Items tagged with Television

For years, parents have punished misbehaving kids by banning them from watching TV. Now, a new report shows that Internet access is on the same playing field as TV in many parents' eyes. According to a report from researchers at the University of Southern California, more and more parents are limiting Internet access as a form of punishment as well. Really, this should come as no surprise given the amount of TV shows and other entertainment-related activities we enjoy over the Web. Among the parents surveyed, two-thirds restrict access to the TV as punishment. This number has remained fairly static for 10 years. By contrast, the number of parents who limit Internet access has nearly doubled in... Read more...
Well, it's just about time to box up those last gifts, but if you still need "something special" for that "special someone," how about a totally insane looking television? Hannspree has been known to create some pretty wild electronics in the past, and the company's newest line of HDTVs are definitely wild. This new line of 28" HDTVs are tailor made for bedroom use, but probably only in bedrooms of people aged 12 or under. Each one has a 1080p panel and a very distinct design, shaped like an Apple, a Basketball, and a normal television. These models incorporate a 360-degree design so no matter which angle you view the product, the design preserves the theme. The third HDTV released keeps with... Read more...
While North American definitely gets a lot of things first, it's lagging behind when it comes to content distribution at home. Japan has Blu-ray burners everywhere for burning content that see on television, and the UK's Freesat can be easily transferred between devices. Who knows if that functionality will ever come to America, but if you're in the United Kingdom, Elgato has a new device that'll make watching Freesat television a lot easier. The EyeTV Netstream is a compact box that will enable users to stream Freesat satellite television to any PC on your home network, and even to your iPad via an EyeTV app. The box functions as a network tuner for DVB-S2 streams, and it makes things easy when... Read more...
It's always sad to see a startup, or a good idea, go belly-up. But in this high-pace world of technological innovation, it happens more often than not. It's tough to gain traction in today's world, with one thing after another begging for consumer dollars. Such was the case with Qualcomm's FLO TV. It launched with a huge marketing push, and in theory, the idea was sound. People love television, and people are constantly on the move. So it made sense to think that people may enjoy TV on the go. But the problems were numerous. For one, people didn't seem interested in buying a dedicated portable television. It's one extra device to carry around, and many smartphones these days already have access... Read more...
Is the boob tube your child's best friend? Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preschool-age children watch no more than two hours of TV a day, a recent study shows that many children exceed this limit. According to researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, 66 percent of the 8,950 children the team studied watched more TV than the recommended limit. This study was based on data that included children 5 and younger between 2001 and 2006. As a result, the results are already dated—they do not include time spent watching or playing video games or being on a computer. They also exclude any time spent watching video on... Read more...
One of the most public disputes between a media company and a cable company has finally come to a close. For the past 14 days, News Corp. and Cablevision have been battling over license fees. The main problem was the distribution of Fox, a network which hosts many Sunday NFL games, and this week, the MLB World Series. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fox is obviously a major channel, and a great many of Cablevision's subscribers were missing out on content for 14 whole days. Rarely do these disputes lead to channels being pulled, but Fox actually went black on Cablevision systems for 14 whole days while the two attempted to reach an agreement on pricing. Cablevision wanted a deal similar... Read more...
Nikon is in the television business? Or the display business? Those were our first thoughts upon seeing the NF-300i, but it's actually a bit more complicated than that. And thankfully, the explanation makes everything…make sense. Nikon isn't interested in building nor selling monitors, but they are interested in pushing their My PictureTown online photo hosting service. And there's no better way to do that than to give paying subscribers a NF-300i. This display is a fancy new digital photo frame, which is able to showcase photos from a user's My PictureTown online account and then convert 2D images into 3D images for viewing. If you have a set of 3D glasses and you're viewing an image... Read more...
With smartphones and iPods, game consoles and PCs, e-readers and tablets, Americans now spend a truly mind-boggling number of hours each week watching TV, even more than the mega-hours they spent as couch potatoes last year. Online viewing means far fewer commercials and broadcasters have begun to fight back and eliminate free TV shows on the Web. News Corp's Fox set off a firestorm when it blocked online access to popular shows like "Glee" to 2.6 million Cablevision Systems broadband Internet subscribers last weekend. This was part of a fee dispute over how much Cablevision pays Fox for the rights to carry Fox-owned television channels. The blockade only lasted about 12 hours, because viewers... Read more...
