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  • The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna (Cord Cutters Alert)

    03/01/2016 11:31:29 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    The Wire Cutter ^ | 01/25/2016 | GRANT CLAUSER
    After spending more than 20 hours attaching many antennas to multiple TVs in two different testing locations (one suburban and one urban), watching way too much daytime programming, and compiling objective data from a signal strength meter, we think the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse is the indoor HD antenna with the best combination of features for most users.
  • TV ratings see double-digit declines for fifth straight month

    03/15/2015 7:15:25 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 184 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/25/2015 | Claire Atkinson
    February was another heartbreaker for the $65 billion television ad business. Commercial ratings — the viewing “currency” that determines what advertisers pay for TV time — cratered across broadcast and cable networks, marking the fifth straight month of double-digit declines for the industry. “It’s clear the downward spiral in TV ratings continues with no end in sight,” media analyst Michael Nathanson wrote in a research note on Friday. Overall prime-time broadcast network ratings were off 12 percent last month compared to a year ago, while cable networks dropped 11 percent, according to his report. Nathanson looked at so-called C3 ratings,...
  • Have an HDTV? Use this neat trick to unlock better picture quality

    11/21/2014 4:56:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kim Komando
    ... Calibrating your HDTV doesn't have to cost as much as the TV itself. A calibration disc is a thrifty way to get professional-grade results for less. What's a calibration disc? It's a disc that holds information for tweaking your HDTV's color and brightness levels. You don't have to buy a calibration disc, though - you can make your own with a free download from AVS. Not only is it free, it comes with a support staff in AVS's knowledgeable forum ...
  • Advise on TV purchase (Vanity)

    04/09/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT · by ErnBatavia · 81 replies
    Got rid of a 1970's "Home Entertainment Center", and wifey wants a semi-huge screen TV
  • Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger

    03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | Matt Egan
    In response to Comcast’s (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies. The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers. According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.
  • Customer Reviews: Samsung UN85S9 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV [Funny!]

    12/13/2013 12:41:08 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 96 replies ^ | November 25, 2013 | James O. Thach "@JamesOtisThach"
    My wife and I bought this after selling our daughter Amanda into white slavery. We actually got a refurbished. It's missing the remote, but oh well-- for $10K off, I can afford a universal, right? The picture is amazing. I've never seen the world with such clarity. Amanda, if you're reading this, hang in there, honey! We'll see you in a year.
  • Google’s simple device will shake up television

    07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 31, 2013, 7:18 a.m. EDT | Carol Kopp
    Commentary: Easy to watch anything on the Internet on your TV*****************************************************Thinking of C-SPAN from their Archives.*********************************By Carol Kopp Here’s what all the noise was about on Monday morning. At Netflix headquarters, people were cheering. At the big cable companies , they were shaking in their boots. At Amazon , one executive might have been trying to explain what went wrong. At Google , they were just quietly smiling. It was all about a thumb-size, $35 gadget called Google Chromecast that came out last week with little fanfare, almost as an afterthought to the announcement of a new version of its...
  • Cablevision Sues Viacom for Making It Run Second-Tier Channels

    02/28/2013 2:20:26 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies ^ | 26Feb13 | Jeanine Poggi
    Cablevision Systems Corp. is suing Viacom Inc., alleging the distributor of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon is forcing it to carry and pay for 14 lower-rated networks such as Palladia and VH1 Classic. "The manner in which Viacom sells its programming is illegal, anti-consumer, and wrong," the cable-systems operator said in a prepared statement. "Viacom effectively forces Cablevision's customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want." The company added: "Viacom's abuse of its market power is not only illegal, but also prevents Cablevision from delivering the programming that its customers want...
  • CES 2013: Winners & Losers!

