By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 31 2012, 4:23am
LG Electronics (LG) announced the launch of its 100-Inch class (100 inch diagonal) Laser TV featuring both Smart TV and Digital TV capabilities.
An impressive home cinema system, the 100-inch class LG "HECTO" Laser TV comprises a special screen and an external Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit.
The unique system, which will be demonstrated for the first time...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 28 2012, 3:52pm
I know what many of you would say: “if you are a purist, do not alter the original image; it should be viewed that way”.
However, you should give this little box a chance and see the results by yourself.
Although I am warning you, when you do that it is almost guaranteed that you would never turn this processor off.
You can adjust the effect to your preferred level of image realism and depth, and play with the settings for every content, and once you do that, there will not be a comeback to using your system without this box, you will be hooked.
By The HT Guys • Dec 28 2012, 8:40am
Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2013.
Our crystal ball is never as clear as a good HDTV but we always give it a shot nonetheless.
By The HT Guys • Dec 27 2012, 3:41pm
A heartwarming story of the special bond 10-year-old Elliot forges with an alien he names E.T.
The adventures they share as Elliot tries to hide his new friend and E.T.
tries to get back to his planet provide plenty of action, laughter and tears.
is a very charming and warm classic piece of movie history that still remains to be relevant for today’s generation of kids.
Spielberg does a great job of telling the story without simplifying the movie, which makes it relate to adults as well as children.
It could be said that movie is...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 27 2012, 3:39pm
Parts 3, 4 and 5 of this “Living with 4K” series covered the various naming conventions and standards regarding 4K and Ultra-HDTV.
Part 5 summarized the subject with CEA’s naming the new 3860x2160 displays as Ultra-HD.
However, Sony responded by insisting in using also the 4K designation for their future products.
Some say: why? I say: no wonder why.
I see no problem in Sony continuing the use of the 4K nomenclature for a true 4K product that came first to market as part of a long effort and dedication of manufacturing quality 4K products since 2005 for professionals and now for consumers, including content, cameras, production equipment, and displays, a coverage from image acquisition to display that no one else was able to match.
If there is a risk of some naming confusion it has been actually brought by...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 24 2012, 3:34pm
Part 3 of this series addressed the overall issues of naming conventions defined by the various organizations (DCI, ITU, EBU and CEA) regarding 4K and Ultra-HDTV.
Part 4 covered the specifics of DCI and ITU naming conventions and standards.
This part 5 covers the specifics of EBU’s (European Broadcasting Union) and CEA’s (Consumer Electronics Association) naming conventions and standards, wrap the subject, and provide an historic perspective of similar naming conventions decisions taken by the CEA in the past.
Ultra-HDTV as defined by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union)...
By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 24 2012, 3:23pm
Building on the success of its Smart TVs with Google TV, LG Electronics (LG) is expanding its 2013 Google TV lineup to seven models in five screen sizes for 2013 – including premium models featuring LG's popular CINEMA SCREEN design, the company announced today.
The extended LG Google TV lineup, which will be officially introduced at next month's 2013 International CES® in Las Vegas, encompasses two model series (GA7900 and GA6400) designed to deliver...
By Pete Putman • Dec 21 2012, 11:38pm
Out with the old, and bring in the new!
By Pete Putman • Dec 21 2012, 10:50pm
Tablet computers are the 'hot' item for the 2012 holiday selling season.
And you can even make them into a mini-notebook computer.
By The HT Guys • Dec 21 2012, 3:36pm
Scottish princess Merida uses her archery skills to establish her independence, but when she accidentally angers the ancient land's three powerful lords and is granted a poorly conceived wish by a witch, she must go on a quest to repair the damage.
Brave does a great job of examining the complex relationship of a mother and a teenage daughter.
It captures the wildness of youth and the heavy responsibilities of adulthood in a magical story.
All the characters are well defined and likeable, which makes the story very easy to digest.
Half way though the film...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 21 2012, 3:24pm
Part 3 of this series addressed the overall issues of naming conventions defined by the various organizations (DCI, ITU, EBU and CEA) regarding 4K and Ultra-HDTV.
This part 4 covers the specifics of the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) and ITU (International Telecommunications Union) naming conventions and standards.
Part 5 will cover...
By The HT Guys • Dec 21 2012, 7:20am
We go out on a limb every year and try to predict what the new year will bring in the realm of HDTV and Home Theater.
More often than not, that limb snaps and we come crashing down.
Every so often we get a glimpse into the crystal ball that comes out close to accurate.
Let's take a look back at what we thought would happen in 2012 to see how well we did on the predictions.
By Pete Putman • Dec 20 2012, 11:53pm
Panasonic may be abandoning plasma faster than many analysts anticipated, and Samsung and LG may be pushing 4Kx2K next year at the expense of OLED.
By The HT Guys • Dec 20 2012, 3:26pm
In this high-octane thriller, Mr.
Church brings the Expendables back together for an easy job -- but things go wrong, and one of the mercenaries is brutally murdered.
Now the band of hired guns goes on a mission of revenge in hostile territory.
This movie isn’t shy about delivering the goods.
If you like the action movies of the 80’s love movies with corny one liners, this movie’s for you.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 20 2012, 3:07pm
I know, I know, another naming convention mess, and the new Ultra-HD term recently assigned by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) still does not cleanly address the naming issue it intended to resolve for the new high resolution panels, which were widely referred as 4K since 2011 by their manufacturers and by the press.
The short answer is...
By The HT Guys • Dec 14 2012, 6:54am
There are so many Home Theater in a Box systems out there many of which cost less than $400.
But seriously, what can you get for $400.
A good center channel typically costs more than most HTIB systems on the market today.
Each year we try to assemble a Home Theater in many boxes that we would be proud to show off in our homes.
Our system will have at a minimum a HDTV, Blu-ray Player, Receiver, and 5.1 speakers, all for less than $2500.
By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2012, 3:21am
today announced an industry-first service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD.
The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros.
Digital Distribution and marks the first agreement that enables the electronic delivery of digital movies containing all of the extra content found on physical Blu-ray Discs or DVDs.
Customers can now purchase...
By Pete Putman • Dec 7 2012, 6:40pm
Qualcomm is giving Sharp a much-needed cash infusion so the Japanese panel-maker can can combine its IGZO backplane technology with the front-plane technology developed by Qualcomm's Pixtronix subsidiary.
The goal is a display with LCD-like image quality and lower power consumption.
By The HT Guys • Dec 7 2012, 3:04pm
Having ended their African adventures, Alex and his friends set their sights for New York City -- this time, hitching a ride with a traveling circus.
But as they make their way through Europe, they run into their fair share of roadblocks.
I had fun watching this movie with my kids, but you won’t ever catch me watching it alone.
It’s an entertaining silly movie, but it falls flat when...
By The HT Guys • Dec 7 2012, 8:20am
So if we haven't spent enough of your money this year we get to spend some more.
We continue our holiday buying guides with receivers.
Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product.
Its about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year's gear on the list.
All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store.
This year there are some fantastic deals to be had!
By The HT Guys • Dec 6 2012, 3:07pm
When scientific explorers unearth an artifact that points to the origins of humankind, they're pulled into the unexpected adventure of a lifetime.
But if they falter, the very future of their species is at stake.
Prometheus is a not a typical science fiction film.
Yes it’s a scary space movie about meeting aliens, but it...
By Ed Milbourn • Dec 6 2012, 2:59pm
No doubt the exhibition “star” at this coming (2013) CES will be Ultra High Definition Television (Ultra HD) featuring at least four times the number of pixels per frame as conventional HDTV.
This means the viewer can be positioned proportionally closer to the screen without seeing any pixel grain.
But the increased picture detail improvement effected by the increased pixel density is not lost by those viewing from greater distances either.
In fact significant image enhancement is noticeable as much as ten times the picture height from the display (assuming 20/20 visual acuity).
To the normal human eye, the roll-off of the image improvement relative to distance is, of course, gradual and dependent on a number of image variables such as contrast, brightness motion content, etc.
The bottom line is...
By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 11:14pm
With recent trends in retail consumer electronics sales, 'Black Friday' is starting to have more in common with the infamous 'Black Tuesday' of 1929.
By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 10:26pm
It's official: Rear-projection televisions are now history.
By The HT Guys • Dec 5 2012, 8:30pm
Honest Abe: he was the 16th president, the Great Emancipator ...
and a righteous slayer of the undead spurred to action by his mother's vampiric murder.
History and legend are both turned upside-down as Lincoln tracks the creatures of the night.
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is not the type of movie you watch for an accurate depiction of history, great acting, or a heart wrenching story, but what you do get is a fun flick with some decent action scenes.
In the wake of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries, it’s nice to see a movie that...
By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 7:32pm
Viewers pay much more attention to some parts of an image than they do to others.
Predict which parts they won't look at, and you can compress those portions heavily without compromising the viewer's perception of image quality.
By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 3:24pm
Two recent 4K product announcements show just how a couple of major Japanese CE brands are deflecting attention away from their declining television businesses, using a classic magician's trick: Misdirection.
By The HT Guys • Nov 30 2012, 8:40am
As promised, we're back for another annual edition of the HDTV buying guide and just in time for Christmas - we'd like to think it's back by popular demand.
In years past we've broken the categories down at times by size and at other times by price.
Both are valid, sometimes as a shopper you want to maximize the budget you have to spend, other times you know the size you need and want to find the best set.
This year we'll return to breaking them down by size.
By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 30 2012, 3:24am
Sony Electronics is unveiling the first step in delivering 4K Ultra HD video content in the home.
The new 4K Ultra HD Video Player is a hard-disc server that connects easily to Sony's 84-inch 4K LED TV (XBR-84X900) allowing consumers to view 4K resolution movies and short form 4K videos.
Available as a bonus loaned exclusively to U.S.
customers purchasing the Sony 4K LED TV, the video player comes loaded with content, including both full length Hollywood features and a gallery of videos, creating the first true home 4K experience.
As a standalone unit, the Sony XBR-84X900 TV already upscales all video inputs, including the more than...
By Pete Putman • Nov 26 2012, 10:16pm
You ask; I answer (as best I can).
By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 26 2012, 3:57pm
From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
In addition to spooky zombies, he’ll also have to take on mysterious ghosts, wily witches and worst of all, clueless grown-ups.
But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), Casey Affleck (Mitch), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Alvin), Leslie Mann (Sandra), Jeff Garlin (Perry) and John Goodman (Mr.
Prenderghast), it’s a frightfully funny and magically thrilling adventure for the whole family in eye-popping stop-motion.
I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch Paranorman.
Would it be just another children’s movie or would it truly be a movie the whole family would enjoy? The answer is...
By The HT Guys • Nov 23 2012, 4:11pm
Each Holiday season we put together buying guides to help you make it a bit easier for you to make some decisions on what to spend your hard earned cash on.
We kick the 2012 season with our Home Theater in a Box buying guide.
To be honest and upfront with you, we are not big fans of HTIB systems because they typically compromise on everything.
However, we understand that something is better than nothing and for those of you on a budget this is the best way to improve your experience without breaking the bank.
By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 22 2012, 3:55pm
Entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL, run a lucrative, homegrown industry - raising some of the best weed ever developed.
They also share a one-of-a-kind love with Ophelia (Blake Lively).
Life is idyllic in their Southern California town...
until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Salma Hayek) and her enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond of the three friends, Ben and Chon - with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent Dennis (John Travolta) - wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.
And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
I’m just going to cut to the chase…Savages for me is one of the best movies in the last year or so that I have had the privilege to watch.
The acting is ..
By Pete Putman • Nov 20 2012, 5:18pm
If the recent flurry of news about 4K TV gives you a sense of dÃ©jÃ vu, you're not alone.
By Pete Putman • Nov 19 2012, 11:23pm
One of the best tabletop CE product shows makes a return visit to New York.
By The HT Guys • Nov 16 2012, 8:28am
It's almost Thanksgiving here in the US, and with that comes the biggest holiday of the HT Guys' year: Black Friday.
The key to a successful Black Friday is preparation.
You need to know exactly what store you want to go to, what you want to get, and when you need to be there.
By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 14 2012, 12:10am
Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson).
Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish.
The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
-- (C) Disney
Brave might be the first foray in fairytale storytelling by Pixar but...
By Pete Putman • Nov 12 2012, 10:48pm
Very high initial prices for Ultra HD TV sets will keep sales low this holiday season, but excitement in the industry is still sky high.
By The HT Guys • Nov 9 2012, 6:28am
We received an email about a month back asking us to take a look at the 3M Streaming projector with Roku and since we are suckers for this kind of stuff, we thought why not! It fits in your hands, can run on batteries, and comes with a Roku Streaming stick.
We have to say this little guy is a blast to use!
By Pete Putman • Nov 8 2012, 6:11pm
Hurricane Sandy supposedly blew itself out over Canada.
So why is a hurricane of bad financial news slamming Japanese TV manufacturers on the far side of the Pacific?
By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 7 2012, 3:12am
Just in time for the holiday season, VIZIO, Inc., having recently received J.D.
Power and Associates' "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" ranking1, announced today its new TV and audio line-up featuring an all LED-lit2 E-Series line and four newly designed sound bars.
With the recently released E-Series 60" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E601i) already being America's best-selling 60" flat-panel TV3, the line-up also includes the flagship E-Series 70" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E701i) and new 2.0 and 2.1 E-Series and M-Series sound bars, the brand's holiday products are a great wish list addition, capable of taking any room in the home from ordinary to extraordinary at an unparalleled value.
Bringing superb picture quality to the forefront of the home, VIZIO's new, sleek E-Series HDTV holiday line-up features...
By Pete Putman • Nov 2 2012, 9:06pm
Hurricane Sandy knocked out my water, power, heat, Internet, cable TV, and made cell phone service all but unusable for several days.
But broadcast TV never let me down.
By The HT Guys • Nov 2 2012, 4:26am
After Braden's projector blew a second bulb, he thought that maybe being a little sneaky and buying a whole new projector was the right way to get the purchase past the finance committee.
He would be upgrading an Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 for an Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 (Buy Now).
After all if you're going to upgrade projectors, you might as well go 3D.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 30 2012, 2:15pm
On the first article of this series I discussed about getting a 4K consumer projector as an early adopter.
I also introduced UHDTV and discussed 4K and 8K image resolutions.
In this part 2 article I will discuss how one can start enjoying the capabilities of a 4K display, even without 4K content.
Not having 4K content available now does not render a 4K display useless, the same as HDTVs without much content in 1998/9 were questioned, with just a few HD loops and no Blu-ray until 8 years later.
By Pete Putman • Oct 29 2012, 4:43pm
We hear a lot about the cord-cutting trend, and there are plenty of debates as to its impact on pay television services.
Here's an interview with a recent cord-cutter in Los Angeles, who happens to be my son.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 26 2012, 2:59pm
The year 2012 brought us the first couple of consumer 4K displays, some available and some just announcements, and the naysayers are warming up their keyboards again, cranking their blogs from their kitchen chair as they did when negatively wrote about 3DTV over the past 3 years, with comments such as “is too expensive”, “it will bomb as 3DTV”, “4KTV is stupid”, “who is going to buy 4K?”, “there is no glasses in 4K but who needs so many pixels?”, “where is the content?”
