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January 31, 2006

NeuNeo HVD2085 1080p Upconverting DVD Player Review


Lately, Upconverting DVD players seem to be all the rage. HomeTheaterMag.com has a review of the NeuNeo HVD2085 1080p Upconverting DVD Player (nope, I never heard of this brand either) which sounds pretty awesome:

Lets put all the amazing stuff up front. First up, the HVD2085 outputs 1080p. As far as I know, this is the only DVD player to currently do this. It outputs 1080p from the HDMI and component outputs. That brings us to cool factor number two. The HVD2085 will scale DVD to HD resolutions with the HDMI and analog component outputs—not just some DVDs, but all DVDs. Good luck finding a "name brand" DVD player that does that. It is region free (cool factor number three), and, perhaps the biggest selling point for some people, its HDMI output doesn't pass HDCP. As if all that weren't enough, it only costs $245. On specs alone, this is the coolest DVD player we've seen since Pioneer's DV-47A universal disc player. Oh, and it starts the movie as soon as you put the disc in there's no menus, no trailers, nothing. The disc goes in; the movie starts.

While there are a few things that the Home Theater Mag. didn't like about the HVD2085, overall they state:

I wouldn't be surprised if Hollywood or some other malicious body tries to block the sale of the HVD2085. It is simply too cool, too useful, and too good a DVD player to last in this litigious and paranoid world. The lack of 3:2 pulldown effectively limits this player to those with 1080i displays, but that's a pretty big market since you don't need HDCP or DVI to use the scaling. I can only hope the next version has 3:2 pulldown, then I'd recommend it to everyone.

At HomeTheaterMag.com

Buy the NeuNeo HVD2085 Direct at NeoDigits.com

If you want to know a little more about Upconverting DVD players, be sure to read:

Upconverting DVD Players - Are They Worth It? at HighDefinitionBlog.com

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January 31, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest Reminder

We just wanted to remind that our TVSnob logo contest ends in about 2 weeks. So if you haven't got started yet, you might want to break out a bottle of Yoo Hoo and fire up your graphics software. You can click on the link below for more details:

TVSnob Logo Contest Details

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January 31, 2006

How to Buy A LCD Television in 8 Easy Steps


It's just amazing how the prices on LCD TVs keep dropping. But before you run out and spend your hard earned money on a new LCD, you'll want to check out this article at LCD TV Buying Guide that breaks down LCDs for us:

  • Step 1: What exactly is a LCD TV?.
  • Step 2: How do LCD Televisions work?
  • Step 3: What are the advantages of LCD Televisions?
  • Step 4: What do you need to consider before you buy your LCD TV?
  • Step 5: Installation Considerations
  • Step 6: View the Top 10 LCD Televisions
  • Step 7: How and Where to buy a LCD TV
  • Step 8: Find reputable online LCD Televisions Dealers

More at LCDTVBuyingGuide.com

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January 30, 2006

CSI Doesn't Make an Idiot a Smarter Criminal!

Do crime dramas make criminals smarter? Some people apparently think so. According to an article in the USAToday:

Prosecutors have complained for years about "the CSI effect" on juries - an expectation in every trial for the type of high-tech forensic evidence the show's investigators uncover. It also appears the popular show and its two spinoffs could be affecting how some crimes are committed.

"They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."

The article talks about a murder committed by a CSI fan:

Jermaine "Maniac" McKinney, 25, allegedly broke into a house, killed a mother and daughter and used bleach to remove their blood from his hands, prosecutors said. He also covered the interior of a getaway car with blankets to avoid transferring blood.

The article continues by telling you all of the tricks he saw on CSI to cover up his crime. Sounds like a genius right? Well, maybe you should read about his next move:

He tried to throw some evidence into a lake, including a crowbar used to bludgeon one of the victims. The lake was frozen though and he shouted a profanity when the crowbar remained on the surface, according to the affidavit.

Yep, the moron threw evidence onto a block of ice hoping it would sink. Obviously CSI didn't help him as much as he thought it would. I guess the moral of the story for this guy is " If you're going to cover up a murder using the things you saw on CSI, only do it during the summer, you dumbass!

At USAToday.com


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January 27, 2006

Why I Don't Trust Reality TV


Last night I decided to watch "The First 48" on A&E. If you've not seen the real life crime drama, A&E describes it this way:

For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don't get a lead in The First 48. Each passing hour gives suspects more time to flee, witnesses more time to forget what they saw, and crucial evidence more time to be lost forever.

The First 48 follows detectives from around the country during these first critical hours as they race against time to find the suspect. Gritty and fast-paced, it takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life investigations with unprecedented access to crime scenes, autopsies, forensic processing, and interrogations.

Overall, it's a pretty interesting and a somewhat uncomfortable show at times. Here's the description of the episode I watched last night:

Soon after discovering a bullet-ridden body in Overtown section of Miami, Sgt. Joe Schillaci learns the murder may spark a bloody turf war between rival heroin dealers in the neighborhood. Schillaci realizes, to prevent further bloodshed, he must infiltrate the world of heroin dealers and get them to reveal the killer's identity. But going undercover means Schillaci must confront his own traumatic past as a street narcotics cop--when he gunned down a man during a buy-and-bust operation gone wrong.

I really enjoyed this show until the last 15 minutes. Let me tell you way I don't trust any type of reality show. During the episode, you got to hear some of Sgt. Schillaci war stories of his many years in undercover narcotics. Obviously Schillaci has quite a few demons left from his experience. Towards the end of the show, Sgt. Joe Schillaci feels the only way to interrogate a drug dealer who might have been a witness, is to go undercover and make a drug buy so they can arrest the dealer.

