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Samsung Displays 3D AMOLED HDTV Prototype

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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This week is the FPD trade show in Japan and one of the presenters is Samsung. Today, the company displayed their new AMOLED 3D TV prototype. The display is a 30-inch OLED screen that can feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 1000000:1 contrast ratio. The more amazing part is that Samsung has also designed this TV to show 1080p HD 3D content. The panel works with shutter glasses that rapidly block out each eye so that they are only seeing a specific set of frames. When the mind combines the two sets of images together, the 3D effect is created. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of extra detail about the prototype at this time. There is also no word yet on a retail price or a release date.

[via Engadget]

Black Friday Sears Ad Leaked

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Black Friday is the joyous time of year when people fight and trample one another for the best deals they can find. Recently, Gizmodo found a leaked Sears ad for this year’s event. Some of the deals include a Samsung LN40B530 HDTV for only $599 and a Sony KDL-40S5100 HDTV for $664. Both models feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and LCD display technology. The ad also includes many other exciting deals on HDTVs ranging between 19 to 46 inches. Click the link below to see the entire catalog.

[via Gizmodo]

This Week on HD Nation

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

HD Nation is the number one online show to deliver the latest in HD news. One of the first articles they recap includes a survey from the market research company NPD Group. NPD surveyed over 3000 consumers to find out what people prefer in a HDTV. Over 75% said that size is the biggest deciding factor with resolution being a close second. As part of the survey they also looked at the retail value of HDTVs and found out that since the beginning of the year, HDTVs have decreased in price by over 27%. This week’s top five HD list includes the top five “So Bad They’re Awesome” scary movies just in time for Halloween. The list includes many movies like ‘White Noise’, ‘Big Bad Wold’, ‘Freddy Vs. Jason’, ‘Cloverfield’, and ‘Gangs of the Dead’. As an honorable mention they also include ‘I know what you did last summer’ because of its predictable storyline. Another major section of this week’s episode includes an interview with Justin Sluss who reviews Blu-ray quality for his website. They discuss about the preservation of older movies as they get scaled to the blu-ray format. One of the big concerns is that because many of the old 80s and 70s movies were stored in poor conditions and filmed with cheap film. It is because of these bad habits form the studios that make the Blu-ray formatting of these movies look really bad.

[via Revision 3]

Samsung Releases 933HD+ and 2333HD HD Monitors

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Samsung is the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products. Today, the company is announcing two new HD monitors, the 933HD+ and 2333HD. “With more homes having multiple entertainment centers, the 933HD+ and 2333HD are the perfect companions for users who want integrated HDTV functionality from a desktop monitor. The added bonus is that both these monitors are self-contained and functional right out of the box, and can quickly connect to any entertainment device,” said Doug Albregts, vice president, Information Technology Division, Samsung Electronics America Inc. The 933HD+ is the smaller of the two, featuring a 19-inch screen and WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution. The 2333HD features a 23-inch display and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Both monitors feature a native 1000:1 contrast ratio with an estimated 10000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Both the 933HD+ and 2333HD displays are available through Samsung certified retailers and are marked at $249. and $329, respectively.

[via Business Wire]

Vizio Releases VM190XVT and VM230XVT HDTVs

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Vizio is America’s fastest-growing HDTV and consumer electronics company. Today, the company announces two new HDTV/monitors, the VM190XVT and VM230XVT. These displays feature a respective 19-inch, and 23-inch screen size as well as full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 20000:1 contrast ratio. The main feature about both of these displays is that they both feature edge light LED technology. They are also part of the Vizio LED Razor series, which means they only measure 1.6-inches thick. The extra thin displays allow for them to be mounted on the wall easier and give a flusher look. Another key feature is that these displays come with SRS TruVolume technology integrated, which means no more loud commercials. The VM190XVT is expected to retail for $350, while the VM230XVT retails for $399.

[via Vizio]

Toshiba Releases BDX2000 Blu-Ray Player

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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Toshiba was one of the last companies to admit defeat in the HD DVD vs Blu-ray format wars. Today, Toshiba has released their first stand alone Blu-ray player and it is now at Best Buy for only $199, which is $50 less than the original MSRP. The BDX2000 may have reduced its price in order to compete with other leading Blu-ray companies, but even for that price it’s not really a deal. The main reason why is because many of the other players come with integrated internet connectivity and also Netflix streaming. There is no telling how well or how poorly Toshiba’s BDX2000 will do in the upcoming holiday season, but there is hope.

