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January 27, 2006

Slide Show: Coolest HDTVs


Since we're kinda' on a big TV theme this week, I'd thought I'd point you to a pretty decent article and slideshow about HDTVs at Forbes.com. The articles states:

Today, it is possible to choose from a wide array of HDTVs, and accessories that can suit nearly every budget. Want an HDTV for less than $1,000? Digital television has come of age at the same time as low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturing, and previously unheard-of companies such as Maxent, Sceptre and Syntax (which sells under the Olevia brand name) are now producing liquid-crystal-display and plasma flat-panel televisions at price points that are drastically lower than their name-brand competitors.

See the Slideshow At Forbes.com

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January 16, 2006

Will My Current TV Still Work When Digital and HDTV Take Over?

With the new digital TV mandate coming in 2009, there's a lot of confusion about what that means for your current TV. Robert over at HomeTheater.About.com has a nice FAQ that discusses how the digital TV rule affects you:

Although, many of the TVs in U.S. households may not be able to display HDTV or DTV signals, external set-top boxes are available now (and will be at reasonable cost in the future) that will enable older TVs to still be used. The set-top box simply converts in incoming DTV/HDTV signal to an Analog TV signal that can be hooked up to any TV. Of course, you won't get any of the increased resolution of DTV or HDTV and all widescreen programming will show up as letterboxed on your analog set, however, it does extend usefulness of an older, but still perfectly functioning TV.

Read the complete HDTV FAQs: Will My Current TV Still Work When Digital and HDTV Take Over?

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January 12, 2006

Deal of the Day: InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV with Blender


Woot has a heck of a deal going on an InFocus Ultra-Thin 61" DLP HDTV for $2,499.99 and $5 shipping. Basic specs:

  • Screen: 61"
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 wide screen
  • Light System InFocus Engine, thinnest DLP RP
  • Microdisplay Type DLP, HD2+ DarkChip2
  • Native Resolution 720p High Definition (1280×720)
  • Processes all HDTV modes 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • Screen Type High-Gain, High-Resolution, Fine Pitch
  • Anti-Reflective Screen
  • Adaptive Video Noise Reduction
  • Scan Rate Converter
  • 3D Y/C Digital Frame
  • 3:2 Pull Down Reverse (TruScan Digital Reality)
  • Adjustable Color Temp
  • Dynamic Color Stretch Circuitry
  • Contrast Expand (B&W Stretch) Yes – Off/Low/High

And if you act now, they'll throw in a blender! Wow, those guys at Woot are awful generous and a bit weird. As with all Woot deals, the sale lasts 24 hours max, so be sure to act fast if you're looking for a great deal on a beautiful TV.

More Info at Woot.com

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January 5, 2006

Finding the Right HDTV for the Xbox 360

When it comes to buying an HDTV, there are plenty of guides out there to help you get started. Now, TeamXbox has their own guide for finding the right HDTV. The interesting thing about the TeamXbox article is that it's geared towards finding the right HDTV for your Xbox 360. The article starts:

After the various emails we have received asking for the best HDTV for the Xbox 360, and with CES 2006 around the corner, we decided it was time to publish a guide that covers each major display technology and helps you in acquiring your next high definition TV.

For every technology we explain in this guide, we’ve recommended a specific model being we are constantly asked which television is the best for an Xbox 360 gamer. We have decided to boil it down to the essentials so we don’t just tell you what HDTV to buy, but the reasons why it is a smart choice.

The following guide explains all the different display technologies, major advantages and disadvantages of each, and the preferred room size and price range.

So for those of you playing your Xbox 360 on that old 13 inch Zenith, you might want to check this article out.

At TeamXbox.com

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December 23, 2005

Are you Watching On Demand TV?

I was just watching CNN and they were talking about "On Demand" TV, the cable and satellite service that allows you to watch movies and programs when you want. CNN says thay a survey showed that about 2/3rds of the customers who had "On Demand" knew about it. The amazing thing is that only 1/2 of those 2/3rds ever use the service.

For someone who uses "On Demand" all of the time, it's hard to believe that many people aren't taking advantage of it. Maybe customers don't realize that much of the content is free? Each cable service is different but if you subscribe to digital services and movie packages like HBO, Showtime, etc., you should get "On Demand" free for those channels. "On Demand" also offers quite a few special interest shows, music , and more.