Here's my question, with all of the narcotics officers in Miami, why did a homicide officer go undercover to do a routine drug buy? Why did we have to hear about Schillaci's demons while he carried out the buy? Why did we have to see him getting Hollywood-style makeup and then trying to fool his fellow officers with his disguise? Hollywood, that's why! I guess the producers felt it was a great way to "enhance" the story. If I'm wrong and no one from the production team had anything to do with it, you seriously have to worry about the judgment of the Miami Police Department.

We've always known that reality television had a tendency to steer away from reality, but when Hollywood controls the Miami police department, it makes you wonder how far it'll go?

At A&E.com

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming January 31, 2006

I think Hollywood is spying on me. Last week, I mentioned how much I enjoyed the Sleuth Channel and all of the sudden we see new DVD releases for "Hill Street Blues", "Magnum PI", "Knight Rider", and the "A-Team" all in the same week. Coincidence? I think not!

Hill Street Blues - Season 1

Magnum, P.I. - The Complete Third Season

Knight Rider - Season Three

The A-Team - Season 3

The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection


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Slide Show: Coolest HDTVs


Since we're kinda' on a big TV theme this week, I'd thought I'd point you to a pretty decent article and slideshow about HDTVs at Forbes.com. The articles states:

Today, it is possible to choose from a wide array of HDTVs, and accessories that can suit nearly every budget. Want an HDTV for less than $1,000? Digital television has come of age at the same time as low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturing, and previously unheard-of companies such as Maxent, Sceptre and Syntax (which sells under the Olevia brand name) are now producing liquid-crystal-display and plasma flat-panel televisions at price points that are drastically lower than their name-brand competitors.

See the Slideshow At Forbes.com

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January 26, 2006

How to buy a big TV

There's just ten days left till the Steelers get womped in the Super Bowl (unfortunately, I say that without much confidence). If you're ever going to buy that big screen TV, this is the time. Before you head off to the electronics store with a small suitcase full of crisp $100 bills, check out this decent article about buying a big TV from the StarTribune.com:


Q: How big should I go?

A: Experts say 42 is the new 27. In other words, the ubiquitous 27-inch model used to be the main TV in the home; now the main set is 42 to 50 inches. Before you buy: Tape an outline of the set's outside dimensions on the wall where it will be hung or placed. Then sit down at a distance that is two to three times that of the diagonal width of your screen. For example, if you're considering a 50-inch TV, you'll want to sit 8 to 12 feet away -- closer for the crisp, high-definition programming and farther away for grainy, analog broadcasts.

More at StarTribune.com


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January 25, 2006

WB and UPN Networks to Become One

Did you hear the exciting news? The WB and UPN networks are combining to become WAYBORING. Okay, I made the last part up. Both WB and UPN are going off the air and merging to become the CW network. According to Newsday.com:

Calling the elimination of UPN and the WB and the creation of the CW a "pretty historic announcement," CBS Corp. president Leslie Moonves said during a morning news conference in Manhattan that the new network will "draw upon the programming and executive assets" of its predecessors, adding that it will program six nights a week. And commenting on the name, Moonves joked, "We couldn't call it the WC for obvious reasons."

Dennis FitzSimons, chairman and president of Tribune Co. (parent of Newsday), described the new network as "the best of all worlds," saying "we get to continue working with our longtime partners [while] our TV stations will have a stronger prime-time lineup and better lead-ins for late news programming."

"Pretty historic announcement" and "the best of all worlds". Huh? How about "no one really cares"!

At Newsday.com

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Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan. 16 - Jan. 22, 2006

Fox had a pretty good week. In fact I think this is one of the few times in recent memory that they've had more than two shows in the top ten.

I did notice something funny while I was searching Amazon for American Idol DVDs. Check out what names are attached to these videos:

American Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD ~ Kelly Clarkson
American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD ~ Paula Abdul

Maybe I'm not the only one who thinks she's annoying? Anyway, on to the ratings.


BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Jan. 16 - Jan. 22, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare Prices
1FOX NFC ChampionshipFOX20.822,888,000NFL Films-Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
2American Idol (Tuesday)FOX19.321,302,000American Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD
3American Idol (Wednesday)FOX17.819,565,000American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD
4CSICBS16.918,674,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
5Desperate HousewivesABC15.517,041,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
6FOX NFC Championship - GUNSFOX15.216,769,000NFL Films-Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
7Without a TraceCBS15.116,622,000Season
1 DVD
8Grey's AnatomyABC13.514,875,000Season 1 DVD
9Golden Globe AwardsNBC12.513,724,000None
10Dancing with the StarsABC12.113,385,000None

*Rank is based on U.S. Household Rating % from Nielsen Media Research's National People Meter Sample

**A household Rating is the estimate of the size of a television audience relative to the total universe, expressed as a percentage.
As of September 20, 2004, there are an estimated 109.6 million television households in the U.S. A single national household ratings point represents 1%, or
1,102,000 households.

***Total viewers includes all persons over the age of two.

Used with permission:
Nielsen Media Research, Inc. The Information contained herein is the copyrighted property of Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Unauthorized use of this copyrighted material is expressly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.

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January 24, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest Reminder

We still need your help with our logo contest and we just wanted to give you a reminder not to wait till the last minute. As Napoleon Hill once said:

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

Or as my dad use to say:

If you don't quit fartin' around and get to work, I'm gonna' put my foot right up..............

Dad's proven motivational techniques almost bring a tear to my eye. Anyway, we're just eager to see your ideas so make sure you add "TVSnob Logo Creation" to your calendar.

More Details of the TVSnob Logo Contest

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TV on the Road Without a Slingbox

If you've got a broadband connected Windows XP PC with a TV tuner, you're pretty close to being able to take your TV on the road with you. All you need now is a Pocket PC and the MyTinyTV software. According to MyTinyTV.com:

No, it's not a replacement for your TiVo, home theater system, big-screen TV or even your regular TV. But it's a great little, ahem, tiny TV that you can use throughout your house. And, you can even bring it along, because it also works across the Internet when you are away from home. Go to your favorite wireless hotspot, like Starbucks, at airports, at hotels, and watch TV. Your own channels from your home cable or antenna, even when you're halfway around the globe. Yes, for remote access you will need a wireless Internet account (for example, as offered by T-Mobile and Verizon) and a pretty decent broadband connection at your house, where the desktop computer with the TV tuner is located.