    01/12/2013 3:32:07 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 12 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2013) -- The Consumer Electronics Show is more than a convention. It's an opportunity for companies to position themselves as leaders in their respective categories. And with the world's media -- and more than 150,000 attendees -- watching, there's a lot at stake. So with the 2013 CES nearing the end of day three, it's a good time to take a first look at which companies have emerged as this show's winners and losers. Winner: Netflix The online home video service doesn't make a single piece of hardware, but it captured the show's attention on Monday...
  • Intel to Challenge Cable and Offer Individual Channels

    01/02/2013 5:02:23 AM PST · by chopperman · 77 replies
    Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don't want, you'll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing.
  • The Future of TV Is the Internet: Roku CEO

    12/25/2012 3:07:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2012
    Most television will be streamed over the Internet in the coming years, said Anthony Wood, CEO of Roku, maker of the streaming TV device of the same name. The question is how Internet-delivered content will get to your TV and who will deliver it, Wood told CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Right now, set-top devices like Roku and Apple TV and Internet-enabled Smart TVs are best positioned to take advantage of the sea change, said Wood. "Those are the two ways that most people are going to be watching television that's distributed over the Internet," said Wood. In the set-top...
  • Dish-AMC Trial Has Become 3-Ring Circus

    10/18/2012 1:59:07 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 34 replies ^ | October 17, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    The three-ring circus known as the AMC/Dish breach-of-contract trial found another ring to perform in yesterday when a sobbing Dish executive stormed out of the courtroom after being insulted by the judge and then returned to yell at an opposition attorney and possibly physically rough up his father who was in a wheelchair. And all this happened after the judge ruled the hard drive on the executive's computer should be seized immediately because he suspects she's been deleting important evidence, according to the New York Post. Before we unspool the unbelievable and unkindly details from yesterday, allow us first to...
  • Sony Fesses Up On 3D TV

    10/10/2012 2:21:56 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 28 replies ^ | 08Oct12 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2012) -- TV makers continue to push 3D TV despite a lack of evidence that consumers have any interest. But one top Sony executive has finally acknowledged that fact publicly. Speaking to, Fergal Gara, Sony Computer Entertainment's UK chief, said "consumers decide how relevant (3D) is. It's fair to say consumers have decided it's not huge important at this time." The Associated Press reported this month that the number of 3D viewers in the U.S. is so small that Nielsen is unable to effectively measure them. The ratings service says the number is likely around...
  • Black Friday: 47-Inch LCD HDTVs For $299?

    10/06/2012 3:20:43 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 42 replies ^ | October 3, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Another day, another set of Black Friday predictions from a web site that tracks online and retail deals. This time it's from and the site is making some bold forecasts for prices on HDTVs on the big shopping day. For instance, says, you can expect that 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTVs will be available for $189. (The web site,, earlier this week predicted that 42-inch,1080p HDTVs will go for $349 on Black Friday.). DealNews predicts that 32-inch,1080p LCD HDTVs will be available for $159 on the big day and 47-inch, 1080p LCD HDTVs will go for as low...
  • 4K HDTVs to Remain Exotic for More Than Five Years, Claim Market Observers.

    10/06/2012 3:08:51 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies
    xbitlabs ^ | 10/04/2012 | Anton Shilov
    Despite some high-profile product introductions, consumer demand for televisions with the ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K resolution [3840*2160] will remain negligible for the foreseeable future, with shipments never accounting for more than 1% of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market during the next five years. “If you have a television that is 60" or larger and are watching video that has a 3840*2160 resolution, then a 4K television makes sense. However, a very limited amount of content is available at the 4K resolution. Meanwhile, because of high prices and other issues, the market for super-sized, 60" and larger TV-sets is...
  • Sony's 84-Inch, 4K TV: $24,999

    09/09/2012 5:11:09 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies ^ | September 6, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Sony says that 4K TV is the future of television. Well, if it is, it looks like the future will be damn expensive. The CE company this morning began taking pre-orders on its 84-inch 4K LED TV. The price tag? $24,999.99. Yes, just one penny short of $25,000 for the first 4K TV which purports to offers a resolution four times greater than today's HDTVs. If you are so inclined, you can drop your pre-order at a SonyStyle store or call 1-866-363-7669. "From Trinitron to HD, 3D and now 4K, Sony has led the way, innovating TV since 1968," the...
  • Sony Introduces 84" 4K LCD TV: New Era of Consumer Video Begins.

