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HD Nation Recieve Vizio XVT473SV HDTV for Review

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

This week on HD Nation, the hosts discuss the new products being displayed at the CEDIA Expo. Among them include a wide array of HD projectors. They also announce the new Roku boxes that have recently been announced. The hosts got their hands on the flagship of the three new models, the XDS. They highlight the fact that the new box can stream 1080p content, which is something that the new Apple TV doesn’t provide. They also think the box has good image quality and they like the wireless possibilities. The biggest segment this week though is the unboxing of a Vizio XVT4735V HDTV. This TV features a 47” screen, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 10000000:1 contrast ratio. The hosts are very excited with the technology that was put into this screen, both the display technology and all the features in order to connect to the internet. Another highlight was the advanced remote control, which comes with a slide out keyboard. Also a majority of the buttons are geared towards accessing the internet.

[via Revision 3]

World’s Biggest LED HDTV Screen Will Be Finished Next Year

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Right now the biggest HDTV is positioned high above the Dallas Cowboy’s home field. However soon a new HDTV screen will emerge and will be mounted at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, in North Carolina. The new screen will not actually be finished until May of next year, but will definitely take over as being the largest HDTV. The screen measures 200 feet by 80 feet and it will weigh over 165000 pounds. What is also impressive is that the entire screen will use about 9 million LED lights. Expect more information about this TV when it becomes available.

[via DVICE]

RealD Unveils Cheaper 3D Glasses and 3D Displays

Monday, September 27th, 2010

RealD is one of the major companies who are developing new and exciting 3D technology and 3D products. Recently, the company announced that they are now showing 3D panels for HDTVs. The goal of these new panels is to reduce the manufacturing price of these displays and also eliminate the need for battery powered 3D glasses. The lower manufacturing cost will ultimately reduce the retail price of future 3D displays. Also using 3D glasses that don’t require batteries will greatly reduce the retail price for the glasses from their unrealistic prices. Unfortunately though, right now the displays are only in the demonstration phase and their isn’t any word yet when the displays and glasses will be integrated into new TVs.

[via Ubergizmodo]

Samsung PN58C8000 HDTV Review

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

One of Samsung’s high end HDTVs is the PN58C8000. This model uses plasma technology to display 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution onto a 58” display. Today, the writers from PC Magazine released their review. The first thing they mention is that this model is one of the new 3D models that have recently hit the market. They are very happy with the diverse connection port, which comes with four HDMI ports, two USB ports, and many more. The display was very pleasing to the eye and included very deep black levels. The only major concern was that the HDTV is not terribly energy efficient. They also thought that the 3D glasses were uncomfortable after long periods of time. The writers stated, “Samsung’s PN58C8000 58-inch 3D-ready plasma HDTV delivers top-notch picture quality, is beautifully designed, and comes with a wealth of Web apps.”

[via PC Magazine]

Mitsubishi Diamond Vision OLED HDTV Now Available

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A few weeks ago Mitsubishi announced that their new Diamond Vision OLED HDTVs were to go on sale yesterday. These displays are supposed to measure 100” diagonally and be comprised of dozens of PMOLED displays tiled together. Each tile measures 234mm x 234mm each and can display a 128 x 128 resolution. The problem though is that with out exact measurements of the screen, there is no saying exactly what the combined resolution is. The company did state though that the screen will be able to produce a 1200cd/m2 brightness level and is the first display of this size to feature OLED technology. While the TV may be available, according to Mitsubishi, there is no word yet on a retail price.

