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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.
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.
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.
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 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.