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February 28, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 28, 2006

If you're looking for a DVD to pick up this week, you've got about a zillion versions of "Walk the Line" to choose from. I'll probably just stick with "Newsradio".

Newsradio - The Complete Third Season

NFL Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers Championship DVD

Beast Machines Transformers: The Complete Series

Ellen - The Complete Season Three

Charmed - The Complete Fourth Season

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February 28, 2006

Microchip 3-in-1 TV Tuner - A Cheap Chip for All Types of Devices

So, the other day I was refrigerator shopping with my wife at Best Buy when we ran into this beauty. Yep, we found a $3200 fridge with a 13.1" cable-ready LCD TV. The only thing I can say about that shopping experience is that wives can be so unreasonable.

Still, I have no plans to give up on having a fridge with a TV. In fact, it won't be long till it'll be cheap enough to put a TV tuner in every device. According to Gizmodo, Microtune is getting ready to roll out a cheap and tiny TV tuner:

They call this little hotshot “three-in-one” because it can handle garden-variety NTSC TV signals, ATSC (which encompasses all the HDTV standards), and then digital cable-ready (DCR) standards, too. All this TV tuning goodness for $3 apiece? Remarkable. Coming soon to a video-capable device near you.

Maybe I can get one of the chip thingies implanted right into my head? Guess I better start shopping for a helmet like Al Franken's.

At Gizmodo

Microtunes Website

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February 27, 2006

Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2006

Oops, I'm running a little late with last weeks rankings. The Olympics did a little better, but overall the overall numbers of people watching TV went down. Either people were outdoors or watching cable, I guess.

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Feb. 13 - Feb. 19, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare
Prices
1American
Idol (Wed)
FOX16.518,143,000American
Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD
2American
Idol (Tues)
FOX15.517,042,000American
Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD
3Grey's AnatomyABC15.016,500,000Season
1 DVD
4Desperate HousewivesABC14.215,694,000Season
1 DVD


Season
2 DVD
5Winter Olympics - Mon. PrimeNBC12.814,157,000Winter
Olympics Gift Pack VHS
6Dancing
with the Stars
ABC12.213,464,000None
7CSICBS11.913,154,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
8Winter Olympics -
Thurs. Prime
NBC11.913,128,000Winter
Olympics Gift Pack VHS
9Winter Olympics -
Sun. Prime
NBC11.612,779,000Miracle
of Lake Placid VHS
10HouseFOX11.512,619,000Season
1 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
1,102,000 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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February 27, 2006

Sony Introduces TAV-L1 Slider HDTV

So, Sony has introduced a funky new slider HDTV called the TAV-L1. This magical box starts out like this:

And then morphs into:

According to T3.co.uk:

The upcoming TAV-L1 television is no ordinary goggle box. See, Sony’s latest HD set has one hell of a swish party trick up its sleeve that’s guaranteed to leave your house guests gawping with tech envy. In audio mode the unit looks like a stylish single-stand speaker, but tap the touch-sensitive front panel and the speaker grill seductively slides down to the floor to reveal a plush 32-inch HD-ready Bravia LCD display! We’ve seen it in action and frankly it’s agonisingly cool.

Plus, the speaker grille is interchangeable so you can customise it to suit your surroundings. Adding an extra sprinkle of chic to the proceedings is the smooth slot-loading CD/DVD player situated in the top of the telly. As for sounds, it’s discreetly equipped with 2.1 stereo, outputting 50w per channel, and is smuggling a hefty 100w subwoofer onboard.

The TAV-L1 will debut in the UK around May and should retail for around $6000UD.

Personally, I'm not that thrilled with the design. For the same price, you can get a larger screen HDTV and have a nice custom cabinet made if you really need to hide the screen.

AT T3.co.uk

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February 25, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 25

Saturday, Feb. 25

  • NBC — (Men’s Hockey Bronze Medal Game (live); Speedskating Women’s 5000m Final; Biathlon Women’s 12.5km Final), 1-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Alpine Skiing Men’s Slalom Final; Short Track Speedskating Men’s 500m Final, Women’s 1000m Final and Men’s 5000m Relay Final; Bobsled Four Man Final; Biathlon Men’s 15km Final), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), Midnight 1 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1-4:30 a.m.

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February 24, 2006

Fox Launching "My Network TV"

It looks like Fox is trying to catch more of the youth market with it's new channel "My Network TV", which debuts in September. According to Businessweek:

My Network will build its prime time around a "telenovella" model. It's two prime-time shows, Desire and Secrets, slated to debut in September, will run every weeknight for one hour, completing an entire story arc in a 13-week season.

Desire is about brothers fleeing the Mafia, who tussle for the love of a woman engaged to a third man. Secrets offers ambition, backstabbing, and excellent clothes set against the backdrop of the fashion industry. Presentations for these shows revealed that Fox's understanding of what viscerally attracts viewers -- especially younger ones -- remains undimmed: The shows promise to be steamy. Stars for both shows, all remarkably young and remarkably beautiful, were trotted out at the event.

Geez, I must be getting old because those "crapnovellas" sound terrible. I guess it's time for me to start blaming crappy TV on the youth of America. So as Joe Pesci would say "You yutes stop watching crappy TV, so that the networks will write better stuff". Well said Joe!

At BusinessWeek.com

Image Copyright Fox

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 24

Friday, Feb. 24

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s Curling Bronze Medal Match; Men’s Hockey Semifinal), 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s Hockey Semifinal), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s Curling Gold Medal Match; Men’s Hockey Semifinal), 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s Hockey Semifinal), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Women’s 30km Final), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Curling Men’s Final), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Champions Gala; Alpine Skiing Women’s Giant Slalom Final; Bobsled Four Man; Speedskating Men’s 10,000m Final), 8 p.m.-Midnight

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza - Award Ceremonies), 12:35-2 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 2-6 a.m.

