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January 16, 2006

Jerome Bettis Almost Became the Next Bill Buckner


With the Cowboys out of contention, I'm not real excited about the playoffs this year. Still, being a football fan I love watching any type of football on TV. I was really interested in the Colts and Steelers game today since I really like Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy and wouldn't be too disappointed if they won it all.

The funny thing is that I was rooting for the Colts the whole game until with 1 minute left, I became a Steeler fan. Yeah, being a Cowboy fan, I'll probably get a beat-down saying that. If you didn't see the game, you missed Jerome Bettis making a 5 yard run for the endzone to give the Steelers a 10 point lead and lock up the game. What happened though was Bettis fumbled the ball (his first fumble of the year) and the Colts ran it back towards midfield. The Colts eventually missed a 50 yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.

Now back to why I was rooting for the Steelers at the end. Who I was really rooting for was Jerome Bettis. Even if you don't know much about football, you probably know what a great ambassador Jerome Bettis is for the game of football (oh yeah, he's also a Golden Domer). He's may be retiring at the end of this year after a hall of fame career and I just couldn't bear to see him remembered as the guy who cost the Steelers a shot at the Super Bowl. If the Steelers lost, ESPN would surely show the Bill Buckner and Jerome Bettis clips back to back every hour.

That being said, I hope Denver demolishes Pittsburg and to all of the Dallas fans out there: Please forgive me temporarily rooting for the Steelers.

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January 14, 2006

"Blade" the Series Coming to SpikeTV


Woo Hoo! One of my favorite movies is coming to SpikeTV as a series. According to LostRemote:

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV is set to bring "Blade," one of Hollywood's most successful theatrical franchises, to television. The "Blade" trilogy, which has earned more than $400 million worldwide, will be adapted into a two-hour original drama that marks the network's first foray into scripted entertainment. Produced by New LineTelevision, "Blade" premieres on Spike TV in June 2006.

"'Blade' is perfectly suited for Spike TV and its male viewers," says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV."The new "Blade" promises to capture what men want to see: thrilling action
and effects combined with an intelligent and highly creative story."

David S. Goyer, who wrote the screenplays for the "Blade" trilogy as well as "Batman Begins," serves as executive producer and co-wrote the script with popular comic book author Geoff Johns. Peter O'Fallon (Suicide Kings, Eureka, American Gothic) serves as director.

And who are the actors to bring "Blade" to TV?:

Kirk "Sticky" Jones ("Over There") has been cast in the leading role of "Blade." Jill Wagner ("Monk"), Neil Jackson ("Stargate SG-1"), Nelson Lee ("Traffic," the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower ("Blurred") round out the cast for the tele-picture.

Awesome! It's weird how much I like "Blade" even though I can't stand vampire-type movies. I think the casting of Wesley Snipes did it for me. I don't know much about Kirk "Sticky" Jones, but I hope he can can take over where Snipes left off.

At LostRemote.com

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January 13, 2006

The Lazy Man's Way to Watch TV

Hope this channel makes it to Mediacom soon!

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January 12, 2006

SlingPlayer Mac Announced at CES


It looks like Sling Media is listening to Mac users. According to Sling Media's PR:

San Mateo , CA – January 10, 2006 — Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, today announced SlingPlayer Mac, giving Mac users the ability to watch and control their home television from an Internet-connected Macintosh computer anywhere in the world. The software client is in alpha, but the company is conducting a demonstration outside the Macworld Conference and Expo taking place this week in San Francisco, California.

They continue:

Just like the SlingPlayer software for Windows-based computers, SlingPlayer Mac will deliver the ability to watch living room TV programming from virtually anywhere you can get a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world. On-screen remote controls will allow full manipulation of the home television source, including the ability to change channels and navigate menus. In addition, if a customer has a digital video recorder (DVR) they will also enjoy those added features including the ability to pause, rewind or fast forward live TV or watch recorded content stored on the DVR.

They've also announced SlingPlayer Mobile for Wndows Mobile PDAs and Smartphones, for you PDA users out there.

More at SlingMedia.com [thanks Slingbox411]

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Deal of the Day: InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV with Blender


Woot has a heck of a deal going on an InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV for $2,499.99 and $5 shipping. Basic specs:

  • Screen: 61"
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 wide screen
  • Light System InFocus Engine, thinnest DLP RP
  • Microdisplay Type DLP, HD2+ DarkChip2
  • Native Resolution 720p High Definition (1280×720)
  • Processes all HDTV modes 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • Screen Type High-Gain, High-Resolution, Fine Pitch
  • Anti-Reflective Screen
  • Adaptive Video Noise Reduction
  • Scan Rate Converter
  • 3D Y/C Digital Frame
  • 3:2 Pull Down Reverse (TruScan Digital Reality)
  • Adjustable Color Temp
  • Dynamic Color Stretch Circuitry
  • Contrast Expand (B&W Stretch) Yes – Off/Low/High

And if you act now, they'll throw in a blender! Wow, those guys at Woot are awful generous and a bit weird. As with all Woot deals, the sale lasts 24 hours max, so be sure to act fast if you're looking for a great deal on a beautiful TV.

