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April 29, 2006

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All Blogpire websites have moved hosting facilities. Seems we're all growing so well that we outstripped the bandwidth and CPU limitations of our previous internet provider. But that's good news, since it means we've got tons of dedicated readers like you who keep coming back to our site. So thanks! And even though we've moved, we're still the same bat-time, same bat-URL.
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April 28, 2006

Vizio P42HDTV Plasma TV Review

We've talked about how Plasma TV prices keep dropping. Did you know that there's actually a 42 inch Plasma TV on the market that retails for under $1700?CNET has a review that states:

Vizio has hit the new magic price point among high-resolution 42-inch plasmas with its P42HDTV. Despite the rock-bottom price, this plasma offers exactly what most people want in a flat-panel HDTV: a big picture and a 4-inch depth. For critical viewers who like to watch movies with the lights turned low, however, its image quality will be a disappointment, especially compared to that of the company's 50-inch P50HDM. The less-expensive, smaller P42HDTV will serve well as a secondary casual-viewing display in a living room, a family room, or a bedroom, and even with its performance issues, there's no question that it packs a lot of bang for your dollar.

So this Plasma may not be right for super-serious TV viewers, but the P42HDTV looks live a pretty good value for the typical TV viewer.

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April 27, 2006

The Cows Have Taken Over the World!

Yep, it looks like the world's gone insane (or at least PBS). According to Yahoo:

Joining the stampede to create new content platforms, PBS today announced the launch of, the first 24/7 inside look at the daily life of Texas Longhorn cattle. Beginning April 19th, visitors to the site will get an exclusive, bovine's-eye-view, as wireless cow-cams, attached to the Longhorns' collars, reveal the day-to-day intrigues of life on the range.

and why kind of exciting action do you get to see?:

Along with activities like chomping grass, flicking flies, mooing and hanging out at the watering hole, the cow-cams capture such fun-loving antics as stealing snacks from the human production crew to roaming the fields in search of the best siesta spot. With spring in the air, alert viewers may catch a glimpse of cattle locking horns in the heat of pixilated romance.

Until they can pipe in the real cow poop smell, I'll pass!


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April 26, 2006

Deal of the Day: Harman Kardon AVR 635 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio/Video Receiver

Here's a sweet deal going on at Amazon on the Harman Kardon AVR 635 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio/Video Receiver. This is a sweet receiver and it's currently over 50% off MSRP. According to the description:

The number of channels is only one factor of many when considering home-theater surround performance. Harman Kardon AVR635 focuses on sound quality with the most fidelity throughout the listening spectrum for superior realism and a pleasurable experience. AVR635 combines the sonic power of a high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier with the computer power of Texas Instruments' most advanced audio DSP to deliver unparalleled performance. With exclusive, integrated EzSet/EQ functionality, speaker, output and delay settings are automated for optimal equalization to your room acoustics. Add video conversion circuits that output all video sources via component connections with on screen graphics, a digitally-tuned AM/FM radio (that's optionally upgradeable to digital radio), and, of course, the ability to play through up to 7 speakers plus a subwoofer, this is a receiver that's worth owning.

  • A/V Inputs - 4 rear
  • 1 front S-Video Inputs - 4 rear
  • 1 front Analog and digital Inputs outputs - A/V Inputs - 5 ; S-Video Inputs - 5 ; Audio Inputs - 4 ; Digital Inputs (Coax/Optical) Rear panel - 2/2, Front panel - 1/1 ; Digital Outputs (Coax/Optical) Rear panel - 2/2, Front panel - 1/0
  • Direct Audio Inputs - 6-/8-Channel Up to 30 AM/FM tuning presets
  • 2 AC outlets built-in (rear)
  • Speaker Terminals - Color-coded binding post
  • Unit Weight - 41 lbs
  • Connector for external AM/FM antenna option
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

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April 25, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming April 25, 2006

Not a lot of exciting DVDs this week but Apollo 13 is out on HD DVD, so you might want to check it out. Personally I can't wait to get my copy of "The Waltons - Season 3" (Hey! I'm a child of the 70s who didn't have cable!).

