licensing to be Unified

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/25/...say-its-coming/

"Look, we don't really "get" people who aren't willing to buy the latest and greatest thing regardless of the price and / or current economic state, but evidently there's a rather large sector still clinging to their antiquated DVD format. Blu-ray proponents Panasonic, Philips, and Sony are looking to change all that by knocking down the tab a few notches."

For those of you harping over the high prices of Blu-ray technology, from players to burners to movies, it looks like there might be a light, albeit dim, at the end of the tunnel. The unification of license granters should reduce the cost of everything Blu-ray, though only marginally since it only affects the cost of the license. Still, it's welcome news and leads me to believe that one day, there will eventually be Blu-ray technology that costs what DVD technology costs today.


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