A Few Myths about 3D HDTV

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With 3D HDTV still very much a developing technology there are quite a few myths circulating around cyber space in regards to 3D HDTVs and the technology that is associated with these TVs.  Many of these myths are not true or are based on incorrect information about the technology or about the 3D HDTVs.  The following are some of the more common myths that have been circulating about 3D TV.

The first myth is that the viewers of 3D TVs need to always wear the 3D glasses when watching the TV.  This is incorrect as a 3D TV can also pick 2D content which can be viewed without the use of 3D glasses just like a normal 2D TV.  The 3D glasses need only to be worn while viewing 3D enabled content.

The next myth surrounding 3D HDTV is that this technology will dramatically increase the price of new televisions.  This has so far proven to be untrue as most of the 3D HDTVs on the market have the 3D part as a feature and it is not a dedicated 3D TV.  The price of the current 3D HDTVs is high as the technology is being included on TVs that are in the high price range already due to other features such as having a thin design, high refresh rate or faster processor.

The third myth involves the 3D glasses that need to be worn to enjoy the 3D features of the television and that they are all the same.  This is also not correct as different manufacturers have chosen to create the 3D images on the screen in different ways which means that the glasses are different for each of different TV brands.  Some of the manufacturers have chosen to include 3D glasses with their TVs while others require that you purchase them separately (at some expense as they are generally between $100 – $150 each).  The main down fall of this is if you have a different brand 3D HDTV than your mate you won’t be able to use your 3D glasses to watch 3D content on his or her  3DTV.

The last of these myths is that 3D TV technology is a brand new feature.  This is also untrue as 3D effects where first created over 50 years ago and have long been available at the theatre when you use to wear the cardboard 3D glasses.  The 3D concept is not new however the technology used on currently available 3D HDTVs has been vastly improved.

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Widescreen HDTV: LCD TV, Plasma TV and LED TV – The Right Way to Choose

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There is a lot for the consumer to know when it comes to choosing between the different types of widescreen TVs that are currently available on the market.  Recent advances in technology have made the choice more complicated especially for those who consider themselves as technology challenged.  Widescreen TVs are currently available as Plasma screens, LCD screens and also LED screens.  To help you decide which of these televisions is the best choice for your place below are a few tips and some information which may make this decision easier.

Plasma TVs have been a favourite with the consumer mainly because these TVs were the first on the market when LCD was still catching up.  Choosing a plasma screen TV gives the viewer a few advantages especially when it comes to things such as contrast ratio and refresh times.  Plasma screens have excellent depth and contrast ratio with brilliant dark black colours as well as white contrasts.  This makes these TVs great for watching movies that have dark scenes and the fast refresh times make these televisions suitable for content with fast moving scenes such as a car chase or fast moving sports such as football or motor racing.

LCD TVs have developed a lot since the first of these TVs was released on the market.  These TVs were first widely used for things such as computer monitors as the LCD screen is excellent for still pictures which appear sharp and clear on these TV screens.  These TVs will still give you a great picture while watching sports or fast moving movie scenes it just won’t be as good as the plasma.  One area that the LCD TV wins is with the power consumption.  The cost of electricity is one of those topics which seems to get discussed a lot and some of these widescreen TVs use quite a lot of electricity.  When comparing the two plasma and LCD it is the LCD TV that is the cheaper to run as it requires almost half the power of the plasma screen.

The third type of widescreen TV available on the market is the LED which is basically a step up from the LCD TVs.  This technology is still very much in development however you can purchase LED TVs but they are quite expensive.  The best option currently is to determine what content you will mostly be viewing on the TV and then decide between a Plasma or LCD TV.

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Use LOVEFiLM on your widescreen TV

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The new Watch Online service at LOVEFiLM is a great way to keep up to date with all the latest TV & films. There are hundreds of titles to choose from, so get searching and you are sure to find some old favourites in there somewhere. You can watch LOVEFiLM on your television and play and pause when you feel like it so no missing crucial moments when you pop to the bathroom or fancy another brew.

The film studios have a lot of control over their most precious films, so prices can vary and new releases are often restricted but LOVEFiLM have done their utmost to ensure an affordable and fast service that never fails to satisfy. This is a revolution in watching films & TV and you no longer need to leave the house to stock up on DVD’s, this is so much more convenient for busy people with jobs and children. Now providing the entertainment and the ability to watch tv online is just a few clicks of a mouse away.