Apollo 13 [HD DVD]

Aeon Flux (Full Screen Special Collector's Edition)

Law and Order: Trial by Jury - The Complete Series

The Waltons - The Complete Third Season

Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children (2-Disc Special Edition)

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April 24, 2006

Mick Jagger Being Pursued for ABC Sitcom

I know April is almost over but this sure seems like an April Fools joke. Mick Jagger is being pursued for a pilot of a new show that according to

Jagger, whose distinctive mouth and swagger made him famous as the Rolling Stones frontman, would play the target of a plot by a group of friends (headed by comedian Donal Logue, from "Grounded for Life") to rob a celebrity.

The Touchstone Television project was originally set to star Jeff Goldblum in what would be Jagger's role, and be called "I Want To Rob Jeff Goldblum." But with Goldblum shepherding his own comedy pilot throuhg development over at NBC, he wasn't interested in the supporting role.

And to make it a little more lame:

Don't expect Jagger to be a weekly star, though; as befits his touring schedule, the rocker would only appear in a few scenes as the plot to rob him developed.

Maybe Jeff Goldblum could fill in for Mick when he's on tour? I'm not against Jagger and his acting skills. In fact, even though he had limited lines, I think he was great in Freejack. The problem is that the whole concept of the show sounds pretty stupid.

Wow! Hollywood sure is getting lame.

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April 21, 2006

Philips Takes Heat About Forced Commercials Patent

In this day and age, you want to be careful when you're developing products that are considered anti-consumer. Yesterday we told you about Philips' patent for a device that keeps viewers from skipping commercials. Well, Philips Electronics took a beating from consumers about the news. According to

The Netherlands-based company -- maker of Philips brand TV sets -- issued an apologetic statement after angry e-mails and phone calls flooded its North American office Wednesday afternoon and continued through yesterday.

"They have been very vocal," Philips spokesman Andre Manning said of the consumer response. "You can fill in the blanks of what they are saying. They are really upset."

The furor erupted after reports surfaced that Phillips has applied for a U.S. patent on technology that lets broadcasters lock channels during commercial interludes of certain programs. Such a device would prevent channel surfing at a time when the emergence of personal video recorders (PVRs) and other technology is giving consumers increasing power to ignore commercials at the push of a button.

Well, it didn't take long to consumers to rebel against Philip's patent request. You have to wonder how much their patent application is going to hurt their business?


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April 20, 2006

Definitions of the Day: Blue-ray Disc and HD DVD

The other day we mentioned that the new HD DVDs were finally hitting the streets. But did you know that HD DVD isn't the only new DVD format you need to be familiar with? Yep, you'll want to get familiar with Blu-ray also:

Here's a partial definition of Blu-ray from Wikipedia:

Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a next-generation optical disc format meant for storage of high-definition video and high-density data. The Blu-ray standard was jointly developed by a group of consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). As compared to the HD DVD format, its main competitor, Blu-ray has more information capacity per layer, 25 instead of 15 gigabytes, but may initially be more expensive to produce.

Blu-ray gets its name from the shorter wavelength (405 nm) of a "blue" (technically blue-violet) laser that allows it to store substantially more data than a DVD, which has the same physical dimensions but uses a longer wavelength (650 nm) red laser. Blu-ray unveiled their plans for a Spring 2006 launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2006. It will be released on May 23, 2006.

And the partial definition of HD DVD from Wikipedia:

HD DVD has a single layer capacity of 15 GB and a dual-layer capacity of 30 GB. Toshiba has announced that a triple-layer disc is in development, which would offer 45GB of storage. This is less than its primary competitor Blu-ray Disc, which supports 25GB for one layer, 50GB for two layers as presently released. BD 100GB for four, 200GB for eight layers have been demonstrated in a laboratory but have not yet been released to the market. HD DVD proponents point out that multi-layer Blu-ray discs are still in development. The surface layer of an HD DVD disc is 0.6 mm thick, the same as DVD but thicker than the Blu-ray Disc's 0.1 mm layer. The numerical aperture of the optical pick-up head is 0.65, compared with 0.6 for DVD. Both formats will be backwards compatible with DVDs and both employ the same video compression techniques: MPEG-2, Video Codec 1 (VC1, based on the Windows Media 9 format) and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. HD DVD is frequently mispelled 'HD-DVD' as people think it copies the dash from previous generation DVD-R/RW.

