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February 28, 2007

No More PS3 Shortages by May According to Sony

For those of you who gave up on the PS3 and went out and bought the Wii, here's some news for you from RedHerring.com:

Sony is on track to ship 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles to North American stores by the end of March, and expects shortages of the video game console to have completely eased by May, a top executive said on Tuesday.

“April or May is when we feel like we’re going to catch up to demand and have product fully in stock across North America and stay there,” said Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The article also states:

Consumers and analysts have praised the PlayStation 3’s graphical prowess and potential, but they have also raised concerns about its high price, a weak lineup of current games, and what has been perceived as arrogance on Sony’s part about the desirability of its flagship product.

“The PS3’s biggest opponent right now is itself. It’s really just competing against its own PR,” said Jeremy Dunham, PlayStation editor at entertainment web site IGN.

“The PS3’s problem right now is there have been a lot of broken promises. It has a lot of things to overcome, but the brand name, the franchises, and good exclusives ... all should generate interest," Mr. Dunham said.

I've got to agree with the last paragraph, Sony is selling a lot of consoles but I also they they've definitely built up quite a bit of ill will from customers. Now the big question for those of you who bought the Wii instead, do you start saving your pennies for a PS3 also?

At RedHerring.com

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February 28, 2007

Refurbished TiVo Series2 Dual Tuner DVR for $49.99

We just ran across a great deal over at TiVo's website on a refurbished TiVo Series2 box:

What an awesome deal. You might want to check it out before it ends.

At TiVo.com

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February 26, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming Feb. 27, 2007

The Rockford Files - Season Three

Magnum P. I. - The Complete Sixth Season

Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition)

Conversations With God

NFL Super Bowl XLI - Indianapolis Colts Championship DVD

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February 22, 2007

Deal of the Day: Pioneer VSX-816-K 7.1-channel XM-Ready A/V Receiver

When it comes to a reasonably priced AV unit for your home theater system, you can't go wrong with the VSX-816-K 7.1-channel XM-Ready A/V Receiver from Pioneer. One of the coolest features is that the VSX-816-K is XM-ready. According to Amazon:

Product Description

The VSX-816-K is an excellent choice for audiophiles looking for the best possible sound quality for their home theater. Advanced DSP combines with the unit's room-tuning feature to create a studio-like auditory experience closer to what the filmmakers and musicians intended their audiences to hear. Compensating for speaker distance and level, as well as the room's specific acoustics, the receiver equalizes the audio output of each speaker for optimum performance. When combined with the receiver's 100 watts of power to 7 channels, sound accuracy is better, and dialogue and action sequences are clearer, for a more enjoyable auditory experience.

When paired with an XM Satellite Radio Connect & Play antenna and XM subscription service (not included), the VSX-816-K will receive more than 100 channels of music, sports, news and comedy through XM. Music fans will be pleased to know that the VSX-816-K is the first A/V receiver to incorporate XM Surround broadcasts powered by Neural Surround for multiple channels of complete surround music.

You might want to check this deal out before it's gone.

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February 21, 2007

Review: LG BH100 Blu-ray/HD DVD player

The other day we told you about Consumer Report's first look at the LG BH100 Blu-ray/HD DVD player. Now we've found one of the first full reviews of the BH100 at Hometheater.About.com. Robert starts out his review:

The BH100 is the new hybrid Blu-ray Disc / HD-DVD combo player from LG. Dubbed "Super Multi-Blue", the BH100 plays both Blu-ray Discs and HD-DVDs at full 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution via its HDMI output. In addition, the BH100 is playback compatible with standard DVDs and the DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW recordable formats, but is not compatible with standard audio CD playback. In addition, standard DVDs are upscaled to 720p or 1080i via the HDMI output. To find out more about the BH100, and whether it might be right for you, check out the rest my Review.

The review is pretty positive and finishes:

I give the LG BH100 4.5 out of 5 Star rating. If LG (or another maker) would introduce a Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo player with CD playback, full HD-DVD iHD access, more comprehensive audio output options via HDMI, both 1080p/24 AND 1080p/60 output, and a lower price, then you would have a 5 Star winner.

At HomeTheater.About.com

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February 20, 2007

Are DVR Owners Still Watching Commercials?

