August 18, 2005
We purchased the Olevia from Syntax 30" LCD TV last year in December when we moved into our first house. I had always said we would get a flat panel after we got a house. I was a little wary of purchasing a brand of TV that was very new to the US, but after reading a review on Chait Gear, I was convinced everything would be okay.
Up until a few weeks ago the LCD TV performed flawlessly, but recently started on the AV setting to flicker and sometimes not come on properly. I dread calling customer service and the TV is not exactly a "small item" you can ship back. My wife finally asked, "Isn't is still under warranty?" and I was like - okay I'll call and find out if there's anything we can do. The only thing really going through my head was, how do we afford another TV when this thing eats it.
Well, I dialed the number on their web site and got a person right away. I went over the issue with them, and then I got put on hold. Damn I thought. Put on hold means - we can't help you. The person came back on the phone in less than 2 minutes, said I most likely had a bad light for the lcd or chip and he would like to replace my TV and send out a new one. What? I then gave my information and in less than 3 minutes after the call had a PDF sent to me to fill out and start the return.
Awesome. I have never been so happy in all my life with a consumer electronics experience. We are actually going on vacation this next week, but I'll do the TV swap the following and see how the rest of the experience goes, but so far so good.
At Syntax Olevia LT30HVS 30 LCD TV HDTV Ready and Syntax Groups
August 16, 2005
We are a very proud 495. We are very proud parents of other blogs too.Kitchen Contraptions.com comes in at 280. Single Serve Coffee.com comes in at 357. Can we get a bumper sticker for this kind of thing?
August 10, 2005
Get this for your mac now! It's insane, free, non-profit, tv viewing madness! You can search and find lots of cool stuff and watch it at your leisure. My good friend Steve Garfield has a DTV Channel up right now.
"DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. An intuitive interface lets users subscribe to channels, watch video, and build a video library. Our publishing software lets you broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost. The project is non-profit, free and open source, and built on open standards. A Windows version of DTV and a full website are well underway and will arrive in the next several weeks."
At DTV: Internet TV
August 9, 2005
Seems like the first place you may find yourself watching HDTV or seeing TV on an LCD TV screen may be a hotel. I'm not surprised at HDTV showing up in higher end hotels to showcase how amazing it is and I hope it will speed up adoption. Marriot is going to feature HDTV on thousands of flat-screens in hotel rooms in a gradual deployment now underway. So, if it was me, I'd call ahead to my favorite Marriot and see if this service is available, if not, make sure you bring your laptop and a nice DVD.
August 4, 2005
I never thought of adding TV to my laptop, but I guess you can. This isn't some external USB gizmo but works in your PC Card Slot. The FlyDVB- supports digital and analog TV and weighs just 65 grams and won't add significant weight to your laptop. It has composite and S-Video outs, and picture in picture capabilities. The small card serves as a digital video recorder which supports time shifting, and recording of video in MPEG-2 format or analog video in MPEG 1/2/4 formats.
Via Chip Chick at FlyDVB
We know it doesn't show TV but it does show cool pictures on an LCD screen. We've been totally entranced with getting a reasonably priced LCD picture frame, and we hope it doesn't mean using our current LCD TV in about 10 years as our "reasonably priced lcd picture frame".
"The 8-inch digital photo frame will automatically show your images in a slide show and will work as a card reader as well, working with pretty much every storage card out there. You can plug the card in and view your pics straightaway, and if there's any you're not keen you can also delete (and rotate) them without using a computer."
Hell - it's even got a remote. :-)
It's only available in the UK for now at £150, but this means cheaper frames should be coming to the US soon.
Via Shiny Shiny at DigitalEra
Wired has two killer articles on the future of TV and all thing Digital for smaller "auteurs". We love the fact many shows will be coming out exclusively on the internet as well as over IPTV (okay - same thing).
Read at Wired News: Telcos Prep for IPTV Play and Wired News: Auteurs Glimpse Digital Future
August 3, 2005
I wish we would have found this prior to the long drives in California, but now with the new TDT500C, you can hook up just about anything digital in your car and receive Digital TV signals. Digital TV on the move should mean you get less interference and fewer signal woes. The TDT500C is a black box that you can hook up to any LCD in-car monitor. It will also integrate with existing car stereo, games consoles and DVD players. Pretty much everything you need to ensure that you don't have to speak to your children at all during any journey.
Via Tech Digest at Vieta
August 1, 2005
He invented the internet but can't get his new TV channel to function online? :-) Oh well - sorry Al Gore, no presidency, and we welcome you to the rest of the world in having a rocky start online.
"Al Gore's new cable channel got off to a rocky start on Monday--at least online. The Current TV site, where viewers are encouraged to vote on programs and submit video segments, appeared to be inundated with traffic the day of the Gore-backed cable channel's debut, according to site performance tracker Keynote Systems."
At Web glitch hits Al Gore's cable channel
July 28, 2005
It's nice to know Sony won't initially be locking you out of their new Portable TV service, but I bet they will eventually. Apparently as long as you’ve signed up for SCN’s S-Net portal site there
are no geographical restrictions on who can access Sony’s new Portable TV video download service for the PSP.