Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Yamaha RX-V365 Receiver & Energy Take 5 Combo - $299.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: NewEgg has a great combo deal here. Get a Yamaha RX-V365 5.1 Channel Receiver with two HDMI passthrough and the amazing Energy Take 5 speaker set for only $299.99 with free shipping!
One of the things that the Mac Mini is missing before it can be a full on HTPC crammed inside your entertainment center is support for Blu-ray. Apple has so far not seen fit to cram a Blu-ray drive into its offerings and the Mac OS still doesn't support Blu-ray playback natively.
Still, the upgrade kit from Amex Digital adds one of the biggest parts of the puzzle that is missing, the Blu-ray drive itself. You can use Boot Camp to use Windows for Blu-ray playback. The kit will surely break the warranty considering that you have to open your Mini up for install.
If you still want to give it a go, the kit sells for about $199 and while it can't burn Blu-ray media, it can burn DVD and CD discs. Isn't it about time that Apple included Blu-ray drives in their computers officially?
Viewsonic has pulled the wraps off a new large screen PMP that supports 720P HD resolution called the VDP400. The PMP has a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480, but it can output 720p resolution video to your big screen.
Internal storage for the device is 8GB and it has expandable memory with microSD card slots. The battery has enough juice for 12 hours of audio and six hours of video on a single charge. Supported image formats include JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF. The screen supports 160k colors and the devices measures 113.5 x 74.5 x 13.8mm and weighs 143 grams.
The battery is a 2500mAh unit and the PMP has stereo speakers. The VPD400 is available now in pink, black, and white colors for $129.99. Viewsonic also includes a remote for controlling the device from across the room when it's hooked to your TV.
I like the idea of a centralized place to store all of the digital media like photos and videos that I have. As it is the stuff is on several computers scattered around my home and my wife never seems to remember which computer she put the stuff on. Envive has a new device that hosts video and other content for an entire home that is now shipping called the TheaterStation multi-zone digital media management system with centralized networked storage.
The machine can be had in three different form factors. One is a 1U rack mount system, the other is a 2U system, and the third is a tower machine. The 2U system can have up to 14TB of storage. The systems can all support up to 20 zones of independent audio and video.
The TheaterStation devices are compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac computers. The devices have no need for a TheaterStation server. The devices support most all video formats that are available.
Valve just sent us its second North American TV commercial for its next big game, Left 4 Dead 2.
NOW PLAYING: LEFT 4 DEAD 2 TV SPOT #2
The second Left 4 Dead 2 television commercial begins airing across North America this week, and throughout Europe early next week. The spot, created by Valve, features the song "Electric Worry" by the band Clutch. For more information, please visit http://www.l4d.com
Leave a comment over at the YouTube video page and let us know what you think of the game!
The folks at Lifehacker have discovered that Windows 7's Media Center is now able to stream CBS Television, not to mention Netflix's updated Media Center integration and the soon to be Zune video content library support, as well as more integration from MSN and MSNBC.
CBS Audience Network: Featuring a variety of shows from CBS Primetime, Daytime, Extras, and TV Classics, including full-length episodes of current TV shows, CBS Classics TV shows, short clips, and Web originals.
Full Zune Video Podcast Library: Thousands of hours of entertainment with full TV episodes, webisodes, clips, and videos from providers including ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNET TV, Comedy Central, Current TV, The Discovery Channel, Fox, G4 TV, HBO, MSNBC, NBC, Showtime, and Revision 3, along with some of the best user-generated videos on the Web. Some video podcasts are also available in HD.
MSN and msnbc.com: Clips as well as full length episodes from TV shows such as Arrested Development, news and weather from MSNBC, editor picks and most popular videos, five day weather forecasts, news, video playlists, music videos, movie trailers and more.
Sony is much like Apple when it comes to pricing. They tend to get quite a bit extra for the name and the "design" of their products. However, Sony might be looking into changing that as the economy and flagging sales (not to mention losing money on the PS3) have hurt their profit over the last year or so.
