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May 4, 2010

Energy Star 4.0 specs get tough on HDTVs, 5.0 will be even tougher

energystar.jpgTo acquire the new Energy Star 4.0 blue badge, HDTV manufacturers will have to do a bit more than the past few years in proving dedication to environmental and energy-saving matters. In fact, now that the new standard is effective, HDTVs will only be able to max out at 60% of 3.0's energy consumption standards. That means a 50-inch HDTV will only be able to consumer 153 Watts compared to the old 318. Furthermore, 4.0 sets can only draw less than a Watt when in sleep or standby mode.

Really this is no big deal. Many of bigger names in HDTV like Samsung and Vizio already have sets on the market that meet the Energy Star 4.0 standard. On May 1, 2012, however, Energy Star 5.0 will come into effect making things even tougher. Manufacturers still aiming for the blue badge will have to cut Wattage for a 50-inch HDTV to only 108 Watts.

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April 29, 2010

Sony to produce Google Android, AKA Dragonpoint, HDTVs

littleandroid.gifSony is the latest company to jump on the Google TV bandwagon. According to a Bloomberg article, the company is looking to produce a Sony HDTV model that will use low-cost Intel processors and a version of Google's Android operating system called Dragonpoint. Logitech is also expected to play a part in the the Android move to TV by producing a keyboard that doubles as a remote control and that will specifically work with Dragonpoint. Sony will apparently be showing off their new Android TV at the Google I/O conference next month.

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April 16, 2010

Toshiba 3D Regzas coming this summer

2009regza(2).jpgToshiba is set to release its 3D Regza TV lineup sometime this summer. Unfortunately the 3D sets which will be powered by the company's Cell Broadband Engine (developed with IBM) will only be available in Europe and Japan initially. According to the company, the 3D Regza will be able to transform regular 2D images to 3D by using "2D-3D conversion technology".

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April 12, 2010

Viewsonic PGD-150 3D glasses selling for $99

viewsonic-pgd150.jpgViewsonic has announced the launch of its PGD-150 Active Stereographic 3D shutter glasses, designed to be used with the company's DLP Link 120 Hz 3D ready projector. Not compatible with some of the fancy living room HDTV technology being touted this year, the PGD-150 is unique in that it has classroom and home theater applications. I, for one, know that some 3D learning content would have made school alot more palatable!

Anyway, the PGD-150 has a 50 feet maximum viewing distance for effective use, 1000:1 contrast ratio, a TN Type LCD shutter, 70 hour lithium battery and a water- and dust-proof design.

Viewsonic is now selling the 3D glasses for $99.

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April 7, 2010

StreamTV brings 3D without the glasses???

streamtv.jpgThis is strange. A completely unknown company by the name of StreamTV has two 3D TVs listed on Amazon.com. Sized 37- and 42-inches, the StreamTV 3D TVs each allegedly have a built-in Blu-ray player, 500 GB hard drive, wireless keyboard with an integrated mouse, a web browser, a camera with video conferencing support, and the ability to turn 2D content into 3D without the need for any type of glasses. I must say I'm skeptical.

The 3D StreamTVs can also supposedly download and stream content and have some sort of video gaming capability with an included game controller. Oh, and wait, over 500 free TV channels is also said to be a feature.

Apparently shipping May 7, the 37- and 42-inch StreamTVs will cost $4000 and $6000, respectively. I'll believe this when I see it.

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April 5, 2010

Should you buy a 2009 or a 2010 HDTV model?

Snake Oil Salesman.jpgShould you buy a demo TV at your nearest Best Buy (or other electronics retailer) or spring out the big bucks for a 2010 model? Well, it depends, according to the HD Guru. If you're looking for a higher-end model or something 3D-compatible, then you're stuck shelling out more for a 2010 model. But if you're okay with last year's features--which aren't all that bad, by the way--then you could probably swing a deal on a 2009 showroom model. But, points out HD Guru, just note how long that showroom TV has been running or you could pay a big price for an HDTV that has only 50% of its lifespan left!

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A Google TV exists!

google-tv.jpgIt appears rumors of a Google TV are somewhat true, as Swedish company People Of Lava have announced a new LED-backlit HDTV based on Android 1.5. This is the same operating system used on many cellphones and media tablets, fully open source, and supported by Google.

The People Of Lava set, called the Scandinavia, will first ship in a 42-inch display size followed by 47- and 55-inch units. All of the sets display 1080p resolution, ship with YouTube, Google Maps, a web browser and other web-connected features, run on a 833 MHz Arm Cortex processor, and include a wireless keyboard and optional USB slots.

The Scandinavia will also have access to an app store, much like the one available for Android cellphones, though this one won't be run by Google.

Surprisingly, the 42-inch Scandinavia will cost $2500--a ton of money considering the Android operating system costs People Of Lava nothing to license. Not sure I'd shell out that much money, even though an Android-based TV sounds pretty cool.

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April 3, 2010

TVSnob monthly roundup for March 2010

Blu-ray

DVD Players/Recorders

Gaming Systems

HD VMD

HDTV

Home Theater A/V

LCD TV

Media Center

Media Streamers

Plasma

Remote Controls

TiVo

Web TV

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April 2, 2010

Toshiba UX600 Cinema Series HDTVs have a Windows 7 connection

Toshiba-UX600-HDTV.jpgToshiba's UX600 Cinema Series HDTV line seems to be the first that's officially Windows 7 compatible. In essence, this means that Windows 7's "Play To" feature can be used on a home network-connected PC to send music, video and pictures to the UX600.

Available in 40-, 46- and 55-inch display sizes, the UX600 Cinema Series features ClearFrame 120 Hz refresh rate, 1080/24p Cinema frame rate, 3, 000, 000:1 contrast ratio, 4 HDMI ports, an Ethernet port and a Wi-Fi adapter.

Learn more on Toshiba's webpage.

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Halden-Caviglia turns sleek HDTVs into the antique version

halden-caviglia-showcases.jpgHalden-Caviglia is attempting to turn the sleek HDTV into an artistic experience with its new Showcases. Basically fancy-looking cases that house a TV set, giving it typically antique look, the Showcases include dual speakers and an integrated amplifier, passive and fan ventilation to prevent heat damage, and an IR-repeater to ensure typical remote controls can access the TV inside.

Also included is a patent-pending wall-mounting system as well as a table-mounting system for those that prefer the tabletop TV-watching methodology. Showcases are able to fit most HDTV form factors between 42- and 65-inches (sized small, medium and large) and can be custom built to specifications. Cost? Between $7495 and $11495.

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