May 31, 2005
I'll just take a nice 42" LCD TV please. :-)
EETimes.com - Samsung LCD chief predicts 100-inch TV screens :
Taking his cue from Alvin Toffler, Samsung Electronics' LCD President and CEO Sang-Wan Lee boldly predicted Tuesday (May 24) a "third wave" of liquid-crystal display development that would propel annual flat-panel LCD TV sales to 100 million by 2010 and yield screen sizes exceeding 100 inches.
Speaking at the keynote session for the Society of Information Display Conference here, Lee said the goals were achievable, considering the obstacles LCD technology has cleared over the past decade. "LCD technology continues to break all size assumptions," said Lee. "Size should no longer be considered an issue."
May 30, 2005
I need this. I need it badly. Imagine Firefly on this puppy. My god. It's full of flowers.
Samsung 50-inch HDTV with 10000:1 contrast ratio - Engadget - www.engadget.com.:
So no, that 10000:1 contrast ratio wasn’t a typo, and Samsung wants you to know that all that contrast now comes in a 50-inch PDP flavor. All this could be yours for thatspare $6000+ you’ve got lying around.
May 25, 2005
I would kill to have a TV screen on the side of my coffee cup. I bet that would result in about 2 more hours of TV a day given my Single Serve Coffee drinking habits. I'm not sure about how much of this article I believe - but it's nice to think about the future - and especially a future involving more TV.
The Future of Television - Next Frontiers - MSNBC.com:
Screens so small they fit inside coffee cups. Marriages arranged by TiVo. Production facilities on Mars. The king of late night peers into his plasma crystal ball.
May 25, 2005
My friend Denis
phoned last night at Newbury Comics (a local Boston DVD/MUSIC/COMIC store) to tell me one of my favorite TV shows of all time is now on DVD. I was stunned. I have tried to find out what happened to the show after it disappeared on Nick re-runs, but couldn't find out anything. So coveted is this show for me, that I have every episode on VHS - meticulously taped in a land before TIVO. I love this show. If you haven't seen it - at least buy a copy or Netflix it. Better yet - buy it. Support shows like this coming out on DVD. Brilliant. I can't wait to pick this up later today.
May 23, 2005
You've got to check out this more than crazy home theatre set up using a mac mini and many other goodies.
HTmini » Another amazing Mac Mini home theater setup:
I’m using a Mac-Mini, with the new Tiger OS, an M-Audio Transit, a Sanyo PLV-Z2 connected to the DVI port, display calibrated with SuperCal, playback with Apple DVD player. iTunes control with the wireless mouse, great audio visuals with G-Force.This gives me the best picture I’ve ever had from a DVD including several upscaling DVD players. The Mac-Mini sends 720p at 1:1 with the LCD panels in the display. I think it’s great. Needless to say iTunes with Apple Lossless encoding and AirTunes Rocks!
I've been poking around for something like Pure AV for awhile. I live in a house built in 1924, though I've replaced all the wiring in the house, I can't seem to find something to filter out the electrical noise and hiccups I sometimes get still. Also, I would really love to have all my connections plugged into something that fits in the rack - not on a powerstrip UPS. The Pure AV power consoles look to fix such an issue. Also - I'm really tired of the power going out all the time where I live then coming on suddenly - that can't be good for my LCD TV or receiver. Currently I have a UPS to fix issues - but I would like to add one more level of safety.
Pure AV - Experience the power of digital entertainment:
The PureAV Power Consoles integrate Multi-Phase PureFilter Circuitry and Advanced Over-Voltage Protection into an elegantly designed console that delivers the clearest picture and cleanest sound to your home theater system or high-end audio equipment. The Power Console is designed to fit perfectly in your home theater system or mount on a professional A/V rack.
May 19, 2005
I love the thinking that a game console will drive sales of TVs that cost 5,000 bucks a pop. What kind of country do you think this is? I guess the kind that WILL probably buy a 5,000 dollar TV to view games on. Well - it's a fun read at I4U - so get clicking.
