3D Sports Channels Could End Up On The Sidelines

There are several reasons why 3D sports channels could end up on the sidelines. One reason is that filming live 3D sports is still in the R&D phase since the production crews have to film the live events in 2D and 3D separately. Another major reason is that according to Nielsen’s 3D survey the majority of the people surveyed said that the 3D

3D Sports Channels Could End Up On The Sidelines

glasses themselves were the reason they did not want the 3D tv. To read the entire article written by Jeremy Repanich on Deadspin.com click here

 3D sports channels could end up on the sidelines

Sports 3D has worked best in situations totally alien to the experience of watching sports on TV. During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, 700 people gathered to watch ESPN’s broadcast of the BCS title game in 3D. And those attendees marveled at the progress of the technology. “I’ve heard the naysayers,” Phil Orlins, ESPN’s head of 3D production, said. “But very rarely do I hear naysayers or doubters from people who have seen a really well-done 3D production. We put the game on in that theater in Las Vegas, and the response was extraordinary.”

There’s an important distinction to be made, though: ESPN’s broadcast was in a theater. Theater audiences are captive. At the cineplex, watching the likes of U2 3D or Avatar, we’re trained not to be the asshole illuminating the room with the light from our cellphone. We resist the urge to multitask and we focus on the big screen.

At home, I bounce between screens, keeping one eye on the game and the other on my Twitter feed, the better to spew profanity at enemies and curse my fantasy team. In a report released this past fall, Nielsen found that 40 percent of smartphone and tablet owners use their devices while they watch TV. This helps explain why 57 percent of people in Nielsen’s 3D survey said that the glasses were a major reason they didn’t want the TV.

So TV manufacturers are exploring two ways around consumer aversion to the cumbersome glasses: Improve the glasses or get rid of them altogether. Tim Alessi, director of product development for LG, says the company is working on replacing the bulky active-shutter goggles—$150 specs with a battery pack on the side that quickly darkens each eye in turn—with passive lenses that work like polarized sunglasses. These should cost less than $20 and allow you to look at your iPhone without flicker. But they do lose some of the crispness that comes with active-shutter images.

Having to wear any sort of glasses is a deal breaker for a lot of people. Toshiba has released a glasses-free 3D TV model in Germany, and will ship a model stateside early this year. Glasses-free sets generally use a lenticular screen, with ridges like one of those kids’ toys that shifts images when you tilt it. On the TV, the ridges help direct separate images to each eye; Toshiba uses a small camera to track your face to it can beam the image to you directly. Unfortunately, the camera can only track so many sets of eyes at once, and the 3D is less than Avatar-in-the-theater good.

3D sports channels could end up on the sidelines while society seems to be distracted with social media, text messaging, and other communications that seems to be distracting viewers from paying attention to live 3D sports that require 3D glasses. Then again when we sit around munching on food and beer during a game, I would think most of us would not want to keep taking the 3D glasses on and off while socializing and moving around the room to keep from falling over the furniture and hurting themselves.

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Motion Sensor Technology And The Future Of Apple

Motion sensor technology could lead us into a "touchless" society

Motion sensor technology and the future of Apple seems to be going in the direction of a new 3D like touchless screen with the filing of their new patent which will allow the user to look at part of the screen which then simulates the actual touch from a finger by tracking a persons eye, and the operating system will appear to be in a 3D virtual environment. You can read the entire article on digital spy which was written by Andrew Laughlin.

Motion sensor technology and the future of Apple

Objects on the screen, such as icons and menus, would also cast shadows in relation to the light source, creating a 3D dimension to device interfaces.

The Tim Cook-led company described the virtual 3D operating system technology as being like a “bento box”, with the user peering inside the device as they would with one of the lunchboxes.

“It is possible to render the virtual 3D operating system environment as having a recessed ‘bento box’ form factor inside the display… As the user rotates the device, he or she could look into each ‘cubby hole’ of the bento box independently,” said the filing.

“It would also then be possible, via the use of a front-facing camera, to have visual ‘spotlight’ effects follow the user’s gaze, i.e., by having the spotlight effect ‘shine’ on the place in the display that the user is currently looking into.”

Apple’s patent also covers how users would see “behind” the virtual objects in the iOS operating system environment. Objects won’t just appear in 3D, but also behave as though they were 3D, it said.

Apart from looking more distinctive among touchscreen devices, the 3D eye-tracking technology could also create better gaming experiences on iPhones and iPads, as well as televisions, laptops and desktops.