There's a 7 day trial, so if you're dying to watch the A-Team on the subway, give it a shot.

At MyTinyTV.com

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January 23, 2006

Sleuth Channel - A Bit of Crime Nostalgia


I was flipping around the channels this weekend and noticed the "Sleuth Channel" on cable. According to SleuthChannel.com:

Sleuth, an NBC Universal Cable network, launched January 1, 2006. Sleuth is currently available to more than 5 million homes. Sleuth is the first entertainment cable channel dedicated entirely to the intensely popular and enduring mystery and crime genres. Sleuth offers an exclusive lineup of exciting television shows, movies and other mystery and crime programming from NBC Universal’s vast collection. Popular show titles: Miami Vice, Knight Rider, The A-Team and Homicide: Life on the Street

Yep, you can relive your teenage years a little (if you're as freakin' old as me) with shows like the A-Team, Knight Rider, and one of my favorites Simon and Simon. There's not a lot of variety yet, but hopefully we'll see more older crime dramas down the road.

More at SleuthChannel.com

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming January 24, 2006


When I saw the "Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin" DVD was being released, I got pretty excited. I mean, imagine all of the jokes I could make about Schweddy Wieners and my personal favorite, Schweddy Balls. The problem is that I consider this an everybody friendly blog and I wasn't sure how to gracefully make jokes about a skit that has comments like:

Pete Schweddy: Well, there's no beating my Balls. They're made from a secret Schweddy Family recipe. No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.

or the especially raunchy:

Margeret Jo McCullen: Wow. I can't wait to get my mouth around his Balls.

or the somewhat less raunchy:

Teri Rialto: Mmm.. wow.. you have some beautiful Balls..

So in the spirit of good taste (even though they're only talking about candy), I won't even comment on such a racy skit (and oh yeah, one of the funniest skits of all time). For those of you without sensitive retinas, you can ready the "Shweddy Balls" transcript here.

Well, I gotta go and buy the Alec Baldwin DVD now.


Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin

Flightplan (Widescreen Edition)

The Aristocrats

Il Divo - Encore

Dallas - The Complete Fourth Season

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Deal of the Day: Factory-Reconditioned InFocus SP4800 ScreenPlay Video Projector

While the InFocus SP4800 may not be the Mac Daddy of projectors, it's still quite capable for those of us who haven't won the lottery yet. So if you're dying to watch the upcoming Super Bowl in a format that makes the football bigger then your head, check out this awesome deal at Amazon.com (Click or Hover on the Image for More Info)

You can see the pretty positive users reviews at ProjectorCentral.com

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January 20, 2006

Are You Bored?

It's Friday night and you've got nothing to do? How about doing a little logo designing?

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Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan 09 - Jan 15, 2006

The overall TV rankings we're pretty low last week. Must be the nice weather. Or maybe after sitting through "Dancing with the Stars", people just lost the will to live?

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Jan 09 - Jan 15, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare
Prices
1AFC Divisional PlayoffsCBS16.117,790,000NFL Films-Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
2Desperate HousewivesABC13.915,371,000Season 1 DVD

Season 2 DVD
3CSI: MiamiCBS13.014,322,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
4Grey's AnatomyABC12.113,308,000Season 1 DVD
5LostABC11.913,128,000Season 1 DVD
6CSICBS11.612,802,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
7Dancing With The StarsABC11.412,615,000None
8NCISCBS10.811,922,000None
9Two and a Half MenCBS10.811,923,000Two and a Half Men DVD
10Criminal MindsCBS10.311,297,000None

*Rank is based on U.S. Household Rating % from Nielsen Media Research's National People Meter Sample

**A household Rating is the estimate of the size of a television audience relative to the total universe, expressed as a percentage.
As of September 20, 2004, there are an estimated 109.6 million television households in the U.S. A single national household ratings point represents 1%, or 1,096,000 households.

***Total viewers includes all persons over the age of two.

Used with permission:
Nielsen Media Research, Inc. The Information contained herein is the copyrighted property of Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Unauthorized use of this copyrighted material is expressly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.

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January 19, 2006

Brainiac Is Coming Back To Smallville


According to Zap2it.com, James Marsters is set to reprise his role as Dr. Milton Fine, the alter ego of supervillain Brainiac, on "Smallville" later this season. He heads a lineup of guest stars on The WB that also includes "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton, Nick Lachey and Kelly Carlson of "Nip/Tuck."

Marsters will make his return to "Smallville" in an episode called "Hypnotic," scheduled to air in the spring. In it, he'll try to use Lex Luthor's (Michael Rosenbaum) fixation on the spaceship as a way to free General Zod from the Forbidden Zone (the general's two cohorts made an appearance in this season's premiere).

For complete article: Zap2It

(Contributor: Jason Giacchino)

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Some Quotes From the Golden Globe Awards

Random Quotes from the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards:

  • "I'm so sad that John and June didn't get to see this movie that they wanted so much to be made." James Keach, producer of best musical or comedy picture "Walk the Line," the story of Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash, who both died in 2003.
  • "Wow, I really did not expect this so I didn't write anything, however my wife did and handed me something." Steve Carell, best comedy TV actor for "The Office," reading a speech that praised his wife.
  • "I doubt anybody gets taken seriously for very long. I'll be on some reality show in about six years going, `Hey, I had a great year in 2006.'" Clooney, on the red carpet.
  • "I think I feel like someone set me on fire." Sandra Oh, best supporting TV actress for "Grey's Anatomy."
  • "We are stunned in thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press." James Schamus, producer of best dramatic film winner "Brokeback Mountain."
  • "OK, my husband just hit me so hard I almost fell over." Reese Witherspoon, best movie musical or comedy actress for "Walk the Line."


