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DISH Expands Blockbuster Offerings

DISH Expands Blockbuster Offerings

DISH Network recently announced the expansion of family and kid's programming available through the company's Blockbuster @Home entertainment package. DISH will add more than 3,000 titles suitable for children ages three to 13 as part of its growing line-up of family entertainment, including programming from partners Vivendi Entertainment, Cookie Jar, Lions Gate Films and Scholastic Media. The way it works is that families that subscribe to the Blockbuster @Home package by DISH can now enjoy that content on-demand, including shows such as “Veggie Tales,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Goosebumps,” “Heathcliff,” “I Spy,” “Madeline,” “Strawberry Shortcake” and many more. Yes, we said it. "Strawberry Shortcake". There.

DISH Network recently announced the expansion of family and kid's programming available through the company’s Blockbuster @Home entertainment package. DISH will add more than 3,000 titles.

— February 01, 2012 21:00 in AV News

SVS and Audioholics Team Up to Bring You a Free PB12-NSD or SB12-NSD Subwoofer!

SVS and Audioholics Team Up to Bring You a Free PB12-NSD or SB12-NSD Subwoofer!

SV Sound is giving away either a PB12-NSD or a SB12-NSD (winner's choice) Subwoofer to one (1) lucky entrant in our forum contest! You've heard about them, you've read about them, you've probably drooled over them. Now it's time to take a stab at getting one for free! All you need do is answer a few questions in our forum contest thread and cross your fingers that your answer is the one randomly selected to win one of these great subs!

SV Sound is giving away either a PB12-NSD or a SB12-NSD (winner's choice) Subwoofer to one (1) lucky entrant in our forum contest!

— February 01, 2012 09:25 in AV News

DISH Test Drive Lets Consumers Sample TV Everywhere for FREE

DISH Test Drive Lets Consumers Sample TV Everywhere for FREE

DISH Network wants everyone to check out their online streaming services. Today they introduced "DISH Test Drive". This program allows anyone in the US the ability to sample TV Everywhere technology from DISH and watch a selection of popular TV programming online or on mobile devices at no charge for 24 hours. DISH Test Drive begins Feb. 1, and TV viewers can visit www.dish.com/testdrive from a computer, tablet or smartphone and sign up. In a sense, DISH is restating its commitment to being the dominant online streaming service provider for satellite content, having been the first pay-TV provider to introduce TV Everywhere technology. TV Everywhere gave subscribers the ability to watch all of their live and recorded television programs on compatible smartphones, tablets and computers. DISH is now demonstrating to prospective customers how convenient and easy it is to watch TV while on the go.

DISH Network wants everyone to check out their online streaming services. Today they introduced "DISH Test Drive". This program allows anyone in the US the ability to sample TV Everywhere technology.

— January 19, 2012 20:15 in AV News

Kopimism Piracy Group Granted Religious Status in Sweden

Kopimism Piracy Group Granted Religious Status in Sweden

Well, I suppose if the Scientologists could make a science fiction author their spiritual leader and be granted religious status in America, it wouldn't be long before others would go through the same hoops and form alternate (and equally bizarre) churches. According to... um, just about every tech news outlet on the Internet... a new "church" has finally succeeded in its efforts to be officially deemed a religion in Sweden of all places. Both an official press release and a news article on Torrent Freak are saying that a group started by philosophy student Isak Gerson has formed an officially sanctioned religion with one core belief: it's okay to copy information, in any form.

Kopimism is a new "church", led by piracy advocate and philosophy student Isak Gerson, that has finally succeeded in its efforts to be officially deemed a religion - in Sweden of all places.

— January 19, 2012 20:00 in AV News

Hulu, Netflix Escalate Rivalry with Original Series

Hulu, Netflix Escalate Rivalry with Original Series

Hulu, the online streaming bastard-child of ABC, Fox and NBC is launching a salvo at competitor Netflix with the announcement of its own original scripted series. Netflix' highly anticipated new show Lilyhammer hits the stream early next month. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar says the company will pour about half a billion dollars into original TV shows in 2012. It's part of the rapidly growing company's new aggressive attitude, making a stand against its rival. Hulu has been quietly growing in the wake of recent Netflix difficulties and now proudly boasts one and a half million subscribers just a little over one year into its existence. Hulu's first scripted series, a political comedy, will go online next month just in time for the Republican primary.

