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Avatar 3D Blu-ray release will be Panasonic exclusive at first

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

Avatar 3D Panasonic

If you own a 3D HDTV and have been waiting for Avatar 3D to drop on , it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit longer than originally planned if you don’t own a Panasonic Viera model television. The long-awaited title is the first 3D Blu-ray movie that will get serious attention from home theater enthusiasts, and is seemingly a huge opportunity to sell consumers on the technology, so it’s pretty disappointing that Panasonic scored this timed exclusive that will keep Avatar off of the store shelves for a while. The movie will come bundled with select Viera 3D models, but if you already own one, there will be a way for you to get in on it as well. Look for it before the end of 2010.

Read More | CNET

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Will you pay for a Hulu Plus subscription?

Now that has been announced and priced at $9.99 per month, we wanted to find out just how many readers plan on subscribing to the expanded Hulu service. Remember, that $10 gets you access to high definition shows, access to a much wider catalog of content, the ability to use Hulu on the iPhone and iPad, and future access on game consoles like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

So, are you in?


Treat Your Inner Jerk to the TV Poltergeist

Posted by Finnian Durkan Categories: Accessories, Mods / Hacks, Toys,

Tv Poltergeist

Want to piss off your friends with more than just your abrasive personality and obnoxious hygiene habits or complete lack thereof?  Yes, it is rude to clip your toenails in someone else’s living room, genius; what are you, five?  If you feel the need to step up your toxicity—to neutron bomb your friendships, poisoning the landscape for decades to come and leaving behind a barren landscape of people hating the very mention of your name in your wake—then look no further: the TV Poltergeist is the gadget for you.  The TV Poltergeist is a battery-powered and easily hide-able palm-sized piece of hardware with a tiny, flexible LED that you can point towards the TV of your intended victim.  Once you turn it on the TVP will randomly emit a signal via the LED and shut your future ex-friend’s TV off.  Works on just about any TV—CRT, Plasma, LCD—just not your Gramma’s 30 year-old knob-operated Zenith, though if you pull this stunt on your Gramma a) you’re an a$$ and b) expect to get written out of the will and hit with a cane.  That woman lived through 5 wars and walked 40 miles to kindergarten everyday.  Show some respect!

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TV gets way more green screening than you thought

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Videos,

The Stargate Studios virtual backlot reel video above does a great job at showing off just how many virtual sets are used in television shows. We aren’t just talking about intense action scenes either, because a lot of what’s featured is just people walking around on a city sidewalk. Interesting and eye-opening, to say the least.


Panasonic readying 85-inch 1080p plasma for $30,000

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment,

Panasonic TH-85PF12U

If bigger is truly always better, we know a lot of you would upgrade your television before anything else. The 85-inch TH-85PF12U is the next big thing in the HDTV realm. It’s a 1080p set that’s 3.9 inches deep. Oh, and it costs $30,000. Sure that may be equivalent to your annual salary, but isn’t this 260-pound bad-boy worth it?

By the way, a 42-inch 720p monitor was priced at $30,000 ten years ago. You could fit four 42-inch monitors in the space that this 85-inch screen covers.  Wow.  The times, the are a-changin’.

Read More | CNet

Verizin FiOS Widgets Bazaar brings Twitter and Facebook to your TV

Remember those rising files Facebook and Twitter features we told you about? Well, they finally arrived. Verizon is in the middle of rolling out its Widget Bazaar, which includes Twitter and Facebook integration. You’ll be able to see what others are tweeting in regards to the show that you’re watching in the read-only Twitter widget. For example, if you’re watching a baseball game, you can pull up the Twitter widget to see what others are saying about the same game.

A Facebook widget is also being introduced, and will allow you to see a basic view of your news feed, even allowing you to see your friends photos. While you can’t do any manual updates, the Facebook widget does support sending status updates showing what shows you’re watching. The one caveat here, is that you can currently only have one Facebook profile on a files cable box.

There are other features here as well, as blip.tv, DailyMotion, and Veoh videos will be available to Home Media DVR subscribers.

According to Verizon, this is just the beginning. Their plan is to allow developers access to their open platform so that more interactive files TV applications will be available.

Read More | Verizon FiOS WIdget Bazaar Release

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Archos 9 PC Tablet

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop, Wireless / WiFi,

Archos 9 Tablet

The Archos 9 PC Tablet has lots of usability as well as a sleek style. It comes packed with an Intel ATOM Z515 processor, an 80 GB hard disk, 1GB of RAM upgradable to 2GB, WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility and runs Windows 7. Users can input via touchscreen, Windows keyboard or tracking mouse. When released in Europe, the miniPC will include an antenna and can receive DVBT TV signals. No pricing has yet to be announced.

Read More | Archos

Amazon DVD Trade-In Program

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Movies,

Harry Potter Gift SetGet rid of some of your old DVDs through Amazon and get a gift certificate. They will accept regular DVDs, HD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows with original container and worth at least $10.00. Shipping is free and your account is credited within a couple of days. Looking at their offer, we found the average price, no matter what format, was about $5.00, depending on age, but some were as low as $2.50. We found a Harry Potter Gift Set, that sells for $112.49, was worth all of $13.50. Still, it will give you the ability to buy a DVD you haven’t seen.

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Sharp Adds Cyan and Yellow to LCD TVs

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

cyan/yellow

Sharp’s new line of LCDs will have cyan and yellow added to the RGB Spectrum. The 60.5-inch Five-Primary-Color LCD with “Multi-Primary-Color Technology” (special image processing circuitry) gives viewers about 99% of colors that human eyes can detect. Always on the cutting edge of viewing on the planet, the company will display their latest technology at the Society for Information Display Symposium in San Antonio this week.

Read More | Akihabara News

Tuesday Ratings: New Shows Take Back Seat to Staples

CBS put forth very little effort last night, but still came away with two wins. Although it faced specials, originals, premieres and finales, the Eye network was on top with only repeats.

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  • * (12.2 million, 2.2/7 in 18-49) easily won the hour.
  • NBC’s TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases (2.1/6) amused 6.6 million.
  • * (1.7/5) pulled in 4.2 million.
  • (1.1/3) returned to 3.7 million.
  • ‘s finale (2.2 million, 0.9/3) improved 400,000 over last week.

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Read More | Variety

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