[via OLED Info]

Sharp LC-46LE820UN HDTV Review

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

One of the new HDTVs to come from Sharp is the LC-46LE820UN. This 46” LCD screen comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from Digital Trends released their review of the 46LE820UN. Like most reviewers, the first thing they looked at was the retail price. For this model, the writers thought that it was a little pricy when compared to similar models. The writers were very happy with the onscreen menu and all its options. They did think though that the remote control could have looked and handled a little better for the price that Sharp is asking. The image quality was very good and they also liked the fact that the display provided Netflix capability. However, they were disappointed to notice that there was no Wi-Fi connectivity or an SD card slot. The final conclusion the writers made was, “The Sharp Quattron HDTV is among the best LCD HDTVs we’ve tested. Although still not as good as a top plasma, the edge-lit LED LC-46LE820UN has good blacks, deep contrast and very accurate colors. We love the fact there is hardly any “screen door” effect and the Ethernet/Netflix capability is a plus. And don’t even think the $2,399 MSRP is anywhere near reality; we’ve seen it for between $1,300 and $1,500 at legit online retailers. That’s more than a solid 120Hz, 46/47-inch edge-lit LCD HDTV but it’s a worthwhile investment.”

[via Digital Trends]

The Hosts of HD Nation Talk about Quattron Technology

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

If you want to know the latest in HD content and products then HD Nation is the show for you. Each week, the hosts bring a top five list of the best Blu-ray movies based on a central theme. This week, the theme was the best school movies in honor of going back to school week for most students. The movies on the list include Fame, Rock n Roll High School, Ten Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Donnie Darko, and Friday Night Lights. Another big segment this week was a closer look at the Sharp’s Quattron technology. This technology was released earlier this year and includes a yellow pixel into the normal RGB grouping. The hosts received a new HDTV from Sharp in order to review the new technology. They first go through some of the initial settings as well as look at some of the features. Straight out of the box, the hosts compliment the image quality and the sound and were happy with what they saw. They expect to release a complete review as soon as possible.

[via Revision 3]

SunBrite TV Announces 2220HD HDTV Coming Soon

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Recently, SunBrite TV announced the release of their latest weatherproof HDTV, the 2220HD. The company did not release a lot of information, but the screen measures 22” diagonally and can display WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution and a 2500:1 contrast ratio. The big feature though is that the entire TV is encased in a corrosion-resistant, powder-coated aluminum exterior, which makes it safe from water, dirt, insects, and even extreme weather conditions. The company even states that the display can survive and still perform in temperatures ranging from -24 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The connection panel includes a wide array of connections that includes dual HDMI ports, a composite, component, s-video, and an RGB port as well. Retail price for the 2220HD is set at $2095 and it should be available at the beginning of October.

[via Ecoustics]

Netflix Launches Streaming Services in Canada

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Netflix is the leading internet movie subscription service. Every leading TV manufacturer has HDTVs that include software to stream Netflix direct to their TV. Today, the company announced the launch of their services into Canada. The launch includes unlimited access to movies and TV episodes to be streamed to the subscribers TVs and computers. Subscribers can access Netflix by choosing one of the plans, which will start at C$7.99 (USA$7.73). “With our launch today in Canada, Netflix is focused on adding meaningfully to the entertainment choices available to Canadian consumers,” said the company’s co-founder and CEO, Reed Hastings, who was in Toronto for the inauguration of the service. “Convenience, selection and value are at the heart of the Netflix service, and it is our hope that this resonates with Canadians.”

[via Engadget]

Samsung Announces New Products at CEDIA Expo

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Samsung is a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics. Today, the company announced that they plan to show off a wide array of new products at this year’s CEDIA Expo, which will release later this week. Among the new products will be Samsung’s latest 3D LED and plasma HDTVs. The first Samsung is announcing are new additions to the company’s 9000 HDTV series. These displays have been named the thinnest displays to date, measuring only 0.31” thick. Other features for the 9000 series include full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 6000000:1 contrast ratio, and Real 240Hz Clear Motion. Another TV that will be on display this week will be the UN65C8000, which has a 65” screen, LED technology, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. “People look to installers to recommend the very best in home entertainment. They want great audio and video quality as well as a sophisticated, ultra-stylish design,” said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment at Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “From the world’s broadest lineup of 3D capable products, to the immersive experience of Samsung Apps, the Samsung lineup is one that installers can use in a variety of environments to exceed their customers’ expectations.”

[via Business Wire]

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