Falling in line behind Apple TV, Roku & Google’s Chromecast, online super-retailer Amazon has just introduced their own set-top funbox; allowing viewers to stream content from services like Hulu, Netflix & Watch ESPN, as well as games and their own growing catalog on Prime Instant Video. The small black box offers seamless connectivity to your HDTV, 1080 HD quality, 2Gigs of built-in memory and a voice-activated remote.
The Streaming Stick is Roku’s newest dongle: a tiny device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port so you can stream HD video from the web, controlled by your phone or tablet. Access to 1200 channels, Netflix & YouTube using free apps from Android & Apple plus it comes with a wi-fi remote, a sweet feature that Google’s Chromecast does not offer.
If you prefer to watch television alone, in silence, without any ambient interruptions, get the InAiR device. It turns any TV into an Augmented TV, which means you can watch layers of content—watch TV while using the internet, shop while you surf, watch two games at once, all that. And as soon as you start “augmenting” everyone else will leave the room. Enjoy.
In addition to being huge (65- & 85-inches) and offering a ridiculously sharp 4K display, the new, memorably-named XBR-950B TVs from Sony have a new feature called Direct LED Dimming, a function that automatically adjusts picture contrast for maximum visual impact.
No sense destroying the design of your den by slapping a 4k projector on the ceiling when you can just put it next to the wall. It uses lasers to project a 4K display on the wall anywhere from 66- to 147-inches across & features 4 HDMI ports in the back for plugging in all your little dongles and whatnot. Is this the future of television projection?
Due for unveiling at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, LG has created the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio curved ultra-HD TV (Model 105UB9). Translation: this 105-inch monster will officially be the largest curved TV ever made.
Easily mistaken for an old Cybersex helmet or Daft Punk Halloween costume, this device is actually not a joke. Really. It’s Sony’s latest head-mounted wireless display. It delivers 3D cinema playback on a screen equivalent to a 750-inch movie theater screen. For gaming, movies, or just isolating yourself from loved ones during the final episode, there’s nothing more advanced.
After a 3-year ice age TiVo is back with a trio of new DVRs. What makes these the best ones yet is that all 3 models offer out-of-home streaming as well as the option to download shows & movies straight onto your iOS6 devices. They also come with a new remote that doesn’t rely on IR plus a refreshed user interface & new YouTube & Netflix apps.
They’ve built an enduring reputation with superior sound products but maybe you didn’t know that Bang & Olufsen also makes a mean TV. The Beovision 12 New Generation is a new, ultra-thin, 65-inch flatscreen HD plasma Smart TV boasting an advanced video engine that automatically adjusts and optimizes the picture quality of all your content.
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It’s newer technology that’s different & much brighter than both regular LED or LCD displays. LG offers up an ultra-thin 3-D HDTV with a curved screen. Kinda like iMax at home. It’s only 4mm thick. That’s thinner than a pencil & definitely thinner than your current HD flatscreen, which average about 15mm thick.