The Super Bowl is set and that means it's time for stores to start rolling out their game plan for selling HDTVs before kickoff. Best Buy has already announced its first sale, and the deals are much better for its in-house brand Insignia than for Sony Bravia sets.
Sean Portnoy covers HDTVs, Blu-ray, home theater equipment, and anything else that turns the living room into your media center.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
A lot of times those HDTVs deals you see in circulars tucked into the Sunday newspaper aren't deals at all -- the prices are usually matched or bettered by online retailers. This weekend, at least, Target has a couple of sales on LED-backlit LCD TVs that are truly sales.
Apple sold more than 7 millions iPads just in the fourth quarter of 2010, a fact that hasn't escaped the notice of seemingly every pay TV provider and related service. TiVo is the latest company to introduce an iPad app that turns the tablet into a deluxe remote control, or "command central" in TiVo's own words.
TV Everywhere is looking like it's getting stuck at home. Comcast's Xfinity TV app, which the cable giant promised would bring live programming and video on-demand choices to iPads and Android tablets later this year, has run afoul of cable networks that don't think Comcast has the right to deliver its shows to these new devices.
A deal that helps both companies out, OnLive, the service that hosts PC games in the cloud and streams them to users on a range of devices, is coming to Vizio's new lineup of HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and Android tablet and smartphone.Since launching last year with an app for Macs and PCs, OnLive has released a small set-up box (the OnLive MicroConsole) to connect to TVs and run its service as well as an iPad app.
Fears of Google TV's demise were a little hasty, though it certainly hasn't cemented the marriage of the Internet and HDTV as a perfect union in its first iteration. But the platform has earned a couple of wins at CES, with first Vizio and now Samsung agreeing to create hardware with Google TV baked in.
If you thought 65 inches was about as big as an LCD HDTV could get (without costing tens of thousands of dollars), then LG and Sharp will dispel that notion with their new sets that break the "60s" barrier.Trailing the biggest sellers like Samsung and Sony, these manufacturers need to differentiate their products in any way possible, and huge screen sizes in one way to do it.
DLP HDTVs may have fallen out of favor with viewers who don't want a set that isn't completely flat, but that hasn't kept Mitsubishi from pumping them out. One reason is that it can offer screen sizes that LCD and plasmas can be hard-pressed to keep up with.
It's not TV everywhere yet, but Comcast's announcement today is getting us towards programming becoming available without being tethered to a traditional TV and cable box. The cable giant has detailed plans to let subscribers watch live TV and on-demand programs via iPad and Android tablets later this year.
You may remember the excitement surrounding Philips' HDTV with a 21:9 aspect ratio -- excitement that dissipated when it became apparent that the company had no plans to sell it in the United States. But U.