Other than the owners forum of this projector I have not seen one blogger comment that said: I like my 4K display.
Why? Perhaps because...
By The HT Guys • Oct 26 2012, 5:19am
We love gear at the HT Guys and when a new remote comes out we have to take a look.
Recently Logitech released the Harmony Touch - a remote that combines a touch screen with physical buttons.
We're not big fans of a totally touch screen remote so we were pretty excited to take a look at one that combines the best of both worlds.
By Pete Putman • Oct 24 2012, 9:41pm
Panasonic will be remaining in the businesses of making TV sets and LCD panels for TV sets despite incorrect reports to the contrary.
By The HT Guys • Oct 19 2012, 7:26am
Cord cutters rejoice, the new $99 Boxee will delight and amaze you - and it's a much more normal size and shape.
One unique feature of the new Boxee is cloud storage for all your saved DVR content; we aren't convinced this is as good as it sounds on paper.
And if Sci-fi movies aren't your thing, we close out today with a discussion on Superhero movies.
By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 18 2012, 1:50am
IRVINE, Calif., Oct.
17, 2012 /PRNewswire/
-- JVC-TV, the legendary brand in audio/video electronics, has announced the introduction of the new 55" JLE55SP4000 3D HDTV featuring XinemaView 3D™ (complete with four pair of battery-free 3D glasses), built-in WiFi and Internet applications, 120Hz CrystalMotion™ screen, and a remote control with QWERTY keypad.
The new JLE55SP4000 is the first model in the venerable JVC brand's new "BlackSapphire" line of HDTVs, the second line introduced since JVC merged with Kenwood and licensed by AmTRAN Video Corp., with more BlackSapphire models coming soon.
Featuring an ultra-thin bezel design (less than 0.5" thick) and 1080p Full HD resolution, the edge LED backlit JLE55SP4000 stands out from comparable models with...
By Pete Putman • Oct 12 2012, 10:31pm
In the electronic displays world, medium-sized displays are those that are larger than cell-phone size and up to 10 inches on the diagonal.Â Anything larger than 10 inches is a 'large display.'
In an era of 90-inch TV sets, calling a 10.1-inch display 'large' sounds silly, and it is.Â The nomenclature dates back to a nearly [...]
By The HT Guys • Oct 12 2012, 5:02am
This episode covers a wide range of topics, from various DIY ways to hide cables in your home theater to why 4K is more important than 3D, but maybe not as important as TV manufacturers would hope.
We close out with a discussion on Sci-Fi movies and the role Science Fiction has played in shaping home theater and consumer electronics.
Ok, maybe not, but it sounded good.
By Pete Putman • Oct 11 2012, 1:12pm
3D TV had its 15 minutes of fame.
But 4K TV is the 'hot' ticket now.
By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2012, 2:28pm
An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America -- team up to save the world from certain doom.
Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?
This summer offered up a few amusing action flicks, however The Avengers was by far the most entertaining films of the year (and yes I know the year isn’t over).
I will try to write the review without having much of a slant, but...
By The HT Guys • Oct 8 2012, 2:14pm
In this twisted thriller from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway.
But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay.
Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth and Brian J.
White star with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford in this surprising spin on a classic horror setup.
Cabin in the Woods is one of the most creative and original horror films I’ve ever scene.
If you like horrors films, and understand their structure this film is an instant classic for you.
It pays homage to several beloved horror films, while it flips the whole genre upside down.
The writing is impressively original with witty dialog and very few plot holes.
By Pete Putman • Oct 5 2012, 7:05pm
Sharp and Hon Hai are collaborating on a low-cost 60-inch LCD-TV to be sold under the SIO brand name.
By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 2:06pm
As a whole Indiana Jones is one the best adventure series of all time.
The way they’re directed and the style of action make them timeless.
They’re movies I share with my kids, and I don’t have to force them to watch.
These movies are part of the American texture.
If I see a kid pretending to use a whip, they aren’t a lion tamer, they’re Indiana Jones.
Looking at the movies with a critical eye...
By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 8:35am
Inspired by an article of the same title written by Benj Edwards posted at TechHive.com, the HT Guys decided to do a little look back on the digital format that changed the music industry, and set the stage for other formats that would change the movie industry as well.
We knew back when it came out that the CD was going to be huge, we probably couldn't have guessed just how huge.
By The HT Guys • Oct 4 2012, 2:56pm
An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the fair-skinned maiden battling the Evil Queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her.
Meanwhile, a love-struck prince bides his time from afar.
his version of Snow White is one of the darker and grittiest versions I’ve seen, but still remains to be a fairy tale.
The overall plot of this movie is simple but somehow they...
By Ed Milbourn • Oct 3 2012, 2:19pm
Like many incipient “cord cutters,” I am gradually approaching the point where the vast wasteland of hundreds of channels of nothingness is not worth the trip.
Aside for local news, special events and sports, the rest of TV is of questionable redeeming social value.
However, the one TV accessory to which I have become addicted is the DVR.
If I am going to “cut-the-cord,” I really don’t want to pay someone any monthly fee for the privilege of the wonderful utility of time- shifting otherwise “free” HDTV programming.
Other than reconfiguring a computer dedicated for that purpose, not many (if any) moderately priced, no-fee options existed.
By The HT Guys • Oct 3 2012, 2:16pm
The classic Battleship board game moves to the big screen in this at-sea adventure about defending planet Earth from a mysterious enemy fleet.
At the center of the action is a pair of naval officer brothers and their commanding superior.
Battleship is a fun over the top blockbuster movie, that’s been poorly judged because it was based on the silly premise of a board game.
Don’t get me wrong...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 2 2012, 2:43pm
After reading the rosy articles from other reviewers about the Hopper system this may come as a splash of cold water to Dish fans, or as a “yes, we know, it has been always that way” to some satellite service history followers, why?
I reviewed primarily the image quality side of the system, as I would do with other HD video provider service or media, and I concluded that it should be better, and it could be if Dish wants.
None of the other publications said a word about the subject of Dish’s image quality, they rather concentrated in admiring the Hopper’s impressive feature set and functionality, which, do not take me wrong, I fully concur with the reviews in that area, the features are great, but to me the image quality should be the main requirement of any video service contract/package, not just a sophisticated set-top-box or a mile-long channel lineup.
By The HT Guys • Oct 2 2012, 2:07pm
Every year the twelve districts send a teenage boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" which is a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.
If she's ever to return home she must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
It’s nice to see an extremely popular movie for teens that has substance.
The Hunger Games is an entertaining and heart wrenching film filled will great performances and a few action sequences.
This movie isn’t just for teens, it’s filled with...
By The HT Guys • Oct 1 2012, 2:45pm
When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police, a young marine biologist and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again.
There are very few movies that change how the entertainment industry operates, Jaws defined what we now call the summer blockbuster.
Jaws is a movie based on the primal fear of man versus animal.
This story has been told several times in movies such as Moby Dick, The Grey, and Anaconda, but none have ever been as cinematic as Jaws.
Watching this movie on Blu-ray takes...
By Ryan Gibbs • Sep 29 2012, 2:25pm
Sasha Baron Cohen is at it again in this wildly offensive, farfetched political comedy about the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya.
Cohen plays Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, a childish, anti-western and anti-Semitic ruler who refuses to allow Wadiyan oil to be sold internationally and is working on developing nuclear weapons.
Let me first say that Sasha Baron Cohen has had his fair share of funny parts.
The funniest by far was Jean Girard in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
But this performance would definitely rank towards the...
By The HT Guys • Sep 28 2012, 4:56am
Every time we publish a story about cutting the cord we get a ton of interest.
Whether it be a new online service or a new antenna to be used for pulling in free, over-the-air HD signals, our listeners and readers respond with great feedback.
So when we found out about a new indoor antenna called the HD Blade we were excited about putting it through its paces.
By Pete Putman • Sep 26 2012, 9:11pm
Video streaming started out quietly enough, but is now forcing major changes in the way we select and watch movies and TV shows - an upending many established business models along the way...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 24 2012, 2:46pm
There was a recent article by Andrew Robinson of Home Theater Review Magazine about TV calibration that touched a nerve with ISF and THX calibrators.
I actually thought the article was on the spot but Andrew followed it up with a second article that gave a different perspective, not necessarily contradicting the first article, but apparently intended to make peace with calibrators that still had tension on their shoulders even after their massage sessions.
I have a different twist about this subject...
By The HT Guys • Sep 21 2012, 4:25am
Black Friday 2012 is coming.
In about two months the deal seeking crowds will descend upon stores like Walmart, Target and Best Buy with reckless abandon, gobbling up every deal they can get to before supplies run out.
If you're lucky enough to get to the electronics section without being trampled, you can usually find some pretty good deals.
But will they be good enough to wait for if you really want that new TV right away?
By Pete Putman • Sep 14 2012, 9:49pm
It will come as no surprise to most readers that this is a tough time to sell televisions!
By The HT Guys • Sep 14 2012, 6:34am
Each year CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) holds an event where the industry gathers to show new off new gadgets and technology.
We've been to a few of these and have enjoyed them quite a bit, maybe even more than CES.
It takes the parts of CES that we care about and condenses it down to a lot less walking.
We didn't go this year but that won't stop us from talking about some of the highlights from the show.
By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2012, 6:48pm
LG Display's 55-inch OLED-TV panels will not see volume production until 2013, reported Digitimes' Julian Ho and Alex Wolfgram this morning, citing an unidentified 'report from Japan.' Â Â Although this is not the strongest imaginable sourcing for a story, it is highly plausible.Â Let's see why.
1.Â It is September.Â If LGD hasn't gotten beyond pilot production [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:33am
Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 universal Blu-ray Disc player with superior 3D and HD video and audio playback, as well as built-in WiFi support for easy wireless connectivity.
Designed to complement the performance and styling of the company's critically-acclaimed and award-winning line of AVENTAGE AV receivers, this model enables Netflix and YouTube Leanback video streaming and offers full remote operation from smartphones and tablets via Yamaha's top-rated AV controller apps for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
Yamaha invites members of the press to its CEDIA Expo 2012 booth (#3011) to see their featured products, including the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 Blu-ray player, AVENTAGE AV receivers and YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 Digital Sound Projectors.
The BD-A1020 offers many Internet-based interactive features, including...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:22am
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEDIA Show Booth #719
- Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
continues to enhance the home theater experience with the release of its new Elite® BDP-62FD Blu-ray Disc™ player.
The BDP-62FD offers new features including expanded high-resolution file format playback, Marvell Qdeo® video processing technology, dual HDMI® output, and iControlAV2012 app control for additional convenience.
Pioneer's new Elite Blu-ray Disc player is designed with expanded playback capability to offer consumers more source material options for their music and movies.
The BDP-62FD supports many of today's most popular video and audio file formats including...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:05am
LG Electronics today announced U.S.
availability for its enormous 84-inch (84.04 inch diagonal) LED display, boasting a native "ultra definition" (UD) screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 to match its impressive size*.
The gigantic 84-inch screen quadruples the level of detail from full 1080p HD resolution to a massive 8 million pixels.
Even before so-called "4K" content is available, LG's proprietary Resolution Upscaler Plus delivers higher detail from current HD/SD external sources.
A major step forward for the display industry, ultra-definition TV makes use of the screen real estate available with today's largest-size flat panels, much like the jump from 720p to 1080p years ago.
The LG UD 84LM9600 is expected to be available in October at an MSRP of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 3:44am
New York, August 29, 2012
– Sony Electronics announced its first TV capable of displaying 4K images, raising the curtain on the next wave in innovation from a company that knows a thing or two about television.
The new 84-inch set, model XBR-84X900, is equipped with a 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel that delivers an image four times the resolution of Full HD and creates an immersive viewing experience previously unavailable from a TV.
The new XBR 4KTV will arrive in Sony Stores and select retail locations in North America later this year.
Incorporating proprietary upscaling technology including the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine, the new TV is designed to...
By The HT Guys • Sep 7 2012, 7:03am
The annual IFA show in Berlin, dubbed 'Consumer Electronics Unlimited,' is the second largest consumer tech show in the world - second only to CES in Las Vegas.
They are expecting to set new attendance records this year, surpassing the more than 1,400 exhibitors and 239,000 attendees that showed up last year.
Berlin is a bit too far for us to drive, so we have to cover the show virtually.
IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, has been around since 1924 and was originally an international radio exhibition.
By The HT Guys • Aug 31 2012, 6:11am
It's not as bad as it used to be.
Sure we all made it through another Summer with almost nothing to watch on TV.
But between Gordon Ramsay, USA Network, Netflix and Hulu, it wasn't all bad.
But now it's time to rejoice.
Football is back, and in just a few short weeks all your favorite shows will be back on, and perhaps a few new ones will make it to your favorites list.
By The HT Guys • Aug 24 2012, 8:44am
The Vizio Co-Star may have the Logitech Revue to thank for the uphill battle it faces in convincing consumers that Google TV is the right choice for their living room.
When wereviewed the Revue almost two years ago, there were some aspects of it we really liked.
But it never quite caught on with the masses.
Vizio is hoping that the Co-Star can change expectations; and at a price of only $99, it sure is a lot easier for many of us to at least check it out.
By The HT Guys • Aug 17 2012, 6:02am
If you have been listening to us for a while you know that we feel subwoofers are essential home theater gear.
There are so many units on the market it may be hard to decide which one to buy.
Some subwoofers can fill giant rooms with bone crushing sound but they cost a small fortune to own.
What do you do if you have an apartment or small room and you still want a great sounding sub? We're glad you asked.
The SVS SB12-NSD (MSRP $650) is a 12 inch sealed sub that packs great sound into a small package.
By Pete Putman • Aug 16 2012, 7:53pm
In early August E Ink Holdings — the company that makes the vast majority of black-and-white ePaper displays that appear in eReaders, such as those made my Amazon and Barnes & Noble — announced it had signed a definitive agreement to buy 82.7% of the shares of SiPix Technology and its wholly owned subsidiary SiPix [...]
By Pete Putman • Aug 13 2012, 2:34pm
Sharp Corporation continues to hemorrhage cash as their television business slides into obscurity.
But they're not alone.
By The HT Guys • Aug 10 2012, 5:53am
We've been wondering for a while when the Sage TV technology would make its way back to the market as a Google offering and rumor has it, the day has arrived.
The information circulating in the blogosphere is that the Sage TV team helped provide some of the tech behind the new Google Fiber TV that was recently unveiled.
The service looks very intriguing, and knowing that it's backed by Sage TV know-how is even more reassuring.
By Pete Putman • Aug 9 2012, 12:33am
The future of front projection depends on its ability to go lampless.
And Optoma's ML300 shows how far we've come in attaining that goal.
By Pete Putman • Aug 6 2012, 9:51pm
NBC's secondary 3D telecast of the 2012 Olympics has its moments, but is tedious to sit through.
By Pete Putman • Aug 3 2012, 8:04pm
In a recent report, Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) tries hard to make the case that cord-cutting is not hurting the pay-TV market.
