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Samsung UN55B8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LED HDTV $1899

From Dealsea Buydig has Samsung UN55B8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LED HDTV for $2,499. Add it to cart, in the left column, enter special offer code “UN55B8000″ to get it for $1899 with free shipping. Readcustomer reviews at Amazon (134 reviews).

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Vizio VF551XVT HDTV Mini-Review

Introduction Below are my thoughts, opinions and observations of 3 solid days with the Vizio VF551XVT 55″ LED-LCD HDTV purchased from Costco.

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Mitsubishi Announces Seamless 1080p to 4k2k Upscaling

Thanks goes to Akihabara News for the heads up that Mitsubishi has announced seamless HD upscaling to 4k2k resolution. The technology currently supports HDMI 1.4 spec but no direct Blu-ray upscaling according to Mitsubishi — which we don’t entirely understand. If the display is upscaling the signal it’s getting, what does it care of it’s […]

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4 Year Old Mitsubishi WD-65831 Picture Improved With New Lamp

Above is my Mitsubishi WD-65831, the first (and only) HDTV I’ve ever bought. I built my home entertainment system around it after researching HDTVs for months. I looked as plasmas, LCDs and like everyone else, waited for SEDs. Having it contributed to a lot of popular content on this blog over the years for folks […]

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Vizio VP505XVT 50″ Plasma TV – King of Value, PC Mag Editor’s Choice

Some quick background, Vizio broke out onto the scene with the most value-minded (read: cheapest) televisions at Costco and eventually other major retailers, servicing the middle to low end crowd with affordible HDTVs that performed OK. Since then Vizio’s business and ability to execute at delivering increasingly better panels, still targeted to the mid-range, have […]

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Review of The World's Largest TVs

Have you ever wanted to destroy yourself financially because you were bored? Or walk into your bank and try and take out a mortgage for a television? Yep, me too. Well thanks to our friends over at Clearly-AV, you will know exactly which TV to purchase to most effectively sink you into a blackhole of […]

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Streaming Playback of 720p Media to PS3 Stutters or is Jerky

TIP: This post has garnered a lot of discussion, tips and workarounds. I tried to compile the most successful ones down in Update #3 and #4 below. If you are like me, you probably use your PS3 to stream media from a NAS at home or something; either from the NAS directly or via a […]

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UPDATE: Samsung LNT-xx71f Dead Pixel Panel Replacement

You might have caught our coverage at the end of May of the seeming problem Samsung was having with their LNT-xx71f (LNT-5271F specifically) panels having dead pixels popup out of the clear blue after a few months of use. One of the readers, TiVoHD, pointed out that it’s a known issue and referred to as […]

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Samsung LNT5271F – Rows of Dead Pixels… Twice

I wouldn’t normally post about LCD HDTVs having dead pixels, it happens. The issue here is that Chris Hunkele sent in news that the Samsung LNT5271F he bought from Amazon is having problems… again. A few months ago Chris bought the Samsung LNT5271F from Amazon (still one of the highest rated HDTVs on there) when […]

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Real Rendering Resolutions of Console Games

Robert Heron sent in a pretty cool link over to the Beyond3D forums where a list of popular games and their true rendering resolutions were given. For Reference: 1080p = 1920×1080 720p = 1280×720 Here’s a snippet as an example: Army of Two = 720p (no AA, downscaled to 685p with black borders, no adjustable […]

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Comcast HD – Significantly Worse Than Verizon FIOS

bfdtv, a user on AVS Forum took the time to do a competitive analysis if the new re-compression Comcast is doing in order to fit more HD channels on the same network without chopping out a significant number of analog channels to compensate. The end result is that your once gloriously untouched HD channels are […]

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PS3 2.20 Firmware Released

Ted Regulski sends in the scoop that Firmware 2.20 is released, this is the one that includes the BD-Live support that is part of the Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0. Some of the other stuff in this release: The ability to copy PS3 Music and Photo playlists to a PSP system. We introduced the ability to […]

