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March 20, 2006

Sweet 16 Showdown Set and Brackets Destroyed!

March Madness has to be my favorite sports time of the year. The funny thing is, while I'll watch any sports on TV that I can, I don't seem to watch a lot of basketball. That is until the NCAA tournament. A whole month of Cinderella stories and busted brackets, what more could you ask for?

So if you haven't been watching the most exciting sports event in March, be sure to catch the Sweet Sixteen on CBS starting March 23rd.


3/23 7:10
1 Duke
4 LSU

3/23 9:40
6 W Virginia
2 Texas

3/23 7:27
1 Memphis
13 Bradley

3/23 9:57
3 Gonzaga
2 UCLA 3/23

3/24 9:57
1 UConn
5 Washington

3/24 7:27
11 G Mason
7 Wichita St

3/24 7:10
1 Villanova
4 BC

3/24 9:40
3 Florida
7 G'town

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March 17, 2006

Banking from the Boob Tube

And we thought TVs were just for watching. Well, if you live in China, you'll soon be able to bank from your digital TV according to Xinhuanet.com:

The southern city of Shenzhen plans to launch the first TV bank in China enabling users to make transactions on TV, said sources with Shenzhen Media Group.

The bank is expected to be operational by the end of June in the city of South China's Guangdong Province.

With the bank, a user can make payments and shop by pressing buttons on the remote control.

Just think, someday we won't ever have to leave the house (oh yeah, guess we need to earn the money to make transactions with on our TVs). I'm pretty sure we'll see this in the US no time soon.

At Xinhuanet.com


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March 15, 2006

TiVo Becoming More Family Friendly with KidZone


Here's a great new feature for TiVo owners with small children. Instead of searching for educational shows, TiVo will compile them for you. According to ABC News:

Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have for years required broadcasters to feature at least three hours per week of educational and informational programming for children. The shows are tagged as "E/I."

With an upcoming feature, parents who have standalone Series2 machines and subscribe to its service will be able to access a menu of such nationally broadcast shows, no matter what channel _ or hour _ they run.

TiVo will find shows tagged "E/I," adding them to a new restricted KidZone section where parents will be able to select the programming they wish to regularly record and playback for their children.

TiVo's KidZone parental-control feature, which will also include a list of shows recommended by three parent advocacy groups, will be launched at no extra charge midyear.

Nice! It 's also nice to see the word "free" attached to the service. We'll let you know when the service actually goes live in a few months.

At ABCNews.com

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March 13, 2006

LG Introduces the 71-inch "LG Royal" PDP - The TV You'll Never Own


I guess if you got money you might as well spend it, but a gold-plated Entertainment System seems like a little much and a bit gaudy. LG Electronics thinks there's a market for gaudy and according to AMEInfo:

The gold-plated 'LG Royal' limited edition product will be sold individually or complete with a home theatre package and a digital broadcast receiver. Only 1,000 sets of the Royal Gold 71-inch plasma are supposed to be manufactured and each plasma will be provided with an individual gold number plate

'The 'LG Royal' edition reflects LG's growing sophistication as both a marketing organisation and product innovator. LG is the genuine leader for premium digital products, and the 'LG Royal' series caters specifically to some of our most exclusive customers in the region. The 'LG Royal' 71-inch PDP TV edition is unique, and puts clear distance between LG and its competition in the region.'

The "LG Royal" is first being introduced in Dubai and expect it to show up in "Best Buy" when hell freezes over. No price information yet but do you really need to know (trust us, it'll hurt)?

At AMEInfo.com

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March 7, 2006

CheapFunWines.com - New Blogpire Site launches

We have a cool new member of the Blogpire family and we wanted to give them a hearty TVSnob welcome! Cheap Fun Wines has just been announced:

(PRWEB) March 7, 2006 -- How many times have you shelled out ten bucks for a bottle of wine only to have your hopes dashed when you poured the first glass? The staff at www.CheapFunWines.com is here to help. They're goal is to find the most luscious bottles of affordable wine on the planet for under $20.

Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of www.CheapFunWines.com to its growing family of product- and category-specific Web logs. CheapFunWines.com will provide reviews of all kinds of wine, wineries and wine-related products. The site will also feature news about affordable wines, wine tasting results, occasional guest writers from around the globe, and random thoughts about wine.

Nothing beats a great movie on TV with a nice bottle of cheap of wine (and we're not talking Boone's Farm here)

So when you're done at TVSnob (don't leave yet!), you can read the complete press release at Blogpire or better yet surf on over to:

CheapFunWines.com

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March 4, 2006

February 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

Yeah, I know we're already a few days into March, but it's time for our February roundup. We've been so busy lately finding you great TV related content that we're running slightly behind (are you buying that?). We had a lot going on in February like the announcement of the winner of our TVSnob logo contest. We also had some interesting stories, like the psycho genius who remodeled his condo to look like the Starship Enterprise (actually, I'd do it but my wife said no).

One of our loyal readers sent in a review of the NeuNeo HVD2085 player that you'll want to be sure to check out. We've also linked to a couple of other interesting reviews like the Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote Control and the Archos AV500 Mobile DVR.

So go grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy a little catching up with TVSnob on this cold and icky weekend.

General News and Rants
Microchip 3-in-1 TV Tuner - A Cheap Chip for All Types of Devices
Fox Launching "My Network TV"
The Best of the Blogpire
TV-B-Gone: A Tool for the TV Vigilante
TVSnob Logo Contest - We Have a Winner
The Best of the Blogpire & ReallyNatural.com
DISH Network Adds Additional HD Channels
I'm Starting to Hate Radio Shack!
Get your TVSnob Logo Contest Entries In
TVSnob Logo Contest
Now That's What I Call a Television Addiction!
The Best of the Blogpire
Turn your Flat into the Star Trek Enterprise: Go Bankrupt
MacGyver and a Turkey Baster: Priceless
Pine Barrens + "The Sopranos" = Hilarious
Watch the Super Bowl Commercials Online (After the Game of Course!)
Does Continuous "Sopranos" Watching Cause Brain Damage?

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Sony Introduces TAV-L1 Slider HDTV
First Look: Toshiba's TDP-T95U XGA projector
NeuNeo HVD2085 - Reader Review
Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote Control Review
Step-by-Step: Buying a TV
Deal of the Day: RCA DVR10 High-Definition Digital Video Recorder
Tutorial: Stream Music Through your TiVo
Archos AV500 Mobile DVR Review

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 28, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 21, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 14, 2006
Amazon DVD Releases Coming February 7, 2006

Weekly TV Rankings
Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2006
Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Feb 06 - Feb 12, 2006
Nielsen Media Research Top 10- Broadcast Primetime- Week of Jan 30 - Feb 05, 2006

2006 Winter Olympics on TV
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 25
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 24
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 23
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 22
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 21
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Monday, Feb. 20
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 19
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 18
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 17
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 16
American Idol Crushes the Winter Olympics in TV Ratings
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 15
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 14
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Monday, Feb. 13
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 12
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 11
2006 Winter Olympics TV Schedule for Friday, Feb. 10

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March 3, 2006

Is FOX Going to Charge you $25 for an HD Movie?


Would you be willing to spend $25 to watch a high definition movie at home, 60 days after it's released? FOX is hoping so. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

News Corp. is betting that people will pay $25-$30 to watch Fox films at home in high-definition quality via cable and satellite TV 60 days after their theatrical release.

Speaking during the second day of the annual Bear Stearns Media Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., in a session available via webcast, News Corp. president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin said Tuesday the conglomerate has been "talking to the cable operators and satellite operators about the idea of a 60-day, high-priced high-def rental" offer costing $25-$30.

He later repeated the $25 price range as a possible model in a hint that this could be closer to the final price point but didn't specify what kind of revenue split was likely for the HD-to-home product.

The logic behind the pricing seems to be:

Sources also said Tuesday that the HD window would target consumption by families and groups. For example, consumers could get some friends together, have food and drinks and enjoy a home premiere, one source suggested. With movie tickets in New York costing well above $10, the pricing actually could be attractive to high-end users, another industry observer suggested.