The company directs its report, 'North America Digital Television Forecast: 1H'12,' at the digital part of the market, and forecasts that digital subscriptions will increase from 114M in 2011 to 129M in 2016, for [...]
By The HT Guys • Aug 3 2012, 7:36am
Summer vacations have changed quite a bit since we were kids.
We used to have to invent games to play to pass the time while in the car or on a plane.
But nowadays there are so many options for media, there's never a dull moment.
You can even pull your devices out when you arrive to make sure you have something to watch if you need a little down time in front of the television.
By Pete Putman • Aug 1 2012, 12:46am
Time for one more road trip to finish off an in-depth test of indoor DTV antennas.
You may be surprised at the results!
By The HT Guys • Jul 27 2012, 6:53am
Episode 541 is packed with information, from a CNet discussion on their favorite 3 (budget) receivers to the new STRIVA wi-fi headphones from Koss.
Mixed in there is a list from Electronic House with 10 very unique remote controls that are sure to start as many conversations as movies in your home theater.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 27 2012, 12:23am
Although 81 percent of the ConsumerReports.org subscribers who used a streaming video service in the previous month used Netflix, rival services such as Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video all scored higher for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports' first comprehensive Ratings of video services.
Streaming video content directly from the Internet is emerging as the preferred choice for video viewing...
By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2012, 7:20pm
Worldwide TV shipments will shrink by 1.4% in 2012 predicts NPD DisplaySearch in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, issued in early July.
In the company's latest update, total TV shipments are forecast to fall to 245M units, while shipments of LCD-TVs are expected to increase by 5% — down from 7% [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 21 2012, 2:48am
NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group and Panasonic Corporation of North America today announced that the first-ever 3D coverage of the Olympic Games, beginning in London later this month, will be available to subscribers of MVPD's (multichannel video programming distributors) representing nearly 80% of U.S.
The daily 3D programming, which will be shown on next-day delay, will be carried by many cable, satellite and telco providers such as such as Armstrong, AT&T, Blue Ridge, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and WideOpen West.
These carriers will distribute roughly 242 hours of the 3D broadcasts via the Media Center.
By The HT Guys • Jul 20 2012, 7:29am
There was a disturbance in the HT Guys force after our initial revue of the DTV Green Dish, a.k.a Dishtenna so we decided to post a little bit of an update to the original review.
We also discuss four very highly rated HDTVs you should consider if you're looking to buy a new one and ten technology trends that may change the way you live.
By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 9:12pm
Samsung's decision to release their 75-inch LCD TV is clearly a defensive move against Sharp.
How long before it, too, begins to show up in commercial AV installations?
By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 19 2012, 8:17pm
Samsung Electronics America, a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today showcases several new groundbreaking innovations as part of Samsung SpaceFest, a five-day celebration of the arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the famous Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The new 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV will deliver...
By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 6:45pm
Ken Werner will be speaking at the Crystal Valley Conference and Exposition (CVCE), Cheonan City, Korea, Sept.
By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 6:27pm
Videophiles prefer plasma TV to LCD, and plasma rates higher than LCD in side-by-side testing.
Â In addition, large-sized plasmas are less expensive than comparable LCDs, and their greater refresh rate allows them to produce cleaner 3D images.
Â Nonetheless, the days of plasma TV are numbered.
As consultant David Barnes observes, you need look no farther than [...]
By The HT Guys • Jul 13 2012, 5:35am
The best way to cut the cord without giving up TV is to go the old fashioned route, put up an antenna and watch all the HDTV you want absolutely free.
It's amazing that the signals are still floating across the air free of charge, but they are.
But what do you do if you're too far away from the local broadcast tower to actually receive very many channels, if any? You may want to give the new DTV Green Dish, aka Dishtenna a try.
By Pete Putman • Jul 12 2012, 9:58pm
A court ruling means that Aereo can continue to provide over-the-air digital TV signals from New York City through Internet connections to subscribersâ?¦for nowâ?¦
By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 9 2012, 8:46pm
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced five new standards, ranging in topic from accessibility to 3D video to wireless charging, which are now available to guide designers as they develop innovative products for consumers.
CEA also released a technical report that addresses television picture brightness.
The new standards are as follows...
By Ryan Gibbs • Jul 9 2012, 8:35pm
American Reunion opens in grand fashion just like the other three American Pie theater classics, with Jim (Jason Biggs) in a compromising situation yet again.
This time he is caught by his 2 year old son, which in turn leads to Jim walking in on...
By Ryan Gibbs • Jul 6 2012, 2:54pm
This movie is a masterful look into the inter-happenings of the CIA and how hard it is to tell the good guys from the corrupt agents.
Yes, believe it or not, the CIA has its fair share of rogue agents.
Housekeeper of the Safe House, Matt Weston, is a rookie agent who has been assigned to possibly the dullest work detail in the eastern hemisphere.
He has been looking for a way to prove himself to his superiors in the hopes of getting a transfer to a more exciting locale.
But all this changes when...
By The HT Guys • Jul 6 2012, 7:03am
We love getting new toys to play with so when the Pioneer VSX-1122-K ($599.99 Buy Now) showed up at the HT Guys HQ we couldn't wait to put it through its paces.
The 1122 is a 7.2 receiver that packs 90 watts per channel.
It measures 17.13 x 6.63 x 14.29 in inches (43.5 x 16.8 x 36.3 in centimeters) and weighs 22 pounds (~10 kilos) and looks pretty much like all other receivers from the outside.
By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2012, 1:00pm
This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500.
Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which … Continue reading →
By The HT Guys • Jun 29 2012, 2:40pm
In this action-comedy based on the 1980s-debuted TV show, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play youthful undercover cops who work the local high school.
There to investigate a drug ring, the guys find that much has changed since their own school days.
The original TV show 21 Jump Street was almost cop drama that sometimes tacked serious issues that teens faced in the 1980’s.
This movie is...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 29 2012, 1:00pm
In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S.
in support of his statement about the FCC auction … Continue reading →
By The HT Guys • Jun 29 2012, 7:37am
The Mac Mini Video Server project has brought in a steady stream of interested readers over the years.
Who wouldn't want to build their own movie jukebox for a fraction of the cost of a professionally installed movie server? The first thing you notice about the project is how easy it is, the second thing you notice is the cost and the third thing might be the fact that you just aren't wired up for it.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 29 2012, 2:08am
VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced the availability of the highly anticipated XVT Series Cinemawide™ LED Smart TV with Theater 3D®, the first 21:9 ultra-widescreen TV available in the United States.
VIZIO's groundbreaking TV allows movie lovers to experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters without the distraction of black bars at the top and bottom of the picture.
The 21:9 Cinemawide screen is wider than the standard 16:9 screen found on most HDTVs, allowing it to perfectly fit the 2.35:1 aspect ratio used for most major Hollywood films.
Movie lovers no longer need...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 29 2012, 12:46am
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
today released its new Pioneer® BDP-150 Blu-ray Disc™ player, bringing advanced technologies and a range of features consumers and enthusiasts will appreciate, including Blu-ray 3D™ support.
The BDP-150 provides superior picture and audio quality, including high definition file playback for video, audio and photos and the new iControlAV2012 app for control convenience.
In addition to being designed for the highest quality playback of Blu-ray and DVD content, the BDP-150 is geared to access...
By Pete Putman • Jun 28 2012, 10:25pm
Leap Motion's new gesture recognition system is two hundred times more sensitive than the Xbox Kinect...and it's only $70.
By The HT Guys • Jun 28 2012, 2:37pm
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
Smokey and the Bandit is a fun classic comedy that features Burt Reynolds at his best.
The plot is very simple but...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2012, 1:00pm
Google TV is back.
After an abortive first attempt two years ago, the second generation is getting close to shipping.
Both Sony and Vizio have announced network media players based on the Google software, and LG has a new LCD … Continue reading →
By The HT Guys • Jun 27 2012, 2:34pm
In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil.
At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of the curse forever.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance features Nicolas Cage at his...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2012, 1:00pm
Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline.
Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race? It … Continue reading →
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:45am
IRVINE, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/
-- VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today the launch of the highly anticipated VIZIO Co-Star™ Stream Player.
Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience.
With VIZIO's new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities—via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support—and the best in streaming entertainment.
Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:04am
Sony Electronics Inc.
today announced the availability and pricing of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV™, originally introduced in January at CES.
Powered by Google TV, the Internet Player will be available at retailers nationwide on July 22, priced at $199.
Pre-orders begin on June 25, 2012 at www.sony.com/sonygoogletv
In addition to the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, Sony's newest Internet Blu-ray Disc™ player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9, will be available at retailers in time for the holiday season, priced at...
By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2012, 2:30pm
The mission of rescuing a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell falls to an elite squad of Navy SEALs in this covert-action thriller.
Active duty SEALs play the lead fighting roles in a saga based on actual events from their service.
Act of Valor is one of the most...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 26 2012, 1:00pm
This story has me scratching my head a bit; Sony and Panasonic will partner in developing OLED TVs.
According to the press release, the two companies will pool their “core and printing technologies” to develop a “printing method-based next-generation OLED … Continue reading →
By Pete Putman • Jun 25 2012, 2:56pm
As the Society for Information Display’s Display Week event was ramping up in early June, Nanosys Inc.
and the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company announced they would collaborate to bring quantum-dot (QD) technology to consumer liquid-crystal displays.
Nanosys (Palo Alto, CA), which identifies itself as a materials company, has been working for several years to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 25 2012, 1:00pm
There is one type of content that makes “television” the most compelling entertainment media available: live sports.
If streaming video — also known as “over the top” — is going to make serious inroads into the traditional linear television broadcasting … Continue reading →
By The HT Guys • Jun 22 2012, 2:57pm
As a warrior lost on Earth, John Carter is magically transported to Mars, where the fate of the planet and its people ultimately rest in his hands.
With surprising new powers, and epic battles, he rises to become the man he is meant to be and the hero he truly is.
John Carter is an entertaining movie that’s full of imagination and interesting characters.
The story is so huge that may be hard to grasp in one viewing.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2012, 1:00pm
The FCC suffered a bit of an “enforcement malfunction” yesterday when the Supreme Court threw out sanctions against ABC and FOX.
Disney had been hit with a $1.2 million penalty for nudity in an “NYPD Blue” episode on ABC, while … Continue reading →
By The HT Guys • Jun 22 2012, 6:33am
This is not a typical topic for the HT Guys but recently we received a lot of emails about the fact the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' is the most pirated show today.
We stated that if the show was available for download at a reasonable price it wouldn't be pirated as much.
A listener wrote us and gave us his take (Pirating American TV Programs) on why show are pirated outside the US.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2012, 1:00pm
Verizon’s FiOS service has become very popular with some users for its outstanding broadband service speeds.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that getting a couple Mbps over DSL was amazing; now FiOS service starts at 15 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.
And Verizon has now raised the ante.
Recognizing that broadband households are [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 20 2012, 9:02pm
The commercial AV industries' largest trade show shows no signs of slowing down.
But the pro AV landscape is definitely evolving.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 20 2012, 1:00pm
If you’re a long-time reader of the HDTV Almanac, you know that one of my favorite hobbyhorsesÂ to ride is the question of “who is going to pay for the video content?” Advertisers have long been aware that we’re skipping their commercials with our DVRs, but they were at a loss about what to do instead.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 19 2012, 1:00pm
Imagine a television that is more than six and a half feet wide.
Imagine that you could have one in your living room now if you want it.
It’s not a pipedream; it’s the Sharp LC-90LE745U 90″ LCD HDTV, and the company announced yesterday that it is available now from select retailers in the U.S.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 18 2012, 1:00pm
Amazon Instant Video is the quiet third-place contender behind Netflix and Hulu, but the service keeps adding content to its catalog.
Many of the titles are available for free streaming — some in high-definition — for customers who pay for an Amazon Prime membership at $79 per year.
In addition to benefits such as free [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 15 2012, 1:00pm
The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S.
Justice Department has launched an investigation into cable television company practices, especially as they relate to streaming online video from sources such as Netflix and Hulu.
One focus of the agency’s concerns is the fact that some cable companies are imposing data caps on subscriber usage of [...]
By The HT Guys • Jun 15 2012, 5:47am
CE Pro, the magazine for professional consumer electronics installers, puts out a survey every year to determine what brands dealers, integrators and resellers offer the most.
It's an interesting list to take a look at.
Typically a reseller will have a few different reasons for choosing a favorite brand than the rest of us, like profit margins or marketing support, but often the reasons are the same.
They want products that please their customers and are reliable.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2012, 1:00pm
Attention: QVC Shoppers! Open up those home equity credit lines because shopping online is about to get faster and easier! On Tuesday, Scott Dunlap, vice president of emerging opportunities withÂ PayPal, announced a new partnership with Comcast and TiVo.
What could a cable giant, a DVR maker, and an online payment processor possibly do together? Let [...]
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 13 2012, 2:02pm
In this article I addressed the basic differences between LG and Samsung’s 55” OLED panels, which were announced to be released later this year.
Before CES 2012 a price range between $8,000 and $10,000 was rumored to be the most likely for both sets.
Some said that the OLEDs may be offered for even lower than that, venturing a $5,000 figure taken from a hat while the rabbit was sleeping, which I never thought OLED would be offered for that low price upon introduction in 2012.
Then DisplaySearch declared that they expected the price to be around...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2012, 1:00pm
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video.
We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and “direct LED” TVs.
The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 12 2012, 1:00pm
In yet another attempt to put a genie back in the bottle, Disney has decided not to give Redbox or NetflixÂ access to “John Carter” on DVD when the movie becomes available for retail customers, according to a story in the LA Times.
Instead, the disc rental companies will have to wait at least 28 days [...]
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 11 2012, 2:55pm
As covered in detail in parts 1 and 2, for years LCD companies have claimed that their sets can be viewed all the way to 170+ degrees.
That number would be like viewing the panel all the way to the side, almost parallel to the edge of the TV frame.
Have you actually tried to do that with your set? Do you still see the same image quality if any image at all? Is the image still appealing to you, or you rather move back to the center? Try moving gradually from the center passing the 20 degrees angle to the left or right and keep increasing the angle (20 degrees is about what your companion viewer may be seeing if sitting right by your side).
This report (Viewing Angles section) covers more detail about the subject.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 11 2012, 1:00pm
Okay, I have to start by waving the white flag of surrender.
As many of you may have noticed, I went “dark” for an extended period last fall while I was working on some major projects.
For the past month or so, I’ve been behind but I was struggling to catch up by back-dating my [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2012, 4:45am
(NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the NETGEAR NeoTV™ Pro HD Streaming Player (NTV200S), the latest addition to the NETGEAR NeoTV streaming player family of products.
NeoTV Pro offers high quality streaming content from a wide variety of online channels and is the world's first streaming player to offer wireless display capability using Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi).
With the NeoTV Pro, users can...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2012, 4:35am
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® is embarking on a new initiative related to next-generation high-definition television with the formation of its "4K" Working Group, a forum for manufacturers, retailers and content providers to define 4K technology, discuss 4K content options, and educate consumers about the newest era in high-definition television (HDTV).
