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September 29, 2006

Playstation 3 Video of the Day

I know we're all chomping at the bit for the November release of the Playstation 3. Till then you can check out this great homemade PS3 video from someone called FDX18:

Pretty cool! You might want to check out FDX18's other PS3 videos at YouTube.

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September 28, 2006

Plasma TV + TiVo Series 3 = Wonky Remote

Got a new TiVo series 3 box and you're having trouble with the remote? Well according to Engadget, your Plasma TV might be the problem:

As many home theater aficionados know (first-hand, unfortunately), plasma TVs emit a significant amount of EMI and RFI signals from their surfaces that can confuse nearby IR sensors and render them useless, especially if your home theater gear juts out in front of the display. Well this problem has been happening in spades to new Series3 owners, as the box's IR receiver seems especially sensitive to other frequencies, so much so that they often need to press a button 10 to 15 times for a command to actually register.

TiVo seems to be aware of the issue, but has not yet offered a solution, which is why the good folks who frequent the TiVo Community forum have put their heads together and come up with several effective workarounds.

While there's a lot of debate among readers what the real issue is, you'll want to check out some work-arounds at Engadget's site.


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September 27, 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 $400, 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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September 26, 2006

Pioneer Suing Samsung Over Plasma Patents

Don't you just love lawsuits? It looks like Pioneer is going after Samsung for Patent infringements. According to

Japan's Pioneer has filed suit in the United States against Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics for what it says are patent violations of its plasma display-panel technology.

South Korea's Samsung SDI, the world's top plasma display-panel maker, said it plans to file a countersuit, although no date has been set.

Pioneer's move, announced Monday, is the latest in a series of intellectual property suits and countersuits between Japanese companies and their Asian rivals as they seek to maintain a technological edge.

The article continues:

Pioneer is asking for a court order to stop Samsung SDI's sales of plasma display panels and compensation for alleged violations of a patent for electrode configuration boosting display quality and another patent for a manufacturing step that increases display brightness.

The problem with these types of lawsuits is they're awful expensive and of course we know someone has to pay. Betcha it won't be the lawyers!


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September 25, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Fall Product News and Guest Russell Neufeld from 09.25.06

Blogpire 144Special guest Russell Neufeld visits from and tells us about the latest shaving products. And of course, we have the latest news and views from around the 'pire including details on the new TiVo Series 3 and where to get great deals on the latest GPS devices. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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With Hosts: Russell Miner and Jay Brewer and guest Russell Neufeld

Program Details:

00:00:58 Introductions and Welcome to Russell Neufeld from
00:02:10 Excalibur Wine on Cheap Fun Wines
00:03:00 HD Tivo series 3
00:05:30 Upgrades for the Tivo Series 3
00:09:09 CBS shows in advance on all Tivos
00:11:00 with Russell Neufeld
00:13:00 Zirh Preshave Products
00:15:22 Zirh Scrub
00:17:05 Zirh Clean
00:19:17 Drink Liquor make more Money
00:22:48 The BeerClip
00:26:14 with Russell Neufeld
00:26:35 Shaving with Zirh Profucts
00:28:53 Zirh Prepare
00:30:57 Zirh Shave Gel
00:34:17 Zirh Defend
00:36:19 All about Keurig Including the B70
00:41:26 with Russell Neufeld
00:41:31 Menscience
00:43:03 Daily Face Wash with Brush
00:44:48 Menscience Shaving Cream
00:47:11 Menscience Post Shave Repair
00:48:52 Menscience Advanced Face Lotion
00:49:56 Spinach and You
00:52:28 Bamboo Dinner Plates
00:54:06 Edible Handmade Bracelets
00:55:12 Questions
00:55:21 Good Prices on GPSs
00:57:28 Non Shaving Products on
00:57:50 BY142 scar remover
01:02:20 Closing

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming Sept. 25, 2006

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Season 1, Vol. 1 (Uncensored)

Mama's Family - The Complete First Season

One Tree Hill - The Complete Third Season

Curious George (Widescreen Edition)

The Lake House (Widescreen Edition)

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September 22, 2006

Fox to Test "Fast Forward" Advertising in the UK

I don't know how well this type of advertising will work but it's pure genius. According to MSNBC:

LONDON - Fox is running a 30-second television spot with just one static image in an effort to reach viewers who fast forward through ads using digital video recorders like TiVos.

