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Well, another CES has come and gone and I'm still recovering. The early numbers show the attendance was down from about 150,000 last year to about 140,000 this year. Really? I didn't notice, the show
seemed more crowded and bigger than ever, covering over 8 football fields! There was so much to see and no matter how long you're there, it's still tough to see and touch everything. There really wasn't much this year that stood out and grabbed me. Yes, I laughed at Bill Gates final Keynote address, drooled over Panasonic's 150" Plasma TV that would require a crane to lift it into place, Kid Rock and the new Corvette ZR1, Comcast's new FREE VOD website Fancast, XStreamHD, Logitech's SqueezeBox Duet...actually, there was some cool stuff to see this year.
Finally, time travel is here via LG's new Time Machine TV's! We'll time-shifted travel in TV land that is...LG unveiled its line of “Time Machine” TVs this week, including both
LCD and plasma models. The plasma models come in 42-inch and 50-inch
versions, while the LCD TVs come in 37-inch and 42-inch models and hold
the distinction of being the first TVs to feature integrated
digital video recorders (DVR). The 80GB hard drive can hold up to 40 hours of
standard-definition programming, and the unit offers continuous
automatic recording in one-hour intervals. Of course they have HDMI connectivity. No word on pricing
Sony will halt production on plasma TV's to continue their focus on LCD and rear projection TV's. This really comes as no surprise as Sony stopped shipping plasma's to the US in the first quarter of 2005.
Samsung is showing off their newest plasma line in Asia. These new flat panels will be available in 42 and 50 inch models, both sporting a 300GB hard drive for the internal tuner, a feature that may not matter much here in the US, what, with the Cable and Satellite TV providers all requiring digital set top boxes for premium programming. None the less they are very
Hitachi will offer four tuners and a hard drive based PVR in their upcoming plasmas and LCD TVs
For its 50th anniversary, Hitachi has announced a new line of high-definition plasma and LCD televisions with a little more than just a built-in HDTV terrestrial tuner. The Wooo 9000 line of TVs has 4 tuners, (2 digital, 2 analog), HDMI input, SD memory card slots, USB, CableCard
and a 10/100 Ethernet port for the PVR-based models. Hard-drive sizes or capacity is not known at present.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The first plasma display measured in feet instead of inches is available in the United States for the first time.
LG Electronics continues to reshape the digital display landscape with the announcement of the U.S. availability of its 71-inch Plasma High-Definition Monitor (MW-71PY10), the largest in production worldwide. Reaffirming the company's position as a consumer electronics industry leader, the mammoth plasma offers consumers the finest in home entertainment with the most vivid and realistic viewing experience.
"The retail launch of the LG 71-inch plasma HDTV monitor underscores our commitment in providing innovative solutions to the premium, high-end consumer electronics industry," said Robert A. Perry, vice president, consumer electronics sales and channel marketing, LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled to offer this flagship product, for the first time, to consumers in the United States at two of our key retailers, Ken Cranes on the West Coast and Sixth Avenue on the East Coast." Full