Sears might not be the first name you think of when it comes to buying an HDTV, but it does offer plenty of them at its stores. Accordingly, its just-revealed Black Friday ad has a number of TV deals, though you may find yourself being less than impressed with some of the specials.
Sean Portnoy covers HDTVs, Blu-ray, home theater equipment, and anything else that turns the living room into your media center.
Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
There'll be no mystery about Black Friday deals this year. Following the release of the Walmart Black Friday ad earlier in the week, we've now been given access to Best Buy and Target's circulars.
Rather than suffering the usual embarrassing leak, Walmart has decided to release its Black Friday ad early, giving shoppers plenty of time to prepare for a post-Thanksgiving shopping spree. As usual, the retailing giant has a number of HDTV deals among its sale items.
Retailers seem to have finally caught up with the mania that is Black Friday, and are trying to get out in front of this year's shopping festivities and the inevitable online leaking of ads and deals. Walmart, for one, is already doing pre-Black Friday weekend deals at its brick-and-mortar stores, as well as offering online specials throughout the month.
All signs point to the cryptic comment recorded in the new Steve Jobs bio -- that he "finally cracked" the right way to create an Apple television -- referring to Siri as the key to a super-simple living room experience. The New York Times surmises that a voice-controlled TV is in Apple's future, with potentially revolutionary ramifications.
With Netflix still reeling from its recent price-increase fiasco, a la carte DVD renter Redbox has decided it's the perfect time to slip in its own price hike on daily rentals.The company's kiosks have famously rented discs out for $1 per night (more for Blu-ray DVD and game rentals), but now customers will be charged $1.
The new Steve Jobs biography doesn't come out until tomorrow, but media outlets have already scooped up copies and are reporting on its content. For instance, the Washington Post has run an article recounting author Walter Isaacson's conversations with Steve Jobs about an Apple television set.
With any new release of an Apple operating system, there are a legion of fanboys sniffing around the code, trying to suss out any new devices being referred to. The latest version of iOS is no exception.
Major movie studios continue to take baby steps toward offering new films to cable subscribers via premium on demand while the flicks are still in theaters. The biggest test to date will come in a few weeks, when Comcast will bring the new Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller potential blockbuster Tower Heist to a pair of test markets just three weeks after it debuts on movie house screens.
The upcoming holiday season will see the usual price drops on HDTVs, but it appears that the larger sets may see the biggest price movement, good news if you're looking to purchase a new TV for Christmas.For the first time in four months, prices for HDTVs fell in August, according to IHS iSuppli.
Comcast has been promising for some time now that it would bring live TV to the iPad, and the cable giant looks like it's getting closer to its goal. According to a story on MacRumors, the company is readying its AnyPlay service, which will use a special Motorola box to relay broadcasts to your iPad (and presumably Android tablets) over your wireless home network.
Sony piles on to the ever-expanding world on streaming video players with its new SMP-N200 box, which the company announced would arrive in the U.S.
The next step in personal viewing is coming, and it's a lot more immersive than staring down at a portable DVD player or your tablet. Sony is bringing its HMZ-T1 "Personal 3D Viewer" to the States in November, and the company hopes you won't mind geeking out with a image viewer you wear around your head.
Here's a prototype that torrent freaks will be excited about, until they realize they'll be hard-pressed to get their hands on one (especially in the U.S.
Citing tepid customer demand, Apple has pulled the virtual plug on TV-show rentals from the iTunes Store, according to AllThingsD, but could it actually be a harbinger of something much, much bigger from the tech giant?A statement from an Apple spokesperson claims that the rental model was embraced by neither customers nor TV studios.
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- 4 Best Buy previews its 32-inch LCD HDTV/Blu-ray player combo on its Web site
- 5 Time Warner Cable to offer multi-room DVRs, Echostar to deliver Sling Media set-top box