U.K. advertisements for Fox's new drama, "Brotherhood," which premieres in Britain in October, simply shows an image of Providence, R.I., where the show is set, and the program's logo.

Viewers fast-forwarding through the ad would see the image for a few seconds; those watching it normally would hear dialogue from the show in the background.

What a great idea! While the advertising method might be simple and a little crude, it should do the job.


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September 20, 2006

Could There be a Solution to the DVD Wars?

It's no secret that the new High Definition DVD formats haven't done much but to confuse consumers. So what's the solution? Well it's possible that we may see one disc that plays on both Blueray and HD-DVD players in the near future. According to MSNBC:

LONDON - A patent application has been filed for a disc that would play two competing high-definition DVD formats which, if successful, could help resolve a battle that has divided Hollywood and confounded consumers.

The patent application was filed by three Warner Bros. employees, two of whom are engineers for the company.

The "multilayer dual optical disk" would have one layer of data in the standard CD or DVD format, a second layer able to play one high-capacity format and a third layer for the competing high-capacity format.

The article goes more in depth but I'd imagine this type of technology won't be too popular with the DVD hardware manufacturers.

If the "multilayer dual optical disk" does make it to store shelves, we expect it's quite a ways down the road but we'll keep you posted when more details come out.


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September 19, 2006

AT&T and MobiTV Launch Live TV Subscription Service for Broadband

I've been using MobiTV on my PDA for quite awhile so I was pretty pleased to hear that MobiTV was the engine that was running the new AT&T Broadband service. According to the press release:

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and music services for all things mobile and broadband , today announced an agreement to offer a mobile television service to broadband users in the United States, including AT&T Yahoo!? High Speed Internet and AT&T WorldNet subscribers. The browser-based service, which will be called AT&T Broadband TV, will enable subscribers to use a computer to access a wealth of live programming while at home, at work, or on the go using wired and wireless broadband technologies.

Through the deal, AT&T becomes the first U.S. broadband provider to offer a live TV subscription service with MobiTV to consumers through any broadband connection. The service expands upon an earlier agreement that enables AT&T to offer MobiTV to customers who use thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots.

The AT&T Broadband TV service will initially have approximately 20 channels of live and made-for-broadband television content spanning national news, sports, entertainment and full-length music videos from top artists. Among the channels included in the initial channel lineup is Fox News,* Bloomberg, Oxygen, History Channel, Comedy Time, Toonworld, Maxx Sports and the Weather Channel.

The service is $19.99 a month which is a little higher than I'd like to see. You can check out the service for yourself with a 14 day trial at


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September 18, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming Sept. 18, 2006

The Unit - The Complete First Season

Bob Newhart - The Complete Fourth Season

Gilmore Girls - The Complete Sixth Season

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20)

Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses

My Name Is Earl - The Complete First Season

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September 14, 2006 Launches Unbox Video Download Service

It seems like everyone is hopping on the "downloadable video" train so it's no surprise that Amazon has recently announced their new"Unbox" service. According to the Inc. launched a digital video downloading service Thursday, ending months of speculation that the Internet retailer would be getting into the online TV and movie business.

The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox, will offer thousands of television shows, movies and other videos from more than 30 studios and networks, the company said.

TV shows will cost $1.99 per episode, and most movies will go for $7.99 to $14.99; movies can also be rented for $3.99.

Has anyone used this service yet? If you have, drop us a comment and let us know what you think. We'll also give it a try and let you know what we think!