You can click on the Wikipedia links above for more details on each technology. So which is better? Well that's becoming the big debate. Obviously Blu-ray looks good because of the larger capacity but the concern is Blu-ray is a more expensive technology than HD DVD. We'll just have to wait till both technologies hit the street to get a better idea of the future of High Definition DVDs. No matter what though, this is an exciting time if not somewhat confusing time for home entertainment.

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April 19, 2006

You'll Watch Commercials and You'll Like it!

Skipping commercials might be a thing of the past if Philips Electronics has it's way. Philips has applied for a patent for a device that forces you to watch commercials. According to the patent request:

An apparatus and method is disclosed for preventing a viewer from switching from a channel when an advertisement is being displayed on the channel. The apparatus and method comprises an advertisement controller in a video playback device that prevents a viewer of a direct (non-recorded) broadcast from switching channels when an advertisement is displayed, and prevents a viewer of a recorded program from fast forwarding the recorded program in order to skip past advertisements that were recorded with the program. A viewer may either watch the advertisements or pay a fee in order to be able to change channels or fast forward when the advertisements are being displayed.

The sad thing is this device and technology will become a reality. I'm sure that the "device" would be marketed for premium content, but I could easily see it becoming a part of your everyday viewing in the near future.

The sad reality is no matter how much we hate commercials, something has to pay for the programming. I just don't like being forced to watch a mom and daughter talk about feminine hygiene products. Oh well, I guess that's life!

Leave us a comment and let's us know what you think.

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April 18, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming April 18, 2006

Looks like we're seeing the first batch of HD DVDs come though ("Serenity" and "The Last Samurai"). For those of you who have no clue what HD DVD is, this comes from Wikipedia:

HD DVD has a single layer capacity of 15 GB and a dual-layer capacity of 30 GB. Toshiba has announced that a triple-layer disc is in development, which would offer 45GB of storage. This is less than its primary competitor Blu-ray Disc, which supports 25GB for one layer, 50GB for two layers as presently released. BD 100GB for four, 200GB for eight layers have been demonstrated in a laboratory but have not yet been released to the market.

The great part is that the HD DVDs cost about the same as standard DVDs. Sweet!

Ultimate Fighting Championship Classics, Vol. 4

Thundercats - Season Two, Vol. 1

The Sentinel - The Complete First Season

Serenity [HD DVD]

Remington Steele - Season 3

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April 17, 2006

Is Now the Time to Buy HDTV?

When it comes to plunking down your hard-earned cash on a new HDTV, now is becoming one of the best times to invest. According to an article at

Demand for bigger televisions with sharper images and top-quality audio is exploding. Manufacturers are rushing to meet the demand, which dovetails nicely with congressionally mandated deadlines for a switch from traditional analog TV signals to digital TV signals coming in a few years.

As is the norm with technology, prices have dropped on high-definition, plasma and flat-panel TVs, so they've become much more accessible to the average consumer. And while the technology is still evolving, and will likely become cheaper still, experts believe that now is not a bad time to buy if you're in the market for a new TV.

This is a pretty standard article but not a bad read if you're thinking about a new HDTV.


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April 14, 2006

TiVo Wins $74 Million in Patent Suit Against EchoStar

While a company has every right to protect it's intellectual property, these are the types of lawsuits are rarely good for the consumer. According to ABCNews:

A federal jury awarded TiVo Inc. nearly $74 million in damages Thursday in a swift ending to a patent-infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of the Dish satellite television provider.

TiVo got most of the $87 million in damages it sought in a case that one of its lawyers called "life or death" for the company that was among the first to sell devices to pause and rewind live television.

Here's the part of the story that scares me the most:

Those rivals have taken sales away from TiVo by offering boxes and service at lower prices. Zinn would not rule out suing cable companies that use other boxes, but he called it a last resort.

