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By The Numbers: Why 3D TV Still Has A Long Way To Go

For the last few years, TV manufacturers have been pushing 3D technology to consumers as a great new way to view television, but broadcasters have been slow to provide enough content to make the switch worthwhile. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that highlight the problems. [More]

Parents Television Council Calls For Crackdown On Pixelated Nudity And Bleeped Profanity

Parents Television Council Calls For Crackdown On Pixelated Nudity And Bleeped Profanity

Did you know there was a 2700% year-over-year increase in the amount of pixelated and/or blurred nudity on prime time broadcast TV? How about a 2409% rise in the use of bleeped profanity between 2005 and 2010? Probably not, because the only people who watch out for and keep track of this sort of thing are the folks at the Parents Television Council. [More]

Showtime Ruins Last Scene Of 'Dexter' Finale As Soon As You Start Blu-Ray Disc

Showtime Ruins Last Scene Of 'Dexter' Finale As Soon As You Start Blu-Ray Disc

If you’re a fan of the TV program “Dexter,” you will remember that something rather important happened in the last thirty seconds of the last episode of the last season. If you’ve never watched “Dexter,” imagine an equally important scene in a television program that you do care about. Or game-winning points scored by your favorite team right at the buzzer. Now imagine that you sit down to watch after some delay. In the case of reader K., that viewing is on DVD. That pivotal scene is the first thing you see, part of a promotional clip for… the very DVD you’ve just sat down to watch. So they’re spoiling something you’ve just rented or purchased, assuming that anyone who buys the DVDs had already watched the last season or failed to avoid spoilers? [More]

Push Girls On Sundance Channel: Free If You Can Hear, $2.99 Per Episode If You Can’t

Push Girls On Sundance Channel: Free If You Can Hear, $2.99 Per Episode If You Can’t

Push Girls  is a reality program about four beautiful, fabulous women living in Hollywood who use wheelchairs. When reader Chris, a disability activist, heard about it, he wanted to check it out. For viewers who don’t have cable (or Dish Network subscribers), full episodes of the program are actually available online. As long as you’re able to hear, anyway. If you need (or choose to use) captions, those are only available for $2.99 via iTunes, please. [More]

TV Demand Slumps Because We’re All Making Do With What We Already Have

TV Demand Slumps Because We’re All Making Do With What We Already Have

TV in the living room, in the den, in the kitchen, the bathroom (no judgment) and in the family room? You’re not alone — for the first time, LCD TV sales are falling, along with other flat-screen models, partly because we’ve already got all the TVs we need. [More]

One Man's Campaign To End Six Months Without A Working Haier TV

One Man's Campaign To End Six Months Without A Working Haier TV

Andrew took advantage of a great Black Friday deal from Newegg to buy a nice large TV. At least, he assumes that it’s nice. The first set he received never worked, and the second worked for only 48 hours. Stuck dealing with Haier, he still hasn’t managed to extract a working TV out of them. [More]

How To Make A Digital TV Antenna

How To Make A Digital TV Antenna

Even in the digital age, it’s still possible to snatch free TV signals out of the air. It helps to live in a centralized location that receives unobstructed signals, and it’s usually necessary to have a powerful antenna connected to your TV. [More]

What The Heck Is 4K And Should You Spend $25,000 To Get It?

What The Heck Is 4K And Should You Spend $25,000 To Get It?

