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Tron Guy banned from watching Tron: Legacy in his suit by local theater

Any adult male that likes to be known as Tron Guy and wears a homemade replica of the original Tron suit for the 80's flick isn't all there in my book. I bet Jay Maynard peed his Tron Underoos when he heard that Legacy was coming to theaters. As the story goes, Tron Guy called up a local theater in Michigan and told them he was coming to watch Tron: Legacy in his Tron suit.

 

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The theater staff told him that he would not be allowed to watch the flick wearing his suit. Apparently, a middle aged, pudgy dude in a Tron suit is distracting. Who knew? I took my son to see the flick last weekend when it opened and he liked it, though he asked me tons of questions and I didn't get to watch as close as I wanted.

 

It's a bit ironic that my son is nine and I was nine when the original flick came out at the theater. I still remember going to see it with my dad, maybe in 20-ish years when the third Tron flick comes out my son can take his kid. Legacy has much better visuals (naturally) and it was a cool flick if you haven't seen it you should go.

 

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Offer: Buy.com has a fantastic price on the brand new Samsung BD-C7500 Blu-ray disc player. No one even comes even close to this $148.42 shipped price (next closest is $213). This current model is a stylish, ultra-slim (1.3" thick), player with Internet TV: downloadable widgets and apps like BLOCKBUSTER, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Pandora and more. It also includes a wireless LAN adapter. The price only shows up at the final stage of checkout (you can still see it before you buy). Good while supplies last, though the last couple times it ran out very VERY quickly.

 

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Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity launched by Sony

Move over, iTunes; Sony is coming for a piece of your music sales pie. Music Unlimited by Qriocity has officially been launched by Sony and will offer over six million songs via a cloud based music service.

 

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With current deals in place with music label big dogs like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music, Music Unlimited is looking to become a source of music for anyone with a Sony device from BRAVIA TVs to mp3 players to the PS3 with Android availability in the works as well. Music Unlimited is only seeing a limited launch in the UK and Ireland currently, with availability coming toAustralia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and the U.S. in 2011 .

 

Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses

Easily the biggest thing hurting 3D today is that you have to wear glasses to see the 3D effects. The need for glasses is why many consumers haven't adopted the tech and the glasses are often very expensive too. There are a few 3D sets hitting the market that use passive 3D glasses that are cheaper than the active glasses often required to watch 3D programs.

 

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Toshiba has announced that it will be showing off new screens at CES 2011 in January that need no glasses of any sort to view. The autostereoscopic screens will be larger than the 20-inch versions that Toshiba showed off this year at CEATEC. Although it has only been three months since the 20-inch screen was seen Toshiba says the tech is already better.

 

Toshiba plans to make even larger screens next year. The downsides to this sort of screen is that it has worse viewing angles that screens that need glasses and getting the best spot for ideal viewing is harder to accomplish.

 

"It has been three months, I think we should show [the TVs] with better technology," said Masaaki Oosumi. "Next year is the key year to extend development of the technology and extend the screen size," he added.

 

Google asks partners to not unveil new Google TV gear at CES

Things aren't looking good for Google TV. At first, the new service sounded really good and I wanted to get it so I could watch Hulu and other content on my TV without needing a computer. It didn't take long for the networks, Hulu and other sites to device to block Google TV from streaming their shows making the Google TV products just about worthless.

 

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The NYT reports that Google has approached partners that were set to unveil new Google TV boxes and sets at CES next month and asked them to not unveil the devices. NYT sources say that the partners were surprised by the request. Apparently, Google has asked for the delays to make refinements to the software.

 

The Google TV software was panned by reviewers for being hard to navigate among other things. One analyst thinks that the delay could be to allow for upgrades to be made to the Google TV software to address the concerns from reviewers. I hope the delay might be something to do with working out a deal with the content providers like Hulu and all major networks that are blocking Google TV users right now.

 

Sceptre unveils new 42-inch 1080p HDTV

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.

 

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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.

 

Monster 65" Theater 3D TV from Vizio to hit shelves soon

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.

 

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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.

 

New NanoLED TVs coming from LG

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.

 

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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 and Disney-ABC sign streaming deal for programs

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.

 

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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.

 

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