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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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August 31, 2006

Panasonic to Sell 103-inch Screen TV for a Mere $80,000

A couple of months ago, we menitoned Panasonic's new 103-inch TV. We've now got a price for you:

Panasonic said on Thursday it would start selling the world's largest television set, featuring a 103-inch screen, for $80,000.

"That's before installation cost," said a Panasonic spokesman at the IFA consumer electronics fair here.

Wow! I wonder what the installation costs? You can read the full press release from Panasonic at


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August 4, 2006

So What Exactly is Dolby Digital?

So you've got a nice home theater system with the little Dolby Digital logo but have no idea what it means? Well, Digital Home Canada has a nice little article that explains Dolby Digital:

One of the most exciting things about watching a movie in your home theatre is the tremendous impact of surround sound. A great sound system brings a movie to life and gives you the feeling of being right in the middle of the action.

The company synonymous with home theatre surround sound in North America is Dolby Laboratories. The proliferation of Dolby Digital surround sound formats, however, has led to considerable confusion amongst our readers therefore this article gives a brief overview of Dolby surround sound and various Dolby Digital (DD) technologies such as Dolby Digital EX, Plus, Live and Cinema.

The article gives definitions for several different types of Dolby:

Dolby Digital A common question when discussing DD is the term AC-3. AC-3 is the technical name for the digital decoding technology upon which Dolby Digital is based and the terms are often used interchangeably. For trademark purposes, Dolby now refers to AC-3 by its trademarked name, Dolby Digital.

A common misperception about Dolby Digital is that it delivers six channels sound. DD is actually a flexible format that can deliver mono, stereo, or up to 5.1 discrete channels of surround sound: Left, Center, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround, and low-frequency effects (LFE).

Dolby Digital EX
Dolby Digital EX extends the DD 5.1-channel setup a step further with an additional center surround channel (reproduced through one or two speakers) which is usually place to the rear of listeners. You may also see this referred to as DD 6.1 or 7.1 when discussing home theatre. Films released in Dolby Digital Surround EX (the cinema version) carry the encoded extra surround channel in their subsequent DVD releases, as well as onto 5.1-channel digital satellite and TV broadcasts.

To playback Dolby Digital EX you will need a 6.1 or 7.1 receiver or preamp/processor and additional rear speakers. Current DD Surround EX soundtracks contain a digital flag that automatically activates the EX decoding however for titles released prior to late 2001 you will need to turn on the EX decoding manually.

Be sure to check out this informative article.


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August 3, 2006

Plasma TVs - A Girl's New Best Friend!

Aren't women cool! According to an article at FoxNews, girls dig electronics more than we ever knew and it appears they really have a passion for Plasma TVs. According to the report:

Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.

The survey, commissioned by cable television's Oxygen Network, which is owned and operated by women, found the technology gender gap has virtually closed, with the majority of women snapping up new technology and using it easily.

The article states:

The study found 77 percent of women surveyed would prefer a new plasma television to a diamond solitaire necklace and 56 percent would opt for a new plasma TV over a weekend vacation in Florida.

In fact the article states that women are becoming all-around geeks:

Women were found on average to own 6.6 technology devices while men own 6.9, and four out of every five women felt comfortable using technology, with 46 percent doing their own computer trouble-shooting.

So you heard it guys, go buy your women a new Plasma TV for her birthday. If she gets mad, just tell her the media told you to do it.


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July 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

August came so fast this year that we almost forgot our July Monthly Roundup. Never fear though, we've got all of the headlines you might of missed last month. We talked about a few cool products in July like the Philips Modea Mirror TV and the world's largest HDTV, which is equal to the size of 3 tennis courts!

So grab a cup of coffee, kick back, and catch up on a little TVSnob reading.

General News and Rants
LCD vs. Plasma Video
So What Exactly is DVD Upscaling?
World's Largest HDTV Debuts at Tokyo Horse Track
The First Blu-ray Player on the Market Already Has Issues
I Know What I Want for Christmas!
Get the Latest Each Week from BlogPire Productions
Blu-ray and HD-DVD - The Battle Begins!
ABC Says You Don't Want to Skip Commercials
Bring on the Five Second Ads!

