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Toshiba ZX900 Series CELL TV getting 2010 US release

Toshiba ZX900 Series CELL TV getting 2010 US release

"CELL," says Toshiba about its new range of CELL TVs for the US, "makes everything better", and while we're not sure whether that includes lingering health issues we'll concede that the company's new ZX900 Series CELL TV certainly cheers up any mild Winter depression we're having.  The vast 1080p HD set will come in 55- and 65-inch versions, and the CELL engine apparently throws in 143 times the processing power you'll find in a regular TV.  As for what Toshiba does with all that horsepower, they use it to churn through their new True Super Resolution technology.

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3view box is world’s first Internet-connected HD free-to-air set top box

3view box is world’s first Internet-connected HD free-to-air set top box

It seems like home theater fans in the UK are always getting new and cool sounding set top boxes while American's are stuck with whatever junk the cable or satellite provider offers. Those watching free-to-air HD broadcasts in the UK now have a cool new 3view set top box to use.

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Moxi unveils 3-tuner HD DVR and slashes prices

Moxi unveils 3-tuner HD DVR and slashes prices

One of the things that I wish for on a weekly basis is an extra tuner for my DVR. Two tuners sounds like enough, but a third would be welcome many nights. We have talked about Moxi products before when the Moxi Mate tipped up back in August.

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Pace set to launch multiroom DVR solution with cable operators

Pace set to launch multiroom DVR solution with cable operators

Earlier this week I talked a bit about the multiroom DVR solution that Pace had unveiled. The solution sounds very cool with a central storage service allowing playback of recorded programs anywhere in the home.

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Pace introduces multiroom DVR solution for whole home playback

Pace introduces multiroom DVR solution for whole home playback

Of all the tech in my home one of the devices that I just can't live without is my DVR. Even my kids are hooked; they can’t understand why you can't fast-forward every show that comes on TV. I have two DVRs in my house and what I would really like is a single DVR that can play on any TV in my home.

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Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

"Touch me, touch me" sang 80s legend Samantha Fox, "I want to feel your body," and while the intentions of Sony's new VAIO L Series of touchscreen desktops may be different, the sentiment is just the same.  Announced alongside the skinny VAIO X, the L Series is being pushed - like other big-screen all-in-one PCs in Sony's past - as a hybrid HDTV and computer, though with its 24-inch 1920 x 1080 display, optional Blu-ray and optional TV tuners we suppose it does have more of a claim than most.  As for the touchscreen, that's used not only for Windows 7's multitouch functionality but to control Sony's own Media Gallery DVR app.

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Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 HDTV: 8 simultaneous time-shift channels

Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 HDTV: 8 simultaneous time-shift channels

Toshiba have announced their latest high-end LCD TV, and it's the first to include the Cell Broadband Engine for multi-channel display and DVR recording.  The Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 has a 55-inch, 5,000,000:1 contrast LED-backlit panel, with independent control over each of the 512 LED backlighting zones and 240Hz refresh.  It's accompanied by a processor box, housing the Cell goodies, which can pump out eight channels to be shown on-screen at once, time-shift up to eight channels simultaneously for 26 hours, or boot up a web browser based on Opera.

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Media Center for Windows Deserves Some Respect

Media Center for Windows Deserves Some Respect

When I first was briefed on the Media Center edition of XP by Microsoft, I thought MCE was a pretty bad idea. A lot of my skepticism had to do with the market they claimed they were going after, namely college students in dorm rooms and yuppies living in cramped apartments with no room for both TVs and PCs. Of course, college students mostly buy laptops, and no matter where you live most folks don't watch TV on a small computer monitor from across the room. The short-term market were enthusiasts who understood the value of a DVR such as a TiVo.

Over time, Microsoft tried a few approaches with MCE – from extenders to allow you to view content on other TVs in the home over your network, to creating extender technology for Xbox (which is already hooked up to a TV set) – as well as working with a host of OEMs to create "living room" form factor home theater PCs. The result of these efforts was less than a stellar success and few vendors actively build home theater PCs; these days, if a consumer uses media center they're either an enthusiast or they've tripped over it by mistake trying to do something else. That's a shame, as MCE has evolved over time to become a great technology, one that few people even know exist.

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TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

Remotely controlling your TiVo from a BlackBerry has been possible for a while now - thanks to the mobile web interface - but now there's a specific app that aims to make it even easier.  TiVo for BlackBerry Smartphones is available free from the App World, and has browse, search and scheduling functionality, together with "Daily Picks" and "Most Popular" categories.

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Hitachi announces new HDDs aimed at DVRs

Hitachi announces new HDDs aimed at DVRs

I love my DVR and out of all the tech innovations of the last decade, the DVR is right at the top of my most important list. I can’t imagine going back to a VCR or other system for recording shows. Hitachi has announced a couple new HDDs that will make DVRs even better.

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TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

The United States District Court in the Eastern Division of Texas is becoming a very common place for major corporations to file patent infringement suits against other companies. The glut of suits filed here is due to the judge's previous pro-patent holder rulings.

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Digeo Moxi Mate $399 multiroom DVR streamer

Digeo Moxi Mate $399 multiroom DVR streamer

Digeo have unveiled the latest piece in their Moxi DVR puzzle, the Moxi Mate, which takes digital content multi-room.  Designed to work in tandem with the Moxi HD DVR, the "virtually silent" box shuttles video recorded from the main unit, together with Rhapsody music, Flickr photos and - courtesy of the PlayOn software - Hulu and Netflix content.

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