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The Best HDTV for 2013?

May 19, 2013
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The Best HDTV for 2013?

The search for this year’s best HDTV was recently held at Value Electronics in Scarsdale, NY. The two day event does a side by side comparison to find the best HDTV on the market among the current crop of LEDs and plasmas. Each HDTV is set up by a professional calibrator to produce its...

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CES 2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

January 17, 2013
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CES  2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

It’s time to look back at my hopes and dreams for this year’s just concluded International CES and see what came to fruition. “A new TV display technology such as OLED or crystal LED that actually ships before the next CES.” Well, almost every TV vendor showed off their new Ultra HD TV wares. Sony seemed...

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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

January 6, 2013
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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

As I wouldn’t be at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that’s about to start, I’ve put together a quick list of things I will be watching for virtually. As much as I would like to attend the show this year, life’s too busy at the moment. I’m looking forward to...

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PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

December 19, 2012
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PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

The Playstation3 Netflix app has been updated once again. There have been two recent updates, the most recent being version 2.10. Since looking at version 2.08, there have been a number of additions and fixes. Like the Apple TV, you can sign up for Netflix directly from the PS3 app. You can also control the...

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome: How Best to Watch on YouTube

November 11, 2012
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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome: How Best to Watch on YouTube

The Battlestar Galactica spin-off series, Blood and Chrome is now available on YouTube via the Machinima channel (videos below). When the first preview of Blood and Chrome leaked out on the Internet, it was unknown where the series would show up first: the SyFy channel, the web or some other distribution channel. According to...

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Ready for Ultra HD (or 4K or 2160P or Quad HD)?

October 24, 2012
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Ready for Ultra HD (or 4K or 2160P or Quad HD)?

Recently, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) formally announced the branding of 4K displays with the official designation of “Ultra High Definition” or “Ultra HD”. For a display to be labeled Ultra HD, it must display a minimum of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That’s four times greater than the current “Full HD” or 1080P standard...

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Logitech Releases New Harmony Touch Remote Control

September 29, 2012
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Logitech Releases New Harmony Touch Remote Control

Updated October 3rd, 2012 with official details from Logitech A new Logitech Harmony remote control, the Harmony Remote Touch is now available for sale at retail. According to a post on the AVS Forum, the new remote control, was seen at Best Buy this morning. With a candy bar form factor and a touch...

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VUDU on the Roku Hands-On

September 22, 2012
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VUDU on the Roku Hands-On

The VUDU video streaming service has finally arrived on the Roku. The VUDU app for the Roku has been anticipated ever since the Roku became available for sale at Walmart in June 2011. Walmart owns the VUDU streaming service. Apparently, there was a technical piece of the puzzle missing as there was a recent...

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How the Wii U and TiVo Will Integrate

September 19, 2012
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Choosing a program to watch on TVii on the Wii U

One of the surprises at the recent Nintendo press event was the Wii U’s integration with the TiVo digital video recorder. The TiVo integration was part of TVii, the Wii U’s second screen app for discovering and engaging with TV programs, movies and sports. How exactly does the new Wii U integrate with the...

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Examining the New Four Tuner TiVo Premiere’s Specs

August 19, 2012
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TiVo Premiere 4

TiVo last week officially announced the newest member of the Premiere line of digital video recorders (DVRs), the TiVo Premiere 4. In short, TiVo has added an entry level four tuner box to their line-up at $249 retail. The Premiere 4 has a 500 GB hard drive which provides up to 75 hours of...

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The Google Nexus Q Niche

July 1, 2012
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Google Nexus Q Media Streamer

This week, Google announced the Nexus Q streaming media player. Available for pre-order at $299, the black orb streams audio and video from a limited number of sources including Google’s TV and movie cloud now known as Google Play as well as YouTube. On the surface, the Nexus Q has very appealing aesthetics. It’s...

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