August 31, 2005
Interested in writing about all things TV?
TV Snob.com is looking for a dedicated TV type person who knows the ins and outs of HDTV, TV on DVD, and other wonders.
and tell us why you're a great fit for the job.
Please don't send DOC files - point us to a weblog or two that you've written on and some TV stuff would be a good idea as well. :-)
Update- Thanks for all of the responses we received. The Editor position has been filled and you can see the details here.
August 30, 2005
Business Week has a pretty good run down of the new 55HDT51 Plasma TV from Hitachi. The new 55" Plasma features a motorized base, a very small footprint for such a large TV, and excellent picture quality when viewing DVDs and HDTV (duh?).
At Hitachi's Plasma TV Gets the Picture
August 30, 2005
It's not surprising that media center PC sales are starting to take off. Who wants to buy the same old PC when it can also record TV for you.
"Sales of media center PCs have climbed dramatically over the past month to 43 percent of all desktop PCs sold at retail outlets for the week ending August 20, according to a report released Monday. That’s a marked improvement from the equivalent week at the end of June, when media center PCs were barely above the 15 percent mark, according to research firm Current Analysis. Media center PCs, which computer makers began pushing in earnest last holiday season, are aimed at making it easier for users to manage their photos, music, and video files and to connect to home entertainment centers and TVs."
At RED HERRING
August 30, 2005
When PCs start shipping with a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner, you've got to wonder whether you'd use it for a TV or a PC.
This is the Sony Vaio V, a PC/TV combo with a 20" screen. It comes with a Pentium 4 630 (3Ghz), a 256Mb ATI RADEON XPRESS 700, 1Gb of RAM, DL/RAM DVD multi-burner, 500Gb HDD (2x250) and a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner. Should be priced in the $4k range. Oucher!
Via Akihabara News
August 29, 2005
Right now you can save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com. With the 40% savings you can get most 37" and 42" plasma TVs for under $2000. Wild!
Some great deals include:
Panasonic TH-37PX50U 37" Flat-Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV for $1850
and the Panasonic TC-32LX50 32" Flat Panel LCD TV for $1550
At Save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com
After market close last Wednesday, TiVo announced it had delivered a second-quarter profit. Revenue grew 46% helped by new subscribers to it's recording service but says it doesn't expect a third quarter profit but should be on track for sustained profitability by the end of the year.
It's starting to happen. I love it when things like LCD picture frames become a little more. I always thought it was kind of useless to not have your picture frame a more "Harry Potter Like" poster (if you read the Potter), where things move and such. I can imagine using this to have a slideshow of pictures and short movie clips I take with my digital camera. It would also be great to have one of these with sound pumped through the house and have a video feed streaming on all of the LCD picture frames.
At ITmedia via Akihabara News
August 28, 2005
We like to think outside the normal "TV Seating Box" here at TV Snob. If you can hook this puppy up to your favorite music, imagine watching a few episodes of Firefly and having a massage all at the same time?
The iJoy can accomodate any audio source "with a headphone jack," so for us that means we could hook up a little TV for some major massage/tv viewing action. We aren't interested in the ZIP Connect charger but you can find a ton of different iJoy models on Amazon.com if you want to poke around.
At iJoy Zip Connect Chair via Shiny Shiny
Okay - so we return from vacation with a LCD TV for your kitchen, and you might say - what? Well, our vacation TV situation was limited, which in the end, was a very good thing. We managed to have 6 days on the beach with near perfect weather. However, each night making dinner I would have loved to have a little TV viewing pleasure while we prepped things, chatted, or even put on a Friday the 13th to laugh at.
The Pioneer FDM-1000A LCD TV DVD/TV Combo for under your cabinets, allows you to watch your favorite DVDs, the news, or just listen to the radio in the kitchen. The FDM-1000A has a 10-inch color LCD screen with a 16-to-nine aspect ratio that gives you a beautiful and sharp color picture. The LCD screen swivels up to 180 degrees so you can view it easily from almost any angle in the room, and the screen folds flat for convenient storage when it's not in use. The FDM-1000A plays DVD, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW DVD discs, as well as music CDs and CD-R/RW discs. And for those of you with digital pictures, this unit is JPEG-image compatible as well.
At Polaroid FDM-1000A Under-Cabinet TV/DVD Combo with 10" LCD
August 19, 2005
It's vacation time at TV Snob.com. We'll be off the ether for about a week (not the TV), taking some much needed R&R on the beach with friends.
The fall is shaping up to be a great season for TV Snob.com. We will have an exclusive reviews and news from the TV arena and more HDTV information than you can handle.
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And finally one more thing. If you like kitchen, shaving, poker, tennis, coffee, fashion, and gps stuff you may want to check out some of our other sites.
