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January 11, 2011

Image Constraint Token to wreck Blu-ray HD over analog

Component-cables.jpgThe days of HD over analog are coming to an end. Any new Blu-ray player announced after January 1, 2011 will only output HD over HDMI. Transmission through a component connection will automatically downgrade HD content to 540p thanks to something called Image Constraint token or ICT. Studios will set this on titles from now on but thankfully will have to mark it on the Blu-ray disc box and cannot retroactively apply it to any Blu-ray discs you may have now. You can also buy a Blu-ray player announced last year until the end of this year to temporarily override the issue. In the end though, this is a good thing. By the end of 2013, analog outputs will no longer be integrated into Blu-ray players at all and the move to higher definition digital output will be a great thing for HDTV viewers everywhere.

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Best Buy turns HDTV upgrading into a money-making activity with Buy Back program

best-buy-logo.jpgMost home theater geeks are probably familiar with buyer's remorse, that feeling of regret you sometime have to deal with after shelling out a few dollars for a new HDTV. Why does it happen? Mainly because the HDTV just bought will be a technological midget compared to the next big thing that will be on shelves in 6 months.

Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy knows this and has today launched the Buy Back program, available this month in both bricks-and-mortar stores and online. The premise of the program? Buy, for example, an HDTV under $5000, purchase the Buy Back protection at the time of original HDTV purchase and then know that if you'd like to upgrade in less than 6 months you'll get up to 50% of the original purchase price back in the form of a Best Buy gift card.

Interestingly, the rebate is given back at the time of trade-in - no messy paperwork or waiting 6 weeks after a mail-in.

HDTVs themselves can be traded in for up to 48 months after the original purchase for a rebate of up to 10%.

The Buy Back program in expected to encourage early technology adopters to feel more comfortable making expensive technology purchases in an era of nearly constant product releases and updates from manufacturers.

Via ZDNet

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January 5, 2011

Philips outs piles of 3D/HD toys at CES 2011

philips-tv.jpgHigh-definition junkies will be pleased to browse the latest news from Philips over coffee this morning. The company has announced a variety of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning including its 4000, 5000 and 6000 HDTV series', five Blu-ray home theatre systems and 5 new Blu-ray players.

Kicking things off with the 4000 series, you can expect availability in 40- (40PFL4706), 46- (46PFL4706) and 55 (55PFL4706) inch screen sizes, all available with MediaConnect and NetTV sometime this May. The Philips software allows your PC to collaborate with your HDTV in order to access content from the likes of Vudu, Blockbuster and Netflix. All of this is done wirelessly as per 2011 technology. The three models will be priced at $679, $899 and $1099, respectively. 19-, 22- and 32-inch replicas minus the MediaConnect and NetTV integration will also be available for $199.99, $249.99 and $449.99, respectively.

The 5000 series is basically the same bowl of Cheerios with the addition of a Pixel Precise HD engine and a 120 Hz refresh, plus SRS TruSurround HD. Also available in 40- (40PFL5706), 46- (46PFL5706) and 55- (55PFL5706), the 5000 series will set you back $749, $999 and $1499 when they land on shelves sometime in April or May.

On to the 6000 series, available in 40- (40PFL6706), 46- (46PFL6706) and 55-inch (55PFL6706) display sizes once again, you'll get full 3D support for a little extra cash output. Coming this September, the 6000 series will cost $999, $1299 and $1699, respectively.

As for the home theatre systems, they'll ship from February to May with price tags ranging from $269.99 to $449.99. All include MediaConnect and NetTV, three sport 3D support and features like wireless rear speakers appear as the price point increases.
The Blu-ray players will also ship next month until April, beginning at $169.99 and moving on up to $219.99. 3 of the new models will include 3D support and the most expensive BDP7506 also has built-in MediaConnect/NetTV.

Via Engadget

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December 20, 2010

Google TV having a rough time

Google TV is facing some glitches. The search monolith had a line of hardware partners set to show off new Google TV-based products next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But now the company has asked companies such as Toshiba, LG and Sharp to hold off on releasing new products until the next version of Google TV softwaretvbluray.png is released.

Reviews thus far have been lukewarm and Google appears to be having similar difficulties to all the other companies that have attempted to bring the internet to TV. It's conceivable that Google TV, should it catch on, won't do so until next Christmas now. By then it could have a competitor that more effectively manages its partners and times the release of its product.

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December 15, 2010

SNK outs NEO-GEO PS3 controller

snk.jpg This is pretty neat. Remember the NEO-GEO? Japan's SNK has come up with replica NEO-GEO controller modified for use with Sony's Playstation 3. Instead of the old A, B, C and D buttons, SNK has used the shapes and symbols familiar to avid PS3 gamers. The controllers are up for grabs right now from Play-Asiafor roughly $45.

