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April 27, 2006

The Cows Have Taken Over the World!

Yep, it looks like the world's gone insane (or at least PBS). According to Yahoo:

Joining the stampede to create new content platforms, PBS today announced the launch of, the first 24/7 inside look at the daily life of Texas Longhorn cattle. Beginning April 19th, visitors to the site will get an exclusive, bovine's-eye-view, as wireless cow-cams, attached to the Longhorns' collars, reveal the day-to-day intrigues of life on the range.

and why kind of exciting action do you get to see?:

Along with activities like chomping grass, flicking flies, mooing and hanging out at the watering hole, the cow-cams capture such fun-loving antics as stealing snacks from the human production crew to roaming the fields in search of the best siesta spot. With spring in the air, alert viewers may catch a glimpse of cattle locking horns in the heat of pixilated romance.

Until they can pipe in the real cow poop smell, I'll pass!


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April 21, 2006

Philips Takes Heat About Forced Commercials Patent

In this day and age, you want to be careful when you're developing products that are considered anti-consumer. Yesterday we told you about Philips' patent for a device that keeps viewers from skipping commercials. Well, Philips Electronics took a beating from consumers about the news. According to

The Netherlands-based company -- maker of Philips brand TV sets -- issued an apologetic statement after angry e-mails and phone calls flooded its North American office Wednesday afternoon and continued through yesterday.

"They have been very vocal," Philips spokesman Andre Manning said of the consumer response. "You can fill in the blanks of what they are saying. They are really upset."

The furor erupted after reports surfaced that Phillips has applied for a U.S. patent on technology that lets broadcasters lock channels during commercial interludes of certain programs. Such a device would prevent channel surfing at a time when the emergence of personal video recorders (PVRs) and other technology is giving consumers increasing power to ignore commercials at the push of a button.

Well, it didn't take long to consumers to rebel against Philip's patent request. You have to wonder how much their patent application is going to hurt their business?


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April 20, 2006

Definitions of the Day: Blue-ray Disc and HD DVD

The other day we mentioned that the new HD DVDs were finally hitting the streets. But did you know that HD DVD isn't the only new DVD format you need to be familiar with? Yep, you'll want to get familiar with Blu-ray also:

Here's a partial definition of Blu-ray from Wikipedia:

Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a next-generation optical disc format meant for storage of high-definition video and high-density data. The Blu-ray standard was jointly developed by a group of consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). As compared to the HD DVD format, its main competitor, Blu-ray has more information capacity per layer, 25 instead of 15 gigabytes, but may initially be more expensive to produce.

Blu-ray gets its name from the shorter wavelength (405 nm) of a "blue" (technically blue-violet) laser that allows it to store substantially more data than a DVD, which has the same physical dimensions but uses a longer wavelength (650 nm) red laser. Blu-ray unveiled their plans for a Spring 2006 launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2006. It will be released on May 23, 2006.

And the partial definition of HD DVD from Wikipedia:

HD DVD has a single layer capacity of 15 GB and a dual-layer capacity of 30 GB. Toshiba has announced that a triple-layer disc is in development, which would offer 45GB of storage. This is less than its primary competitor Blu-ray Disc, which supports 25GB for one layer, 50GB for two layers as presently released. BD 100GB for four, 200GB for eight layers have been demonstrated in a laboratory but have not yet been released to the market. HD DVD proponents point out that multi-layer Blu-ray discs are still in development. The surface layer of an HD DVD disc is 0.6 mm thick, the same as DVD but thicker than the Blu-ray Disc's 0.1 mm layer. The numerical aperture of the optical pick-up head is 0.65, compared with 0.6 for DVD. Both formats will be backwards compatible with DVDs and both employ the same video compression techniques: MPEG-2, Video Codec 1 (VC1, based on the Windows Media 9 format) and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. HD DVD is frequently mispelled 'HD-DVD' as people think it copies the dash from previous generation DVD-R/RW.

You can click on the Wikipedia links above for more details on each technology. So which is better? Well that's becoming the big debate. Obviously Blu-ray looks good because of the larger capacity but the concern is Blu-ray is a more expensive technology than HD DVD. We'll just have to wait till both technologies hit the street to get a better idea of the future of High Definition DVDs. No matter what though, this is an exciting time if not somewhat confusing time for home entertainment.

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April 19, 2006

You'll Watch Commercials and You'll Like it!

Skipping commercials might be a thing of the past if Philips Electronics has it's way. Philips has applied for a patent for a device that forces you to watch commercials. According to the patent request:

An apparatus and method is disclosed for preventing a viewer from switching from a channel when an advertisement is being displayed on the channel. The apparatus and method comprises an advertisement controller in a video playback device that prevents a viewer of a direct (non-recorded) broadcast from switching channels when an advertisement is displayed, and prevents a viewer of a recorded program from fast forwarding the recorded program in order to skip past advertisements that were recorded with the program. A viewer may either watch the advertisements or pay a fee in order to be able to change channels or fast forward when the advertisements are being displayed.

The sad thing is this device and technology will become a reality. I'm sure that the "device" would be marketed for premium content, but I could easily see it becoming a part of your everyday viewing in the near future.