Image Copyright Daniel Field

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The Best of the Blogpire

Tvsnob 125 Macnn-2Another week and another Best of the Blogpire! Exciting things are happening at TV SNOB - we've just run a TVSnob Logo Contest so expect a new look and new stuff over at TV SNOB very soon. Also if you've seen the new Gillette Fusion Razor - Shaving Stuff has a review of the new Gillette Fusion Razor. Are you into Poker? If so and you've got your own home game going you may want to check out our review of the new Apache Poker Chips - Paulson Clay Poker Chips For Your Home Poker Game. Okay - now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee
Review: Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300 from Single Serve Coffee.com
Save 10% On All Single Serve Coffee Makers

Just The Chips
Casino Server for Poker Night
Beyond Tells: Power Poker Psychology

Kitchen Contraptions
Magnetic Fridge Clock
Fizz Keeper Pump & Pour

Shaving Stuff
The Art of Shaving - Now in Book Form
How To Say Moustache in Albanian
L'Oreal for Men

What's All the Racquet
Volkl's DNX Technology - Cool S#%&
James Blake is working with Prince to design a racquet

TV Snob
First Look: Toshiba's TDP-T95U XGA projector
TV-B-Gone: A Tool for the TV Vigilante

Shirt Snob
Wood Tank by Vince
New at Busted Tees

GPS Lodge
In-Car Navigation Systems; Dangerous?
Mio 350 and Mio 550

The Cooking News
Recipe News: Join the Mardi Gras fun with Cajun recipes
Coffee News: Coffee before exercise won't kill you

Liquor Snob
Are You Gonna Drink Vodka My Way?
Bar Bets You're Sure to Win

Really Natural
Is Organic Always a Good Thing?
Eating Organic Foods Eliminates Pesticides from Children's Bodies

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February 23, 2006

First Look: Toshiba's TDP-T95U XGA projector

Toshiba has a new mid-range projector, the TDP-T95U. According to Toshiba:

Toshiba's TDP-T95U projector is a sleek and travel-friendly projector designed for presenters who expect and demand quality, flexibility and performance at a tremendous value. The TDP-T95U features incredible brightness with 2,200 ANSI lumens, brilliant XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and a razor sharp 2000:1 contrast ratio. Thirty-degree digital keystone correction automatically engages without manual adjustments. Its flexible connectivity and fast, easy operation ensure flawless presentations and larger-than-life images virtually anytime, anywhere.

The Toshiba TDP-T95U Conference Room Projector supports TV (NTSC, PAL, SECAM), HDTV/DTV, and RGB signal inputs. Input terminals include 2-video (1-RCA, 1-S-Video), 5 audio (1x stereo mini-jack, 2x RCA for Video, 2x RCA for S-video), and 2 RGB for multiple input sources. Automatic Digital Keystone correction (+/- 30 degrees) is also supported.

For $1300, the TDP-T95U might be something to look at for those of you who are thinking about a projector.

At Toshiba.com [via Engadget]

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 23

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • USA — (Live: Women’s Biathlon Relay Final), 6-8 a.m.M

  • MSNBC — (Live: Women’s Curling Bronze Medal Match), 7-10 a.m.

  • USA — (Live: Women’s Curling Women’s Gold Medal Match), 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Women’s Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Women’s Curling Gold Medal Match), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Ladies Free Skate Final; Freestyle Skiing Men’s Aerials Final; Snowboarding Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Final), 8 p.m.-Midnight NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:35-2 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 2-5 a.m.

Image Copyright Inga Schepanski

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February 22, 2006

TV-B-Gone: A Tool for the TV Vigilante

For those people who feel they need to control the world comes the TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain. The device is pretty simple:

Simply press the button and the remote runs through a sequence of codes until it shuts virtually any TV off May take up to 69 seconds for the TV to turn off, but most TVs will turn off within the first few seconds Range: 20 feet to 50 feet, depending on the make and model of the TV Turns TVs both on and off.

Mitch Altman, the creator of TV-B-Gone states on his website:

How much of the TV that you watch do you really like a lot? If you could choose whatever it is that you'd like to be doing right now, anything at all, what would it be? Was your answer, “Watch TV!”? Whatever your answer was, my wish for you is that you have time in your life to do it. Please make time in your life for what you really like. Better yet, please make time to do what you love. Wouldn't that be great? Don't know what you love? Try out a few things, see what happens.

Me, my life got so much better from watching TV less (I haven't actually had a TV since 1980!). As a result, I had enough time to invent TV-B-Gone®! My idea was to give others a similar chance – so I created a fun way to get the message out there that turning a TV on or off really is a choice. Anywhere, anytime. Please, go out there and choose.

Wow, thanks Mitch, what would we do without you? All we need now is a bunch of smug people walking around turning off TVs in sportsbars. I'm sure he'll donate some of his sale proceeds to the poor smuck in the hospital that got smacked in the head with a dozen Corona bottles for shutting off the TV during the big game.

So if you carry the TV-B-Gone around, please use a little common sense and most of all a little courtesy.

At TVBGone.com [via FullSpeed.org]

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 22

Wednesday, Feb. 22

  • USA — (Live: Women’s Curling Semifinal; Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 2:30-5 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 3-6 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Men’s Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom; Cross Country Men’s Sprint Final), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Curling Men’s Semifinal), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom Final; Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials Final; Speedskating Women’s 1500m Final; Men’s Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom Final; Short Track Women’s 3000m Relay Final, Women’s 1000m prelims and Men’s 500m prelims), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), Midnight-3 a.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Women’s Sprint Final; Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal), 3-5:30 a.m.

Image Copyright Daniel Field

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February 21, 2006

NeuNeo HVD2085 - Reader Review

Last month we mentioned a review over at HomeTheaterMag.com of the NeuNeo HVD2085 1080p Upconverting DVD Player. Overall, the review was pretty positive. Well, TVSnob reader Grant Z. has sent us a review that offers a differing opinion of the NeuNeo HVD2085.