I4U News - Sony PS3 is the Reason to buy 1080p:
1080p (progressive scanning) compared to the currently common 1080i (interlaced scanning) provides a sharper picture because it draws all lines one after the other for a single frame (60 frames per second). 1080i is alternating every other line per frame (30 frames per second). Back at CES 2005 there was no source that actually provides 1080p, up-sampling possibilities and resulting higher quality picture have been circulated as the only benefit for 1080p HDTVs. Now there is a 1080p source coming, it is called Sony Playstation 3.
It will be interesting to see many of the open source TV service like things allow companies to provide services that people who aren't the early adopters to start to get on board. I liken this to Red Hat Linux and the other companies that make flavors of Linux - it's not a direct comparison - but in the same vein.
Guide data subscriptions for MythTV | PVRblog:
Up until now, the preferred method of getting guide data for MythTV has been using free data from Zap2It DataDirect. The problem with free is that you have to fill out surveys every so often, and it doesn't have some of the higher-end features that other guide data services offer. Enter LxM Suite, which is selling subscription data to MythTV users for an initial cost of $30 for 6 months.
May 18, 2005
This is a killer blog on all things Digital TV.
Digital Television Blog:
Digital Television Blog
News and Reviews about digital television and digital video gadgetry.
May 17, 2005
Xbox 360 promises great looking games and also a tight integration with Windows Media Center. PS3 promises stellar looking games with more muscle than the Xbox 360. Promises mean dollars.
Sony is clearly going after the gaming market - almost making fun of the Xbox 360's jack of all trades attitude. Sony only talked games - but there are rumors that there will be an iTunes integration but nothing for us TV hounds. Both game machines will support HIGH DEF games and HD output. I don't know if I really need to play a game at 1080i - but I will probably wonder why I never did before.
Right now - as far as TV goes - Microsoft is clearly the best choice due to the media center integration. I'm surprised there is no Tuner on the Xbox 360, but this is positioned as an extender not a full media center PC, but it's odd that they stopped short on just going for it.
Right now though really - you have 2 game machines, with big video cards, lots of ram, 20gb of storage a piece and little else but hype. It would be great if both machines helped to push some video around the house or maybe even games around the house a bit - but who knows what will really happen after launch.
May 16, 2005
I'm starting to really become impressed by the shear size of the drives available in these portable video devices - 60gbs? I can't imagine now forking out the cash for a 1gb memory stick if I really want to watch portable video on my PSP when I can get 60gbs for 4 times the cost of 1 memory stick.
Hands-on review: the NHJ MPM-202 personal media player - Engadget - www.engadget.com:
We had a chance to spend some time with the NHJ MPM-202 portable media player. It’s a 60GB PMP that doubles the
capacity of its predecessor, the MPM-201, and shares most of its features. Overall we found the device incredibly easy
to use and great value for the price, particularly as compared to its competitors.
May 11, 2005
I'm pretty excited to see a software solution that allows you to stream content to any UPnP AV device. If you didn't know what a UPnP device is - well - they are a plug-and-play AV device that will interoperate with any other UPnP device. I'll be interested to see if there will be some smaller UPnP LCD TVs for kitchens and smaller rooms so I can stream stuff to those rooms I don't really want to wire.
Macworld: News: Elgato EyeConnect bridges Macs to UPnP devices:
Elgato Systems on Tuesday released EyeConnect, new software that enables Macs to stream digital music, video and photo content to devices that support Universal Plug and Play Audio/Video (UPnP AV). A 30-day trial version is available for download, and it can be purchased online for US$99.
May 10, 2005
The size to be is 27" to 30" according to about every LCD manufacturer out there. In the past 3 months I think I've counted no less than 45+ introductions in this size range. That's great for consumers, as this should drive prices down down down.
Tech Digest: Viewsonic releases 27-inch LCD TV:
Those wanting to make the much vaunted jump to high-definition TV (HDTV) might find Viewsonic’s latest offering particularly drool-inducing. The 27-inch widescreen LCD TV, dubbed the N2750w comes with a native resolution of 1,280 by 720. The brightness of the screen clocks in at a respectable 550cd/m² and the contrast value of 600:1. The TV is only 9.6cm in depth, and so is easily wall mountable.
