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Sharp AQUOS DX LCD TV's Get Integrated Blu-ray Recording, 2009 "Overseas" Models Only Get Playback

081015_1.jpgMitsubishi was supposedly supposed to hit the market with an LCD TV/Blu-ray recorder/Blu-ray player combo this fall, but it looks like Sharp will beat them at their own game with the new AQUOS DX family, expected to hit Japan November 20. Featuring six models, the AQUOS DX line will include the 26-inch LC-26DX1, 32-inch LC-32DX1, 37-inch LC-37DX1, 42-inch LC-42DX1, 46-inch LC-46DX1, and 52-inch LC-52DX1 all featuring a built-in digital tuner, internal Blu-ray handling and a bottom-mounted speaker.

The 26- and 32-inch models push out 1366 x 768 pixels while the rest boast full 1080p resolution, and a 5X Mode takes advantage of the H.264/AVC standard to ensure identical reproduction of high-def content. The AQUOS DX1 line runs between 200, 000 Yen and 500, 000 Yen from the smallest model to the largest and comes with black, red, and white color options (except for the 46- and 52-inch models only available in black or white).

Despite economic concerns expected to drive down electronics spending for at least the remainder of the year, Sharp fully expects to ship 11 million LCD TV's by its fiscal year-end come March 2009, mainly thanks to the Blu-ray equipped DX1's providing a little differentiation from its competitors. Unfortunately though, Sharp says that while the AQUOS DX line will ship overseas sometime in 2009, the sets will probably only be able to playback Blu-ray discs, not record.

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October 14, 2008

Hancock Coming To Bravia's Before DVD Release

Hancockposter.jpgSony Bravia owners who also have an Internet Video Link will be able to rent the Will Smith flick Hancock on-demand between October 28 and November 10, prior to the Sony Picture's title DVD release. It'll cost $9.99 for a 24-hour viewing window and be offered in three different streams: high-def 720p and a couple of standard-def encoded streams for those with lower bandwidth capabilities. As a bonus Sony will throw in a free Blu-ray copy of Hancock which has a retail value of $39.95. The company says it's also in discussions to offer on-demand titles day-and-date with their corresponding DVD release not only on connected Bravia's but other platforms as well.

Via Multichannel News

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October 13, 2008

Privacy Panel For Laptops Allows A Little Public Web TV Privacy

thumb_230_lgd.jpgWe all know how annoying it is to be sitting in a coffee shop watching some good ol' web TV on the laptop and having the guy at the next table looking over your shoulder, especially if your viewing choice is something better suited for home. But LG Display has developed a 14.1-inch LCD panel that allows you to alter the 175 degree viewing angle up to 60 degrees with one-touch Viewing-angle Image Control Display technology. The panel will begin mass production this month and there's no details available about when it'll hit the market or where, but hopefully soon us public web TV watchers will be able to indulge in something a little closer to privacy.

Via Tech-on

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LG Scarlet LG80 Coming This Month, In Some Places

lg80(2).jpgLG's Scarlet LG80 will be hitting stores this month...everywhere except for North America and Europe. We're not sure about pricing, but the LG80 LCD HDTV will feature 1080p resolution, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, a couple of slide-out speakers incorporated into a Mark Levinson 3.1-channel 50 Watt surround sound system, three AV modes, a USB 2.0 port and a couple of HDMI 1.3 slots.

Via PocketLint

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October 11, 2008

Rumor: Apple Extending iTunes By Launching Networked HDTV

T043596A(2).jpgJason Calacanis, founder of Mahalo, is apparently the source of a rumor pinning Apple in the midst of developing a networked television. Of the LCD variety, the Apple HDTV would function like an HDTV with an Apple TV, minus the set-top box. Fully networked, the Apple LCD TV is expected to stream content from iTunes wirelessly, either from a PC or Mac and could even be controlled with an iPod Touch or iPhone with the Remote app. Whether this is true or not I'm not sure, but it would be the next logical place for Apple to extend the reach of iTunes. Problem is, if the Apple LCD TV is closed and proprietary, so typical of Apple, and can't access streams of video content outside of iTunes, who's going to buy it? Not me that's for sure.


