My DVR is one of the most important gadgets in my house. I use the thing daily, without it I would miss all the shows I really love, and even worse, I'd have to watch commercials again. TiVo has been granted a patent on technology commonly used in DVRs everywhere after filing the application way back in 1999.
The patent covers TiVO's Season Pass technology and sounds harmless enough on the surface. Look into it too closely though and the horror of what this patent means becomes clear. The patent covers software that sits on the DVR and allows the DVR to resolve conflicts with other shows over the course of a season.
For instance on Thursday night if you have three shows you want to watch, the software in question will let the DVR record the two shows that are the highest priority to you. Without the software, the DVR would not know what to record and what to skip. This is a feature that every DVR out there has today. TiVo has no problems filing suits against anyone that infringes on its tech, which after this patent is everyone making DVRs. The question now is when the inevitable suits come, will your DVR provider cough up the licensing fee or simply remove the feature and castrate your DVR in the process.
The big problem when using a HTPC is finding a way to use a normal mouse and keyboard comfortably from the couch across the room. There are a number of mice specifically for HTPC use, but those can be quirky and still take up more room than some want.
Adesso has unveiled a new keyboard called the WKB-4200UB that looks perfect for HTPC use. The keyboard is wireless with 30 feet of range. It uses 2.4GHz tech that can change between 12 channels when needed.
The best part is that the keyboard replaces the number pad with a track pad featuring two buttons. The track pad provides full control of the cursor without needing a separate mouse of any type. The keyboard is available now for $119.99.
A company based out of California named Adesso has just introduced a new wireless keyboard which includes a built-in touchpad which would make it a handy piece of kit for regular HTPC users etc.
Using 2.4GHz wireless, the SlimTouch Pro can work at up to a distance of 9.1 meters from the mini-USB receiver. It uses soft tactile membrane keys which reduces noise and gives a more comfortable typing feel. There are also 13 hotkeys on the board to open things like your internet browser and perform various multimedia tasks.
The GlidePoint touchpad does away with the need for a mouse, also including two mouse buttons beneath it. The unit is powered by a couple AAA batteries.
Adesso has the SlimTouch Pro available now on its website for $119.99.
A company by the name of S1Digital has just announced the first Blu-ray disc changer to market which can house up to 100 Blu-rays for easy access and playback without physically having to find and load your discs.
The unit can be controlled via software (bundled with My Movies and is compatible with Windows Media Center) and each time a new movie is loaded into the unit, it downloads the metadata and cover art automatically to the server to make for a cleaner and more streamlined searching method.
The downside is the price. S1Digital are shifting it at a whopping $1,499, so unless someone's ultra lazy or watches and changes Blu-rays day and night, I doubt it'll go on their shopping list.
You can read the full press release here.
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A company by the name of I-O Data based out of Japan has just introduced its new BRD-UH8LE external Blu-ray writer to market with support for BD-R write speeds up to 8x.
The unit is based off LG/Hitachi's own BH10N drive and uses an external enclosure with dimensions of 166 (W) x 240 (D) x 60.5 (H) mm and has a weight of 2.3KG.
The unit includes 4GB of buffer memory and supports the following formats :-
8x BD-R, 6x for BD-R LTH, 2x for BD-RE, 16x for DVD-R/+R SL, 12x for DVD-RAM, 8x for DVD-R/+R DL and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 48x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW
The drive comes with a one year warranty and will set you back about $267.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Sharp 42" 1080P LCD HDTV for Only $499 with FREE Shipping!.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Klipsch HD 300 Compact 5.1 High Definition Theater System - $269.99 Shipped Free!.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - SONY HT-SS360 5.1-Channel Home Theater System - $279.99 Shipped Free.
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Everyone that knows me always calls me when they have a TV, computer, or anything that is remotely tech that they need help with. If you aren't the type that understands tech and lack a friend like me who you can call on for help, setting up new gear can be a pain.