The final logic sounds okay if you consider the costs of taking a family to the movies. But here's a possible conspiracy theory for you. To come out and say $25 a movie with no context scares the crap out of consumers. So before you think Mr. Chernin is insane, imagine what happens when this news of his $25 a movie hits the streets . Consumers will rebel against the concept and this will ultimately damage the plans of smaller companies that are trying to cash in on the early release of movies to TV concept. If you turn off consumers to the concept now, you can rid yourself of the competition. Then FOX can come in a few months later with a revamped plan that isn't so radical, endearing themselves to consumers without the nagging competition. Now I'm not saying that's what's happening, but it wouldn't be the first time we've seen things like this happen in Hollywood.

At HollywoodReporter.com [via TVPredictions.com]

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March 1, 2006

NBC May Have to Issue Commercial "Rainchecks" Because of the Olympics

You know the Winter Olympic's ratings were pretty bad, when you hear news like this:

NBC Universal, the No. 3 U.S. network, may be forced to give advertisers free or discounted air time to make up for low viewership after its Olympic coverage twice failed to gain top ratings this week.

NBC sold about $900 million of ads for the games in Turin, Italy, aiming to dominate ratings as it has the previous seven Winter Games. The General Electric Co. unit promised advertisers it would make up for low ratings with television time at other events, and media buyers such as Andy Pappalardo said NBC's performance so far puts it at risk of triggering the agreements.

I think maybe we should start a class action suit against NBC and Nike for shoving Bode Miller down our throats during the Olympics. Personally, I'm a big Winter Olympics fan, but I found myself skipping a lot of the coverage because of all of NBC's hype and focus and the wrong athletes. The funny thing most people don't realize is that the US had one of it's best Winter Olympics with 25 medals. Oh well, bet somebody gets fired at NBC this week.

At Bloomberg.com

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February 28, 2006

Microchip 3-in-1 TV Tuner - A Cheap Chip for All Types of Devices

So, the other day I was refrigerator shopping with my wife at Best Buy when we ran into this beauty. Yep, we found a $3200 fridge with a 13.1" cable-ready LCD TV. The only thing I can say about that shopping experience is that wives can be so unreasonable.

Still, I have no plans to give up on having a fridge with a TV. In fact, it won't be long till it'll be cheap enough to put a TV tuner in every device. According to Gizmodo, Microtune is getting ready to roll out a cheap and tiny TV tuner:

They call this little hotshot “three-in-one” because it can handle garden-variety NTSC TV signals, ATSC (which encompasses all the HDTV standards), and then digital cable-ready (DCR) standards, too. All this TV tuning goodness for $3 apiece? Remarkable. Coming soon to a video-capable device near you.

Maybe I can get one of the chip thingies implanted right into my head? Guess I better start shopping for a helmet like Al Franken's.

At Gizmodo

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February 24, 2006

Fox Launching "My Network TV"

It looks like Fox is trying to catch more of the youth market with it's new channel "My Network TV", which debuts in September. According to Businessweek:

My Network will build its prime time around a "telenovella" model. It's two prime-time shows, Desire and Secrets, slated to debut in September, will run every weeknight for one hour, completing an entire story arc in a 13-week season.

Desire is about brothers fleeing the Mafia, who tussle for the love of a woman engaged to a third man. Secrets offers ambition, backstabbing, and excellent clothes set against the backdrop of the fashion industry. Presentations for these shows revealed that Fox's understanding of what viscerally attracts viewers -- especially younger ones -- remains undimmed: The shows promise to be steamy. Stars for both shows, all remarkably young and remarkably beautiful, were trotted out at the event.

Geez, I must be getting old because those "crapnovellas" sound terrible. I guess it's time for me to start blaming crappy TV on the youth of America. So as Joe Pesci would say "You yutes stop watching crappy TV, so that the networks will write better stuff". Well said Joe!

At BusinessWeek.com

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