from Matthew Torres A lot of people have had it up to their eyeballs with the digital transition. What was a perfect world with analog TV has been turned upside down as a result of digital TV. The bottom line with the digital TV transition is that there were people who were going to be negatively affected no matter how prepared they were. That is the unfortunate reality with change.
Speak Out About the Digital TV Transition The digital transition had its share of controversy from multiple delays to post-transition problems with transmitting digital TV signals to all antenna users. Here are some comments about the digital transition from people affected by it.
from Basem Wasef Will anti-lock brakes become mandatory on motorcycles? Should they? We've also got Jason Fogelson's ride report from the Americade rally, and news on how hundreds of Can-Am Spyder owners invaded L.A.
from Dale Wickell Ford, GM and Dodge are all coming off of major design revamps to their core truck lineups. That, combined with the poor economy, means we'll probably see enhancements to 2010 models -- but no huge changes.
Avalanche Photo Gallery Chevy is using the same Avalanche photos that were released in 2009 -- a clue that you won't notice many visible differences in this year's truck. But take a look if you didn't see last year's model.
from Linda Lowen Does the tiny town of Auburn, NY -- with a population of just over 27,0000 -- hold the key to why Sarah Palin is resigning as governor of Alaska? This week's newsletter is chock full of details about Palin's resignation, but there's still room for some Michael Jackson reminiscences and the story of the woman behind his hit song "Man in the Mirror." Plus the Supreme Court reversal of the New Haven ruling involving Sonia Sotomayor; a female blogger's thoughts on the current blogging environment; and a summer reading pick for teens on the hot topic of bullying.
Why Is Palin Quitting? Ask Auburn, NY On the day Palin visited the small town of Auburn in upstate NY, she enjoyed a kind of rock-star celebrity that was a far cry from her more pedestrian day-to-day dealings with legislators back home in a state where her approval ratings have dropped significantly since she stepped onto the national stage. ...read more
Palin Resigns as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin went out just like she came in -- unexpectedly, with a bang. She's quitting as governor, and she announced this to the world over the sound of a baby fussing, against a pastoral backdrop featuring waterfowl swimming in the lake behind her...read more
from Robert Silva Welcome to my Weekly Home Theater Newsletter! It is hard to believe that Summer is almost half over. This week, check out an interesting product review of a unique HDMI switchbox, a new home theater concept from Yamaha, and Pioneer's new Elite home theater receiver line-up. Also, while the U.S. Supreme Court advances the cause of TV viewing freedom, it seems that your local TV broadcaster may be short-changing HDTV viewers. Of course, don't forget this week's product picks.
Accell UltraAV HDMI 4x4 Matrix A/V Switch - Review The Accell UltraAV™ HDMI 1.3 4x4 Matrix Audio/Video Switch can be a great addition to your home theater, especially if you have more than one HDTV or an HDTV and Video Projector. The Accell UltraAV 4x4 HDMI Switch allows the user to connect up to four HDMI sources (Blu-ray Disc Player, DVD Player, HD Cable/Satellite Box, etc...) and either view one source on up to four different HDMI-equipped TVs and/or video projectors, or send up to four separate sources to as many as four different TVs and/or video projectors. To find out if this home theater accessory is one that you can use, check out my review and photo gallery. Photos (c) Robert Silva, Licensed to About.com. Click on photo for larger view.
Yamaha Introduces neoHD Media Controller Product Line If you are intimidated by the traditional home theater receiver with its inputs, outputs, and extensive setup and operating options, Yamaha may have an answer for you. Its new line of neoHD Media Controllers is designed to be as simple to use as possible, while still providing the necessary audio/video flexibility for today's user....read more Photo (c) Yamaha Electronics Corporation
Flat panel televisions are quickly becoming quite commonplace on store shelves and in consumers' homes. Although Plasma TVs seem to be be getting a lot attention in this area, the LCD television is actually making a greater market impact. For a list of some of my LCD television favorites in the 40-Inch and larger screen size, check out the following selections. Also, be sure to check out my suggestions for LCD flat panel televisions in the 32 and 37-Inch, 26 and 27-Inch, and 23-Inch and Smaller screen sizes.
1) Sony Bravia XBR KDL55XBR8 55-inch LCD TV with LED Backlight The Sony KDL-55XBR8 is a large 55-inch 16x9 LCD television with a native pixel resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) and an almost unlimited contrast ratio bolstered by its innovative LED backlight technology. This set also includes four HDMI 1.3a inputs, 120Hz screen refresh rate (Motion Flow), 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 compatibility, both ATSC and QAM tuners, which allow reception of over-the-air HDTV signals and Digital/HD-cable (non-premium channels), and an excellent easy-to-use onscreen user interface. This set displays exceptional detail, color consistency, and contrast for a such a large sreen size. If you are looking for the "latest and greatest" in LCD televisions and have "deep pockets", then check out the Sony Bravia XBR KDL55XBR8.
3) Toshiba Regza 46XV545U Cinema Series 46-inch LCD TV The Toshiba Regza 46XV545U Cinema Series is a 46-inch 16x9 LCD television with a native pixel resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) and 120Hz screen refresh rate. This set includes some of the latest technology, such as four HDMI 1.3a inputs, SRT video scaling, 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 compatibility, and both ATSC and QAM tuners. The ATSC tuner allows reception of the over-the-air HDTV signals and the QAM tuner allows Digital/HD-cable (non-premium channels) reception. For audio, the 46XV545U incorporates Toshiba's Soundstrip speaker system imbedded within the TV's bezel. If you are looking for a high definition TV to complement your home theater system, check out the Toshiba Regza 46XV545U.