The incessant buzzing of plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, at the World Cup has driven some soccer fans to mute the sound on their TVs. I thought there was something wrong with the audio when I tuned in to ESPN on my mobile Flo TV. I figured I could read the play-by-play while watching the action in silence, but closed-captioning isn't available on Flo TV. So, I tested a set of noise-canceling headphones.
Western Digital has added a new model to its line of media players called the WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player, that does something its other models don't do: it supports Netflix movie streaming. With the Live Plus, B&H now offers a dozen products including media receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, DVRs and HDTV sets that stream Netflix movies and TV shows directly to your home theater instead of a computer.
I remember, years ago, reading about a 40-inch CRT television set. It had a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighed several hundred pounds, and cost around $100,000. I think it was a Sony. It was completely impractical, but it got me to thinking that some day I wanted to own a TV set with a screen that size. Today I own a 46-inch flat panel, but I saw something this week that got me thinking again. Panasonic just announced its new 152-inch plasma display that should be available early next year.
The triumph of digital TV broadcasting on June 12, 2009 (D-Day) was a defining moment for one generation above all others -- Baby Boomers. The growth of this generation closely tracks the rise of network television in the second half of the 20th Century. It's a generation I refer to as anadiggies and D-Day as a crossing over from the analog world, where they were born, into the digital world, where they'll expire -- no coupon necessary.
On June 12, 2009, Americans watching over-the-air TV using a conventional set without a digital-to-analog converter box flash-forwarded into a world without reception. The DTV Age had begun in earnest as terrestrial broadcasts were now sent exclusively as digital pulses instead of analog waves. There was plenty of warning and even a $1.5 billion government-funded coupon program, now ended, for buying converters, yet some people didn't get the message.
The successful 3D movie Avatar has stirred up huge interest in 3D technology. Manufacturers are now pushing 3D television sets, even though there’s currently not much 3D content to watch on them. Of course, PC manufacturers don’t want to watch the bandwagon roll on by, so they’re introducing 3D PCs. One such example is ASUS’s new G51J 3D, a 15.6" notebook computer with 3D graphics built right in.
Back in 1975, when Maxine Nightingale was singing “We got to get right back to where we started from,” little did she know that the song would make a perfect commercial for a gadget that wouldn’t be invented for another 35 years or so. In fact, the technology that allows this neat little gadget to work didn’t even exist at the time.
When director Rick Mowat needed a quick and inexpensive solution for staging a play that involved multiple street locations and a hospital room, he turned to New York City photographer Stephen Andrus and a Panasonic projector. The nearly carpentry- and paint-free production of the new drama, Coda (For Freddie Blue) by Fred Crecca, can be seen June 10 - 13 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 340 W. 47 St.
Now that your new HDTV has become a member of the family, it's time to reevaluate how well it fits its assigned space. There are practical and stylish options to consider from wall mounts that save floor space to furniture that puts the TV on top while accommodating source components underneath. Some mounts secure the TV flush against the wall while others also enable the TV to be extended outward and swiveled around.
Flip Video turned the camcorder industry on its head by proving that minimal hardware features sell, especially when tightly integrated with easy-to-use software for your computer. Now, Flip has introduced its most ambitious model yet, the Slide HD, with a 3-inch touchscreen that slides out at a 45-degree angle to show your videos. The camera embeds 16-Gigabytes of memory for storing up to 4 hours of high-def video.
There once were two ways to get a signal into a TV: an RF connector (left) for antenna or cable and an A/V for composite video and stereo audio. Then, the VCR age succumbed to HDTV, inputs multiplied, and buying a set became more like shopping for a computer. To help you figure out which inputs are hot and which are not, we're introducing a new series focusing on features. This one rates TV connections.
Stepping up to Blu-ray without 5.1 sound is like eating blinis without the caviar and sour cream. That's reason enough to consider an all-in-one home theater system. The HT-C5500 outputs 1000 Watts of power to 5.1 channels, so whether you’re watching movies on DVD or Blu-ray Disc or feeding your DVR through the system’s optical audio input, the Samsung home theater system will bath you in digital sound.
Music is in the mind of the beholder – literally when you go out with an iPod. But when you’re home or at work, there are better ways to enjoy the beat. The iDS3 plus from Boston Acoustics might be the mother of all docks. The system combines stereo speakers in a striking contoured bar meant for tabletop placement and a powered subwoofer to which it’s wirelessly linked. The duo lets you sit back with a pint-size remote (left).
Wireless cable. What a concept! As we increasingly take our media with us, access anywhere has become a near birthright. One laggard has been free mobile DTV. Even if that system, still in its infancy, becomes widespread, cable channels like ESPN and Comedy Central aren’t likely to migratte to free TV. That’s why the pay service Flo TV, broadcast in 112 cities around the country, may appeal to certain types of viewers.
Fitting an HDTV set into a tight space is no problem with Samsung's 22-inch UN22C4000 LED-LCD. Since the 720p display is only 1.2-inches thick and weighs just 8.4 pounds, it can be easily mounted on a wall. You're more likely to use the stand, but even then the set's entire depth will be only 7.5-inches. So, you can place the TV virtually anywhere in your home.
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