More Info at Woot.com

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January 10, 2006

Dead Woman Watches More TV Than Most

Here's another story that shows you how insane the world really is. According to USAToday.com:

Pope's mummified body was found last week in the upstairs of her home on a quiet, dead-end street. It had been positioned in a chair in front of a television set for 2 1/2 years because Pope told her caregiver that she didn't want to be buried, the coroner said.

ICK! You think they could of left her some Cheetos or something!

At USAToday.com

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January 9, 2006

TVSnob CES 2006 Roundup

CES 2006 is officially over, but there were quite a few exciting product introductions that'll keep us talking for awhile. There were way to many TV oriented products announced for us to cover here, but we wanted to introduce you to a few of our favorites. Stay tuned this week as we cover some more of the CES product introductions.

Tivo Series 3

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We're pretty impressed with Tivo's newest introduction. According to PVRBlog:

The biggest features are that Series 3 will have dual tuners and be CableCARD and HDTV ready! The dual tuner thing should be qualified though, because it will actually have 6(!) tuners. It will have 2 cable tuners, 2 ATSC tuners (for high def over the air) and 2 regular old NTSC tuners. But it will only be able to record two programs at once, according to a sign at the booth

Read our Post for More Info


Simple Remote from Open Peak

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The Simple Remote uses WiFi connectivity and provides Integrated control of digital media, enabling users to access MP3 files, digital photos and home videos stored on home computers through the same remote control used for TVs, DVD players, VCRs and other consumer electronics.

More at OpenPeak.com


Phillips FlatTV

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Philips is coming out with an extended line of Ambilight enhanced TVs. The screen sizes range from 32- to 50-inches and combine the convenience of PC connectivity with the benefit of ground-breaking image enhancements.

Here are the HDTV models coming out midyear:

32PF9631D 32" LCD
37PF9631D 37" LCD (Ambilight 2 Channel)
42PF9631D 42" Plasma (Ambilight 2 Channel)
42PF9731D 42" LCD (Ambilight Surround)
42PF9831D 42" LCD (Ambilight Full Surround)
50PF9731D 50" Plasma (Ambilight Surround)

More at Phillips.com


Blu-ray Disc Home Player BDP-S1

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Sony's first Blu-ray Disc home player, model BDP-S1, will be available in early summer and features 1080p full HD video output for brilliant HD imagery and also DVD upscaling to 1080p. This initial BD player features a sophisticated design and exceptional build quality with rigid beam construction as well as finely tuned audio and video parts and circuits.

More at Sony.com


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January 6, 2006

CES Watch: Tivo Series 3 Unveiled

Well, it looks like the mother of all Tivos was announced at CES. If you've been waiting for an HD, dual tuner Tivo, then this baby is for you. PVRBlog has these details on the Tivo Series 3:

The biggest features are that Series 3 will have dual tuners and be CableCARD and HDTV ready! The dual tuner thing should be qualified though, because it will actually have 6(!) tuners. It will have 2 cable tuners, 2 ATSC tuners (for high def over the air) and 2 regular old NTSC tuners. But it will only be able to record two programs at once, according to a sign at the booth (warning 900k picture).

Other improvements include an SATA hard drive connection to add external storage, a display on the front that shows what's recording and a backlit remote. While it will still record in MPEG-2, the Series 3 will also be able to play back MPEG-4 video

Wow! No firm release date yet, but it should be later this year. We'll keep you posted when more details come out.

You can see some images of the Series 3 box at PVRBlog and TivoLovers.com, just click the links below.

At PVRBlog [via TivoLovers.com]

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January 5, 2006

Futurama Coming Back to TV ?


There's not a lot of details yet, but it looks like Futurama might make a return to TV. According to Yahoo News:

Following the hugely successful resurrection of Family Guy, Fox execs are reportedly in talks to bring Futurama back from the dead.

The studio has begun talks to revive the Emmy-winning animated series and produce a limited number of new episodes, thanks to a resurgence in the show's popularity on DVD and in reruns, Variety reports.

Reps for 20th Century Fox have declined to comment on the news, but Variety says initial negotiations have begun.

Pretty awesome! We'll let you know if any more details come out.

At YahooNews.com [via Slashdot]


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January 4, 2006

Rose Bowl Tonight Wraps up the College Football Season

It's a great day for college football with Texas and USC meeting in the Rose Bowl tonight. It's also a sad day, because it's marks the end of the college football series. I'll go out on the limb and predict USC by 12 (the cool thing is if I'm wrong, tomorrow I can just edit this prediction and look like a genius - blog power is gooood!).

Anybody else watch the Orange Bowl last night? What a great game! Penn State beat Florida State in a game that took 3 overtimes and 5 hours. Oh yeah, there were also 4 missed field goals. Damn kickers! I guess it's kinda like being on the golf course at the first tee and just hoping you don't look like an ass in front of your friends and all the golfers peering out of the clubhouse windows. As soon as you swing, you gets flashbacks of every embarassing thing that ever happened to you, causing you to overswing the club and nail yourself in the back of the head. During the downswing, you hit yourself in the foot, causing a uncontrolled fall face first on the ground knocking your ball 3 feet forward. Now image doing that in front of 80,000 people 4 times! And by the way, that never happened to me, it was just as a reference (my ball went 4 feet).

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