Rumor has it that both Toshiba and Vizio will be announcing Google TV-powered high-def sets at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Sony has thus far been the only HDTV maker to incorporate Google TV software into its televisions and Blu-ray players, while Logitech has created a Google TV set-top box. With Vizio being the largest HDTV manufacturer by sales volume in the United States this 3rd quarter, Google TV is getting a serious boost.
So far its launch has been low key (typical of many Google products) and Google TV is not an idea that has been embraced by television networks. Many are refusing to unlock their online content for viewing through Google TV. By partnering with as many consumer electronics makers as possible, Google's chances of a Google TV revolution will be much better.
Walmart is kicking off the Black Friday festivities early tomorrow with its "Amazing Electronics Event". It has online sales available already but the in-store deals, which are said to be focusing on HDTVs and Blu-ray players, will not be available until tomorrow morning. Pricing will be different in the odd state and quantities will be limited. A note to remember: shipping on all electronics from Walmart will be free until December 20.
Microsoft's Kinect motion sensors, its motion recognition software, have sold a cool 1 million units across the globe nearly 2 weeks before the biggest North American shopping day of the year Black Friday. The company now believes that Kinect, an Xbox 360 add-on will sell approximately 5 million units by the end of 2010. Amazingly Kinect won't be available in most Asian countries until the end of this week after which sales will likely accelerate.
Today Samsung Electronics outed its latest 3D prototype, deciding to throw out high definition and go for Ultra Definition. The whopping 70-inch HDTV Ultra Definition set carries the Ultra moniker as a result of its 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. You won't do any better than that on the market today. The 240 Hz set won't hit the market anytime soon but with smooth motion and 3D viewing added on to the whole package - glasses required - we sure wish it would.
Sears typically has some amazing Black Friday deals and this year is no exception. Listed below are 2010's best deals from Sears. Those marked with an asterisk are Doorbusters only available on Black Friday, November 26 from 4AM to 12 PM. Everything else is available on both November 26 and November 27 and can be ordered online for in-store pickup. For comparison we've also listed Amazon's prices on the same models and they are usually tough to beat. Most of the Sears deals are currently lower but expect Amazon to lower its prices to be competitive on Black Friday.
Panasonic 32″ 1080p 60Hz LCD TCL32U22 - $399.99 * (Amazon - $439.44)
Panasonic 37″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV TCL37U22 - $469.99 * (Amazon - $489.99)
Panasonic 46″ 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TCP46C2 - $499.99 * (Amazon - $511.03)
Panasonic 50″ 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TCP50S2 - $799.99 (Amazon - $896.44)
Samsung 32″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LN32C350 - $329.99 (Amazon - $398.00)
Samsung 40″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV LN40C500 - $497.99 *
Samsung 40″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV UN40C5000 - $747.99 * (Amazon - $899.00)
Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV UN46C6300 - $999.99 * (Amazon - 199.98199.9)
Samsung 50″ 720p 600Hz 3D Plasma HDTV PN50C490 - $899.99 (includes 2 free pairs of glasses) (Amazon - $969.99)
Samsung 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV UN55C6300 - $1,499.99 * (Amazon - 765.90765.76)
Samsung 55″ 3D 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV UN55C7000 - $2,199.99 * (includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses, 4 Shrek 3D movies and a 3D Blu-ray player) (Amazon - $2199.98)
Sony 40″ Bravia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV KDLEX400 - $549.99 (Amazon - $599.00)
Sony 46″ Bravia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV KDL46EX400 - $699.99 (Amazon - $762.90)
Sony 52″ Bravia 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV KDL52NX800 - $1,499.99 (Amazon - 69769)
LG 60″ 1080p 600Hz Plasma LG60PK750 - $1,499.99 * (Amazon - 555.00555.555)
Toshiba 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV 46G300 - $649.99 * (Amazon - $735.00)
RCA 24″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV LED24A45 - $299.99 *
RCA 26″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV 26LA30RQD - $299.99 *
Sylvania 22″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LC220SS1 - $189.99 * (Amazon - $233.27)
Sylvania 26″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LC260SS1 - $259.99 (Amazon - $320.64)
Zenith 42″ 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV 42PJ240 - $399.99 *