Prominently showcased at the 2012 International CES®, 4K's giant screens, featuring even higher resolution than current HDTV, will offer consumers exactly what they're looking for...
By The HT Guys • Jun 8 2012, 5:42am
It's that time of year again where Dads get to to have the spotlight for a whole day! If you are like us, the love of your family is all you need to make your day worth it! But if the family insists on getting you something it may as well be something that you will enjoy.
After all, who needs another tie! Print out this page and leave it someplace where the family can find it.
Our goal was to create a list that didn't break the bank so even your teenagers could find something that would make you smile!
By The HT Guys • Jun 7 2012, 2:03pm
The 332nd Fighter Group, an all-black World War II unit made up of the best escort pilots and known as the Red Tails, fights racism at home while fighting the Nazis abroad in this action-packed drama based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Red Tails is a solid film that honors the trail blazing Tuskegee Airmen by showcasing their heroism instead of making them victims.
I’ve seen movies based on this story before, but none have been...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 5 2012, 3:34am
Samsung announced today that it will be showcasing industry-leading technologies at the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2012, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, June 5-7, Booth #163.
Samsung Mobile Display's collection of about 20 display technologies includes the world's first and largest (55-inch) 3D OLED (organic light emitting Diode) TV panel, the world's thinnest touch sensor-integrated AMOLED panel, and several highly advanced mobile solutions.
At the same time and in the same booth, Samsung Display will be showcasing tablet and IT solutions featuring high resolution, wide viewing angle and low power consumption, including...
By The HT Guys • Jun 1 2012, 6:29am
Google has been making slow and somewhat quiet attempts to enter the Operating System space for a while.
The last major concerted effort manifested as a new form of netbooks running the Google Chrome operating system dubbed Chromebooks.
These new netbooks were supposed to be a huge hit, but haven't quite taken off yet.
Samsung recently announced an upgrade to the Chromebook line as well as a twist on the Chromebook with a new offering called the Chromebox.
By Pete Putman • May 29 2012, 11:49pm
A re-test of Winegard's FlatWave antenna, combined with a newcomer (Antennas Direct Micron XG) = another visit to Turner Engineering!
By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 29 2012, 2:01pm
As mentioned in part 1 of this article, it has been known from the beginning of LCD, but not well informed by retailers to consumers, that LCD has an inherent viewing problem when the angle of view is off center, and depending on the LCD, the color, brightness, and contrast, drop considerably as the viewer moves from a center position (90 degree straight to the panel) to angles that are typical of the sitting arrangements of most family rooms, whereby viewers gather around the screen, and although they may still view an image, it is typically not of the same quality of the image perceived by the person viewing straight to the set.
This is more noticeable when...
By The HT Guys • May 25 2012, 2:14pm
Rachel McAdams stars in this romantic drama about a newlywed woman who slips into a coma after a car accident and awakens with amnesia.
Her devoted husband (Channing Tatum) must help her recover and also win her back.
I didn’t want to like this movie because I knew it would be a sappy love story with...
By The HT Guys • May 25 2012, 6:08am
Each year cable industry people meet to discuss topics like multi-screen video services, cloud-based business applications, and innovations in personalized content delivery.
The Cable show is like CES for cable operators.
On today's show we'll discuss a few items that may have impact on your HDTV experience.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 24 2012, 2:45pm
It has been known from the beginning of LCD, but not well informed by retailers to consumers, that LCD has an inherent viewing problem when the angle of view is off center, and depending on the LCD, the color, brightness, and contrast, drop considerably as the viewer moves from a center position (90 degree, straight to the panel) to angles that are typical of the sitting arrangements of most family rooms whereby viewers gather around the screen, and although they may still view an image, it is typically not of the same quality of the image perceived by the person viewing straight to the set.
This is more noticeable when...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 23 2012, 3:13pm
A few days ago I received a personal comment from a high executive at LG that made me go back to my thinking cave to control a panic reaction and start wondering what the heck was going on between Samsung and LG’s competition.
His comment was shocker, and I immediately put my contacts to work to verify the legitimacy of it.
This LG executive, that asked for anonymity, said to me that...
By The HT Guys • May 23 2012, 2:12pm
A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
The War is a remarkable seven part documentary that tells the complete story of World War II from an American perspective.
The 15 hour documentary follows the lives of men and women from four different towns in the United States.
All of their stories are...
By Ed Milbourn • May 22 2012, 2:51pm
The short answer is that is doesn't work very well.
One can tick-off a whole litany of deficiencies, both commercial and technical, that have resulted in a less than stellar acceptance of this feature.
Does this mean 3DTV is a "failure?"
By The HT Guys • May 21 2012, 2:08pm
After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow.
But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.
The Grey should be called The Dark, because its characters and subject matter are so grim and harsh it’s hard to walk away from this movie feeling cheerful.
The overall theme is...
By Alfred Poor • May 21 2012, 1:00pm
In a joint announcement last week, Comcast and Skype unveiled plans to provide video chat service to XfinityÂ customers.
By adding an adapter box to their set-top box and a “high-quality” video camera, subscribers will be able to send or receive instant messages or video calls to any Skype user worldwide, including smart phones, tablets, and [...]
By Ed Milbourn • May 18 2012, 2:26pm
Like many, I love (most) old movies.
And again, like many, I have accumulated a significant collection of classics - most on VCR's and on the old RCA CED video disc format (RIP).
With the advent of HDTV and advanced film restoration technologies, the BD and DVD versions of these movies are - for the most part - spectacular.
However, the one generally disappointing aspect that mars the total HD experience of these productions is the disappointing sound quality.
This is especially true with...
By The HT Guys • May 18 2012, 2:13pm
A last-minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realizes she's been betrayed -- and that her own life is no longer safe.
Now, to outwit her enemies, she'll simply have to outlast them.
It’s very rare to see an action film starring a woman that could beat up most men in real life, but that’s exactly what you get in Haywire.
It has the familiar plot of...
By Alfred Poor • May 18 2012, 1:00pm
Conventional wisdom has it that television remains a group activity.
We are rapidly being assimilated by our personal mobile devices, and I often see two people together who are both busy texting or Facebooking or whatever on their smartphones.
Then I read a blog entry by some DisplaySearch analysts that describe a new “smart dual [...]
By The HT Guys • May 18 2012, 4:47am
OLED TVs may have stolen the show at CES 2012, but just when you think it's safe to be an early adopter and pick one up, you might want to hold off.
There's a new display technology on the horizon that backers claim will not only outperform OLED, but also be cheaper to manufacture.
And it has a much cooler name - it's called Quantum Dot display or QLED.
And if that doesn't sound like you're living in the future, we don't know what does.
By The HT Guys • May 17 2012, 2:00pm
Janet Evanovich's spunky heroine, Stephanie Plum, is adrift after getting a divorce and losing her job.
To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.
One for the Money claims to be an action comedy, but its barely funny and hardly has any action.
You would expect...
By Alfred Poor • May 17 2012, 1:00pm
My good friend, colleague, and sometimes co-author M.
David Stone alerted me to a product that he recently reviewed for PC Magazine: the SmartCrystalÂ Pro from Volfoni.
This is a device that can turn any 3D-capableÂ front projector into one that uses passive glasses for $1,500 (street price).
Inexpensive 3D projectors require you to use bulky shutter [...]
By The HT Guys • May 16 2012, 2:54pm
In this classic sci-fi adventure from director Robert Zemeckis, eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends his young friend, Marty McFly (Michael J.
Fox), 30 years into the past.
While stuck in the 1950s, Marty disrupts his parents' destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum completely out of whack.
The only way back to 1985 now is to get mom and dad to pucker up.
The Back to the Future Trilogy is a cultural milestone in American film.
It captured what the 1980’s were, what we thought the past was, and what we thought the future could bring.
Most people would agree that the first movie is the best, and the series degrades as it goes along.
I’m not saying...
By Alfred Poor • May 16 2012, 1:00pm
TheÂ Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
(LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011.
The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010.
The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S.
cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011.
The telco services (Verizon’s FiOS and [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • May 16 2012, 4:46am
As video consumption increases and viewing devices vary, consumers are still using televisions most often to watch video, according to The Evolving Video Landscape study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
Consumers are watching more video than they have in the past, across a variety of platforms.
One-third of U.S.
adults online (34 percent) say they watch...
By Shane Sturgeon • May 16 2012, 4:34am
LG Electronics USA is conducting live demonstrations of LG's highly anticipated Google TV models at Internet Week New York, which starts here today.
LG's Smart TV with Google TV (G2 Series) combines the power of Google services with the speed of LG's new L9 dual-core chipset and a user-friendly interface for the next-generation Google TV experience.
The event runs from May 14-17 at 82 Mercer Street in Manhattan.
LG's G2 Series TVs are the first Google TV models coming to the U.S.
market with a...
By Alfred Poor • May 15 2012, 1:00pm
I’ve gone on the record with my pessimism about Mobile DTV, and recent events have done nothing to change my view of the situation.
TV Technology recently published an article about a discussion of Mobile TV at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in WashingtonÂ that confirms my suspicions.
Jay Adrick is Vice President for Broadcast [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 14 2012, 1:00pm
NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online.
Well, you probably can.
The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC.
But if you have a subscription, [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 11 2012, 1:00pm
There was a time when DVDs enjoyed the fastest new technology adoption of all time.
The transition from the clumsy, snowy VHS tapes to the sleek little polycarbonate discs was driven by the fact that the digital image looked terrific even on standard definition picture tube televisions.
And they look even better on flat panel [...]
By The HT Guys • May 11 2012, 5:40am
Ever since we saw (or better yet heard) our first demo of Dolby Volume we couldn't wait to find a reason to upgrade one of our receivers with this capability.
That's going on four years now! So when Ara's Yamaha 'Broke', he thought what better excuse to buy a receiver with Dolby Volume.
The receiver he settled on was the Harman Kardon 2650.
By Alfred Poor • May 10 2012, 1:00pm
If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new term creeping into the television industry lexicon: Direct LED TVs.
And as is so often the case, the new term has created all sorts of new confusion.
Here’s a quick overview of what this means.
First and foremost, this does not refer to a TV where the image [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 9 2012, 1:00pm
Microsoft initially added the Media Center feature to Windows XP.
It let you watch broadcast television on your computer, as well as play DVDs, your digitized music collection, and a lot more.
It was there in versions of Windows Vista and 7, but according to news reports, it will be MIA in Windows 8.
By Alfred Poor • May 8 2012, 1:00pm
According to a Reuters report, LG is going to start shipping televisions based on the Google TV platform before the end of May.
Manufacturing of the sets is slated to begin May 17 in Mexico.
This is Round 2 for Google TV which drew a lot of interest before it put on the brakes and [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 7 2012, 1:00pm
Hulu has made some sizeable waves in the television industry pond.
The service makes “catch-up” episodes of current television shows available for free; all you have to do is sign up and endure a relatively few commercial interruptions during the show.
(The service also has an extensive list of old show episodes and some mediocre [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 4 2012, 1:00pm
You’ve got a beautiful, big flat screen television.
It’s so thin that you’ve put it on a wall mount and it just seems to float in space.
Maybe it will just float away! Wait a minute; no, that can’t happen because it’s tied solidly to the ground by a mass of cables that should be [...]
By The HT Guys • May 4 2012, 5:06am
Until recently, it felt like the weather was changing here in Southern California.
We clicked over to daylight savings time; we had a few days of nice, sunny BBQ weather and it felt like the season of backyard movies was upon us.
Since then it's gotten a bit gloomy again, but we always like to be prepared, so we've put together a list of screen options for you if you finally want to make the jump into outdoor cinema.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 3 2012, 2:34pm
As I did on previous years since 2004 when it was known as “CEA’s HDTV Summit: Partnership, Policy and Profits and 2003 Academy of Digital Television Pioneers Awards”, this Tuesday April 24th I attended again the “CES on the Hill” press event, this time in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, and the following day I was also invited to the Digital Patriots dinner, this time at the Newseum in Washington, DC, to honor three leaders that contributed their efforts to the consumer electronics industry, those are Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jason Chaffetz, and I quote “for their support of technology innovation”, and David Rubenstein, Managing Director of Carlyle Group, “for his efforts to advance technology”, as said by the Consumer Electronics Association’s President and CEO, Gary Shapiro.
The Consumers Electronics Association, as profiled, is...
By Alfred Poor • May 3 2012, 1:00pm
A new white paper from Parks Associates reports on the shifting trends in home entertainment.
One of the most telling statistics in this document is that the average broadband user in U.S.
households now watches 1.6 hours a weeek of Internet video on their television.
Not on their notebook or smartphone or tablet or desktop [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 2 2012, 1:00pm
Once again, Panasonic has move the goalposts in the “Mine Is Bigger than Yours” contest.
The latest is a 145-inch diagonal plasma television; that’s more than 12 feet from corner to corner.
According to a news report by Tech-On, the behemoth was a joint effort with NHK (Japan Broadcasting System) and was produced in one [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 1 2012, 1:00pm
From the What Will They Think of Next Department: Do you enjoy the convenience of shopping in your BVDs at any hour of the day or night, but still feel a little queasy about sharing your credit card information on the Interwebs? Are you the type who thinks that “left pocket, right pocket” is all [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 30 2012, 1:00pm
Are you curious about how your local television station charges for political advertising? If the FCC has its way, you won’t need to guess much longer.
On Friday, the commission passed new rules that require stations to post the information on a public website.
At first blush, this may seem to be a strong blow [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2012, 1:00pm
An article by Stacey HigginbothamÂ for GigaOMÂ cites a fascinating statistic from the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report.
According to last fall’s version of the report,Â half of all our Internet use is related to video.
Netflix and YouTube alone account for more than 37% of the total traffic.
And according to the recently released spring update to [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 27 2012, 7:09am
We reviewed the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna back in July (Podcast #489) and thought it was the best indoor HDTV antenna we have ever tested.
We're here to tell you that is no longer the case.
Enter the Mohu Leaf Plus Amplified Indoor Antenna (Buy Now $73.99)
By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2012, 1:00pm
Have you seen the new IKEA Uppleva television? It apparently is designed to make it easy for consumers to choose a new HDTV that fits in with their Scandinavian decor.
The set hasn’t been released in this country yet, so we don’t know what the price will be.
Without this detail, it’s hard to assess [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 25 2012, 2:11pm
This sci-fi action thriller tracks the adventures of a group of young Americans touring Moscow who get caught up in an alien invasion.
Despite the unfamiliarity of their surroundings, the Yanks quickly team up with the Russians to fight back.
The Darkest Hour takes the overused sci-fi plot of alien invasion and...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2012, 1:00pm
Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder.
This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2012, 1:00pm
We’re a society that is joined at the hip to our technology: literally.
With smartphones in holsters and ebook readers and tablets in our shoulder bags, we now take our digital connections with us wherever we go.
But you may be in for a shock when you try to read your indispensable device when you’re [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 24 2012, 3:50am
Adapted from a novel by Michael Morpurgo, this majestic World War I drama centers on Devon lad Albert and his steadfast horse, Joey, whose faithful bond cannot be shaken -- even when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent off to France.