For more visit Yahoo Entertainment And Gossip

(Contributor: Jason Giacchino)

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January 18, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest


Well, the new year is upon us and as promised, we're working on taking TVSnob to the next level. First we want to say thanks for checking us out everyday and giving us your valuable comments and suggestions.

Our first goal is to create an identity for TVSnob with a logo that one of our talented readers creates for us. We really don't have a logo idea in mind, so use your imagination. We want to see what our readers can come up with. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Obviously, the logo has to be something original with no use of copyright material.
  • We're not picky about formats, but we'd prefer something in jpeg or gif format. We'll resize it to fit our needs but we'd prefer you to submit
  • Something that's around 300x300 resolution (not a hard and fast rule).
  • All submissions will be judged by our editorial staff for a final winner but we'll post every submission so that you can show off your ideas.
  • The chosen submission will become the property of Blogpire Productions.
So what do you get in return? We'll reward the top submission with a $50 Amazon gift certificate and lot's of praise and recognition. Please submit you entries as soon as possible to . Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2006. The winner will be announced on Feb. 20, 2006 Please attach your logo and title the email as:

TVSnobo Logo Contest

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at the address above.

So fire up Photoshop and see what you can come up with. We'll give you updates as the contest goes along.
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Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 Review

The other day, we introduced the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360. Well, Krunker.com already has a pretty positive review posted:

Life is absolutely chummy with the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 - so much so that I’ve put the Sony remote up for sale now. The key to making the Harmony remote work for you is in the setup/configuration. Once you have the configuration down pat, this will be the only remote control that you’ll ever need - especially for Xbox 360 console owners.

At Krunker.com [via eHomeUpgrade]

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Run Onto a Football Field - Lose Your TV Priviledges!

So what do you do with a football fanatic who ran onto a football field during a Pittsburg and Cleveland Game. Well, according to The Rocky Mountain News.

Nathan Mallett must spend Super Bowl weekend in jail and won't be allowed to watch or listen to the February fifth game.

Municipal court judge Joan Synenberg also ordered the 24-year-old Mallett not to attend Browns games for five years and to perform 150 hours of community service with Browns charities.

I love it! Ground the lawbreaker from TV during the biggest football weekend of the year. For you non-football fans it may not seem like a big deal. But trust me, it is!

At RockyMountainNews.com

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January 17, 2006

63rd Annual Golden Globe Winners Announced

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Nah, me either (I had to wash my hair or something). I did like this announcment though:

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC

Congratulations to Steve Carell and "The Office". The funny thing is out of all of the shows in the television category, "The Office" is about the only show I ever watch. Long live cable!

Complete List of Winners at SeattleTimes.com

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January 16, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming January 17, 2006

Well, you can't go wrong with a little Titus and Doogie. There's also a couple of nice older releases this week like Mary Tyler Moore and Superman. Enjoy!

Titus - Season 3

Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season Three

National Geographic - Inside Hurricane Katrina

Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete Second Season

Adventures of Superman - The Complete Second Season

Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room


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Will My Current TV Still Work When Digital and HDTV Take Over?

With the new digital TV mandate coming in 2009, there's a lot of confusion about what that means for your current TV. Robert over at HomeTheater.About.com has a nice FAQ that discusses how the digital TV rule affects you:

Although, many of the TVs in U.S. households may not be able to display HDTV or DTV signals, external set-top boxes are available now (and will be at reasonable cost in the future) that will enable older TVs to still be used. The set-top box simply converts in incoming DTV/HDTV signal to an Analog TV signal that can be hooked up to any TV. Of course, you won't get any of the increased resolution of DTV or HDTV and all widescreen programming will show up as letterboxed on your analog set, however, it does extend usefulness of an older, but still perfectly functioning TV.

Read the complete HDTV FAQs: Will My Current TV Still Work When Digital and HDTV Take Over?

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Jerome Bettis Almost Became the Next Bill Buckner


With the Cowboys out of contention, I'm not real excited about the playoffs this year. Still, being a football fan I love watching any type of football on TV. I was really interested in the Colts and Steelers game today since I really like Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy and wouldn't be too disappointed if they won it all.

The funny thing is that I was rooting for the Colts the whole game until with 1 minute left, I became a Steeler fan. Yeah, being a Cowboy fan, I'll probably get a beat-down saying that. If you didn't see the game, you missed Jerome Bettis making a 5 yard run for the endzone to give the Steelers a 10 point lead and lock up the game. What happened though was Bettis fumbled the ball (his first fumble of the year) and the Colts ran it back towards midfield. The Colts eventually missed a 50 yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.

Now back to why I was rooting for the Steelers at the end. Who I was really rooting for was Jerome Bettis. Even if you don't know much about football, you probably know what a great ambassador Jerome Bettis is for the game of football (oh yeah, he's also a Golden Domer). He's may be retiring at the end of this year after a hall of fame career and I just couldn't bear to see him remembered as the guy who cost the Steelers a shot at the Super Bowl. If the Steelers lost, ESPN would surely show the Bill Buckner and Jerome Bettis clips back to back every hour.

That being said, I hope Denver demolishes Pittsburg and to all of the Dallas fans out there: Please forgive me temporarily rooting for the Steelers.

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January 14, 2006

"Blade" the Series Coming to SpikeTV


Woo Hoo! One of my favorite movies is coming to SpikeTV as a series. According to LostRemote:

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV is set to bring "Blade," one of Hollywood's most successful theatrical franchises, to television. The "Blade" trilogy, which has earned more than $400 million worldwide, will be adapted into a two-hour original drama that marks the network's first foray into scripted entertainment. Produced by New LineTelevision, "Blade" premieres on Spike TV in June 2006.