We've all seen the reports before of how people with DVRs supposedly don't skip commercials. While my TV viewing has definitely changed since I got a DVR, I have to say that I still watch plenty of commercials so I have to agree with the basics of an article at the NYTimes.com:

People with digital video recorders like TiVo never watch commercials, right?

Add that to the list of urban — and suburban — myths.

It turns out that a lot of people with digital video recorders are not fast-forwarding and time-shifting as much as advertisers feared. According to new data released yesterday by the Nielsen Company, people who own digital video recorders, or DVRs, still watch, on average, two-thirds of the ads.

One big reason is that many people with DVRs still tune in to watch about half of their shows at the scheduled start time, meaning they must sit through commercials.

One thing the article states:

DVR owners account for about 6 percent of all TV viewing, but that figure is likely to grow, said Tracey Scheppach, vice president and video innovations director at Starcom USA. “Four of five people use the word ‘love’ when they describe this product, and when you have a product that powerful, it is going to become mainstream,” Ms. Scheppach said.

That 6 percent figure seems awful low to me so I have to question how well all of this is being tracked. What's funny to note is how when DVRs first came out, the major networks were throwing a fit and saying no one was watching commercials anymore. Notice how the last few years we haven't heard any complaints from the networks and we've even heard from networks that say DVRs are helping advertising? Why did the networks back off? Well obviously they realized DVRs are here to stay and whether advertising is being hurt or not, whining about it is only going to cause advertisers to want to pay you less to run their commercials. Isn't America great?

Be sure to check out the rather lengthy article ay the NY Times.

AT NYTimes.com

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Sharp Introduces 5 New Models of AQUOS HD Recorders

Are you getting tired of your puny 80GB DVR? What if I told you a 1000GB DVR is on the way? Well according to ComputerWorld.com:

Sharp Corp. today announced five new models of its AQUOS HD recorders, including a model with a 1,000GB (1TB) hard drive. Three of the new models come with a built-in high-speed infrared system that allows the fast transfer of photographs from mobile phones and digital cameras to be displayed on large-screen AQUOS LCD TVs.

Holy Smoly! It's hard to imagine a DVR with that much space. The articles continues:

The players range in digital storage capacity from 250GB to 1TB on the DV-ACW60 model -- the most memory to date on any HD recorder. The AQUOS HD model DV-ACW60, along with the ACW55 and ACW52 models, are equipped with a high-speed photo transfer system that allows digital photographs to be saved as an album.

Of course the AQUOS HD recorders will cost between $700 to $1600 so you might want to save your pennies now.

At ComputerWorld.com

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February 19, 2007

First Look: LG BH100 Blu-ray/HD DVD player

Last month we mentioned LG's introduction of the BH100, the first DVD player that plays both Blu-ray and HD DVDs. Now Consumer Reports has got their hands on a BH100 and have a first look at this revolutionary player. According to CR:

With two incompatible formats, Blu-ray and HD DVD, competing in the emerging high-definition DVD market, consumers have been wary about buying a player that might become obsolete if the rival format becomes the standard. LG Electronics is trying to allay their concerns. The company has introduced the industry's first "hybrid" high-definition DVD player designed to play movies recorded in either the Blu-ray or HD DVD format. At $1,200, the player is fairly expensive, but some single-format players cost as much. Overall, it's worth a look for early adopters eager to start watching high-def DVDs.

Our tests showed that the BH100 lives up to its promise, providing excellent video quality from Blu-ray and HD DVD titles. But it lacks the Internet connection we've seen on other HD DVD players and doesn't support the Microsoft-based iHD interactivity used in HD DVD titles.

Overall the mini-review states:

If you want a high-def player immediately, the BH100 is worth considering, but it's not your only option, even if you want the ability to play all types of high-def titles. With Toshiba's entry-level HD DVD player now selling for $500 and Samsung and Philips offering $800 Blu-ray models, you could purchase two players for about the price of the LG unit, with the bonus of an Internet connection plus support for HD DVD interactivity. (The Toshiba outputs only 1080i.) Even if you decide to buy the BH100, hang on to your standard DVD player so you can play audio CDs and get the best 480p picture quality.

I've got to agree with Consumer Reports that because of it's price the BH100 is probably only going to appeal to early adopters or someone who has some dough to blow. Still, we're excited to see the BH100 out there and we should see more dual format DVD players hitting the streets here in the near future.