I don't believe the "last resort" thing one bit. In this day and age, suing over patent infringement has become more profitable than selling products.

While I'm a big fan of TiVo and want them to succeed, if they get too aggressive, they could do a lot of damage to a growing DVR industry. If that's the case, the consumer will lose because of less competition resulting in less choices and higher prices. Let's keep our fingers crossed that doesn't happen.


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Deal of the Day: Audiovox VBP-4000 "Video-In-A-Bag" 5.6" LCD TV/DVD Player

Looking for a great way to shut the kids up on road-trips? Maybe you just need a cool and cheap gift for that someone special for Christmas or birthdays? Check out the Audiovox VBP-4000 at Amazon:

This "Video in a Bag" system's main features include a 5.6" liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor and a DVD player. It utilizes the latest state-of-the-art electronics and is designed for use in vehicles, hotels, offices or your home. The "Video in a Bag" system is constructed to provide years of reliable, trouble-free service. It is compact so that you can take it with you anywhere and is designed for quick and easy installation. The LCD monitor is detachable and can be utilized and stored separately from the main unit. Two additional monitors can be purchased and added to the system setup allowing you to utilize three monitors at once (two external and one attached). The connection of the additional monitor is plug-and-play.

The VBP-4000 makes our "Deal of the Day" because it's going for $79.99 (MSRP $549.99) on Amazon. You might want to jump on this deal before they sell out!

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FOX Follows ABC's Lead - Bringing TV Shows to an Internet Near You

Wow! That was pretty fast. Only a few days after ABC announced that they would be offering shows on the internet, FOX has announced the same thing:

News Corp.'s Fox network has signed a six-year agreement with its 187 affiliated stations that will let it show reruns of its television programs on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday.

The revenue-sharing agreement allows Fox to make 60 percent of its prime-time schedule available online the morning after the shows air, the Journal reported.

What's cool is that this is a long-term arrangement and not just a test period. Bet you we see announcements from other networks real soon.


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April 13, 2006

Home Entertainment Systems Shouldn't be Rocket Science

Remember when you bought that new entertainment system and decided to put it together yourself. Yep, been their - done that - beat head on floor - weeped for hours.

So next time you decide to get all adventurous with your home theater, check out the great resources at at There's some great guides on the site and are broken down into these categories:

  • Introduction
  • Terms and Technology
  • Receivers and Surround Sound Processors (SSP's)
  • Speakers
  • Displays
  • DVD and HD Disc Players
  • Other Audio/Video Gear
  • Cables
  • Sample Wiring Diagrams
  • Home Theater Links

Be sure to check out the "Sample Wiring Diagrams Guide". Trust me, it'll make your life much easier!

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April 12, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming April 11, 2006

So have you noticed that all of the new comedian DVD releases lately are showing up on Comedy Central first? Yep, I just watched Jeff Dunham over the weekend and he just gets funnier and funnier. If you don't know the name, he's the ventriloquist with puppets "Peanut" and "Jose - The Jalepeno on a Stiiick". And trust me, even though it's puppets, this ain't one of your "family-friendly" shows. You might want to check out the DVD.

Jeff Dunham - Arguing With Myself

Pooh's Grand Adventure - The Search for Christopher Robin

Farscape - Season 3, Collection 3 (Starburst Edition)

Fun With Dick & Jane

Bob Newhart - The Complete Third Season

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Disney to offer Full-length Episodes of Four ABC Primetime Series Online

abclogo.jpgIt's pretty cool how TV networks are really starting top embrace internet entertainment. Here's an excerpt from ABC's latest press release:

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney-ABC Television Group announced today that it will offer ad-supported, full-length episodes of four ABC primetime series online at as part of a two-month-long experiment. Current episodes of "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," and "Commander In Chief," as well as the entire present season of "Alias," will be available for streaming during May and June, marking the first time a broadcast network has made multiple series available for viewing online, free of charge to consumers.

What I like is that they're offering the shows directly through their website, so there's no monkeying around with iTunes or any other third parties. Hopefully we'll see other networks follow ABC's lead soon and we'll keep you posted if we hear anything.

