July 27, 2005
Samsung is launching satellite digital TV via mobile phone in Korea. The SCH-B200 features a slide and twist display and a little stand to get the TV experience going. The screen measures 2.2 inch and has 262k colors. A 2MP digital camera, TV-out and MP3 player are also featured.
Via I4U News at AVing
July 26, 2005
Samsung has announced a new OLED Display. OLED technology promises to be cheaper to make than LCD or Plasma displays.
The 40” Active Matrix OLED is the world’s largest and first to be developed as a single-sheet glass plate with WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) HD-class resolution using an amorphous silicon backplane. It has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, a shade ratio (black-and-white contrast ratio) of at least 5,000:1, and color saturation of at least 80%. Its ultra-slim design allows for the development of TV sets that are a mere 3cm thick or less.
Yet another company to take on TiVo. KiSS Technology has been bought by CISCO and merged in with Linksys. KiSS has developed a digital video recorder that has networking technology. We're not sure how big this news is, but expect the next year to be the battle of the DVR/PVR/TiVo.
July 25, 2005
Philips is working on a new lamp technology to eliminate smearing. Smearing, also known as ghosting, is a problem in thin liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions because the tiny pixels that create the image take time to switch on and off.
The problem, widely recognized as the main drawback of LCD TVs, is apparent in fast moving objects such as tennis balls, but even slower moving images get fuzzy around the edges. Old-fashioned tube TV screens have no such issue, because they light up 50, 60 or 100 times per second for just a split second -- much shorter than the time to light up a flat screen pixel -- with large inactive or dark periods in between. Philips will do something similiar to a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) by switching the fluorescent backlight on and off at a rapid pace.
I hope this works. I really hate smearing and you see it all the time on movies that are action packed.
We have been looking for some apps like the new Google Video to supplement our diminished Summer TV schedule. To our surprise, we stumbled up this article on Blinkx - a video search engine much like the new Google service that has been around single last July. The real difference in Blinkx versus the Google Video engine - availability. We tried out the Blinkx service and found almost all the videos that come up are actually viewable as the article states at Real Tech News. Currently we've been using our Eyehome and enjoying a bit more net video on our TV then usual.
Via Real Tech News at Blinkx
July 22, 2005
Engadget has a killer interview with Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media, creators of the Sling Box. We've been following the new Sling device and it's place-shifting technology and have found it to be one of the only offerings in the media streaming arena with such capabilities. YES - we know orb is a software solution, but having a dedicated hardware solution is often time much better. We are going to try and get our hands on the new Sling Box and write up a review for the Macintosh version which is mentioned in the interview.
Gateway has turned off its televisions. The Irvine, Calif., computer maker, which at one time claimed to be tops among sellers of plasma-screen TVs in the United States, has quietly phased out its plasma-screen and liquid crystal display TV sets in recent weeks in favor of focusing its efforts on PCs.
Gateway Inc. says its March 2004 acquisition of eMachines Inc. lead to the TV line's demise.
After failing in a bid to become a brand-name consumer electronics supplier, it inked the eMachines deal and refocused its efforts on selling PCs to consumers and businesses.
More at Yahoo! News
July 19, 2005
Showing off everything in your house has to be a trend TV really needed. I remember those dark years in the late 80's and early 90's when finding a TV in someone's house could be down right difficult. I'm glad flat panel TVs and other TV options are getting center stage in the room for TV viewing. If you spend big bucks on an item and it can also display a simulated fish tank, art, oh and episodes of Angel why would you want to hide it?
More thoughts at Apartment Therapy
July 14, 2005
This issue of switching over hasbeen banging around a bunch of Slashdot.org as well as this CNET article. Frankly - be confused. What are we all supposed to do when our TVs are not digital? Will they give us converter boxes? Will broadcast be digital only? Who the hell knows?
At Digital TV changeover suggested for 2009
June 23, 2005
Everyone on the planet ran this story so we have to run it too because...it's SOO COOL! Imagine attending a concert at Red Rocks and feeling like you're really there. I can imagine this adding the depth that TV lacks right now besides - who doesn't want to really feel like you're at a concert or being eating alive by a shark. NICE!
At Real Tech News - Independent Tech