The NCAA Final Four semi-finals and championship games are around the corner. Is your TV up to par, or is now the time to consider a new one? Abt’s weekly specials section has seven TVs in stock and available for Chicagoland delivery before the big games.
Michigan and Butler tip off at 6:05pm ET Saturday evening (4/3), and West Virginia battles Duke immediately following at 9pm ET. The winners will fight for the NCAA championship on Monday, April 5th—time to be announced.
Abt delivers to Chicagoland customers every day, except Wednesday and Sunday; Indiana and Wisconsin deliveries are Tuesday and Saturday only.
Speak to an Abt sales specialist in-store, on the phone, or on-line via web-based live chat about a new TV for the Super Bowl of college basketball.
Tune in to NBC tonight at 5pm. Abe A., custom audio and video specialist will be answering all your 3D TV questions. This is the first year that TV programming and movies are available in your home, so there are a lot of unanswered questions about the new technology.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about 3D TV:
Q: If I buy a 3D TV today, can I watch 3D movies tonight?
A: You will need to have a 3D Blu-ray player, a 3D-ready HDMI cable, and 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie.
Q: How much will 3D TVs cost?
A: They will be in the same price range as other HD LCD TVs, HD LED, and HD plasma TVs.
Q: Can I watch TV in 3D?
A: ESPN is the first network to offer 3D programming; it will be available sometime in 2010.
Q: Will all the movies that I want to watch be in 3D?
A: There are 10-15 movies slated to be released in 3D Blu-ray by the end of 2010.
Q: What sizes are 3D TVs?
A: Currently, they are available in sizes ranging from 40”-65”.
Q: Does everyone have to wear the 3D glasses?
A: Yes. Without the glasses the movie will look blurry. You will not be able to view the movie or programming.
Q: Do the glasses come with the TV?
A: Not necessarily. Some manufacturers offer bundle deals. But they are normally sold separately.
Q: Are all the glasses the same?
A: No. There are two types of 3D glasses, active and passive. The active glasses will connect to your TV via Bluetooth and require batteries while the passive glasses will be similar to the 3D glasses with one red lens and one blue or cyan lens.
Q: Can I use the HDMI cable that I have now for a new 3D TV?
A: There is a 50/50 chance that you can. If you have a high-quality HDMI 1.3 cable then you might be able to use it. 3D TVs and Blu-ray players require HDMI 1.4 cables. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to test the cable by plugging it in.
Abt has a Samsung 46” 3D TV on display in the showroom. For more information on 3D technology speak with an audio visual specialist at Abt today. Also check out the 3D TV buying guide on Abt.com.
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 HDMIcable for true 1080p performance.
The day after Thanksgiving is synonymous with sales and shopping. Most people associate it with the start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday isn’t for a couple weeks, that’s why I was so surprised to read a message from Shawn DuBravac this morning. The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) chief economist/research director said, “Black Friday has begun early,” “Consumers are starting to go out, which is consistent with [the idea] that they’re shopping around more [this holiday season].”
DuBravac held, instead of the traditional door busters consumers are usually after, they will be looking for products with more features and the lowest price-point. Another factor will come into play, bundling. The more products that are combined for a specific price will be in high-demand; for example, buying an HDTV, Blu-ray player, and soundbar for a lower cost than buying the three individually.
Although shocking, I thought the idea of doing shopping before the day after Thanksgiving was appealing. It’s less crowded any day other than on Black Friday and the thought of shopping around is nice too. Abt is a great place to start your shopping. It’s got practically anything you need for inside your home and we price match with authorized retailers.
TiVo revolutionized the electronics market in 1997 by making it optional to record from a TV onto a DVD. Again, today, TiVo is making life easier by eliminating the trip to the video store by teaming up with Blockbuster on-line. The new service offered by TiVo will make thousands of movies available to broadband connected TiVo subscribers.
TiVo users will be able to select and rent movies directly from Blockbuster On Demand; “classic” movies will be $2.99 and new-releases will cost $3.99. Simply navigating to the Video On Demand screen will bring users to the Blockbuster logo. By selecting the Blockbuster function, users will be able to see all of the content available to rent.
For now, Blockbusters will not be in Hi-Def. Over the next few weeks, Blockbuster On Demand will be adding new movies and some HD titles. For more information on Blockbuster on Demand TiVo has provided a website to answer some questions.
Blockbuster On Demand will also be available on new SamsungHDTVs, home theater systems, and Blu-ray players. Current owners of some Samsung LCD TVs (series 650), Plasma TVs (series 7000), and Blu-ray players will be able to access this feature after a firmware upgrade. Blockbuster will have a “preferred position” on Samsung’s Blu-ray interface. Blockbuster will also be featuring Samsung Blu-ray players in select stores and on Blockbuster.com.
The leaves are falling and the temperatures will soon plummet too. What does that mean for Chicagoans? It’s time for Football. Whether you are a Bears fan or just a football lover, it’s always important to spend Thursday nights, Sundays, and Monday nights watching all of your favorite games.
Sometimes, a trip to the in-laws is unavoidable. What could be worse than having a family weekend when the Bears and Packers are playing at noon on Sunday? I’ll tell you—going to your in-laws house when they don’t have a football-worthy HDTV. I’m not the only one that feels this way. Samsung actually did a little research on the topic. They commissioned a survey to find out how enticing it would be to have an HDTV at the in-laws.
Samsung’s survey found that Americans, football fans or not, agreed the best TV to watch football on is hi-def. Football fans agreed if they didn’t have the option to watch the big game from the comfort of home on their own HDTV, the best option would be to go to the in-laws if there were a hi-def TV in place. According to the survey, more than 4 out of 10 football fans believe this to be true. Men were more likely than women, however, to make the trek to the in-laws to watch football in hi-def. Samsung also noted, football fans found the quality of TV was more important than the food they ate while watching the game.