Target has announced a new service for shoppers in conjunction with Zip Express Installation to deliver and install TVs and other products nationwide. The service will deliver and set up a TV starting at $99. If you want the new TV wall mounted, you can get that starting at $199.
The company will take your old TV with them for an additional $50. If you need help with a home network or game console, you can get that set up as well for $99. The delivery and install of TVs and other gear includes training on how to use the device.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Sears - 50" Panasonic TC-P50S1 1080p Plasma HDTV for $899.99!.
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CES 2010 - Even though I didn't get much time to cruise the CES show floor and look around and all the fancy new consumer focused technology, we did manage to stop by the humongous Samsung booth.
Samsung also put on a big showing at CES and this year clearly the focus was on televisions with large fantastic looking and thin OLED HDTVs and 3D TVs getting a big showing. At the front of the Samsung booth was a presentation with about 150 TVs at a rough count with large mirrors placed appropriate to present an excellent show of its technology.
Quite amazing, huh? Samsung went out big this year with televisions and consumers should be excited about what's happening in this section of the market.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Viewsonic 8" Digital Photo Frame with 800x600 Resolution for $44.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: A sweet price on an 8 inch digital photo frame that gives you the 800x600 resolution. It comes with a HUGE 2GB of internal memory, does the whole memory card viewing and is in a glossy black frame with stand.
CES 2010 - I have sat in front of my computer or notebook on more than one occasion wishing I could easily get the video from the computer to my big TV in the living room. I would love to watch my favorite Hulu shows on the big screen rather than my computer.
Alereon has unveiled a product at CES called the NoWire Laptop top HDTV Extender kit. The kit uses UWB connectivity to stream video from your laptop to your TV. The kit uses a small USB transmitter for the laptop and a HDMI receiver for the HDTV.
The device can send 720p resolution video up to 30 feet away and supports UWB Band Groups 1, 3, and 6. That means the device will work globally. The Alereon solution won't be offered directly to consumers. It is being offered to OEMs starting in Q1 2010.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Computer Geeks - 12.1" Digital Photo Frame with 800x600 Resolution for $59.99.
Offer: A sweet price on a factory refurbished digital photo frame that gives you a full 800x600 resolution! The price is low because the internal memory is a bit low at just 256MB but, to put things into perspective... I just gave my Mom one of these that had an 1GB internal memory. I almost filled up 100mb of space after I properly cropped and resized the over 300 images to the 800x600 resolution. (If you don't do any editing, ANY digital photo frame will do its best to render the image properly and may botch it altogether) After she looked through the 300 images, she asked me to whittle the number of images down to just 20. :) Special price on this frame expires tomorrow, 1/4/10.
In Asia and other countries there have been standards for mobile TV for a long time now. Devices like mobile phones and portable computers can pick up TV broadcast in formats specifically for portable devices.
LG has announced a couple new devices that will support mobile TV standards that are just now available in America. LG will be showing two products at CES in a week or so including a mobile phone and a portable DVD player that can pick up ATSC-M/H broadcasts.
LG also says that it will be offering the LG2160-A ATSC-M/H tuner chip to other manufacturers. Manufacturers specifically named include Dell and Kenwood. That means the new tuner chip will end up in notebooks and maybe car stereo equipment.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Insignia NS-WBRDVD Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output for $119.99.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - Fully Loaded HP Pavilion dv6t 15.6" Notebook PC w/ Blu-Ray - $899.99 Shipped Free!.
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New technologies are coming to market all the time. A few years ago, the big push was to move to HDTVs and HD broadcasts. Today many people around the world are viewing in HD. The next big push is going to be 3DTV and Broadcom has announced a new chip that supports Blu-ray and 3D.
The new chip is called the BCM7632 and it is the first single die Blu-ray disc chip to ship. It supports streaming internet applications like Netflix 2.0, Pandora, Vudu, CinemaNow, and others. The chip also supports Broadcom WiFi modules.
The coolest feature is that the new chip supports Blu-ray 3D movies. The specifications for 3D Blu-ray aren't finalized at this time. However, Broadcom expects the chip to meet the final specifications.