War Horse is a conflicting film.
It’s a touching sentimental story about a boy and his horse, and it chronicles the harshness and destruction of war.
Blending these two worlds together isn’t easy, even when the film is brought to life by Hollywood’s favorite director Steven Spielberg.
I found the tone to be...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2012, 1:00pm
According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
(LRG), 24% of U.S.
households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010.
By last year, this rose to 30%.
LRG’s latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year.
The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such [...]
By Pete Putman • Apr 21 2012, 2:27am
This year's NAB looked more like a hybrid of CES and InfoComm than anything else.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2012, 1:00pm
The legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made an appearance at Coachella in California last weekend, in spite of the fact that he’s been dead for more than 15 years.
He performed on stage alongside Snoop Dogg, including a “live” shout-out to the Coachella audience.
Putting aside the creepy factor of performing with dead singers, let’s talk [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 20 2012, 5:27am
Sometimes it's OK to arrive fashionably late.
It doesn't always matter when you arrive to the party, what matters is what you bring with you when you get there.
Dish Network has proven that waiting can pay off.
Their recent entry into whole home DVR, the Hopper, brings some pretty cool features to the party.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2012, 1:00pm
On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that participants in the eCycling Leadership Initiative managed to recycle 460 million pounds of consumer electronics in 2011.
This number is even more impressive when you consider that this is more than one and a half times the 300 million pounds that was recycled in 2010.
Drop-off locations [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2012, 1:00pm
Two weeks ago, Best Buy announced that it was planning to close 50 stores as part of its cost-cutting moves designed to help reverse its recent financial losses.
Over last weekend, the company released a list of the stores that will close.
These stores are expected to close permanently by May 12.
This obviously is [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2012, 1:00pm
If this keeps up, you’ll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription.
Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz.
The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards.
Wow, when [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2012, 1:00pm
If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are good that there’s a version of the MLB At Bat 12 app available for your device.
And it appears that baseball fans are discovering the free program in unprecedented numbers.
The freeÂ At Bat Lite version gives you scores, video highlights, news reports, and more.
The full-featured [...]
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Apr 13 2012, 2:17pm
In this previous article about CES I promised to cover in more detail OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) for television, and similar technologies shown at CES 2012, even those that actually do not use the classic RGB emissive OLED display method, this article covers that subject.
I will cover 4K, 3D4K, and 8K of CES 2012 in later articles.
As you may be aware OLED is not a new technology, nor are the other competitors such as...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2012, 1:00pm
When most people think of YouTube, they think of user-generated content (UGC) that focuses on cute cats and fan videos.
The fact is that YouTube has had pay-per-view content for years, and now its movie rental library is filled with some appealing and current titlesÂ with something for just about everyone.
But a recent post in [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 13 2012, 4:57am
We love looking for speakers that make whole house audio simple and provide high quality sound.
There are plenty of choices out there, but few can fill a large room with sound and deep bass all from a package that measures 10.75" (27cm) x 7" (18cm) x 7.75" (20cm).
We are talking about the Audioengine A5+ powered speakers.
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 13 2012, 4:29am
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
(NYSE: DLB) and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) today unveiled Dolby® 3D, a 3D HD format and suite of technologies designed to deliver full HD 3D content to 3D-enabled devices, including glasses-free displays.
Dolby 3D is being demonstrated at the NAB Show® (April 16–19, 2012) at booth SU1212.
The two leading companies have undertaken the joint project to improve the 3D viewing experience on displays of all sizes, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and televisions.
Dolby 3D is...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2012, 1:00pm
In 2000, Sony was worth an impressive $200 billion.
Today, some estimate that it has lost 90% of that value and is worth just $20 billion.Â A report from Reuters indicates that the latest cost-cutting strategy will involve laying off about 6% of the company’s workforce, or about 10,000 jobs.Â It is planning to sell off some [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2012, 1:00pm
It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees.
Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal.
The FCC won’t let the services use the same content [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2012, 1:00pm
Ever come across a great YouTube video but didn’t have time to watch it? It’s kinda hard sticking a Post-It note on your monitor that will help you get back to it later when you want to find it again.
Fortunately, there’s a new solution that people are using.
I’ve been spending a lot of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2012, 1:00pm
The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has issued a recommendation that Samsung stop making certain claims about its 3DTVs.
In a release last week, the NAD made the following statement: Following its review of the evidence in the record, NAD concluded that the advertiser's substantiation was insufficient to provide [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2012, 4:25pm
Smartphones and HDTVs are the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S.
households plan to purchase over the next 12 months, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
The 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that household penetration rates for tablet computers will see their largest growth this year.
Smartphones will be the...
By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2012, 4:47pm
It seems like everyone's got one these days.
Do they really work? Are there any differences between models? You may be surprised at my test results.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2012, 1:00pm
There’s a reason that more cartoons are in 3D than live action content.
That’s because animated images typically are much simpler than real-world objects, which means that they can be manipulated more easily and precisely.
This is important when you are trying to adjust the differences between the left and right views of a scene.
By The HT Guys • Apr 6 2012, 6:24am
When we started the podcast back in 2005, CRT projectors dominated home theater.
As great as they looked, they were big, expensive and required routine maintenance to keep them in top form.
Today there are a wide variety of digital options that are both inexpensive and very easy to install and maintain.
One option for those interested in trying out a 100' or 120' TV in their home theater is the Acer H6500 DLP projector.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2012, 1:00pm
Last week, Microsoft launched three (anticipated) new services on their Xbox Live system.
Subscribers can now get Comcast’s XFINITYÂ TV, HBO GO, and MLB.TV.
You need to be a subscriber to each of these services in order to get it streamed to your Xbox (just as you have to have a Netflix subscription to access its [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2012, 2:57pm
Taken aback when she receives a letter from an old boyfriend announcing that he's just had a baby with his wife, divorced fiction writer Mavis Gary decides to return to her small hometown and reconnect with her former lover.
Young Adult is a refreshing dark drama comedy that takes chances with the script to deliver a story that’s different than most.
Diablo Cody’s script is smart and makes the characters the star of the film instead of the situations they find themselves in.
At times the film is...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2012, 1:00pm
The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it’s a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters.
So it was like theÂ Dust BowlÂ when Best BuyÂ posted a $1.7 billion loss.
This is not quite as [...]
By Pete Putman • Apr 3 2012, 8:24pm
It has Wide XGA resolution, weighs all of 1.4 pounds, and cranks out 200+ lumens.
What else is there to say? (Oh yeah, it also has a Mini HDMI connection.)
By The HT Guys • Apr 3 2012, 2:01pm
John Le Carré's classic thriller of Cold War espionage follows an English spy as he returns to MI-6 under a cloud of suspicion.
In the years since he was sacked by the agency, some suspect he's become an operative for the Soviet Union.
A best selling spy novel made into a movie starring several noteworthy actors sounds like an easy movie to enjoy, but...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2012, 1:00pm
Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices.
We’ve gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like “meat puppets” that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world.
The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide.
By The HT Guys • Apr 2 2012, 2:42pm
When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.
I loved the Muppets when I was a kid.
I tried to watch the original movies with my kids, and let me just say, time has not been kind to the old movies.
Because of that experience, my kids weren’t interested in watching this one.
As soon as we started to watch this reboot...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2012, 1:00pm
Have you ever heard of Hon Hai? It’s the parent company of Foxconn, which in turn has been in the news a lot lately as the firm that assembles many of Apple’s products.
Foxconn is a giant in its own right, assembling components for a wide range of manufacturers, large and small.
And now it [...]
By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2012, 2:55pm
Of course! But it may not be the way one may think.
Although we are certainly capable of producing TV in 4K/UHTV (2160p) or SHDTV (4320p) and reproducing the same, bandwidth limitations remain the real problem for distributing this level of quality.
With 4G interactive personal communications gobbling up most of the usable spectrum and assuming most, if not all, local interconnections will be wireless, there is simply not enough air left for real-time UHDTV – unless one wants to watch Monday Night Football on Tuesday night.
So, what is needed is a whole new approach to reproducing television images that is relatively immune to bandwidth limitations.
One approach that offers the most promise is...
By The HT Guys • Mar 30 2012, 2:32pm
Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi's classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his trusty dog, Snowy.
The Adventures of Tintin is an entertaining film that has enough action to rival an Indiana Jones movie.
Tintin has always been more popular in Europe, but film does a good job of bringing Tintin to an American audience.
It’s strange to see...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2012, 1:00pm
I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here.
This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week’s post about “Online Streaming Grows“: You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 30 2012, 3:54am
This week we are going to design the AVR of the future.
This is a group effort! We will provide you with initial specifications and we would like you to add features that would make our new AVR the Ultimate AVR.
Now we just need someone to build it.
By The HT Guys • Mar 29 2012, 2:14pm
In Ancient Greece, King Hyperion searches for a powerful weapon that will free the bloodthirsty Titans and enable them to overpower the gods and enslave mankind.
Unable to interfere directly, the gods choose a champion to defend them: Theseus.
Immortals is gorgeous looking movie, that’s a mix of the movies 300 and Clash of the Titans but a lot more violent.
Tarsem Singh is a director who can create visually stunning movies, but his films usually...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2012, 1:00pm
The writing is on the wall.
Or perhaps it is just encoded in microscopic pits on a polycarbonate disc.
But wherever you choose to read the signs, it is clear that physical distribution of entertainment media is on the way out.
It has happened in the music industry, and we appear to be reaching a [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 28 2012, 4:08pm
Panasonic's current TV lineup includes LCD, plasma, active shutter 3DTV, AND passive 3DTV in all sizes.
So, what's the 2012 marketing strategy — something for everyone?
By The HT Guys • Mar 28 2012, 2:00pm
This musical remake of the infectious 1984 hit finds dance-lovin', big-city kid Ren MacCormack stuck in a small town where dancing is illegal.
As he rebels against the town and its influential Rev.
Moore, Ren falls for the pastor's lovely daughter.
In recent years it seems like lots of films reliving the 1980s have been made.
Dance flicks have also found an audience, so it would make since to remake Footloose.
I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to watching this film.
I expected it to be...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 28 2012, 1:00pm
A new report from The Diffusion Group (TDG) updates the company’s research on broadband in U.S.
homes.Â One interesting point is that about eight out of every 10 homes with broadband Internet connectionsÂ now have home networks.
This is presumably driven by the consumers’ interest in connecting more devices to the Internet than before.
[Credit: TDG] Perhaps [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 27 2012, 1:00pm
Do you ever wonder what I tell people when they come up to me at a party and ask “What should I buy as my new television?” The website Slashdot wondered, and they commissioned a video interview of me that they call “HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 27 2012, 1:05am
In a day and age of 'me too' projectors, Mit's HC7800 really stands out.
But 'ouch,' those glasses!
By Alfred Poor • Mar 26 2012, 1:00pm
As reported by Jim O’Neil in Fierce Online Video, the Roku CEO Anthony Wood gave a keynote address at the OTTCon in San Jose, California, last week.
Wood is quoted as making several noteworthy remarks (and I recommend that you read the whole article), but the part that jumped out at me was this: As [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2012, 4:15am
The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation.
To do so, they must undermine Cardinal Richelieu's plot to have himself crowned France's next king.
The Three Musketeers has been adapted into movies over 20 times.
This version swings for the fence by making it an action heavy film and by adding elements of flight...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2012, 1:00pm
The Federal Communications Commission released a report this month with the descriptive yet cumbersome title of “Report On Average Rates for Cable Programming Service And Equipment.” The results come from a study of cable television service fees in different markets.
The data was divided into two groups: communities where there was no meaningful competition (aside [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 23 2012, 6:16am
We promised more Android coverage, so here you go, our take on Google Play.
If you're familiar with iTunes and iCloud from Apple, you're probably pretty familiar with the concept behind Google Play.
Of course, Google would like to think it's a new idea, according to the official site...'Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that's accessible from the Web and any Android device.
Discover, buy and share like never before.'
By Pete Putman • Mar 22 2012, 9:35pm
In 1919, the French artist Marcel Duchamp took a cheap postcard reproduction of the Mona Lisa, and added a beard, moustache, and the letters 'L.H.O.O.Q.' Â When pronounced in French, the letters sound like the sentence 'Elle a chaud au cul,' which can be translated as 'She has a hot ass.' My old art history teacher [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2012, 1:00pm
What are the hallmarks of a major television network? It distributes professionally-produced content from other sources such as movies.
It has millions of viewers.
It has its own original programming that is broadcast live daily.
Hmmm, it waddles, swims, and quacks like a duck, so I guess YouTube is now a duck.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 21 2012, 1:00pm
Sharp already announced its intention to focus just on big HDTVs, and they are making good on that promise.
The company has announced that it has started shipping its 60″ LC-60LE745U and 70″ LC-70LE745U models from their new 2012 lineup.
These have 3DTV support, LED edge-lighting, and Smart TV features including WiFi support.
The sets [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 20 2012, 1:00pm
“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” A.J.
Liebling The Pew Research Center has released its “State of the News Media 2012″ annual report on American journalism.
It provides some fascinating information and analysis, and is bound to make you go “hmmm” more than once.
The part that had me [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 19 2012, 1:00pm
How much is too much? If it’s possible to go too far with a television set’s specfications, this could be it.
China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd is a subsidiary of the electronics giant, TCL Corporation, and earlier this month, the company announced a monster of a 3DTV.
This behemoth measures 110″ diagonal.
It also [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 16 2012, 4:52pm
Go back in time about 6-7 years and you'll see just how dramatically the TV landscape has changed, along with the reversal of fortunes for Korean and Japanese TV manufacturers.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2012, 1:00pm
Yesterday, Hulu announced that it has upgraded its viewing screen.
The biggest news is that the viewing window is now 55% larger, and it’s displayed with a drop shadow against a nice, neutral gray background.
(Apparently that is called a “video matte” in the trade; who knew?) Video details appear below the viewing window, and [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 16 2012, 5:24am
It was pretty clear that the OLED TVs demonstrated by LG and Samsung stole the show at the last Consumer Electronics Show we went to.
We were really impressed by the color, contrast and sharpness of the picture.
However, there are some issues that need to be resolved before we see mainstream OLED HDTVs in sizes that we would want in our living rooms.
Rather than go with an OLED TV, Sony displayed a technology called Crystal LED.
Crystal LED takes six million tiny LEDs to create a picture that they hope will rival OLED technology.
A 1080P TV has nearly 2 million pixels on screen.
Crystal LEDs TVs take three LEDs, one for red, green, and blue, and combine them for each pixel.
Each pixel is mounted directly in front of the display.
This is not an LED based LCD but an actual LED TV.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2012, 1:00pm
Anyone who streams video content from the Internet probably is aware of these big three sources of television shows and movies.
But a lot of people don’t think of Amazon quite as quickly.
The company has steadily been beefing up its streaming capabilities and building its content library.
And yesterday, Amazon made [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 14 2012, 8:07pm
Philips' 21:9 aspect ratio LCD TV was a clever idea, but never caught on.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 14 2012, 1:00pm
Last week, Samsung announced that its 2012 HDTVs will start shipping this month.