HVD2085 Player Skips & Stutters Its Way Into the Garbage Bin!

I've purchased the subject player and have viewed it on the following sets at 720p and 1080i ( 1080p never worked ) over component video:

toshiba 50HX70, rear projection CRT
toshiba 72MX195, DLP

I've set up the subject player using the THX optimizer test patterns for contrast and grey scale. I've observed the following serious problems, or deficiencies:

  • on source video that is dark like; room interiors, caves, night the video this player produces is an unwatchable mass of black with very little visible detail ( observed in several movies but very noticeable in Raiders of the Lost Arc opening scenes, etc ).
  • player will not display 1080p on my 1080p capable toshiba 72MX195. No help on this problem ever arrived from the socalled Neodigit technical support. They blamed the toshiba 72MX195, DLP TV and just had no clue as to what to do.
  • player "skipped" a minute of the arrival in venice in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. It did this repeatedly. I was not able to watch that minute of the movie. Then, through out venice, and after, the movie would stutter over seconds of video. It would also lose video and audio sync ( voice and mouth movement would not match ).

Update: Skipping and stuttering is a very serious problem with this machine. The move FARGO was unwatchable. Whole sections of this movie were skipped over by this machine. I call it the players undocumented DVD random scene editing feature.

I am astonished at how badly the HVD2085 player performs on video that is dark. Of the several DVD players I've had ranging from $25 to $600, i.e.: several toshibas, an apex, a koch, and the panasonic RP-91, this NeuNeo player is by far the worst I've ever seen when it comes to reproducing blacks and dark scenes in general. The remote is weak, difficult to use, and generally the worst remote I've ever tried to use.

Conclusion: Avoid this player and this company.

Contacting Neodigits technical support was equally frustrating. I sent them an email, waited for two weeks, and received no reply. I finally received a reply to an email the seller of this player sent on my behalf.

Please note that the views of the reader's review do not necessarily reflect the views of TVSnob.com

We thank Grant for sending us his review. If you have the HVD2085, have you had the same experience with the HVD2085? If so, please leave a comment or better yet, send us your own review.

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 21

Tuesday, Feb. 21

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Latvia vs. Kazakhstan; Switzerland vs. Italy; Finland vs. Germany; Canada vs. Czech Republic), 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Latvia vs. Kazakhstan; Switzerland vs. Italy; Finland vs. Germany; Canada vs. Czech Republic; Sweden vs. Slovakia), 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Biathlon Men’s Relay Final), 6-8 a.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Russia), 2-5 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Russia), 2-5 p.m.

  • NBC — (Nordic Combined Sprint Final; Ski Jumping K125-Large Hill Jump; Biathlon 4X7.5km relay), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Curling Tiebreaker), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Ladies Short Program; Women’s Bobsled Final; Speedskating Men’s 1500m Final), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

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February 20, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest - We Have a Winner

Congratulations to Nicholas Hofstede for his simple but elegant winning entry based on variations of a LCD TV pixel theme:

tvsnoblogo.jpg

Nicholas will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate and our undying gratitude for a job well done.

So thank you to everyone who participated in the logo contest and stayed tuned as we’ll be taking the design direction that Nicholas set and finishing out the entire new TV Snob.com design soon.

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 21, 2006

"Third Rock" has to be one of my favorite shows of all time. I mean, how can you go wrong with the Season 3 DVD when there are show titles like?:

  • Eleven Angry Men and One Dick
  • The Great Dickdater
  • A Friend in Dick
  • Auto Eurodicka
  • Just Your Average Dick

Okay, I'm done being amused by juvenile humor.

3rd Rock from the Sun: Season 3

NYPD Blue - The Complete Third Season

The Dick Cavett Show - Comic Legends

What's New Scooby-Doo, Vol. 8 - Zoinks! Camera! Action!

Action: The Complete Series


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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Monday, Feb. 20

Monday, Feb. 20

  • USA — (Live: Men’s curling: USA vs. Canada), 8-11 a.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Women’s Hockey Bronze Medal Game), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s Hockey Bronze Medal Game), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • NBC — (Live: Women’s Hockey Gold Medal Game; Tape: Women’s Bobsled), 1-6 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Women’s curling: USA vs. Britain), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Ice Dancing Final; Alpine Skiing Men’s Giant Slalom Final; Freestyle Skiing Men’s Aerials; Ski Jumping K125-Large Hill Team Final), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

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February 19, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 19

Sunday, Feb. 19

  • CNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Germany vs. Switzerland; Men: Russia vs. Latvia; Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan), 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Germany vs. Switzerland; Russia vs. Latvia; Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan), 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Women’s curling: USA vs. Switzerland), 8-11 a.m.

  • NBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Sweden), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Czech Republic vs. Italy; Finland vs. Canada, 2-5:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Czech Republic vs. Italy; Finland vs. Canada), 2-5:30 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Men’s curling: USA vs. Britain), 4-7 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Ice Dancing; Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G Final; Speedskating Women’s 1000m Final; Cross Country Men’s 4x10km Relay Final; Bobsled Two Man Final; Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials), 7-11 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 11:35 p.m.-12:05 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 12:05-4 a.m.

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February 18, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 18

Saturday, Feb. 18

  • CNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Russia vs. Kazakhstan; Italy vs. Germany; Canada vs. Switzerland; Sweden vs. Latvia), 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Russia vs. Kazakhstan; Italy vs. Germany; Canada vs. Switzerland; Sweden vs. Latvia), 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s curling: USA vs. Germany), 8-11 a.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Women’s Relay Final; Biathlon Men’s Pursuit Final; Men’s hockey: USA vs. Slovakia (live); Short Track Speedskating Women’s 1500m Semifinals), Noon-6 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Czech Republic vs. Finland), 3-5:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Czech Republic vs. Finland), 3-5:30 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Women’s curling: USA vs. Italy), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G Final; Short Track Speedskating Men’s 1000m Final and Women’s 1500m Final; Speedskating Men’s 1000m Final; Ski Jumping K125-Large Hill Individual Final; Bobsled Two Man), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Biathlon Women’s Pursuit Final; Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), Midnight-1 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1-4:30 a.m.

