You can call the media player industry fairly saturated. With players like Roku and Boxee Box in the fray, it is not an easy choice for smaller players like Brite-View. However, their latest launch does bring some hope.
The new CinemaGo BV-5005HD Mini CG brings with it a USB 2.0 port, BitTorrent manager, eSATA port and support to a huge array of video file formats including MOV, WMV, MKV, AVI, VOB, DIVX, FLV and RMVB. Besides these, users may also access internet radio channels like MUZEE and make use of the integrated Wi-Fi functionality.
There is a major gripe though. Brite-View’s CinemaGo Mini CG Media player does not come with local storage support. That could be one of the prominent disappointments especially on a device that is priced at a not-so-cheap $149.99
Nevertheless, if you are ready to connect your media player to your computer via the USB port or wirelessly and stream these movies, then that should not be a problem.
Are you going for it?
Syabas technology has announced that the new HD Media Player from their stables, the PopBox, shall be making its way to the stores in just a few weeks from now. In all likelihood, the PopBox HD Media player should be available on Amazon beginning July 23. We are not sure if a pre-order is going to be made available. Also, absolutely no word on the pricing as yet.
So what are you going to get on PopBox? Well, while there are several things to get impressed, we must make it clear that the new PopBox does not contain support for Netflix. Netflix online streaming is becoming an increasingly standard feature on media players with it being offered on devices like the Popcorn Hour, Roku, Western Digital among others.
Nevertheless, PopBox is expected to be preloaded with plenty of games. Also, the HD media player will be integrated with Picasa, Youtube, Twitter, Shoutcast, Revision3 and Clicker. PopBox supports RealD 3D content and contains HDMI and component video outputs. So as you see, do not discard this choice just because it lacks Netflix.
Bharti Airtel has been offering live TV recording via mobile phones to its Airtel Digital TV subscribers for quite sometime now. The company has now announced that Airtel Digital TV subscribers may now also browse TV shows on the internet and schedule recording over the internet. An announcement in this regard was made by Mr.Sugato […]
Bharti Airtel has been offering live TV recording via mobile phones to its Airtel Digital TV subscribers for quite sometime now. The company has now announced that Airtel Digital TV subscribers may now also browse TV shows on the internet and schedule recording over the internet.
An announcement in this regard was made by Mr.Sugato Banerji, CMO – DTH, Bharti Airtel recently. As with the mobile TV recording service, use of the internet based TV recording will require customers to be signed up to the Airtel Digital TV Recorder service.
Bharti Airtel is only the second DTH company in India to offer the TV recorder service. The feature was first made available on Tata Sky. Airtel’s offering comes with a capacity of up to 100 hours and 160GB of hard disk that is also equipped with HDMI port to allow connectivity with the TV display panels.
Will you be signing for the latest service?
Korean electronics manufacturer, LG has launched its latest HDTV – the LG 47LE5500. As the name suggests, the new LG HDTV has a 47-inches screen that is protected inside some light tinted bezels. The bezel on the top and sides are 1.5 inches thick while the bezel on the bottom is 2.5 inches thick. The TV is 1.2-inches thick.
Now, let’s talk about the more important features. The bottom part of the LG 47LE5500 cabinet is connected to a 10-watt speaker. However, due to the thin profile, expect the bass to be a bit low.
The screen is coated with non-reflective anti-glare matte. The device has five touch-sensitive buttons, two USB ports, audio input, HDMI port, headphone jack, A/V ports,etc. The TV is also integrated with several web applications and widgets including Yahoo widget and others for weather, sports, news, finance,etc. Other web apps include those for Twitter and Flickr. NetCast offers connectivity to Netflix, Youtube and VUDU.
Price? It’s not exactly cheap. The LG 47LE5500 is available on stores at $2,100. However, do be on the lookout for discounts online. You should find them.
Comcast has a surprise up its sleeve for its subscribers. The company has now launched a new service called ‘AnyRoom DVR‘ that will allow its customers to watch recorded TV shows from any of the networked set-top boxes inside the home.
The process will connect one central HD/DVR to up to three other HD set top boxes. All scheduling and recording can be done via the central DVR. However, customers may view the recorded TV shows from any of the networked set top boxes.
At present, the service is noted to have been rolled out only to customers in Oregon and southwest Washington though customers in other areas too may start seeing the service soon.
Have you received it on your home DVR?
Popular Japanese computer peripherals manufacturer, Century Japan has announced the launch of their new Century 10.1 inches LCD USB Monitor Plus One. The latest model of USB Monitor comes with an LCD screen offering the standard 16:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 1366×768 resolution monitor. The monitor measures 161mm x 249mm x 34mm in dimension and weight 615 grams. The monitor supports a brightness level of up to 230cd/m2.
From what we can gather, the device is still not out there in the markets though it is available for orders. The device should launch by mid-July. And cost? For Japanese customers, it’s available at ¥22,000.00 ($293 approx.).
Sceptre is well known for their low-cost televisions. The City of Industry, CA based consumer electronics manufacturer has announced the launch of two new LED TVs that will offer quality features at affordable prices.
Speaking of features, the two new Sceptre models are 19-inches and 24-inches in dimension and are 0.69″ at their thinnest point and 1.89″ at their thickest – enough testimony to the fact that you can have these televisions installed at any place inside your house. Both these LED TV models come with an in-built DVD player, offer 1920×1080 resolution, 2x HDMI ports, 1080p video, 16:9 widescreen display and a 5ms response time.
The 19″ and 24″ models are priced at $269 and $399 respectively and you can now check them out at one of the popular retailers like Target or NewEgg.
Also read : 3D TV Comparison : LED Vs. LCD Vs. Plasma
You may no longer need to connect your Flip camcorder to the computer to transfer pictures. Cisco has revealed its plans to introduce a new Wi-Fi enabled version of the popular Flip camcorder that will allow users to wirelessly transfer pictures and videos.
While the exact launch date is not known as yet, we hear that the company is aiming at a holiday season launch. Ideally that should happen in the early part of the holiday season since that will give users a chance to buy the new camcorder before they set off on their vacations.
We are not sure about other features that the new Cisco Flip camcorder may come with. However, as Ubergizmo points out, a little bit of on-the-spot video editing features would be pretty handy.
I do not normally write about consumer electronics on GoRumors. But a recent article on HDTVMagazine made for interesting reading. In the article, the author has studied how the viewing angle affects the 3D viewing experience on LCD and Plasma television screens from Samsung and Panasonic.
Here are some notes from the study
Samsung 55″ LED TV
The 3D viewing is perfect when your head is held straight and at the ideal angle to the screen. However, viewers may experience slight ghosting as the viewing angle changes. When the viewing angle is tilted by as much as 80 degrees, the LCD screen is cancelled out by the polarizing angle of 3D glasses and the image may be completely dark.
Panasonic 50″ Plasma Screen
Unlike the LCD screen of Samsung, the Plasma screen on a Panasonic TV appeared to be free from any appreciable cross-talk and ghosting even when when the viewing angle was tilted by as much as 90 degrees. The brightness dropped by a little, but casual viewers may not even notice.
Sony 3D LCD TV
The performance deteriorates drastically with viewing angle on an LCD TV. This is because the LCD TV only makes use of one polarizer per glass lens thus causing much more crosstalk. On the contrary, the Plasma screens from Panasonic made use of dual polarizers that helped in minimizing ghost images.
The study concludes by saying that while Plasma shows marginal ghosting, the performance is significantly better than LCD or LED. You may expect even more improved performance when OLED TVs make it to the market. But that’s sometime away and so if you are going for a 3D TV now, maybe choose a Plasma.