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September 21, 2009

Startup HDI previews 100-inch laser 3D HDTV with 1080 Hz frame rate

3d-tv.jpg3D HDTV seems a little closer to fulfilling its promise more and more everyday. The latest company to make a market bid is California-based startup HDI, currently previewing a 100-inch laser 3D HDTV. Though the company doesn't have current plans to commercialize the prototype, the claimed specs are worth mentioning. Along with its 1080p resolution, its refresh rate is a remarkable 1080 Hz, much faster than the 240 Hz frame rates used in top-of-the-line 2D HDTVs. While I'm sure all of us home theater buffs would to see this laser 3D HDTV hit store shelves, there are two things that are certain and will greatly reduce its market potential (and the potential for us to actually acquire one): one, it'll be extremely expensive, and two, it'll require those darn 3D glasses that'll hopefully one day disappear entirely.

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September 20, 2009

Why you can't even GIVE AWAY your tube TV

crt-tv.jpgThe Washington Post has a great write-up about the evolution from the tube TV to the flatscreen--and why you can't even give away your tube TV once you upgrade.

Carroll offered his TV free on Craigslist and got some interest, but no solid taker. If nothing clicks for Carroll and Johnson, their options include the dump, which neither prefers, and Goodwill, which still accepts donations of TVs if they are digital-ready. Goodwill no longer takes models lacking a coaxial cable connection. And there is recycling. In Montgomery, where Johnson lives, the government pays e-Structors, an Elkridge company, 7.2 cents a pound to pick up clunker TVs and strip them for parts. The recession has driven commodity prices so low that the material inside the TV is worth less than the cost of recycling it.

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September 15, 2009

Viewsonic unleashes a plain jane HDTV sextuplet

viewsonic-lcd.jpgViewsonic has launched six new LCD HDTVs today, though they're nothing to write home about. The 32-inch VT3245, 37-inch VT3745 and the 42-inch N4285 make up the real HDTV half of the line. The smaller pair both feature 1980 x 1080 pixel resolution, 5 millisecond response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 3D video processing, SRS TruSurround XT audio, and a variety of image scaling modes. The VT3745 will ship this month for $799, while the VT3245 will ship in October for $649. The larger NT4285 features a 10000:1 contrast ratio, an Eco panel, and all the features mentioned above. Shipping in October, the NT4285 will require you to shell out $999.

The VT2042, VT2342, and VT2645 are built to function as smaller HDTVs though they'd typically be better suited to a computer monitor environment. The VT2042 and VT2342 feature 1600 x900 and 1920 x 1080 resolution, respectively, as well as 10000:1 contrast ratio, 5 millisecond response time, 3D video processing, SRS TruSurround HD audio, and a tilt base. The VT2342 also adds in 3 HDMI slots for gaming and Blu-ray viewing. The VT2645 has similar features but only manages 1366 x 768 resolution. All are available this month priced at $299, $349 and $449, in order of mention above.

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September 4, 2009

Philips unsure about 3D HDTV

philips_3dtv_prototype.jpgPhilips is busy showing off a 3D version of its 21:9 Ambilight HDTV off at IFA, but the company still isn't sure when, and if, it'll enter the 3D market. First of all, the company still hasn't decided which 3D technology to use--apparently there are three separate methods of displaying 3D picture. Only one of the three methods doesn't require those ridiculous 3D glasses, something I'm almost positive would slow the adoption process (I'm sure price would be another issue). Second of all, Philips thinks that OLED or possibly quad-HDTV (quadriple the current 1080p resolution standard) could be the next big think in HDTV. Personally I think OLED is the best of the three for the time being, should production costs come down. The good news is that Philips will support the Blu-ray 3D Standard once it's actually down on paper and ratified. Just don't expect too much, too soon.

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Sony confirms 3D Bravia LCD HDTVs in the works with Blu-ray, PS3 support

Sony has confirmed its entry into the 3D HDTV space, issuing a formal statement regarding a line of Bravia HDTVs in that are in the works. The 3D LCD displays will be based on sequential frame display and an active shutter glass system with those compatible funky, yet horribly annoying, 3D glasses. Even cooler is the fact that Sony plans to incorporate said 3D technology into the Playstation 3, its Vaio notebook line, and its Blu-ray disc products. Check out the official video above.