    09/01/2012 12:38:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies ^ | 08/29/2012 11:50 PM | Anton Shilov
    Sony Corp. has announced that it will begin the phased launch of its latest Bravia LCD television in all global regions from the end of the year. The new Bravia boasts a 84" LCD panel with 4K (3840*2160) resolution. The TV incorporates Sony's “4K X-Reality Pro” super-resolution high picture quality engine. Sony follows LG Electronics with its 4K ultra high-definition TV-set (UHDTV) and both are driving the new level of visual perfection to the masses. The new 84” Bravia 4K LCD TV comes equipped with a panel comprising approximately 8.29 megapixels (52 ppi), which is 4 times the resolution of...
  • Is Cable Trying to Squash Netflix?

    06/16/2012 5:31:05 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 33 replies ^ | 14Jun2012 | Phillip Swann
    The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether Comcast and other cable operators are purposely and illegally trying to squash competition from rival streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. That's according to articles by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. The Justice Department won't comment on the reports, but the newspaper say the department is probing whether the cable ops are charging extra if their Internet subscribers exceed their data caps in using the rival streamers. Justice investigators are also examining if the cable operators are giving preferential treatment to their own streaming services by not charging...
  • Fox Sues Dish Over Ad-Zapper; Dish Sues Everyone

    05/25/2012 2:29:21 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 40 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Fox has sued Dish Network over its new Auto Hop feature which automatically eliminates network commercials during recorded playback. Update at 6:15 p.m. ET: Dish has filed suit against all four major networks, asking for a ruling that Auto Hop does not infringe any network copyright and that the satcaster is not in violation of its agreement with the networks. Also, NBC Universal filed a separate suit against Dish. The Fox suit, which was filed in Los Angeles, says the Auto Hop feature is not authorized and violates the satcaster's license with Fox. The network adds that Auto Hop could...
  • Panasonic and NHK unveil 34-million pixel, IMAX-worthy 145-inch TV

    04/29/2012 10:17:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 4/28/12 | Francis Bea
    Panasonic's new 145-inch Ultra High Definition television boasts resolution of nearly 34 million pixels, demonstrating what the future of television may eventually look like. When it comes to TVs, bigger is better. NHK, also known as the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, unveiled its 85-inch LCD display, developed in conjunction with Sharp, last year. Today they’ve bested their previous technology with the introduction of a 145-inch Ultra High Definition plasma display, developed in conjunction with Panasonic. The ultra-high-definition display, or Super Hi-Vision TV as NHK refers to the format, rivals IMAX theaters in detail. “Even when viewed from 1.6 meters away,...
  • Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns

    04/26/2012 2:30:18 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 32 replies ^ | April 21, 2012 | Edward Moyer
    The FBI is warning that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their Internet connections come July, unless they take steps to diagnose and disinfect their computers. The problem is related to malware called DNSChanger that was first discovered way back in 2007 and that has infected millions of computers worldwide. In simple terms, when you type a Web address into your browser, your computer contacts DNS (or Domain Name System) servers to find out the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the site you're trying to reach, and then it takes you there. DNSChanger fiddled with an infected machine's...
  • Best Buy Reveals 42 Stores to Be Closed

    04/16/2012 2:39:01 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 32 replies ^ | April 15, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2012) -- Best Buy yesterday revealed the locations for 42 'big box' stores it will close this year. The CE retailer announced on March 29 that it would close 50 stories but has not disclosed until now the full list of stores that would get the ax. Best Buy is closing the stores due to sluggish sales and shrinking profits. The company lost $1.7 billion in the last quarter, compared to a profit of $651 million in the same quarter a year ago. The store closures represent a little less than three percent of its retail...
  • Sony to Focus On OLED & Crystal LED

    04/13/2012 12:18:28 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 6 replies ^ | 12/Apr/2012 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2012) -- Sony said today that it will reduce the number of products it sells by a whopping 40 percent -- and it will focus more on new high-end HDTV displays such as OLED and Crystal LED. Sony's new CEO Kazuo Hirai made the disclosure today at a press briefing in Japan, reports The announcement is part of Sony's effort to turn around its troubled electronics division which has fallen behind such companies as Samsung and Vizio. The company also said it would lay off 10,000 employees worldwide. Sony first introduced the Crystal LED at...
  • Planet Green Rebrands as Destination America