May 9, 2005
Sure, everyone and his brother is covering the proposed "leaked" specs of the Xbox 360. Lot of ram - HDTV ready - 16:9 this and that - AND IT DOES YOUR LAUNDRY! I have to say one thing - BIG DEAL. It will play games that look better than the previous generation and have a DVR. Okay - SO WHAT? Isn't it about the game and the experience of the games? Where's the unique interface to the games? A trackball? SO WHAT? I don't need another media center extender for 300 bucks. I just don't need one. Please Microsoft - don't just copy - how about a little something different?
May 7, 2005
The new version of Mac OS X from Apple includes a web kit/interface that allows people to create little apps that you can view using Dashboard. There are a couple of really new cool TV widgets for Tiger.
One is the new TIVO widget. It will show you what's stored on your local TIVO Series 2 over the network.
Another one is TV Tracker. Feeling bored? Need a distraction? TV Tracker is here to help! Using this handy widget, you’ll start to notice all the shows that you could be watching right now. It offers a beautiful, minimalistic interface and looks right at home on your Dashboard. Find out what you’re missing, download TV Tracker today.
I often wonder how companies can even turn a profit making such large monstrosities such as this outdoor film system. And what marketing genius dreamt one night about making an inflatable screen to project onto? I guess I just don't get it. This thing either was a fortune to design and make (doubtful) or golf clubs which this product is aimed at, are loaded with dough to buy just such a screen. Who knows?
gadgetryblog: SuperScreen Outdoor Theater System:
For just $9999 (cough!) you can host outdoor film screenings for family and guests in a big, high-quality way. The giant, inflatable 13x16-feet screen (which was originally developed for resorts and private golf clubs, inflates in under five minutes with a turn of the dial, using a built-in fan, and is secured with tie-down straps - which is handy!
May 4, 2005
Why for the love of god doesn't TIVO get that Mac users find a natural affinity with being a MAC user and a TIVO person? Why do companies like TIVO start to go to the dark side? Why do they start so amazingly cool and end up so amazingly evil?
MAKE A MAC VERSION OF TIVO DESKTOP ON PAR WITH YOUR WICKED XP VERSION!!!!
TiVo Desktop 2.1 Released | PVRblog:
TiVo Desktop 2.1 is out. The new features largely center around TiVoToGo playing on Microsoft Portable Media Centers, although it also changes the DRM so that you can't strip it off (previous discussion). This is just for Windows 2000 and XP, so Mac OS X users need to stick with 1.9.1 (which dosn't work on Tiger) and OS/2 users should probably start thinking about a new OS.
May 3, 2005
Are we there yet? This is exactly what I need - wireless HD transmission throughout the house, and just after I wired 3 bedrooms with ethernet! We can only hope wireless HD is going to be cheap and going to work.
UWB Wireless HD Transmission : Gizmodo:
Please let this be the year of wireless HD video and audio. FOCUS Enhancements, a company not normally associated with end-user applications, is demoing an Ultrawideband HD chip that can transmit multiple streams throughout the home.
Hmmm...$799.00 pounds in US - that's not a bargain at all!
Tech Digest: Akai releases budget 30-inch LCD TV:
A promising budget TV is out from Akai. This 30-inch flat screen, LCD TV, dubbed the LM-H30CJSA, is set to retail for a very reasonable £799.99. In a neat little add-on the TV can also function as a 1280x768 WGA monitor for your PC, and has picture-in-picture, meaning that you can watch the footie while using your PC. The monitor also comes with a pan-European tuner. The TV has 2 built in stereo speakers and 2 x 10 watt rms amps, and for you DVD fanatics and gamers out there, the TV also comes with progressive scan support via component input
Do I really want one of these? I'm just not sure.
Buffalo PC-P3LWG/DVD HD streamer/DVD player reviewed - Engadget - www.engadget.com / :
If you’re looking for a box that will play just about any media file that you throw at it and stream high-definition
media from your PC to the TV, you could do worse than the
Buffalo PC-P3LWG/DVD. At least that’s the conclusion of
Tom’s Networking’s review of the DVD player/media streamer. Of course, it’s far from perfect; it can’t upscale DVDs to
HD, there’s no HDMI output and its WiFi encryption options are limited. But if you’ve got a lot of HD video that you
want to keep on a hard drive or server, it’s still worth a look. (Though we’d add that, if you’re willing to burn your
media to DVDs and don’t need HD or the ability to stream it, you can pick up a
multi-format DVD player for a lot less than this unit’s
$286 street price).