*Phew.* It’s a good thing I didn’t rush out and freeze for a day to buy something that can’t even stay online for more than a week at my local Wal-Mart. Camped in a nice, cozy, lexan-encased display case, no less. No, I’ll leave that task to Andru, thankyouverymuch. And in case you were wondering, the TV was on—the Xbox 360 wasn’t. Let’s hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for the new console.
Okay, so the Xbox 360 is set to launch in less than 24 hours. We are getting ready to head out and wait in line at the Best Buy in Bellevue, WA - yeah, the one where Bill Gates will be on hand to kick off the launch. This will be the first time that I haven’t pre-ordered a console, opting instead to try my luck on launch day. The result is me having to brave the cold for a good 24 hours.
For those wondering, we have a full-featured testing lab for Xbox 360 launch. The high definition display in our lab is a Samsung 46” HLP-4663 DLP unit. As for sound, we went overkill with a 7.1 surround sound JBL system, powered by a Yamaha 7.1 HTR-5890 receiver. We are certainly ready to roll, and would have been bringing impressions to you by now had Microsoft gotten our Xbox 360 review unit and debug kit to us in time. Alas, no dice there.
The next generation in gaming begins very, very soon.
The Sony HDR-HC1 has taken the top honor of the 2005 CamInfo Select list, and understandably so. It comes in at just under $2,000, making it the cheapest high definition camcorder around. JVC, Everio, and Canon also get mentions on the list, which just so happens to be a great tool for anyone looking to buy a camcorder for a special someone this holiday season.
While we at Gear Live are happy to tell you what sort of television you should invest in, which DVR to buy, and how to stream video via your Xbox 360, we aren’t experts when it comes to the actual programming that you will find on a daily basis when channel surfing. Instead, we leave that job to the newest site in the Gear Live Media Network, TV Envy. Headed up by Veronica Santiago and Rhys Alexander, these girls will definitely lay down the law when it comes to shows like Lost, Nip/Tuck, Top Model, and Desperate Housewives.
Go give them a warm welcome, and check them out regularly!
Read More | TV Envy
Of all the next generation game consoles coming out, the only one I’m really excited about is the Nintendo Revolution. With the recent rumors surrounding the Revolution’s release, it got me thinking back to when the controller was first announced. Upon seeing the controller, I was taken aback. My gut reaction was that it had to be a joke, or some kind of mistake. Then when I read what the thing is capable of, I hopped on board. The possibilities it represents are staggering. Sure, the Revolution might not get a lot of the games featured on the PS3 or 360, but then again, the Revolution is going to have some pretty awesome exclusives.
Yesterday, Apple announced that they have sold more than one million videos via the iTunes music store in the brief time since they began selling them. For the moment, Apple has proven the doubters wrong once again. This is interesting news, but it begs further discussion. Will Apple begin selling higher quality content for a broader audience?
We believe that they will. Apple helped legitimize legal music downloading and they seem poised to do the same for television and movies. With more and more people going to broadband and tapping into things like BitTorrent, content providers have to start think about solutions that will continue to generate revenue. Apple has mindshare right now and they also have a successful infrastructure in place. They have already shown that even with a small video library that they have a viable business model.
One thing is clear though. To continue being a trailblazer in this area, Apple has to greatly increase the size of its offerings; both in quantity and in quality. What remains unclear is whether or not the industry will follow Apple’s lead. With the the way the music executives are chomping at the bit, it is far from certain if their counterparts will be so eager to get into bed with Apple. What do you think?
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TiVo, trying to maintain their self-professed hip image, has jumped on the blog bandwagon with the launch of “TiVo Blog.” The blogger’s name is Nova, and she went from TiVo user to official TiVo blogger at their corporate headquarters. They did put in RSS, RSS 2.0, and Atom feeds despite the fact that nowadays having all three is not necessary, and they also stick in a huge disclaimer which will be on seemingly every post regarding commenting:
Guidelines for Posting on TiVo Blog:
By submitting my comments and by participating in the TiVo Blog, I agree to allow TiVo Inc. to use my name and comments in whole or in part for publicity purposes on the TiVo Website or other promotional materials without further permission or compensation. I understand that my submitted comments becomes property of TiVo Inc. and will not be returned, and that I release all rights and claims to the content submitted for the TiVo Blog. I also state that the content submitted is of my own original creation and style and acknowledge that my comments will be subject to review by TiVo and edited in whole or in part by TiVo prior to publication.
Sheez - that doesn’t look too welcoming.
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It appears that some enterprising folks have managed to hack Apple’s Front Row onto Macs other than the new iMac G5. I do not advocate piracy, but I can say that it was fun to play with on my Power Mac and 20” display! Hopefully, Apple will get the message and update Mac OS X to include Front Row on all Tiger capable machines. Can we say Universal Dock + Apple Remote + Front Row = Hours and hours of good old fashioned family fun? For those who doubt, TUAW is hosting a great video of Front Row running on a Mac mini.
Read More | TUAW
Dell has announced yet another addition to their budget television line in the W3706C 37-inch LCD just keeps the good times rolling with their television line. The latest member is the W3706MC 37-inch LCD television, priced at $2,299. This bad boy has a 1366 x 768 resolution, and arrives at your door ready to receive OTA HD content. They also have a 50-inch plasma that they are adding to their line in the W5001C - this is the one they were showing off last month, and it’s going for $3,799. The Dell W3706 and W5001C allow users to multitask by viewing images from different sources simultaneously, with dual tuners and Picture-In-Picture (PIP), Picture-On-Picture (POP), and Picture-By-Picture (PbP) modes.
Read More | TV Envy
Griffin has announced the next version of their AirClick remote for the iPod, scheduled to ship in mid-November. The new AirClick with dock connector is compatible with the new 5th generation iPod, along with the 4th generation version, the iPod nano, and the iPod mini. The device allows you to control your iPod with the AirClick remote control, which means you can hook the iPod up to, say, your Xbox 360, and control the sound from across the room. Expect to pay around 40 bones when it hits retail.
Read More | AirClick Product Page
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