This is cutting edge Motion sensor technology and the future of Apple could also change the way we navigate and use our home theaters and every other mobile device with a screen.

What kind of examples do you think this technology would be useful with? Please comment and let us know. We would love to hear from you.

 

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Plasma Vs Lcd Vs Led Tv Comparison: Which Is Better?

Plasma vs lcd vs led tv comparison: Which is better? Choosing the right hdtv can

Which hdtv will you choose?

be an overwhelming choice for a lot of people and maybe you are one of them. If you are, then read this article here at pcmag.com by Will Greenwald to get familiar with the basics so when you are ready to buy your next hdtv you will get exactly what you need for your home theater room.

 

 

Plasma Vs Lcd Vs Led Tv Comparison: Which Is Better?

The Basics: What’s the Difference Between LCD, LED, and Plasma?
The three technologies are vastly different, particularly how each the screen is lit. In plasma HDTVs, the phosphors that create the image on the screen light up themselves, and don’t need any backlighting. For LCD HDTVs, however, the liquid crystal screen does not illuminate, requiring a separate light source. That’s where the difference between “regular” LCD screens (also known as CCFL-backlit LCD) and LED-backlit LCD screens (also known as LED-LCD, or just LED screens) come in. Traditional LCD HDTVs use cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs) to illuminate the screen. CCFLs are similar to the fluorescent lights you might see in your lamps and overhead light fixtures. They use a charged gas to produce light. LED-LCD screens, like their name implies, use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the display.

Several factors can be influenced by the type of HDTV display you choose. Among them, the most prominent are screen thickness, brightness, darkness, energy efficiency, and price. Ideally, you want an HDTV that’s affordable, paper-thin, can get face-of-the-sun-bright and black-hole-dark, and consumes less than a watt. That’s currently impossible, but LED-backlit LCD HDTVs can come closer than the other two technologies.

Plasma vs lcd vs led tv comparison: Which is better? This is the question you should know the answer to by now or at least have a much better understanding of. So it sounds like the LED-lit HDTV wins according to Will Greenwald at pcmag.com.

What is you opinion on which hdtv is best and why? Please comment and share.

 

 

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Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: A Video Review

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: A Video Review with Harry, who does an awesome job reviewing this open world, action packed RPG style game from Bethesda Game Studios for the playStation 3 game console.

Please share and comment about the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: A video review. Opinions are always welcome and if you enjoyed this video review or have any tips that could help others before they get started on their adventure please post in the comments section below.

 

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Orb Audio Speakers Come in all Size Packages

Orb Audio Speakers Come in All Size Packages

Orb Audio speakers come in all size packages and we all know size is important because this gives the consumer a lot more options. People are in need of options for better audio on their laptop, TV, game console or home computer. These Orb speakers have great  sound and are convenient and decorative too. What more can you ask for?

Orb Audio Speakers Come in all Size Packages

Orb Audio built its reputation on a formula that says great sound can come in small packages. The company’s home theater system matches a subwoofer with an array of small spherical speakers that are done up in stylish finishes, like black gloss or antiqued copper, so they look and fit nicely on a shelf or mounted on a wall.

Orb’s ideal setup for a home theater uses a mix of speakers for front, rear and center channels, matched with a separate subwoofer, in a collection that starts at about $800.

Now Orb has expanded its product line to include lower-priced packages designed for a wider range of situations. The targets include computers, gaming consoles, digital audio players and secondary TVs, like the one you might have in a game room or bedroom.

The Orb Booster package starts with a mini amplifier and a pair of Mod 1 speakers for about $400. Upgrade options include Mod2 speakers (double Orbs), a subwoofer (Orb offers four models starting at $138) and a variety of speaker finishes, including one called Hammered Earth.

The booster amp is a no-frills black box that’s slightly larger than a paperback book. There’s an on-off switch, volume buttons and a small remote, but not much else, like tone or balance controls.

The amp’s best feature is its ability to handle multiple audio sources. The backside has four input jacks, two for standard red-and-white audio cables and two for stereo pin plugs. If you want to connect a TV, a computer, an Xbox and an iPod, the Orb’s got you covered.

And the sound? The little globes do their usual job of delivering higher frequencies with clarity and precision. That’s welcome help for compressed MP3 music files and the dialogue on movie soundtracks. The subwoofer will go to work in the basement on movies and games that have rich bass lines.