Hulu, the online bastard-child of ABC, Fox and NBC is launching a salvo at Netflix with the announcement of its own original content. Let's hope HBO doesn't end up laughing all the way to the bank!

— January 17, 2012 09:55 in AV News

Boardwalk Empire Season 1, Blu-ray Review

Boardwalk Empire Season 1, Blu-ray Review

If there is one disappointment in the first season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire it’s that there is simply no way for any dramatic series created by mere mortals to live up to this show’s expectations. Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, written by Terence Winter (writer/producer of The Sopranos) and staring Steve Buscemi - in a big-budget series that features the rise of prohibition-era Atlantic City, the pedigree is just too much for a mere TV show to live up to. But Boardwalk Empire nearly pulls it off – the result is must-see premium-TV.

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, written by Terence Winter (writer/producer of The Sopranos) and staring Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire on Blu-ray.

— January 11, 2012 06:00 in AV News

DISH Gives Customers Expanded HBO On Demand

DISH Gives Customers Expanded HBO On Demand

CES has been a big deal for DISH announcements so far, including a new whole-home DVR system dubbed Hopper and Joey. Turns out, DISH wasn't done. After breaking that news, they and HBO announced an agreement to give DISH customers expanded access to HBO programming. The agreement enables DISH customers (with or without Internet) who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax, to watch expanded selections of HBO content instantly from the comfort of home. The new programming will give them instant access to virtually every episode of every season of the best HBO shows – most of which are available in high definition as well as popular Hollywood hit movies, documentaries, stand-up comedies, sporting events, and independent films.

DISH and HBO announced an agreement to give DISH customers expanded access to HBO programming. The agreement enables DISH customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax to get expanded on demand service.

— January 09, 2012 15:03 in AV News

HBO Disses Netflix Again and Halts Discounted DVD Sales

HBO Disses Netflix Again and Halts Discounted DVD Sales

Before we get into the who and what of this article, let's just put a few things into perspective. First of all, Netflix has around 20 million streaming customers and HBO has around 28 million pay TV customers. That means that HBO has some clout, and so it's new HBO Go service, while limited in scope, is certainly something to consider for those people who consistently pay for the service. And really that's where this issue gets dicey. Cable and satellite companies that hate Netflix are to be expected - I mean, the company represents the era of new media and content delivery in a way that they are just now starting to appreciate (and get consistent at). But when content providers start hating on Netflix, it's a concern.

Netflix has around 20 million streaming customers and HBO has around 28 million. Cable and satellite companies that hate Netflix are to be expected, but HBO? That's unusual.

— January 06, 2012 05:00 in AV News

Enter to Win a FREE Pair of Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers

Enter to Win a FREE Pair of Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers

Aperion Audio is giving away a pair of their award winning Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers ($598 MSRP) to one (1) lucky entrant! Perfect for use as front speakers in a small home theater or as surround speakers in a larger home entertainment center, the Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers will bring your music, movies and games to life. With gorgeous curved cabinets—finished in either gloss cherry wood veneer or gloss piano black—these bookshelf speakers are sure to swivel heads for both their stunning sound and looks. To be eligible to win, you must be an active registered member of the Audioholics Forum and answer the 3 questions in the Aperion Verus Bookshelf Contest Giveaway. Entry deadline is January 31st, 2012.

Enter to Win a FREE pair of Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf speakers ($598 value) by January 31st 2012 on the Audioholics Forum.

— January 04, 2012 17:19 in AV News

Is 2012 the Year of Super-Thin OLED Displays?

Is 2012 the Year of Super-Thin OLED Displays?

It's no secret that televisions have extremely low profit margins. In fact, there seems to be very little differential between models as more and more products acquire similar features and move towards a convergence of thin, 3D, streaming media-centric devices. But what if there were a way to "apple-ize" the TV industry? What if OLED were finally to become a reality this year and television manufacturers were able to get a new technology to market that was both appealing and beneficial? That seems to be happening - at least if reports are to be believed about LG Electronics and its pending 55-inch television that will measure a scant 3/16" thick and weigh just 16-1/2 pounds. That's pencil thin. And they're not alone. Samsung is making similar claims and both companies intend to announce - ANNOUNCE, mind you, not just show a proof of concept, OLED TVs this year at the CES Expo in Vegas.