Several manufacturers are showing off so-called 4K technology — which promises TV pictures at four times the top resolution of current HD — at the Consumer Electronics Show, including Sony, which expects to have a 4K projector on the market in a few weeks, for $25,000. Assuming you have $25K burning a hole in your pocket, and a vacant wall in your home theater, should you rush out and buy one? [More]

This 19" Portable TV Was 'The Supreme Achievement Of The Television Age' In 1959

This 19" Portable TV Was 'The Supreme Achievement Of The Television Age' In 1959

Imagine a portable TV with a 19″ screen that has a fuel cell that recharges from your wall outlet, and can be disguised as a weirdly heavy briefcase. Not impressed? Maybe you would have been if it were still 1959, when Motorola introduced this amazing television with its futuristic rechargeable “energy cell” (sold separately.) [More]

Apple Working On Its TV Technology In Bid For Complete & Total Domination

Apple Working On Its TV Technology In Bid For Complete & Total Domination

In a move to make everything iFriendly, Apple is moving ahead with developments in TV, in an effort started by late CEO Steve Jobs. Those in the know say the goal is for their TVs to work wirelessly with other Apple devices like the iPhone. [More]

NFL Liberates Nighttime Thanksgiving Game From NFL Paywall

NFL Liberates Nighttime Thanksgiving Game From NFL Paywall

For years, football tradition held that there were two NFL games each Thanksgiving. The league added a third game, played at night, and placed it on the NFL Network, which many cable subscribers need to pay an extra monthly fee to watch. Starting next year, all three Thanksgiving games will be on network TV, with the late game moving to NBC. [More]

FCC: TV Commercials Will Be A Lot Quieter One Year From Now

FCC: TV Commercials Will Be A Lot Quieter One Year From Now

Today the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass regulations requiring that all commercials on TV be at a constant level — which means no sudden blaring of Wacky Wild Wally screaming at you about the best RV deals in town. Well, he might still be screaming but he won’t permanently damage your hearing. [More]

Panasonic Has No Idea Why Your 3D TV Keeps Adding Phantom Channels

Panasonic Has No Idea Why Your 3D TV Keeps Adding Phantom Channels

Josh really enjoys having a 3D television in his home, and spent a lot of money for the privilege. About six months after purchase, the set began adding phantom channels to his lineup. Not a catastrophic problem, but not a problem that’s easy to ignore when you dropped more than two grand on the TV set less than a year ago. But Josh is apparently the only one on the planet with this problem, and while Panasonic can’t figure out the cause, they’re not about to send Josh a new TV or even send someone out to his home to fix it, even though his service agreement states that’s sort of what they have to do. [More]

Docs Again Warn Against TV For Kids Under 2

Docs Again Warn Against TV For Kids Under 2

Letting kids under two watch TV doesn’t provide them with any educational benefit and can cut down on the interaction with others and play time that is key to their growth, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns in a new report. [More]

A Workaround For DirecTV's 50 Show DVR Limit

A Workaround For DirecTV's 50 Show DVR Limit

Reader Paul is pissed because he found out that DirecTV’s DVR will only let you schedule 50 shows to record and watched. Having more than one person in his house, he hit this limit pretty fast. So how can you record more than 50 shows on the DirecTV in-house brand DVR? One thing you can do is use the enhanced search function with “boolean operations.” [More]

Study: Fast-Paced Cartoons Mess With Kids' Minds

Study: Fast-Paced Cartoons Mess With Kids' Minds

SpongeBob SquarePants and other silly, rapid-fire cartoons have come under the cross hairs of the research community, with a study finding that 4-year-olds who watch a cartoon fitting the description of SpongeBob SquarePants had more trouble immediately performing cognitive tasks and maintaining self-control than those in two other groups, one of which watched a slower-paced cartoon while the other spent time drawing. [More]

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

I’ve been hearing how the ol’ “threaten to cancel to get your cable bill reduced” ploy is “dead” but I decided to give negotiating with the cable company a shot. I got my monthly bill reduced by $30, and, indirectly related to my conversation with them, somehow also got free HBO. Schweet. [More]

Frustrating Chat With A Comcast Rep Impersonating A Robot

Frustrating Chat With A Comcast Rep Impersonating A Robot

Is it a man or a robot? A robot impersonating a man? A man impersonating a robot? Such are the questions that flitted through bobbymac’s head as he engaged in text-based dialogue with a Comcast customer service rep. [More]