"'Blade' is perfectly suited for Spike TV and its male viewers," says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV."The new "Blade" promises to capture what men want to see: thrilling action
and effects combined with an intelligent and highly creative story."

David S. Goyer, who wrote the screenplays for the "Blade" trilogy as well as "Batman Begins," serves as executive producer and co-wrote the script with popular comic book author Geoff Johns. Peter O'Fallon (Suicide Kings, Eureka, American Gothic) serves as director.

And who are the actors to bring "Blade" to TV?:

Kirk "Sticky" Jones ("Over There") has been cast in the leading role of "Blade." Jill Wagner ("Monk"), Neil Jackson ("Stargate SG-1"), Nelson Lee ("Traffic," the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower ("Blurred") round out the cast for the tele-picture.

Awesome! It's weird how much I like "Blade" even though I can't stand vampire-type movies. I think the casting of Wesley Snipes did it for me. I don't know much about Kirk "Sticky" Jones, but I hope he can can take over where Snipes left off.

At LostRemote.com

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January 13, 2006

Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan 02 - Jan 08, 2006

Wow, it looks like someone was finally watching ABC again! Maybe they should considered a new 24 hour football format? While there were a lot of people watching football last week, I bet there were an awful lot of bored wives out there.

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Jan 02 - Jan 08, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare
Prices
1Rose BowlABC21.723,928,000Rite of Autumn - The Story of College Football
2CSICBS16.718,440,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
3Rose Bowl - Pre GameABC15.517,070,000Rite of Autumn - The Story of College Football
4Desperate HousewivesABC14.616,091,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
5AFC Wildcard - Post GamesCBS14.315,769,000NFL Films - Inside The Vaults Vol 1-3 DVD
6AFC/NFC Playoff Game 2ABC13.915,366,000NFL Films - Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
7AFC/NFC Showcase 2ABC13.615,019,000NFL Films - Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
8Without a TraceABC13.514,848,000Season 1 DVD
9Fiesta BowlABC12.914,189,000Rite of Autumn - The Story of College Football DVD
10Orange BowlABC12.313,500,000Rite of Autumn - The Story of College Football DVD

*Rank is based on U.S. Household Rating % from Nielsen Media Research's National People Meter Sample

**A household Rating is the estimate of the size of a television audience relative to the total universe, expressed as a percentage.
As of September 20, 2004, there are an estimated 109.6 million television households in the U.S. A single national household ratings point represents 1%, or 1,096,000 households.

***Total viewers includes all persons over the age of two.

Used with permission:
Nielsen Media Research, Inc. The Information contained herein is the copyrighted property of Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Unauthorized use of this copyrighted material is expressly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.

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Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360


Looking for a universal remote that controls your Xbox 360 right out of the box? You'll want to take a look at the Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 which ExtremeTech.com has a small review of:

So what makes this unit unique? It can operate an Xbox 360. This is essentially the Harmony 520 model, with a new color scheme and the Guide/Info buttons replaced by a row of X, Y, A, and B buttons. The Xbox 360 can be turned on and off by remote, and is made so that simple games from the Xbox Live Arcade (like card games, chess, or checkers) can be played with the remote's simple four-way pad and four face buttons. This version of the Harmony remote includes the necessary functions, and is automatically set up to control your Xbox 360 out of the box. It's pricey, but it's the perfect way to consolidate that coffee table full of remotes for the Xbox 360 fan that has way too much stuff hooked up in his home entertainment system.

At $130US this remote won't be for everyone, but heck you've spent so much on your Xbox 360, what's a few more bucks?

At ExtremeTech.com


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The Lazy Man's Way to Watch TV

Hope this channel makes it to Mediacom soon!

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Best of the Blogpire

Slingplayermacintosh2-350Another week and another Best of the Blogpire. It looks like the Mac OS X is finally getting some GPS support: Garmin Announces MAC OS X Support and other devices like the new Sling device are making SlingPlayer.

Single Serve Coffee.com continues the onslaught of coffee reviews with Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker and if you're a coffee pod user Review: Eight 0' Clock Colombian Coffee Pods.

Just The Chips finds two new books - one on Poker humor: A collection of poker wit and a return to a classic poker book Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players.

Want to get a new cool fridge? Kitchen Contraptions finds 50's Inspired Refrigerators from Smeg and GE Custom Cabinet Refrigerators & Freezers.

Shaving Stuff.com continues their Review of KENMEN products, part 2.

TV Snob.com also has an amazing run down of all the cool new gadgets from CES: TVSnob CES 2006 Roundup.

Shirt Snob.com has found new Hoodies at Threadless!!!.

Want to know how to find better wine? Wine News: 10 ways to become a smarter, thriftier wine buyer.

And of course we save the best for last - check out The Liquor Snobby Awards: Best of 2005. Magic.

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January 12, 2006

SlingPlayer Mac Announced at CES


It looks like Sling Media is listening to Mac users. According to Sling Media's PR:

San Mateo , CA – January 10, 2006 — Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, today announced SlingPlayer Mac, giving Mac users the ability to watch and control their home television from an Internet-connected Macintosh computer anywhere in the world. The software client is in alpha, but the company is conducting a demonstration outside the Macworld Conference and Expo taking place this week in San Francisco, California.

They continue:

Just like the SlingPlayer software for Windows-based computers, SlingPlayer Mac will deliver the ability to watch living room TV programming from virtually anywhere you can get a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world. On-screen remote controls will allow full manipulation of the home television source, including the ability to change channels and navigate menus. In addition, if a customer has a digital video recorder (DVR) they will also enjoy those added features including the ability to pause, rewind or fast forward live TV or watch recorded content stored on the DVR.

They've also announced SlingPlayer Mobile for Wndows Mobile PDAs and Smartphones, for you PDA users out there.

More at SlingMedia.com [thanks Slingbox411]

Need a Slingbox?


