Are dinosaurs scarier in 3D? You'll soon be able to find out.
Jurassic Park, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, is getting a 3D makeover for its 20th anniversary.
The Jurassic Park 3D Blu-ray is currently available for preorder and will be released on April 23, 2013. The 3D Blu-ray release will come with a total of 3 discs and 2 digital copies, allowing you to watch it on just about any device that you own. A 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and an Ultraviolet copy will be included.
For those who want to watch Jurassic Park in 3D, but are unable to do so at home, the movie will also be released in theaters on April 5, 2013.
Before you preorder the Jurassic Park 3D Blu-ray disc, you might want to make sure that your home theater has all of the components necessary for your 3D viewing experience.
Needless to say, a 3D TV is a must-have in order to watch 3D content at home. If you're looking to purchase a 3D TV, a few models to consider are:
A 3D Blu-ray player is a must-have if you want to watch a 3D Blu-ray disc like Jurassic Park. Some models to consider are:
There are two main types of 3D glasses: Active and Passive. The type that you need will depend on your TV. Keep in mind that 3D glasses are not interchangeable, so if you have a 3D Samsung in your living room and a 3D Toshiba in your basement, you'll need a separate set of glasses for each TV. Here are some 3D glasses to consider.
Strictly speaking, you don't need this to watch your 3D Blu-ray disc, but it is still an important addition to your home theater setup. A receiver that is 3D ready or that has 3D pass-through will not only minimize the number of cables running to your TV, but it will also let you take advantage of the superior sound quality that most Blu-ray discs offer. Many A/V receivers on the market offer 3D support. Here are some A/V receivers to consider.
Now that you have all of the necessary components, go ahead and order that Jurassic Park 3D disc. Don't forget to check out other 3D Blu-ray releases.
Whether you're looking to make the switch from cable, or you're simply curious to see what the best option is for you, satellite TV offers hundreds of channels at a reasonable price.
Satellite TV uses a wireless system to deliver content to your home. A dish on your roof or patio picks up the signal from the satellites that orbit the earth and deliver it to your TV via a receiver. Since satellites are so high up in the sky, they can reach more customers than cable, making it a good option for people living in rural areas.
Let's face it though, you're probably more concerned about what channels you can get with satellite than anything else. After all, you would hate to have every single channel except for the one or two you actually watch.
The Dish Network and DirecTV are the two main satellite providers in North America, both offering a number of channels and content. But the channels and services they offer do vary.
Here's the breakdown:
Both providers offer packages that include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. However, the Dish Network offers access to Blockbuster @ Home, while DirecTV has over 10,000 on-demand movies and shows.
The Dish Network offers 3D movie titles that can be found on channel 501 and 1. On the other hand, DirecTV 3D channels include n3D, 3net, ESPN 3D, and DirecTV Cinema.
The Dish Network offers a multi-sports pack that includes NFL RedZone, NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, Pac-12 Networks, Fox Soccer, Fuel TV, Universal Sports Network, Big 10 Network, and over 30 regional sports networks. There are also plans that include ESPN GamePlan, MLS DirectKick, Fox Soccer Plus, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, ESPN Full Court, and a complimentary tool called Game Finder, which helps you find the sports you want to watch and contains blackout information.
DirecTV is considered to be a leader in sports, offering the NFL Sunday Ticket, which lets you watch every football game, every Sunday—in HD. You can follow team and individual stats during the game as well. If you subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket Max, you can get additional features, like the ability to watch NFL Sunday Ticket games on any device, and a feature called Short Cuts, which lets you watch the game in 30 minutes.
If football isn't your thing, DirecTV offers packages for just about any sport you can think of, including Major League Baseball, NHL Hockey, College Football, College Basketball, Major League Soccer, UFC WWE, Fox Soccer Plus, International Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, and Tennis, as well as the DirecTV Sports Pack, which offers over 35 channels dedicated to sports.
You can read more about DirecTV's packages here.
Special features on movies are hit or miss. Some are good, some are bad, but all are limited to what was included on the disc at the time you bought your movie. It doesn’t have to be that way though.
BD-Live is a feature on some Blu-ray movies that provides an interactive viewing experience by using your internet connection to access content like chats, games, movie trailers, and more.
These movies have some cool BD-Live features:
If you’re interested in BD-Live, make sure you have a compatible Blu-ray player. A few options are:
What’s your favorite BD-Live movie?
After cooking the inaugural meal in your brand-new convection oven, you notice that your food is burned or overcooked. Confused, you check the instructions, but can’t figure out where you went wrong. Take a deep breath, you just need to tweak your recipes a little.
Both regular (conventional) and convection ovens use burners to heat the air inside the oven and transfer the heat to the food. In a regular oven, the air is stationary, which can result in burnt food on the bottom rack (where the heating element is) and overcooked food on the top rack (because heat rises). A convection oven uses a fan to circulate the air throughout the oven. This allows for faster, more even cooking. It also means that your recipe has to be adjusted.
A good rule of thumb is to remember the number “25.” You either need to reduce the temperature in your convection oven by 25 degrees, or decrease the cooking time by 25 percent.
Here are some other tips for convection cooking:
What are your tips for cooking with a convection oven?
If you’re hosting a party for the big game this weekend, you’ve probably got the snacks and guest list planned out. But have you given thought to whether your HDTV and home theater system are prepared to show the game to the best of its ability? Here are a few things you can do at little to no cost to improve your TV-viewing experience.
If you’re just learning how to get Smart TVs, 3D TVs, LED TVs, and other TV terms straight (and we don’t blame you), you might be confused to see a new term floating around: 4K UHDTV. UHDTV stands for Ultra High Definition and 4K refers to the resolution. Ultra high definition is one of the latest features in new high-end TVs.
