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May 25, 2008

Tru2way Technology Explained

tru2way_CMYK_logo(2).jpgIf you've been following the TV tech industry lately you've probably heard one of the latest buzz words, tru2way, being tossed around like a live grenade. So what is this mysterious Tru2way? Developed by Cable Labs, tru2way used to be known as OpenCable. Tru2way technology just sounds better and has a more attractive logo. All kidding aside, tru2way technology is an open platform that'll allow consumers to buy two-way "plug and play" TV's that are easy to set up, devoid of cable clutter thanks to the elimination of the set-top box, and ready to receive any interactive service's from cable no matter the consumer's location or cable company.

Tru2way technology will also give consumers the ability to have a heck of a lot more control over the content they watch thanks to the two-way capabilities of the technology. The control we have when surfing the web will migrate straight to our big screens. And because it's an open platform, it's universal providing the same functionality no matter what cable company or manufacturer implements it. From the click of a remote button, you'll be able to access interactive entertainment, shop, do your online banking and even chat with your friends via your TV.

A standardization of the cable industry in the US and access to interactive applications on your TV, or through your DVR or set-top box would be amazing for consumers. Cable companies such as Comcast expect to have 90% of their network ready by the end of 2008, and 60% already operating under the Tru2way platform. In 2009 Comcast expects that about half of the set-top boxes they ship will be Tru2way-capable. The cable industry expects that Tru2way-enabled set-top boxes and HDTV's shouldn't cost any more than those without Tru2way.

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May 5, 2008

Best Time To Buy A New HDTV? Plasma And LCD TV Prices Dropping Like Rocks This Month

tv_sales.jpgIf you're wondering when the best time to buy a new plasma or LCD display is, and you're not willing to wait for Black Friday, May (as in this month) may be the perfect month to make your high-def purchase. The HD Guru Gary Merson has it from his industry sources that both LCD and plasma display prices will drop like rocks this month. Sparked by top-tier vendors like Sony trying to jack up their HDTV market shares, big name manufacturers will be forced to drop their prices. Sony will drastically reduce their 2008 1080p model prices in the next few days forcing competitor's such as Sony, Sharp, and Toshiba to respond in kind. For example, Sony's 40-inch KDL-40S4100 LCD TV will be priced $500 less than its lowest priced last-generation model, and the company's 46-inch KDL-46S4100 will feature a $400 price drop. And this are Sony's recommended prices. Head over to discount online retailers such as Amazon and you're likely to see price drops beyond these. Big plasma brands like Panasonic, LG, and Samsung will like start dropping prices later in the month, and even second-tier brand such as Vizio and Westinghouse will probably feature some price drops, though not as drastic.

Via HD Guru

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April 20, 2008

How To Buy A Digital TV On The Cheap

8206087_ra.jpgLet's just clarify something right now. In the context of this article, we're talking about standard definition digital TV's rather than high-definition TV's. But hey, if you want to save money, there are always tradeoffs involved.

We've told you about your options when preparing for the DTV 2009 digital television switch come February 17, 2009 already, but for those who've already decided to purchase a new digital TV rather than go the converter box or cable/satellite service route, you don't have to spend an arm and leg on a brand new high-def television.

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April 16, 2008

How To Calibrate Your HDTV On A Budget

414RMV73TPL._SL500_AA280_.jpgAnyone who's ever bought an HDTV knows that once you bring it home, the picture tends to look a little different in your living room than it did on the store's shelves. That's because manufacturer's adjust the blue, green and red color settings, emphasizing the blue, in order to produce a super bright, pop-out-at-you image calibrated for shelf display. Your living room environment is different though, typically a lot brighter, making a super-bright image less than optimal for high-def TV viewing.

It can be fixed though. Big-box retailers such as Best Buy offer home calibration services, but charge you $300 arm-and-leg. Yeah, they do a great job and will have your picture about as optimized as it can get for the environment it's in and the expectations you have, but there are cheaper, do-it-yourself ways that do a comparable job.

Low tech and relatively low cost solutions include buying ultrasuede curtains to keep out some of the outdoor light, painting the walls a dark color, or even something as simple as putting the TV 3 times its diagonal screen measurement away from you and at eye level.

Higher tech and more effective solutions include using the THX Optimizer feature found on many DVD titles, which allow you to calibrate your set specifically for the movie you're watching with the help of a pair of blue-lensed Optimizer glasses. Calibration DVD's such as Monster's HDTV Calibration Wizard ($30), Digital Video Essentials' High Definition ($35), and the Avia II are also extremely effective and easy on the pocketbook.

If you're willing to spend a little more money, Datacolor's SpyderTV, priced at $173, uses suction cups attached to your HDTV screen and attached to your computer by USB cable to transmit information that tells you how to adjust your color, tint, and contrast levels. In the end, just know that your screen needs to be calibrated once it's set up in your home, and you don't have to spend a ton of cash, or have a ton of technical knowledge to do it.

Via The New York Times

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April 5, 2008

3 Things You Must Know If You're Buying A Used Projector

xd300u.jpgHome theater equipment can get expensive as we all know and the projector can be one of the costliest items depending on the features you're looking for. For some of us, our only option may be to buy used. But is this a smart strategy and is it a good investment? It depends. Projectors tend to be more fickle than most other home theater accessories and thus a warranty can be important. If you're buying a used projector that's actually fairly new, you're losing out on the warranty and properly paying a fairly high prices. On the other hand, if you buy a slightly older projector, you'll pay maybe half the price of a new model and losing out on the warranty won't be such a big deal.

