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Google TV seems to be officially on the horizon, and Logitech is looking to be the first to take advantage of it. The Logitech Revue is reportedly ready to hit shelves on September 29th at a price of $299 USD.
It also looks like subscribers to Dish Network's satellite service will get a deep discount on the box; only paying $179 for the setup. This is an interesting revelation considering the possible competition these streaming solutions are bringing to our tried and true satellite services. Regardless, it's a fairly nice deal, and definitely worth looking into if you're not willing to part with the satellite just yet.
Acer was also at IDF today with some interesting goodies for the masses, including their new Revo 2 set-top box running Windows Media Center Embedded. It looks similar to previous versions of Media Center, with simplified streaming integration and the ability to stream live TV, internet, and movies.
The remote also gets some facetime here and is pretty sweet as well, allowing you to use it as a touchpad or a QUERTY keyboard with the push of a button. Acer is expecting the Revo 2 to be available sometime in the first half of 2011.
If you are one of the hoards of computer users that has a glut of digital content on your machine that you really want to watch on your big screen in the living room you may have been eyeing some sort of media streaming device. Many folks will be waiting for the new Apple TV unveiled yesterday to hit stores and use that to stream their content as best they can. The big issue with the Apple TV and any other Apple product for that matter is that Apple gear is locked down.
With the new Apple TV coming in at only $99 a bunch of the big names in the streaming market cut prices to compete with Apple. Boxee has pinned an official price to its updated Box landing in November and isn't concerned with pricing the Boxee Box along the lines of the Apple TV. Boxee has priced the new Box at $199, $100 more than Apple.
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Google purchased YouTube for a huge sum of money in part because of the massive amount of traffic the video site has. So far, Google hasn't been able to come up with a way to monetize all that traffic ideally. That means that Google is leaving money on the table.
Advertisers are not flocking to place adds on the videos streamed from YouTube because most of the videos on the service are made by individuals and big advertisers aren't keen on putting there brands with content that might be poorly made or in poor taste. One of the ways that Google hopes to lure more advertisers is with higher quality content made by pros.
iiNet recently trialed an internet-delivered pay-TV service called "FetchTV" of which 100 households participated in and gave their feedback at the end of the trial.
With 95 out of the 100 households signing up as paying customers once the trial period finished, it's clear the service holds a lot of promise and iiNet are excited to put it into full swing as an option for its broadband customers. This makes iiNet the first ISP to confirm that it will be on-selling FetechTV to its customers.
FetchTV excels in delivering a good range of films and foreign-language channels for many non-English speaking homes; at this stage they are the two exepected key selling points of the service. Sport coverage on the other hand is quite lacking at the moment, though FetchTV has announced just last week that it has done a deal with Fox Sports News to include it as part of its basic subscriber package as of next month.
You won't find a 3D TV in my house until units that need no glasses and have decent viewing angles start to come to market. For now, all we can get are the 3D sets like the new offerings from Sony that need active glasses that cost a bundle. Sony's three new 3D ready LED backlit sets include the Bravia 60NX810, the 55NX810, and the 46NX810.
All three of the new sets have integrated WiFi for connecting to the web and streaming content directly to the screen. That web connectivity also provides a link to the new streaming Sony movie service. The 60-inch set will land in September for around $4700. That gets 1080p resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate.
Foxtel has finally delivered on something many of its viewers have been wanting for a long time; a dedicated TV Guide with advanced search abilities, remote recording and more from the ease of their Windows Desktop.
The new piece of software was launched this week and is designed to sit neatly on your desktop as a Windows Gadget. Microsoft played a role in helping with the development and in keeping things simple. At the same time, it has a host of useful features not only limited to keyword searching, but also with the ability to view program summaries, create a separate list of your favourite channels and if you're an IQ or IQ2 subscriber, you can also use it so set Reminders and even Remote Record programs up to 14 days in advance (particularly handy if you're away from home/on vacation etc.).
If you don't like the idea of it taking up space on your spotless desktop, you can also download the new Foxtel TV Guide Gadget as a 'Web Slice' through MS's IE8 web browser. It then sits on your Favourites bar and lets you keep track of that 'slice' at any time with ease.
