October 2, 2005
Well, September was an exciting and busy month at the TV Snob Headquarters. First and foremost, you've probably noticed that TV Snob has a new Editor. TV Snob's founder Jay Brewer, has decided to direct his focus to running the multiple Blopire Properties and has graciously passed the torch to your's truly. You can find out more details about the change of Editor in this post.
Besides bringing you the great TV hardware information you're used to, we're also focusing on bringing you more news and discussion about your favorite televison shows, gaming systems, and more. We've got a poll running to find out whether you prefer the British or American version of "The Office". You can vote in the poll here. You'll also want to check out the new Ricky Gervais show "Extras" on HBO. The show is just as funny as "The Office", so be sure to watch it on Sunday nights. You can get more information at this post.
Speaking of TV hardware, you'll want to check out this press release on the Norcent 42-inch HD Plasma TV for an unbelievable MSRP of $1999. Not too shabby! We also have to say we're pretty impressed with the Claro TV, a really cool piece of glass for about $45,000. Be sure to read more about Claro TV here.
One last note. If you're a public relations rep. or company rep. looking to get your TV product reviewed, or to advertise on TV Snob, be sure to check out this post for information.
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September 24, 2005
If you're a fan of Ricky Gervais from the British version of "The Office", you'll want to check out his new show "Extras" on HBO starting September 25th at 10:30pm ET. I'm a big fan of Ricky Gervais and the reports are that this show is as funny as "The Office". According to HBO:
Ricky Gervais stars as Andy Millman, a frustrated Englishman in his 40s who gives up his day job to pursue acting, only to find that because of his age, blend-in appearance and complete lack of experience, he just can't land any juicy parts.
Undaunted by failure and convinced of his "star" potential, Andy spends most of his days changing from costume to costume and hustling from set to set, stalking anyone who might somehow help him land a speaking role or, at least, a larger extra part in a scene. In an effort to make a rare on-camera impression, Andy often milks the scenes that he's in to get more screen time, but that strategy has a tendency to backfire.
Andy must also contend with his inept and contemptuous agent (Stephen Merchant), who not only fails to get his client a speaking gig, but actually encourages him to quit acting and find another form of employment. It's clear that Andy would fire his agent (we never learn his name) in a heartbeat - if another agent would agree to take him in.
What's really great is we'll get to see more of Stephen Merchant (Co-writer and Director of "The Office") than we saw in "The Office".
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September 23, 2005
Remember the good ole' days when glass was something for birds to poop on or to throw a baseball through (kids throwing baseballs, not the birds)? Now ClaroTV has designed a TV right out of a science fiction movie. Here's a description of the ClaroTV from Gizmag:
The ClaroTV range is distinctly different. It offers everything you expect from a high quality TV or display - but in GLASS. The result is a stunning TV without wires and without a box around it. The Holoscreen is a revolutionary holographic film which displays any image fed through a projector at a specific angle on to a transparent display. All other light is ignored. The result is a remarkably bright and sharp image quality - even in brightly lit environments. The screen is a 1.5m x 1.0m rectangle of 10mm glass with a 610mm x 814mm sheet of translucent attached to it. Any type of projector can be used to cast the image. To complete the futuristic setup, a pair of optional Ferguson Hill FH001 speakers can be positioned either side of the screen.
I'm not surprised there's no price mentioned, but you can bet this will be the most expensive, if not the sweetest piece of glass you ever got.
Update: Looks like this sweet piece of glass will run you $45,000US. You may just want to point your projector at your new triple pane windows.
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September 21, 2005
We found this site from Gizmodo and others yesterday. It's pretty good. They have a variety of products for review and sale and only feature the best and not a bunch of junk. The best part is the site mission - one we can stand behind here at TV Snob.com. We created TV Snob for the same mission - but only for things TV. We want to bring you only the best and work had to find you stories, products, and also sites like these so you aren't lost in the madness that has become TV.
