Audio/Video, Home Theater

eyeTV Lets You Watch and Record Broadcast TV on your Mac

Elegato’s EyeTV for Mac allows you to watch and record TV broadcast via standard signals onto your Mac. The signal accepted by the adaptors varies as there are a few different types to meet your needs. While the devices are priced between $100 and $200 depending on the version, it does mean that you don’t have to buy a separate TV for that room and so you can save yourself some dollars.

We’ll have a brief look at the different versions here.

Definitive Technology Shows Off Mindblowingly Thin Speaker System

Definitive Technology Mythos SpeakerWhen OLED technology became mainstream TVs slimmed down very quickly with competitors trying to out-do each other on a weekly basis. One thing that’s never particularly caught up with this slim TV phase is slim speakers to match.

It’s all very well have floor speakers that are huge, but when you’ve got your TV on your wall and want to put some uber slim speakers up there too it’s difficult to find them.

The Mythos XTR-50 from Definitive Technology will hopefully change that as they are offering speakers at just 38mm thick for wall-mounting next to your TV. They come in different set ups to allow for them at the sides of the TV, underneath it, or on stands dotted around your room.

It’s a well-known fact that if you choose a slim TV you undoubtedly sacrifice sound quality so adding this speakers to your home theatre set up will allow you to keep the slim looks and not compromise that all important sound. …

Review: Intelligen Anti-Glare TV Filter

ViewGuard LCD TV Anti-Glare FilterAnti-glare maker Intelligen, who has traditionally made security screens for computers, laptops and desktops, and even iPads, under the ViewGuard brand has expanded into filters for widescreen TVs all the way up to 65″.

I reviewed a ViewGuard LCD TV Anti-Glare filter for a 52″ TV and found a pretty solid product.

D-Link’s Boxee Box goes on sale today

Boxee BoxBoxee announced the hardware version of their product what seems like ages ago at CES in January and it is finally shipping in time for the holidays.  The Boxee Box ($200) which is made by D-Link launched today and it will soon include both Netflix and Hulu Plus.

It’ll also support HTML 4 and 1080p video and will also support apps like Vevo, VBS.TV and naturally Facebook and Twitter.

Other competitors in this space include Google TV which already has the Logitech Revue box out, Apple which is revamping its Apple TV, and Roku which has a few different models.

Honestech VHS to DVD 5.0 Deluxe

VHS to DVD 5.0 DeluxeHonestech has recently released version 5 of their VHS to DVD conversion solution. We reviewed v3.0 and found a high quality product. Version 5 improves on it in a number of ways.

First of all, v5 (and v4) include support for 64-bit Windows 7. Version 5 also now has an RCA cable, new motion menus and you can include background music. Even better is its support for the iPad.

You still get the USB 2.0 capture device that you plug your source device into (video or audio) and then into your computer, and you also get the full-featured software that captures, converts and allows you to edit the audio/video. It also helps you to burn to DVDs and/or Blu-ray with custom menus or even upload to YouTube.

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Price: $50.00
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)


And if you’re looking for other possible VHS to DVD converters beside this one, take a look at our article with 3 other products or our article covering 2 all-in-one units.

Cisco betting on Umi – pricey home videoconferencing system

Cisco umi Telepresence

Cisco is betting that at least some folks are willing to pay to obtain a significantly higher quality Internet video chat versus the free likes of Skype, Google Chat, AIM, et al. They’ve recenlty unveiled their umi (pronounced “you-me”) videoconferencing (or the fancier telepresence term) system that goes on sale next month. …

DXG claims only 3D Video Camcorder

3D Video CamcorderCamera maker DXG has their ‘3D’ video camcorder on sale at Hammacher Schlemmer. No, it’s probably not the only one out there, but it is somewhat affordable at $600. That includes a 7″ playback screen as well.

This handheld shoots video at 640×480 and stores them in AVI format, with an hour of video taking up about 1GB. It does take SD cards to increase its storage.

The camera uses 2 lenses and a ‘trick’ called parallax barrier to give the video depth without the need for special glasses.

We’d probably stick to a nice High-Def camcorder instead of this standard-def novelty. Perhaps 3D will improve to the point where it’s more appealing (and in HD!).

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Price: $599.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Netflix no longer requires disc for PS3 and Wii

Wii and PS3 offer disc-less Netflix streamingComing on the heels of Netflix announcing that PS3 consumers no longer need a disc to stream Netflix content, Netflix customers with a Wii console can begin streaming movies from the service without the Netflix disc starting this week.

Last week, Sony launched the disc-less service for PS3 console customers. PS3 customers, unlike Wii customers, will be able to view Netflix content in high-definition viewing with surround sound.

Sony’s GoogleTV-based Internet TVs go on sale

Sony Internet Google TVYou can now buy a Sony Internet TV set with GoogleTV. The sets come in 24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″ sizes and also with a remote control that requires 2 hands because of its built-in keyboard for navigation and Web-surfing.

I was a bit surprised by the size of the remote, which borrows some of its design mojo from the PS3 controllers, but thought about it for a second and loved it. Some people may be scared away by the myriad of buttons, but I see stuff like that and think: customization, features galore, basically lots of power.

You can buy these right now on Sony’s website, in Sony’s stores this weekend and at Best Buy next weekend.

If you want more info on Google TV, take a look at our post and/or check out Sony’s crazy sophisticated Flash page.

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Price: $600 – $1400
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

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