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
OPPO Digital DV-970HD DVD Player with HDMI Review
Syntax-Brillian Announces Three New Lines of Olevia LCD TVs
Awesome PS3 Gameplay Video!
Drool Alert: The Sony NHS-3020 Entertainment System
Panasonic to Offer 103-inch Plasma TV Early Next Year
More Details on the Philips Modea Mirror TV with Miravision Technology
The InVoca Voice Activated Remote - When Using One Finger is Just Too Much!

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming Aug 01, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming July 25, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming July 18, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming July 11, 2006

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August 1, 2006

Jeff's Quick Guide to TV on the Net

So, are you one of those hopping on the Internet TV train? Well I am, and we found a great listing of web based TV channels at the Jeff Pulver Blog. According to Jeff:

During the past twelve months, as the momentum for Broadband TV has snowballed, an increasing number of media companies have decided to take their content and make it available for viewing on the Internet. In some cases, the content offered is "re-runs" of prime time content, in other cases the Internet is being used to channel "vintage" programming (re-runs of old programs) and there is an increasing number of cases in which new content is being developed by media companies for just the broadband Internet. By default, the viewing experience is being offered to people assuming a Windows desktop. It is the mobile users (Symbian and Windows Mobile) who are most "content-viewing challenged". Some of the content owners are using variations of Flash and others are using Quicktime and Windows Media to deliver their content.

Here are just a few of the sites he lists:

A&E Video - "Weekly highlights video clips available."

ABC Video on Demand - "Shows most popular news videos."

ABC Family - "Can watch full episodes of your favorite ABC family original series and movies for free."

Adult Swim - "Can watch clips of all Adult Swim programs as well as download MP3s."

AOL Television - "In2TV is the first broadband network and it's got the largest collection of free TV shows anywhere on the web. Not just highlights or listings, but full-length TV episodes with a range of choices and loads of interactive features. Online. Anytime. Always free."

AMC Video - "AMC Video allows you to browse through movies and see clips."

Animal Planet Beyond (Pet Trends) - "Can watch original Pet Trends webisodes. Other clips are available such as pet tricks, dog stars, caught in the moment, and the world's ugliest dogs."

BBC Video Nation - "For $5.95 a month you can watch 24/7 broadcasting of English covered news, business, weather, and sports."

BBC America Video - "Can browse videos by category and program. Also lets you preview tonight's line up."

The list goes on. Be sure to check this execellent post out.

At [Thanks Jay]

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July 13, 2006

Panasonic to Offer 103-inch Plasma TV Early Next Year

When you have to reinforce your walls to hold your big-ass TV, that's livin'. According to Reuters:

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., the maker of Panasonic brand electronics, said on Monday it hoped to start selling the world's largest plasma television by early next year.

Measuring 2.4 metres by 1.4 metres and weighing 215 kg, the 103-inch panel is bigger than a double-sized mattress and almost as heavy as an upright piano.

The world's largest consumer electronics maker has yet to set the price but Matsushita's 65-inch plasma TVs, its largest available now, sell for about $7,500 in Japan.

The plasma panel used in the Matsushita TV will be just one-inch larger measured diagonally than a 102-inch model developed by Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. (006400.KS: Quote, Profile, Research). The South Korean company has not launched the model commercially.

For you non-metric types, over 450 freakin pounds for a TV. Yowza! Since this baby will probably run close to $20,000, I'm not going to worry about reinforcing that wall just yet.


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July 7, 2006

ABC Says You Don't Want to Skip Commercials

abclogo2.jpgHere's a good reason to hate ABC:

ABC HAS HELD DISCUSSIONS ON the use of technology that would disable the fast-forward button on DVRs, according to ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw, with the primary goal to allow TV commercials to run as intended.

"I would love it if the MSOs, during the deployment of the new DVRs they're putting out there, would disable the fast-forward [button]," Shaw said.