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August 31, 2009

SatanVision LED TV: The worst TV picture ever

horned-tv.jpgThe SatanVision LED TV is a project put together by David Forbes for Burning Man. The idea behind the 3-month, $1000 project? What would a TV look like "if it was designed by The Horned One?" The answer to that question is an LED-based TV with a red and black picture that's so dim it can't even be watched during the day. The set displays regular NTSC video content in 128 x 96 resolution and was designed for Burning Man, according to Forbes, because "nowhere else could anyone ever find a reason to watch such a crummy TV set."

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August 25, 2009

Hitachi's five new Wooo HDTVs each have a built-in 500 GB hard drive

hitachi-plasma.jpgHitachi this morning added five new HDTVs to its Wooo TV line, all packing an internal 500 GB hard drive for storing downloaded or recorded video content. The three plasmas, sized 42-, 46- and 50-inches and two LCDs, sized 37- and 42-inches, all feature 1080p resolution, automatic brightness control, DLNA media streaming, an iVDRS slot, and HD storage of up to 400 hours on the internal hard drive. The plasmas, in order mentioned above, will sport price tags of $3000, $3500, and $4000, with a shipping date of September 10 in Japan. The LCDs will cost $2500 and $3000 for the 37- and 42-inch models, respectively, with an expected shipping date in October. So far Hitachi hasn't mentioned plans to ship the five new Wooo HDTVs outside of Japan.

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August 20, 2009

Is an Apple HDTV on the way?

appletv.jpgProlific Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster believes that Apple will launch a full blown HDTV with built-in digital media recording capabilities by 2011. And how will this vision play out? Munster says it'll go something like this:

  • Apple will release a new Apple TV set-top box soon with a TV input a built-in DVR. This would tie in to a subscription-based service for its iTunes TV content.
  • An iTunes TV Pass within the year that will leverage Apple's cable network relationships and content library. Consumers would have unlimited access to a sub-library of cable content for a flat fee of $30-$40 per month.
  • An Apple TV set within two years that will be able to wirelessly sync with iPhones, iPods, and iPod Touch's.

Munster continues to go on to argue that Apple's partnership with LG to produce LCD displays and a variety of digital video recording-related patents further support an Apple TV.

Personally I'm on the fence about this one. With budget HDTV brands such as Vizio producing quality sets on the cheap, this might be a tough market for Apple to break into. Especially given its premium pricing strategy. Pioneer had the bestplasma TVs around--still do really--but pulled out of the business because the high prices it charged didn't enable it to grab enough market share.

Then again, if any company could pull off a premium pricing strategy in what is quickly becoming a commodity market, Apple would be it.

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August 15, 2009

720p plasma HDTVs prove popular in Q2 2009

plasma-cool.jpgI have to admit: the direction of the HDTV market is tough to predict. In the first quarter of 2009, HDTV sales grew despite the worst global economy in decades. Now, as the second quarter reports begin to appear, research firm Quixel Research says that plasma TV sales were the fastest-growing. This despite reports and predictions of the demise of plasma for a couple of years now.

This wasn't a small amount of growth either. Plasma TV sales in Q2 were up 31% in volume and 35% in value from Q1, just south of $1 billion in sales. The key takeaway from the report though was more significant. The real plasma growth was in the 42-inch 720p class of plasma HDTVs, more of a value proposition than newer, larger and higher-resolution models.

The growth in plasma does seem to stem from its relative value to LCD models in this quarter alone. Or maybe it has something to do with the 'load of crap' LCD specification revelation. In all seriousness, these plasma numbers may seem counterintuitive because they are. A dynamic of pricing in one quarter alone rather than an indication of a longer-term trend.

You can check out the report here (PDF).

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August 7, 2009

Sharp Blu-ray-recording AQUOS DX2 line with improved 7x mode

sharp-dx2.jpgSharp announced its second generation AQUOS DX series this morning with an improved 7x mode that the company claims extends Blu-ray disc recording times.

The AQUOS DX series which integrates a Blu-ray disc recorder into the set itself will consist of 40-, 46- and 52-inch models, all of which sport 1080p resolution and a High Quality Picture Master Engine which improves picture quality.

The second generation will also include 26- and 32-inch models, both of which are 720p.

The two largest DX series models will be available in black and white, while the three smaller models will also have a red color option.

All of the DX series sets will ship in Japan the September. Prices and other countries of availability weren't announced.

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