While their “fifth generation” Smart TVs have more processing power than ever, what caught my eye were four interface features.
If you’ve followed my writing elsewhere (including this GigaOM Pro report), you may have noticed that I’m very interested in how we [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 13 2012, 1:00pm
Who is Henry Blodget? According to the “Business Insider” website, he is “co-founder, CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider, a former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, [and] the host of Yahoo DailyÂ Ticker, a Yahoo Finance video show viewed by several million people aÂ month.Â He is often a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 12 2012, 1:00pm
The NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournement launches on Wednesday, and like last year, you can watch all 67 games online.
But you can’t watch them for free this time.
The March Madness streaming video has grown to be an enormous success over the past few years, and this year you’re asking to pay for [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2012, 3:33pm
A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver is lured from his isolated life by a lovely neighbor and her young son.
His newfound peace is shattered, however, when her violent husband is released from prison.
Drive is an interesting film, the story is simplistic, the dialog is minimal, and the pace is slow.
In most movies, these would be...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 9 2012, 1:00pm
You may have noticed that there has not been a lot of coverage of the new iPad 3 here over the preceding six months.
While many members of the new era media were working themselves into a speculative frenzy over what the unannounced and unspecified product would be, I was content to wait for the [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2012, 7:45am
We were recently asked what DVR we would recommend for someone who wanted to cut the cord or simply connect a standalone DVR without paying additional fees to their cable or satellite company.
We struggled to find anything we could enthusiastically recommend.
But we had overlooked this year's Best of CES Home Theater Winner: Simple.TV.
At $149 it seems to fit the bill exactly.
By Pete Putman • Mar 8 2012, 9:42pm
Samsung's spring 2012 TV showcase was a markedly lower-key affair than previous events, and placed a heavy emphasis on 'smart' TV connectivity and control.
By The HT Guys • Mar 8 2012, 3:31pm
A badly maimed juvenile dolphin is given a new tail, and a new life, through the efforts of the humans who save it in this true-life adventure saga.
After losing its tail to a crab trap, the dolphin is doomed until a young boy spots its plight.
Dolphin Tale is a solid family film that doesn’t get too sappy or try to hit you over the head with its message.
When if first heard about this film, I thought it was going to be...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2012, 1:00pm
If you’re not aware of this yet, you might want to know that YouTube is much more than cute kittens and pop music videos.
The service has been renting full length movies for a long time.
But did you know that you can watch some full-length movies on YouTube for free? Okay, I’ll be the [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 8 2012, 4:48am
Apple® today announced the new Apple TV® featuring 1080p programming including iTunes® movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD.
With iTunes in the Cloud, customers can purchase and play their favorite movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store® and watch them instantly on their HD TV.
The new Apple TV features a simpler, refined user interface making it easier than ever to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music with iTunes Match℠ right from iCloud®.
With AirPlay®, users can stream or mirror their favorite content from their iPad® or iPhone® 4S to Apple TV.
"People are going to love streaming movies and TV shows in 1080p with the new Apple TV, and photos look beautiful displayed at the maximum resolution of your TV," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 8 2012, 4:23am
The Future of TV is here.
Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced that its highly anticipated 2012 TVs will begin shipping this month in the U.S., beginning with the LED 6-series and higher, as well as the Plasma 6-series and higher.
The new models represent Samsung's fifth generation of Smart TV.
While features vary by model, highlights of the products include...
By The HT Guys • Mar 7 2012, 3:14pm
When a group of workers at a ritzy Manhattan condo realize their boss has swindled them out of their pensions, they vow to reap their own justice.
With the cooperation of the building manager, the group devises an ingenious plot to recover the funds.
Tower Heist is an entertaining unique film that might get...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2012, 1:00pm
I recently wrote about the new Aereo service scheduled to launch in New York City this month.
Other systems that have tried to provide broadcast content over the Internet have been smacked down in the courts, but Aereo and its backers believe that it has a model that will hold up to challenges.
And it [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 6 2012, 3:12pm
When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station.
There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo's destiny.
Hugo is a well made and thoughtful film that touches on several themes that can stick with you long after the film is over.
It’s universally known that Martin Scorsese is...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 6 2012, 1:00pm
Okay, I don’t know exactly how I can justify this as an HDTV Almanac entry, except that it’s just too cool and it is a demonstration of how online business video can be so much more than just a TV commercial.
This piece is from Mercedes about it’s “invisible” demonstration car that promotes its hydrogen [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 5 2012, 3:11pm
John Wayne landed one of his last great screen roles as crusty lawman Reuben J.
"Rooster" Cogburn, who reluctantly helps teenager Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) pursue her father's killer.
True Grit is more a character study than many of Wayne's formulaic Westerns.
The rousing final showdown between Wayne and the villains adds to the Duke's long list of outstanding movie moments.
The first westerns I fell in love with were Sergio Leone’s gritty spaghetti westerns, and I stood clear of anything starring John Wayne fearing they would be too corny.
I wish I would have...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 5 2012, 1:00pm
Last month, YouTube updated its stats again.
The site now is getting new video content uploaded at the rate of one hour of video every second of every day.
That’s 60 hours of content every minute.
I find that astounding.
You might think that all this content is just falling into a black hole in the [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 2 2012, 3:07pm
The dauntless feline of legend goes on an animated adventure to purloin a priceless golden-egg-laying goose.
To help him on his mission, Puss brings along his friends Humpty Dumpty and the super-stealthy Kitty Softpaws.
Puss in Boots is an entertaining family film, and it’s better than I thought a spinoff of Shrek would be.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2012, 1:00pm
The retransmission agreements between New Young Broadcasting and Time Warner Cable (TWC) for Young’s ABC affiliate stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Albany, New York expired Wednesday night, February 29.
At the eleventh hour, the two sides were not able to come to terms.
Rather than force a black-out as has often been the case in [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 2 2012, 8:00am
We receive emails from time to time asking us for advice on wireless surround speakers.
When we first started the podcast there weren't too many options available and today we have plenty.
The early wireless solutions had noise issues and today the noise has been dramatically reduced.
On today's show we will talk about some of the options out there to help you bring surround sound to areas where running cables may not be possible.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2012, 1:00pm
Are you old enough to remember the opening sequence of “The Outer Limits”?
There is nothing wrong with your television set.
Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
We are controlling transmission.
If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume.
If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2012, 5:06am
The man with the hat is back – and looking better than ever! The world's favorite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure – when The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd.
and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a "best of" collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises...
By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2012, 4:51am
SENSIO Technologies Inc.
(SENSIO) (TSX-V: SIO), a pioneer in 3D-image processing and leader in 3D business solutions, and Samsung Electronics co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that they have reached a patent license agreement over the SENSIO® S2D Switch.
As a result of this agreement, SENSIO is licensing Samsung Electronics the right to implement SENSIO® S2D Switch in its 3DTVs.
The financial terms of the license agreement will...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 29 2012, 1:00pm
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Beam, a new Android smartphone with a difference.
In addition to all the features you’d expect to find in a computerized phone for your pocket, it has one additional attraction.
The phone includes a 15 lumen projector, built right in.
No, this isn’t a high-definition display, but the way things are [...]
By Pete Putman • Feb 29 2012, 6:31am
The upcoming InfoComm show in June will be most notable for who's not there...
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 29 2012, 4:48am
Panasonic today announces pricing for its 2012 line of camcorders, which were debuted at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, ranging from a full-High Definition 3MOS model with a superb imaging system; to six full-HD 1MOS models that feature incredible lenses, to a compact HD model that has a powerful 70x enhanced optical zoom, to the ideal active camcorder that is waterproof* up to approximately 10 feet.
All nine new Panasonic camcorders will be available in March 2012.
The Panasonic HC-X900M camcorder, the top-of-the-line model that can record 1080 60p, and features the 3MOS System Pro, will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 28 2012, 1:00pm
The writing on the wall of every pay-TV headquarters is “Evolve now or die!” Some companies appear to reading this with more clarity than others, and there also seems to be a difference of opinion on what the term “Now!” means.
The latest move in this attempt to switch from gills to breathing air comes from [...]
By Pete Putman • Feb 27 2012, 9:34pm
Panel makers have just gone through an agonizing period in which making money by manufacturing large LCDs for television has been difficult or impossible.Â Panel prices are stabilizing now and may start increasing by April or May, but the specter of significant new Chinese production coming on line does not make for a rosy, medium-term [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 27 2012, 1:00pm
Are you a Dead Head? Or perhaps a fan of Scott and Bryan Devendorf of the National? What would you say to the opportunity to attend a concert featuring the Devendorfs and Bob Weir of the Greatful Dead? They will be performing at a one-time-only event called the “Bridge Sessions” on Saturday, March 24, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 24 2012, 1:00pm
Times have been tough for Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart retail stores.
In the fourth quarter of 2011, which is the season that retailers hope to post most of their profits for the year, Sears reported a loss of $2.4 billion.
As a result, the company is looking to raise money [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 24 2012, 6:21am
The concept of 'cutting the cord' is more than just dropping cable or satellite to get rid of a monthly bill.
It's also about the freedom and convenience of being able to access whatever content you want, whenever you want it, and on whatever device you'd like to play it back on.
As smartphones and tablets continue to proliferate, we can only assume they'll play a big role in that new world.
Qualcomm hopes Skifta can help get you there.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 23 2012, 1:00pm
One step forward, maybe two steps back.
One major retransmission dispute is now resolved.
After nearly two months, the Madison Square Garden (MSG) channels have been turned back on for Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers.
This did not happen until the New York governor and state attorney general weighed in to put public pressure on both [...]
By Pete Putman • Feb 22 2012, 8:17pm
Ken will be attending DSE in Las Vegas on March 7-8, 2012.
By Pete Putman • Feb 22 2012, 8:09pm
In World War I, going 'over the top' of your trench into often-withering machine-gun fire took tremendous courage — and ended the lives of millions of soldiers. The consequences are not as dire for the new management team at troubled Dish Network, and the company is light-heartedly hopping over the top with the help of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 22 2012, 1:00pm
Nearly a year ago, Samsung and HBO announced a partnership that would let consumers stream HBO content to Samsung TVs.
You would have to be an HBO subscriber to access the service, which meant that you had to be signed up with a pay-TV service.
Since then, you could get this HBO Go content on your [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 21 2012, 1:00pm
There are almost 40 million Wii video game consoles installed in U.S.
And now a partnership between Nintendo and Hulu has brought Hulu Plus to the Wii.
For $7.99 a month, viewers can add the service that provides access to many television shows and movies, and unlike the free Hulu service (which apparently still [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 20 2012, 1:00pm
What do people really watch when they watch the SuperBowl? Thanks to the new world of connected entertainment systems, TiVo has a very good idea.
By monitoring an anonymous sample of 41,666 households equipped with TiVo DVRs, the company can compile a map of “live and same-day” viewing of content that was watched at “play” [...]
By Pete Putman • Feb 18 2012, 5:16am
Award-winning Canadian eBook and print author Rita Y.
Toews (Prometheus, The Centurion, and The Price of Freedom, among others), convinced the Canadian Parliament to name March 2012 as 'Read an eBook Month.'
How did she do that, HDTVexpert asked in mid-February.Â 'The effort,' Toews said, 'was two years in the making.Â I researched how to go [...]
By Ryan Gibbs • Feb 17 2012, 3:48pm
Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.
Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail.
She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named winter.
But her fight for survival has just begun.
Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire.
It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle-a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world.
Cute movie based on a true story, it’s a great movie to watch as a family.
It is a heart-wrenching story that had the wife crying.
The script is...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 17 2012, 1:00pm
I’ve already written a bunch about the problems with retransmission fees and how pay-television subscribers get caught in the squeeze between their services and the content providers.
Many people don’t realize that there is a fascinating flip-side to this problem, which is known as “must carry”.
It works like this.
Every three years, local television broadcasters [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 17 2012, 7:18am
Cord cutting has been in the news quite a bit lately.
A week doesn't go by when we don't receive an email from a listener telling us about how they have cut the cord and couldn't be happier.
Every email prompts us to consider a life without cable bills but inevitably there is something that keeps us from taking the plunge.
A recent email from Van in Odenton Maryland got us thinking.
Could we combine OTA with a Tivo Box and iTunes and a AppleTV and essentially eliminate our Pay TV bill altogether? For this paper study we will use Ara's TV usage as the base.
By Pete Putman • Feb 16 2012, 11:48pm
Once again, this year's program is chock-full of cutting-edge topics and demos.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 16 2012, 3:42pm
For those that have been under a rock for the past few decades CES
is the International Consumer Electronics Show that every year is held in Las Vegas in January.
I have been attending it for about 15 years, my purpose? HDTV, but also hi-end audio.
After 6 days and 80+ meetings of product/exhibitor appointments the short answer is...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 16 2012, 1:00pm
Would you pay for a service that lets you watch over-the-air broadcasts on your tablet or smartphone? That’s what a company called Aereo (formerly known as “Bamboom“) plans to launch just such a service for New York City residents starting next month.
The company is building a system of thousands of tiny television antennas; each [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 16 2012, 3:12am
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the formation of the Device, Apps and Content working group (DAC).
The working group will create a forum for collaboration among device manufacturers, content creators, aggregators and app developers to increase and enhance consumer availability of content and apps on CE devices.
The convergence of content, apps and technology is...
By Pete Putman • Feb 16 2012, 12:23am
At the ShowStoppers show-within-a-show at CES last month, HP was showing what its European distributors call aÂ ”hot desktop” monitor.Â (This was new to the company, HP's Jim Christensen told me, but it is apparently an already-defined category in Europe.)Â The targeted applications of what HP calls the HP Compaq L2311C Docking Monitor are hotel rooms [...]
By Ryan Gibbs • Feb 15 2012, 3:50pm
The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds).
All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin.
At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.
Interesting concept to tell a little history about a lesser villain.
Based just after the war...
By Ed Milbourn • Feb 15 2012, 3:45pm
Having attended consumer electronics shows in various capacities since 1965, I have witnessed the growth and evolution of the CE industry from many different perspectives.
Some shows announce revolutionary, even disruptive, technologies; others reflect evolutionary trends.
Although CES is primarily a near-market hardware show, increasingly dominant themes are based on enabling technologies.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 15 2012, 1:00pm
Everything seems to come in threes.
We had the Big Three Automakers in Detroit.
There were those little pigs.
And then there were the major television networks: Netflix, Amazon, and Google.
Wait a minute; what happened to ABC, CBS, and NBC?
From where I sit, that is ancient history.
The traditional networks are dead men walking, and [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2012, 1:00pm
A new report from Centris indicates that more than one out of five pay-TV subscribers intend to change providers, change their level of service, or cancel entirely in the next three months.
About half of these will change the program package that they have, which means that the other half will switch to a [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 13 2012, 10:38pm
IntertechPira and the OLED Association are pleased to announce that the OLEDs World Summit 2012 will take place Sept.
26-28, 2012, at the Parc 55 Wyndham in San Francisco, Calif.
This year will mark the 14th edition of this event, making it one of the longest-running and preeminent conferences in the OLEDs sector.