It's been a big week for the Blogpire. Shaving Stuff.com was Yahoo! Pick of the Day for August 18th, and 3 of our Blogs are ranked in the Feedster Top 500. Kitchen Contraptions.com comes in at 280. Single Serve Coffee.com comes in at 357. TV Snob.com comes in at 495.
We also added a new title to the Blogpire - The Cooking News. We think you'll enjoy the recipes, wine info, and other cooking related items each day. Michael & Jennifer are both total foodies and will bring you the best of what they find each week.
Single Serve Coffee: Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug, Single Serve Coffee.com Makes Feedster Top 500 Blogs, and Review: Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine from Single Serve Coffee.com
Kitchen Contraptions: Flip Flap The Solar Powered Plant: Our Money Where Our Mouth Is, simplehuman Organize This! Contest, and Meat Tumbler
Shaving Stuff: Lavender Pre-Shave Oil, Get a $50 Gift Certificate When You Buy A Braun Electric Razor, and Shaving tips from a/MEN/ity
What's All The Racquet: Wimbledon game for your mobile phone
TV Snob: Great Olevia LCD TV Customer Service Experience, Touchscreen PC LCD, and Samsung HLR4667W 46" Widescreen HDTV Drops below $2500
Shirt Snob: Mr. Housing Bubble tee, Great T-shirt from Threadless and Busted Tees
GPS Lodge: US Marines going to Iraq with Garmin 76S and 76CS GPS Receivers and GPS Review: TomTom GO 700 GPS Unit
August 18, 2005
We purchased the Olevia from Syntax 30" LCD TV last year in December when we moved into our first house. I had always said we would get a flat panel after we got a house. I was a little wary of purchasing a brand of TV that was very new to the US, but after reading a review on Chait Gear, I was convinced everything would be okay.
Up until a few weeks ago the LCD TV performed flawlessly, but recently started on the AV setting to flicker and sometimes not come on properly. I dread calling customer service and the TV is not exactly a "small item" you can ship back. My wife finally asked, "Isn't is still under warranty?" and I was like - okay I'll call and find out if there's anything we can do. The only thing really going through my head was, how do we afford another TV when this thing eats it.
Well, I dialed the number on their web site and got a person right away. I went over the issue with them, and then I got put on hold. Damn I thought. Put on hold means - we can't help you. The person came back on the phone in less than 2 minutes, said I most likely had a bad light for the lcd or chip and he would like to replace my TV and send out a new one. What? I then gave my information and in less than 3 minutes after the call had a PDF sent to me to fill out and start the return.
Awesome. I have never been so happy in all my life with a consumer electronics experience. We are actually going on vacation this next week, but I'll do the TV swap the following and see how the rest of the experience goes, but so far so good.
At Syntax Olevia LT30HVS 30 LCD TV HDTV Ready and Syntax Groups
August 17, 2005
We really think a touchscreen LCD TV might be the way to go except for one annoying thing - fingerprints. These types of products always miss out on the practical - real world uses and how things will look on the LCD after about 4 weeks of my daughter rubbing jelly sandwiches over the front of it.
All that being said, using it as a MEDIA center PC front end in your media closet might be the way to go. Control your home automation software, surf the Internet, or play computer games using a touchscreen LCD that mounts on your wall could be fun and the Local LCD & Wall Box kit connects to your computer but provides an attractive option to a bulky monitor, so you'll be able to run your programs as usual while the PC resides in a closet.
Price - it comes in at the $2000+ price point we all love and dread at the same time.
Via Gizmos for Geeks at SmarterHome
August 16, 2005
The Samsung HLR4667W 46" Widescreen HDTV DLP TV can now be had for as little as $2299. That's a drop of $200 bucks since just last week. Samsung's high-definition HL-R4667W DLP projection TV is loaded with exclusive, video-enhancing features and all the connections you need to make HD viewing as simple and as flexible as possible. The set's broad, 46-inch screen is configured in a 16:9 aspect ratio that matches the dimensions of today's HDTV broadcasts and most DVD movies. And, measuring just 43 inches across and a mere 14 inches deep, the set's ultra-slim bezel and lightweight design enable it fit where other projection and big-screen sets won't.
At Samsung HLR4667W 46" Widescreen HDTV DLP TV
Sony Electronics today introduced two new sets in the line based on the acclaimed Silicon X-tal (Crystal) Reflective Display (SXRD™) technology delivering full 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution. The 1080p (progressive) KDS-R60XBR1 and KDS-R50XBR1 Grand WEGA models compliment two existing SXRD products -- the 70-inch QUALIA™ 006 micro-display and the QUALIA 004 front projector.
At Press Release
TiVo is really too busy for words. Isn't it August? Doesn't TiVo give their employees any summer vacation time? If your TiVo box has the 7.2 software you can use TiVo Desktop v2.2 or later tomove MPEG-2 encoded video files to your TiVo box. This should be pretty cool for any DVD's you've ripped to your PC or MAC and should also enable you to watch Dr. Who finally from your TiVo.
