Your Complete Guide to Satellite HDTV

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Vizio Proves Me Wrong!

December 17, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
For quite a while, I've been saying that if you want 3DTV with a flat panel display, you're going to be stuck with active "shutter glasses" for the foreseeable future. Why not use the inexpensive passive glasses like you wear at the local cinema? Because it costs too much to add the required extra polarizing layers to the display panel, and this would raise the price too much to be...

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Pssst! Wanna Free Google HDTV?

December 16, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
By now, you've probably worked your way through your holiday shopping list, but I have one question: what are you getting yourself this year? Sure, budgets are tight but wouldn't you like to have a 46" Sony Internet HDTV that runs on Google TV? How would you like to get one for free? Google is running a promotion called "I Want My Google TV!" that runs through December 22, and...

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Netflix Fights Cabin Fever!

December 15, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
I often receive comments about some of my Almanac entries that say "That's fine for you, but it's not what we've got up here in Canada!" Well, things are looking up a little for the citizens of the Great White North, thanks to Netflix. According to a company press release, Canadian subscribers to the streaming service now have "hundreds of new titles" available. Some of the shows that are being...

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Same Day Movies at Home?

December 14, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
Tired of standing in line to see the latest blockbuster? Not so thrilled about paying a fortune for a giant tub of buttery popcorn? Wishing for a way that you could enjoy the latest movies without having to endure the loud conversations and ringing cell phones at your local cinema? Well, you may be able to solve your problems, if Prima Cinema is successful. According to a Wall Street Journal...

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3DTV Broadcasts Work on 2D HDTVs

December 13, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
According to an article in TV Technology, a consortium of Italian broadcasters and technology companies has come up with a way to broadcast 3D video content over a television channel in such a way that a standard 2D HDTV could still show a high definition image. The key to the technique is that two 720p images (left and right) can be combined and sent in a single 1080p frame. This...

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Could HBO Drop Cable and Satellite?

December 10, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Wall Street Journal quoted Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes as follows: Mr. Bewkes said that if HBO becomes ‘overly hindered by having it only available to you in $60, $80 or $100 packages,’ it could be sold separately through the channel’s existing distributors, like cable and satellite companies, or new distributors.” The operative term in that quote is "new distributors". An article at GigaOM provides an interesting analysis of...

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Sony Integrates HDTV with PS2

December 9, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
Looking for the ideal holiday gift for a college student or someone living in a small flat? Note that I say "flat" instead of "apartment" because this new set is only available in the United Kingdom at this point. Sony has rolled out the new KDL-22PX300, a 22" LCD HDTV with a built-in PS2 video game console. This one device will let you watch television, watch Blu-ray high definition movies,...

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More TV Content for Netflix

December 8, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
Several sources including the LA Times have reported that Netflix has struck a new deal with Disney to gain access to more of its television content. This includes episodes from prior seasons of popular ABC shows such as "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy". According to the LA Times article, episodes from the current season still will be only available on Hulu. Some of shows from other Disney networks -- ABC Family...

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Why I Love Networked Devices

December 7, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
I've got a couple Internet-connected devices here, including network media player boxes from Roku and Western Digital. They have individual strengths and weaknessess, but both share two features that I really like. First, they let me access content on the Internet or on my other computers on the network. This gives me a nearly-endless supply of music and video content that I can enjoy without having to boot up a...

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Sony Outsources More HDTV Production

December 6, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
HDTV may be in Sony's DNA, according to the company's marketing campaign, but it appears that they are turning more and more to surrogate parents to produce their offspring. A recent report in DigiTimes indicates that Sony will increase its use of LCD panels made by other companies from 30% to 50%, relying primarily on the Taiwanese companies such as CMI. This means that half of Sony's HDTVs won't have...

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