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Deal of the Day: InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV with Blender


Woot has a heck of a deal going on an InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV for $2,499.99 and $5 shipping. Basic specs:

  • Screen: 61"
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 wide screen
  • Light System InFocus Engine, thinnest DLP RP
  • Microdisplay Type DLP, HD2+ DarkChip2
  • Native Resolution 720p High Definition (1280×720)
  • Processes all HDTV modes 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • Screen Type High-Gain, High-Resolution, Fine Pitch
  • Anti-Reflective Screen
  • Adaptive Video Noise Reduction
  • Scan Rate Converter
  • 3D Y/C Digital Frame
  • 3:2 Pull Down Reverse (TruScan Digital Reality)
  • Adjustable Color Temp
  • Dynamic Color Stretch Circuitry
  • Contrast Expand (B&W Stretch) Yes – Off/Low/High

And if you act now, they'll throw in a blender! Wow, those guys at Woot are awful generous and a bit weird. As with all Woot deals, the sale lasts 24 hours max, so be sure to act fast if you're looking for a great deal on a beautiful TV.

More Info at Woot.com

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January 11, 2006

Install A Satellite Dish the Easy Way


A few years ago, I decided that satellite TV was the way to go. I found a great deal on a dish and figured I'd save a hundered bucks on the install and do it myself. I mean, how hard could it be? Okay, that was probably one of the stupidest questions I 've ever asked (if you don't count me asking the judge "You talkin' to me?", while doing my best Travis Bickle impersonation).

Anyway, if you've ever hooked up a satellite dish, you realize that finding a signal requires a college degree and a lot of shouting from to the roof to a 12 year old engineer in the front room. The dialogue consists of a lot of:

"What's the signal strength?"

"Huh?"

"Is it doing anything?"

"Huh?"

"Do you want me to come down there and ....?"

"Huh?"

All that's followed by a lot of cussing (by the 12 year old, of course) and an olympic-type slip and fall performance off of the roof (by me, of course).

Anyway we're back on cable now. If I ever decide to install satellite again (yeah, right!), I'll be sure to do it the smart way like Danny over at Mavromatic.com:

I’ve installed a few Satellite Dishes for friends, family, and myself — I really hate it. Most of the installs I have done involved setting the Dish up on a roof or far from the receiver, thus rendering the tone and display generated from the Dish Setup screen useless. I have bought all the standard setup tools… the digital compass and inline satellite signal meter, but those tools still don’t make it a 15-minute setup job. Solution, use an old Realistic PocketVision 22. I think my pocket TV is circa 1989, but any pocket TV with miniplug antenna port will work — I’ve seen these things as cheap as $10 used.

A little TV on the roof? Why the hell didn't I think of that? Oh well, at least now I know how to tuck and roll after a 12 foot swandive. Be sure to read the complete tutorial:

HOW TO: Setup A Satellite Dish In 15 Minutes at Mavoratic.com


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January 10, 2006

Dead Woman Watches More TV Than Most

Here's another story that shows you how insane the world really is. According to USAToday.com:

Pope's mummified body was found last week in the upstairs of her home on a quiet, dead-end street. It had been positioned in a chair in front of a television set for 2 1/2 years because Pope told her caregiver that she didn't want to be buried, the coroner said.

ICK! You think they could of left her some Cheetos or something!

At USAToday.com

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January 9, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming January 10, 2006

I've got to say that this weeks releases don't excite me much, but hey I only know most everything, not everything. For those who want to weird out for a while, you'll want to check out David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and "The Short Films of David Lynch". Personally, I might check out "The Flash - The Complete Series", you can't go wrong with a guy who wore tights during the 90's.

Transporter 2

The Constant Gardener (Widescreen Edition)

Red Eye (Widescreen Edition)

As Time Goes By - Reunion Special

The Flash - The Complete Series


ArrowContinue reading: "Amazon DVD Releases Coming January 10, 2006"

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TVSnob CES 2006 Roundup

CES 2006 is officially over, but there were quite a few exciting product introductions that'll keep us talking for awhile. There were way to many TV oriented products announced for us to cover here, but we wanted to introduce you to a few of our favorites. Stay tuned this week as we cover some more of the CES product introductions.

Tivo Series 3

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We're pretty impressed with Tivo's newest introduction. According to PVRBlog:

The biggest features are that Series 3 will have dual tuners and be CableCARD and HDTV ready! The dual tuner thing should be qualified though, because it will actually have 6(!) tuners. It will have 2 cable tuners, 2 ATSC tuners (for high def over the air) and 2 regular old NTSC tuners. But it will only be able to record two programs at once, according to a sign at the booth

Read our Post for More Info


Simple Remote from Open Peak

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The Simple Remote uses WiFi connectivity and provides Integrated control of digital media, enabling users to access MP3 files, digital photos and home videos stored on home computers through the same remote control used for TVs, DVD players, VCRs and other consumer electronics.

More at OpenPeak.com


Phillips FlatTV

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Philips is coming out with an extended line of Ambilight enhanced TVs. The screen sizes range from 32- to 50-inches and combine the convenience of PC connectivity with the benefit of ground-breaking image enhancements.

Here are the HDTV models coming out midyear:

32PF9631D 32" LCD
37PF9631D 37" LCD (Ambilight 2 Channel)
42PF9631D 42" Plasma (Ambilight 2 Channel)
42PF9731D 42" LCD (Ambilight Surround)
42PF9831D 42" LCD (Ambilight Full Surround)
50PF9731D 50" Plasma (Ambilight Surround)

More at Phillips.com


Blu-ray Disc Home Player BDP-S1

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Sony's first Blu-ray Disc home player, model BDP-S1, will be available in early summer and features 1080p full HD video output for brilliant HD imagery and also DVD upscaling to 1080p. This initial BD player features a sophisticated design and exceptional build quality with rigid beam construction as well as finely tuned audio and video parts and circuits.