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February 17, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 17

Friday, Feb. 17

  • USA — (Women’s Snowboard Cross (live); Men’s curling match; Women’s curling: USA vs. Russia (live); Hockey USA Women’s Semifinal (live); Bobsled Two Man Training Runs), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s Hockey USA Semifinal), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Women’s Hockey Semifinal), 3-5:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s Hockey Semifinal), 3-5:30 p.m.|

  • NBC — (Cross Country Men’s 15km Final), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Men’s curling: USA vs. Switzerland), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Ice Dancing; Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Cross Final; Alpine Skiing Women’s Combined (downhill & slalom) Final; Skeleton Men’s Final; Ski Jumping K125-Large Hill Individual), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza - Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

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Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Feb 06 - Feb 12, 2006

As we mentioned yesterday, the Olympics are kind of a bust this year when it comes to TV ratings. For the rest of the Olympics, I promise to do my part and watch the Games 24 hours a day (not that I was going to do anything but watch TV, but it sounds more noble this way).

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Feb. 06 - Feb. 12, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare Prices
1American Idol (Tuesday)FOX17.619,352,000American Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD
2CSICBS16.918,628,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
3American Idol (Wednesday)FOX16.317,922,000American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD
4Grey's AnatomyABC15.517,045,000Season 1 DVD
5Desperate HousewivesABC14.616,054,000Season 1 DVD

Season
2 DVD
6HouseFOX13.614,982,000Season 1 DVD
7Winter Olympics - Sat. PrimeNBC13.514,823,000Miracle of Lake Placid VHS
8Without a TraceCBS13.314,702,000Season 1 DVD
9Winter Olympics - Sun. PrimeNBC13.314,658,000Winter Olympics Gift Pack VHS
10Dancing with the StarsABC12.914,198,000None

*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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The Best of the Blogpire & ReallyNatural.com

Reallynatural Blogad-1We're pretty excited here around the Blogpire. Over the past few months we've been cooking up a new site to bring to you - ReallyNatural.com. If you need tips on living naturally (Birkenstocks not required) - then this is the site for you. ReallyNatural.com is your resource for product reviews of all of those consumer food, health and beauty, and household goods marketed as 'natural', 'organic' and 'environmentally friendly'.

You'll learn as Liesel and Mikko test the waters and offer tips on what it means to 'live naturally.' And where else are you going to find a review on Ecover Ecological Toilet Bowl Cleaner or a nice Organic Wine: 2004 Jelu Malbec and perhaps your didn't buy the right gift on Valentine's Day and should have looked into Chocolate Bars For Your Eco-Conscious Honey. Whatever you're need to be more natural - ReallyNatural.com will have it.

Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Liquor Snob
Don Eduardo Silver Tequila Review
Cocktail Parties 101

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February 16, 2006

DISH Network Adds Additional HD Channels

HTDude has pointed out that Dish Network has added these new HD channels:

  • ESPN2 HD
  • Universal HD
  • HD Locals
  • Family Room HD
  • Gameplay HD
  • Treasure HD
  • World Cinema HD
  • WorldSport HD
  • and Major Network Affiliates where available.

Add that to their existing 18 HD channels and you've got quite a few HD choices.

I swore I'd never go back to Dish network but now that they're starting to build a nice collection of HD channels, I might have to rethink that decision.

At HTDude.com

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 16

Thursday, Feb. 16

  • USA — (Live: Biathlon Women’s 7.5km Sprint Final; Men’s curling: USA vs. Sweden; Tape: Men’s Snowboarding Cross), 6-11 a.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Finland vs. Italy; Czech Republic vs. Switzerland; Sweden vs. Russia; Slovakia vs. Latvia), 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Finland vs. Italy; Czech Republic vs. Switzerland; Men: Sweden vs. Russia; Slovakia vs. Latvia; Canada vs. Germany), 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Kazakhstan), 3-6 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Kazakhstan), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Women’s 10km Final; Speedskating Women’s Team Pursuit Semifinals; Speedskating Men’s Team Pursuit Semifinals), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Women’s curling: USA vs. Sweden), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Men’s Free Skate Final; Men’s Snowboarding Cross Final; Speedskating Women’s Team Pursuit Final; Speedskating Men’s Team Pursuit Final; Skeleton Women’s Final), 8 p.m.-Midnight

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:35-2 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 2-5 a.m.

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Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote Control Review

rc9800i.jpgIn this day and age, a $5 remote just doesn't cut it anymore. Heck, it probably won't be too long till the remote can watch the TV for us. Until then, if you want one heck of a remote, you'll want to check out the Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote. Robert over at HomeTheater.About.com has a nice review that states:

The Philips RC9800i is an infrared wireless remote controller that is 5-inches wide, 4-inches high, with a 3.5-inch color LCD touch screen and a series control buttons.

The RC9800i features 32MB of internal memory and an internal database with remote control codes for over 1,100 brands of audio and video components. The database can be expanded through software upgrades via the RC9800i's USB interface, in conjunction with a PC.

In addition to its larage database capacity, the RC9800i can also learn remote control commands by interfacing with original remote controls.

The RC9800 is also compatible with audio/video home networking control functions via Wi-Fi connectivity.

The RC9800i can control components individually or by group activity.

The RC9800i also offers Electronic Program Guide (EPG) interface capability.

This is a pretty sweet remote, just ignore the fact that it costs as much a 77 Chevy Nova with a serious oil leak.