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April 11, 2006

Philips RC9800i Touch Screen Remote Review

While the invention of the Television in the 1920s is considered to be one of the greatest moments in history, the TV really came into it's own with the invention of the wireless TV remote. It's fascinating to realize that the wireless remote is more than 50 years old. According to Zenith:

Zenith engineer Eugene Polley invented the "Flashmatic," which represented the industry's first wireless TV remote. Introduced in 1955, Flashmatic operated by means of four photo cells, one in each corner of the TV screen. The viewer used a highly directional flashlight to activate the four control functions, which turned the picture and sound on and off and changed channels by turning the tuner dial clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Wow-- If it wasn't for the "Flashmatic", the TV may have just been a fad! Anyway, aside from innovations like "universal" remotes, the remote control has pretty much stayed the same. I mean, what more can a remote do, right?

Well, that's where the Philips RC9800i comes into the picture. With all of it's features, it's kind of hard to call the RC9800i a remote. Before we get started on the review, lets talk about the basic specs:

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April 10, 2006

Intel Introduces Concept Laptop / LCD TV

While this is just a working concept right now, this is pretty cool:

Intel Monday revealed a laptop PC concept design in which the machine folds up with the screen facing away from the keypad and then slips into a docking station for use as a liquid crystal display (LCD) TV.

The docking station looks like a stand for an LCD TV and includes speakers on either side of the screen. Once the laptop is put in place, it transforms from a laptop PC into a television. Officials at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei said the design is not currently being developed as a product, as it’s only a concept aimed at generating new ideas.

Pretty cool idea. Imagine being able to take your TV with you wherever you go. We'll see if we can find some images of the laptop / LCD TV concept.

I guess the big downside is if you misplace it or it gets stolen, you lose both a laptop and TV all in one shot. What a bummer!


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Miami Dolphins Unveil World's largest HDTV

So how does the Miami Dolphins get the media to quit focusing on the Ricky Williams fiasco? Well, they just unveiled the world's largest HDTV at 1750 inches, so maybe that'll do it.

If you're curious, you can view a video of the Miami Dolphin's new HDTV here.

So instead of just watching the Dolphin's lose on the field, fans can see the carnage in glorious HDTV at the same time. Sounds like punishment to me (go ahead with the hate-mail Dolphin's fans)!


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April 7, 2006

"Ultimate Fighter 3" Starts Off With A Bang

As I've stated in the past, I don't watch Reality TV. The only exceptions are "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss" (of course, since I like it, they pulled it after 4 episodes) and "The Ultimate Fighter". Well, last night started the 3rd season of Ultimate Fighter and this year promises to be pretty exciting.

For those of you who follow UFC (this is real fighting, not staged wrestling), you know that this years coaches: Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz hate each other's guts, so there promises to be lots of tension. I won't give you any details in case you haven't watched it yet, but be sure to catch the series with the best fighters yet.

At UltimateFighter.TV

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Mitsubishi Introduces the World's First Laser-Based HDTV

Just as we were getting used to the current HDTV technology, Mitsubishi has decided to throw us a curveball. According to a new press release:

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. demonstrated the world's first laser-based, high-definition television at its 2006 National Dealer Line Show today. The Mitsubishi laser HDTV utilizes separate red, green and blue semiconductor lasers in an exclusive implementation together with Texas Instrument's 1080p DLP(R) HDTV chip. Mitsubishi's laser technology enables a completely new look in large screen television, both in high-performance picture reproduction and sleek, lightweight, and compact design.

It continues:

Mitsubishi's laser HDTV offers a significant leap in color performance, both in intensity and in the range of colors which can be reproduced. This unique laser light source offers an expanded color depth and the widest color gamut possible from any display source, including LED-lighted displays. In fact, Mitsubishi laser-based HDTV technology produces a color gamut far exceeding (1.8 times greater) that of normal LCD televisions.

Of course they announce this right after you plunked down $5000 on that new HDTV, right?. No worries, it'll probably be a while till we see this technology hit the street and we doubt it'll be in most consumer's price range in the beginning anyway.