While MSOs risk losing some of their DVR customers if fast-forwarding were blocked, Shaw said the cable operators--who are beefing up their own local ad sales operations--"are in the same business we're in." "They've got to sell ads too," he said. "So if everybody's skipping everybody's ads, that's not a long-term business model for them either."

Of course ABC says that's what consumers really want:

Shaw also threw cold water on the idea that neutering the fast-forward option would result in a consumer backlash. He suggested that consumers prefer DVRs for their ability to facilitate on-demand viewing and not ad-zapping--and consumers might warm to the idea that anytime viewing brings with it a tradeoff in the form of unavoidable commercial viewing.

Wow, I glad to know that ABC knows what I really want. Maybe ABC should get Mike Shaw a muzzle.

At MediaPost

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Bring on the Five Second Ads!

Yeah, we know advertising will never end but we also know it's a necessity. What if the commercials become a lot shorter but shown more often? Well, some advertisers are trying that according to USAToday:

It may take longer to read this sentence than to watch one of Honda's recent mini-commercials. In just five seconds, the TV ad shows features of its new Fit hatchback, followed by a computer-type voice saying: "The Fit is Go."

Honda's TV tidbit, along with a five-second AOL commercial earlier this year, are examples of one concept marketers are trying to get more bang for the ad dollar in a crowded, on-demand media environment. Done a few times in the past as mainly a stunt, mini-ads placed at the end of commercial breaks are now being tried as a strategic tool against ad-zapping on digital video recorders (DVRs). They take advantage of the fact that when a user stops fast-forwarding on many DVRs, the machine backs up a few seconds to compensate for the user's reaction time.

Even better:

Clear Channel created a one-second McDonald's ad with its "I'm Lovin' It" jingle and a Mini Cooper ad with a honk and a voice that says, "Mini." McDonald's and BMW did not create the samples, which haven't aired. And Cook insists the company won't overwhelm listeners with wee ads. "We have limits on how many and how often any of these shorter ads will appear."

I like the concept but I'm sure we'll still have to watch 20 of these mini ads in a row, defeating the whole purpose. Who knows?

At USAToday

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July 5, 2006

June 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

Hope you had a great June. It's pretty hard to believe that it's already summer. Anyway June and July has given us a pretty exciting World Cup on TV. We also covered quite a few reviews in June, including our own review of the Insignia 10.2" Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, so be sure to check it out.

So now that the holiday is over, be sure to kick back at work and catch up with everything you missed at TVSnob (okay, you goodie-goodie types can wait till you get home)!

General News and Rants
More Information on the ReplayTV PC Edition
Is 3D TV Finally Here?
Toshiba to launch world's first HD DVD recorder
DVD Region Codes Explained
Let the PS3 Shortage Hype Begin!
Philips Holidays in June
Blogpire Productions Blogs Announce Investment in the Planet's Future with Green Tags and Weekly Email Updates
PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360
Where's my Stupid #%$*& Remote?
Cablevision Suspends"Remote Access" DVR Test
House Passes Legislation to Open up Cable Competition
Reminder - World Cup Television Coverage Starts Tomorrow
Remote Controls - Possibly the World's Greatest Invention!
ReplayTV Seeking Beta Testers for ReplayTV PC

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: TiVo TCD649080 Series2 80 Hour Dual Tuner Digital Video Recorder
Deal of the Day: Toshiba 46HM95 46" Diagonal 16:9 Integrated HD DLP Projection TV with HDMI
Deal of the Day: Logitech Harmony Remote 628 - Universal Remote Control
Deal of the Day: Sony DAV-FC9 DVD Dream System

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
The 71-inch LG MW-71PY10 Plasma TV - A TV That Will Definitely Break the Bank!
Mirage Nanosat Home Theater System Review
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player Review
Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard Review
Insignia 10.2" Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen Review
Father's Day Gift Guides from the Blogpire
TiVo Announces TiVoCast: Broadband Video to your TV
VIZIO Announces Breakthrough Father's Day Prices on HD Plasmas and LCD TV
TiVo to Offer Guru Guides
Video on your TomTom GO GPS from Makayama
ViewSonic N3260W 32-inch HDTV Review

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 27, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 20, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 13, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 06, 2006

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