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Posts Tagged ‘1080p’

Streaming Blu-ray on Netflix? Not This Year.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Neflix began streaming movies in May of 2008. They expanded to streaming on gaming systems like XBOX and then to an independent box, made just for streaming video. Could it get any better than that?  It did.  Netflix currently streams on game systems like Xbox360 & Sony’s PS3, as well as higher end television sets from Sony and LG, and blu-ray players from Sony, Samsung, and LG.

Netflix is aiming to release a Netflix option with surround sound with Blu-ray video, but will probably not be during the 2010 calendar year. Thank goodness for the Netflix Blu-ray option….

Vudu, on the other hand, does have quite a few hi-def options. They have more choices available in high definition and higher quality formats. Vudu’s technology works in select product from LG (blu-ray), Mitsubishi (HDTVs), and will be coming soon to select products from Samsung, Toshiba and Sharp.

Currently, there’s no word on the possible release of Netflix streaming with surround. We’ll keep you posted. CNET notes that 5.1 surround sound will be available for their instant watching product in 2010. No word on when 1080p video will be available, but we would assume they are working on that next.

Would you stay loyal to Netflix or switch to Vudu because they have more HD options?

-Kelly B.

Will You Watch Blu-ray in 3D?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Will Blu-ray discs bring the 3D experience to your living room? It looks that way. This morning, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced the finalization and release of the “Blu-ray 3DTM” specification. This will bring a movie theater-quality 3D experience to your home.

“Throughout this year, movie goers have shown an overwhelming preference for 3D when presented with the option to see a theatrical release in either 3D or 2D,” said Victor Matsuda, chairman, BDA Global Promotions Committee. “We believe this demand for 3D content will carry over into the home now that we have, in Blu-ray Disc, a medium that can deliver a quality Full HD 3D experience to the living room.”

The Blu-ray disc is the best option for 3D playback. It can provide full HD 3D images in 1080p resolution to each eye. If you don’t plan to watch a Blu-ray in 3D, not to worry, the discs are all backwards compatible in 2D as well. What that means? You can watch the 2D version of the same movie as you would in 3D. Playstation 3 will be forward compatible. You will be able to use your PS3 as your Blu-ray player and see movies in full HD 3D 1080p resolution.

If you can’t wait to watch movies in 3D, you will need to get special 3D glasses and the HDTV setup. The new versions of the 3D glasses have an IR emitter—and won’t be cardboard either. Look for the 3D Blu-ray discs in 2010.

-Kelly B.

Free Blu-ray!!!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Do you want a free Blu-ray player or a home theater system? Sony has a great bundle offer for a free Sony Black 5.1 Channel Blu-ray Disc Player and Home Theater System with the purchase of select HDTVs. This bundle ends Saturday so hurry before the offer goes away. Also- don’t forget an HDMI cable for true 1080p performance.

http://www.abt.com/bundles/product/41743/Sony-BDPS560.html

For other bundle deals, click here or speak with an Abt sales specialist.

-Kelly B.

VHold Lets You Get It All On Film

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The last time that you took a vacation, was there a time that you wanted to record part of your trip but you couldn’t hold a camcorder? VHold, the leading manufacturer of wearable camcorders, designed a Full HD (1080p) camcorder just for those times. Used by many outdoor adventurists, the Contour will capture all the fun you can handle.

VHold Contour allows users to adjust exposure, contrast, metering, five video selections, and even microphone sensitivity depending on what best suits their needs. The camera takes professional quality HD video from your handlebars, helmet—virtually anywhere. “ContourHD1080p was inspired by the professional user,” says Marc Barros, VholdRs CEO. “It’s still an easy to use Wearable Camcorder, but with Full HD video and adjustable settings, you can capture world-class video with a camcorder you can wear. Its like taking a professional film crew with you wherever you go!”

Put your personal highlight reel on the web and share it with the world. Importing videos from the Contour is simple with Easy Edit software. It is Mac and PC compatible.

The VHold Contour HD 1080p ($329) can go virtually anywhere; at 4.3oz, this water resistant, all-season camcorder is tough and ready to play. Don’t leave it behind on your next adventure.

-Kelly B.

Come See Full HD 3D at Abt Today

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Come to the Panasonic Full HD 3D demonstration in Abt Electronics’ parking lot until 3PM today!!! One of the three Panasonic trucks, currently traveling the country, is in front of the store and will be demonstrating the new HD 3D technology. Previously, 3D had a maximum resolution of 480p and TV can go up to a resolution of 1080p. Now, Panasonic has improved that resolution to 1080p in each eye—that’s 4X better than anything else available on the market.

To demonstrate the new HD 3D images Panasonic took special footage of the Olympics, and a movie trailer. There are specific processors dedicated to each eye because the HD 3D images are shot separately for each eye. Although the footage was shot at the same time, one camera takes the vertical and one camera takes the horizontal footage.

The prototype glasses that are necessary to view the improved technology have a special computer chip-sensor over the bridge of the nose. The sensor picks up signals emitted from dedicated processors on the sides of the 103” plasma (inside the air-conditioned truck). Each eye receives 240 images per second. The sensors on the glasses receive signals from long-range (movie theater-type) processors (on the sides of the TV). At points during the demonstration, covering the receiver on the glasses with your finger may be necessary to avoid a blurry image.

Because this is a demonstration of prototypes, the Panasonic representatives made sure to let us know that when the HD 3D home kit becomes available it will be modified slightly. The glasses will change, the Blu-ray player will be able to play regular Blu-ray discs as well as the 3D type, and the plasma that will be part of the kit will come with the 3D emitter.

The actual HD 3D footage was really cool! While watching the video from Vancouver—site of the 2010 Olympics—skiers swooshed down mountains and it looked like snow really flew at the audience. Another outstanding moment of the video was during a video of the Grand Canyon. Water rushing through the canyon spashed on the camera lens and for a second I wanted to wipe my eyes—it was pretty realistic.

Abt is this Panasonic truck’s second stop—it’s going to Los Angeles when it leaves Glenview. It’s going travel the country for eight months and making about 3-4 stops a week.

To see more pictures of the Panasonic event. Photography by Jeremy S.

Visit Abt.com for more information on Panasonic.

-Kelly B.