More Details at Amazon: Unbox Video:

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TiVo Series 3 Upgrade Almost Available

So yesterday, we told you that you could now order the TiVo Series 3 box now. Can you believe that the guys over at WeakKnees have already upgraded their Series 3 from a 250GB drive to a 750GB drive? Wow! It's pretty impressive how fast they got that done.

WeakKnees will be taking preorders for the upgrade sometime next week. Be sure to stop by their sites for more information:

At WeakKnees' Blog [via HDBeat]


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September 13, 2006

TiVo Series 3 Now Available at

It's here! you can finally order the TiVo Series 3 that we've been telling you about for a while now. Click the image below for more information:


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September 12, 2006

Logitech Announces the Harmony 1000 Remote

It's amazing how fancy remote controls are getting (and yes a bit expensive too!). Logitech has just announced their newest remote today, the Harmony 1000. According to the press release:

DENVER — Sept. 12, 2006 — CEDIA — Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) has reinvented the Harmony® remote control. Adding a touch of luxury to its award-winning family of Harmony advanced universal remote controls, the company unveiled its new flagship Harmony 1000 remote, which includes a striking, color touch-sensitive screen. While it looks as expensive as traditional high-end, custom-installed remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote is more affordable, is easier for consumers to set up, and sets a new standard for ease of use.

“The Harmony 1000 remote delivers affordable luxury — it simplifies control of today´s complicated home-entertainment systems at a fraction of the price of traditional custom-installed remotes, and it´s luxurious in its sophisticated design, which adds an element of prestige to any living room,” said Bryan McLeod, vice president of Logitech´s remote control products. “The Harmony 1000 remote is the interface that people crave for their home-entertainment system — it´s sleek, it´s easy to use with its one-touch activity based control, and it comes without a prohibitive price.”

The Harmony 1000 remote´s touch-sensitive screen makes the renowned Harmony activity control even easier by displaying the important controls when they are immediately relevant. And unlike some of today´s high-end universal remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote controls any device with an infrared receiver — including VCRs, digital video recorders, high-definition televisions, and many household appliances. Using radio frequency (RF) technology, the Harmony 1000 remote can also control multi-room entertainment systems and high-end components hidden behind closed doors, when used in combination with the optional Logitech® Harmony® Wireless Extender (sold separately). Meanwhile, its stunning brushed-chrome and piano-black finish makes the Harmony 1000 remote an aesthetic complement to today´s most sophisticated living rooms

Some of the basic features include:

  • 3.5-inch color screen
  • Nine fixed buttons
  • Activity-based control by using patented Smart State Technology
  • Optional Logitech Harmony Wireless Extender
  • Discrete codes and infrared commands of the more than 175,000 devices from more than 5,000 manufacturers

As far as pricing and availability:

The Harmony 1000 remote is expected to be available in both the U.S. and Europe later this fall for a suggested retail price of $499.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Wireless Extender will be available at the same time for $149.99 in the U.S. and Europe.

Very Nice! We look forward to checking the Harmony 1000 out and we'll be sure to let you know what we think. For those of you who dig fancy remotes, also be sure to check out our full review of the Philips RC9800i Touch Screen Remote


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Amazon DVD Releases Coming Sept. 12, 2006

Grey's Anatomy - Season Two

Smallville - The Complete Fifth Season

The Office - Season Two

Las Vegas: Season Three

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977 & 2004 Versions, 2-Disc Widescreen Edition)

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September 11, 2006

TiVo Users to Get Some CBS Shows in Advance

Here's a nice little bonus for TiVo Users according to PVRWire:

The New York Times reports that TiVo and CBS are set to announced a partnership today to make 4 new shows available to TiVo subscribers a week or two before they're set to air on television.

The deal includes a preview episode of The Class, and creates an option for TiVo users to record the premieres of a bundle of 4 shows, The Class, Jericho, Shark, and Smith, with the single click of their remotes.

