Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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Sony dishes out VGF-HS1 VAIO home server

Like seemingly every other tech company, Sony has been trying various approaches to bridging the gap between the living room and the PC, whether it's the VAIO VGX-TP25E Home Theater PC or the KDL-52WL140 HDTV, which can stream media via its Internet Link module. Now it's released another device for this space, the VGF-HS1 VAIO home server, in a very low-key fashion on its Sonystyle.

November 7, 2008 by


Now hear this: Toshiba's new TLP-X200U projector is first with voice guidance

A small but strong niche has built up around using projectors (either of the LCD or DLP variety) as the cornerstone of home theater setups instead of an HDTV. For those thinking about making the switch, Toshiba is attempting to idiot-proof the move with its new TLP-X200U projector, which comes with voice instructions that cover how to operate the device as well as announce to the user when lamps and air filters need to be checked.

November 5, 2008 by


WD TV Media Player plays HD files from external hard drives on your TV

With HD streaming still in its infancy, a lot of different approaches are being thrown against the proverbial wall as to how to best get your high-def content from the computer to your HDTV. Western Digital is offering a fairly low-tech method with its new WD TV Media Player unit, which serves as a midwife between a USB-based hard drive and your set (thanks to its HDMI port) for $129.

November 3, 2008 by

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Mitsubishi's LaserVue HDTV is finally shipping

It's been a long, long time, but Mitsubishi has finally made its laser-based HDTV, the 65-inch LaserVue, available to the public, for a price that's laser-focused on bleeding-edge types' deep wallets: $6,999.As you can probably surmise, the LaserVue uses lasers as its light source, an innovation that Mitsubishi claims offers twice the color gamut of typical HDTVs and consumes only one fourth the power plasma TVs require and one third the energy LCD sets need.

October 28, 2008 by


First Black Friday ads show up online: 50-inch Samsung plasma for $899.99

Try as they might, big retailers can't stop their ads for Black Friday (otherwise known as the day after Thanksgiving and unofficial start of the holiday shopping season) from leaking online often weeks in advance. This year, Sears has the dubious distinction of being the first major retailer of HDTV and home theater components to have its plans placed online at Black Friday sites.

October 27, 2008 by