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Freeview HD Coverage Checker

Posted by Andrew at 4:40 PM on May 18, 2011

As the UK slowly moves towards turning off the analogue terrestrial TV signal and switching to digital transmissions, it’s been overtaken by consumer demand for high definition (HD) broadcasting. The satellite and cable providers, namely Sky and Virgin Media, have been quick to offer HD on their subscription services, but the terrestrial digital broadcast system, Freeview, has been somewhat slower to offer HD. Some regions of the UK, e.g. Northern Ireland, will not have HD terrestrial broadcasts until 2012. Consequently, there’s been a great deal of uncertainty and misinformation.

So it’s fortunate that ConsumerChoices has added Freeview HD coverage to its HD Coverage Checker. By putting in your postcode and your house number, you’ll be presented with all the HD options available to you, including satellite, cable and terrestrial. In addition, for Freeview (terrestrial), the website will tell you which transmitter to use, how far away it is and the likely signal strength. If Freeview HD is not yet available in the area, it will give the expected date for it to be turned on.

With Freeview decoders now available in a range of products including set-top boxes and HD TVs, there’s often a small price premium to pay for the HD decoder over the standard definition. By using the HD Coverage Checker, you can make informed decision whether to go HD and pay more, or stick with the standard definition decoder.

TPN.TV CES 2011 Booth Tour

Posted by tomwiles at 9:27 AM on February 8, 2011

Esby Larsen and Andy McCaskey show the Tech Podcast Network interview booth at CES 2011 showing and talking about the video and computer equipment including the TriCaster HD.

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Dish Offering HD Satellite TV on the Road

Posted by Andrew at 2:29 AM on January 28, 2011

Jeffrey chats with Marcel at the Dish Network about HD satellite TV for RVs and tailgate parties. With thousands of channels on offer, even in the wilderness you can still get your TV fix.  The new pay-as-you-go subscriptions also mean you only have to pay while you are travelling and not sign up to long-term contracts.

And with the latest Winegard aeriels, it’s even possible to watch HD while the vehicle is in motion. Drivers, keep your eyes on the road, please!

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Blue Microphones Announces Yeti Pro & Mikey For Flip HD

Posted by tomwiles at 8:15 PM on January 21, 2011

John Maier from Blue Microphones (www.bluemic.com) introduces the Yeti Pro USB 24-bit 92k microphone, which retails for $249. Maier also introduces a Mikey model that works with current Flip camera models that are equipped with a Flip Port. The new Mikey Flip product should be available by Spring 2011 and will retail for $69 dollars. The Mikey flip brings some needed audio improvement to the flip video camera and I really look forward to it’s availability.

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Hauppauge Colossus HD Video Recorder PCI Express Card

Posted by tomwiles at 8:07 PM on January 21, 2011

Ken Plotkin, the CEO of Hauppage (www.hauppauge.com), describes the Colossus HD H.264 Video Recorder PCI Express card for the PC. The Colossus card is designed to record high definition video from sources such as an X-Box 360, Playstation 3, as well as high definition video coming from a cable TV or satellite box via component video outputs on those devices, thus avoiding the DRM problem. The Colossus HD Video Recorder retails for $169 dollars, available in the first week in February 2011. According to Plotkin, the Colossus is the only recorder solution available that can record high definition video from component video outputs.

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Sony Bloggie Cameras Go HD and 3D

Posted by Andrew at 6:49 AM on January 6, 2011

Sony have announced three new Bloggie HD cameras at CES, Les Vegas, including the world’s first HD 3D pocket video camera, the Bloggie 3D.  All three cameras will record in full high definition with 1920 x 1080 MP4 video and take 5 megapixel still photos.

The Bloggie 3D (MHS-FS3) is equipped with twin lenses, twin sensors and stereo microphone to properly capture the 3D perspective.  Able to record both 3D or 2D video (as well as still photos), the content can be shown in 3D on the camera’s 2.4″ screen without glasses or else shown on any 3D capable HD TV with 3D glasses. I’d be interested in seeing the 3D playback on the Bloggie’s screen – sounds like a neat trick in pocket video cam.  Expect it on the shelves in April

“As the popularity of pocket cameras grows, Sony can provide simple, compact video and photo solutions that are fun and easy to use,” said Melody Charlesworth, Category Marketing Manager for Bloggie. “With Sony paving the way in 3D entertainment, it’s the perfect addition to the Bloggie family and offers an easy yet high quality 3D solution.”

The Bloggie Duo (MHS-FS2) is the narcissist’s favourite coming with a 2″ front mounted LCD display in addition to the 2.7″ one on the back, making it really easy to get in on the fun while still taking video.  I can see this model also becoming a favourite with video bloggers operating on their own.  Available from March.

Finally, a new entry level Bloggie (MHS-FS1) will offer great performance at a great price, with HD MP4 video, 5.1 MP stills and 2.7″ screen.  Also available from March.

All the models come with SteadyShot image stablilisation, face detection technology, auto-focus and auto-macro, HDMI output, USB arm and Bloggie software with Share-It-Later functionality.  This will automatically upload video and photos to the most popular photo sharing and social networking websites as soon as the Bloggie is connected to a PC. Sony also offers its own Personal Space to keep friends and family updated with the latest photos and videos.