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The Best of the Blogpire

ThumbnailApril is going to be a great month but we musn't forget how amazing March 2006 was as well. Check out the monthly round ups from the following Blogpire blogs: Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2006, Critical Gamers March '06 Roundup, GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006, Shirt Snob Monthly Round Up-March, March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob, March Monthly Roundup for Shaving Stuff, Monthly Roundup for Kitchen Contraptions, and March 2006 Monthly Roundup for Single Serve Coffee.

Critical Gamers
Magic TG: Guildpact Draft Strategies Part Two

"Carcasonne: The Tower" Ships April 12th

Really Natural
Beet Borscht and Oatmeal Bread Recipe/Review
My favorite low-fat mid-morning snack: Yogurt, granola and raisins

Liquor Snob
It's All About The Heinekens, Baby
Will Generate Page Views For Beer

The Cooking News
Recipe News: Recipe ideas for Easter dinner
Food News: Doggie Dining

GPS Lodge
Wayfinder GPS for the Mobile Phone
NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V

Shirt Snob
Design for the American Red Cross, and New Threadless Tees!
Extra 20% off at Bluefly

TV Snob
How to Buy a Plasma TV
DirecTV Announces 750GB HD DVR - Yowza!

Shaving Stuff
Electric Razor Deals at Amazon
Free Brut Aftershave

Kitchen Contraptions
Intelliscanner Kitchen Companion
Peppermill with Light

Single Serve Coffee
Review: Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods from Single Serve Coffee
Limited Edition Bourbon Amarelo Espresso Capsules from Nespresso

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April 6, 2006

Deal of the Day: Hisense USA 17" HD Ready LCD 16:9 Television

Here's a sweet little deal on an HD Ready TV for the bedroom. According to Amazon:

A great addition to your kitchen, home office, or child's room, the 17-inch, HD-ready Hisense TL1700 LCD TV includes a built-in TV tuner and can also be used as a PC monitor (via its VGA and DVI connections). You'll be able to watch all standard broadcast and cable channels with its built-in, 181-channel NTSC tuner, but you'll need an optional high-definition receiver to pick up HD broadcasts. The sleek TL1700 comes with a table stand. It has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, perfect for watching movies the way they're meant to be seen, and a 1280 x 768-pixel resolution. It also offers a 450 cd/m2 (candela per square meter) brightness rating and a 400:1 contrast ratio. It has such TV features as closed caption, MTS/SAP audio, picture zoom, V-Chip parental controls, and four-language on-screen display. It features the following connections:
  • Composite AV In: 1
  • S-Video In: 1
  • Component In: 1
  • DVI In: 1
  • VGA In: 1

Not too shabby for around $300, This is also a great deal if you want to see what all the big deal about HDTV is before you invest a lot of money. Just remember, this is "HD Ready" which means you'll need an HD cable or satellite box to watch HDTV.

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April 5, 2006

How to Buy a Plasma TV

Are you ready to start looking for a Plasma TV? Well, here's another buying guide from ABCNews to get you started.

Resolution is another factor in the cost and image quality of a plasma display. For pixel-based display devices like plasma televisions, native resolution refers to the number of unique pixels provided along the display's horizontal and vertical axes. For displays 50 inches and larger, the native resolution matches or slightly exceeds the resolution delivered in a 720p HDTV broadcast signal. Pioneer recently announced its PRO-FHDI 50-inch plasma display, which will offer 1080p native resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), effectively doubling the number of pixels offered by current 50-inch panels. The more pixels a display offers for its screen size, the closer to the screen a viewer can sit without noticing the display's pixel structure.

There's nothing here we haven't told you before but we wanted to give you a little refresher material.

At ABCNews

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April 4, 2006

DirecTV Announces 750GB HD DVR - Yowza!