If you're not sure if you have "On Demand", just bring up your onscreen TV Guide and look for "On Demand" or "OD". If you don't get "On Demand", be sure to call your cable or satellite provider for details. Want to know what's on "On Demand"? Here are some of the "On Demand" websites:

HBO on Demand

Showtime on Demand

Starz on Demand

Cinemax on Demand

The Movie Channel on Demand

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Holiday Shopping: What to Look for in a TV

So you've finished all of your Christmas shopping and you've got just enough room on the card for that new TV? Before you run out and get the latest and greatest thing, you'll want to check out this decent article at StLouisToday.com. The article starts:

All of us grew up on analog TV; the first black-and-white broadcasts appeared in the 1920s, with color programs coming in the 1950s. But analog is, basically, a radio signal, and radio signals vary in strength. That’s why, for example, you still hear hiss even on the clearest radio program, or see flecks of “snow” and double images on TV shows.

Digital signals are transmitted using computer code, thus reducing broadcast interference. They also take up less space, or “bandwidth,” on a particular frequency, allowing room for several broadcast channels, instead of just one.

We might have stayed with analog if not for computers. Because we sit closer to computers than TVs, computer monitors have higher “resolution” — more dots or minute lines making up a particular image — to minimize eye strain. Now, with more people used to the better images on their computers, they want the same on their TV.

Overall, this is a pretty decent article to get you started looking for that new TV.

At StLouisToday.com

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December 20, 2005

Digital Television Mandate Moved to 2009

It looks like the push for all digital television has been pushed back to 2009. According to The Boston Globe:

The House yesterday approved legislation to complete the US transition to new, higher-quality digital television by Feb. 17, 2009, and to help consumers pay for the equipment needed to ensure their old televisions do not go dark.

Under a deal negotiated by Republicans in the House and Senate, up to $1.5 billion would be available to help some people buy converter boxes to keep their analog-signal televisions working when the transition is finished.

As you'll notice, the subsidy amount was dropped from $3 billion to $1.5 billion. While that's probably still too much, hopefully prices will be low enough that anyone can afford an HDTV and the subsidy for the converter boxes won't even be needed.


At Boston.com

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December 19, 2005

Sneak Peek - NEC All-in-One Box

There's not a lot of details about this NEC Valuestar all-in-one that contains HD TV, DVR and PC, but it looks pretty impressive. According to Gizmodo:

The NEC HD TV-PC will run you about $2800, but its basically a Windows Media Center Edition 2005 with a start-up time of only 2 seconds for TV mode after a complete shut-down.

It's definitely a sweet looking device and if it's really only $2800, we'd say it's quite a steal. We'll get you more details when they come out.

At Gizmodo.com [via Akihabara News]

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December 9, 2005

Calibug - HDTV Calibration Tools on a USB Keychain

calibug

This is a really cool device. The Calibug is a USB device that lets you access HD quality test patterns instead of having to use a CD. According to eHomeUpgrade:

Just plug the CALIBUG to your USB port and you instantly have access to hundreds of HD quality test patterns. The only way you could get all these test patterns in the past was via a dedicated Test Pattern Generators/Sync Generators which cost thousands of Dollars. Your computer has VGA/DVI output, which is how you will get these HD patterns on your screen.

Pretty sweet. You can get either as a keychain or Swiss Army knife (boy, those Swiss think of everything!)

At eHomeUpgrade.com [via Gizmodo]

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December 8, 2005

HDTV Education for Consumers Has a Long Way to Go

There's no doubt that HDTV can be confusing. One of the things we try to do at TVSnob is offer a little guidance and understanding about TV technologies before you go spend your hard earned money.

Obviously there needs to be more HDTV education from the HDTV industry. According to TechLiberation.com:

The Scientific Atlanta survey found that, yes, some 49 percent of households were not taking advantage of their HD equipment. About a quarter found that their HD set itself provided better reception, without taking the additional steps necessary to view HD. Eighteen percent said they didn’t even know needed additional equipment, such as a set-top box or antenna.

Here's the amazing part:

A quarter admitted they thought they were watching HD video because, after all, the programs said at the beginning that they were broadcast in HDTV.

This all has to a failure by TV manufacturers of not educating the consumer. Sometimes I think it comes down to the industry thinking it get's more customers based on people buying because of "it's the newest and best" and not because of the customer understands what they're buying. The sad part is HDTV is so awesome, once you know what it is, it's really hard to not go buy one whether the TV makers say you should or not.

At TechLiberation.com [via TechDirt]

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