    04/08/2012 3:02:25 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 12 replies ^ | 4/4/2012 | Andrea Morabito
    Discovery Communications will rebrand its Planet Green network as Destination America on Memorial Day, May 28. The newly christened channel "will be the first network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States, emblazoned with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation," according to officials at the programmer. Destination America will target adults 25 to 54 with genres like natural history, food, travel, home and adventure, and be available in 59 million homes at launch. Henry Schleiff will be the president and general manager of the network in addition...
  • DIRECTV Forced to Remove 24 Tribune Stations

    04/01/2012 5:06:33 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 15 replies ^ | April 1, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2012) -- DIRECTV this morning was forced to remove 23 Tribune-owned local stations and WGN America after the two companies could not reach a new programming agreement. Tribune issued a statement late Saturday night saying the stations would no longer be available after midnight and early this morning the stations had been pulled. (DIRECTV posted an on-screen message on the Tribune-owned CW affiliate in the Washington, D.C. area that said the blackout would be "temporary" and that stations are sometimes pulled for a short time in programming disputes.) “This situation is extremely unfortunate,” Nils Larsen, Tribune...
  • Did Apple Just Bamboozle 3M iPad Buyers?

    03/21/2012 2:39:20 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 55 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 20, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Apple just reported that it sold three million 'New iPads' between Friday, March 16 and Monday, March 19. Is there any wonder? The pre-launch publicity and media attention for the new tablet was unprecedented. And so were the glowing comments from normally sedate tech analysts who called the new tablet "dazzling" and "revolutionary." The official launch day itself looked like a scene from 1964 circa Beatlemania as thousands of Apple-ites lined up overnight across the nation so they could be the first to own the new device. "For the people who stayed out here overnight, the real devotees, they say...
  • DirecTV Pursues Ka-band for 'Ultra HDTV'

    03/15/2012 4:40:42 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Julie Griffin
    At the 2012 Satellite Convention which took place in Washington D.C. this week, Philip Goswitz of DirecTV (News - Alert) announced that, “4,000 and 8,000-line services are great for the satellite industry, and will ensure that satellite broadcasting continues to distinguish itself for image quality of service. We see this as a key strategic advantage for us.” Goswitz is disclosing how his company plans on providing its spectrum with advantages unique to satellite services. Unlike new spectrum-seeking satellite companies that are now hoping to initiate Ku-band transmissions (like Qatar’s Es’hailSAT) Goswitz predicts that Ku-band will soon be obsolete and Ka-band...
  • How long do TVs last? (HDTV's)

    02/26/2012 2:33:37 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 37 replies ^ | February 23, 2012 | Geoffrey Morrison
    One reader asked about the lifespan of modern televisions, but first we need to discuss what manufacturers mean by "lifespan." CNET Reader Dadar asks: Are the "lifespan" claims by manufacturers proper? I've read numbers ranging from 50,000 hours to 100,000 hours, often with plasma TVs at the higher end of that scale compared to LED and CCFL LCDs. I would have thought, being solid-state devices, light emitting diodes would have had a greater lifespan than their fluorescent counterparts. Hearsay also puts plasma at the bottom, but numbers I've found show the opposite? Are any of these true? All claims by...
  • What indoor antennas do FReepers recommend for digital TV receptions (for Super Bowl)

    01/28/2012 2:05:41 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 73 replies ^ | 1-28-2011 | Paleo Conservative
    Due to an ongoing dispute between Time-Warner and my local NBC affiliate KRIS, NBC is not currently carried on my cable system. It's pretty likely this dispute won't be resolved before the Super Bowl next weekend, so I want to find out what model of antennas, I should buy in order to watch the Super Bowl next week. I bought a Terk amplified antenna prior to the Houston Texan's game in the first round, and it didn't work at all. The clerk at the return desk at Best Buy said that lots of people were returning that model.
  • CES 2012: Winners & Losers

