May 18, 2005
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News and Reviews about digital television and digital video gadgetry.
May 17, 2005
Xbox 360 promises great looking games and also a tight integration with Windows Media Center. PS3 promises stellar looking games with more muscle than the Xbox 360. Promises mean dollars.
Sony is clearly going after the gaming market - almost making fun of the Xbox 360's jack of all trades attitude. Sony only talked games - but there are rumors that there will be an iTunes integration but nothing for us TV hounds. Both game machines will support HIGH DEF games and HD output. I don't know if I really need to play a game at 1080i - but I will probably wonder why I never did before.
Right now - as far as TV goes - Microsoft is clearly the best choice due to the media center integration. I'm surprised there is no Tuner on the Xbox 360, but this is positioned as an extender not a full media center PC, but it's odd that they stopped short on just going for it.
Right now though really - you have 2 game machines, with big video cards, lots of ram, 20gb of storage a piece and little else but hype. It would be great if both machines helped to push some video around the house or maybe even games around the house a bit - but who knows what will really happen after launch.
May 16, 2005
I'm starting to really become impressed by the shear size of the drives available in these portable video devices - 60gbs? I can't imagine now forking out the cash for a 1gb memory stick if I really want to watch portable video on my PSP when I can get 60gbs for 4 times the cost of 1 memory stick.
Hands-on review: the NHJ MPM-202 personal media player - Engadget - www.engadget.com:
We had a chance to spend some time with the NHJ MPM-202 portable media player. It’s a 60GB PMP that doubles the
capacity of its predecessor, the MPM-201, and shares most of its features. Overall we found the device incredibly easy
to use and great value for the price, particularly as compared to its competitors.
May 11, 2005
I'm pretty excited to see a software solution that allows you to stream content to any UPnP AV device. If you didn't know what a UPnP device is - well - they are a plug-and-play AV device that will interoperate with any other UPnP device. I'll be interested to see if there will be some smaller UPnP LCD TVs for kitchens and smaller rooms so I can stream stuff to those rooms I don't really want to wire.
Macworld: News: Elgato EyeConnect bridges Macs to UPnP devices:
Elgato Systems on Tuesday released EyeConnect, new software that enables Macs to stream digital music, video and photo content to devices that support Universal Plug and Play Audio/Video (UPnP AV). A 30-day trial version is available for download, and it can be purchased online for US$99.
May 10, 2005
The size to be is 27" to 30" according to about every LCD manufacturer out there. In the past 3 months I think I've counted no less than 45+ introductions in this size range. That's great for consumers, as this should drive prices down down down.
Tech Digest: Viewsonic releases 27-inch LCD TV:
Those wanting to make the much vaunted jump to high-definition TV (HDTV) might find Viewsonic’s latest offering particularly drool-inducing. The 27-inch widescreen LCD TV, dubbed the N2750w comes with a native resolution of 1,280 by 720. The brightness of the screen clocks in at a respectable 550cd/m² and the contrast value of 600:1. The TV is only 9.6cm in depth, and so is easily wall mountable.
May 9, 2005
Sure, everyone and his brother is covering the proposed "leaked" specs of the Xbox 360. Lot of ram - HDTV ready - 16:9 this and that - AND IT DOES YOUR LAUNDRY! I have to say one thing - BIG DEAL. It will play games that look better than the previous generation and have a DVR. Okay - SO WHAT? Isn't it about the game and the experience of the games? Where's the unique interface to the games? A trackball? SO WHAT? I don't need another media center extender for 300 bucks. I just don't need one. Please Microsoft - don't just copy - how about a little something different?
May 7, 2005
I often wonder how companies can even turn a profit making such large monstrosities such as this outdoor film system. And what marketing genius dreamt one night about making an inflatable screen to project onto? I guess I just don't get it. This thing either was a fortune to design and make (doubtful) or golf clubs which this product is aimed at, are loaded with dough to buy just such a screen. Who knows?
gadgetryblog: SuperScreen Outdoor Theater System:
For just $9999 (cough!) you can host outdoor film screenings for family and guests in a big, high-quality way. The giant, inflatable 13x16-feet screen (which was originally developed for resorts and private golf clubs, inflates in under five minutes with a turn of the dial, using a built-in fan, and is secured with tie-down straps - which is handy!
May 3, 2005
Are we there yet? This is exactly what I need - wireless HD transmission throughout the house, and just after I wired 3 bedrooms with ethernet! We can only hope wireless HD is going to be cheap and going to work.
UWB Wireless HD Transmission : Gizmodo:
Please let this be the year of wireless HD video and audio. FOCUS Enhancements, a company not normally associated with end-user applications, is demoing an Ultrawideband HD chip that can transmit multiple streams throughout the home.
Hmmm...$799.00 pounds in US - that's not a bargain at all!
Tech Digest: Akai releases budget 30-inch LCD TV:
A promising budget TV is out from Akai. This 30-inch flat screen, LCD TV, dubbed the LM-H30CJSA, is set to retail for a very reasonable £799.99. In a neat little add-on the TV can also function as a 1280x768 WGA monitor for your PC, and has picture-in-picture, meaning that you can watch the footie while using your PC. The monitor also comes with a pan-European tuner. The TV has 2 built in stereo speakers and 2 x 10 watt rms amps, and for you DVD fanatics and gamers out there, the TV also comes with progressive scan support via component input
April 29, 2005
I wish I had a living room large enough to hold a 67" TV. Maybe I can finish the basement to have another location for a GIANT TV in the house.
The HL-R6768W, Samsung’s 67-inch DLP TV - Engadget - www.engadget.com / :
Samsung announced something like twenty new TVs yesterday, including six new LCDs, but the real biggie (both literally and figuratively) is the HL-R678W, a new 67-incher which supposedly ranks as the world’s largest DLP TV (and we’re inclined to believe them). Better still, the HL-R6768W rocks the 1080p, which is more or less the holy grail for HDTVs (at least when it comes to resolution), built-in NTSC and ATSC tuners, dual HDMI inputs, and support for CableCARD. Should hit stores inJune with an MSRP of $6,199.
Buy at Samsung HL-R6768W 67" Widescreen 1080p HDTV