Nov 18 2010

News - Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Drive

I have to admit, the thought of tossing 4 of these into my WHS has happened more than once...just the ability to get almost 12tb of storage space from only 4 drives is darned impressive. Although the price is now $260 per, you know the drive is quick to go down if you're patient.

On the surface, the new 3TB iteration of the Western Digital Green Drive series looks the same as the other drives in the series. Under the hood we have double the cache (up to 64MB from 32MB) of prior versions and the largest platter density around. The Green series of drives have the ability to dynamically optimize how fast they spin, depending on the system load. This means the drive doesn’t quite feel as fast as a 7200 RPM drive, but still feels faster than a 5400 RPM drive.
Nov 18 2010

News - Samsung PN50C7000 50 inch Plasma TV Review

Here's a review on a pretty nifty 50" plasma from Samsung, who seem to have a million TV's on the market (have you been to Best Buy lately?). But nonetheless, they provide one for everyone's needs, in this case a 3D TV for less than $2000 is pretty solid deal. Although, no glasses included...pretty weak.

For anyone looking to jump into the 3D market but don’t necessarily have the biggest budget on the block, the Samsung PN50C7000 is a great place to start. At 50″ diagonal you won’t be complaining about a small screen, and if you are then you can step up to 64″ behemoth. The PN50C7000 brings to your house exceptional picture quality. The black level performance is the best I’ve seen and the colors are both accurate but vivid and lifelike. The integrated apps brings a ton of extra features to the table that not all competitors have, and best of all they’re free!
Nov 18 2010

News - Hauppauge HD-PVR for $167

Fellow member David S. sent me this fatwallet link about this hot deal. Looks like Newegg has the Hauppauge HD-PVR for a low $184.99 with free shipping, a free 25-pack of blank BD-R discs from TDK, AND 10% off with coupon code BFTVTUNER for a super low total of $166.49 Shipped!!

Nov 17 2010

News - Selling Family-Friendly Edited Movies...Illegal?

So there's a bit of sarcasm in the title, but what did this guy expect? He was editing their movies, taking out "bad" stuff, and then selling the DVD-R with zero copy protection. Whatever happened to parents just not letting their kids watch movies they weren't old enough for? Would you really want your 8-year old to watch a non-bloody version of "Hurt Locker"? On the bright side, it's good to see studios can work together when it's for their benefit (yes I'm still bitter about HD-DVD). Smile

I tried finding some information from their website, but at the time of this the Family Friendly DVD website was down for the count.

A coalition of major studios including Paramount, Warner Bros., MGM, Disney, Universal and Fox has filed a lawsuit against a defendant who has taken DVD movies such as "Iron Man 2," "The Hurt Locker," "Prince of Persia" and "Date Night," altered them to be free of objectionable content, redistributing them to consumers as "family-friendly." The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Arizona District Court against Family Edited DVDS, Inc. and its leader, John Webster.
Nov 17 2010

News - Hulu Plus Launches Official, Now $7.99 month

Interesting news from Hulu. One has to believe that they simply took their $7.99 cue from Netflix--surely if people had the option of Netflix (Movies+TV) for $7.99 or Hulu Plus for $10, Netflix was going to dominate. That being said, I'm never excited to see yet another monthly fee subscription. Think they can both co-exist?

I am happy to announce that today we are launching the Hulu Plus subscription service out of preview. With this launch, we are proud to offer our users the only subscription service with the full current season of hit TV shows like Glee, Modern Family, The Office, House, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and more, with minimal ad-load, across computers, TVs, mobile phones, and tablets.
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