To combat this, according to a rumor at Digi Times, Sony might be looking to marketing a line of low cost LCD TVs. These new TVs will come in both 32 and 40 inch flavors. While there is no information or speculation about the price of the 40-inch flavor it is rumored that the 32-inch could be as low as $465 USD, perhaps even lower when they finally make it to the US.
This is an effort to get the Sony brand name back to its status as a leader in the global TV market. Of course no one is saying if the quality is going to be comparable to their current line. Hopefully the cut in price will not mean a reduction in quality, but only time will tell on that. Of course this is if this rumor is true. It is very possible that none of this will come to pass and Sony LCD TVs will remain at their current price levels.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - IdeaCentre Q700 Home Theater PC with TV Tuner and Remote, Dual Core, 4GB of Memory, 640GB Hard Drive and DVD+/-RW for Only $499.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: UCoupons been extended for this ultra small and compact desktop computer that doubles as a TV tuner, media player and more for just $499! It's identical to the 320GB model but is at the same price as it. Use eCoupon: USPDSKSV10 (expires 10/21/09)
HOT! Update: It looks like they've got a hot coupon for their desktop version as well! It comes with 320GB and no remote, but everything else is the same for just $379 and free shipping! Please use eCoupon: USPQ151A (expires after only 180 uses or 10/13/09)
We have been talking about the Zune HD a lot lately especially given its potential as a true competitor of the existing champ, the iPod touch/iPhone.
We have seen the browser, the case, the hardware underneath, the dock. pretty much everything. The one missing component has been just how well does the 720p HD out to TV work?
If it is crap then the Zune loses a big part of its attraction. If it is great then there is another bit of ammo to fire at the iPod.
Well your questions have been answered. There is a video of the Zune's HD TV menu. This is used when you connect your Zune to your HD TV Via the Zune HD's Dock.
It is an impressive video as they show the all the HD functions. The Zune is not just about HD video. There is an HD Radio receiver (another thing the iPod does not have.
As with many other Zune HD articles the tone is showing just how impressive the new Zune with Tegra under the hood really is. Let's just hope that MS can market it right.
It is a slow news day when I start posting things like these but it has really stood out in my head (for obvious reasons)since I first looked at this one.
Someone, has decided to do a take on the old "girls in/on" theme and has come up with the novel idea of having girls in bikinis reading Star Wars.
The idea is brilliant really, although there could be the chance that the "listening" geek might zone out while, um "admiring" the girls' rather skimpy attire. But then again, does it really matter? It is just good fun in reality. But it has spawned an idea in my mind...
How about a full version of Star Wars done in the nude and an all female cast.
On the other side there was the minor complaint from the female fans looking for some "cute British rocker boys" as an alternative..
There is some interesting Blu-Ray news this morning. On two fronts to be exact. The first is the announcement by Toshiba that they are applying for membership to the Blu-Ray Association for membership.
The second is that there are rumblings that Apple may finally add Blu-Ray to their iMac systems.
Both of these could be seen as one of the harbingers of the Apocalypse but are more likely just proud and stubborn companies coming to grips with the realities of the market.
For Toshiba it comes after the loss of the "format war" between Blu-Ray and HDDVD. They killed off the format a few months ago but have not made any new moves towards Blu-Ray until now.
Apple has always claimed there was no demand for Blu-Ray but now have to finally realize that in order to compete with other system manufacturers they will need to provide this for their users. The next version of iTunes is also rumored to provide support for Blu-Ray playback.
Both moves are not expected to have any impact until 2010.
On July 20th 1969 the first humans walked on the surface of the moon. This was a technological and scientific achievement of unprecedented scope.
On July 20th 2009 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of this historic event. It was a time for people to think on the concerted effort involved, movies and specials to be replayed and the return to the moon effort to be pushed. But it was an occasion that was marred by an unfortunate event.
You see when the video from the moon was broadcast to the earth it was recorded in high definition but sent to everyone's Television sets by rebroadcast. Not in the traditional sense but in that a camera was pointed at a monitor and that broadcast to the world. These are the images we think of about the first moon landing. And this is all we will ever have as NASA cannot find the original footage and some even claim it was destroyed accidentally.