In 2011, OLED technology reached new levels of maturity and advancement indicated by unprecedented AMOLED shipment and revenue growth, the demonstration of 55" 3D TVs, and a range of new lighting products.
OLEDs World Summit 2012 will feature...
By Ryan Gibbs • Feb 13 2012, 3:49pm
A match-up made in tough-guy heaven -- Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro star in Killer Elite.
Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world's most elite operatives - Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) - against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen).
Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse - where the predators become the prey.
This film is billed as "Action Thriller"...
By Terry Paullin • Feb 13 2012, 3:43pm
On the odd chance your TV was disabled during the second week of January and you missed the evening news during that half-fortnight, C.E.S.
is the Consumer Electronics Show held annually in the city of conspicuous power consumption, Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 13 2012, 1:00pm
As I have mentioned recently, one of the big topics for 2012 will be the dispute over retransmission fees.
Cable and satellite service providers complain that the content producers are holding their customers hostage in order to extort larger fees for the rights to rebroadcast their copyrighted programming.
The result has been blackouts of channels [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 10 2012, 3:43pm
In a future world where flesh-and-blood boxers have been replaced by towering mechanized fighters, pugilist-turned-promoter Charlie Kenton reconnects with his estranged son, Max, to convert a discarded machine into a World Robot Boxing contender.
When I first saw previews for this film, I chucked thinking that it was just a glorified version of Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots.
Boy was I...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2012, 1:00pm
Last Thanksgiving weekend, the NFL Cleveland Browns travelled in-state to play the Cincinnati Bengals.
The game was not a sell-out, and under FCC rules, the Bengals exercised their option to blackout the over-the-air broadcast of the game on local television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lexington.
This decision raised the ire of thousands of Bengal [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 10 2012, 7:23am
One of the big hits at CES this year were the Samsung and LG OLED displays.
Sure we've seen OLED TVs in the past, but they were 55' screens this year, and they looked great.
But why all the hype? Why do we even see references to AMOLED in cell phone commercials? Is OLED really that big of a deal?
By Pete Putman • Feb 9 2012, 7:45pm
Channel Master's CM-7400 TV product (yes, that's what it's called) provides both over-the-air (DTTB) reception AND Hulu streaming and apps.
How well does it work?
By Ryan Gibbs • Feb 9 2012, 3:51pm
In The Double, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin "Cassius”, forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime.
Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen).
Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced.
As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.
Suspense fans unite...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2012, 1:00pm
Touch is transforming our entertainment experience.
Second-screen tablets and smartphones are programming our DVR services, delivering supplementary and interactive social content to linear programming, and becoming content delivery platforms in their own right.
And while there still is a place for keyboard in this brave new world, touch interfaces are playing an increasingly-important role in [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 8 2012, 3:36pm
A malign and murderous spirit continues to dwell within a San Diego home in this second creepy sequel to 2007's chilling Paranormal Activity.
Hoping to catch photo evidence of Bloody Mary, the residents soon become victims in their own horror film.
Paranormal Activity 3 does a great job of cranking up the tension, but...
By Alfred Poor • Feb 8 2012, 1:00pm
The physical DVD is dead; long live streaming!
That’s the conventional wisdom, but I’ve got a dollar that says rumors of the DVD’s death are premature.
Why a dollar? Because that’s what it costs to rent a DVD from one of those big red vending machines that you see everywhere from Walmart to McDonalds (not to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2012, 1:00pm
The good old VHS recorder started something that Tivo took to a higher level, and the result has shaken the video broadcast industry to its very foundations.
Or has it?
Conventional wisdom says that U.S.
television viewing households hate commercials.
It says that they use digital video recorders (DVRs) so that they can skip over the advertisements.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 6 2012, 1:00pm
Were you one of the 17 million who have watched Corning’s “A Day Made of Glass” since it was posted last year? I know that I watched it at least a half-dozen times.
And I remember thinking that it was so cool that just about all the technology required to make everything in that video [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 3 2012, 1:00pm
Sorry, folks, but I cannot resist this one.
I really struggle to refrain from the breathless “Wow! Look at how low this price is!” type of story because it gets old and it’s inevitable that someone can come up with a deal that tops whatever you’ve found.
But I have to give in to this [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 3 2012, 5:51am
There are many times when we ask our listeners for their opinions on topics we discus on the show.
On last week's show we asked you what you thoughts were on two subjects, How you would improve the Harmony Remote and would you pay $25 for day and date VOD titles.
Since we received so many responses we thought we'd take a bit more time to share and discuss your emails as our main feature for today's show.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 2 2012, 1:00pm
Futuresource Consulting has just released a free analysis report that highlights their observations about consumer electronics products and trends at CES 2012.
One of the points that they made in their announcement press release caught my attention:
Ever-thinner TV displays boosted interest in speakers, soundbars and home theatre systems.
I confess that I’ve been a bit puzzled [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2012, 3:19am
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its brightest-ever REALiS Installation LCOS Projectors, which are designed to provide exceptional display performance for a wide range of professional AV markets.
Incorporating multiple features for convenient installation and maintenance, the new REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors utilize Canon's unique fourth-generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology to maximize the display capabilities of their advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) imaging panels.
This combination enables the projectors to deliver higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen video and still images with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a high brightness level of 5000 lumens.
The 5000 lumen brightness level improves display quality in long throw venues or rooms with relatively high ambient light levels, thereby increasing the versatility of the new projectors for a wider variety of viewing e ...
By Pete Putman • Feb 1 2012, 11:35pm
At Display Week In Boston this year, The SID folks have cooked up a way to help small Labs and Start-ups Show-Off Innovation, in a Big way, with exposure to top industry experts, manufacturers and the press...
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By Alfred Poor • Feb 1 2012, 1:00pm
The FCC tracks the complaints it receives about various services under is oversight, including television, radio, and telephone.
In the third quarter of 2011, complaints about cable and satellite services increased more than 15% over the prior quarter, though it is worth noting that the number of complaints about “billing and rates” issues were essentially [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2012, 2:13am
Planar Systems, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in digital display technology, unveiled its latest breakthrough in professional 3D visualization and full-HD large format video wall technology at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012.
Clarity™ Matrix 3D, the industry's thinnest, most visually accurate 3D LCD video wall system, will be the main attraction at Planar's ISE booth (#3A82), demonstrating the technology's many advances, including...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 31 2012, 1:00pm
What are you doing next Sunday evening? (I plead “no contest” to charges of East Coast bias.) Perhaps you plan on joining several tens of millions of your U.S.
neighbors in watching the Patriots take on the Giants in the SuperBowl.
(Perhaps we’re entitled to a little East Coast bias.) Patriot fans in Boston were [...]
By Pete Putman • Jan 30 2012, 9:32pm
The Electronista Web site states that Samsung's 55-inch OLED TV could even be manufactured by LG Display.
Someone didn't bother to do their homework.
By Pete Putman • Jan 30 2012, 6:29pm
Please welcome two new contributors to HDTVexpert.com for 2012!
By Alfred Poor • Jan 30 2012, 1:00pm
There’s an interesting discussion going on in one of the LinkedIn Groups that I belong to, and I find that I’ve been thinking a lot about it for the past few days.
The topic of the conversation is that the industry has not settled on what to call this new and rapidly developing technology landscape [...]
By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2012, 11:25pm
Ken Werner will speak at the Society for Information Display Los Angeles Chapter’s One Day Symposium, “Emerging Display Technologies,” at the Costa Mesa Country Club on Friday, February 3.
Â He will discuss display technology trends as seen at CES 2012, and the status of oxide-TFT backplanes for liquid-crystal displays.
Â SeeÂ http://www.sid.org/ConferencesExhibits/LAChapterEmergingDisplayTechConference/Program.aspx.
By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2012, 11:12pm
During CES 2012, 3M's Optical Systems Division set up a demonstration in the Sony Theater at the MGM Grand.
Dave Lamb (Senior Physics Research Specialist) and Dave Iverson (Business Manager, LCD Television Business) discussed a consumer study sponsored by 3M and conducted by CBS Vision that bolstered 3M's contention that using the company's Vikuiti DBEF [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 27 2012, 1:00pm
In a letter to shareholders about 4th Quarter 2011 results, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reported good news and bad news.
As I read the letter, it looks to me that while the company may have made some very public missteps along the way, there is no question in my mind that the corporate change of [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 27 2012, 7:19am
The HT Guys love music and when a product comes along that lets us enjoy it, we want to take a look.
The Pioneer N-30 is just such a device.
It's a networked device that lets you listen to your favorite music whether it's on a computer, iPad, or on one of over a thousand Internet radio stations from around the world.
The N-30 will have a MSRP of $499 when it becomes available.
At the time of this writing we could not find available from the usual outlets.
By Alfred Poor • Jan 26 2012, 1:00pm
Okay, I think that this finally is my last CES 2012 post, at least for now.
Today, I want to tell you about a product that won an an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award: TelyHD.
This is essentially a dedicated network media player that only has one application: Skype.
It runs on Android, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2012, 1:00pm
Let’s review the trends.
Televisions are becoming more “connected” to all sorts of content.
Subscription television services such as cable and satellite are being battered by “over-the-top” streaming video on the Internet.
Everything is going wireless now that we’ve had a taste of untethered computing and communications thanks to our smartphones and tablets.
And these [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2012, 1:00pm
After last year’s disappearing act at CES 2011, Google TV came back strong at CES 2012.
Google announced partnerships with major players including Sony, LG, VIZIO, and newcomer to the Smart TV market, Lenovo.
(Logitech was conspicuously absent from the list.) Consumer demand for “over-the-top” streaming video over the Internet is growing by leaps and [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 23 2012, 1:00pm
No, I wasn’t at CES this year, but I followed the event closely and since a lot of companies thought I was going to attend, I got the usual flood of press releases and invitations.
As a result, I’ve got sort of a 30,000 foot perspective on the show this year.
While there was a [...]
By Ryan Gibbs • Jan 20 2012, 3:30pm
Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system.
Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong.
Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs.
The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games.
It's more than baseball, it's...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 20 2012, 1:00pm
At CES 2012, Western Digital joined the ranks of manufacturers offering passive 3DTV technology, along with LG, Vizio, Panasonic, and Toshiba.
The company announced that it plans to ship the 47″ W47S2TCD later this spring with a list price of $899, including four pairs of glasses.
This means that this technology will now be available [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 20 2012, 5:52am
It's never enough to just talk about CES, we have to put eyes on all the goodies for ourselves.
This year we did a whirlwind, one day, Vegas and back, Consumer Electronics Show supertrip.
We hit the show on the final day and it was awesome.
All the technology was the same, the TVs didn't look any different than they did on Monday, but all the crowds had left and there were almost no lines for any of the demos.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 10:06pm
Wealth TV, the luxury lifestyle and entertainment network, announced today that it launched its linear 3D lifestyle and entertainment channel branded Wealth TV 3D.
Wealth TV 3D is the accumulation of a two year 3D production ramp effort that involved numerous in-house and outside production crews circling the globe.
From the ruins in Machu Picchu and the treasures of the Louvre to the man-made grandeur of Dubai, Wealth TV's 3D production crews have literally traveled the world capturing the most compelling sights and stories in 3D.
The life-like 3D channel features a broad range of programming including adventure travel, automotive programming, compelling documentaries, culinary delights, boys toys, live events, and much more.
Wealth TV 3D has also produced a number of sports related programs, from...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 19 2012, 1:00pm
One of the most curious developments to come out of CES 2012 for the television industry was the announcement from DIRECTV and Samsung.
The two companies are going to partner by building set-top box functionality into a line of Samsung Smart TVs.
This becomes curiouser when you add the fact that Verizon and LG made [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 4:02am
AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) today announced a joint venture that will rebrand HDNet/HDNet Canada to launch AXS TV (pronounced: access).
Scheduled to debut this summer, AXS TV will leverage the global reach and portfolio of content opportunities of its partners to create live entertainment and lifestyle programming.
Capitalizing on AEG's unrivaled presence in live events and affiliation with more than 100 of the industry's pre-eminent venues worldwide, AXS TV will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating.
HDNet's signature programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, award-winning Dan Rather Report ...
By Pete Putman • Jan 18 2012, 5:54pm
Attendance was up, aisles were crowded, and there were plenty of goodies to see in Las Vegas.
By Ryan Gibbs • Jan 18 2012, 3:18pm
Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart.
While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked.
To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm.
To Dave, living Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.
Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2012, 1:00pm
Okay, your wishes have been heard and the display gods are going to give you what you asked for.
Just remember that when you get it, I told you so.
One of the big splashes at CES 2012 was the unveiling of Toshiba’s monster 55″ 3D HDTV, and to the breathless adoration of the technology press, [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 17 2012, 3:47pm
Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection.
Her young son dies later the same day.
Her husband Mitch however seems immune.
Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection.
For doctors and administrators at the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection.
They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months.
As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic.
Contagion is not a emotionally driven thriller that tugs at your heartstrings.
It plays more like a...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2012, 1:00pm
According to a new report by Accenture, the number of consumers watching broadcast or cable TV in 2011 in an average week was just 48%.
That number is down from 71% just two years earlier in 2009.
(The survey includes an international sample, drawing data from the United States, France, Japan, China, and [...]
By Terry Paullin • Jan 16 2012, 3:38pm
I subscribe to almost every publication targeted at the Home Theatre arena, both on-line and hardcopies.
The objective, obviously, is to try to stay current with new developments and maybe spot a trend or two, before the next guy.
As I peruse late November material I can't help but spot an annual and apparently immutable trend to offer Christmas gift ideas to Home Theaterites (yes, I'm licensed to make up new words whenever I feel like it).
Ever the contrarian, and aware that this issue won't land on your coffee table or appear magically next to the ...
uh, "throne" until after Christmas, I am pleased to offer -
10 THINGS I HOPE YOU DIDN'T GET FOR CHRISTMAS
Here we go, low hanging fruit first...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 16 2012, 1:00pm
One of the most interesting stories to come out of CES 2012 is about a pair of technology demonstration displays that were tucked away in the Sony booth.
Labeled “CrystalLED”, these 55″ HDTV panels were quite different from any other display that has been marketed as an “LED HDTV” in recent years.
These panels actually [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 14 2012, 9:41pm
Executives from business, government, entertainment, automotive, consumer electronics and every major industry converged on the 2012 International CES® to experience new ways of doing business at the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2012 International CES concluded today in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2012 International CES was the largest in the event's 44 year history, with a record number of more than...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 13 2012, 1:00pm
Okay, before I get to my point, I have to stage a little hissy fit that is related to the topic.
The topic is the news that Nuance has announced “Dragon TV” which will let future televisions understand your spoken command.
And an enormous number of my colleagues in the technical press have written about [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 13 2012, 6:49am
It's that time of the year again, time to pack up and head out to Vegas, baby, Vegas for another Consumer Electronics Show.
CES always has something fun and memorable in store for us, and we're sure 2012 won't be any different.
We haven't actually left yet, so for this show we're telling you about what we've heard.
Next week, on Part II, we'll tell you about what we've seen.
By The HT Guys • Jan 12 2012, 3:38pm
In this live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's classic children's book, Jim Carrey takes on the titular role of Mr.