LG Electronics is announcing a 55" television that will measure a scant 3/16" thick and weigh just 16.5 pounds. That's pencil thin. Samsung is making similar claims and both will announce at 2012 CES.

— January 04, 2012 06:00 in AV News

Enter to Win a FREE Velodyne EQ-Max 10 Subwoofer by December 31st!

Enter to Win a FREE Velodyne EQ-Max 10 Subwoofer by December 31st!

Velodyne is offering you the chance to win one (1) Velodyne EQ-Max 10 Subwoofer to one (1) eligible Audioholics forum member! The award winning EQ-Max is the first subwoofer line to offer remote controlled, one-touch Auto-EQ and maximum bass performance at an affordable price. Made possible only by Velodyne’s 28 years of subwoofer innovation, EQ-Max’s rich feature set and advanced technologies combine to deliver high performance bass, simply and affordably. This contest represents a $579 value! Contest ends December 31st, 2011. This is your last chance, so ENTER NOW to Win!

Enter to win the Velodyne EQ-Max 10 Subwoofer Audioholics forum contest contest giveaway by December 31st, 2011.

— December 30, 2011 09:15 in AV News

ZVOX Z-Base 220, 320, and 420 Sound Bars Preview

ZVOX Z-Base 220, 320, and 420 Sound Bars Preview

ZVOX has been an enigma to us. While their original boxy under-TV speakers may not appeal to the aesthetically-minded, their newer models seem to be taking a slightly more streamlined approach. On top of that, there is a clear downward spiral to the quality of audio that is emanating from flat panel TVs these days, with most speakers firing out the back and producing very limited output. This week, ZVOX announced three new models that take into account a smaller footprint and do a better job at blending in with smaller, tabletop-mounted flat panel televisions. The new models are the Z-Base 220 ($199.99), Z-Base 320 ($249.99) and the Z-Base 420 ($299.99). Each system is smaller than its predecessors and uses high quality speakers and amplifiers. They also have MDF cabinets and use ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround sound system.

The new models are the Z-Base 220 ($199.99), Z-Base 320 ($249.99) and the Z-Base 420 ($299.99). Each system is smaller than its predecessors and uses high quality speakers and amplifiers.

— December 29, 2011 04:30 in AV News

LG Magic Remote Debuts with Voice Recognition

LG Magic Remote Debuts with Voice Recognition

Perhaps the next movement in remote controls is just around the corner. With rumors of an Apple-branded TV pending, LG Electronics (LG) wanted to beat everyone to the punch and release a new and innovative remote control for its newest Cinema 3D Smart TVs. It's called the Magic Remote and it employs voice recognition, wheel, "magic gesture" and pointing functions. LG's Cinema 3D Smart TVs provide access to over 1,000 apps as well as premium content. The Magic Remote difference from a conventional remote controls in that it all-but eliminates the standard push-button methodology of control. LG claims that buttons are merely one dimension of an intuitive user experience. By implementing voice recognition technology into the Magic Remote, users can use their voice to enter text such as search terms.

With rumors of an Apple-branded TV pending, LG Electronics wanted to beat everyone to the punch and released an innovative "Magic Remote" voice-activated remote for its newest Cinema 3D Smart TVs.

— December 28, 2011 06:00 in AV News

Ultra-D Glasses-free 3D Debuting at CES

Ultra-D Glasses-free 3D Debuting at CES

Stream TV Networks is a rather obscure company, but it's making a splash at CES this year by announcing that it is debuting a new glasses-free 3D technology called Ultra-D. To add fuel to the fire, the fledgling company is claiming that Ultra-D "surpasses all 3D viewing experiences offered to date." That's a bold claim. Instead of using active or even passive shutter glasses, Ultra-D uses proprietary hardware and software to create fully autostereoscopic 3D imagery in both 2D and 3D-native content. That means that Ultra-D not only performs 2D-to-3D conversion, it even takes normal 3D content that would require glasses, and renders it in its autostereoscopic form to remove all need for glasses. Now, we've seen this in mockup displays dating as far back as 2007, but to see a product actually hit the market will be fascinating. Of course, as no one I know has even heard of Stream TV Networks, it's anyone's guess as to whether the system will take off, either as a product or licensable technology.

Stream TV Networks is a rather obscure company, but it's making a splash at CES this year by announcing that it is debuting a new glasses-free 3D technology called Ultra-D.

— December 23, 2011 07:41 in AV News