Oct 16 2006

News - MeSmartHome presents Eid product range offer

Looking for new ways to let your house control you...errr...to control your house? Here's a new option, pretty cool, both wireless & plug&play.

"With the Smart Home Starter Kit your home can be completely automated: in the morning and at night, the lamps in your home can be turned on/off at set times, just when you need it. What's more, you can call home and switch on your air conditioning on your way home from work. When you are on holidays, lights can be switched on/off to give your house a lived-in look - the proven best prevention against burglars - and the security system will call your mobile in case of a break in,' he adds."

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Oct 16 2006

News - DirecTV HR20 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

C|Net is hot on the trail of DirectTV's new MPEG-4 AVC HD DVR. It receives failry high marks for its ability to record two shows at once, a quality interface, easy to use EPG and a RF capable remote. The bad is that it has no commercial skip and the ATSC tuner is disabled. Looking through the review, it appears it does its job of replacing the HD TiVo.

From the article:

DirecTV's major competition, aside from the cable companies, is fellow satellite provider Dish Network, which has had its next-generation MPEG-4 high-def DVR, the ViP622, on the market since early 2006. Given recent changes in both companies' pricing packages, and the similar costs of their respective HD-DVRs (depending on current rebate deals, they both cost from $199 to $249 for new subscribers), you're not going to pay too much more for one or the other. Both companies offer substantially different programming options, which you can find outlined here, and for the most part we recommend choosing between the two based on your programming needs first. (Sports fans, keep in mind that cable will almost always offer superior local HD sports programming to satellite, while DirecTV's exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package remains a big draw for football fans.) Programming aside, we did end up liking the Dish better, if only by a nose, and both outclass the typical cable company DVR, hands-down. The DirecTV HR20 is a well thought-out, easy-to-use conduit to DirecTV's programming, and there's no reason why HDTV-owning DirecTV subscribers won't be thrilled by its capabilities--unless they've grown accustomed to the HD TiVo's 30-second skip.

 

Oct 16 2006

News - Are You Getting All of the HDTV Resolution You Expected?

Home Theater Mag tested 61 new 2006 HDTVs to see how the actually perform under deinterlacing, 3:2 cadence detection test, and the bandwidth test. I was quite amazed to see that 54% of the sets failed the deinterlacing and an 80% of the sets failed the 3:2 detection test.

From the article:

Many scripted television and all film-based movies that telecast in 1080i HD are recorded at 24 frames per second. For broadcast, this is converted from film or 1080p/24 video to 1080i/30 using a telecine conversion. A good internal processor should use a method called HD inverse telecine to recognize like frames and reconstruct them for a 60-frame-per-second display using a 3:2 cadence. If the processor reconstructs the image properly, you'll see all 2-million-plus pixels of information in the original source material (on a 1080p display). A 720p display will downconvert the full 1,920-by-1,080 image to 1,280 by 720. 

Oct 16 2006

News - Syntax-Brillian Opens LCD TV Manufacturing Facility in Nanjing, China

EMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2006--Syntax-Brillian Corp. (Nasdaq: BRLC), a manufacturer and marketer of LCD and LCoS(TM) HDTVs and digital entertainment products, last Friday celebrated the grand opening of an LCD TV manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China, under its Nanjing Huahai Display Technology Co., Ltd. joint venture. With a projected capacity of approximately 300,000 units annually, the facility will significantly bolster output of the company's Olevia-brand LCD TVs for the burgeoning Chinese consumer electronics market.

In addition to manufacture and assembly, the joint venture supports Syntax-Brillian's participation in a strategic alliance with a consortium of Asia-based companies to accelerate expansion of Olevia LCD TVs in China and the Pacific Rim, conduct ongoing research and development, and market, distribute and support the Olevia product family throughout the region.

"We are very proud to bring this excellent 30,000+ sq. ft. facility on line to support our production and marketing objectives in China and North America," said James Li, president of Syntax-Brillian. "This modern facility with a fully automated production line, as well as the supplemental support provided by the joint venture, represents an important milestone in Syntax-Brillian's strategy to build a global manufacturing, marketing and distribution network for the Olevia brand."

Oct 16 2006

News - Star Wars in HD – But Wait There's More!

All six Star Wars films on HD is almost worth my while to subscribe to Cinemax HD. I am gonna guess the othe r98% of subscribers are in it for the cable porn. If you can't get Cinemax, all six films will be coming to HBO HD sometime next year.

From the article:

All six ‘Star War’s films will air back-to-back starting at midnight November 10th, with additional airings through the month. Even more important [At least to film purists] a spokesmen for the channel has confirmed they’ll all be broadcast in their original aspect ratio! According to a 'TV Week' follow-up new window article; posted today, Comcast also plans on offering the films on HD video-on-demand.

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