    01/17/2012 1:44:30 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 7 replies ^ | January 16, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    The Consumer Electronics Show is more than a convention. It's an opportunity for companies to position themselves as leaders in their respective categories. And with the world's media -- and more than 150,000 attendees -- watching, there's a lot at stake. So with the 2012 CES finally coming to an end last Friday -- after four grueling days and endless exhibits and press conferences -- it's time to examine which companies emerged as the show's winners and losers. Winner: LG The company snagged a 'Best of Show' award from CNET for its new 55-inch OLED TV, whose amazingly thin panel...
  • CEO: Dish "Open" to Being Sold

    01/14/2012 1:16:27 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies ^ | 01/12/12 | Phillip Swann
    Dish CEO Joe Clayton raised eyebrows yesterday when he said the satellite TV service is "open" to being purchased by another company. "We're open to all possible options," Clayton told Bloomberg News after being asked about possible merger plans. "We could be acquired or we could be the acquirer." Clayton, who was interviewed at the Consumer Electronics Show, did say the company would be "open" to those options after it finished 'building out' its wireless spectrum and entertainment businesses. There has been speculation that Dish might be interested in buying T-Mobile. Clayton, a long-time executive in the satellite and TV...
  • CES 2012: 10 Burning Questions

    01/09/2012 2:07:22 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 37 replies ^ | Jan. 8, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2012) -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will give the pre-show keynote address Monday night kicking off the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With Microsoft saying it will be its last appearance at the gadgetfest, the Ballmer keynote likely will be more symbolic than one of substance. Like Microsoft at CES, the CE industry is changing, reassessing past projects and future goals. Consequently, companies are getting more creative and entering fields they once feared. For instance, tablet/mobile king Apple is now facing stiff competition from a host of companies, even low-cost TV maker Vizio. And...
  • Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually

    01/02/2012 9:56:28 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 141 replies ^ | 1/02/2012 | Larry Downes
    Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors. In 2011, the company’s stock has lost 40% of its value. It’s forward P/E is a mere 6.23 (industry average is 10.20). Its market cap down to less than $9 billion. Its average analyst rating, according to The, is a B-. Those are just...
  • TV Tech: The 10 Dumbest Moves Of 2011!

    12/30/2011 5:28:04 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 43 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/29/2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 29, 2011) -- Let's face it. It wasn't a great year for the TV technology industry. TV sales were flat; home 3D became better known as 3DOA; streaming companies invested heavily in new services but persuaded relatively few Americans to give them a try; and pay TV providers, with the exception of DIRECTV, saw their subscriber totals dwindle. Of course, the nation's sluggish economy didn't help the cause with many consumers deciding to cut spending until things got better. But we also have to be truthful here: Some of the industry's problems were self-inflicted. Unforced errors, as...
  • Samsung, Others to Pay Out $553 Million Over LCD Price-Fixing

    12/28/2011 4:54:12 AM PST · by GreenAccord · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 12/27/2011 | Joan E. Solsman
    Sharp Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and five other makers of liquid crystal displays agreed to an over $550 million settlement with several U.S. states involving allegations of price-fixing. It is the latest development in a large antitrust investigation into makers of LCD display panels, which are used in computer monitors and notebooks, ...
  • Sony to Cease Its Flat-Screen Partnership With Samsung

    12/27/2011 11:01:16 PM PST · by Cronos · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    In a bid to streamline its unprofitable television business, Sony said Monday that it would sell its stake in its flat-panel screen venture with Samsung Electronics, cutting its production capacity at a time when outsourcing has become the norm for manufacturers. Sony, which makes the Bravia liquid-crystal-display televisions, said in a statement that it would sell its stake of nearly 50 percent in the jointly owned manufacturer, S-LCD, to Samsung, of South Korea, for 1.08 trillion won, or $935 million. Sony’s exit from the joint venture, which was set up in Tangjeong, South Korea, in April 2004, will let it...
  • TV Prices Fall, Squeezing Most Makers and Sellers

    12/27/2011 10:58:05 PM PST · by Cronos · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Andrew Martin
    It’s a great time to buy a television, and Ram Lall, a television salesman, isn’t happy about it. In a basement showroom of J&R, the huge electronics store in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Lall says the days of making big money from televisions are in the past. Pointing to a top-of-the line, 55-inch Sony television, Mr. Lall said it would have sold for $6,000 a few years ago. The current price? $2,599. “We are making less money because the company is forcing us to slash prices,” ..Televisions have become so inexpensive that the profits have largely been squeezed out of them,...
  • Will AT&T Buy Dish Network?