And just like that, FLO TV is dead. You may not even remember the name if you weren't paying close attention to Qualcomm's rollout last year, but now it matters now. The direct-consumer portable TV service has been axed by parent company Qualcomm, and while the reasons aren't detailed, it's not hard to imagine why. America has never really embraced dedicated mobile TV devices; some people are embracing mobile TV on smartphones considering that they already own the device, but by and large, texting and calling keeps us occupied enough on the go. And when that's not enough, Angry Birds for iPhone keeps us entertained on subway rides. Qualcomm has this week released a statement that essentially... Read more...
Acer? Television? In the same sentence. It's true. Acer, the company you probably know best for Aspire One netbooks, has just introduced a new LED TV series, the Pininfarina. It's a tricky name, but it's easy to tell from a glance that these are Acer's products. The new AT58 line have been designed with the Pininfarina designer signature, offering a more-stylish-than-usual appearance in order to give buyers confidence in showing them off. These new panels have LED backlit displays and have an HD-ready resolution in the 20" size (1600x900), while 1080p panels are on the 23", 27", 32" and 42" sets. A "complete range" of ports is said to be found on the rear, with 8 total sizes and models to choose... Read more...
Oh, brother. A KISS TV? We've seen big bands milk their fame before, but this may be a new low. Or is it a new high? Depends on how you see things, really. Roundtable Concepts has landed a deal with the famed rock band KISS in order to launch the first-ever KISS LED HDTV. It's still really unclear who exactly would want to buy a KISS HDTV, but we're sure a few hardcore fans will make room in their garages. Amazingly, it's said that KISS actually helped to design this set. We're struggling to believe that, but either way they will be available in 32, 40 and 46-inch sizes. The KISS logo is embellished on the bottom two corners of the casing and an image of the group appears on the screen for the... Read more...
When you think VIZIO, you probably think of low-cost televisions at big box retailers. And that is exactly what has made VIZIO one of the fastest growing company's in America. But the newest TV from the company is pretty far from being a "big screen TV." In fact, it's a tiny screen TV. The company's new 7" Edge Lit Razor LED Portable TV is the company's first mini TV, offering an 800x480 resolution. The company says it's perfect for tailgating or hanging on the beach, anywhere that it's difficult to take a full-size TV. It also ships with a portable tuner stick that catches free-to-air ATSC or NTSC broadcast signals without subscription required, and it's just 1" deep. The folding antenna clips... Read more...
A recent survey may serve as a wakeup call to broadcast networks and cable companies that their subscriber base may soon be slipping away. According to a Credit Suisse survey, approximately 30 percent of Netflix users between the ages of 18 and 24 are using Netflix's Watch Instantly service to watch TV and movies instead of paying for cable or satellite TV service. The survey also revealed that 37 percent of Netflix subscribers between the ages of 25 and 34 are doing the same. “Netflix’s low cost, subscription streaming service (with improving content) is our biggest worry and could become ‘good enough’ for consumers with moderate income and TV usage to use as a substitute... Read more...
Toshiba announced its premier Cinema Series line of HDTVs, featuring the VX700 Series and the WX800 3D Series LED HDTVs. The WX800 delivers a three-dimensional experience when using a pair of optional Toshiba 3D glasses, Toshiba's BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Disc player, and a 3D capable HDMI cable. The WX800 boasts of a depth of less than 1.2 inches. The WX800 comes in 55-inch and 46-inch screen sizes and also features built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi capability. The Toshiba VX700 Cinema Series offers many of the same features as the WX800 but without 3D capabilities. Also available in 55-inch and 46-inch screen sizes, the VX700 also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity as well as two USB ports, an SD/SDHC card... Read more...
Philips Home Control announced a sleek new remote control with an integrated keyboard called DUAL. Recognizing that more and more people are using their TV and other connected devices from their living room, Philips has designed the remote to function as both a remote as well as a keyboard. The top side of the DUAL features a remote control with traditional controls such as volume, channel, and playback options. It also has a touchpad for scrolling and maneuvering a cursor. On the other side, you'll find a full QWERTY keyboard.  Philips Home Control unveils DUAL, a unique keyboard remote IBC 2010, Amsterdam – Philips Home Control is launching DUAL; a keyboard remote as the must-see... Read more...