HDBeat has a little info on a new HD DVR from DirecTV:
DIRECTV quietly announced a new HD DVR at EHX this past week. Despite my constant drilling, the DIRECTV representative couldn't satisfy my curiosity. He did indicate that the reason this device wasn't at CES was because it's not a consumer device. He did on the other hand tell me that it will have 750GB of capacity and run between $1500 and $2000.
Does a 750GB DVR make you drool as much as me? What's funny is DirecTV is going for a bigger and badder DVR while cable companies are looking to do away with DVRs as we know them. Wonder who'll win the battle? At HDBeat Compare Prices: DVR Compare Prices: DirecTV
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Amazon DVD Releases Coming April 4, 2006

We've got some great DVD releases this week. If you're a Mel Brooks fan, don't pass up the box set. I've got to say Blazing Saddles has to be my favorite comedy of all time with Young Frankenstein (I mean Frankensteeen) running a close second.

Mel Brooks Box Set Collection (Blazing Saddles / Young Frankenstein / Silent Movie / Robin Hood: Men in Tights / To Be or Not to Be / History of the World, Part 1 / The Twelve Chairs / High Anxiety)

The A-Team - Season Four

Knight Rider - Season Four

Magnum P.I. - The Complete Fourth Season

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

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April 3, 2006

March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament, March was an exciting month on TV for sports fans. Besides that there were quite a few exciting developments at TVSnob headquarters, like our exciting new subscriber list.

So grab a nice hot cup of coffee and do a little catch up reading with TVSnob.

General News and Rants
Some Slight Technical Glitches at TVSnob
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The Best of the Blogpire
New Facts Just In - By the End of the Month, TVSnob Should Have A Gazillion Readers!
Panasonic Announces First Blu-Ray Player to Debut in September
Cablevision Begins Tesing of "Remote Access" DVR
Is That the HDTV you Really Want?
Check out the New TVSnob Mailing List
NBC Says Advertising More Effective on DVR Users
Keep On Top of the Modern Board and Social Game Revolution at
Sweet Sixteen Starts Tonight on CBS
For the Love of Mike! Start your Freakin' Shows on Time
Don't Miss "The Shield" Season 5 Finale Tonight!
Sweet 16 Showdown Set and Brackets Destroyed!
Philips Electronics to Fix 12,000 42-inch and 50-inch Flat-Screens Due to Overheating
Banking from the Boob Tube
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TiVo Becoming More Family Friendly with KidZone
Season 6 of the Sopranos Starts Out with a Bang.
My Fun and Soprano-less Night
Who's Gonna Get Whacked First on Season Six of The Sopranos?
The Sopranos Season 6 Starts Sunday on HBO
Learn to Pick the Most Luscious Wines on the Planet for Under $20 at
So What are 1080p TVs?
It's a Holiday- Buy a Flat Panel TV
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 07, 2006
Set TiVo Recordings with your Verizon Cellphone - New Blogpire Site launches
TiVo or Windows Media Center - Which One for You?
Is FOX Going to Charge you $25 for an HD Movie?
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NBC May Have to Issue Commercial "Rainchecks" Because of the Olympics

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Amazon Now Listing the TCD649180 Dual Tuner Series 2 TiVo
NEC 42XR4 42-inch Plasma HDTV Review
Sling Media Announces SlingPlayer Mobile Beta
Dell Says Dell W5001C HDTV Better Than Panasonic's TH50PX500U HDTV (What Did you Expect Them to Say?)
Toshiba 32HLX95 LCD HDTV Review
Toshiba Announces the et20 Projector with Integrated DVD Player
CNET Ranks the Top 12 HDTVs
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 13, 2006
Pioneer Introduces the DVR-DT100 - The First 800GB DVR
LG Introduces the 71-inch "LG Royal" PDP - The TV You'll Never Own
Samsung Unveils 82” LCD TV with LED BacklightLG Electronics to Announce 42-inch with Built-in DVR
Putting the Philips RC9800i Through it's Paces
Samsung DVD-HD950 HDTV-Compatible DVD Player Review

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 27, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 21, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 13, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 7, 2006

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April 1, 2006

Some Slight Technical Glitches at TVSnob

It appears that we've lost the #3 ion flux capacitor on TVSnob server 5, causing us some posting issues which you may have noticed in the last post. We've sent Jay down to the server room with a wrench to work it out. Till then, you can decipher the last post with a little help from here or if you're the type who has to do everything the easy way, you can use this method here.

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