More at HomeTheater.about.com

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American Idol Crushes the Winter Olympics in TV Ratings

According to the Washington Post:

Between 8 and 9 p.m., when the tape-delayed, mostly men's figure skating Games coverage was holding the interest of about 16 million viewers, "Idol" was amusing nearly 27 million by dashing the dreams of roomfuls of Ashlee and Usher wannabes.

Among the 18-to-49-year-olds that NBC targets, "Idol" more than doubled the ratings of the Games.

It's got to be hard for an Olympic athlete to know that more people care about "American Idol" than what they're doing. I really think that loud mouth morons like Bode Miller turned off a lot of viewers. Hey Bode, if you're going to make yousef the focus of the Olympics, win something!

At WashingtonPost.com

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February 15, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 15

Wednesday, Feb. 15

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: Sweden vs. Kazakhstan; Canada vs. Italy; Finland vs. Switzerland; Germany vs. Czech Republic), 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Men’s hockey: Sweden vs. Kazakhstan; Canada vs. Italy; Finland vs. Switzerland; Germany vs. Czech Republic; Russia vs. Slovakia), 5 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Women’s curling: USA vs. Denmark), 8-11 a.m.

  • USA — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Latvia), 3-6 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Men’s hockey: USA vs. Latvia), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Speedskating Women’s Team Pursuit; Short Track Speedskating Women’s 500m Semifinal), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Men’s curling: USA vs. Italy), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill Final; Freestyle Skiing Men’s Moguls Final; Short Track Speedskating Women’s 500m Final, Men’s 5000m Relay Semifinal and Men’s 1000m prelims; Luge Men’s Doubles Final; Nordic Combined Team Final: Ski Jumping Large Hill; Cross Country Women’s Team 4x5km Relay), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Speedskating Men’s Team Pursuit; Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

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February 14, 2006

Deal of the Day: RCA DVR10 High-Definition Digital Video Recorder

Here's one heck of a deal. The RCA DVR10 has an 80 GB hard drive and will let you record up to 9 hours of HD programming. While the DVR10 lacks some of the features of a higher end DVR (like an onscreen guide), it's great for your basic recording duties and a steal for $169 with free shipping.

Product Description
The RCA DVR10 high-definition hard-disk video recorder offers the capability of recording and storing your favorite TV programs--even at full high-definition (HDTV) resolution. This 80 GB digital video recorder holds up to 9 hours of HD programming and up to 40 hours of standard-definition programming when connected to a copy-protected IEEE 1394 digital TV (including RCA Scenium sets) or set-top box. Using the built-in timer capabilities of a connected television or set-top box, the DVR10 can be triggered to record programs up to 24 hours in advance, programmed to "tape" a program daily, or set to instantly record a program in progress.

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 14

Tuesday, Feb. 14

  • USA — (Women’s curling: USA vs. Canada (live); Biathlon Men’s 10km Sprint Final (live); Men’s curling: USA vs. New Zealand (live); Luge Doubles Training Runs; Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill Timed Training), 3-11 a.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Women’s hockey: Italy vs. Russia; Canada vs. Sweden; Switzerland vs. Germany), 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: Italy vs. Russia; Canada vs. Sweden; Switzerland vs. Germany), 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Finland), 2:30-5 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Finland), 2:30-5 p.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Women’s Team Sprint Final; Luge Women’s Singles), 4-5 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Women’s curling: USA vs. Japan), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Men’s Short Program; Alpine Skiing Men’s Combined (downhill & slalom) Final; Speedskating Women’s 500m Final; Luge Women’s Singles Final), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Cross Country Men’s Team Sprint Final; Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.

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Step-by-Step: Buying a TV

buytv1.jpgWith all of the choices and new technologies, it's getting a lot harder to decide what type of TV to buy these days. That's why we try to offer you as buying advice and tips as we do. We recently ran across a really nice TV Buying Guide from Consumer Reports that starts out:

A lot has changed in the past few years, and you have more choices than ever. Our step-by-step guide contains the essential information you need to find the TV that best suits your preferences and your budget.

The tutorial covers these topics:

  • TV types
  • Image quality
  • Screen size
  • Screen shape
  • Connections
  • Features

If you're in the market for a new TV, we highly recommend starting with this article at Consumer Reports.

More Info at ConsumerReports.com

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February 13, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 14, 2006

Just when you thought all of the classics were already on DVD, along comes "Charles in Charge: The Complete First Season". What a great selection to start your Scott Baio collection. Alright, maybe I'll skip Scott Baio and go for "Farscape - Season 3, Collection 2". Yeah, that sounds a little better.

Charles in Charge: The Complete First Season

Grey's Anatomy - Season 1

Golden Girls - The Complete Fourth Season

Farscape - Season 3, Collection 2 (Starburst Edition)

Saw II (Widescreen Edition)

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I'm Starting to Hate Radio Shack!

Hey Radio Shack! Christmas is over, it's time to move on to another annoying advertising campaign. The question is "Are you as sick of Radio Shack's "Red Chair" campaign as I am?".

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Get your TVSnob Logo Contest Entries In

Okay, this is the last week of the TVSnob logo contest. We've got a few entries in and we're waiting on yours. All of the details are here:

TVSnob Logo Contest

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2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Monday, Feb. 13

Monday, Feb. 13

  • USA — (Live: Men’s curling: USA vs. Norway; Biathlon Women’s 15km Final; Women’s curling: USA vs. Norway), 3-11 a.m.

  • MSNBC — (Live: Women’s hockey: Sweden vs. Italy; Finland vs. Switzerland), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: Sweden vs. Italy; Finland vs. Switzerland), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • NBC — (Luge Women’s Singles), 4-5 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Pairs Free Skate Final; Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe Final; Speedskating Men’s 500m Final), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Men’s curling: USA vs. Finland), 5-8 p.m.

  • NBC — (Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 12:05-1:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1:30-5 a.m.