At ConsumerReports.org

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming Feb. 20, 2007

Voyage to the Bottom of Sea - Season 2, Volume 2

Penn & Teller - Bullsh*t - The Complete Fourth Season

Family Ties - The Complete First Season

Babel

The Prestige

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February 15, 2007

Deal of the Day: Samsung HL-S5087W 50" 1080p DLP HDTV

If you're looking for a large screen DLP (Digital Light Processing) HDTV that won't break the bank, you'll want to check out this deal at Amazon on the Samsung HL-S5087W 50" 1080p DLP HDTV:

Amazon.com Product Description Get the sharpest and clearest images possible from HD and standard TV with with the 50-inch Samsung HL-S5087W DLP television, which features a full progressive HD 1920 x 1080-pixel reslution digital format converter for all inputs (and true 1920 x 1080p picture from via HDMI). A contrast ratio of up to 10000:1 captures blacker blacks, crisper whites and images that burst into life. And the high-speed of the DLP chip, with millions of tiny mirrors that switch on and off over 15,000 times per second, delivers a precise, razor-sharp picture. It has a built-in analog/digital (NTSC/ATSC) tuner, offers both HDMI and component video connections, . It also features a smaller footpring than other high-definition TVs (with a "hidden speaker" thin bezel), fitting where many other large-screen HDTVs won't.

Detail enhancer: Many viewers complain of the unnatural effect that conventional uniform detail enhancement produces by relying on artificial amplification of the input signal. In contrast, DNIe automatically analyzes the portion to be amplified, detecting and re-processing any noise or defect to bring the viewer a startlingly sharp and lifelike image.
DLP (which stands for Digital Light Processing) uses an optical semiconductor to recreate source material with a fidelity analog systems can't match. While other technologies lose a certain amount of light in transit, the microscopic mirrors in a DLP projection system bring more light from lamp to screen. It also features better color uniformity over time--no burn-in, screen aging or color-shifting possible. It's the leading display technology for products like small portable conference room projectors and professional venue entertainment systems.

This Samsung DLP television employs a Texas Instruments DLP chip that is comprised of millions of microscopic mirrors. The DLP chip is faster than any HDTV technology, with the mirrors switching on and off 15,000 times a second to deliver a razor-sharp picture for fast moving images. It also offers Samsung's Cinema Smooth Gen 7 1080p Light Engine, which creates a picture with no visible pixel structure for a captivating, theater-quality experience. You'll get up to a 10000:1 contrast ratio with outstanding colors and deep black levels.

The Samsung HL-S5087W is currently on Amazon for under $2000 so you might want to check the deal out.

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February 14, 2007

Is Blu-ray Winning the HD Format Wars?

We've talked a lot about how there's been no clear winner in the Blu-ray versus HD DVD format wars. Now thanks to the PS3, it appears Blu-ray is pulling away according to Blu-ray.com:

Blu-ray software sales have now surpassed HD-DVD for the first time the week of December 24 and they did so by an impressive 20 percent. The sales gap is expected to widen further in 2007 based on research conducted by Twentieth Century Fox and Blu-ray is expected to outsell HD-DVD by a 3.5-to-1 ratio by the end of the first quarter.

One of the driving factors behind the growth in sales is the PlayStation 3 (PS3), which was launched on November 17, 2006 in North America. The PS3 has been selling out at retail outlets since it was launched and despite shortages Sony has been able to meet its target of shipping 1 million PS3s in North America by the end of 2006. What's even more impressive is that they did it faster than their top-selling PlayStation 2 (PS2) platform did when it was launched. Sony is now targetting 6 million PS3 consoles shipped worldwide by the end of the fiscal year (end of March
2007).

The article also points out that a big part of Blu-ray surpassing HD DVD is studio support:

The content advantage that Blu-ray enjoys is another major factor that should become more and more evident now that the Blu-ray exclusive studios (Disney, Fox, Sony, MGM and Lionsgate) are starting to release more titles in the format. When looking at the 20 top selling DVDs of 2006 almost all were released by movie studios supporting Blu-ray, which means that titles such as Pirates of the Carribean and Cars will only be available for Blu-ray. The content advantage should further shift in Blu-ray's favor as the format neutral studios (Warner, Paramount) catch up their Blu-ray release schedules with HD-DVD so that the same movies are available for both formats.