It simply had to happen at some point, and we guess there's no better time for "some point" than right now. Sony has just issued a bunch of new 3D HDTVs, but already the company is worried about the next big thing. And that thing is most likely glasses-free 3D. Even Sony knows that one of the biggest barriers to seeing a boost in at-home 3D adoption is the necessity to wear 3D glasses in order to enjoy the content, which can become expensive for a family for four and almost intolerable for a group watching an NFL game. Reportedly, the company is already working on such a set. The prototype shows 3D images without requiring users to wear 3D glasses, though the concept has already been tried by... Read more...
In the coming months, you'll see the New England Patriots return to dynasty form and whup the competition, Brett Favre throw for a billion yards (and nearly as many interceptions), and Peyton Manning assume the fetal position at the first sound of footsteps (yes folks, this Editor is a die-hard Patriots fan). Sony hopes you'll see all the action on one of its new 3D Bravia TVs, particularly "with a number of college and pro football games slated to be broadcast in 3D this fall," as Sony points out. Sony is manning its front line with three new sets in all, including models measuring 60 inches, 55 inches, and 46 inches. Each one comes with built-in Wi-Fi, LED backlighting with local dimming, Motionflow... Read more...
It's been some time since we've had any new HDTVs from Vizio to consider, but it looks like the company that's fighting it out with Samsung for the #1 spot in America has a few new higher-end models for those back to school apartment shoppers. The company's XVT series is expanding, with the new sets offering Full Array TruLED LCDs designed for deeper blacks and better off-angle viewing, and they also have increased zones of Smart Dimming for greater intelligent control plus the ability to reduce LED brightness to enable pure black. The new models are as follows: XVT553SV (55"), XVT473SV (47") and XVT423AV (42"). Not so easy to remember by name, but the features definitely help set them apart.... Read more...
AT&T officially launched version 2.0 of its TV app for iPhone users. The U-Verse Mobile app lets users manage and schedule DVR recordings, browse the U-verse TV program guide, and view program descriptions. U-verse Mobile also lets you download available episodes over any Wi-Fi connection provided you subscribe to a U300 package or higher. The U-verse Mobile App includes TV shows from several popular networks. AT&T plans to add more content in the future. The U-verse Mobile App is available for free from the App Store on the iPhone. AT&T Launches U-verse Mobile App to Let Customers Record and Watch TV Shows from iPhones First TV Provider to Offer iPhone App with DVR Management and... Read more...
Soon, Dish subscribers will be able to watch live television via their mobile devices at no extra cost. In September, Dish Network is planning to launch an app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and BlackBerry devices that will enable this functionality. An app for Google's Android OS will launch in October. In order to take advantage of the new feature, users will need the mobile app as well as special hardware. One option is Sling Media's SlingBox, which sells for $180 to $300. Alternatively, Dish subscribers could opt to upgrade to Dish's high-definition digital video recorder with SlingBox features. If you choose this latter option you'll need to pay $10 per month for multiple DVR service,... Read more...
In a recent interview, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said CBS is in talks to bring some of its TV shows to Hulu. According to Moonves, the talks are focused on Hulu Plus, a paid subscription service that launched in June and costs $9. CBS is the only major broadcaster who doesn't currently offer shows through Hulu. Initially, CBS stayed away from Hulu in an effort to ensure flexibility. With the introduction of a subscription option, CBS is now interested in exploring its options with Hulu. "Are we having discussions with the Hulu subscription service? Yes we are," Moonves said. "Our goal is to get paid for our content in as many different ways as we can without hurting the mother ship. The... Read more...
Yep, it's really happening. 3D content is finally arriving on television sets, which is arguably the last major puzzle piece that in-home 3D had to solve. 3D glasses are here, as are 3D HDTVs. And there's at least some demand for having 3D support around in the home. But if there's no 3D programming to enjoy, what's the use in having the 3D hardware around? DirecTV was well aware of this, and now they're becoming the first major pay-TV provider to launch an actual suite of 3D channels. ESPN 3D was the first actual 3D channel to go live with the start of the World Cup, but now n3D (which is being sponsored by Panasonic) will be a variety of 3D sports and entertainment programming to DirecTV customers.... Read more...
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