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Upcoming Playstation 3 Firmware Adds BD LIVE

See, this is why I’m glad my Blu-ray player is my PS3… it’s infinitely upgradable. A new update coming at the end of March adds all the BD Live support stuff now: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that system software update v.2.20, for PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3), planned for release in late March, will […]

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Xbox HD-DVD On The Cheep

Ars Technica is reporting that an M$ mole has given them some inside knowledge. The soon to be obsolete HD-DVD add-on of for the Xbox is dropping from $119.99 to $49.99. You may ask why buy now? Well, if you couple the price drop with the fact that you can get 5 free HD-DVD’s by […]

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Toshiba Officially Exits HD-DVD

Chris Hunkele sends in news that Toshiba has officially stepped out of the HD-DVD race and will stop producing disks and devices based on the standard. It’s over folks… officially.

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Wal-Mart Going Blu-ray Exclusive by June

Ted Regulski, AKA Ted “The Ted Man” Regulski, sent in news that Susan Chronister from Wal-Mart has confirmed that the employee-raping giant will go Blu-ray exclusive by June with no plans to continue stocking HD-DVD media or players. So everyone that bought a $99 HD-DVD… yea… that freaking sucks

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Best Buy Recommends Blu-ray over HD-DVD

Laurence Hartje, staying on-top of the death of HD-DVD, sent in news that Best Buy has taken the official stance of recommending Blu-ray to customers over HD-DVD when asked about which HD format to support. We already covered all the major studios (except Universal) moving over to Blu-ray, and Netflix announcing Blu-ray only support (Blockbuster […]

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Netflix picks Blu-ray (See ya HD-DVD!)

Laurence Hartje just sent in news that Netflix has decided to go Blu-ray as a response to the trend of other major studios doing the same. While you can still add HD-DVD movies to your queue as of this morning, I don’t know how much longer those disks will stay in circulation. My guess is […]

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WiFi Universal Remote Platform Introduced

Tvcompass has announced a Windows-CE based WiFi enabled universal remote that can sync/install device codes and back itself up using 802.11b & g. The device seems to be more of a platform for universal remotes (to be sold with cable STBs and services) than it does seem to be an end user product. Tvcompass is […]

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Blu-ray Player Capability Matrix

idoblu.co.uk has put together a matrix (for your reference) of all the Blu-ray players out there and their capabilities (thanks Engadget!) So next time you head over to Amazon looking for a Blu-ray player, you can quick-check this matrix and see which one you should pick up. TIP: PS3 FTW!

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Dish Network Launches Kick-Ass HD Package

Dish Network decided to be a badass and start offering HD-Only and HD-Only-Plus-Some-Popular-SD-Channel packages that start at $30/mo for the HD jockies out there. Pretty nice offering, not only for listening to their customers but for the price point, when you consider that most other providers charge a $10/month additional fee for basic HD channels […]

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Blu-ray Continues to Destroy HD-DVD

Ouch, it just won’t stop. First Warner announces it’s going Blu-ray exclusive, then it is noticed that Paramount can get out if it’s HD-DVD exclusivity contract due to Warner moving and many speculate it will. Now HBO says it will go Blu-ray exclusive and apparently Universal (the last studio left under HD-DVD) has it’s exclusivity […]

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CES: Mitsubishi Laser-Based TVs Looking Beautiful

Giz is reporting that Mitsubishi’s upcoming laser-based RPTVs are looking pretty awesome with some of the most vibrant colors and deepest blacks they’ve seen. Giz also has some good shots of the TV from the side, and it looks about the same depth of some of the thinner RPTVs out there (maybe about 14-16″ deep?) […]

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CES: XstreamHD Promises the World

I had never heard of XstreamHD before, but saw a quick note on EngadgetHD that the press event is scheduled to start at 11am PST today. It was then that I suddenly became painfully aware of what XstreamHD is promising to deliver… and how crazy it would be if they succeed, give it a glance: […]

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