More at Sony.com


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January 6, 2006

No more Employee Discount Commercials Please - In Fact I'll Pay Double!

I did not buy a new car last year! Even though we were bombarded with "employee discount" commercials for auto dealers every couple of minutes. I have to say all of the "employee discount" hokiness really got on my nerves. By the end of the year it seemed that every product seller in the US jumped on the "ed" bandwagon. I don't care how much of a discount Suzanne Somers gets, I'm still not buying a Thighmaster.

I have a point to this rambling (I think - what was I talking about?). According to CNNMoney.com, General Motors regrets starting the whole "ed" trend:

"Hindsight being 20/20, I probably wouldn't have done it," Mark LaNeve, vice president for GM's North American marketing, told the Wall Street Journal's online edition. Ahead of next week's Detroit auto show, LaNeve told the Journal that GM plans on doing a better job of promoting the quality of its products, while still pursuing an "aggressive" tact on lowering prices.

The discount promotion, which prompted record sales for GM during its June-September run, was soon mimicked by rivals Ford (up $0.34 to $8.35, Research) and DaimlerChrysler AG (up $0.04 to $53.55, Research) as they rolled out their own programs in July.

Don't fall for it people! I guarantee that GM (and every other company with something to sell) will blanket us with more "employee discount" deal commercials this year. GM wants you to know how bad it hurt them, so that the next time they offer the "ed" deal, you'll think "Wow, I better do this before they come to their senses".

Hey, I've got no problem with saving money but I do have a problem with Companies trying to manipulate consumers with a "our pain is your gain" mentality.

Maybe I'll get a Thighmaster to work all my aggressions after all. Anybody know how much Suzanne Sommers pays?

Rant done! Carry on.

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Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Dec. 26 - Jan. 01, 2005

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Dec. 26 - Jan 01, 2005
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare
Prices
1CSICBS11.312,418,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
2NFL Monday Night FootballABC9.210,138,00025 Years of
MNF VHS
3CSI: MiamiCBS8.59,407,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
4NFL Monday ShowcaseABC8.29,060,00025 Years of MNF VHS
5The OTFox8.18,918,000None
6NCISCBS8.08,813,000None
7Without a TraceABC8.08,739,000Season 1 DVD
8Desperate HousewivesABC7.98,739,000Season 1 DVD

Season 2 DVD
9Two and a Half MenCBS7.78,474,000Two and a Half Men DVD
10Criminal MindsCBS7.68,339,000None

*Rank is based on U.S. Household Rating % from Nielsen Media Research's National People Meter Sample

**A household Rating is the estimate of the size of a television audience relative to the total universe, expressed as a percentage.
As of September 20, 2004, there are an estimated 109.6 million television households in the U.S. A single national household ratings point represents 1%, or 1,096,000 households.

***Total viewers includes all persons over the age of two.

Used with permission:
Nielsen Media Research, Inc. The Information contained herein is the copyrighted property of Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Unauthorized use of this copyrighted material is expressly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.

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CES Watch: Tivo Series 3 Unveiled

Well, it looks like the mother of all Tivos was announced at CES. If you've been waiting for an HD, dual tuner Tivo, then this baby is for you. PVRBlog has these details on the Tivo Series 3:

The biggest features are that Series 3 will have dual tuners and be CableCARD and HDTV ready! The dual tuner thing should be qualified though, because it will actually have 6(!) tuners. It will have 2 cable tuners, 2 ATSC tuners (for high def over the air) and 2 regular old NTSC tuners. But it will only be able to record two programs at once, according to a sign at the booth (warning 900k picture).

Other improvements include an SATA hard drive connection to add external storage, a display on the front that shows what's recording and a backlit remote. While it will still record in MPEG-2, the Series 3 will also be able to play back MPEG-4 video

Wow! No firm release date yet, but it should be later this year. We'll keep you posted when more details come out.

You can see some images of the Series 3 box at PVRBlog and TivoLovers.com, just click the links below.

At PVRBlog [via TivoLovers.com]

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Best of the Blogpire

Blopire 120Welcome to 2006 and Happy New Year from Blogpire Productions. Everyone here is geared up for the new year filled with cool products, news, and of course our witty banter and we're dedicated to bringing you all three (we're working on a fourth) everday. So sit back and relax and check out the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee.com: Review: My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter - Best of Single Serve Coffee.com 2005

Just The Chips.com: PSP World Series of Poker Revisited - Illustrated Royalty Poker Chips

Kitchen Contraptions.com: Making Eggs Singapore Style - simplehuman Butterfly Step Can

Shaving Stuff.com: New York Facial Hair Patterns and Shaving Trends - High-End Shaving Gear from Penhaligons

TV Snob.com: Futurama Coming Back to TV ? - Finding the Right HDTV for the Xbox 360

Shirt Snob.com: New Tees at Threadless - Big Sale at Girlshop

GPS Lodge.com: Turn your Magellan Roadmate 800 into a DivX Movie Player - Pharos Traveler 525 GPS -

The Cooking News.com: Food News: Fast Food More Than Twice Weekly Adds Pounds - Wine News: 2006 looks to be a good year for wine

Liquor Snob.com: Belly Up To TheBar.com - Bottle Blaster Review

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January 5, 2006

Futurama Coming Back to TV ?


There's not a lot of details yet, but it looks like Futurama might make a return to TV. According to Yahoo News:

Following the hugely successful resurrection of Family Guy, Fox execs are reportedly in talks to bring Futurama back from the dead.

The studio has begun talks to revive the Emmy-winning animated series and produce a limited number of new episodes, thanks to a resurgence in the show's popularity on DVD and in reruns, Variety reports.

Reps for 20th Century Fox have declined to comment on the news, but Variety says initial negotiations have begun.

Pretty awesome! We'll let you know if any more details come out.