I still think it's too early to declare Blu-ray the "format of the future" but thanks to the PS3 it's definitely looks to be pulling away. We'll keep an eye this race!

At Blu-ray.com

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February 13, 2007

Introducing the Paint-on Projection Screen

While a projection can really add something to your home theater system, the drawback has to be the eyesore of the projection screen. While many projector users prefer to project right onto a bare wall, it's hard to avoid glare and other eyesores. So if you're looking for another option for screen projection you'll be pleased to know Vogel has introduced the ‘Mighty Brighty’ do-it-yourself paint-on projection screen kit. According to OhGizmo:

Cleverly named ‘Mighty Brighty’ the kit basically comes with a set of paints that makes creating the perfect projection screen pretty simple. Just measure out your required dimensions on the wall (16:9 or 4:3) and then paint on a light gray base coat followed by a highly reflective top coat and you’re done. In theory you don’t even have to wait for it to dry before you start using it. The top coat can even be customized to your room’s lighting conditions by adding more or less of an included gray tint before painting it on and in the end you’re left with a screen that’s guaranteed to always be flat and smooth (unless your home has severe foundation issues.)

Very nice! According to Vogel's website the kit comes in three varieties:

  • MPW 10 - Standard Screen
  • Pre-mixed highly reflective paints to easily apply a standard projection screen of up to 5 m2 on your wall or board.

  • MPW 20 - Tailor-made Screen & Border

  • Everything you need to create a tailor-made projection screen of up to 6 m2 with a dark border on your wall. It comes with paint for your wall and additional paint components (ContrastBooster and BrightnessBooster) to easily create the perfect screen surface for your situation. In addition, magnetic paint and magnetic borders are included to easily place (and remove!) a dark border around your screen. This border greatly heightens the contrast perception of images on the screen

  • MPW 30 - Invisible Wall Solution

  • Same as the MPW 20, except this version has everything you need to paint the entire wall so you do not see the edges of the projection screen. We call this the Invisible Wall Solution because when you are not using your screen you simply remove the magnetic dark border and all you see is a normal white or light grey wall. Nobody sees that it is also an excellent projection screen.

At a price range of $190 to $580 the paint-on kit is a tad more expensive then the projection screen option but will probably blend in much better. If you've used the Vogel kit or plan on using it, drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

At OhGizmo [Thanks Jay]

Product page at Vogel.com

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February 12, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming Feb. 13, 2007

The Golden Girls - The Complete Seventh and Final Season

All in the Family - The Complete Sixth Season

Beauty and the Beast - The Complete First Season

The Departed (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Emergency - Season Three

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February 9, 2007

Review: Vizio VX32L HDTV

If you're looking for a quality HDTV at a good price, then Vizio seems to be the brand to look at these days. CNET has a review of one of Vizio's latest HDTV entries, the Vizio VX32L. The review starts out:

Vizio's VX32L HDTV may not be the least-expensive 32-inch flat-panel LCD on the market, but it's still quite affordable. Unlike most bargain-basement LCDs, however, this model provides a well-rounded feature set, including two HDMI inputs and a PC input along with plenty of picture controls. Those features, combined with perfectly acceptable picture quality, earn the VX32L HDTV our commendation as one of the best values at this screen size.

The review also states:

All things considered, the Vizio VX32L HDTV delivered a perfectly decent picture, and in some areas exceeded our expectations at this price point. The smallest HDTV size we're currently reviewing is 32 inches, and we don't expect many users to demand the ultimate in home theater picture quality from this kind of set. Nonetheless, we put it through our standard battery of tests, and the results were mostly good.

Overall the review is pretty positive although they only rated the TV 6.6 out of 10. Still if you're looking for a decent HDTV under $1000 you'll want to check out the Vizio VX32L HDTV.

