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Bleeding Edge TV 125: IOGEAR GHDMIAS2 HDMI Switcher

We talk to IOGEAR about their soon-to-be-released GHDMIAS2 HDMI switcher. What’s so special about it? It automatically senses which device is sending a video signal, and therefore automatically switches to that signal so that you don’t have to reach for the remote. It also has a manual override button in case you want to switch to the other input on your own. Lastly, it’s an HDMI 1.3 switcher and supports 1080p, so you know that you will be getting the latest goodness. This one will be available at the end of the first quarter 2007 for $149.99 USD. Good enough for us!


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CES 2007 Video: Olevia Shows Off New HDTV Line

Olevia announced a series of new HDTV flat panels at CES this year. The new panels sport 1080p resolution, along with new technologies to help improve sharpness, contrast, and the all important black levels.


CES 2007 Video: JVC Everio GZ-HD7 High Definition Hard Drive Camcorder

We catch up with JVC and get the full scoop (or, as much of a scoop as they would give us) on their upcoming high definition Everio camera. We give you a video preview of the JVC Everio GZ-HD7 in this episode.


Unboxing Gallery: Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player can be considered to be the cheapest way to add high definition movies to your entertainment center - that is, if you already own an Xbox 360 console. We picked up one of the new HD DVD Player add-ons for the Xbox 360, and grabbed a bunch of unboxing images for your enjoyment. You can find all 20 images in our Xbox 360 HD DVD Player unboxing gallery.

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Unboxing Live 011: Canon XH-A1 High Definition Digital Camcorder

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Features, HDTV, Videocasts,

Nate True is back, guest-hosting another edition of Unboxing Live.  This time we have the super-fantastic Canon XH-A1 High Definition Digital Video Camcorder. The Canon XH-A1 is $4,000 of pure, high definition enjoyment, and we give you a peek at what’s inside the box.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


IGN Reviews PS2 Xploder HDTV Player

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Mods/Hacks, PlayStation 2,

Xploder HDTV When Xploder’s HDTV Player for the Playstation 2 was announced, it was greeted with a bit of skepticism. The HDTV Player promised to offer PS2 owners the ability to upscale their 480i games to HDTV resolutions, including 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i. IGN reviewed Xploder’s software to find out if it really works. The results were definitely mixed: 480p mode seemed to work the best, giving HDTV owners the option for progressive scan video output in games that normally don’t support it. Other modes like 720p and 1080i were judged unacceptable by IGN, and they were unable to test the 576p mode, which Xploder claimed to be the best mode for the player. If gamers have displays that support 576p, or are desperate to get 480p, then the software may fit those needs. However, according to the review, it appears that higher resolution display modes just do not seem to work well enough for recommendation.

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Xploder HDTV Player For Playstation 2 Preview

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Mods/Hacks, PlayStation 2,

Xploder HDTVA while back, “video game enhancement” company Xplodr created a stir by announcing a product that promised to unlock the available HDTV modes in the PS2 through their Xploder HDTV Player. The product promised to allow users to run their existing PS2 games in 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i, and many gamers wondered if Xploder could deliver what they promised. Now, Computer And Video Games magazine has previewed the device, and at least playing OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast seemed to work as promised, with no drop in frame rates. Now, the software still has not been tested in the wild with the wide spectrum of Playstation 2 games available. Whether the scaled up resolutions impacts the framing of the games or exposes texture flaws is not clear. Xploder disclaims their product slightly, saying that not all games will work, but the product does seem to be a relatively cheap way for PS2 owners to improve their visuals on their HDTV sets.

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Which New Series Will be Canceled?

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UPN, WB, Cancellations, HDTV,

Brilliant But CancelledWebsite Brilliant But Cancelled is offering visitors the chance to vote on which new series they think will get the axe. Their contest, Death Watch Fall ‘06 offers weekly iPOD prizes and a grand prize of a 37 inch Aquos flatscreen HDTV. Hey, not too shabby, considering you probably have your own ideas about which shows will succeed or fail. Just log in each week and make your selection—each correct bet puts you into a drawing for the prizes. Place your bets now, since the contest starts today, September 8th and runs for nine weeks. Visit http://www.brilliantbutcancelled.com/deathwatch/ for more details. The odds change often, with 2:1 most likely to get the axe.

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Jeopardy and Wheel in High Definition

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Games, Prime Time, HDTV, News,

Jeopardy While most of the country will be acknowledging the 5-year anniversary of 9/11, fans of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune will be celebrating the debut of HD programming.  That is, of course, assuming those viewers even have an high-definition TV to appreciate the technology.

King World Productions and Sony Pictures Television are spending over $4 million dollars to get the production and sets ready for this big launch on September 11.  Upgrades will include wider and more detailed sets.  For Jeopardy, this will also include a new video wall to replace the individual TV monitors.  But the question is—will the shows’ primary fan base like change?

And more importantly— how will the personalities be affected by the change?  Let’s be honest—they’ve been around for a while.  Is it really in their best interest to have their features highlighted?  Poor Vanna has probably had enough trouble making sure obsessed viewers don’t see her in the same outfit twice, now she’ll have to make sure her dresses don’t come off bland under increased scrutiny.  And what about Alex Trebek? If he continues to go back and forth again between his clean-shaven and mustached looks, will we be able to see his in-between stubble?  And let’s not get into Pat Sajak’s ‘laugh lines’...

But then again - who cares?  We’ll all be focusing on more important things that day, right?

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TiVo Series 3 Unboxing Images

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment,

This is the one we have been waiting for. The TiVo Series 3 has been received and unboxed by one lucky fella, and he snapped images for all of us to drool over. The current rumor is that the Series 3 will be launching sometime between September 12 and September 16 - right on time for the holiday season. This one sports dual CableCARD slots, and a total of six tuners. If anyone else gets one, feel free to send us the images. In the meantime, check out this TiVo Series 3 video preview.

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