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February 12, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 12

Sunday, Feb. 12

  • CNBC — (Live: Women’s hockey: Canada vs. Russia), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: Canada vs. Russia), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • USA — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Germany), 1-3:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Germany), 1-3:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Speedskating Women’s 3000m Final; Cross Country Women’s Pursuit and Men’s Pursuit; Luge Men’s Singles), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Alpine Skiing Men’s Downhill Final; Short Track Speedskating Men’s 1500m Final; Ski Jumping K95 Individual Final; Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe Final; Ski Jumping K95 Individual Final; Luge Men’s Singles Final), 7-11 p.m.

  • NBC — (Short Track Speedskating Women’s 3000m Relay and Women’s 500m; Medals Plaza Award Ceremonies), 11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 12:30-4:30 a.m.

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February 11, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 11

Saturday, Feb. 11

  • USA — (Live: Biathlon Men’s 20km Final), 7-9 a.m.

  • CNBC — (Live: Women’s hockey: Finland vs. Germany; Sweden vs. Russia), 7 a.m.-Noon

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: Finland vs. Germany; Sweden vs. Russia), 7 a.m.-Noon

  • USA — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Switzerland), Noon-2:30 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: USA vs. Switzerland), Noon-2:30 p.m.

  • CNBC — (Live Women’s hockey: Canada vs. Italy), 2:30-5 p.m.

  • UNIVERSAL HD — (Live: Women’s hockey: Canada vs. Italy), 2:30-5 p.m.

  • NBC — (Luge Men’s Singles; Nordic Combined Individual Final; Alpine Skiing Men’s Downhill Timed Training), 3-6 p.m.

  • NBC — (Figure Skating Pairs Short Program; Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls Final; Speedskating Men’s 5000m Final; Luge Men’s Singles; Alpine Skiing Men’s Downhill Training), 8-11:30 p.m.

  • NBC — (Ski Jumping K95 Individual; Medals Plaza Award Ceremony), Midnight-1 a.m.

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 1-4:30 a.m.


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February 10, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 10

The 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony begins tonight. Be sure to check TVSnob daily for TV schedules and updates. Here's the TV Schedule for Friday:

Friday, Feb. 10

  • NBC — (Opening Ceremony; Parade of Nations; Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron), 8 p.m.-Midnight

  • NBC — (Primetime replay), 2:39-6 a.m.

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Now That's What I Call a Television Addiction!

There just isn't enough time to watch TV anymore. Maybe I should multi-task like this fellow:

Authorities are seeking a burglar who allegedly took the time to make coffee, cook and eat meals, take showers, pick out a change of clothes, watch television and check his e-mail while inside three rural Washington County homes this month.

Do you think maybe he was watching "America's Dumbest Criminals"?

At WashingtonPost.com

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February 9, 2006

Turn your Flat into the Star Trek Enterprise: Go Bankrupt

I knew there were some obsessed Trekkies out there, but I think Tony Alleyne is the guy that makes Trekkies go "What the *&^%#?". This DJ/Interior Decorator actually went bankrupt decorating his condo to look like the Star Trek Enterprise. According to the TimesOnline.com:

Tony Alleyne boldly went where no other DIY enthusiast had gone before when he turned his studio apartment in Hinckley, Leicestershire, into a replica of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. The flat included a life-size model of the show’s transporter room. He even reshaped his windows to look like portholes and set up vertical lights so that he can pretend to be “beamed up”, but the nine-year mission failed and Mr. Alleyne, 52, came crashing back to Earth with a bump. Yesterday, at Coventry County Court, he admitted that he has been declared bankrupt with debts of £166,000.

But did that discourage him? Nope:

So he gutted the flat and is now rebuilding it as the bridge of the later Star Trek series, Voyager. The work is funded by his income support payments, and the flat will shortly be put on the market again, at a price that should put him back on course for Planet Solvency.

The weird thing is this guy's wife is divorcing him. Why?

At TimesOnline.com

View Images of Mr. Alleyne's Flat Here

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Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan 30 - Feb 05, 2006

Wow, a lot of people watch the Super Bowl this year! The average number one show each week has been around twenty million viewers, while last week the Super Bowl had forty five million viewers. Just goes to show you how strong the NFL is and makes you question ABC's decision to get rid of Monday Night Football.

BROADCAST PRIMETIME- Week of Jan. 30 - Feb. 05, 2006
Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare Prices
1Super Bowl XLABC41.645,867,000NFL Films-Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
2Super Bowl Post GunABC34.638,114,000NFL Films - Inside The Vaults Vol 1-3 DVD
3Super Bowl Post GameABC29.031,963,000NFL Films-Super Bowl Collections I-XXX DVD
4Grey's AnatomyABC21.023,936,000Season 1 DVD
5American Idol (Wednesday)FOX17.419,173,000American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD
6CSICBS17.118,858,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
Season 3 DVD
7American Idol (Tuesday)FOX16.918,599,000American
Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD
8Without a TraceCBS13.514,884,000Season 1 DVD
9CSI: MiamiCBS13.214,550,000Season 1 DVD

Season 2 DVD
10Dancing with the StarsABC12.313,525,000None

*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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February 8, 2006

Tutorial: Stream Music Through your TiVo

Got a Series 2 TiVo and a little spare time? How about setting up a Shoutcast server to stream music to your TiVo? Engadget has a nice tutorial that'll walk you through the process:

TiVo's rumored HD model seems almost as good as vaporware these days, so it's a good thing your existing Series 2 still has a few tricks left up it's sleeve. For example, your PC can broadcast audio from the Sirius web site and then stream it to your TiVo. The beauty of this hack is that you can actually transmit any audio playing on or through your PC, such as those DRM-encumbered tunes provided by Yahoo!, Napster, or other PlaysForSure services.