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October 10, 2008

Audiovox Drops LCD TV's After $2.3 Million Loss, Cuts 8% Of Staff

brand.jpgAudiovox has officially made an exit from the LCD TV market today, after announcing a $2.3 million second quarter net loss. The company cut 8% of its staff according to president and CEO Patrick Lavelle. Understandable Audiovox, it's not like you're a provider of high-end HDTV's or anything, but don't you think you'd be able to grab at least a piece of market share given that LCD TV's will be the number one revenue generator in consumer electronics come 2012? Then again I'm not a CEO, am I.

Via Twice

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Sony's Bravia 52-Inch KDL-52XBR6 Gets Reviewed And Loved

52xbr6.jpgThe new 52-inch Sony XBR6, announced back in June, has finally been put through the ringer over at CNET and it didn't fair too badly. Sure it's expensive, has a few color accuracy issues and fluctuating blacks in darker scenes, but according to CNET the KDL-52XBR6 "(p)roduces the deepest black levels of any non-LED LCD TV we've tested". Add this to the set's solid video processing, accurate color reproduction, four HDMI inputs, and energy efficiency and it gets a four out of five. I was hoping for better, but if you have some cash to burn the Sony 52-inch KDL-52XBR6 looks to be a solid buy.

Sony Bravia 52-Inch KDL-52XBR6-at Amazon


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LCD TV's Will Top The Consumer Electronics Industry In 2012: iSuppli

100908_ce_revenue.jpgAccording to iSuppli, the economy won't keep the LCD TV market down. In fact, the research firm is predicting that not only will OEM revenues nearly double to $110.8 billion in 2012 from 2007's $61 billion, but LCD TV's will be the largest moneymaker in the consumer electronics industry within the next four years.

If this prediction comes true, 2012 will be the first year that consumer appliances haven't topped the consumer electronics industry in dollars generated. While we all watch the global markets dive, this really sounds like a crock. But the fact is, with the digital television transition coming next February, HDTV growth is being forced and LCD TV's are generally the best-value-for-your-dollar option.

Following close on the heels of LCD TV's will be digital set-top boxes, expected to generate $25.6 billion in revenues in 2012. This one's kind of a toss-up. Should tru2way go down the tubes a la CableCARD, maybe, but I think in the next couple of years much of the typical STB functionality will be built right into HDTV's. iSuppli also theorizes that we could see convergence between Blu-ray players and STB's which wouldn't surprise me either, but I'm remaining bullish on HDTV's eventually housing most of today's external home theater functions behind the screen.

Via iSuppli

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October 9, 2008

LED-Backlit LCD TV Prices May Drop In 2009 Courtesy Of White LED's

led(2).jpgCurrently it's mainly the big name LCD TV manufacturers like Sony selling LED-backlit LCD TV's mainly because LED's are expensive compared to CCFL backlighting. They also typically use RGB LED's, but manufacturers like Sharp and LG Display are said to be releasing 40-inch plus LCD TV's next year incorporating white LED's. Unfortunately white LED's don't result in the same viewing quality as RGB LED's, but they are cheaper. And as more manufacturers pump out LED-backlit models, supply and demand dictates that we should see prices dropping. Our best bet is to keep our eyes open at CES 2009, as this is the likely place that second-tier manufacturers will debut their new LED-backlit models. But what we really want to know, lower prices aside, is how much lower the picture quality resulting from white LEDs? Will the lower prices really be worth it?

Via Digitimes

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October 8, 2008

Toshiba's Regza 42XV540U Gets Greentech Approval

regza(2).jpgEvery HDTV has its flaws and the Toshiba Regza 42XV540U is no exception. It's blacks are light enough to make it inappropriate for dimly lit environments, its greens are a little on the oversaturated side, and it's standard definition playback quality is subpar. However, the 42XV540U aced the HD HQV benchmark test for high-def video processing, rendering Blu-ray discs and HD programming completely devoid of artifacts. Plus the Regza's 120Hz refresh rate kept even the fastest movie scenes smooth looking. Also of note is that the 42VX540U is PCMag's first ever Greentech-Approved HDTV, sucking back only 195W during operation, good enough to meet Energy Star's version 3.0 specifications coming next month.

Buy The Toshiba Regza 42-Inch 42XV540U LCD TV From Amazon

Via PCMag

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