Okay, so they're not the top rated shows on CBS, it's still a pretty neat extra for TiVo owners.


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Deal of the Day: Logitech Harmony Remote 628 - Universal Remote Control

Here's a really great deal at Amazon on the Logitech Harmony Remote 628 Universal Remote Control. The Harmony 628 is a pretty loaded remote that retails for $149 and is currently on sale at Amazon for under $50. Wow! You can't beat that deal:

Product Description The Harmony Activity Remote Control is the only remote with Smart State Technology Activity Control. Just press an Activity button such as "Watch TV" or "Watch a Movie", and the remote will automatically set up your entertainment system in seconds without you ever having to program a 'macro'. It supports most infrared-controlled devices made by any manufacturer, including TiVo, HDVCR, HDTV, plasma displays, monitors, projectors, DVD players, fireplaces and more.

While the Harmony 628 may not be as stylish or powerful as the Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote Control that we recently reviewed, it's a pretty powerful remote and is currently at a price that won't break the bank.

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September 7, 2006

Samsung Releases a 40" LCD TV with LED Backlight Technology

One of the downsides to LCD TVs (or any flat panel for that matter) has to be that unless you're sitting directly in front of the TV, you may experience some screen "darkness". Of course we're seeing more manufacturers trying to solve that problem by adding backlights to LCDs. Samsung has just introduced a 40" LED Backlit TV and according to the press release:

Samsung announced the release of a 40" LCD TV with high powered LED Backlight technology, which received Europe's prestigious "Innovation Award" from the EISA (European Image and Sound Association) for its superb features including LED light source, 146% wide colour gamut and industry leading contrast ratio (10,000:1).

At the same time, 40" and 46" LCD models that support full HD resolution (1920x1080p) - double the previous best HD performance (1366x768, 1080i) - and provide high contrast (6000:1) are also introduced.

The new 40" with LED light source realises far richer colour reproduction, based on a wide colour gamut that is 46% improved from previous models and enables unprecedented sound volume. High Dynamic Contrast Ratio, Samsung's proprietary technology, provides deeper and more refined images with the highest contrast in the industry.

The LED LCD TV also brings a new level to the clarity of moving images, based on Samsung's exclusive LCD 100 Hz video quality enhancement technology. A TV screen displays about 50 frames per second, which can create drag in fast-moving videos. Samsung's LCD 100 Hz inserts a frame between each two frames, considerably reducing motion blur. The inserted frame maintains the detailed motion characteristic of the video, and goes through motion estimation and compensation processing. Therefore, compared to a mere duplication and insertion of frames, more natural motion can be realised without undermining other characteristics such as clarity, brightness and colour.

Very nice! Of course there's no pricing or availabilty information yet but we'll keep you posted.


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September 6, 2006

Deal of the Day: Philips 42PF7320A 42" Widescreen Plasma HDTV

If you're looking for a great deal on a sweet looking TV, be sure to check out the Philips 42" Widescreen Plasma TV: Product Description

Save space and enjoy a wonderfully vivid picture with the stylish, 42-inch Philips 42PF7320A widescreen plasma TV, a great choice for your full-featured entertainment center. It has a built-in 181-channel NTSC tuner for standard television broadcasts, and you can receive high-definition TV right out of the box with the optional, removable CableCARD, which picks up HD (ATSC) broadcasts from your digital cable provider (digital cable subscription required). This set includes a tabletop stand, but it's also wall-mountable with optional kit (VESA compatible). This plasma TV includes an anti-ageing circuit to help prevent screen burn-in and an anti-reflective coating on the screen.
This set uses Philips' exclusive Pixel Plus video processor to increase the number of lines and the number of pixels. The result is razor sharp pictures with incredible detail and dept, every time from any source.

