• Nvidia’s Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in China

    Nvidia’s Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in China

    Nvidia just rolled out a very interesting selection of software for its over-the-top Shield TV box in China – Wii games, running in 1080p resolution, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and PUNCH-OUT!!. It’s only in China, where Shield TV is launching for the first time, but it’s an official tie-up between Nvidia and Nintendo, which… Read More

  • Video: Emulated New Super Mario Bros. in 1080p makes us want Wii HD even more

    This here is a video of New Super Mario Bros. Wii in 1080p, thanks to the wonders of emulation. (I had completely forgotten about the Dolphin emulator!) If there were ever a reason for Nintendo get off its backside and fully commit to the Wii HD, this is it. Read More

  • Your iPhone 3GS can play 1080p video just fine (but will Apple let you?)

    Go ahead, I dare you to explain to me the utility you derive from playing 1080p video on your iPhone 3GS. A post on a Chinese forum suggests that the phone is perfectly capable of playing 720p and 1080p when encoded with H.264; Apple currently limits playback resolution to 640×480. The angle right now is, “How dare Apple artificially limit the resolution that we can play?”… Read More

  • Vudu tries plan B, offers 1080p streaming on LG TVs

    Vudu had a great run. The company made boxes you set up near your TV that could download stream HD video without glitches, a sort of Netflix On Demand, as it were, without the popularity. Well, Vudu is teaming up with LG to offer Vudu streaming in their new LH50 and PS80 TVs which puts their position as one of the better and more promising hardware providers and video streaming services… Read More

  • Myka BitTorrent set-top box now has a legal source of 5,000 movies in EZTakes

    So, Myka. Remember what it does? Right, it’s a little set-top-box that plays high-def videos on your [presumably larger than your computer monitor] TV; it can download using BitTorrent right onto its built-in hard drive. That, or you can manually load previously downloaded videos onto it via a thumb drive or through a network. Oh, and now it plays “independent, foreign and cult… Read More

  • You'll be able to mount this Samsung Blu-ray player on your wall

    Let’s strip this information of all unnecessary fluff. Samsung makes Blu-ray players, among other things. Its “big one” this year is actually two models, the BD-P4600 (above) and BD-P3600. You can mount the BD-P4600 on your wall, and the BD-P3600 is the top-end traditional set-top model. Have a peach. Update: Live pics after the jump. Read More

  • No, really, 2009 will be the year of Blu-ray (maybe)

    Oh, Blu-ray. Is this your year—wasn’t last year supposed to be your year?—or will you wallow in relative obscurity while the world falls apart all around you? Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 42-inch 1080p Sharp, $749 today only

    Oooh, look at this deal from Dell. Today, and today only, you can get a Sharp 42-inch 1080p LCD TV for $749 after $650 instant savings. It’s not an Aquos model but Aquos, Shmaquos — it’s still a pretty good deal. The TV’s gotten an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 by current owners, too. SHARP Sharp 42-inch LC42SB45U 1080p LCD HDTV [Dell via dealnews] Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Dynex 42-inch 1080p LCD TV for $598

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, here’s a big 42-inch 1080p TV for under $600 at Best Buy. Dynex? Sure, why the hell not? Brightness is pegged at 300 cd/m2, the contrast ratio is 2000:1, and the two speakers push out 12 watts. Inputs include: 2 HDMI, 1 S-video, 2 component, 1 composite, and 1 VGA. Oh, and there’s a headphone jack. If you have a Best Buy credit card you can get 18 months no… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $180 Sharp Blu-ray player

    What’s this, an inexpensive Bl-ray player? From a brand name company, no less? What has the world come to? For $180 you can grab the Sharp Aquos BD-H21U from Sears. (They have a Web site?) Amazon wants $255 for the same player, by the way. Note that it’s only Profile 1.1, so you won’t get BD-Live. Also, it seems to be out of stock at the moment. Keep refreshing, then. Read More

  • Netflix has 500,000 Blu-ray subscribers (out of 8.7 million)