At YahooNews.com [via Slashdot]


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Finding the Right HDTV for the Xbox 360

When it comes to buying an HDTV, there are plenty of guides out there to help you get started. Now, TeamXbox has their own guide for finding the right HDTV. The interesting thing about the TeamXbox article is that it's geared towards finding the right HDTV for your Xbox 360. The article starts:

After the various emails we have received asking for the best HDTV for the Xbox 360, and with CES 2006 around the corner, we decided it was time to publish a guide that covers each major display technology and helps you in acquiring your next high definition TV.

For every technology we explain in this guide, we’ve recommended a specific model being we are constantly asked which television is the best for an Xbox 360 gamer. We have decided to boil it down to the essentials so we don’t just tell you what HDTV to buy, but the reasons why it is a smart choice.

The following guide explains all the different display technologies, major advantages and disadvantages of each, and the preferred room size and price range.

So for those of you playing your Xbox 360 on that old 13 inch Zenith, you might want to check this article out.

At TeamXbox.com

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January 4, 2006

Rose Bowl Tonight Wraps up the College Football Season

It's a great day for college football with Texas and USC meeting in the Rose Bowl tonight. It's also a sad day, because it's marks the end of the college football series. I'll go out on the limb and predict USC by 12 (the cool thing is if I'm wrong, tomorrow I can just edit this prediction and look like a genius - blog power is gooood!).

Anybody else watch the Orange Bowl last night? What a great game! Penn State beat Florida State in a game that took 3 overtimes and 5 hours. Oh yeah, there were also 4 missed field goals. Damn kickers! I guess it's kinda like being on the golf course at the first tee and just hoping you don't look like an ass in front of your friends and all the golfers peering out of the clubhouse windows. As soon as you swing, you gets flashbacks of every embarassing thing that ever happened to you, causing you to overswing the club and nail yourself in the back of the head. During the downswing, you hit yourself in the foot, causing a uncontrolled fall face first on the ground knocking your ball 3 feet forward. Now image doing that in front of 80,000 people 4 times! And by the way, that never happened to me, it was just as a reference (my ball went 4 feet).

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"The Sopranos" Season 2 on HBO on Demand

In November I mentioned the exciting news about "The Sopranos" on HBO on Demand. Well, just wanted to let you know that they've started showing season 2. They removed season one from the listings, so you can now watch episodes 14 through 26 till Feb. 05. If you're a fan of "The Sopranos", you'll want to take the chance to catch up before season 6 starts in March.

Now that I can watch "The Sopranos" when I want, I've definitely become a big fan again. As Steve Van Zandt (aka Little Steven), who's real name is Steven Lento, playing Silvio, who is impersonating Al Pacino, who was starring as Tony Montana (aka Scarface), in Oliver Stone's "Scarface" which Brian DePalma directed would say:

"Just when I thought I was out ,They pull me back in!"

I think I need some more coffee!

More Info at HBO.com

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January 3, 2006

Starz Entertainment Group Introduces the Vongo Internet Video Download Service

If you're a fan of the Starz Network, you'll be interested in their new service called Vongo that goes live today. According to The Starz Entertainment Group:

Vongo is the name of an entirely new Internet video download service that provides a thousand entertainment titles on demand to personal computers and portable media devices. Vongo requires a high-speed broadband connection such as DSL or cable modem. Vongo entertainment offers a high quality video playback with DVD-like features.  

Vongo Membership allows members access to a library of over 1000 titles that include new releases bonus materials, extreme sports, concerts and films released in the IMAX® format, as well as great movies from the last 40 years. Vongo Members can watch as many movies from the library as they want (subject to availability), as often as they want all commercial free. The Vongo Membership movie collection is powered by Starz Entertainment Group, the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States. Access to a streaming version of the live Starz television channel is available to Vongo Members at no additional cost. A schedule of the Starz channel is also provided as part of the service.

The Vongo website leaves a lot to be desired and you really have to dig to find out the details. According to MacWorld.com:

Vongo is a subscription-based service that costs $9.99 per month. For that fee, users can watch more than 1,000 movies and video selections as well as a live, streaming Starz TV channel.

Based on Windows Media technology, the service allows users to download movies and videos to “three eligible devices,” and also provides pay-per-view features for $3.99 each.

For now, Vongo works with PCs running Microsoft Windows, certain portable media devices and laptop computers — more announcements of compatible devices are expected to come from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada later this week.

For a service that offers newer movies that can be downloaded to a portable device, we're pretty impressed with the price. Maybe we'll give it a shot a let you know what we think.

At Vongo.com


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CES Starts This Week


Well, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) starts in Vegas on Jan. 5th. this year. Yours truly won't be able to make it this year due to the nasty Vegas-wide restraining order (something to do with superglue,The Bellagio, and those really cool feathery outfits the stage-show dancers wear).

Anyway, we have a fews "spies" in Sin City and we'll keep you posted of any interesting products related to the wonderful world of TVs.

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January 2, 2006

I'm So Melancholy!

Yep, Notre Dame got spanked by Ohio State. It's hard to see a great run this year end so abruptly, but at the beginning of the year I didn't even think a BCS berth would happen this year, so I'll live.

Well, congrats to OSU and their fans for a great game. Maybe we'll see an OSU and ND rematch for the National Championship next year. :)

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Bring on 2006!

Well, I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and New Years Day. It's just amazing how hard it is for me to stay up till midnight, even on a holiday. Hopefully, you'll do a little relaxing today (if you have the day off) and watch lots of football. I'm all set with 40 pounds of nachos and alka-seltzer for the Fiesta Bowl (have I ever mentioned I'm a Notre Dame fan? Probably not!)

Anyway, I wanted to mention that we've got some exciting plans for TVSnob in 2006. We really need a logo and in a few days, I'll roll out our new logo contest for TVSnob, so after the hangover goes away start a little logo designing in your brain. We have a few other announcements but we'll give you some time to recover. Talk to you tomorrow!

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