Popper, a businessman who inherits a small flock of penguins and must transform his Manhattan apartment into an arctic habitat.
Poppers Penguins is a warm hearted family film that addresses important issues of family in a very unconventional way.
The story unique with a ridicules premise, that requires you to leave reality behind.
Somehow this movie is able to walk fine line of being completely silly and sensitive at the same time.
This is mostly due to Jim Carrey's performance.
It's nice to see him in a comedy that doesn't require him to make a fool of himself.
His charisma and comedic timing carry the film and make it charming.
The movie handles the dark topics of...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2012, 1:00pm
Yup, sales of 3DTVs have been lower than what some people have predicted, or that what manufacturers had hoped for.
The reason is not the goofy glasses or the high prices.
You now pay little more to get 3D support in a television, and people are just fine with wearing the glasses in the local [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 11 2012, 1:00pm
[Okay, I’m just warning you all.
The flood of stories coming out of CES 2012 is likely to keep me busy for a while, long after the Las Vegas Convention Center has been hosed down and refilled with the next two or three conventions.
So I’ll get to them eventually, but you’ll have to give [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 3:03am
(CES) VIZIO, America's #1 HDTV Company*, today announced its entry into several new product categories and the expansion of key product lines.
The new additions to VIZIO's Beyond TV line will provide consumers with better performance and optimized entertainment experiences never seen before.
Key new products include...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:47am
Today at the 2012 International CES, DIRECTV and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd.
unveiled their plans to offer DIRECTV's more than 19.7 million customers the ability to watch live broadcast and stored content from a compatible DIRECTV DVR on Samsung's 2012 line of Smart TVs without the need for additional set-top boxes.
This newly enabled feature will also provide the same seamless user experience and replicate the full User Interface (UI) of a DIRECTV DVR set top box.
Installers and homeowners alike will benefit from the ability to mount the TV without having to worry about locating an additional set top box.
As founding members of the RVU Alliance, Samsung and DIRECTV are committed to providing...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:22am
In celebration of James Bond's monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering.
The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray.
Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers.
BOND 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:11am
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world's first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television.
Powered by JVC's Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.
High resolution 4K still picture imaging has been around for several years in DSLR cameras.
Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower video resolution because of lack of processing power.
Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras may capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing—agai ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:01am
& LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Roku ®, the leading streaming platform in the U.S., today announced the company's launch in Europe with the first of its streaming players now available for purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Consumers living in those two countries can choose from two of Roku's best-selling models in the U.S.
– the Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS – with both now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk.
Roku currently features more than 40 channels of content in the U.K.
and Ireland including on-demand films and programmes from Netflix and Crackle (Crackle is currently not available in Ireland); live and on-demand sports from...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 1:48am
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
today announced an innovative Disc to Digital feature on its 2012 Blu-ray Players that helps consumers turn their personal DVD collection into digital content, and facilitates the sharing of this content on multiple devices in the home and on the go.
This service is one of several new features available on Samsung's new smart Blu-ray line, which also includes a full web browser and a wealth of web-based content and services through Samsung's Smart Hub.
The flagship 3D Blu-ray products from the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include...
By The HT Guys • Jan 10 2012, 3:33pm
As the legendary Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black), the kung fu panda, dutifully guards the Valley of Peace alongside his allies the Furious Five.
When a frightful new enemy emerges, Po and company embark on a perilous journey to save China and the art of kung fu.
Kung Fu Panda 2 does of great job of entertaining audiences of any age.
In the first Kung Fu Panda, Po proved himself to be the true dragon warrior.
In this sequel he is challenged with the difficult task of...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 10 2012, 1:00pm
You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
In yesterday’s Almanac entry, I told you about personal computer maker Lenovo’s surprising entry into the HDTV market.
Today, it’s time for turnabout.
If there’s a technology market that is worse than the HDTV business in terms of slim profit margins, cut throat competition, and distribution challenges, [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:35am
LG Electronics (LG) today introduced its 2012 HDTVs, led by what is believed to be one of the world's largest Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV and an awe-inspiring 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) OLED HDTV – at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (booth #8204).
This new line of HDTVs brings the future of TV into the home today with virtually bezel-less designs, an upgraded LG Smart TV platform with a redesigned Magic Remote and touch-screen plasma.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:31am
Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE:PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Televisions, introduced an increased 2012 Smart VIERA line-up of LED LCD HDTVs defining the core of a new IPTV lifestyle at the Consumer Electronics Show, confirming Panasonic's commitment to provide the highest quality home entertainment experience and viewing options to the consumer.
The advent of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five main points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements.
The 2012 series focuses on larger screen sizes and LED based HDTVs, with 14 of the 16 models incorporating LED technology.
Adhering to its long standing focus on providing products that consumers ask for, Panasonic added 47 inch and 55 inch screen sizes to its LED/LCD family and its 3D line up.
The 2012 line-up continues to benefit from the addition of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:27am
Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: PC), a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc player lineup with four new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT220, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc players – DMP-BD87 and the DMP-BD77.
All four of the 3D models include Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect(1), while the 2D models feature IP VOD(1), a service that offers a limited, though targeted, selection of such sites as Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube.
The Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players – BBT01; BDT500, BDT320 and BDT 220 are all high-quality Blu-ray Disc players that feature...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:22am
Continuing its history and tradition of producing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced the company's 2012 Smart VIERA line of HDTV Plasmas defining the core of a new IPTV lifestyle at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The advent of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five main points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements.
With 17 new models, ranging in screen sizes from 42-inches to 65 inches, Panasonic expanded its 3D line-up for 2012.
Also new for 2012 is...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:17am
Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group announced today that they will partner to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to all U.S.
distributors who carry Olympic coverage on cable, satellite and telco -- nearly 100 percent of the multichannel industry.
The effort will mark the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S.
Panasonic is NBC's exclusive Flat-Panel HDTV and Blu-ray Disc Player advertiser for the London Olympic Games.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:11am
Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced an all new level of 3D Smart TV for 2012.
Featuring a full suite of new capabilities including ePortal, MediaGuide, Open Browser, SearchAll, MediaShare, Send & Play, eManual, Tablet Remote App Capability (TRAC), built-in Wi-Fi® and the dual core CQ Engine™, Toshiba is changing the Smart TV experience.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:08am
Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a totally revamped HDTV line-up for 2012.
New LED TV models feature key enhancements including a stylish new Aero™ Family Design, improved picture quality, enhanced sound quality and new 50-inch class size models.
Toshiba's latest televisions are designed to offer more of what consumers really want.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:00am
Sharp unveiled its latest 3D capable high-definition DLP home theater projector.
Providing unparalleled 3D visuals, the XV-Z30000 features 50000:1 contrast ratio and 1600 ANSI lumens to deliver superior brightness, astounding clarity, and color accuracy.
Part of the XV-Z30000's superior picture quality is due to the...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:57am
Introducing more than 20 large screen 60-inch plus class TVs, Sharp today announced its new line of AQUOS® LED TVs, featuring picture quality enhancements, advanced smart connectivity and new designs.
Serving as its flagship model, Sharp unveiled the first 80-inch (80" diagonal) screen size class Quattron™ 3D LED TV, available in April 2012.
Sharp will expand upon its market-leading selection of large-screen LED TVs in 2012 by offering...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:52am
Sharp Electronics Corporation today unveiled two new multi-function Blu-ray Disc players as well as a line of sound bars and audio systems.
These new products will be available in spring of 2012.
Distinguishing highlights include the evolution of Sharp's Blu-ray players to multi-functional devices for entertainment content management and new sound bar and desktop solutions for audio enthusiasts and novices alike.
As the TV has become the centerpiece to most entertainment centers, aggregating content from various sources is a key interest of consumers.
Sharp will showcase two new Blu-ray Disc players, the BD-AMS10U and BD-AMS20U.
Both models incorporate...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:43am
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is furthering its reputation as a world leader in large-screen interactive touch-panel display systems with the launch of an 80-inch class (80" diagonal) interactive display system, AQUOS® Board, a complete solution to facilitate global collaboration in a way that's never been seen before.
The 80-inch class AQUOS Board combines a high-performance interactive display with a well-designed, comprehensive system for uniquely collaborative sessions – and continues to set a new standard in price...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:39am
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
today unveiled new innovations in its latest LED and Plasma TV series that will redefine the way consumers manage their home entertainment experience, interact with their smart TVs and other devices and access the industry's broadest range of content.
- Smart Interaction - Launch and use apps more easily through Motion Control, Voice Control and Face Recognition.
- Smart Content - Share photos, memories and memos with family from the TV to the cloud to smart devices, manage your own health directly from the TV, and access educational content for kids.
The industry's broadest offering of movies, TV shows and streaming videos can be enjoyed via Samsung Apps, the industry's preferred TV apps platform, and Samsung Media Hub.
Samsung Smart Hub offers true multi-tasking – surf the web while using or downloading multiple apps simultaneously.
- Smart Evolution - Select Samsung TVs in 2012 will ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:32am
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
today unveiled its 55-inch Super OLED TV, a masterpiece that will be acclaimed by home entertainment and design enthusiasts alike.
The OLED TV will be produced from a single pane of glass and uses Samsung's Super OLED technology to deliver the ultimate in picture quality and thinness.
Super OLED technology eliminates the need for a color filter as the OLED pixel unit comprises self-emitting RGB sub-pixels laid directly on the display panel, each emitting its own light.
The technology is also able to...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:10am
DISH Network L.L.C., the nation's third largest pay TV provider, today introduced a whole-home high definition DVR entertainment system featuring the award-winning Hopper™ and Joey™.
The Hopper HD DVR and accompanying small Joey set-top boxes create a whole-home HD DVR entertainment system that lets DISH customers easily record, pause, and play back shows from any room in the home.
While most whole-home DVRs do not have...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 4:27am
LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, will showcase the very latest from its display product lineup at a private booth during CES 2012.
The company's product line-up will include the world's largest 55" OLED TV panel and an 84" Ultra Definition (UD) display.
LG Display's booth will offer visitors a chance to experience the company's newest products as well as...
By The HT Guys • Jan 9 2012, 3:00pm
James Franco headlines the reboot of the immensely popular Planet of the Apes franchise, a prequel which boasts cutting-edge CGI effects and a gripping story set in modern-day San Francisco, where scientists are conducting genetic research on apes.
The evolved primates, including Caesar (Andy Serkis), develop advanced intelligence and revolt against being used as lab rats, unleashing a war for dominion over Earth.
When I first heard they were making another Planet of the Apes movie, I thought it was a horrible idea.
Boy was I wrong.
Along with Star Trek and Batman, this film is...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 9 2012, 1:00pm
One of my public speaking topics in recent years was “Why Your Next Computer Will Be a Television.” Even without the network-connected “Smart TV” features that are commonplace now, HDTVs have long relied on powerful processors and other components that outperform the standard desktop computers of not-so-long ago.
But even back when I gave this [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 6 2012, 3:57pm
This update of the 1985 horror comedy focuses more on terror than laughs when teen Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) suspects that his new neighbor, the sinister Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell), is a vampire, and turns to a self-styled vampire expert, Peter Vincent (David Tennant), for help.
Las Vegas magician Vincent proves useless, and it's up to Charley to save his mom, Jane (Toni Collette), and girlfriend, Amy, from the seductive bloodsucker.
I was a fan of the original Fright Night and had high expectations for this remake and was not let down.
Fright Night is still bloody, funny, and full of scares.
I was glad that it...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 6 2012, 1:00pm
The worldwide economic downturn put a damper on consumer demand for televisions, according to NPD DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.
High inventory levels meant that shipments for 2011 are exepected to be flat compared with 2010.
The good news is that there are signs of improvement, and the forecast is for a [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 6 2012, 5:47am
We often look back at the technologies and prices of years gone by with shock and amazement.
Instead of simply trying to remember what things were like 'back then' we thought it might make sense to put together a snapshot of the current HDTV landscape we can refer back to in the future.
By The HT Guys • Jan 5 2012, 3:54pm
It’s 1873 when gunslinger Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens in the Arizona desert with no memory of his past and a mysterious metal shackle encircling his wrist.
Stumbling into the nearby town of Absolution, Lonergan discovers a tightly closed community that takes its orders from the iron-fisted Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) — and Dolarhyde has a bone to pick with Lonergan.
But the colonel’s influence wanes when the desolate city is attacked by monsters that drop from the sky with blinding force and abduct the helpless townsfolk one by one.
As Lonergan’s memory slowly returns, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force.
With the help of mysterious beauty Ella (Olivia Wilde), he assembles a posse comprised of former opponents: townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors.
United against a common enemy, they prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
When I heard that Daniel Craig and Harrison ...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 5 2012, 1:00pm
Roku is probably one of the most successful network media players out there, and they seem to keep getting better.
The boxes keep getting smaller and programming choices available through them keep growing.
It’s a great way to make a dumb TV smart.
But now Roku has decided to think small again.
The company has announced [...]
By The HT Guys • Jan 4 2012, 3:47pm
Based on the pulp fiction of Robert E.
Howard, this action-driven adventure breathes new life into the story of Conan the Barbarian, a warrior who rises to defend the people of Hyboria after evil forces slaughter his family and fellow villagers.
I’m a fan of the original Conan movie, I even read a few Conan comic books, so I had high hopes for this movie.
All my dreams and hopes for a good Conan movie...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 4 2012, 1:00pm
I know, I should be excited.
I was hoping that maybe there’d be a viable 32″ OLED HDTV on the market sometime this year, but I wasn’t holding my breath.
And here comes the news that LG will be showing a 55″ monster of an OLED HDTV at CES in Las Vegas next week.
Fifty-five freakin’ [...]
By Pete Putman • Jan 4 2012, 1:03am
With the growing interest in 'cutting the cord,' finding an indoor TV antenna that actually works is not an easy job.
By The HT Guys • Jan 3 2012, 3:43pm
In this remake of the 1957 classic, Dan Evans agrees to transport the captured outlaw Ben Wade to the nearest town with a rail station, where they'll catch a ride to court in Yuma.
But all the while, Wade's henchmen are plotting their next move.
3:10 to Yuma is not a standard good verses evil type of movie.
It's a complicated film that dares to dive into the hearts of the characters in the story.
The movie was...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2012, 1:00pm
A company named Ooyala released an interesting VideoMind Video Index report last fall (free sign-up required).
The report has a lot of fascinating information about how much time people spend watching online video on various types of devices and what type of content they watch, but this is the chart that I found most interesting:
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 2 2012, 6:06pm
LG Electronics will bring the future of home entertainment to the 2012 International CES® next month as the company unveils its revolutionary 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) OLED HDTV.
It is designed to recreate reality with perfection, using the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display technology powered by LG's TRIPLE XD Engine.
Whether in 2D or 3D, LG's 55-inch (55EM9600) OLED TV is designed to display flawless, life-like images through picture quality that...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 2 2012, 1:00pm
…and welcome back! We’ve thrown the light switches back on here and dusted the place to get ready to start the new year off with more HDTV Almanac entries.
Just to recap, we were more than halfway to our second thousand posts last September when new projects got the better of me and I had [...]
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