    Netflix has convinced some 500,000 people to subscribe to its Blu-ray rental service. Netflix is all “Look how well we did!” because it charges a $1 premium to be able to rent Blu-ray discs. The question was, would it be able to convince people to pay a premium (even though $1 is hardly a premium, I think) in order to rent the high-def discs? Well… Keep in mind that Netflix… Read More

  • The LP-Z3000 1080p Sanyo projector might not look like much, but she packs a punch

    Behind that unassuming Sanyo exterior lays an impressive assortment of projection technology. The 1080p LP-Z3000 achieves 5:5 pull-down at 120Hz for baby-butt smooth video playback, while the incredibly high 65,000:1 contrast ratio busts out the blacks. The 1,200 lumens takes care of the brightness and two HDMI inputs, two component, one S-Vid, along with one composite handles the inputs. Read More

  • DIY: 1080p projector

    The Systm guys take on an oldie but goodie do-it-yourself project this week and complete a Lumenlab DIY Projector Kit. Workshop geeks have been making their own projectors for years, but with 1080p LCDs prices so damn low, you might want to recall those woodshop skills and build a one. While these kits do save you some scratch, the project isn’t exactly something you can build without a proper workshop&hellip… Read More

  • Epson 1080p PowerLite Home Cinema 6100

    Today Epson announced a new sub-$2000 projector. The 3LCD 1080p front projector provides full 1920 x 1080 progressive high definition resolution. Using Epson’s latest-generation D7 high definition resolution LCD technology, the Home Cinema 6100 provides an improved 18,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio delivering brighter and more accurate whites and darker blacks. The projector will be… Read More

  • Mitsubishi announces trio of 1080p projectors

    CEDIA is set to begin tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean companies won’t be announcing products today. Mitsubishi just announced two Diamond Series 1080p projectors, HC7000U (pictured) and HC6500U, which both happen to be some of the quietest available on the market, secreting 17 dBa in low mode. The HC7000U is the flagship model and it has a 70,000:1 contrast ratio, which is… Read More

  • projectordesign launches 5 DLP projectors

    projectordesign’s been around the custom install market for a while now and their latest units should maintain top of the line appeal. The entire new lineup features Philips UHP VIDI lamp tech, along with projectordesign’s RealColor image management. All five projectors are going to be available by the end of the year but the company hasn’t announced any pricing yet. Hopefully… Read More

  • Planar launching Viper; companies first 3-chip DLP projector

    Viper: Planar’s first 3-chip DLP HD projector. Meant for 110-inch or larger screens, equiped with 10,000:1 contrast ratio @ 2,000 lumens, powered by a 10-bit independent dual image and motion adaptive processor, all rolled into a great looking bezel. The Viper has all the standard, high-end jacks –  HDMI 1.3a and RS-232 interface – that come on high-end, custom install… Read More

  • Sharp introduces entry-level line of 1080p HDTV’s

    Three new models of 1080p LCD HDTV’s were introduced by Sharp today, starting at a MSRP of $1400. Sharp hopes to attract borderline customers with what they are calling the entry-level line. The three screen sizes available are 52”, 46” and 42”, making the line competitive with other manufacturers. All models have a dedicated PC input and HDMI inputs, 4 on the big one and… Read More

  • SIM2 announces a sub-$5K 1080p projector for the US

    SIM2 makes some mighty fine projectors and the only deterrent the Italian company may have from grabbing a huge market share is the price of said projectors. But today SIM2 announced the Domino D60 DLP front projection system that outputs 1080p video for $4,995. With a contrast ratio greater than 10,000:1, a plethora of inputs/outputs (dual HDMI, component, RGB-HD), as well as a powered… Read More

  • Godfather on Blu-ray September 23!

    The last movie that needed to be released (other than Gladiator) on Blu-ray now has a date. The Godfather Collection, which contains all three movies, will be released on September 23 for $120. There’s plenty of extras. Director Francis Ford Coppola provides commentary on all three films; perhaps he’ll explain why The Godfather Part III ever saw the light of day. Then… Read More

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