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Friday, February 20, 2009

LCDs Becoming Gargantuan In Size

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 AM

http://hdguru.com/new-hdtv-makers-e...-82-part-i/374/

"The GE name is going to appear on televisions created by a 49%/51% joint venture of GE and Tatung, a Taiwanese builder of HDTVs, computer monitors and appliances. The new company is known as GDT for General Displays and Technologies. The GE line is set to launch in late April. Honeywell has authorized another Taiwanese company; SOYO to design, sell and market Honeywell branded HDTVs. Honeywell will produce a line of LCD HDTVs from 19” to 82” screen sizes. Yes, that right, an 82” LCD Full HD TV."

LCD TVs have slowly been growing in size over the years as the technology has been improving. However, a recent announcement by Honeywell is notable as their largest model spans a hefty 82 inches. This puts it in the size class that competes against some projectors. It offers full 1080p HD, a wide viewing angle, 120Hz refresh rate and a standard compliment of connectors. It also weighs a considerable 303 lbs, so you won't be moving it around much, but it does look like a great choice for setting up a home theater and you don't want to go the projector route.

Tags: tv, lcd, hdtv, altera, honeywell, ge

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wii-Style TV Remotes My Be Coming Soon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 AM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2009/02...or-tv-browsing/

"Research firm, Strategy Analytics, has published a new survey report titled “Consumer Imperatives for Digital TV Media Browsers” which found that Wii-style, motion-sensing TV remotes may be the next big thing for browsing media applications in next generation TVs."

Thinking about the concept of being able to point to something on the TV and click a button to "activate" it seems like such a simple concept. Well, actually, it's what we've been working with for computers for a long time. But TVs seem to have been avoiding this for a long time. Perhaps there are some technical reasons behind it, or cost, or both. Either way, I think the market would greatly welcome being able to navigate channels, etc. by point and click, instead of a conceptualized "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, select"

Tags: hardware, wii, remote, tv

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cable TV's Value Challenged

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 PM

http://caseygotcher.wordpress.com/2...really-need-it/

"More and more of my friends and co-workers are getting tired of dealing with this cost, not to mention the associated taxes, and hassles the cable company puts you through. They beginning to ask, “Can I live without cable?” I have been looking into the answer to this question for some time now. If you had asked me 2 years ago, I would have said no. At least for most people. Ask me again today, and I would say Yes! Between over the air (OTA, ATSC), and online, you have some good options now that you didn’t have before."

Casey Gotcher explores the numerous options for watching tv shows online that have cropped up over the past couple of years. The result is a wide variety of ways to get your American Idol fix. However, not all options are free, and managing the different video providers may get confusing for some. The big concern for me is cost. If you're trying to save, transferring the cost from your Cable TV provider to an online site doesn't make any appreciable difference. Depending on what shows you watch, you can possibly save some money though. Another important note that isn't mentioned, is that the options listed assume you live in the US of A. Being Canadian, I find my options much more limited, and you'll find the situation similar across the globe. Still, I've found that with the few shows I do watch, I can survive with what's online and OTA. Anyone else slashed their monthly bills and getting their fix online?


Monday, July 7, 2008

Pew Pew Pew! Here Come The Laser-Based TV's!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/25/...-due-this-fall/

"We got a first glimpse of Mitsubishi's brand new rear-projection-ish laser-based TV tech, LaserVue, back at CES, but now the sets are just about primed for action, and should be hitting store shelves, as previously noted, Q3 2008. LaserVue will debut in 65-inch and 73-inch, with the 65-inch version hitting the scene first. Mitsubishi is still pretty coy about what exactly makes the technology tick -- other than the "zomg, lasers" aspect -- but is quick to point out the 200 percent color gamut that LaserVue provides, more than twice that of most traditional HDTVs."



It looks like Mitsubishi will soon be releasing their new "LaserVue" 65 inch and 73 inch laser-based rear-projection TV's. These monsters are a MASSIVE 10-inches thick though, but appear to have great color and take about half the power of comparable LCD's. The price point is comparable to plasma and LCD, so we'll see if that affects the popularity of these things.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Digital TV: It'll Cost You Ten Bucks

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.walmart.com/search/searc...ter+box&ic=24_0

"One week before U.S. households receive the first of thousands of $40 digital converter box coupons, Wal-Mart is stocked and ready with these small converter box units designed to keep home analog TVs receiving a digital signal. Today 3,400 Wal- Mart stores carry a new Magnavox digital converter box, with a retail price of $49.87."

Next year analog TV goes bye-bye. So what to do with all those perfectly good analog TVs? Throw them out? Hardly! The US Government is giving out $40 coupons to help consumers with the cost of converting to digital over the air TV. Wal-Mart is pitching in by educating consumers about all of the digital TV options available to them, and making sure to have plenty of Digital TV Converter boxes on hand when the coupons start arriving at homes next week. So if you've got parents or grandparents who have an older TV and no cable service, be sure and point them in the direction of the nearest Wal-Mart. It's only gonna cost them ten bucks.


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