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Movies Based on TV Shows That Bombed at the Box Office

May 31, 2017 | Author: sysadmindgs
Right now, the American economy is relatively healthy. More accurately, it’s consistently growing. Of course, these statements are a little general; economic stability varies from industry-to-industry. For example, it’s a great time to be in the appliances/electronics business. On the other hand, Hollywood is experiencing a downturn. That’s not to say the film/TV business is on the verge of collapse or anything. It *is* to say, however, that box office...

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Google Nexus Player appears to have yielded to Chromecast

June 1, 2016 | Author: sysadmindgs
From all reports, it appears the Google Nexus Player has sung its last tune. Having been pulled from most retailer locations a few weeks ago and no longer available from Google directly, for now, it appears Google is content to allow Chromecast to take the lead in their TV/living room-integration efforts. Too bad, too. The hockey puck-shaped Nexus Player always worked easily and reliably in our tests and, other than...

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Best Buy: $10 per Inch for 50″ LCD

July 2, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 is their house brand. And it is not a top-of-the-line set in terms of features; it's a standard 60Hz set with three HDMI inputs but nothing fancy such as Internet...

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More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

June 29, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 of part of the TV radio signal spectrum. According to his statement, the portion of U.S. television households that rely solely on free broadcasts has grown to almost 18%. In...

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Google TV: Round 2

June 28, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 HDTV with the feature. Google TV is intended to bridge the traditional subscription television and over-the-air broadcasts with the growing choices available on the Internet. For example, you should be...

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Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

June 27, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 could if the premium between it and standard DVD players (which is "good enough" for the majority of consumers) dropped to something approaching "zero." And apparently now it has. [caption...

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Supreme Court Throws Out FOX and ABC Sanctions

June 22, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 FOX was warned about expletives that were uttered on the air during two live award show broadcasts. The Supreme Court decision did not address the overall issue concerning the constitionality...

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Verizon Jacks Up the Speed

June 21, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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 using more and more data from the Internet, Verizon has introduced "FiOS Quantum" service. This...

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Online Video Gets More Product Placements

June 20, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
If you're a long-time reader of the HDTV Almanac, you know that one of my favorite hobbyhorses 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. Some of them are smelling the french roast, however; Nike has cut its television commercial...

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Sharp Ships 90″ LCD HDTV

June 19, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
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. The mammoth screen has a 90" diagonal measurement, and relies on a full matrix of...

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