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Sceptre was a brand that was mostly online only for a long time and recently the sets have started to be offered in retail stores like Target as well. You can still pick the Sceptre products up at all sorts of online stores that geeks like such as Newegg. The latest offering from Sceptre has a large screen and some nice features at a good price. The set is the Sceptre X420BV-FHD.
The TV has a 42-inch screen and the 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution will make for some good movie watching from Blu-ray discs. The screen has a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 5.1 digital surround sound capability. The response time should mean the screen has no issues with fast action for gaming or films. The set also has a lot of connectivity.
Sceptre gives the set three HDMI inputs, component, composite, VGA, audio in and a cable input as well. The TV is Energy Star V3.0 certified to save power. VGA resolution is native at 1920 x 1080 making for a nice HD screen for your home theater PC. The TV is available right now for $699.
VIZIO is mostly known for making good quality TVs at affordable prices. I've owned a 42" VIZIO for almost four years now and have nothing but good things to say about it. Now VIZIO is making a jump into the big time market with their 65" Theater 3D Razor XVT3D650SV LED set.
Taking the top spot as the largest television in the VIZIO lineup, this edge-lit LED 120Hz 3D TV comes with SRS TruSurround integrated speakers and access to VIZIO internet apps. VIZIO includes four pairs of the cheaper polarized #D glasses with this set, stating that "Theater 3D technology produces clear, flicker-free 3D images that are noticeably brighter than conventional 3D and eliminates costly and bulky 3D eyewear that requires batteries or charging." This big boy will set you back $3,499 when it hits Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale shelves as well as online later this month.
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel are back in another Fast and the Furious movie - this one is called "Fast Five", it also stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and is directed by Justin Lin who has handled the last two F&F movies.
The trailer looks pretty good, of course it's not Oscar-material, but it's a popcorn movie and look like a lot of fun.
LG is teasing two new lines of HDTVs that will feature their Nano Lighting Technology. This technology embeds the LEDs in a thin film behind the LCD screen to take away the disadvantages of edge-lit TVs while keeping the price point reasonable compared to fully backlit LED versions. The TVs will also make use of LG's new Micro Pixel Control, which is an improved local dimming feature to improve darker scenes.
The LW9500 and LW7700 will sport a 480Hz and 240Hz refresh rate respectively and both will have an "Anti-Reflection Panel" that is most likely for glare reduction. Full 3D support is also incorporated via active shutter glasses. Sizes will start at 47 inches and work their way up to 60 inches. No specifics on price or release date at this point.
Netflix is constantly looking to build up the library of streaming offerings that it has on offer to its subscribers. You can bet that the search for more content is at a fevered pitch with the recent addition of a streaming only offering for Netflix members. Netflix has now announced that it has signed a very important new streaming deal with Disney-ABC that will see many of the popular shows from ABC and Disney coming to the streaming service.
The new agreement gives Netflix access to hundreds of shows from ABC, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. The deal has a caveat though, the programs will be offered no sooner than 15-days after they initially air on the network. That means if you miss an episode you will have to wait at least 15 days to see it via Netflix.
Michael Bay's new Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon official teaser has been released.
The teaser is just that, not much footage but there are leaks of news that Buzz Aldrin plays himself in current time, the popular Megan Fox is out (after disputes with the Bay himself), Fergie's husband (Josh Duhamel) reprises his role and of course Sam Witwicky and his parents too.
Hulu is a favorite destination for me and hoards of other people that like to watch older shows that are no longer on TV and those that like to catch up on shows they missed. Hulu and other sites online are helping to change the way that people watch content today with some skipping cable or satellite altogether and going online for all of their favorite shows.
Hulu has helped already to change the way that we watch TV shows and the website is set to change things again with the casting call going out looking for actors for its own entertainment show. The show will be a short five-minute recap show that airs Monday through Friday only on Hulu.com. The show will have two hosts and is going to be a Daily Show meets Weekend update meets Sports Center type of program according to Hulu.
If you have ever watched TV you know that some commercials are about a thousand times louder than the show you are trying to watch. It always seems like the loudest and most obnoxious commercials came on when I would get up to go get a snack late at night when everyone else was sleeping. There are all sorts of gadgets on the market for home theater fans that seek to level that volume out.
Congress and the House of Representatives have both now approved a new bill that is headed to Obama's desk. Obama is expected to sign the bill into law and it will be called the CALM Act. The bill will force commercial makers to make the volume of the ads the same as the volume of the show you are watching .That means no more blaring commercials for the Clapper or other crap no one really wants.
Home theater is built on HDMI for the most part today. The move from multiple cables to a single cable for audio and video was huge for fans looking for an easy way to wire their home theaters and superior sound and video at the same time. Analog Devices has unveiled a couple new physically small and power sipping HDMI receivers for home theater hardware that have some nice features inside.
The new receivers are the ADV7611 and the ADV7612. Both of the receiver chips support HDMI 1.4a 3D connectivity and have full 1080p resolution at 60fps support. The smaller 7611 is very compact with chip dimensions of 10mm x 10mm x 1.6mm and the 7612 measures 14mm x 14mm x 1.6mm. The footprint of the receiver chips is 50% smaller than other similar chips and use 25% less power than other chips.
I live just outside of one of the largest cities in my part of Texas. Even with me so close to a metropolitan area, my house is on a rural power co-op and that means that the power goes out if a dog up the street farts twice in a row. The thing that really pisses me off about the power going to so much is that it always happens right in the middle of something I want to watch. More than power outages though the power will brown out for a bit and make the TV turn off. I really hate that.
Toshiba has unveiled a new TV line that is cool called the PowerTV. This is the first set on the market that has an internal battery. When the power goes out the battery in the TV kicks on immediately to keep your set running and you watching TV. It sounds like a TV with an integrated UPS like the one I use on my computer. That should mean that the battery would keep the set going if a brownout happens as well.