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Entertainment &Hardware &nob Wes Novack on 24 Nov 2014

The LG OLED TV at Best Buy is dazzling viewers

LG’s remarkable OLED TV technology is revolutionizing how we watch TV. We’ve all read about ‘virtual reality’ concepts in books, and seen it in movies and TV…

But what if the television in your living room looked so dramatically life-like and was so immersive that it transported you to new places? It’s time to forget virtual reality and check out the LG OLED TV at Best Buy. View REAL reality at its best, with unbelievable clarity in stunning OLED high definition.

LG OLED TV

I’m personally excited about LG’s OLED TV due to the technological advances and break-throughs that it brings along with it. Traditional LED TV’s used inorganic LED’s as their backlighting mechanism, but they still maintained the same old Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) architecture that we’ve been using in HDTV’s for years. OLED is a whole new animal, utilizing organic light emitting diodes that function as the pixels themselves, leading to much better contrast, color and every other aspect of picture quality. Traditional LED and LCD HDTV’s can’t come close to this picture quality!

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

· Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

· Find content faster with webOS

Head on over to Best Buy, because you have to see LG’s OLED TV to believe it. If you want in on this beauty, Best Buy is offering this pinnacle of TV technology at the everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500).

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Blu-ray &Entertainment &Hardware Steven Kippel on 09 Sep 2014

Coming soon: 4K Blu-ray Discs

Coming soon: 4K Blu-ray Discs

BluRayThe Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) have announced an updated Blu-ray Disc standard that will include 4K Ultra-HD (UHD) content. The update will allow for UHD content to be used on 50GB, 66GB and 100GB discs. The content will support up to 60 frames per second, will feature High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression technology and both high-dynamic range and wider color gamut. The first players should be available as early as spring 2015, with 4K Blu-ray Discs available as quickly Christmas 2015.

With the prices of UHDTVs falling to near parity with Full HD (1080p) sets, and video components supporting the new HDMI 2.0 spec and HEVC codec, the only next step is providing the sources. Currently, 4k video is supplied through limited means. For example: certain UHDTVs from Samsung can stream 4k video from Netflix. A few high-end services provide first-run movies in 4k (at steep prices), and Sony has a proprietary 4k movie store with limited options from Sony Pictures.

Victor Matsuda, global promotions chair for the BDA and VP of Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray group, argues physical discs are still the best way to consume media. “I think it’s very much in line with what we’ve experienced in the past: Packaged media offers a very controlled, stable, known environment, that’s fundamentally an advantage, compared to streaming services. The more information you’re trying to stream, it becomes more of a challenge for Internet-based services.

“One of the advantages Blu-ray and packaged-media formats have is having its own, enclosed, stable environment. We don’t have to worry about … how big the pipeline is from the service provider, whether your monthly data plan is going to affected by the 4K products rolling out.”

Blu-ray Disc sales have surged recently to account for over 30% of the retail disc market. This market, as a whole, has been shrinking, but internet service providers have also been clamping down on bandwidth utilization, making physical discs attractive to some more than others.

Entertainment &Hardware &Online Video Steven Kippel on 21 Aug 2014

Roku TV now available for pre-order

Roku TV now available for pre-order

Roku has beaten Apple to the punch, as it were, by incorporating their streaming software platform into a consumer flat panel television using their own brand badge. The long rumored “Apple TV” that’s actually a TV hasn’t seen the light of day, but the Roku TV is here. Chinese TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL have announced they are now taking pre-orders for the Roku TV.

There are many devices out now that have incorporated support for the Roku Stick, including Blu-ray Disc players, front projectors, televisions, and A/V receivers, but these TVs include the Roku software built in as part of the television’s operating system. In fact, there isn’t an Input button on the remote, and sources are selected from the Roku menu. Additionally, the TV can be controlled using a Roku remote control app.

The TCL Roku TVs are available in a 40-inch, 48-inch, and 55-inch (all 1080p). The pre-orders are available from Amazon starting at $329 for the 40″ size, and a proposed shipping date of 2 to 3 weeks.

