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During this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas we saw a massive 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung. The beast was perched in a welded metal frame and boasted a massive 85-inch 4K compatible LCD.
The 85-inch monster will hit store shelves (or floors, more likely) at the end of this month and will retail for a reported $39,999, making it one of the most expensive televisions on the market. Also expected to release soon is Samsung's Smart Evolution Kit which will retail for $300 and will connect to Samsung Smart TVs via Bluetooth to keep them updated with the latest software and firmware.
Also set to release around the same time is the HW-F750 Sound Bar, which features old school vacuum tube technology for a true HiFi sound experience. I do not know about you, but paying $300 for a device that updates my TV just seems a bit excessive. For $39,999, I would expect my TV to at least be capable of updating itself through it's built in Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connection.
A bit of a non-tech post here, but I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who love The Hangover. The third outing in the franchise, The Hangover Part III, is nearly here and now we have an official trailer to share with you.
From the snippets shown, it definitely looks like it could redeem the mess that was Part II, and finish it off in a truly epic fashion. The original was a blast and I can't wait to check the final movie out. What do you think? What do you think the characters will get up to in this one? Are we looking at another drugged-out, drunken haze of a mess they get themselves into?
Can you believe we're only a couple of months away from Iron Man 3? It felt like just yesterday that The Avengers was out, anyway, the latest trailer to Iron Man 3 is here and it is awesome. Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black, seeing the director of the previous two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau, take a back seat.
As you can see from the above trailer, Iron Man 3 is going to be filled with a bunch of action and some great comedy thanks to Shane Black's direction. From what I've read, they actually explain within the movie why Tony Stark doesn't ask for The Avengers' help, which should be interesting in itself.
Roku are back with their third-generation player, the Roku 3. After two years behind closed doors, Roku are ready to unveil their latest player which comes with a much curvier design. Inside Roku 3, we have a more powerful processor, dual-band Wi-Fi and a better remote toting audio out.
Audio out on the remote is a nice touch, with headphones included this makes for a truly personal (and private) experience. Roku 3 also includes a refreshed UI that is also said to spread to the "current generation" players, such as the Roku 2, HD, LT and Streaming Stick, as soon as next month.
Roku 3 sells for $99 through Roku.com and Amazon.com as of tomorrow, replacing the current top-of-the-line XS model.
Reports are surfacing that the elderly Harrison Ford will be returning as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars film. El Mayimbe of Latino Review says that his return is a sure-thing: "His deal is done, it's just a formality right now, they haven't really announced it yet."
We're still not sure that this is the case as the movie is still in its infancy, though there have been numerous other rumors that proved true. For instance, the rumor that J.J. Abrams would be the director proved true, so it is certainly possible this one will work out as well.
The source has been correct in other movie scoops before, as well, which lends some credence to this rumor. If the decision has already been made and a deal done, the announcement shouldn't be too far in the future. Worst case is we will know for sure when the movie comes out.
Just over one year after its inception, Raspbmc has hit its final development release, version 1.0. Raspbmc is of course the Linux distro aimed at creating a perfect merger between the famed $35 Raspberry Pi and the popular media center software XBMC.
Since its release, the Raspberry Pi has been popular among the HTPC crowd because of its cheap price and high performance hardware. Sam Nazarko, the terrifyingly young developer of Raspbmc started the project just over a year ago, and has today announced that it has reached the final release for its version 1.0.
On his blog, Nazarko said:
"I've been working on Raspbmc for a year and am now happy to announce the final release and congratulate XBMC on such a remarkable new release. Just to clarify what confused a few. Final does not mean we're not doing any more work, it means the 1.0 version of Raspbmc is available and stable.
It looks like we can expect premium interactive TV shows from Microsoft by the end of the year, where we'll see the new TV shows launch on their Xbox Live service. This is all according to a top executive from Microsoft during All Things Digital's Dive into Media conference, in Dana Point, California.
Back in September 2012, Microsoft hired former CBS Network Television Entertainment Group president, Nancy Tellem, who would be responsible for a new production studio in LA and creating interactive content for the Xbox 360. We're now seeing the fruits of her labor, and the first things to grow from this seed.
We should expect the interactivity side of things to include Kinect compatibility, but it won't just be there to be 'cool', Tellem says "it has to be organic and a natural extension of what we are doing". She also declined to state just how much Microsoft are pumping into their original content, adding "we are certainly looking at a very robust content production schedule".
Google has reportedly signed a deal with the free-to-air UK satellite service Freesat that will bring a dedicated YouTube app to the service. It is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV that offers users more than 60 channels at no cost to its users.
Freesat has said that the app will be built using HTML5 and will "optimize" the videos for TV viewing, offering a "visually stunning" experience. This is a good thing because anyone who has ever watched YouTube videos on their large HDTV will be able to relate to the poor quality on larger screens.
Freesat has a reported three million+ in sales of its set top boxes, and gains a great deal of free content through this deal. Google will be the major benefactor here, as the addition to the service will most certainly see an increase in UK based viewers, giving it more people to display targeted ads to.
Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival a few days ago, the documentary on The Pirate Bay called "TPB AFK" is now available online for free after four years in the making.
The documentary covers the site's three founders battling through their legal case with the entertainment industry in Swedish courts, right up until their final appeal is rejected which saw them ordered to pay $6.6 million in damages and serve jail time. You can acquire the movie through The Pirate Bay and YouTube, or you can contribute to the film makers through a pay-what-you-want donation that will see you receive any extra materials released in the future, or pre-order the DVD for $23.
Gottfrid Svartholm (aka Anakata) has been arrested and is serving time in prison, with the two other founders, Peter Sunde and Frederik Neij still wanted.
While the whole world waits on the TiVo Mini to make its retail debut, Suddenlink has managed to work out a deal allowing its customers to rent the small DVR extension units.
A report from Zatz Not Funny mentions that the outfit is pricing rental units at $6-$12 depending on customer location and current service package. The rental fee grants the user the privilege of streaming live TV from a TiVo Premier DVR to their network or another TV set.
Users are also able to search for and watch recorded shows. Dynamic tuning is built into the device, but it appears to be turned off at the moment. We can expect to see the TiVo Mini hit retail shelves sometime this spring.