March 10, 2010
3D alert! Best Buy Magnolia store shoppers can pick up Panasonic's 50-inch Viera VT20 HDTV, a BDT300 Blu-ray Disc Player and a pair of active shutter glasses for $2900, right now! Additional pairs of glasses, currently required for 3D video content viewing, will set you back a further $150 a pair.
To separate itself from the competition, Panasonic is basically paying for 3D programming for DirecTV HD customers in June, so picking up this package is one way to get ready for that if you're a DirecTV customer.
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LG is attempting to grab the UK 3D market while Panasonic, Sony and Samsung scramble for market and mind share in North America. The company is getting ready to pop out its LX9900 3D TV line this May at roughly the same time as its BX580 Blu-ray player, all in hopes that customers will pick up the whole 3D home theater enchilada at the same time.
The LX9900 will be available in 47- and 55-inch display sizes, complete with 400 Khz TruMotion, 10, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, DLBA, Bluetooth, a wireless AV link and, of course, the need for those 3D active shutter glasses. Pricing isn't official just yet, but word on the street is that the 47-inch version will cost in the region of £2500 - £3000 while the 55-incher somewhere in between £3600 - £4000. The Blu-ray player will sit around £350. As for package deals, no word on that either.
I expect we'll find out more before the May shipping date.
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HP has announced the MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, a free application that enables TiVo HD DVR owners to transfer recorded content to HP MediaSmart servers, ultimately freeing up space on the TiVo's internal drive. MediaSmart Expander also allows users to manage content stored on the server and stream content to compatible devices such as PCs and gaming consoles. The application is compatible with MediaSmart Server EX90/EX495 and the Data Vault. While the app is free, the MediaSmart EX90 and MediaSmart EX495 servers cost $549 and $699, respectively.
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March 9, 2010
My head is spinning with 3D goodness these days and when I see some of the attached price tags for new 3D TVs it spins a little quicker still.
Coming in April, Samsung's 55-inch UN55C9000 and 46-inch UN46C9000 LED-backlit LCD HDTVs will cost a completely outrageous $6999 and $5999. The company's other sets including its 7000 and 8000 series', and a variety of other plasma, LCD and CCFL-backlit will also ship in intervals running until this morning, though at cheaper prices. Thank goodness for that.
You can find out all the pricing information you could possibly want by following the links below:
Samsung 2010 LED LCD HDTVs
Samsung 2010 plasma HDTVs
Samsung 2010 CCFL LCD HDTVs
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Onkyo has pumped out its latest AV receiver, dubbed the TX-SR608, a 7.2-channel, THX-Select2 Plus hub of hardware that sits comfortably with the plethora of other Onkyo home theater gear. So what kind of features does this bad boy sport? Try three-stage Darlington output topology which increases power from 90 to 100 Watts, Audyssey DSX dimensional sound processing, Dolby PLIIz capability, Faroudja DCDi cinema video processing capable of upscaling inputs to 1080p over an HDMI output. Connections include 6(!) HDMI 1.4 (capable of passing 3D video) and a PC input. Shipping in April, the Onkyo TX-SR608 AV receiver will set you back a cool $599.
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March 8, 2010
In 2010, 3D will be the buzzword that rules them all and when 3D is combined with size, a company by the name of HDI will rule them all. Rolling out a monster 103-inch 3D, laser-based TV in April, HDI will likely charge around $10, 000 a pop--when a mass quantity is purchased. The company has also stated that smaller models--like in the 46-inch form factor--are on tap soon as well. You know, for normal people like us.
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Best Buy will be rolling out 3D Panasonic HDTV gear this Wednesday, according to HDGuru.com. The equipment will launch as part of a special promotion at 250 Best Buy outlets across the United States and will include a kick-off at the Union Square location in New York City. The initial hardware available will include the Panasonic TC-P50VT20 plasma 3D HDTV and DMP-BD350 3D Blu-ray player. By March 21 the big-box electronics retailer will also have Samsung 3D gear available in over 900 stores. It appears that the Panasonic equipment will initially only be available for demonstration purposes and will require active-shutter glasses. The Samsung gear will be available for purchase (it's also up for pre-order at Sears) and will include a 3D copy of Monsters vs. Aliens and a pair of glasses.
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March 4, 2010
The folks from FlatpanelHD recently took Panasonic's new G20 plasma--the 42-inch version--for a test drive and were blown away. The successor to the G10 series features 5, 000, 000:1 contrast ratio, 8 bit video processing, THX certification and a ton of inputs. Not surprisingly, given the G20 uses Pioneer's old KURO technology, the test results were nice. If you're looking for fork out a bit of cash for some quality technology, the G20 is a catch. On the other hand, if you've already purchased a G10 you're doing quite well too. The G20 didn't really improve on its younger sibling in the black level or networking categories.
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Sears is accepting pre-orders for Samsung's new 3D HDTVs in an attempt to associate its name with the new home theater technology in the consumer consciousness. The 46-inch UN46C7000WFXZA and 55-inch UN55C7000WFXZA will be the first to ship this month and pre-orders are available from the Sears website. The company also has a message indicating that Samsung's 3D Blu-ray players and 3D glasses will be shipping soon as well.
The retailer will provide consumer education online and in stores regarding 3D home theater technology, not surprisingly with a focus on price. Most of us in the consumer world are already convinced we won't be able to afford nascent 3D home theater technology. The 46- and 55-inch sets will sell for $2600 and $3300, respectively, and while the pricing is expensive, it's also cheaper than I expected.
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March 2, 2010
Soon after being cherry-picked by the folks at Walmart, Vudu has rolled out yet another feature--Twitter and Facebook integration. Now Vudu users can update their Twitter and Facebook statuses with info about the movie they are watching and their impressions. Other Vudu-using friends can then jump on the bandwagon and join in the movie-watching fun. I'm not sure if I would necessarily use this feature but social networking integration is something companies seem to have to do these days. For looks if nothing more.
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