You'll need a few pieces of software to pull this off. Winamp will monitor your sound card and pass the audio to SHOUTcast server software. The SHOUTcast server then rebroadcasts the audio from your PC to TiVo. In theory, TiVo's Desktop software can stream MP3 broadcasts to your TiVo. In reality, TiVo's recorder isn't very fault tolerant and your TiVo server software may crash while attempting to pass networked streams. Therefore, you'll use Galleon's proxy to serve audio to the TiVo.

This is a pretty cool hack, but I can think of better ways to stream music through the house. Still, this might be fun for a little weekend project.

More at Engadget.com


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February 7, 2006

Archos AV500 Mobile DVR Review

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You know, as cool as it would be, we can't spend all day in front of the TV. But what if we can have the TV in front of us all of the time (yeah, I know I got no life)? Enter the AV500 Mobile DVR from Archos. The AV500 weighs in at a scant 9 ounces and measures 3 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches, which makes it just slightly larger than the average PDA. What makes the AV500 unique, is that you can actually record to the device (hence DVR in the title), instead of just transferring files. According to NewsFactor.com:

The AV500 does it all with a plethora of features, including audio playback, video playback, and all sorts of recording options. In addition, the player has photo-viewing capabilities and even can serve as a portable hard drive. The AV500 is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and boasts an impressive 30 GB of storage that can accommodate up to 130 hours of video, 15,000 songs, or 300,000 photos.

The review is pretty positive and the overall verdict states:

Although the AV500 doesn't offer the simplicity of the new iPod or the hip design of the Vision M, Archos holds all the cards in the video-recording department, and the AV500 scores big across the board in performance. It's a tad expensive and might take some tech know-how to use certain features, but the AV500 is a savior for those long flight delays out of China.

At NewsFactor.com

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February 6, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 7, 2006

This isn't too bad a week for DVD releases. If you haven't seen "Jim Gaffigan - Beyond the Pale", be sure to check it out. His five minute rant on "Hot Pockets" will keep you laughing.

For those of you wanting to relive your childhood, be sure to order "The Best of The Electric Company". Ah, the good old days!

Moonlighting - Season 3

Jim Gaffigan - Beyond the Pale

Emergency - Season Two

The Best of The Electric Company

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Full Screen Edition)


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MacGyver and a Turkey Baster: Priceless

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Well, if you watched the Super Bowl for the commercials, you're were probably a bit disappointed. If you missed the commercials, you will want to catch the MacGyver "Mastercard" ad. Yep, MacGyver is back and the commercial is great. You can check it out at iFilm, but be patient because they're getting a lot of traffic from people wanting to see the Super Bowl commercials.

See the MacGyver commercial at iFilm.com

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February 5, 2006

Pine Barrens + "The Sopranos" = Hilarious

For those of you who've never seen "The Sopranos" before and you want to see what the buzz is about, be sure to check out the "Pine Barrens" episode (episode 37, season 3). The episode was directed by Steve Buscemi and won a WGA Award for outstanding achievement in television writing. The episode is both funny and brilliant and you can currently catch it on "HBO On Demand". Here's a synopsis of one of the funniest scenes from TelevisionWithoutPity.com:

Cut back to the Pine Barrens, with Paulie answering his cell phone once again. Tony explains that he's going to talk fast, and relates that Drunk Guy once killed sixteen Chechens with his bare hands. He was some sort of Russian "Green Beret" commando with the Interior Ministry (read: KGB, or FSB, or whatever they're calling it these days). Tony is emphatic: "This guy cannot come back to tell his story, okay?" That much Paulie did hear.

The connection gets broken, and just like in every game of telephone you ever played as a child, the story gets a little twisted when Paulie passes it along to Christopher. "You’re not going to believe this. The guy killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. He was an interior decorator." Chris is more than a little confused by this, saying, "His house looked like shit." Yeah, but I so want that universal remote. I have to hit like seventeen buttons just to turn on the damn VCR.

So if you only watch one episode of "The Sopranos" in your life, make sure it's this one.

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February 4, 2006

Watch the Super Bowl Commercials Online (After the Game of Course!)

It's pretty amazing how the Super Bowl commercials have become almost as big as the game itself. According to ABCNews.com:

Yahoo Inc. will feature on its video home page, at http://video.yahoo.com, links to this year's Super Bowl ads, hosted at MTV Networks' ifilm.com. There will be a delay from when the ads air but the first of the ads should start appearing before the game ends, said Ethan Fassett, Yahoo's product manager for video search.

"We already know that a large chunk of users watching the Super Bowl are interested in watching the ads themselves," Fassett said.

Ifilm is making the ads available at http://www.ifilm.com/superbowl, where ads from last year's game are currently kept. Although Ifilm has never acquired rights from advertisers since it began carrying Super Bowl ads in 2002, no one has ever complained, said Roger Jackson, Ifilm's vice president for content and programming.

So after the Steelers your team gets smacked down at the Super Bowl, just surf over to one of the links above to rewatch your favorite commercials from the big game.

At ABCNews.com

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February 3, 2006

Does Continuous "Sopranos" Watching Cause Brain Damage?

So in just over 2 months time, I've watched 3 seasons of "The Sopranos" (39 episodes) on HBO's On Demand service. Yep, my brain's still a little sore but it'll heal. I figure I'll just watch a bunch of "A-Team" and "Knight Rider" on the Sleuth Channel to soften my brain up for "The Sopranos - Season 4".

If I haven't mentioned it before, I really dig "On Demand" service and I really hope it's the future of cable and Satellite TV. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, be sure to read:

Are you Watching "On Demand" TV?

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TVSnob Monthly Roundup: January 2006

Wow! Is January already over? We had a busy month which started out with CES 2006. You'll want to read the TVSnob CES 2006 Roundup to see some of our favorite products that were introduced at the world's largest consumer electronics trade show.

Here at TVSnob we're in the middle of an identity crisis, so we rolled out TVSnob Logo Contest. We're looking for the best logo design from our readers and we've got a nice $50 Amazon gift certificate for the best design. The contest ends Feb. 15, 2006 so be sure to check out the details here.

