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  • The early adopter's guide to 3D

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    We're already in the second generation of in-home 3D, but you're forgiven if you feel nervous about making the plunge just yet. Spending $2000 or so on a 3D TV set, a few pairs of glasses, and a 3D-capable camera or camcorder still seems like a risky proposition at this point, as some key questions remain.
  • Inside your walls, a fight for the right to link up your HDTV

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    Powerline is the simplest network option for situations WiFi can't cover; arguments over next-gen high-bandwidth spec might short its potential.
  • Vizio announces theater 3D HDTVs

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    HDTV giant Vizio announced a new lineup of HDTVs today, ranging from 22 to 71 inches across their budget-friendly E-series, stylish M-series, and high-powered XVT-series TV lines.
  • CES beyond tablets: Connected TV, cars will be big news

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 10:53 am

    CES will be about more than tablets this year. Connected TVs and connected cars will also be major presences - both illustrating the even more connected lifestyle that will dominate the 2010s.
  • How to Show Off Your 3D HDTV

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    A 3D HDTV can set you back anywhere from $1000 to $6000--and that's not including the active-shutter glasses, the 3D Blu-ray disc player, or media--so you'd better be able to show that baby off. Our guide will take you from step one (setting up your screening room) all the way to the end (choosing what to watch).
  • Techs for the memories: What did we do before...

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    Take a look back at the pros and cons of life before HDTV, Facebook and Wi-Fi. You do remember life before texting, don't you?
  • 2010 reliability and service survey: HDTVs

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Wander the television aisles at any consumer electronics store, and you'll see far more LCD sets than plasma sets. While the TV industry has pretty much standardized on LCD displays, which have a brighter picture and use less energy than plasmas, that doesn't mean that plasma is suddenly unpopular among its fans.
  • HDTV Holiday Shopping FAQ

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    HDTV prices are hitting record lows this holiday season, so you might be more motivated to go out and buy a new set. Buying an HDTV, however, isn't always as simple as picking out the largest set you can afford. To help, we've compiled and answered the most common HDTV-buying questions. Read on--you might just save yourself the hassle (and fees) of returning a dud.
  • HDTVs and Home Theater: Best of 2010

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Home-theater enthusiasts have a lot to play with this year, as top-quality HDTVs, media streamers, headphones, and music players from Apple, Samsung, Sonos, and Western Digital, among others, make our list.
  • Six ways to watch Netflix on your HDTV

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 11:51 am

    Time was the only way you could access Netflix's Watch Instantly feature was on a Windows PC. Now you only need to watch on a computer (Intel Macs included) if you want to. There are now many different ways to enjoy streaming Netflix content where you really want to see it--on your TV.
  • Early-Bird Black Friday Predictions

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    The first Black Friday e-mail alerts are already appearing in my inbox. The day-after-Thanksgiving holiday shopping event has morphed into a season of its own, running from November through Christmas in an effort to get consumers spending. So what will the deals look like this year?
  • Cheap HDTVs for Black Friday and Beyond

    Posted October 21, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Consumer confidence is down, the foreclosures keep coming, and you're pinching pennies while Wall Street seems to have reverted to business as usual. Fortunately, one thing may bring back your holiday spirit: cheap TVs. That's right, this year's holiday shopping season may bring TVs at deeper price cuts than usual.
  • Best deals in tech: HP anniversary sale

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 10:40 am

    With Halloween fast approaching, October's deals are becoming frighteningly good. This week, look for great deals with Netgear, WD internal drives, an anniversary sale from HP and more!
  • 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an HDTV

    Posted August 20, 2010 - 11:55 am

    High-definition TVs have come a long way in the past two years. In 2008, a 1080p HDTV set was still a high-end item; today, it's pretty much the norm (as it should be for optimal Blu-ray Disc playback). LED-backlit sets were just starting to appear then, and their price tags were astronomical--Sony charged $5000 for its first 46-inch LED-based Bravia. These days, such models are widely available, and prices have dropped dramatically.
  • Review

    HDTVs: Best Places to Buy

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Since a large HDTV is one of the bulkiest and most expensive electronics purchases you can make, you'll want to make the right choice from the get-go. Prices online tend to be lower than those at brick-and-mortar stores, but we did find some attractive in-store deals as well.
  • Skype Turns Panasonic HDTVs Into Videophones

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    The big-screen HDTV is looking more like an oversized smartphone every day--only without the mobility. Not only are Internet-enabled models that run Web applications becoming commonplace, but HDTV apps stores from top manufacturers like Samsung are opening their doors too. And now Panasonic's new line of Viera Cast HD sets will include Skype software for video calls.
  • Geek 101: LCD and Plasma Basics

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:26 am

    If you've gone shopping for a new PC or HDTV, you've probably seen a dizzying array of display-technology terms bandied about in the fine-print specs listings on store shelves. You may have asked yourself, "What do these terms mean? Does any of it really matter?" We hear you. Here's our no-nonsense guide to what these specs mean, what you need to know about them, and what you should be looking out for.
  • New, Tougher HDTV Energy Star Standard Takes Effect

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 10:32 am

    It's about to get a lot harder for televisions to earn that familiar Energy Star logo. On May 1, the new Energy Star 4.0 standard for televisions, published last September, becomes effective. The maximum amount of power an Energy Star TV can consume will drop by about 40 percent.
  • Octopuses wowed by HDTV

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    After all these years, it turns out that the tentacled sea-beasts weren't shunning television; they were holding out for a better picture.
  • HDTV: Even Critters Prefer It

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Apparently we aren't the only species to prefer the crisp, smooth picture of an HDTV compared to that from one of those old CRT sets of yesteryear.
  • Sony, Samsung, Panasonic 3D TVs: So What's On?

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    If you're the early-adopter type who doesn't mind paying top dollar for the latest tech gear, 3D TV may tickle your buying bone. But once you've shelled out thousands of dollars for 3D-enabled hardware, such as a Panasonic, Sony, or Samsung 3D TV, a 3D-capable Blu-ray player, and two or more pairs of 3D glasse, well, what's on 3D TV anyway? Here's your 3D programming guide for 2010.
  • Panasonic 3D TVs Arriving This Wednesday

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 10:45 pm

    Panasonic, makers of the popular Viera HDTV line, announced that its new 3D TVs will go on sale in the United States later this week.
  • Fact or Fiction? 8 HDTV Myths Demystified

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 2:04 pm

    If you're buying your first HDTV or an upgrade from a starter set, your new television may deliver a better picture than the one you're used to. But picking the right HDTV can be confusing, especially when your favorite blue-shirted salesperson may be steering you in a certain direction in hopes of a bigger commission. Or maybe the rep is just misinformed. Whatever the reasons, the environment has rncouraged a cavalcade of claims about HDTVs--some of which were true for first-generation sets but have little relevance to today's buyers, some of remain valid, and some of which were never true.
  • Samsung's 3D HDTVs Starting to Hit The Market

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:50 pm

    Despite some conflicting reports across the Web, and no definitive announcement from Samsung, the company's three-dimensional TV sets now appear to be available.
  • Set Up Your HDTV for Watching Sports

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    You're all geared up for Super Bowl Sunday--or, if football isn't your thing, maybe you're anticipating the men's slalom at the Winter Olympics. Either way, you have your pizza, your beer, and your brand-new, beautiful HDTV. But is that HDTV giving your favorite sport everything it's capable of giving?
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