Entertainment &Hardware Steven Kippel on 15 Aug 2014

Amazon Fire TV now $84

Amazon Fire TV now $84

For a limited time, Amazon is selling the much lauded Fire TV
for only $84.00. The Apple TV and Roku competitor features hundreds of available apps, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Prime Instant Video, Showtime Anytime, WatchESPN, and more.

Amazon’s “killer app” is the voice control using a microphone built into the remote. Speak a search and Amazon Fire TV will track it down.

Entertainment &Hardware &Online Video Steven Kippel on 11 Jun 2014

Sony announces PlayStation TV

Sony announces PlayStation TV

Sony-logoThe streaming set-top box market has exploded recently, in spite of these features being included in new HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players, gaming consoles, and even a select few cable boxes. Sony had their own offerings for years, including the recent box with Google TV. This fall, Sony will take on all contenders with their own PlayStation TV set-top box.

Previously launched in Japan as Vita Plus, the PlayStation TV box will be available in North America for the acceptable price of $99, making it on level terms with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku 3. As with the competition, the PlayStation TV will not simply feature video and audio streaming, but will also focus on gaming.

Sony_PlayStation_TV_specsIt seems like a step back for gamers, because each successive generation of game consoles was more powerful, but the casual gamer market has exploded and Sony is not unaware of this. PlayStation TV will feature games from the original PlayStation One console for download, and some PS3 games will stream through the box. The PlayStation TV will also extend PS4 games (for PS4 owners) within the home network to a second location via Remote Play. For this reason a gaming bundle will come with a DualShock 3 controller and an 8GB memory card for $139.

Entertainment &the web Wes Novack on 12 May 2014

ScoreBig.com review: the Priceline of event tickets

Score small, score little? No way! Score BIG! Any sports fan would attest to that. With that in mind, an online ticketing website has labeled their service apropos. The aptly named ScoreBig sent us a $100 voucher to test out their service, where they flaunt the tag line “Save on every ticket. Guaranteed.”

So what is ScoreBig? It’s a website and service that aims to offer discounted tickets direct to consumers, without any added taxes or fees tacked on. They claim that you can save up to 60% off the regular price of tickets, versus going through TicketMaster, the venue or via other ticketing sites.

scorebig-logo

Here’s how they describe the service themselves:

“Well, we make fun affordable! At ScoreBig, you can save on sports, concert, and theater tickets without ever paying any fees or shipping charges for the privilege.

How do we get such great savings?
Around 40% of live event tickets go unsold every year – even for events you think are “sold out”. That’s a lot of empty seats! And the ticket industry can’t offer big discounts on some seats and not others in a way everyone sees. So to get those seats filled they give them to ScoreBig, which allows us to pass on those huge savings directly to you!”

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Entertainment &Online Video &Video Rental Steven Kippel on 23 Apr 2014

Amazon Prime lands HBO

Amazon Prime lands HBO

Amazon.com LogoIf we haven’t told you how great Amazon Prime is yet, let’s add HBO shows to the mix. You do know HBO has some of the best shows ever produced right? The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, Generation Kill, The Newsroom et al. (I haven’t forgot about Game of Thrones.)

That’s right! Amazon Prime has added most HBO programming free to Amazon Prime subscribers. All of those series listed above: included. Starting May 21, stream to your heart’s content. (Whatever kept you from watching The Wire isn’t an excuse anymore.)

So… What’s the catch? Game of Thrones is not included in this, and recent programs (Girls, The Newsroom, Veep, et al) will only begin streaming three years after the first broadcast.

Also announced is the Amazon Fire TV will be receiving the HBO Go app, targeting a launch by year-end, so those who do have an HBO account (or borrowing one) and a Fire TV will have access to all HBO content.

When you throw in discounts and free two-day shipping, how can you afford to not have Amazon Prime?

Update: Corrected HBO Go availability on Fire TV from May 21 to year end.

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