Monthly Archives: November 2010
On Nov. 24 you’ll be able rent or purchase movies streaming in 1080p from VUDU on Panasonic VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray players. The 2010 models with VIERA CAST will have access to VUDU’s library of over 4,000 HD movies from both major studios and independent distributors alike with no monthly membership fee required.
Netflix has officially launched a streaming-only plan in the U.S. for $7.99 a month, after offering the same service in Canada last September. The company says they are now “primarily a streaming video company” and will invest more money into acquiring streaming licenses rather than DVD.
Hulu Plus has officially launched in the US, offering new subscribers a free one week trial. The service streams TV shows in 720p HD to your internet connected device whether it be a TV, PC, Blu-ray player, gaming console or …
LG 42LD450 42-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV
Sale: $499 (List: $749.99) You save $250
LG 32LD350 32-Inch 720p 60 Hz LCD HDTV
Black with Internet Applications
Sale: $329 (List $449) You save $119
According to the LA Times Time Warner Cable will be launching a new service aimed towards customers who want a cheaper monthly service fee. TV Essentials will be tested in New York and Ohio and offers about 50 channels for about $50. The channel lineup consists of networks Time Warner has put together based on customer demands (determined by Nielsen ratings) and economics (based on cost-per-subscriber).
If you are a Cox Communications customer in New England you’ll now be able to subscribe to the Plus Package with Advanced TV for $5 a month. With the Plus Package you’ll get the new 500GB Whole Home DVR, the Trio Interactive Program Guide and new HD channels.
We spotted a great deal on a Panasonic DMP-BDT100 3D Blu-ray player for $147. That’s just about $100 of the list price of $249. The BDT100 supports Blu-ray 3D movies by sending separate 1920×1080 full-HD images to each eye (3D …
Dish Network has launched TV Everywhere allowing subscribers to watch Dish programming — both recorded and live — on devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and PCS (Mac and Windows). All you need is the new Sling Adapter ($99) which pairs with your DISH ViP 722 or 722k HD DVR and the free Dish Remote Access app to view shows, schedule and manage DVR recordings. The Sling Adapter also allows you to watch both standard and high-definition quality, streamed from both 3G and WiFi connections.
2010 marked the first FIFA World Cup to be filmed in 3D. This week The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Film on 3D Blu-ray Disc has hit shelves, presenting 64-minutes of highlights of the tournament which took place from June 11 to July 11, 2010. 32 teams competed for the World Cup, leading up to the final between Spain and the Netherlands which the Spanish claimed in extra time. The single-disc BD is formatted in 720p resolution at 1.78:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master 5.1 audio tracks. This is the official release from Sony and FIFA who produced 3D broadcasts of 25 of the 64 matches in South Africa. The disc carries an MSRP of $39.95.
There are a few pre-Black Friday 3D TV system deals we thought you should know about that are ending soon. The offers include a 3D Blu-ray Disc player and 3D glasses or 3D starter kit (packaged with Blu-ray titles) when you purchase a qualifying Plasma or LCD 3D TV. We spotted deals on Sony, Toshiba, and Samsung 3D HDTVs from several reputable retailers.
You’ve probably heard of RealD, the company that provides 3D equipment for theater use. Soon RealD’s 3D image technology will be built into VIZIO 3D HDTVs in 42”, 47” and 55” sizes, as VIZIO announced it’s licensing of the technology and new 3D TV models. Based on the company’s side-by-side 3D display solution, the RealD Format uses infra-red to sync 3D eyewear with compatible 3D TVs.
How about streaming some 1080p through your PS3? VUDU HD titles will soon be available for PlayStation 3 gaming consoles via an app, letting you stream full HD video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. VUDU titles are rented a-la-cart for as little as $2 for two nights, and VUDU gets day-and-date releases with DVDs and Blu-ray.
Dreamwork’s final Shrek adventure Shrek Forever After is headed for Blu-ray Disc this coming Dec. 7, along with a four-disc box set of all four Shrek films titled Shrek: The Whole Story. A highlight for audiophiles, both Shrek releases on Blu-ray Disc come with 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio, taking full advantage of the capabilities of the hi-def BD format.
It’s a big week for 3D enthusiasts! Finally, some 3D Blu-ray titles hit the shelves to satisfy your craving for more 3D content. Check out this lineup: The Polar Express 3D, Clash of the Titans 3D, Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D, IMAX: Space Station 3D, Open Season 3D, IMAX: Under the Sea 3D, IMAX: Deep Sea 3D, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D, and The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Film 3D.
Looking for a great deal on a Sony Bravia HDTV? Sony Style has a couple Pre-Black Friday deals happening that really make a Bravia affordable. They have knocked off $400 on the 32″ BRAVIA EX700 making it available for just $599 (Reg. $999). No coupon code necessary just use this link to the site.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing what they call the Blu-ray Essentials Collection — a selection of twelve titles on Blu-ray Disc that are must own films. No surprise to find Casino Royale, Spider-Man 3, and Black Hawk Down in the collection, but is The Fifth Element still relevant as a must-own? How about Bad Boys or Ghost Rider?
Comcast has released an app for Apple mobile devices allowing you to use the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad as remote controls for Xfinity TV. With the free app you can also schedule your DVR, search for and sort programming content. Comcast says remote viewing of content on the iPad will come in December, and Android support is also in development.
From HBO Home Video, Rome: The Complete Series is this week’s Box Set Deal offered at 50% off the regular price of $139. For a limited time get all 22 episodes of Rome on 10 discs for $69.99. The Blu-ray Disc box set contains behind-the-scenes featurettes and enhanced Blu-ray content such as onscreen guides “All Roads Lead to Rome” and “Bloodlines.”
The Avatar Three-Disc Collector’s Edition from 20th Century Fox is now selling for 55% off the list price of $54.99. The loaded disc set which includes the original theatrical edition, a family edition (with objectionable language removed), and a special extended cut with 16 minutes of additional footage is now priced at $24.99.
PRESS RELEASE: Best Buy Co., Inc., a leading retailer of consumer electronics, is encouraging consumers nationwide to take action on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2010, by using Best Buy’s comprehensive, convenient recycling and trade-in programs for old or obsolete electronics.