I tried the booster with a variety of inputs, including a tablet computer, iPod and a mobile phone and heard significantly better sound than what I get from a sound dock or amplified computer speakers.

The Orbs aren’t sold in stores, so the company lets you try them at home for 30 days if you pay the shipping cost. Details are on the Orb website (www.orbaudio.com).

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Versatility is a big factor for these small speakers with the big sound. Because the Orb Audio speakers come in all size packages, they don’t crowd your stuff and they look good almost anywhere. Affordable, good looking with great sound. The Orb definitely has got you covered.


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Best 3D TV’s on a Budget

If the holidays came and went and no one paid any attention to your hints for a 3D TV, why not take advantage of the best 3D TV’s on a budget and get your family a present for the new year? Today’s no nonsense review covers the top choices for 3D technology all under a budget of $1200.

Watch this great video for more on the LG Infinia LW5600

 Best 3D TV’s on a Budget

Would you leave any stone unturned in acquiring an affordable and quality 3D TV? It would be easy to choose a TV, if you have choices. Top 3D TVs which are affordable and quality are given below. They are all below $1200. A comparative analysis would make the picture clear. There are many 3d TV Brands like Panasonic, LG and Samsung and they have pioneered the field.

Panasonic TC-P50ST30

A 50 inch plasma TV, it comes equipped with effective technology for robust video processing. You would also find a Wi-Fi connection and 4 HDMI ports with this TV. Priced at $896.89, it consumes 181 watts of power. It has a good screen resolution of 1920×1080 and display format of 1080 pixels. It has widescreen and aspect ratio of 16:9. You would have to purchase 3D glasses separately as they don’t come with the TV.

Samsung LN46D630

This TV has 46 inch LCD screen and is priced at $847. Classy TV and has matte screen which functions well in bright light. It accounts for one of the best choices when you wish to have a simple TV. A TFT active matrix screen, it has 1920×1080 screen resolution and 1080 pixels. It has 4 HDMI ports and widescreen technology. Consumes 81.608 watt power and has 20 watt surround sound system.

LG 50PZ950

LG 50PZ950 is also a 50 inch plasma TV having well defined ability to adapt to dark and bright surroundings. It is a smart TV and you would have to spend $1199 to have it. 3D technology is obviously available in it and the screen resolutions are 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio is 16:9. Consuming 269.05 watt power, it is not a bad choice.

These are top 3 3D TVs under $1200. Buy one after being completely satisfied that it has all the features you want. It is always good to have a look at the latest technology in 3D TVs, on sites like 3dtv.us before buying TV. This would help you in taking the right decision and spending your hard earned money for an appropriate thing.

I think if you have a home theater you will want to check out the 3D technology, I know there are probably quite a few deals out there on this kind of large ticket item. Watch for sales at discount electronic stores and try to negotiate for the best 3D TV’s on a budget. Always get your warranty no matter where you buy from.

 

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Roku Box Quick Tips For Better Performance

Roku Box quick tip for better performance and quality entertainment

If you just received a Roku Box as a gift or perhaps you want to trade in a gift you received for a Roku Box then listen up for a minute and take in these

Roku quick tips for better performance from Rick Broida found on PCWorld. 

Roku boxes are hot, hot, hot this year, especially that sexy new $49 Roku LT. So don’t be surprised to find one under the menorah tomorrow night or under the tree Sunday morning.

If you do, I’ve got three tips that’ll help you make the most of it.

1. Buy the cheapest HDMI cable you can find. You’ll need one to connect the Roku to your HDTV, but it’s a mistake to pay $20-50 at your local home-theater or electronics store. It’s been proven time and again that dirt-cheap no-brand HDMI cables work just as well as expensive, over-packaged ones. Indeed, I use nothing but cheapies in my house, and I’ve had nothing but good results.

You can routinely find great deals on Amazon. For example, at this writing, a third-party company has a six-foot HDMI cable for $2.96 shipped. And the user reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

2. Control it with your iPhone. Roku’s new iOS app lets you control your box via your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Why would you want to? For starters, there’s an onscreen keyboard, which makes typing out search words way easier than with the Roku’s remote-controlled keyboard.

Furthermore, the app affords one-tap access to your favorite channels, which is a lot faster than hunting for them in that scrolling channel menu. Best of all, the Roku app is free.