Sony Bloggie Touch

Posted by Andrew at 4:50 PM on November 11, 2010

Sony make.believeSony launched the new Bloggie Touch today here in the UK and it looks like quite a slick little gadget that will find its way under the Christmas tree this year.  Combining a full HD video camera and a 12 MP still camera, it actually looks more like mobile phone than a video camera, with a 3″ touchscreen on one side and a camera lens on the other.  It’s quite different from the previous generation of Bloggies, now with a brushed aluminium finish in three colours; black, silver and pink.

Bloggie Touch, front and backIn addition to filming in full HD, 1920 x1080, the Bloggie can also record 360 degree video with a special clip on lens.  I’ve no idea how this works but it’s quite intriguing.  GNC is on the list for a review unit, so when I actually get my hands on one, I’ll let you know.  The press release also mentions “freestyle shooting” which apparently allows you to capture video in both landscape and portrait mode.  Again, no idea but will let you know.

Details that I do know are that the Bloggie has 8GB storage built-in and should record about 4hrs of video in 1280 x 720, though the battery will run out after about 2.5 hours.  There’s a flip-out USB connector plus an HDMI connector for instant playback on a TV.  Obviously the LCD screen can be used to review the video and stills but it also sounds like you can use the touch screen to select the photos and movies you want to upload to, say, Flickr, on the Bloggie and then when you actually connect the Bloggie to you PC or laptop, the material is automatically uploaded. That sounds pretty cool and a good compromise on a device that doesn’t have wireless.

You can peruse the full specs on Sony’s website.

It’s for pre-order on Sony’s website for £219 but should be available any day now.

HP Brings 3D To Laptop Line-Up

Posted by Andrew at 12:01 AM on September 1, 2010

Today, HP announced its autumn line-up of notebooks, with the HP Envy 17 3D taking the flagship role as the first 17″ laptop to support 1080p 3-D and Blu-ray.

The Envy 17 3D comes with active shutter glasses which wirelessly sync with the HD display giving a full 3D experience when viewing films or playing games that are “3D”.

Under the hood, it’s Intel quad core processors coupled with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics giving smooth Blu-ray playback and the cinematic experience is completed by Beats audio and a triple bass reflex sub-woofer.

Available for the holiday season and pricing not yet set.

Moving on to the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition, this is the one for the audiophiles.  Featuring Beats Audio,  a high-tech audio system developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre to deliver the best possible audio sound experience when listening through headphones or external speakers.

Inside, Intel i5 quad core CPUs do the heavy-lifting, complemented with 4GB RAM and Radeon HD5650 graphics.

The notebook itself comes in aluminium soft-touch finish, with the distinctive Beats black and red logo on the lid.  In a refreshing change from the usual blue back-lit keyboards, the Envy 14 comes with red back-light. Nice.

To top-off the package, each Beats Edition notebook comes with a set of Beats Solo headphones from Monster.  Very nice.

If I was in the market for a new notebook, I’d definitely be giving the Envy 14 consideration for its audio capabilities.  Who am I kidding? I just want one because it looks cool.

The full spec is available on HP’s website and the Envy 14 Beats Edition is available now starting at $1250 (less a penny).

To round-off the multimedia extravaganza, the HP Wireless TV Connect will wirelessly stream full HD content from any HDMI-equipped laptop to an HDTV. The sender unit is powered via USB from the laptop, so there’s no need for additional power but obviously, it will drain the battery laptop faster.

Although apparently aimed at the consumer market, I can see this being a hit in the business presentation market where big screen HDTVs are replacing the traditional data projector.  Available from October starting at $199.

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Posted by geeknews at 1:07 AM on June 29, 2010

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LG HD Monitor

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 4:06 PM on June 2, 2010

201006022058.jpg I was looking for a 23 inch monitor that was HD ready. I was able to pick up an LG monitor Model B233OH for a total of $257.00 including tax at the local Best Buy. I am using it as a media monitor. It was easy to put together, my husband simply snapped the base into the monitor and it was ready to set up.

The first thing I did was to use the HDMI input and connect that to my TiVo Series 3 DVR. I had I connected my Apple TV to the DVI input using a HDMI to DVI adapter I have. This is just a temporary set up until I can pick up an HDMI switcher. Right now I am not sure which one will give me the best value for its price. The next thing I did was to connect the TiVo to a Kenwood receiver I had. The receiver is about eight years old, so the only video connection it has are S Video, and composite video, because of this I decided to use it for audio only. I connected the TiVo to the DVD optical audio input. I used composite cables to connect the Apple TV to the Tape input on the receiver. I plan to pick up another optical audio cable, but for now the composite cables work fine. I then connected the speakers, two rear, two front and one center, with no subwoofer. Obviously, this is not an optimal setup, but it works and it was cheap.

After, having this set up for about three days I am happy with it for the most part. The picture is nice although during the daytime when the sun comes thru the blinds, there can be a problem with glare. This doesn’t last very long though and it depends on what angle you are watching from The sound is good. The biggest problem I have is getting Comcast HD to stay up, when it comes in its great, unfortunately I keep losing the signal. This unfortunately is a problem I can’t solve, other then that I am very happy with my set up. I do have a question for the readers, what HDMI switcher do you recommend and who should I purchase it from. I was looking at Buy.com, are they a good company to buy from? Any other recommendations?