The rollout for high definition freeview TV certainly ran at a slow pace in the initial stages, but for a while there things were looking good for free high definition TV on all of the major Australian networks.....until said networks started pulling the plug on dedicated HD channels that mirrored their popular SD channel content.
First we witnessed the loss of Ten HD once channel One arrived, which many are still unhappy about to this day with a lot of good HD content lacking on One that Ten HD had. Then came the recent loss of ABC HD, with ABC's excuse being that they would launch ABC News 24 in replacement. This is by no means a step forward; to the contrary, only a minimal amount of news on this channel is in high definition.
There are a lot of TVs on the market today that are crammed with cool tech like internal HDDs for directly recording programs, Blu-ray burners for burning those recorded shows to disc and 3D. Typically, you can find sets that have both a HDD and the Blu-ray burner in one, but it's not common to find a set that has all three of those features. Mitsubishi has now announced a new line of full HD TV sets that have all three features.
The new sets are the Real MDR1 series and can be had in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch screen sizes. So far, the TVs have only been announced for Japan. All of the screen sizes are LED backlit and the internal HDD is a 1TB unit. The sets also have a ten speaker sound system that should provide sound better than the average TV without needing external speakers.
I bet most of us can relate to wanting the volume to be the same for the commercials we see on TV as the show we are watching. It's irritating to when you are watching a show and then a commercial comes on that is five times as loud as the show you are watching. It's also annoying when you are watching at a reasonable volume on one channel and change channels to find the volume way louder than the previous station.
GefenTV has announced a new product that will stop that from happening. The device is called the Auto Volume Stabilizer and it connects inline between your audio source and the speaker system you are using. The rear of the Auto Volume Stabilizer has ports for analog and digital sound inputs. Once the input is connected, the output is run from the stabilizer to your speakers.
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The IPTV market in Australia is about to see another expansion with Sony Australia hooking up with Yahoo!7 to provide PS3 console users additional television content via Yahoo!7's PLUS7 catch-up TV service, set to commence at the end of this month.
This will make available many popular series' that air on the station including Home and Away, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Heroes and more. This is in addition to a large amount of content already available for viewing through ABC iView, VidZoneTV (a music video service) and videos on demand via the PlayStation Network Video Delivery service.
Sceptre has been peddling some nice and inexpensive LCD TVs for a while now that come in a range of sizes. The sets can be purchased online and in retail stores like Target and more. One thing that many people who buy a new TV want and need is a place to set that TV for viewing. Sceptre has announced a nice new line of home theater furniture that you don't need tools to build.
If you have ever put together one of those DIY style wood entertainment centers that has all the screws and cams, you know what a massive pain the build process can be. The big feature of the Sceptre line of entertainment furniture is that the build process needs no tools and claims to be able to be finished in only a few minutes. The line includes three different pieces.
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Onkyo makes some of the most popular home theater receivers on the market for enthusiasts. The receivers range from feature packs units selling for over $1000 to cheap units that sell for only a few hundred dollars. Onkyo has debuted a pair of new mid-range offerings called the RC270 and the RC260.
Both of the new receivers have many of the same functions like 7.2 channel surround sound, HDMI 1.4a ports for 3D programming, support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. The receivers also have Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and a Faroudja DCDI cinema Video processor. That video processor is able to upscale any source resolution to 1080p.
I have had an Apple TV since the thing first came out and I can be honest when I say it sucks massively. The thing is worthless, I can buy DVD copies of movies or TV shows at the store for about the same price as the cost on iTunes. There was never any decent streaming content offered on the device either making it mostly just there taking up space on my entertainment center.
Apple is reportedly set to replace the Mac Mini looking Apple TV device with a new and much smaller device dubbed iTV. The iTV is said to be an iPhone 4 on the inside and stream in up to 720p resolution. The Apple TV was able to support 1080p. We can only hope if the rumor is true about iTV, it is a much better supported and operating product than Apple TV was.
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