Two other areas of concern you should be aware of: first, never buy a used projector from a smoker as cigarette smoke damages projector's optics, and two, DLP projectors have lamps that do burn out and can be pricey to replace. If you buy a used projector, assume the lamp will burn out almost immediately and tack the replacement cost onto what you're paying. Be aware when you're buying used and you'll be able to avoid making a costly mistake.

Via Home Theater Tips

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March 25, 2008

How Much Will You Pay For An HDTV In December 2008?

flatpaneltvsblog.gifAt the recent DisplaySearch Flat-Panel TV Conference, industry experts came up with some predictions regarding expected pricing for LCD and plasma flatscreen HDTV's for holiday season 2008. While HDTV prices dropped by about one-third last year, 2008 won't see drops quite as drastic, yet they'll continue to drop nonetheless.

LCD TV prices will drop by about 5-19%, resulting in the following expected prices by December 2008:

  • a 32-inch 720p set will sell for $647, down 7 percent from December 2007
  • a 37-inch 720p LCD TV will cost $782, down 5 percent
  • a 40- or 42-inch 720p LCD TV will sell for $944, down 5 percent
  • a 40- or 42-inch 1080p set will sell for $1,123, down 19 percent
  • a 46- or 47-inch 1080p set will sell for $1,528, down 17 percent
  • a 52-inch 1080p LCD TV will sell for $2,243, down 19 percent

Plasma sets saw drastic price cuts last year, the largest of which was the 63% price drop for 50-inch 1080p sets. This year we can expect to see a more moderate decrease in prices, 17-27% by year-end. So what can you expect to pay for a plasma HDTV by December 2008?

  • a 42-inch 720p set will sell for $803, down 20 percent from December 2007
  • a 42-inch 1080p model--which were scarce last year--will sell for $1,200, down 20 percent
  • a 50-inch 720p model will sell for $1,154, down 17 percent
  • a 50-inch 1080p model will sell for $1,817, down 27 percent

Other predicted HDTV trends for the rest of 2008 from DisplaySearch industry experts:

  • HDTV sizes uncommon last year such as 55-inch LCD's and 32-, 37-, and 46-inch plasma sets will take a more prominent place in the US
  • 120 Hz motion blur technology will become more popular
  • higher-end brands such as Panasonic and Samsung will increase their market share, eliminating lesser known brands from the US
  • the use of LEDs will surge, including the use of OLED's, usage of which is expected to see 120% growth
  • Wal-mart and other general retailers will become more prominent in television sales
  • retailers will begin to offer more HDTV packages that could include, for example, Blu-ray players with the television purchase
  • with the top manufacturers exchanging the number one sales spot so frequently, most retailers will carry a fair selection of different HDTV brands

There you have it, HDTV in the year 2008.

Via Consumer Reports

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March 23, 2008

How To Save $1000 On Your Next HDTV Purchase

used-car-salesman-thumb.jpgHaggling, at one time relegated to used car lots and black market deals is making a comeback. Thanks to easy access to pricing info on the internet and a weak US economy, haggling seems to be going mainstream-even becoming acceptable at big-box electronics retailers such as Best Buy.

It's not just consumers that hit by the tough economy, it's retailers too, most of which are willing to allow their salespeople some price flexibility when making a sale in order to retain the customer, ensuring a return visit sometime in the future. "This is one of the periods where the customer is empowered," Wachovia analyst John Morris said. "The retailer knows that the customer is enduring tough times -- and is more willing to be the one who blinks first in that stare-down match."

Knowing this may save you some serious money on your next big HDTV purchase. Take for instance New Yorker Mike Roskell, who used a good cop/bad cop haggling strategy to know $1000 off the price of two 46-inch HDTV's at P. C. Richard & Son. Or another guy or haggled his way to $300 off a 50-inch plasma TV.

Says Frederick Stinchfield, ""If you get denied once, go looking for someone else who looks nice", but make sure you "come armed with information, and you will be rewarded."

Oh, and if you're looking for a new pair of pants, you can probably haggle your way to a deal on those too.

Via New York Times

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March 11, 2008

How To Get Uncle Sam To Subsidize Your Home Theater Purchase

2282008132236.jpgApril 15 is coming quickly and we hope you've got your financial affairs in order to appease Uncle Sam. However, there could be another deduction to your return that you've never considered. You know that expensive home theater and big screen plasma TV you bought this year? Uncle Sam may subsidize its purchase, potentially saving you thousands of dollars if you follow these 5 steps from Sound And Vision.

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February 2, 2008

Super Bowl 2008: Last Minute Super Bowl HDTV Buying Tips To Save You Time And Money

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It's your last day to purchase that new flatscreen before tomorrow's Super Bowl and if you haven't already down so, the very thought of spending the whole day today running around looking for the perfect HDTV for your Super Bowl party probably has you in need of a strong sedative. No worries, we have some more tips and techniques to make sure you get your desired HDTV in time with a little bit of extra money left over in your pocket.

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February 1, 2008

How To Watch The Super Bowl In HD Without Buying An HDTV

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Despite the fact that the National Retail Federation estimates that 2.5 million HDTV's were sold specifically for last year's Super Bowl, and expect numbers to be similar for this year's Patriots/Giants matchup, some analysts expect sales numbers to be well below expectations once the numbers roll in. Why?

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