The 42PF7320A has a 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, 160-degree viewing angle, a 1500 cd/m2 (candela per square meter) brightness rating, and a 10000:1 contrast ratio. (The higher the contrast ratio, the greater a TV's ability to display subtle color details and not get washed out by ambient room light.) Other features include picture-in-picture display (via component and HDMI connections), auto volume leveler, adjustable color temperature and sharpness, sleep timer, and V-Chip parental controls.

The 3D comb filter separates brightness and color signals better in 3D domain to eliminate cross-color, cross-luminance and dot-crawl distortion. It performs field-by-field comparisons of the television image to accurately separate the color from the black-and-white information and remove both horizontally and vertically hanging dots, as well as dot crawl, resulting in a razor sharp image. This set also performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, too--a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. To adapt 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video, frames in the original movie must be duplicated; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this duplication by removing the redundant information to display a frame-accurate picture.

What a great TV for under $2000 so you might want to jump on this price while you've got the chance.

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September 5, 2006

The Miami-Florida St. Game Rocked with 8 Views in One on ESPN

Did you notice the Miami-Florida St. Game on ESPN 2 last night? ESPN's 'Full Circle' broadcast offered 8 views at once which was pretty cool. According to

The multiple HDTV screen coverage was available only on ESPN 2 HD. ESPN HD broadcast the program's main feed, which was featured in the middle of the ESPN 2 broadcast.

The mosaic-style coverage was also available on ESPN2's analog feed, but not in high-def.

Pretty sweet! I look forward to seeing more events like this on ESPN. If you saw this last night, leave us a comment with your thoughts.


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Rumor Central: Series 3 TiVo out on September 13th?

We caught this post by Matt over at

I noticed this comment on an old post here and this other comment HD Beat claiming that TiVo will announce the Series 3 formally on 9/12 and have it for sale the next day. Both are unsupported rumors that I'd rate up there with year 2000 doomsday predictions, but I'm posting these pointers because I really hope it is true.

Even though there's nothing to back up the rumor, you might want to mark the 13th on your calendar. We'll also be sure to let you know when we get a firm date.


Also be sure to sign up for the Series 3 mailing List which we mentioned a few weeks ago.

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September 4, 2006

Amazon DVD Releases Coming Sept. 04, 2006

Lost - The Complete Second Season

Supernatural - The Complete First Season

The Flintstones - The Complete Sixth Season

Oz - The Complete Sixth Season

Godzilla - Gojira Deluxe Collector's Edition (2 DVD set)

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September 2, 2006

August 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

What a better way to start a holiday weekend then with a little catch-up reading with TVSnob. We've got a roundup of some of our top stories like Panasonic offering a 103-inch TV for $80,000 and Samsung announcing a 70-inch LCD TV.

We've also got a few articles like 1080i vs. 1080p - What's the Real Story? and So What Exactly is Dolby Digital? to help you understand the confusing world of TV hardware.

So kick back, relax, and enjoy some of our past headlines from August.

General News and Rants
Panasonic to Sell 103-inch Screen TV for a Mere $80,000
BlogPire Podcast - Summer WrapUp 08.28.06
Sign up for the TiVo Series 3 Mailing List
Samsung Announces 70-inch LCD TV
1080i vs. 1080p - What's the Real Story?
How HDTV Might Demolish your "Good Side"
HDTV Buyer's Guide for PS3
Does HDTV Buying Always Have to be Serious?
Choosing the Right Size of HDTV
BlogPire Podcast - The Pilot 08.05.2006
Learn the Art of Easy Espresso at
So What Exactly is Dolby Digital?
Plasma TVs - A Girl's New Best Friend!

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: Remanufactured Sharp LC-26GA5U 26" AQUOS Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD TV
Deal of the Day: Samsung HPR5052 50" Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
First Look: Incredibly Portable DVD Player
First Look - Oppo Digital LT-2007 LCD TV with DVD
First Look - DirecTV Plus HD-DVR
Pioneer HTP-GS1 - Surround Sound for the Xbox 360

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Aug 27, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Aug 22, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Aug 15, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Aug 08, 2006

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