Via Engadget at NODRM
We are a very proud 495. We are very proud parents of other blogs too.Kitchen Contraptions.com comes in at 280. Single Serve Coffee.com comes in at 357. Can we get a bumper sticker for this kind of thing?
August 13, 2005
I'm pretty excited about anything IPTV related. Making shows available to download and play via the web on my TV - well - wasn't the future supposed to be this way?
"For the last several months, Clarke's television and radio stations have been putting content online using a four-month-old peer-to-peer service called the Open Media Network, which gives public broadcasters an affordable way to distribute high-quality versions of their work on the Net. For now, KQED is doing this with only a few programs--documentaries about San Francisco history or a local park, among others--but more content is on the way. KQED has long experimented with putting video and audio on its Web sites, and the peer-to-peer service now makes it much more affordable to distribute its TV programming online, Clarke said."
More at File-swap TV comes into focus
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August 12, 2005
Another week and another best of the best from the Blogpire. We've had an amazing week finding the latest kitchen, coffee, poker, tennis, TV, fashion, and gps offerings.
We also want to remind you that publishers and supporters of Blogpire Productions have participated in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) this past weekend and we are donating all profits from the Blogpire this weekend (August 12th & 13th) to the cause. The PMC donations go to the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber cancer institute.
Donations can be made at: http://www.pmc.org/egifts/giftinfo.asp?eGiftID=TA0037
Now, on with the Best of the Blogpire!
Continue reading: "This Week's Best of the Blogpire"
Whatever. I hope the next software they run on their PVR/DVR setup will suck. I hate DirecTV - not because the service is bad or that satellite TV isn't okay - I just hate the logo, the dish, and well I guess I hate DirecTV. I'm sure I'll change my tune when I have to bail on traditional cable. Wait - I know what it is - I hate the thought of all those DirecTV subscribers using something besides the best - TiVo.
Via I4U News at Reuters
August 11, 2005
TiVo is rolling out a download service, and Engadget has screenshots of what the beta for TiVo Download looks like. It’s still the same TiVo interface you and know and love, but they give you the option of downloading a show rather than just recording it.
August 10, 2005
Orb has a new add on that allows you to program your TiVo and watch TiVo To Go programming through Orb, which means from you can watch and program your TiVo from your cell phone.
Get this for your mac now! It's insane, free, non-profit, tv viewing madness! You can search and find lots of cool stuff and watch it at your leisure. My good friend Steve Garfield has a DTV Channel up right now.
"DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. An intuitive interface lets users subscribe to channels, watch video, and build a video library. Our publishing software lets you broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost. The project is non-profit, free and open source, and built on open standards. A Windows version of DTV and a full website are well underway and will arrive in the next several weeks."
At DTV: Internet TV
We've been waiting for a review of the new 880 from Harmony as we have the Harmony Remote SST-688 and love it. Our living room was cluttered with remote madness prior to getting a Harmony, and now we are really excited to see how a Harmony with a color screen improves on the one we have. Gear Live has a very detailed and very telling review of the new Harmony 880 remote.
At Gear Live
August 9, 2005
Seems like the first place you may find yourself watching HDTV or seeing TV on an LCD TV screen may be a hotel. I'm not surprised at HDTV showing up in higher end hotels to showcase how amazing it is and I hope it will speed up adoption. Marriot is going to feature HDTV on thousands of flat-screens in hotel rooms in a gradual deployment now underway. So, if it was me, I'd call ahead to my favorite Marriot and see if this service is available, if not, make sure you bring your laptop and a nice DVD.
August 8, 2005
Okay - it's $2999 and 61". Get clicking.
"Gone are the days when the television was just another home appliance to belorded over by man. The InFocus ScreenPlay 61MD10 61” DLP HighDefinition TV brooks no insolence from its puny human onlookers!Stationed against the wall of your den, this colossus inspires awe,commands reverence, and instills fear! This is the world’s thinnest andmost advanced ultra-thin microdisplay TV! It outclasses your last setby orders of magnitude! Vivid, gigantic images of the “According toJim” gang will spill into your tiny home like latter-day Titans! Cowerbefore them like a penitent pilgrim at a pagan altar!"
At Woot : One Day, One Deal
If you need to know exactly what TiVo does for the average person - this article nails it. Great stuff. I too am a TiVo addict and really enjoy everything it does and doesn't do for me.
"My name is Stephen, and I’m a TiVo addict. I love TiVo so much that I actually bought two; one for the home theatre in the rec room and dual tuner for the family set. While TiVo (and PVRs in general) is the best thing since sliced bread, there are some reasons for concern."