One of the great things about January is football. We had some great college football bowl games and some incredible NFL playoff games. We also had some TV buying tips to help you get ready for the Super Bowl. Here's a brief recap of some of those headlines:

Super Bowl XL Going Super HDTV
How to buy a big TV
Jerome Bettis Almost Became the Next Bill Buckner
Run Onto a Football Field - Lose Your TV Priviledges!
Rose Bowl Tonight Wraps up the College Football Season

We also featured quite a few cool reviews and buying guides:

NeuNeo HVD2085 1080p Upconverting DVD Player Review
How to Buy A LCD Television in 8 Easy Steps
TV on the Road Without a Slingbox
Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 Review

Of course we wouldn't want to forget our general TV rants:

CSI Doesn't Make an Idiot a Smarter Criminal!
Why I Don't Trust Reality TV
No more Employee Discount Commercials Please - In Fact I'll Pay Double!

We also had some interesting news tidbits:

The Xbox 360 Sure Cooks a Mean Omelete
Don't Tell My Kids that the British Have all of the Cool Toys
WB and UPN Networks to Become One
Sleuth Channel - A Bit of Crime Nostalgia

And last but not least, be sure to check out our archives of Weekly TV on DVD releases and Weekly TV Ratings.

Stayed tuned for an awesome February!

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February 2, 2006

The Xbox 360 Sure Cooks a Mean Omelete

Okay, the Xbox 360 can't really cook an omelete (no opposable thumbs you know), but I bet it does more than you think. Did you know?:

If you don’t have a Windows XP Media Center Edition PC, you can still access some of your content remotely. Download and install the Windows Media Connect 2.0 software to enable sharing on your PC. Once Windows Media Connect is configured, you can stream music to your Xbox 360 and browse photos on your TV screen. For some reason Microsoft hobbled Windows Media Connect support for video playback on Xbox 360, but two out of three is better than nothing.

Jake over Informit.com has an interesting article entitled 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Xbox 360. Good articles like this always annoy me because I really thought I knew everything! Oh well, I guess I need to let other people look smarter than me once in awhile.

More at Informit.com

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Super Bowl XL Going Super HDTV

There's just a few more days left till the Steelers get demolished play in Super Bowl XL. According to TVTechnology.com, this year promises to be one of the most spectacular Super Bowls ever for HDTV owners:

When ABC Sports cameras zoom in on the football for the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XL in Detroit's Ford Field at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5, more than 130 million viewers in the United States and perhaps 1 billion viewers worldwide will see the most technologically advanced Super Bowl ever.

"Sports is always at the cutting edge of hi-tech on television," said George Hoover, senior vice president of engineering at NEP Supershooters, the mobile division of NEP Broadcasting in Pittsburgh that will bring three trucks to Super Bowl XL. "Since the first super slo-mo cameras five years ago, the NFL is generally a driving force for new TV technology." NEP is bringing Supershooter 26, the HDTV rig used to shoot Monday Night Football on ABC for the past three seasons, to the event. NEP also is bringing in Supershooter 20, the HDTV truck used to shoot Sunday Night Football for ESPN.

The three-and-a-half hour pre-game show and the shorter post-game show will be shot in HD using Supershooter 18.

This next quote is so true:

Willox said HD itself now makes it possible to deliver those close-ups in greater details than ever before.

"In the old days, the cameras could barely penetrate the shadows under the helmets, so the players all looked like Darth Vader. Now, because of HD, you not only can see the sweat on their faces when watching at home, you see their state of being, which brings a whole new emotional level to viewing the game," he said.

For those of you who've never watched football (or any show as a matter of fact) on HDTV, you really can't believe how much better TV viewing can really be.

At TVTechnology.com

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February 1, 2006

Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan. 23 - Jan. 29, 2006

Nothing real exciting in TV last week. What's amazing to me is that NBC, the only network channel I really watch, has only had a total of 5 shows show up in the top 10 over the last 2 months. Maybe NBC programs exclusively for me? Whatcha' think?

Rank*ProgramNetworkHousehold Rating**Total Viewers***Compare Prices
1American Idol (Tuesday)FOX19.621,649,000American Idol - The Best of Seasons 1-4 DVD
2American Idol (Wednesday)FOX18.220,024,000American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4 DVD
3CSICBS16.217,841,000Season 1 DVD Season 2 DVD Season 3 DVD
4Without a TraceCBS14.515,961,000Season 1 DVD
5CSI: MiamiCBS12.613,905,000Season 1 DVD
Season 2 DVD
6Dancing with the StarsABC12.513,761,000None
7Grey's AnatomyABC11.812,980,000Season 1 DVD
8NCISCBS11.212,311,000None
9Golden Globe AwardsNBC10.811,871,000None
10Two and a Half MenCBS10.711,812,000Two and a Half Men 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 1,102,000 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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Don't Tell My Kids that the British Have all of the Cool Toys

This is a pretty interesting if not pretty exclusive poll from the BBC about British children and their toys:

A poll of 1,300 families found that seven in 10 children have their own television while six in 10 have a games console.

A third of children have gadgets worth up to £2,000 in their rooms, according to the survey for Lloyds TSB Insurance.

The article continues:

More than half of the children involved in the survey have a DVD player, about 50% have a hi-fi system in their room, while about one in three have a digital personal music player or a computer.

£2,000 worth of gadgets in their rooms? That's like $3500 in US dollars. Do all British kids have Plasma TVs in their rooms? I can't imagine too many American homes that have more than a thousand dollars worth of gadgets in their kid's rooms. Just be sure not to tell your kids about the survey, or they might get a bit jealous. Seems to me like this was a pretty selective survey from an insurance company that wants parents to run out and insure their kid's toys.

Makes me reminisce about the good old days (translate: sucky days) when I had AM/FM radio in my room with a metal coat hanger for an antenna.

At BBCNews.com

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