3. Use a wired connection. Even if you’ve got a strong signal between your Roku box and your Wi-Fi router, the reality is that you’ll get better video and faster performance from a wired connection.

That may mean running some Ethernet cable between rooms and even floors, but if you prize a sharp picture and stable connection, it’s worth drilling a few holes. Alternately, consider a powerline Ethernet kit, which affords the same benefits without the hassles.

Okay, those are my Roku tips. Now let’s hear yours!

Roku can transform your home theater design and entertainment system into something really amazing. We hope you are enjoying your new Roku Box quick tips for better performance and quality entertainment.

 


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iSatellitelink Reviews: A Personal Look

Here on Home Theater Daily, we know that digital streaming movies are becoming much more popular with the increase in portable devices like smartphones, tablets, pc’s and mp3 players as well as other devices making their way to market. When I started to look into the iSatellitelink reviews I knew that I should give it a more personal look in order to see if it was something that I might recommend to you, the visitor on the blog.

For some people the traditional home theater will work just fine but since technology is rapidly advancing we have more choices as well as portability with how we watch movies. But if your like me I might be watching a movie on my phone in a particular situation such as waiting for my wife to go shopping while sitting on a bench in the mall or riding in the car  on long road trips. I’m sure everyone will have there own pros and cons when watching movies on portable devices so lets take a look and let you decide if having over 3600 channels at your fingertips may be right for you.

 iSatellitelink Reviews: A Personal Look

This is what we found out about iSatellite Link:

  • It does do away completely with monthly cable/satellite system bills – it is true, as there is only a one-off payment to buy the iSatellite Link internet tv software and it is complete, as you don’t have to buy any add-ons – it works as soon as it is downloaded to your laptop or pc (mac users need Satellite Direct (internet TV software for MAC) which is the same as iSatellite Link, but doesn’t have the free movie package)  – all you need is a good internet connection and you can watch TV and movies instantly on your laptop or connect up to your home tv (after purchasing the software, the download took us 6 minutes using Windows Vista).  If you don’t have a cable to connect to the tv, this is all you will need to get if you want to view on your home tv but the cost of that is nothing when it allows you to do this!  If you buy iSatellite Link or Satellite Direct for MAC here you can email us and we’ll send you details of what cable you need to connect your laptop or PC to your TV – address at the bottom of this page – when emailing please give your name and date of purchase, along with type of TV i.e. HD/LCD/Plasma and laptop details.
  • no hardware to buy or install and no satellite dish or receiver
  • simple to install and easily hooked up to your big screen tv
  • there are no charges for updates – when you purchase this unique internet tv software, it comes with an automated update system to always give you the latest tv channels (the product also comes with dedicated support)

OK so far so good but in which countries can you get iSatellite Link or the Satellite Direct for MAC users?

iSatellite Link works worldwide in your own language – we tested the downloaded internet tv software both in the States and UK but have spoken at length to someone we know in Australia who also tested it for us)  – the internet tv software automatically detects your local tv channels, there are hundreds of international channels in all languages,( for example, hundreds of spanish speaking channels for those people out there who want to switch from dish latino and save big money) – we were able to get everything we looked for, all our favourite channels and so many others we had never seen before – the choice is more than any family could ever need – news, soaps, kids channels, movies, tv series, entertainment and including worlwide sports, which impressed us!  Channels from 98 different countries.  Radio channels also all worked well and downloading music was fairly easy (easier for my 14 yr old son, though!). Original story here

iSatellitelink Reviews: A Personal Look

As far as a couple of pros and cons of this software lets take a look at few of them in this review.

Main Advantage Over Other software packages similar to this one. This is actually a huge advantage.

We hooked the signal upto our big surround sound tv and were impressed at how good it looked.

Next we wanted to test the dvd movie download, and find out exactly what the deal is with Movie Capital Gold Membership?

Movie Capital Gold Membership is a package allowing you to download dvd quality full movies (legally) and safely straight from their fast server 24/7 direct to your laptop or pc (no P2P file-sharing).  You just choose the movie and download, simple we found and very quick – you can watch the movie whenever you want on your laptop or home theater or tv.  Normally this downloadable movie package is priced at $59.95 one-off payment by Movie Capital but as iSatellite Linkhas just been launched, this free dvd movie download package is a bonus free giveaway for a limited period to anyone getting iSatellite internet tv software now- we feel that this is the icing on the cake, and to download free movies is just what most people will want – there is no catch or hidden fees and we were able to cancel our monthly membership to rent dvds which again saved us money on top of cancelling Sky tv! Movie Capital is not only one of the top movie download sites but legal and safe – we didn’t get any bugs! Original story here

One of the cons of this type of software is that with any streaming you will likely run into a few bumps in the road and experience some choppy parts from time to time just like on any other streaming service or software. If you can overlook these small things then I think you will be really happy with access to all the interesting channels from around the world.