In order to fully understand what 4K is and why it’s an improvement over standard definition and high definition, you must first understand how resolution works. Digital pictures (like the one on your television, computer monitor, or digital camera) are made up of pixels. Each pixel contains three sub-pixels (one red, one blue, and one green). A picture is created by turning these sub-pixels on and off and by adjusting their brightness. More pixels will result in better detail and sharper images.
Different resolutions you may come across are:
A 4K resolution results in a crisp, clear, and lifelike image, which will enhance any viewer’s TV-watching experience. However, people with large screens and passive 3D will notice the biggest difference.
When you have a big screen, you have larger pixels to fill the space. Because a screen with a 4K resolution has more than four times as many pixels as one with a 1080p resolution, you can have a larger screen size without sacrificing picture quality.
Another area that benefits from 4K technology is passive 3D TVs. With passive 3D, each eye reads every other line of resolution, so you’re essentially watching a film at half the resolution that it is displayed in. On a 1080p screen, you’re perceiving images at a 540p resolution, which is lower than high definition. With a 4K resolution, you’re perceiving the images at 1080p, or full high definition.
Pricing for 4K UHDTVs will vary by brand and has not yet been released for all models. They are estimated to be in the $20,000 price range for 84-inch models from brands like LG and Samsung.
Westinghouse will sell budget 4K UHDTVs, starting at $2,499 for a 50-inch set, $3,000 for a 55-inch set, and $3,995 for a 65-inch set. These will not be Smart TVs, nor will they offer 4K up-conversion processing technologies. For those features, buyers will have to use a 4K processing converter found in select Blu-ray players.
Paul’s TV will offer 4K UHDTVs when they come out, so if you’re in the market for one, keep an eye on our website, blog, and social media accounts. If a 4K UHDTV is out of your price range, we offer high definition TVs for every budget.
3D movies are popular in theaters, but 3D TVs for the home haven’t caught on as fast as they were expected to, in part due to the many rumors and misconceptions surrounding the technology.
Not all of these rumors are true though. Here are some popular myths about HDTV:
3D films have existed in some form since 1915, but they didn’t become prominent until the 1950s. 3D TVs for the home have been around for a few years—Mitsubishi has had 3D-enabled DLP televisions on the market since 2007.
This myth is both true and false, depending on how you look at it. 3D glasses only need to be worn when viewing 3D programming or when gaming in 3D. When watching 2D content, glasses are not needed.
At the other end of the spectrum, another myth is that glasses will not be necessary with new 3D TVs. At this point in time, almost every 3D model on the market requires glasses to view 3D content. Although there are a few LCD monitors that make it possible to view content without glasses, they require that you to stand directly in front of the TV with little to no movement. The technology for glasses-free 3D TVs is coming, but it’s still relatively far away for consumers.
This myth is not true. Many of the 3D television models out there are capable of converting 2D content to 3D, which makes programming virtually unlimited. For content that doesn’t rely on 3D conversion, there are 3D Blu-ray films, which provide some of the best 3D content out there, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant, Direct TV, Dish Network, and content available through cable providers like ESPN 3D.
3D technology is coming down in price. It might seem like 3D TVs are expensive because the feature is included on many high-end TVs, but not on many low-end models. In reality, it’s just another feature, like higher resolution. Compare the LG 55LM6700 to the Samsung UN55EH6000—there is a $200 price difference (but the LG model shown comes with 6 pairs of 3D glasses, which evens it out).
There are several types of 3D glasses, including: anaglyph 3D glasses, linear polarized glasses, and circular polarized glasses. There are also 3D shutter glasses, which require a power source. The type of glasses needed depends on the TV. To know which type of 3D glasses you need, check the TV’s owner manual.
The 3D effect is created by a pair of 2D images spaced to simulate the distance between the right and left eyes. This means that using just one of the two image screens can create a regular 2D print or transfer.
6 Myths About 3D TVs
6 Myths About 3D TVs (Popular Science)
Every January, thousands of people flock to Las Vegas for one of our favorite events of the year: the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Tradeshow (CES). This is when brands like LG and Samsung unveil their latest technologies and product lines to the public. This year CES is taking place from January 8-11, and rumors are already circulating!
Here are some rumors on what several of our favorite brands might unveil:
LG announced their new line of televisions and home theater products on Christmas Day, which was a nice surprise. Some of their new offerings include:
Unlike LG, Samsung has been vague on the details of their new product line. In a blog post the other day, Samsung posted an image of a television that’s sitting vertically instead of horizontally. The set appears to be transparent, letting viewers see the background behind it.
Samsung had only this to say about the set: “A true innovation of TV design is coming up with an unprecedented new TV shape and timeless gallery design.”
Rumors regarding this new television have been circulating the web. Will it be a transparent TV? Or maybe one that shows programs in portrait mode instead of landscape? Or will it be a flexible TV?
We’ll just have to wait until next week to see. (Compare to current Samsung models here.)
Westinghouse is rumored to release UHD TV sets ranging from 50” to 110” with a resolution of 3840x2160.
(Compare to current models here.)
It will be interesting to see how many of these predictions come true. What would you like to see introduced at CES this year?
With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, last-minute holiday shoppers are scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. Electronics and small appliances make great gifts for everyone in your life.
Between smart phones, tablets, and MP3 players, headphones and portable speakers are an essential for pretty much anyone.
Whether someone on your list is addicted to soap operas, sports, or reality TV, a brand-new television or television accessory makes a great gift for a variety of people.
If someone in your life loves food, a small kitchen appliance can make a unique and thoughtful gift.
Which electronics are on your wish list this holiday season?
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