"The idea for this site started when we noticed our friends and family often asking us for product advice before making a purchase. They know us as electronic enthusiasts who enjoy regularly researching about the latest and greatest products, from magazines to Internet message boards. Even if we didn't know the best recommendation off the top of our heads, we knew where to find the product information and how to then analyze it to come up with the best recommendation. However, we became increasingly frustrated that there was not a site that we could feel comfortable recommending to our friends and family that would offer accurate recommendations in a simple and personalized manner."
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September 16, 2005
I'm for breaking world records and especially when I can watch TV - BUT ONLY ABC SHOWS FOR 69 HOURS??? COME ON! How did he survive?
"Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV. He finished Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes.After passing the previous record of 50 hours and 7 minutes Thursday, Joachim continued until shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning (EDT).Joachim did his TV viewing in the lobby of WABC-TV as part of the "Guinness World Record Breaker Week" on the syndicated "Live With Regis and Kelly."Sitting on a brown leather couch, he watched nothing but ABC shows."
September 2, 2005
You have to give Philips some major props. In the LCD TV world they were one of the first to really get the new products out there, and they continue to innovate on all levels of display technology. I recently wrote a little blurb for slashdot.org on how Philips is working on LCD TV ghosting, but now Philips is working on something even cooler - displays on fabrics.
I don't think we'll be seeing TV right away on your pillow but I do believe you start to see your entire environment light up and interact with your music, TV or video games. You can imagine the possibilities, but one I like to think of is how you could make the mood lighting around you or the pillow burst colors in red as you watched a scary movie. The entire environment could pulse and interact.
"Philips Research is pointing the way toward a new age in the long history of textiles. At first glance, objects such as clothing, towels, upholstery, and drapes would seem unlikely places on which to place intelligent and interactive systems. Yet these low-tech objects figure prominently in our lives. By integrating flexible arrays of multicolored light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into fabrics—and doing so without compromising the softness of the cloth—Philips Research is bringing these inert objects to life."
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September 1, 2005
August was another big month for TV Snob. TV Snob placed in the Feedster Top 500 Blogs of the web. We also continued to find the best TV information from HDTV, LCD TV, and of course portable video devices for TV on the go. We're also looking to add more content to TV Snob. If you're interested in all things TV - why not Write for TV Snob.
Here's the best of TV Snob August 2005.
HDTVs prices are dropping and you can now Save 40% on Top Selling HDTVs at Amazon.com. TiVo Makes a Profit? And we have a Great Olevia LCD TV Customer Service Experience. We also found this Polaroid Under-Cabinet 10" LCD TV/DVD Combo for the kitchen, and found the Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote Review to be a good read.
It was nice to see Media Center PC Shipments On The Rise, and we thought theLCD Picture Frame Doubling as LCD TV was quite interesting. Need to relax even more while you watch TV? Watch TV and Get a iJoy Massage. Sony Expands HDTV Line with 50 & 60-Inch Grand Wega TVs and TiVo To Go from Your Cell Phone. And last but not least, finally some quality UMD Discs for your PSP HBO to release shows on PSP.
August 30, 2005
When PCs start shipping with a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner, you've got to wonder whether you'd use it for a TV or a PC.
This is the Sony Vaio V, a PC/TV combo with a 20" screen. It comes with a Pentium 4 630 (3Ghz), a 256Mb ATI RADEON XPRESS 700, 1Gb of RAM, DL/RAM DVD multi-burner, 500Gb HDD (2x250) and a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner. Should be priced in the $4k range. Oucher!
Via Akihabara News
August 29, 2005
Right now you can save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com. With the 40% savings you can get most 37" and 42" plasma TVs for under $2000. Wild!
Some great deals include:
Panasonic TH-37PX50U 37" Flat-Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV for $1850
and the Panasonic TC-32LX50 32" Flat Panel LCD TV for $1550
At Save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com
August 19, 2005
It's vacation time at TV Snob.com. We'll be off the ether for about a week (not the TV), taking some much needed R&R on the beach with friends.
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