At Confessions of a TiVo Addict
August 6, 2005
What's the best TV for watching sports on? How about the best LCD TV? We've been using the tool below to find all kinds of deals on LCD TVs. We think DLP is killer for watching the Red Sox so far this year, but we wonder if plasma would be cool as long as there was no ghosting.
We recommend using the below LCD TV shopping tool to find the best LCD TVs to watch sports on:
We scour each week to find the best of the best from all the Blogpire blogs. We've got some juicy morsels for you this week and some info on an event all of our blogs are sponsoring.
Publishers and supporters of Blogpire Productions are participating in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) this weekend and donating all profits of the upcoming August 12th weekend to the cause. Nearly 4,000 cyclists will take part in the ride this August 6 and 7, 2005. They will travel six different routes, riding between 89 and 192 miles over one or two days, through 46 scenic Massachusetts towns.
More can be learned about the PMC program at www.pmc.org, and donations can be made at:
Now on with the best of the best:
GPS Lodge.com: GPS NEWS: Nintendo DS Hacked for the GPS good and GPS Review: Garmin eTrex Legend vs. Magellan eXplorist 300
What's All The Racquet.com: Wilson Pro Staff Review and
Killer Find for Bargain Tennis Equipment!
Shaving Stuff.com: Gillette Mystery Solved and Seiko Cleancut - The Pornstars' Choice
TV Snob.com: Analog and Digital TV for Notebook PCs and Al Gore's Cable Channel Off to Rocky Start
Shirt Snob.com: Giant Robots!!! and Butterscotch Stallion
Kitchen Contraptions.com: Make Burgers Like the Pros! and Personal Chocolate Fountain
Just The Chips.com: A Chip and a Chair and Tournament Poker Cleans Up Its Act
August 4, 2005
I never thought of adding TV to my laptop, but I guess you can. This isn't some external USB gizmo but works in your PC Card Slot. The FlyDVB- supports digital and analog TV and weighs just 65 grams and won't add significant weight to your laptop. It has composite and S-Video outs, and picture in picture capabilities. The small card serves as a digital video recorder which supports time shifting, and recording of video in MPEG-2 format or analog video in MPEG 1/2/4 formats.
Via Chip Chick at FlyDVB
We know it doesn't show TV but it does show cool pictures on an LCD screen. We've been totally entranced with getting a reasonably priced LCD picture frame, and we hope it doesn't mean using our current LCD TV in about 10 years as our "reasonably priced lcd picture frame".
"The 8-inch digital photo frame will automatically show your images in a slide show and will work as a card reader as well, working with pretty much every storage card out there. You can plug the card in and view your pics straightaway, and if there's any you're not keen you can also delete (and rotate) them without using a computer."
Hell - it's even got a remote. :-)
It's only available in the UK for now at £150, but this means cheaper frames should be coming to the US soon.
Via Shiny Shiny at DigitalEra
Wired has two killer articles on the future of TV and all thing Digital for smaller "auteurs". We love the fact many shows will be coming out exclusively on the internet as well as over IPTV (okay - same thing).
Read at Wired News: Telcos Prep for IPTV Play and Wired News: Auteurs Glimpse Digital Future
August 3, 2005
I wish we would have found this prior to the long drives in California, but now with the new TDT500C, you can hook up just about anything digital in your car and receive Digital TV signals. Digital TV on the move should mean you get less interference and fewer signal woes. The TDT500C is a black box that you can hook up to any LCD in-car monitor. It will also integrate with existing car stereo, games consoles and DVD players. Pretty much everything you need to ensure that you don't have to speak to your children at all during any journey.
Via Tech Digest at Vieta
August 1, 2005
He invented the internet but can't get his new TV channel to function online? :-) Oh well - sorry Al Gore, no presidency, and we welcome you to the rest of the world in having a rocky start online.
"Al Gore's new cable channel got off to a rocky start on Monday--at least online. The Current TV site, where viewers are encouraged to vote on programs and submit video segments, appeared to be inundated with traffic the day of the Gore-backed cable channel's debut, according to site performance tracker Keynote Systems."
At Web glitch hits Al Gore's cable channel
My god. It's full of stars! You really have to give it to the macintosh audience - when they want to hack something they do it right. Not only does TiVoTool for iTunes & TiVo allow access for anything on your Series 2 TiVo in iTunes, it also decodes and displays the video on the fly in iTunes. Brilliant!
Via PVR Blog and eHomeUpgrade
HBO Video has announced it will release six of its programs on UMD for the PSP. The shows include: Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet First and Second Seazons, Entourage: The Complete First Season, Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1, Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker and Chris Rock: Never Scared. I'm not so sure the line up is the best, but it's not that bad either. I was hoping for Carnivale and some of the bigger hits. Oh well. Still cool we are seeing some better TV coming out for the PSP.