Are you looking to expand your horizons and go beyond the iSatellitelink Reviews? Then see what other movies or tv shows are out there besides the ones in your neck of the woods.

Read more here about how this software might just be for you. Or click the picture banner below.

 

 

 

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More Blu-ray Discs Will Support The UltraViolet Disc Format In 2012

As movie formats change very rapidly movie fans are no longer bound to the traditional home theater. More blue-ray discs will support the UltraViolet disc format in 2102 which means all the portable devices that support this format can keep you entertained or educated where ever you may be. With the choice of having movies stored in the cloud the need for massive flash memory in these portable devices is no longer necessary of which will greatly help keep costs down and more money in your pocket.

More blue-ray discs will support the UltraViolet disc format in 2102

Hollywood hopes to keep Blu-ray disc momentum rolling in“Consumers want to consume different movies in different places” says Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment  and DEG vice president. “There are consumers who are more interested in (only) having movies in the cloud. They can actually start that collection today. That doesn’t mean physical discs will go away completely.” Among the first studios in 2011 with UltraViolet discs:2012 with increased portability of purchased films. The first discs supporting the industry’s UltraViolet format were launched in 2011. That format allows for downloading a digital version of a film into a cloud-based online locker that can be accessed via smartphones and tablets at no extra cost.

Universal (Cowboys & Aliens), Sony (Friends With Benefits) and Warner (Green Lantern). Studios plan to announce Tuesday more than 100 UltraViolet discs due this year, including releases from Paramount and Fox.

“We see UltraViolet as kind of icing on the cake,” says Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn. “Once that ecosystem is in place, you have the opportunity … to go from a niche market to mass market.”

As more blu-ray discs will support the UltraViolet disc format in 2012. I was skeptical about the cloud format as I was looking for flash memory to take over completely but as technology keeps advancing I think flash memory and cloud storage will be here to stay for quite some time as both of these formats integrate nicely in today’s society as well as far into the future.

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The New Roku Will Be The Size Of A USB Stick

The new wireless Roku streaming stick will be a wonderful change from the wired version of their set-top box. Photo courtesy of Roku and betanews.com

The new Roku will be the size of a USB stick that plugs into your HDTV as long as it has the updated (MHL) HDMI port. This is exciting news as there will be no wires to get in the way of your other home theater components. Having too many wires can be an ugly site in your home theater room. You will still have access to all of Roku’s 400 plus channels as well as full 1080p.

The New Roku Will Be The Size Of A USB Stick

Just six months after debuting its tiny 3″ x 3″ x 1″ Roku 2 streaming set top box, over-the-top video company Roku on Wednesday announced it had gone even smaller, and put its entire streaming set top box into a package the size of a USB stick which connects to a TV’s HDMI port and communicates using the new Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) interface standard.

The Roku Streaming Stick, as it is called, will require no separate power supply, and will be controlled by the television’s own remote control. Televisions that support MHL will be able to integrate Roku’s streaming TV platform simply by plugging in the stick. With the stick docked, it will be just like having the Roku set-top box: it adds the Roku interface (and the 400+ channels it offers), Wi-Fi connectivity, and local storage to the TV it is used on.

Best Buy has partnered with Roku, and the retailer’s in-house Insignia brand will begin offering MHL-compatible TVs this year that will be packaged with the Roku Streaming Stick. MHL is still a new standard that doesn’t have widespread support across the industry, but companies such as Toshiba, Sony, and Samsung all have televisions that support the standard, and there are almost 100 companies in the MHL Consortium.

One of the 10 things I genuinely want to see at CES 2012 next week is a company doing “Smart TV” right. As a Roku user myself, this is certainly an eye opener, but mostly to the progress of MHL as a standard that could help eliminate the need for external set-top-boxes.

MHL is now on my checklist of trends to look for on the CES showfloor this year.

Since the new Roku will be the size of a USB stick it makes one wonder if the Apple TV set top box will follow in Roku’s footsteps. I guess only time will tell.

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