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TiVo Polls Dads and Offers Gifts

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

TiVo Gift PackOur buds at TiVo have been at it again with one of their surveys, in time for Dad’s day. It seems that when 700 men were asked what shows they liked, the results were surprising:

  • Dancing With the Stars – 33%
  • Grey’s Anatomy – 24%
  • Desperate Housewives – 22%
  • Access Hollywood – 17%
  • TMZ – 16%

Also in time for the holiday, TiVo is offering several gift packs such as the Advantage Package that includes an 80-hour TiVo Series2 Dual Tuner DVR with TiVo service gift card. It has an instant $150.00 rebate which makes it only $99.99. Check out their site for other deals for your father/partner/spouse.

(Thanks Rachel)

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Whistle-and-Find Your Remote

Whistle-and-Find

We used to have a remote control that beeped when it was lost, but we figured that was an oxymoron, because how would it know? However, if you tend to lose yours, you can use the Whistle-and-Find to retrieve the lost gadgets. It comes with 3 caddies that you attach to your remotes and, of course, the whistle. At a price of $16.99, we were thinking we would love to have one for our car keys, our IDs, our cat, our kids…..

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Samsung DVB-H Mobile TV Phone

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Samsung is making some strides with its slider DVB-H Mobile TV Phone. It features a 2.6-inch QVGA TFT screen with 262K colors, a 3 mp cam with power LED, a music player with library, an FM tuner, and Bang & Olufsen ICEPower tech for sound. With up to 5 hours of play, there is also an electronic service guide with TV channels and PIP, and Time-Shifting in case you are interrupted by a call. Unfortunately, the thin 16.7mm P960 will start out in Europe before it hits the States.

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Pod Hotel, Inexpensive Travelers Friend

Pod HotelEver get ticked off at the airport because of a delayed or canceled flight and have to crash there (no pun intended)? There is hope for travelers with the Pod Hotel. $89.00 buys you 7 x 12 feet of sleep space with climate control, an iPod docking station, wireless internet, and LCD TV with no remote. The down side is that you have to share bathrooms, you cannot smoke in them, and there is not much moving around space. Originating in Japan as far back as 1979, they are now available in London and Amsterdam, having been built early this year, as well as one in New York City that was built last year. There are now plans for expansion which sounds to us like a great idea for a budding entrepreneur.

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Sony Thin OLED EL Display

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, HDTV, Peripherals,

XEL-1 EL TVSony has been busy trying to be the best again. Their EL Display, shown at the Display 2008 conference in Tokyo, is a mere 0.3mm thickness. The gadget is composed of OLED technology which doesn’t need back lighting and has a polymer substance that converts electricity to light. Although Sony has been making 3.8-inch OLED displays since 2004, if you just have to have the latest, thinnest display on the block, it will cost you. An 11-inch EL TV (960×540,) shown here, presently goes for ¥190,000 (~$2,000.00.)

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Armani LCD HDTV

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, HDTV,

Armani TV

Designer Giorgio Armani isn’t satisfied with a mere cell phone that features his name. He and Samsung presented his premium 120Hz full at the Milan International Furniture Fair going on this week. Claiming that the inspiration came from his new 2008/09 Armani/Casa Home Furnishings Collection, the television comes in 46 and 52-inch models. Apparently his Brahms tea table was specifically designed to hold the TV. No price is available as yet, but we are still figuring out which came first, the TV or the table?

 

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MPAA Sues Pullmylink

Big BrotherThe Motion Picture Association of America is suing Pullmylink and says that the site promotes and makes a profit from media that infringes on copyrights. This is the seventh time that the MPAA has done such an action since last year. They have not yet gone after sites such as YouTube. We are thinking that they look at this as free advertising as opposed to serious pirating, which they say has cost them billions of dollars of loss.

Pullmylink claims it has 12,000 visitors a day and more than 39,000 pages of free content. Their Superpass offers 100+ ad-free radio stations, 10 music downloads a month, RealPlayerPlus, and live feeds, such as the one for Big Brother. With their 14 day free trial, you had better hurry, just in case.

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Adobe Launches Media Player

AMP

Today Adobe launched its new Media Player for the masses. With the AMP you can stream and download from their partners, such as MTV or Comedy Central. You can customize it to your taste as long as there is an RSS feed and has Flash or MPEG-4. You can also track and download episodes automatically and manage your videos for watching at your leisure whether you are on or off line. Fortunately, everything you acquire on the Air-based software is free and/or ad supported. Download the AMP from their site and enjoy!

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WinFast PalmTop DTV200 H: DTV Made Simple

Leadtek DTV

Leadtek’s WinFast PalmTop DTV200 H has a whole lot of name for its minute size, but we certainly like its looks. The analog/digital PCTV box is plug and play with USB 2.0, and has DVB-T, FM antenna,  a 4-in-1 AV cable and remote. The device, which accepts NTSC, SECAM, and PAL standards,  works with your PC to deliver video to your VCR, game console, or camcorder. Powered by WinFast PVR2, its functions include DirectBurn, time shifting, scheduled recording, and EPG on a 2-layer menu. Contact Leadtek for price and availability.

 

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Adjustable Stand for Wii Play

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Video Games,

Moveable TV Stand

Since you move around when you Wii, Thanko, the Lillian Vernon of Japan, has come up with this remote controllable device “of electromotive ascent and descent type large-sized television stand.” Translating the translation, the stand is meant for a screen of 40 to 60-inches, can stop at whatever height you desire, and has casters for portability (that thankfully lock down for those times when you get carried away by the game.) It’s available for a hefty 69,800 Yen (~$707.00.)

Read More | Thanko (translated) via Digital World Tokyo


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