LOVEFiLM has a number of other advantages on top of all we have mentioned so far, you can stream up to three films or TV programmes at once meaning you can play films for all the family without the worry of any arguments. Keep everyone happy with this inspired option from LOVEFiLM and you can watch your favourite films in peace if you so wish! At this stage you can’t watch films offline but anything online is instant so there’s no waiting around for hours before you can settle down in front of your chosen title.

If you have technical questions, the helpful folk at LOVEFiLM are ready and willing to lend a hand when it comes to streaming direct to your internet enabled television. Just visit LOVEFiLM.com for further details and you will find all the answers to your questions and discover setting this up is easy as lights, camera, action!


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Finding the Cheapest TVs on the Market

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With the price of living steadily increasing and the pressures faced by families to have enough money to pay bills and living costs it is no surprise that people will shop around to find the cheapest TVs on the market.  As with many items that are purchased for the home, a TV can be up there with the more expensive items that consumers buy so many people invest a bit of time in researching and deciding which TV is best for their situation.  For consumers who are willing to do the work, there are quite a few places that you can visit both online and in person and find great deals on all types of HDTVs and accessories.

One of the best places to find cheap TVs is warehouse clearances and factory direct companies.  These places may have loads of stock or only a few types of TVs however the prices will be a lot less than what you would pay retail.  These places also sell demonstration stock or stock that is slightly damaged which is heavily discounted but still works and looks as good as new.  The only downside of shopping at these outlets is they may only have limited or no stock so these places can be a bit of a lucky dip.

Another great way to get a cheap TV is to wait for a manufacturer to launch a new model or a new line of TVs as they will tend to mark down the model that it supersedes.  The savings on the older models can be substantial as retail outlets try to move old stock.  The only down side to this is the model of television you are getting may have less features and non of the newer technology of the new TV however the savings should more than make up for this.

For people who love to find a bargain on the internet then your best bet is online auction or clearance sales.  Purchasing a TV online can provide huge discounts and also provide you with many options for size and brand.  Online shopping for televisions can be a great money saver however it is important to only deal with reputable websites to save on the hassles associated with online purchases. The bargain shopping doesn’t stop there, for once you’ve bought your TV you need to figure out which cable or satellite service you will use.  One option is to hunt down good Direct TV deals, and put together a custom package that works for you, rather than one loaded with options you don’t need.

There are many different ways of finding the cheapest TV both online and in person it is just a matter of deciding what type of TV you need and start looking.

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Comparing the Best 3D TVs: Panasonic TC-P50VT20 or the Samsung UN55C7000

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Are you planning to buy the latest Samsung TV but have no idea if this is the best choice for you? Do you want to know the difference among the various LED TVs out in the market? If your answer to these questions is a yes, then you have definitely come to the right place. Here, you will find useful reviews and articles that will definitely equip you with the right information and facts about these TVs.

With more and more interest in 3D TVs and the technology that produces the 3D effect the following is a consumer’s guide which looks at the two front runners in this category – the Panasonic TC-P50VT20 and the Samsung UN55C7000.  Both of these 3D TVs are currently on the market and the following is a comparison of the various features available on the two models.

The Panasonic and the Samsung TVs both use 3D technology that requires the viewer to wear a pair of 3D glasses.  These glasses make it possible to see the 3D effect as they contain LCD shutters which turn on and off at an impressive speed of 60 times a second.  Both sets of glasses are bulky and take some getting used to and they are quite expensive at more than $100 a pair.  The Panasonic glasses are slightly better than the Samsung as they are able to be adjusted to sit properly on your face.  The Samsung glasses have no adjustments which can be a problem for children with smaller faces.

When it comes to comparing the quality of the 3D picture for both of these 3DTVs they are very similar and both produce quite a good 3D effect.  Both of the 3DTVs had a great depth feel on still images however the 3D effect was limited when viewing fast moving action which appeared a little blurry.  The Samsung model did display some ghosting around the image which was slightly distracting as did the Panasonic however the ghosting for this model was much less.

The Panasonic and the Samsung 3D TVs are not cheap, with price tags at the high end of the scale.  Both of these 3D TVs also require the purchase of other accessories such as the 3D glasses and also a Blu-ray player or Play station with inbuilt Blu-ray player which can be quite expensive.  The Panasonic TV comes with one pair of 3D glasses where as the Samsung doesn’t come with any and at $150 a pair it can be quite expensive when buying enough 3D glasses for the whole family.  The other accessories such as the Blu-ray player are also quite expensive to buy and currently there is not a large amount of content available which is in 3D.

While there is very little to separate these two 3D TVs, the Panasonic wins just as the 3D picture is slightly better and you also receive a pair of 3D glasses with the TV.



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