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Samsung starts mass producing transparent LCD panels

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Displays, HDTV

Samsung transparent LCD

Samsung announced today that it has become the first company to begin mass production of transparent LCD panels.

The panels, which measure 22 inches across the diagonal, support resolutions up to 1,680-by-1,050, have 500:1 contrast ratios, and are available in both color and black-and-white models.

Samsung claims that the panels offer the world's highest transparency rate: over 20 percent for the black-and-white variety, and over 15 percent for color. (The company says that conventional LCD panels with a backlight unit have only 5 percent transparency.)

According to Samsung, because panels with higher transparency rates are better able to utilize ambient light, the company's new panels consume up to 90 percent less electricity compared to traditional LCD monitors.

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Complete Star Wars Blu-ray set goes on sale September 16, pre-order now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies

Star Wars Blu-ray

We know a ton of Star Wars fans have been waiting for confirmation of when the series would be available for purchase on Blu-ray, and we finally have a date that's set in stone. You'll be able to pick up Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy, and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy on September 16, 2011. In an interesting move, this is a Friday. Movie releases tend to fall on Tuesdays, but we're guessing that there are people hardcore enough to camp out for this thing and take time off work to tear through it, so having the weekend to do so is an added bonus.

You can pre-order the Star Wars Blu-ray set from Amazon at a significant discount:

May the Force be with you.


Will the Nintendo 3DS pave the way for a 3D iPhone?

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The new Nintendo 3DS promises to be a success not only because it actually works well and does indeed provide a 3D image without any glasses or aid whatsoever, but because it takes amusing 3D photos and is just fun to play with.

When all is said and done, the Nintendo 3DS may actually accomplish what Fuji has been promoting and what many 3D hobbyists have tried: popularizing 3D photography for everyday use.

And, yes, we know that it's a gimmick. But it's a cool gimmick.

After taking a few 3D pictures of just about anything, you'll find that they are so compelling that it is hard to express the odd joy you get from them. This is the key to the eventual success of home 3D. It has always failed in the past, because it was somebody else's 3D. It was never personal.

Photography itself never flourished as a hobby when the cameras were the big bulky clunkers utilized by Matthew Brady and others. Think about this. Photography was nothing new during the Civil War in the 1860's, but all the photos were done by a limited number of pros. You have to wonder what the Civil War would have been like if everyone had a cell phone camera like we do today.

Then Kodak produced the Brownie and gave photography to everyman. Next thing you knew, photography became the number one hobby in the world. 3D is following that same pattern. It's just odd that a game company, Nintendo, is the Kodak and the 3DS is the Brownie.

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Comcast’s 24-hour Xfinity 3D channel now live

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment

Xfinity 3dComcast has launched its long-awaited (by some) 24-hour 3D channel, Xfinity 3D. This adds to Comcast's other 3D offerings like ESPN 3D, the 3D events channel, and the 3D on demand movies. The channel launched with broadcasts of a Kings of Leon concert and the NHL Heritage Classic 2011 hockey game.

You can expect 3D nature documentaries, animated features, concerts, sporting events, and performances, although the schedule doesn't look to include too many hit movies or concerts at the moment. That said, this could be similar to years ago when a few HD channels were first lit up with nature shows and soccer games, giving HDTV owners something to watch. What do you think? Will dedicated 3D channels spur sales of 3D television sets?


Tech Deals of the Day: 40-inch Toshiba HDTV, Dell Inspiron duo

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Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a massive discount on the Dell Inspiron duo netbook tablet, and a great deal on this 40-inch Toshiba LCD HDTV:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Tech Deals of the Day: Dell 15% off, free iPhone apps

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Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a huge 15% off Dell sale, and a 42" HDTV for $340 with free shipping:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Deal of the Day: 23% off Vizio E421VA 1080p LCD HDTV

vizio e470va 1080p lcd promo code

We've got another Vizio deal to feature in our  - this time you get 23% off the cost of the Vizio E421VA 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTV set. When all is said and done, you get a discount of $160, and walk away with a 42-inch set for $549.99, with free shipping:

Save 23% on Vizio E421VA 1080p HDTV

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Deal of the Day: 29% off Vizio M470VT Razor LED LCD HDTV

vizio e470va 1080p lcd promo code

We've got another Vizio deal to feature in our  - this time you get 29% off the cost of the Vizio M470VT 47-inch 1080p LED HDTV set. When all is said and done, you get a discount of $370, and walk away with a 47-inch set for $899.99, with free shipping:

Save 29% on Vizio M470VT 1080p HDTV

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Disney to release 15 films in Blu-ray 3D this year including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies

Lion King 3D Blu-rayDisney is definitely betting big on this whole 3D Blu-ray stuff, as we just got word that they're preparing to release at least 15 of their films in the home 3D format, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, a first for both films. Other notable titles include Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Bolt, Meet The Robinsons, The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force, and Chicken Little. These join recent Disney 3D releases like Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and Step Up 3D. In addition to the 3D movie itself, the discs will also feature 3D menus and previews as well. No specific dates have been given for any of the titles.


Deal of the Day: 29% off Vizio E470VA 1080p LCD HDTV

vizio e470va 1080p lcd promo code

We've got another Vizio deal to feature in our  - this time you get 29% off the cost of the Vizio E470VA 47-inch 1080p LCD HDTV set. When all is said and done, you get a discount of $270, and walk away with a 47-inch set for $659.99, with free shipping:

Save 29% on Vizio E470VA 1080p HDTV

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


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