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According to Bridgette King, a PR representative for Crutchfield, there has already been a 67% growth in HDTV sales as of the 2nd week of January in Indiana. There has been a 27% growth rate in Illinois. Why is this not surprising? We have seen prices on units drop as much as $1000.00 a pop since November.
If you are a Bears or Colts fan, this second comment from Ms. King should also not surprise you. “Potential TV buyers from the states of the final 2 teams tend to buy their TV in the golden time frame of 1-3 weeks prior to Super Bowl Sunday.” Just remember to say “Da Bears” when you go shopping and you might get an additional discount.

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Dell HDTV W5100C

Dell is now offering a whopping $300 off their 50-inch Plasma HDTV W5100C. It features a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, an 8,000:1 contrast ratio, NTSC, ATSC, and Pixelworks’ DNXTM video processing. Claiming a panel life of up to 60,000 hours, purchase includes two detachable speakers, a remote control, and cables.

Use coupon code XQZ3HX8L70BH2N to get your discount off Dell’s usual price of $2,599.00. The coupon is valid through 02/06/07. Quickly, let’s form a single line to spend our excess $2,299.00 that we had waiting around just for a deal like this.

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Hitachi Hybridcam 

Hitachi has already reared its innovative head with its DZ-HS300E, 301E, 303E Hybridcams which combine both the large capacity of HDD with the convenience of DVD. They feature a multiformat +DVD-RAM/-R/ -RW/+RW burning capability. You can shoot, select, burn, and share without the aid of a computer.

Just as we are adjusting to that wondrous idea, out comes new models, the DZHS-401 and DZHS-403 with an 8GB hard disk, DVD burner, and 3.31 Mpix CCD, and the DZ-HS-503 with a 30GB hard disk. We’re not really complaining. We love that their technology is cutting edge. We just wonder why they decided to ruin the mood by offering it in pink.

 

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Here's how to get the show:
|Download| - iPod-formatted H.264
|Download| - Apple TV High Resolution
|Download| - MPEG-4
|Download| - Windows Media

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Here's how to get the show:
|Download| - iPod-formatted H.264
|Download| - Apple TV High Resolution
|Download| - MPEG-4
|Download| - Windows Media

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JVC SR_DVM700

JVC’s SR-DVM700 three-in-one video recorder makes it possible to utilize formats of mini-DVD with MPEG-2 at 25Mbps, DVD with a high speed of up to 8x, and a 250 GB HDD storage for extended recording time of up to 473 hours. The system uses A-D encoding, allowing both digital and analogue duplication and archiving. You can use the DVM700 as a stand alone editing/dubbing/viewing system, or utilize its RS-232C interface for custom installation. The unit is available now at an MSRP of $1,795.00.

 

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Here's how to get the show:
|Download| - iPod-formatted H.264
|Download| - Apple TV High Resolution
|Download| - MPEG-4
|Download| - Windows Media

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LG BH100Every year, CNET grants awards to their pet tech from the CES. Their Best of Show this year goes to the versatile LG BH100, the first disc player with both Blu-ray and HD DVD capabilities. The player will be available in February at such retail outlets as Circuit City and Best Buy for $1,999.00. This is especially good news for those of us who, back in the “old days” actually purchased a Betamax, because it truly was the best of its kind, but phased out much too quickly. We’re hoping that other companies will join in on this video bandwagon and realize it is better to compromise rather than start a tech war.

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Apple TV

Steve Jobs has just announced that iTV has become Apple TV. For those keeping count feature-wise, this thing has USB 2.0, WiFi, HDMI, Component, digital audio, etc. It also has a built-in 40GB hard drive, allowing you to store content directly on the device. Steve made sure to note that the Apple TV is powered by an Intel chip, along with an 802.11 b/g/n wireless antenna. While we were hoping for 1080p support, we knew it was a long shot. However, we do get HDTV support at 720p. The Apple TV can sync with one of your computers, but can stream content from five others. The interface is very close to what you see in Front Row, but obviously upgraded. The Apple TV ships in February, and will retail for $299 USD - available for pre-order now.

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Viewsonic has decided to enter the fray with their 1080p 42-inch LCD. The N4261w includes dual HDMI inputs, a 1,500:1 contrast ratio and a launch date in March with a price tag of $1,799. Low-priced 1080p might seem a bit anachronistic, but we’re glad to see them coming down the pipeline sooner rather than much later. Its 46-inch bigger brother, the N4661, will launch in Q2.)


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