Archive for the ‘HDTV’ Category

Sony Introduces Slim SXRD Microdisplays With High Frame Rate

June 7, 2007

“Sony today unveiled five new BRAVIA®SXRD® (Silicon X-tal (Crystal) Reflective Display) micro-display HDTVs featuring Motionflow 120Hz high frame rate technology and dramatically thinner cabinets.

About 20 percent slimmer than last year’s sets, Sony’s A3000 line features three new models including the 50-inch KDS-50A3000, the 55-inch KDS-55A3000, the 60-inch KDS-60A3000 (screen sizes measured diagonally) models.

With cabinets about 40 percent thinner than its predecessor models, the XBR micro-display line features two new sets – the 60-inch KDS-Z60XBR5 and 70-inch KDS-Z70XBR5 (screen sizes measured diagonally). Sony’s engineers were able to decrease the depth of each model without increasing the height of the models.

“Going bigger is not a compromise with Sony SXRD micro-displays,” said Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Home Products Division. “With slim cabinets, advanced features like high frame rate and full HD 1080p resolution, SXRD TVs give consumers who want big picture impact exactly what they have been looking for.””

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300hr TiVo Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder

June 3, 2007


* World’s only Digital Media Recorder with THX®-certification
* Control live HDTV and record 2 digital cable shows at once*
* 300 hours of standard recording time or up to 32 in HD
* Schedule recordings anywhere from tivo.com
* Advanced TiVo broadband features, including digital photos, Internet radio, podcasts, and more
* NEW backlit, programmable TiVo® remote, easy to configure to your TV”

How To Get It:

1. Click on this link to go to tivo.com.
2. Purchase for $599.99
3. $200 rebate [Exp 7/16]
4. Final Price: $599.99 – $200 = $399.99 + Free shipping

A MINIMUM ONE (1) YEAR SERVICE COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED

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NHK Demonstrates Ultra HD Signal; 16 Times Better Than HDTV

May 30, 2007

“Although high-definition formats HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc are the bleeding edge of technology in the current consumer market, a new technology from Japan makes the latest HD movies specifications look simply archaic. Last week, engineers at NHK’s (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) Science and Technical Research Laboratories demonstrated Super Hi-Vision technology capable of a 7680×4320 resolution, reports IDG.

At 7680×4320, over 33 million pixels make up the image – this represents 16 times the resolution of a 1080p image. To get a picture of the bump in resolution, a Super Hi-Vision image could be approximated by tiling 16 of today’s best HDTVs together. In comparison, a 1080p picture represents a six-fold jump in resolution over standard-definition television.”

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The Impending Death of Plasmas?

May 20, 2007

“To make matters worse, LG has officially announced the shutdown of their Korean plasma factory that will cut monthly production by 70,000 units. It is part of their plan to cut monthly production costs by a whopping $32 million. The company has also said that it plans to shutdown other similar factories over the coming months.”

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3 Ways To Adjust Your HDTV

May 17, 2007

“High-definition TV sets are big sellers these days, and no wonder, since the picture can be amazing. But a lot of people seem to care more about how cool the flat panels look on the wall than what the picture looks like: It’s common to see the image stretched horizontally to fill the screen, giving even the most attractive anchor a bloated look, or the color is off, giving everyone the reddish skin tone of the recently boiled.The fact is picture quality varies quite a bit among HDTV sets, and calibration is often necessary to make the image look the way it should.

I tried three different ways of doing this: two do-it-yourself methods, and one professional calibration.

Sadly, the DIY options were hit-and-miss. They helped a few sets, and screwed up others. A good calibration still seems to be the domain of professionals – a surprising situation in our age of smart machines.”

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