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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

More Details at Amazon

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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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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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January 29, 2007

Evergreen EG-HDM201: A Cool Device to Connect Two HDMI Sources

For those of you out there discovering the exciting world of HDTV and HDMI, you've probably noticed that only one HDMI connector probably isn't going to cut it. I4U.com points out a handy little switch that allows you to connect to HDMI devices:

This little switch has some cool features the most important of which is the ability to allow one HDMI input on your TV to connect to two HDMI sources. To make things even more useful the Evergreen EG-HDM201 has a remote to allow you to change inputs from the comfort of your favorite chair. It has an IR receiver that is on an extension allowing you to hide the switch and still remotely control it. You might expect this to be a high cost device but Evergreen is bringing it to market at $82.

Wow, what a cool device for $82. No details on availability yet but we'll keep you posted.

At I4U.com

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January 26, 2007

Netflix Offers "Watch Now" Downloads for Subscribers

If you're a Netflix subscriber, you'll soon be able to watch movies on your PC or laptop at no extra charge. According to HackingNetflix.com:

Netflix has launched a new feature called Watch Now that will enable subscribers, at no additional cost, to watch movies immediately on Netflix.com. The new service does not limit the number of movies a customer can watch, instead it gives users 1 hour of video for every $1 they spend monthly (18 hours of online video is free with the $17.99 plan). Customers can watch 5 minutes of a movie, decide that they don't like it, and switch to another without penalty (many online movie rental options require watching a movie within a certain time period, such as 24 hours or 14 days, or the movie will have to be re-rented at additional cost).

The service isn't available to all subscribers yet:

Unfortunately, the Watch Now feature will only be available to a few customers at this time, and it will be rolled out to all customers over the next six months.

While there's a few limitations and will only feature about 1000 movies to start, it's still a great feature if you're a Netflix subscriber or thinking about about becoming a subscriber. Be sure to check out all of the details in the HackingNetflix.com article.

At HackingNetflix.com [via PVRBlog]

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January 1, 2007

December 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

Wow it's officially 2007! Hard to believe huh? Well, we hope you're have a great New Year and we want to think you for taking the time to stop by TVSnob and all of the Blogpire sites in 2006!

Since most of us are back to work tomorrow, today is a good day to catch up on the TVSnob reading you missed during a pretty hectic December. If you still haven't been able to hook up that new HDTV to your home entertainment system, you might want to check out the article: Hooking up your Home Entertainment System Shouldn't Require a Degree.

Okay, go relax and enjoy your day off!


General News and Rants
The Future of HDTV
Big Lots Offering Sylvania 42" Flat-Panel EDTV Plasma TV for $799
Nintendo to Recalling 3.2 Million Straps for Wii Remotes
Uh Oh! Only 10 Days Till Christmas!
ABC News' Ultimate Video Game and System Buyer's Guide

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: Hitachi Ultravision 32HDL52 32" LCD HDTV
Gift Idea of the Day: Samsung LNS4692D 46" LCD HDTV
Gift Idea of the Day: Hasbro's ZoomBox Projector
Gift Idea of the Day: Samsung HT-Q70 XM Ready Five-Disc DVD Changer Home Theater System

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Control your House with your Wii!
Need a Little Help with all of Those Freakin' Wires?
Review: SVS SBS-01 Home Theater Speaker System
The DS-220: A Recliner that Costs as Much as Several Decent Plasma TVs
Review: Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma TV
How About Cinema in the Bedroom?
Review: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player
Hooking up your Home Entertainment System Shouldn't Require a Degree
HDTV Buying Tips for Gamers
Morel Vario On-Wall Speaker System

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Dec. 26, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Dec. 19, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Dec. 12, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Dec. 5, 2006

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December 2, 2006

November 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

Wow! November was a busy month. Probably the important thing to come out this month was th TVSnob Holiday Shopping Guide which breaks down some of the top TVs and TV related items for your shopping list. Also be sure to check out the whole list of Holiday Shopping Guides from the entire Blogpire network.

Since we're on the subject of Christmas shopping also be sure to check out our review of the Circuit City 24/24 Guarantee. So kick back and relax a little this weekend and catch up on some TVSnob reading.

General News and Rants
TiVo to Run Ads at End of Recorded Shows
Wal-Mart Testing Movie Downloads
Xbox Movies Download Service Now Live - Prices Too High!
Oklahomans Paying too Much for HDTVs
Get Your TiVo Free After Rebates This Holiday Season
Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides from Around the Blogpire
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
My Experience with Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee
Vizio Drops Prices on Plasma & LCD HDTV Models Just in Time for Black Friday
Watch Futurama Online - For Now Anyway
Wee with Wii!
Missed Out on PS3? - Still a Chance to Get the Nintendo Wii!
James Lileks' TV Jargon Primer
Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee Reminder
TVSnob 2006 Christmas Buying Guide - HDTVs, TiVo, PS3, and Other Vital TV Related Items
Japanese Retailers Sell 88,400 PS3s in first 2 Days
Shopping Online with Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee
Tutorial: Installing MythTV on an Ubuntu System
Consortium Formed to Develop WirelessHD

Deal of the Day
Girft Idea of the Day: Samsung LNS2641D 26" LCD HDTV with Integrated ATSC Tuner
Gift Idea of the Day: Sennheiser RS 130 Wireless Surround Sound Headphones
Deal of the Day: Sony STR-DG500 6.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Projectiondesign Model Two WIDE - Projection in Small Spaces
Review: Oppo Digital LT-2007 LCD TV with DVD
DL.TV's HDTV Special
Curious About What the Wii Can Do?
Review: TiVo Series 3 HD Digital Media Recorder
First Look: Monster AVL-300 Universal Remote
First Look: BenQ MP510 DLP Projector - Home Theater for Around $500
InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Projector Review
Microsoft to Offer Movies and TV for the Xbox 360 Live Service
LG Introduces Awesome Dual Screen Refrigerator

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Nov. 28, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Nov. 21, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Nov. 14, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Nov. 07, 2006

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December 1, 2006

Forget the Weather - Shop from Home this Weekend!

Getting ready to do some serious power shopping this weekend? Well, with all of the nasty weather out there (we had 8 inches of snow last night!), why not cuddle up with the Blogpire Holiday Shopping Guides. Of course be sure to check out the TVSnob Shopping Guide first and then check out these:

Enjoy and have a safe and happy shopping weekend!

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