    12/21/2011 4:56:26 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies ^ | 12/21/11 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 21, 2011) -- Well, here we go again. A financial analyst has opined that a large communications company wants to buy Dish Network or DIRECTV. Over the years, similar ideas have been proffered by numerous analysts and pundits (including yours truly), but the only deal that actually got to the altar was DIRECTV's merger with Dish Network a decade ago. And that deal was killed by federal regulators who said the merger would be anti-competitive. But today a new buzz can be heard on Wall Street and elsewhere because Christopher King, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst, says AT&T...
  • Here come the quantum dot TVs and wallpaper

    12/14/2011 1:12:13 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 2+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/13/11 | Nancy Owano
    ( -- A British firm's quantum dot technology will be used for flat screen TVs and flexible screens, according to the company’s chief executive.The quantum dots will be in use for ultra thin, light flat screen TVs by the end of next year, and, in another three years, will be used in flexible screens rolled up like paper or used as wall coverings. The company, Nanoco Group, is reportedly working with Asian electronics companies to bring this technology to market. “The first products we are expecting to come to market using quantum dots will be the next generation of flat-screen...
  • Look Out, Netflix! Her Comes Verizon & Redbox!

    12/09/2011 2:31:59 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 21 replies ^ | December 8, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2011) -- Verizon may be planning to launch a service next spring that would compete directly with Netflix and could involve a partnership with Redbox, according to several news reports. Reuters reported Tuesday that Verizon was negotiating agreements with media companies for the right to stream their content. The wire service added that Verizon was interested in launching a streaming offering in areas outside of its FiOS TV markets. For instance, if you could not subscribe to FiOS where you live, you could subscribe to Verizon's Netflix-like streaming service. And TechCrunch, the AOL tech site, reports...
  • OK, Found the HDTV TV and Need Expert Freeper Insight. HDTV PING LIST

    12/08/2011 5:32:16 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 96 replies
    12.08.11 | Chickensoup
    OK HDTV Fans. Remember: Time to Purchase a TV HDTV Input please HDTV PING LIST PLEASE 12.02.11 | Chickensoup Found a TV that I thought had terrific color. It mesmeriszes me because of its size and color saturation. It is about 1200 more than I planned to spend and I am trying to figure out whether it is worth it. On the one hand, I haven't done anything fun in a long time, on the downside, it is a lot of monies for me. Here are the specs: Sharp Aquos 70" TV With the introduction of the 70"...
  • Time to Purchase a TV HDTV Input please HDTV PING LIST PLEASE

    12/02/2011 4:36:08 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 142 replies · 1+ views
    12.02.11 | Chickensoup
    I am now ready to buy my HDTV. I have been looking at the big Samsungs. Remember this is the first tv for a non tv home. We will mostly be watching CDs and downloads, not much broadcast...except for the Superbowl for my son (if I can figure out how to stream it on the net). The big Samsungs often have 3D. Will the 3D affect the regular view? I am looking for a clear viewing set that will manage action I keep reading that TV is changing and I wonder whether these TVs are old technology? Can I actualy...
  • Black Friday: 10 Tips to Snagging a Great Deal!