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November 25, 2010

Vizio, Toshiba releasing Google TVs?

Rumor has it that both Toshiba and Vizio will be announcing Google TV-powered high-def sets at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Sony has thus far been the only HDTV maker to incorporate Google TV software into its televisions and Blu-ray players, while Logitech has created a Google TV set-top box. With Vizio being the largest HDTV manufacturer by sales volume in the United States this 3rd quarter, Google TV is getting a serious boost.

So far its launch has been low key (typical of many Google products) and Google TV is not an idea that has been embraced by television networks. Many are refusing to unlock their online content for viewing through Google TV. By partnering with as many consumer electronics makers as possible, Google's chances of a Google TV revolution will be much better.

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November 16, 2010

Walmart slashing HDTV, Blu-ray prices tomorrow

Walmart is kicking off the Black Friday festivities early tomorrow with its "Amazing Electronics Event". It has online salesviore.jpg available already but the in-store deals, which are said to be focusing on HDTVs and Blu-ray players, will not be available until tomorrow morning. Pricing will be different in the odd state and quantities will be limited. A note to remember: shipping on all electronics from Walmart will be free until December 20.

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November 15, 2010

Microsoft Kinect sells 1 million units so far

xbox360-kinect.jpgMicrosoft's Kinect motion sensors, its motion recognition software, have sold a cool 1 million units across the globe nearly 2 weeks before the biggest North American shopping day of the year Black Friday. The company now believes that Kinect, an Xbox 360 add-on will sell approximately 5 million units by the end of 2010. Amazingly Kinect won't be available in most Asian countries until the end of this week after which sales will likely accelerate.

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November 8, 2010

Samsung outs 70-inch Ultra Definition 3D TV

samsung3dudtv.jpgToday Samsung Electronics outed its latest 3D prototype, deciding to throw out high definition and go for Ultra Definition. The whopping 70-inch HDTV Ultra Definition set carries the Ultra moniker as a result of its 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. You won't do any better than that on the market today. The 240 Hz set won't hit the market anytime soon but with smooth motion and 3D viewing added on to the whole package - glasses required - we sure wish it would.

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November 7, 2010

2010 Sears Black Friday 2010 HDTV Deals

sears-bf-2010.jpgSears typically has some amazing Black Friday deals and this year is no exception. Listed below are 2010's best deals from Sears. Those marked with an asterisk are Doorbusters only available on Black Friday, November 26 from 4AM to 12 PM. Everything else is available on both November 26 and November 27 and can be ordered online for in-store pickup. For comparison we've also listed Amazon's prices on the same models and they are usually tough to beat. Most of the Sears deals are currently lower but expect Amazon to lower its prices to be competitive on Black Friday.

Panasonic 32″ 1080p 60Hz LCD TCL32U22 - $399.99 * (Amazon - $439.44)

Panasonic 37″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV TCL37U22 - $469.99 * (Amazon - $489.99)

Panasonic 46″ 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TCP46C2 - $499.99 * (Amazon - $511.03)

Panasonic 50″ 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TCP50S2 - $799.99 (Amazon - $896.44)

Samsung 32″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LN32C350 - $329.99 (Amazon - $398.00)

Samsung 40″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV LN40C500 - $497.99 *

Samsung 40″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV UN40C5000 - $747.99 * (Amazon - $899.00)

Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV UN46C6300 - $999.99 * (Amazon - 199.98199.9)

Samsung 50″ 720p 600Hz 3D Plasma HDTV PN50C490 - $899.99 (includes 2 free pairs of glasses) (Amazon - $969.99)

Samsung 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV UN55C6300 - $1,499.99 * (Amazon - 765.90765.76)

Samsung 55″ 3D 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV UN55C7000 - $2,199.99 * (includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses, 4 Shrek 3D movies and a 3D Blu-ray player) (Amazon - $2199.98)

Sony 40″ Bravia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV KDLEX400 - $549.99 (Amazon - $599.00)

Sony 46″ Bravia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV KDL46EX400 - $699.99 (Amazon - $762.90)

Sony 52″ Bravia 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV KDL52NX800 - $1,499.99 (Amazon - 69769)

LG 60″ 1080p 600Hz Plasma LG60PK750 - $1,499.99 * (Amazon - 555.00555.555)

Toshiba 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV 46G300 - $649.99 * (Amazon - $735.00)

RCA 24″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV LED24A45 - $299.99 *

RCA 26″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV 26LA30RQD - $299.99 *

Sylvania 22″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LC220SS1 - $189.99 * (Amazon - $233.27)

Sylvania 26″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LC260SS1 - $259.99 (Amazon - $320.64)

Zenith 42″ 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV 42PJ240 - $399.99 *

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