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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: VUDU $99 for a limited time ($200 off!)

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If you, or someone you love, is a big movie buff with an HDTV, we have to recommend the Christmas Special that is going on right now. The VUDU set-top box normally sells for $299, but for a limited time it can be had for just $99. Now, you also have to buy $50 in movie credits, so the total cost would be $149, but that $50 is would go towards rentals and purchases of VUDU content, including their fantastic HDX 1080p movies. Rentals cost from $1-4 dollars, and purchases are obviously higher.

We recently reported on a lot of the Internet content that has also just made its way to the VUDU service, so all in all, we think this would make a nice gift - either for someone else, or for yourself. Our only complaint with VUDU remains that their speeds are limited, which provides a very, very poor experience if you want to rent HDX content. No matter how fast your Internet connection is, VUDU caps downloads at 4.0 Mbps. That means that my super fast 50.0 Mbps connection means absolutely nothing, and I still have to wait hours before I can watch an HDX flick. If they got rid of that, it would unleash HDX, their flagship offering. A personal niggle for sure, though. If you don’t care, pick one up!

If you miss the sale, you can typically find some nice VUDU deals on Amazon.

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I Confess: I Love Old Teen Idols

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Reality, Cable, MTV, Gossip, Rumors, Video,


I usually shy away from reality projects featuring Scott Baio (not falling for that one again), but I just may have to make an exception for VH1. The network will soon be premiering its brand-new Confessions of a Teen Idol, which features seven former hotties who all share the same mission: grab the brass ring.

You know, again.

They each had their shot at fame and some even spent a little time at the top. But Hollywood is capricious, and soon enough all of these men found themselves on the swift path to being has-beens. But VH1 - and apparently, - thinks they could be shining stars once more. Or at the very least, reality stars. Here’s the funniest part: Baio is part host, part mentor to these would-be famous-again celebs.

I know, it’s a total riot.

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VUDU Adds YouTube, Flickr, and more Internet content to their box

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Internet,

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This is not the first time we have mentioned VUDU, but it would appear that they have upped their game. Not only can you get over 120 free on-demand TV channels, they have added access to YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and other sites with VUDU RIA (Rich Internet Application.) Next year, they plan on adding even more sites. While we are still in awe of HD, VUDU also offers over HDX movies with twice the resolution without additional cost.

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Epson Desktop ST120 Endeavor

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, PC / Laptop,

Endeavor

Epson has hopped on the Blu-ray express with the Endeavor. They have announced an upgraded desktop ST120 with a Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz), 1GB of RAM, 80GB HDD and a Blu-ray burner. It also features Digital TV Tuner MonsterTV HDUS, HDMI out and a GM45 Express chipset. Upgradeable to 320GB or a Core 2 DUO P8600, T9400 or T9600, the diminutive Japanese PC carries a price of ¥137500 (~$1543.00.)

 

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Netgear Digital Entertainment Elite EVA9150

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music,

Entertainment EliteNetgear’s Digital Entertainment Elite is hoping to catch some of Apple TV’s prospective customers. The EVA9150 digital media player comes with a 500GB hard drive and is what the company claims is “the world’s largest video jukebox for the home.” Apple TV holds only 160GB and the Xbox 120GB. You can partake of videos, photos and music on your TV in HD 1080p. Look for it early next year with a $400.00 price tag.

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Wood is Broadway’s Mary Jane

Evan Rachel Wood

It looks like Mary Jane’s dream to light up Broadway is about to come true.  Newsarama reports that Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) has been cast as the titular redhead in the upcoming “Spider-Man: The Musical”.

Yes, Virginia you read that right, a Spider-Man musical is coming with rehearsals set to begin in the summer of 2009.

Not much is known about the musical other than Julie Taymor who did “The Lion King” with music being composed by Bono and the Edge will produce the show.  Playbill reports that the musical will revolve around a female character called Arachne who is described as a “beautiful, boastful, young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods” who will try to woo Peter Parker (and give Bond yet another forum to preach). The play will also feature Norman Osborn and J. Jonah Jameson as further thorns in the webhead’s side.
I really don’t know what to make of this. There hasn’t been a superhero musical since “It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Superman” and if anyone doesn’t remember that play there’s a good reason - the two genres don’t mesh. Is Spidey going to sing zingers to J. Jonah Jameson? Will the final battle with the Green Goblin be a dance off? Most importantly, how are they going to do the web swinging?  Questions aside, I think Evan Rachel Wood would make a good Mary Jane. From what I’ve seen of “Across the Universe,” she has an okay voice. She could play Mary Jane in the movies if Kristen Dunst decides not to return. No one has been chosen for Peter at this time. Either way I’ll be in the cheap seats for this.

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Kaiser Baas Video to DVD Maker

Kaiser Baas DVD MakerMake this the year that you finally get rid of your old VHS tapes and convert them to discs. Kaiser Baas’ Video to DVD Maker does just what it says. With a simple plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface, connect your player or camcorder. Then capture, edit, and put on DVDs to view or upload to iPod, PSP or YouTube. Compatible with both Mac and PC, the DVD Maker comes with PowerProducer for burning and PowerDirector for uploading. Check with system requirements as old computers may have a problem. In black, white or red, the price is a decent $79.95.

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TiVo aims to save you some cash with their Netflix offering

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

Have you fallen on tough times in this rough economy? Well, if so, wants you to know that they’re here to take care of you, what with their new compatibility and all. You see, all you have to do is stop going to the movies, get yourself a Netflix account, and watch movies from your Netflix Instant Queue instead. Nevermind the fact that Netflix offers mostly just catalogue titles, as opposed to the latest blockbusters. Beggars can’t be choosers, yo.


A Christmas Carol Medley: The Many Ways You Can Enjoy Dickens


It’s that time of year when it’s unsafe to enter a department store, when televised specials are vying to offer you the biggest stars and most touching moments. When ancient movies get dredged up for our entertainment. There is one holiday-themed tale which is so predominant, no winter season would be complete without it. This only begs one question: which version will you watch?

A Christmas Carol is one of the most re-made movies in cinematic history - even Disney is in on the action. But the story itself is even older than Hollywood. A Christmas Carol was originally written by Charles Dickens, and first hit the scene way back in 1843. More than one hundred years later, it’s still one of the most widely-recognized holiday stories in history.

And if you want to enjoy this time-honored tale of redemption, you’ll have more than your fair share of opportunity. How many ways can you enjoy Dickens this year?

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Denon SACD/DVD/Blu-ray Player

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music,

Denon DVD Player

Denon has unveiled what they say is the first universal SACD/DVD/Blu-ray player. The DVD-A1UD has a Pure AV Direct, 32-bits/192kHz D/A converter, 7.1-channel analog outputs, an SD/SDHC card slot, and two HDMI 1.3 outputs. The player is compatible with DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD audio format and although not BD-Live ready, Denon says there will be firmware in the future for upgrade. Look for a ¥546,000 (~$584.00) price.

 

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