[via Engadget]

Panasonic TC-P46S1 HDTV Review

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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The Panasonic TC-P46S1 HDTV has been available since March. This HDTV features a 46” plasma display, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 40000:1 contrast ratio. Recently, PC World posted a review of this TV. Plasma displays used to be the top of the line when it came to quality images, but due to recent advancements in LCD screen that fact is no longer true. The writers tested the P46S1 in a variety of quality tests and it unfortunately received only an average score. The tests did show that the TV suffered when it came to image sharpness, detail, and color when compared to a modern LCD screen. Putting the display quality aside, the rest of the HDTV is pretty basic. The design is nothing special and the menu is as simple and easy as any other TV. One good quality about the P46S1 is the audio system that was able to project a suitable mix of treble, bass, and balance. However even though most of the TV was good, the writers still concluded by stating, “In short, usability is clearly not an issue with Panasonic. But the time when we would have snapped up a halfway decent 46-inch plasma for $1000 has passed, and the Viera TC-P46S1′s disappointing image quality definitely puts a damper on our interest.”

[via PC World]

Hands-on Look at Roku HD-XR Media Player

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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The Roku HD-XR is the latest generation for the Roku media players. Media players allow users to record their favorite movies and TV shows or they can download them from their computer and use the media player to play them on their HDTV. Recently, Gizmodo got an up close look at the HD-XR device. While the new player is impressive it is also disappointing. Mainly because it needs an upgrade before it can work. But after the upgrade, users can truly see the difference between the HD-XR and its predecessor. For starters, the new model comes with 802.11 wifi connectivity which allows a user to send and receive up to 1080p content with out needing cables. The HD-XR performs rather well according to the writer. There were only a few slow spots when the player started to warm up, but once it were fully up the problems disappeared. One complaint the writer had was that you could watch Netflix easily through the HD-XR, but you could only watch what was on your instant queue and you can’t look through their website. One of the comments the writer made was, “I’m not so sure the HD-XR is worth $130, given the growing ubiquity of Netflix streaming, so Roku had better bring it with this firmware upgrade—the days of a one trick pony in the living room are nearly up.”

[via Gizmodo]

Westinghouse Releases Greenvue HDTV Series

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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One of the big fads with HDTVs these days is finding a “Green” display. Recently, Westinghouse announced the release of their latest series of LCD HDTVs, the greenvue line. This line is designed to be eco-friendly by using 40% less energy than standard LCD models and are all Energy Star certified. There are two models available right now, the 26-inch SK-26H640G and the 32-inch SK-32H640G. Westinghouse also plans to release a 42-inch model later but there is not any information about that model yet. The 26-inch and 32-inch both features WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution and come with dual HDMI ports. The 32-inch TV also comes with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, while the 26-inch display only has an 800:1 contrast ratio. Westinghouse has yet to release retail prices for these HDTVs but it is rumored that they will be a lot less expensive than similar models.

[via Green Hands USA]

A Closer Look at 3D HDTV Technology

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Many companies are starting to prepare for 3D HDTV, if past 3D technology is any indication of what the future holds then chances are that this wave will be a short lived fad. However, according to Engadget, the 3D technology being developed is expected to be a completely new experience. Recently, Engadget released a brief article about the many advanced in 3D technology. They also talk about many of the different types of systems like the closed shutter technique that uses powered lenses to create the illusion. This shutter technique rapidly opens and closes each eye so that the viewer’s eyes can only see select frames on the screen. One of the major concerns about 3D technology is using the glasses in the first place. Many people don’t want to have to put on a pair of glasses every time they want to watch TV. Fortunately though if advances in the technology continue that won’t be a case. There are already several companies that have created 3D systems that don’t need glasses, but the problem right now is that the 3D effect is only visible in a set location and deviating from that location ruins the experience. No matter if you like it or not, 3D HDTV will come and it will continue to get better.

[via Engadget]



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