At CNET.com

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February 8, 2007

Deal of the Day: TiVo TCD649080 Series2 80 Hour Dual Tuner Digital Video Recorder

Since we mentioned Amazon and TiVo's movie download announcement yesterday, we thought now might be the time for you to consider getting a TiVo. Amazon has a few nice deals going on:
Amazon.com Product Description:

The TiVo Series2 DT does something that only DirecTV TiVo users have enjoyed up till now--the ability to record two shows at once. This dual-tuner (DT) TiVo Series2 is the first standalone DVR that's optimized for households with cable television. Now, you'll never have to miss any of your favorite shows--even if they're on at the same time. It also offers the same entertainment services as other TiVo Series2 DVRs, including digital music, digital photos, remote scheduling, and hassle-free favorites recording. All this and the famed luxury of being able to pause and view instant replays of live television, too. TiVo DVRs record television programming directly to an onboard digital ATA/IDE hard drive, eliminating the hassles of videotape (imprecise tape searching, head cleaning, steadily degrading picture, fuzzy sound, etc.).

This TiVo Series2 DT model (TCD649080) offers an 80-hour recording capacity. It offers the ability to simultaneously record programming from two basic cable channels, or one basic cable channel and one digital cable channel. It also includes built-in Ethernet and USB ports, making it easier than ever to add the TiVo box to your home network. This enables you to take advantage of the TivoToGo feature, which allows you to transfer programs from the TiVo box to a Windows-based desktop or laptop PC so you can watch your favorite programs on the go or while others are watching live or recorded programing on the TV.

So put away those old VHS tapes and enter the 21rst century!

At Amazon.com

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February 7, 2007

Amazon Unbox to Offer Downloads Directly to your TiVo

It seems that the choices to download movies just keeps growing with recent announcements from Netflix and Walmart. While these services are great, we're really jazzed about the announcement that Amazon and TiVo are testing a service that allows you to buy and download movies to your TiVo. According to PCMag.com:

Amazon.com Inc. and TiVo Inc. will begin testing on Wednesday a service that lets users watch videos rented or bought over the Internet directly on televisions, as part of a trend to link personal computers and TVs.

The article continues:

The service will now let TiVo subscribers rent or buy films and TV shows from studios and networks including CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group, General Electric Co.-controlled Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Viewers will need to purchase their video, or pay for the rental, from PCs. TiVo downloads of programming will count against a two-PC limit on Unbox purchases, though Unbox users can still download the programming to two handheld devices. The content cannot be burned onto DVDs.

Customers can buy TV episodes for $1.99, most movies for between $9.99 and $14.99, or rent movies starting at $1.99. Purchased videos are stored in each customer's personal list at Amazon.com for future access.

Amazon and TiVo are testing the new system, which is expected to be available soon, on more than 1.5 million TiVo boxes with high-speed Internet connections.

Man, you just can't get more convenient than that. We'll keep you posted as more details of the service come out.

At PCMag.com

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February 6, 2007

Review: Viewsonic N4251w 42 inch LCD HDTV

I've mentioned before how much I like Viewsonic products because of value and reliability. So I'm pleased to see another good review of a Viewsonic LCD HDTV, this time the Viewsonic N4251w. According to a i4u.com:

For testing I connected the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV to a Denon S-301 home theater and Sudden Link HD Cable via HDMI. The 1200:1 contrast ratio gives on screen images nice deep blacks and makes for good transitions form light to dark. Problems here often show up in the form of pixilation in scenes with lots of dark and light colors, especially at the transition between the two. I noticed none of this with the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV.

HD programming at 1080i looked fantastic and the TV automatically changes the screen format during HD programming if a commercial comes on that isn’t HD so the image doesn’t look stretched or pinched which is nice. Colors are reproduced very realistically and skin tones look great and natural. Overall the image quality on the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV is absolutely top notch. The fast 8ms gtg response time means that there is no ghosting during video playback, TV or gaming with consoles or PC.

If you're looking for a large LCD HDTV at a pretty sweet price-point, be sure to check out the full review of the Viewsonic N4251w.

At i4u.com

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February 5, 2007

Super Bowl Commercials Weren't so Super!

Like most people I've spoke to, I found the Super Bowl commercials pretty disappointing last night. While there were a couple of funny ones, overall the commercials were pretty uninspired. I'd say my favorite commercial had to be the Emerald Nuts commerical with Robert Goulet. Now I know what keeps happening to me at 3pm everyday.

So if you didn't catch all of the commercials last night or you want to replay a few, be sure to stop by SpotBowl.com.