    11/21/2011 3:47:09 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 50 replies ^ | 11/20/2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2011) -- Best Buy says it will sell a Sharp 42-inch, 1080p LCD HDTV for $199. Hhgregg says it will sell an Internet-enabled Samsung Blu-ray player for $39. And Target plans to sell a Westinghouse 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $298. These are just some of the incredible deals that retailers will offer on High-Definition TVs and related high-def products on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). However, this could be the most competitive Black Friday ever -- thanks to the economy and smaller inventories at retail stores. It's quite possible that some of...
  • Black Friday: Who Has the Best Deals? (Post your bargain finds-2011)

    11/16/2011 12:15:38 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2011) -- We've now reported on the upcoming Black Friday deals from 10 different retailers that sell consumer electronics. Whether it's CE giant Best Buy or discount specialist Walmart or the regionally popular Hastings entertainment chain, America's favorite retailers are hoping to woo the discerning Black Friday shopper. But which retailer will offer the best Black Friday deals on CE products and High-Definition TVs? After a careful study of the discounts being planned by the 10 retailers, we have ranked the stores in order based on best price and the uniqueness of the items they will...
  • DirecTV Wants Fox To Stop Running Ads About Potential Station Drops

    10/30/2011 3:00:13 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 46 replies ^ | 10/27/2011 | John Eggerton
    DirecTV has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission complaining about Fox advertising related to their cable programming dispute. In the missive to Media Bureau chief Bill Lake, the top satellite operator said that Fox is using misleading advertising informing DirecTV customers that " 'soon, in some markets, you may lose your local Fox station,' even though our retransmission-consent agreement does not expire for over two months." The parties are currently engaged in a battle over the programmer seeking an increase in license fees for FX, National Geographic Channel, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Movie...
  • Holidays Could Be Hell For TV Makers

    10/19/2011 3:32:49 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 71 replies ^ | October 19, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2011) -- It's been a tough year for TV makers and a poll and other surveys suggest it could get even tougher this holiday season. Asked if they planned to buy a HDTV this holiday season, 60.7 percent of our readers said no in an online poll taken here last week. Only 21.7 percent said yes while 17.6 percent said they weren't sure. The dismal numbers follow an equally depressing survey result last week from the Ipsos organization. The company found that 45 percent of consumers plan to spend less this year compared to the...
  • 6 Predictions for 2011 Black Friday!

    09/13/2011 5:34:25 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 54 replies ^ | 13SEP2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2011) -- In roughly 10 weeks, Americans will crowd into retail stores looking for 'Black Friday' bargains on everything from appliances to apparel. Retailers traditionally offer deep discounts on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), better known as Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. The discount prices are often available for one day only -- and may include restrictions on time and supply. Discount hunters also have to contend with the frenzied atmosphere of Black Friday which some shoppers view as a day of combat. But here at, we believe in...
  • BBC planning to broadcast 2012 Olympics in 3D and super hi-vision

    08/31/2011 2:38:21 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies ^ | August 29, 2011 | Trevor Mogg
    The BBC is considering broadcasting some events at next year's London Olympics using 3D and super hi-vision technology, said to be 16 times better than HDTV. If you thought HDTV was of a quality hard to beat, then think again. Apparently the BBC believes there is something 16 times better, and the British broadcaster is considering using it at the London Olympics next year.It’s also planning to broadcast a number of events, including the men’s 100 meters final, in 3D. Imagine that, the imposing figure of Usain Bolt storming down the track toward the camera (as long as he doesn’t...
  • The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Buying An HDTV

    08/23/2011 2:36:07 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 66 replies · 1+ views ^ | unknown
    Choosing the best HDTV is harder than you may think. Using reader feedback, along with having written, tested, and researched the subject since 1998, we’ve compiled a list of the most common buying mistakes when choosing an HDTV. By being aware of the pitfalls of HDTV buying, you can end up with a better experience, a better TV, and without the grief others have experienced. 1) Buying The Wrong Size Set The most common eye-to-TV distance, called the “Lechner Distance ” is 9 feet. Based on screen resolution, to see all the details in a Full HD picture (1080p) at...
  • TV Tech: The Biggest Flop of 2011?

    08/15/2011 3:36:00 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies ^ | August 14, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2011) -- In a year in which the economy has taken a number of dips, it's not surprising that it's been a rough seven months for the TV technology sector. For instance: * Sales of 3D TVs (and 3D theatrical movies) have actually declined from their anemic first year numbers; * Cable and satellite TV services have lost subscribers in record numbers; * The number of retail video stores has shrunk further despite Dish Network's rescue of one-time industry giant Blockbuster Video. * Noting stagnant TV sales and other problems, CE giant Best Buy has reported...