In an effort to bring a new generation a better view of the existing footage Lowry Digital used nVidia technology to reconstruct the vide frame by frame to a cleaner state. This should allow for a clearer picture of this historical event.
Personally I think the new footage looks like someone went a little crazy with a dust and scratches filter. Gone are the sharp outlines and textures. They are replaced by blurred lines and shadows.
Despite the fact that you cannot playback Blu-Ray movies on a Mac it looks like you might at least be able to control them from your iPhone.
The deal is this, Universal is looking to open up a portion of Blu-Ray Live by releasing a "tie-in" that will allow you control the companion features (you remember them as special features) from your iPhone or iPod Touch.
The first title to get this will be a special release of "The Fast and The Furious" in this you will be able to control the view of vehicles in the virtual garage.
Later releases will feature more integration with Twitter and Facebook access. The new features will only work with internet connected Blu-Ray players.
It is not know when this will meet the approval of the morality and control police at Apple but, this might be a time when the size and power of the company might hold sway and get this one pushed through.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Sharp AQUOS BD-HP21U Blu-Ray Disk Player for $139.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Blu-Ray players are coming close to the $100 mark these days. This 1080p one is new (not refurbished), and from a name brand company too.
VIZIO has announced their fall lineup of HDTV options, bringing eight new models between 32" and 55".
The 42", 47", and 55" XVT series TVs operate at 240Hz, two of which VIZIO has incorporated their TruLED and Smart Dimming backlight technology. VIZIO's 32" and 37" displays will operate at 120Hz and are part of their Slim line. All of the new models do full 1080p and have a Mega Dynamic Contrast Ration of up to 2,000,000:1.
All of these new XVT displays are also internet enabled, featuring dual-band wireless-N and wired networking capabilities to run VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA). VIZIO will also be including a customized Bluetooth universal remote that has a sliding QWERTY keyboard for easy typing.
"Our 2009 line of Extreme VIZIO Technology, (XVT) series truly advances performance, function and form for our customers with unequalled value," says Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. "Extremely fast 240Hz SPS Technology coupled with TruLED and Smart DimmingÔ provide first in class picture quality, our VIA Connected HDTV feature enables 'easy-chair' access of internet content and our new 120Hz Slim Line HDTVs are perfect in the most popular sizes to enjoy their design and appreciate their style. This power packed line up of VIZIO XVT series televisions incorporates the latest technology for consumers at excellent values."
British chip shop ARM has announced it will be teaming up with LG Electronics, to combine ARM's tech with an up and coming LG line of digital televisions (DTV).
The press bumf claims the ARMed DTVs should give consumers a crisp 1080p video experience from their very own living room telly, not to mention Internet connectivity, Web 2.0 features, next generation 3D graphics and all that entails. This is down to the firm's Mali-200 and Mali-400 MP graphics processors.
ARM's Mike Inglis, EVP and GM of the firm's Processor Division, said punters had been pushing for this kind of home tech for a while now, in order to enjoy sharing their digital media from the comfort of their, ehem, ARMchair.
"The combination of ARM CPU and Mali graphics processors clearly represents a compelling package," said Inglis. Jim Wallace, Director of Home Segment Marketing at ARM added "LG is one of the top DTV brands in the world today and this is a key deal for ARM in the home space, as ARM becomes the processor of choice in the home."
Wallace wouldn't tell TweakTown what the deal was worth in monetary value, but it's clear the little chippie is winning big by getting its multicored ARM11 MPCore an LG stamp of approval.
Wallace told TweakTown he couldn't give us a timescale on LG's behalf but that "based on typical development cycles, we expect end devices on the market towards the back end of 2010 / early 2011."
In what is pretty much a win for fair use BluRay movies will have to move to Managed Copy next year. This means that you should be able to make at least one backup copy of your BluRay movies.
The problem is that the current hardware will not support it and it is uncertain if the newer players hitting the market will.
In most cases you will need to upgrade any existing players and make sure you check on any new purchases to see if it supports the Managed Copy feature.