The sad reality is no matter how much we hate commercials, something has to pay for the programming. I just don't like being forced to watch a mom and daughter talk about feminine hygiene products. Oh well, I guess that's life!

Leave us a comment and let's us know what you think.

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April 14, 2006

FOX Follows ABC's Lead - Bringing TV Shows to an Internet Near You

Wow! That was pretty fast. Only a few days after ABC announced that they would be offering shows on the internet, FOX has announced the same thing:

News Corp.'s Fox network has signed a six-year agreement with its 187 affiliated stations that will let it show reruns of its television programs on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday.

The revenue-sharing agreement allows Fox to make 60 percent of its prime-time schedule available online the morning after the shows air, the Journal reported.

What's cool is that this is a long-term arrangement and not just a test period. Bet you we see announcements from other networks real soon.


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April 3, 2006

March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament, March was an exciting month on TV for sports fans. Besides that there were quite a few exciting developments at TVSnob headquarters, like our exciting new subscriber list.

So grab a nice hot cup of coffee and do a little catch up reading with TVSnob.

General News and Rants
Some Slight Technical Glitches at TVSnob
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The Best of the Blogpire
New Facts Just In - By the End of the Month, TVSnob Should Have A Gazillion Readers!
Panasonic Announces First Blu-Ray Player to Debut in September
Cablevision Begins Tesing of "Remote Access" DVR
Is That the HDTV you Really Want?
Check out the New TVSnob Mailing List
NBC Says Advertising More Effective on DVR Users
Keep On Top of the Modern Board and Social Game Revolution at
Sweet Sixteen Starts Tonight on CBS
For the Love of Mike! Start your Freakin' Shows on Time
Don't Miss "The Shield" Season 5 Finale Tonight!
Sweet 16 Showdown Set and Brackets Destroyed!
Philips Electronics to Fix 12,000 42-inch and 50-inch Flat-Screens Due to Overheating
Banking from the Boob Tube
The Best of the Blogpire
TiVo Becoming More Family Friendly with KidZone
Season 6 of the Sopranos Starts Out with a Bang.
My Fun and Soprano-less Night
Who's Gonna Get Whacked First on Season Six of The Sopranos?
The Sopranos Season 6 Starts Sunday on HBO
Learn to Pick the Most Luscious Wines on the Planet for Under $20 at
So What are 1080p TVs?
It's a Holiday- Buy a Flat Panel TV
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 07, 2006
Set TiVo Recordings with your Verizon Cellphone - New Blogpire Site launches
TiVo or Windows Media Center - Which One for You?
Is FOX Going to Charge you $25 for an HD Movie?
The Best of the Blogpire
NBC May Have to Issue Commercial "Rainchecks" Because of the Olympics

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Amazon Now Listing the TCD649180 Dual Tuner Series 2 TiVo
NEC 42XR4 42-inch Plasma HDTV Review
Sling Media Announces SlingPlayer Mobile Beta
Dell Says Dell W5001C HDTV Better Than Panasonic's TH50PX500U HDTV (What Did you Expect Them to Say?)
Toshiba 32HLX95 LCD HDTV Review
Toshiba Announces the et20 Projector with Integrated DVD Player
CNET Ranks the Top 12 HDTVs
Amazon DVD Releases Coming March 13, 2006
Pioneer Introduces the DVR-DT100 - The First 800GB DVR
LG Introduces the 71-inch "LG Royal" PDP - The TV You'll Never Own
Samsung Unveils 82” LCD TV with LED BacklightLG Electronics to Announce 42-inch with Built-in DVR
Putting the Philips RC9800i Through it's Paces
Samsung DVD-HD950 HDTV-Compatible DVD Player Review

New DVD Releases
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April 1, 2006

Some Slight Technical Glitches at TVSnob

It appears that we've lost the #3 ion flux capacitor on TVSnob server 5, causing us some posting issues which you may have noticed in the last post. We've sent Jay down to the server room with a wrench to work it out. Till then, you can decipher the last post with a little help from here or if you're the type who has to do everything the easy way, you can use this method here.

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March 31, 2006

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March 27, 2006

Check out the New TVSnob Mailing List

If you haven't figured it out by now, we love you! Because of that, we've been adding tools to make your TVSnob reading experience more enjoyable.

One of our newest tools is a great weekly update from FeedBlitz. As you can see from the following image, this email with the TVSnob Weekly Roundup shows up in your mailbox before you wake up each Monday morning. That way, you can keep up with everything you might have missed during your busy week.

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Because we love ya, we promise not to bombard you with email or sell your name to the blackmarket. We just want another way to communicate with our readers. We even promise some "subscriber-only" news and exclusives down the road. So hop over to the right sidebar and enter your email to join our mailing list.

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March 23, 2006

Sweet Sixteen Starts Tonight on CBS

So the 2006 NCAA College Basketball Tournament resumes tonight. We're down to the sixteen best teams, so get ready for some great college basketball.

I'm sure they're be a lot of rooting against George Mason tomorrow night because they sure screwed up a lot of brackets this year. Who know's, maybe they'll win the whole thing this year (see what that does to your bracket).

The games are on CBS starting at 7:00PM EST tonight.

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