See all of the Super Bowl commercials at: SpotBowl.com

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Amazon DVD Releases Coming Feb. 06, 2007

Mad About You - The Complete Third Season

Charmed - The Complete Seventh Season

Rosemary & Thyme - Series Three

Cinderella III - A Twist in Time

Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Edition)

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February 2, 2007

NFL Goes from "No Fun League" to "No Football for Lutherans"

If you're planning on watching the Super Bowl at your Church this weekend (it's a tradition at our church), you might want to make sure you're not violating copyright laws. Yep, the NFL is going after a Church for wanting to show the big game on a big ol' wall. According to FoxNews:

The NFL has nixed a church's plans to use a wall projector to show the Colts-Bears Super Bowl game, saying it would violate copyright laws.

NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.

Initially, the league objected to the church's plan to charge a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions.

Pastor John D. Newland said he told the NFL his church would not charge anyone and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.

But the NFL objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game, saying the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.

I would bet if the church wasn't originally charging for the game, the NFL probably would have overlooked the screen size. But once the media got a hold of the story, the NFL decided to stick to it's guns. The ironic thing about the whole story is you have two Christian coaches going against each other so you think the NFL would do everything to encourage church Super Bowl parties.

And oh yeah, I know the church is Baptist and not Lutheran but hey I only got limited letters to work with!

At FoxNews.com

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February 1, 2007

Patent Seeks to Block those Dirty #$#@% Words on your TV

Trying to clean up dirty words on your TV isn't anything new. In fact anytime a company offers products to clean up TV language, Hollywood lets the lawyers lose. Now it appears someone is taking another shot at cleaning up TV with a patent filed recently and according to Arstechnica.com:

TV viewers with sensitive ears may be glad to hear about a [beep] new patent that will help to ensure their [beep] doesn't get [beep] up. The patent, submitted by Matthew T. Jarman of Salt Lake City, seeks to monitor TV content for questionable words, phrases, or even subjects, and censor them on the fly based on the viewer's preferences. The device would ideally be able to analyze signals from cable, satellite, network, or broadcast television, as well as streaming video content.

The system uses a computer and a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) to monitor the closed captioning text that comes with most television programs. The user would then be able to use a menu—protected by a user ID and password—to select at least one blocking word, and when the computer comes across keywords that the user has chosen to block, the system will mute the broadcast so that viewers won't have to wash out their ears with soap later. The patent also describes a method by which the PVR would be able to identify multiple meanings of a word (a female dog versus a mean woman, for example) and allow the user to differentiate between the two when deciding what gets blocked.

Of course the first thing that immediately comes to mind (which the article also points out) is the fact that close captioning is always a second or two behind. So basically I could see your show going something like:

Hey, #%$^^, (beep) get your $^&**# (beep) in the kitchen and get me a ^%#@$ (beep).

But hey who knows, it could work.

At Arstechnica.com

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January 2007 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

So we've made it through the first month of 2007. While the weather has been pretty sucky, it's still been a pretty good month for TV Technology. We saw a couple of cool announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month like the Sharp 108-inch LCD and the first Dual-Format DVD Player from LG.

So be sure to call in late this morning and relax and do a litlle catch-up reading with TVSnob. Enjoy!

General News and Rants
Netflix Offers "Watch Now" Downloads for Subscribers
Who Said a Wii was Just for Gaming?
Star Trek Home Theater for the Geek in all of Us
Get Blue Ray HD DVD and HD DVD Players the Fun Way
The Comcast DVR with TiVo Almost Here - Finally!
Making that Pesky DVD Recorder Play Nice with your Other Components
Got an HDTV for Christmas? You Might Want to Bump-Up your Insurance!

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: Pioneer SE-DIR800C HDPH Dolby Digital 5.1 Wireless Headphones
Deal of the Day: ViewSonic N3760W 37" LCD HDTV
Deal of the Day: Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Review: Sharp SD-SP10 HTIB
Evergreen EG-HDM201: A Cool Device to Connect Two HDMI Sources
LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Player Available for Purchase
Vizio 32" HD LCD TV
No More Speaker Wires with the Philips HTS8100 SoundBar
Sharp Introduces 108-inch LCD TV at CES
LG Unveils First Dual-Format DVD Player
LG DN191H Upconverting DVD/DivX Player Review

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Jan. 30, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Jan. 23, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Jan. 09, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Jan. 02, 2006

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