Read more here.
each studio is required to sign the recently finalized AACS license by December 4th 2009, and any studio that signs early receives up to a 25 percent discount on licensing fees. What isn't mandatory, though, is hardware support, and although the current generation of players definitely won't work, most expect the majority of new BD devices to. The cost (you didn't think it'd be free, did you?) and the number of copies is up to the studio, but at least one copy will be allowed. That copy can be made via a menu on the disc and can take the form of another Blu-ray Disc or a DRM-laced Microsoft file.
If you have been around computers for any length of time you probably remember the ATi TV tuners and of course the All-In-Wonder cards. ATi was, at one time, one of the undisputed kings of the computer TV tuner market.
However when Vista came along ATi sort of dropped off the map. At Computex they have decided to show that they are not dead they have just been resting. To do this they showed off a new ATI Theater HD 750 PC Cip.
This new chip will feature just about every type of TV standard you can imagine. The support list looks like that Alphabet.
Availability should be towards the end of the year with PCI-Express and USB models on the list.
Read more here.
This little baby will offer HDTV for desktop and notebook PC systems and supports NTSC, ATSC, DVB-T, Clear-QAM, digital TV and PAL/SECAM, FM and DVB-T radio. (In other words, it supports everything out there.sub.ed.) It can be used for capturing and converting recorded TV content to popular formats such as H.264, AVI, MPEG, DviX, WMV and MPEG4. It also supports ATI's Stream when paired up with an ATI Radeon Stream capable card.
The new ATI Theater HD 750 should be available later this year as a PCI-Express add-on card, USB stick and any other way of implementing this chip for some HDTV action.
We made time to visit the folks at Dolby at their Computex suite today and they had an interesting demo to show us of Dolby Home Theater v3 and just what it is all about and what it is capable of delivering on the PC audio front.
The test subject was a high-end 17-inch Acer notebook with Dolby Home Theater v3 testing certification. What that actually means is Acer sends the notebook over to Dolby's San Fran office and audio experts fine tune the audio systems of the Acer notebook for best quality sound possible.
In the video below you get some type of idea of the difference with the Acer notebook not tweaked by Dolby audio engineers and then of course with the audio enhancer and surround sound tweaks enabled. Take a listen for yourself below:
Keep in mind our video here doesn't fully justify the improved sound quality we noticed in person, but it provides a fairly accurate representation of what we heard.
ATI has unveild the Theater HD 750 tuner card, offering HDTV viewing capabilities on desktop and notebook PCs using analog, digital, and FTA broadcast signals.
The new Theater HD 750 uses advanced video and signal reception technologies for clear HD picture quality, crisp imagage, and high color performance and fidelity. It is compatible with HDTV/DTV/analog broadcast signals including NTSC, PAL/SECAM, ATSC, ClearQAM and DVB-T.
ATI's Theater HD 750 will also capture and convert recorded TV into popular formats including H.264, AVI, MPEG, DivX, WMV and MPEG4 for use on portable media devices. Fast and seamless transcoding can be obtained when pairing the ATI Theater HD 750 with an ATI Radeon graphics card.
It is compatible with Windwos Vista Media Center, Windows XP Media Center, and Windows 7 whenever it arrives. ATI says that the card will be available later this year in PCI Express, USB, and "other" formats.
"ATI Theater HD 750 combines AMD's longstanding reputation for video expertise with consumer demand for a cost effective, easy to use and high quality TV on the PC experience," said Matt Skynner, Vice President & General Manager, GPU Division, AMD Products Group. "ATI Theater HD 750, in combination with ATI Radeon graphics and AMD mobile technology-based notebooks, provides a simplified, high-quality home-theater solution."
DFI has contracted FirstZoom.tv to promote their LANParty DKX58 motherboard and they have put out a high-def video showcasing not only the highlights of the board, but some of the smaller features as well.
The DFI DKX58 is a Intel Core i7 platform motherboard specifically designed for overclockers and PC hardware enthusiasts. The specialized cooling seen on the video as well as the other integrated features are all geared towards optimizing the best performance from a PC system. The BIOS alone has over 100 settings which could daunt even the most experienced tweaker, however, let no man say that DFI did not give you the tools to make your machine purr to perfection.