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3/19/2013 7:23:00 PM  
Jurassic Park 3D Blu-Ray

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.

Is Your Home Theater Set Up for 3D?

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:

  1. Samsung PN64F8500
  2. Samsung UN558000
  3. Sharp LC70LE650U
  4. LG 60LA6200
  5. Other 3D Plasma TVs
  6. Other 3D LED TVs

3D Blu-ray Player

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:

  1. Sharp BDAMS20
  2. LG BP620
  3. Panasonic DMPBDT321
  4. Other 3D Blu-ray Players

3D Glasses

Samsung 3D Glasses SSG2200AR

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. 

A/V Receiver

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. 

3D Blu-ray Disc

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.

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3/7/2013 11:38:00 AM  

DirecTV vs. Dish Network
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:

  1. Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Movies

    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.

  2. 3D LogoDish Network vs. DirecTV: 3D Channels

    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.

  3. Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Sports Pack

    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.

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    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.

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2/21/2013 11:47:00 AM  

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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:

  1. Julie and Julia: Who doesn’t get hungry when watching a movie about cooking and food? While BD-Live can’t send you the actual food, it does let you select recipes as the movie is playing and have them emailed to you so you can cook them yourself at a later date. And that’s the next best thing, right?Lost Season 5 Blu-Ray
  2. The Office Season 8: Season 8 of The Office has a BD-Live feature that allows you to watch the latest episodes of Season 9 the day after they air. This is a great feature… especially if you’re prone to forgetting to set your DVR! You can also access bonus content, including deleted scenes, webisodes, and more.
  3. Lost Season 5: This is one of the most creative uses of BD-Live yet! If you own Lost Season 5 on Blu-ray, you can access Lost University, a fictitious university that has quizzes, guest speakers, and courses related to mythology, folklore, and more.
  4. Sleeping Beauty: This Blu-ray lets you record a video of yourself and insert it anywhere in the movie. You can also play a trivia game inside the movie with people from around the world. And, like with all Disney BD-Live movies, you can access the Disney BD-Live Network to chat with friends, watch the latest trailers and exclusives, take quizzes, play games, and more.
  5. Dark Knight: The Dark Knight Blu-ray disc has a feature called “Live Community Screening,” which lets you chat with friends or the BD-Live community while watching the movie. Warner Brothers even used this feature to host a special “virtual screening” event with the movie’s director, Christopher Nolan, to let fans interact with him. Other features let you record a commentary and share it with friends or the community, watch the latest trailers, and invite friends to watch the movie with you.

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?


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2/6/2013 12:55:00 PM  
Electrolux EW30IS65JS Convection Oven/ Range

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.Electrolux EW30GS75KS Inside

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:

  1. When baking breads, cakes, cookies, and other desserts, reduce the temperature, not the time. This will give you more control and help prevent burning.
  2. When roasting meat, reduce the time, not the temperature. This has the added bonus of speeding up the process!
  3. Covered dishes prevent the air from circulating around the food, so keep the time and temperature the same.
  4. Cookie sheets without sides allow the air to circulate better. Similarly, pans with low sides will allow air to circulate better.
  5. Parchment paper is light so it needs to be weighted down (pie weights work well for this). A silicone mat is a better option for convection ovens.

What are your tips for cooking with a convection oven?

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1/30/2013 4:41:00 PM  

Couple Watching Football

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.

  1. Calibrate Your Screen: Sports events usually happen during the day, and if you’re like most people, you watch most of your TV at night. So even if your TV is perfectly calibrated to suit your daily needs, you need to optimize the picture for the amount of light in the room during the big game.

    Here are a few tips:TV With Color Bars
    1. Don’t use factory settings. They increase contrast and saturation to compensate for bright store lighting.
    2. Unless your HDTV is in a windowless room, lighting will vary depending on the time of day. This means that for the best picture quality, you’ll want to calibrate your TV at the same time of day as the big game or event.
    3. Let your HDTV warm up for about 30 minutes before calibrating. This allows for a warmer picture and a natural image.
    4. Calibrate your devices separately. This includes your cable box, game console, Blu-ray player, etc...
    5. You can use special TV calibration software, but there’s a good chance that you already have something in your DVD or Blu-ray collection that will work. Any DVD or Blu-ray disc with a THX logo comes with built-in calibration software that is designed to work with pretty much any TV. The software is a set of six patterns designed to help you pick key settings. To take full advantage of this, you’ll need to purchase a pair of special blue-filter glasses, but in a pinch, you can just eyeball the settings without the glasses. Examples of discs that include this are the Monster Cable 3DDSUPERDISC and the Monster Cable MMU44152SSH.Monster TV Screen Cleaner
  2. Calibrate Your Speakers: Once you’ve adjusted your screen, you’re going to want to make sure that your audio is calibrated for optimal performance too! Many surround sound systems include automatic calibration systems, which makes this a painless process.
  3. Clean Your TV: What’s the point in having perfect picture quality if dust and fingerprints are preventing you from fully enjoying it? A screen cleaning kit like the Monster Cable FSCLNKIT-LG1 Flatscreen Screen Cleaner or the Monster Cable Screen Cleaner Ultimate Performance TV Cleaning Kit will help ensure that your HDTV is in perfect shape for the game!
  4. Make Sure You’re Getting HD: This might sound obvious, but make sure that you’re actually getting a high definition broadcast! Check that your cable or satellite box is a “high definition” model and that the resolution is set to your HDTV’s native resolution. Also make sure that you’re tuning into the right channel—many stations show a standard-definition and a high-definition version of the same program simultaneously!
What are you doing to get ready for the big game?

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1/24/2013 5:45:00 PM  

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.

The Difference Between Standard Definition, High Definition, and Ultra High Definition

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:

  1. 480p: Standard definition. 480p is 852 pixels long and 480 pixels wide, for a total of 408,960 pixels.
  2. 720p: High Definition. 720p is 1280 pixels wide by 720 pixels long, for a total of 921,600 pixels. This has more than twice as many pixels as standard definition.
  3. 1080p: High Definition or Full High Definition. 1080p is 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels long for a total of 2,073,600 pixels. This has more than four times as many pixels as a standard-definition TV.
  4. 4K: Ultra High Definition. 4K refers to a resolution that is approximately 4K by 2K. In a TV, this is generally 3840 pixels long by 2160 pixels wide, for a total of 8,294,400 pixels. In cinema, this may vary slightly. 4K resolution has more than four times as many pixels as 1080p.
  5. 8K: Ultra High Definition. 8K is 7680 pixels long by 4329 pixels wide, for a total of 33,177,600 pixels. It is worth noting that while this technology does exist, it will be quite a few years before it is widely available/used. Most cameras are not even capable of capturing footage in this format yet (most films are shot in 4K or 5K).

Who Benefits from a 4K Resolution?

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.

How Much Does 4K Cost?

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.

  1. Westinghouse Brings Value to 4K Ultra HD TVs

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1/10/2013 7:08:00 PM  

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:

  1. It’s a New Technology 3D TV

    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.

  2. 3D Glasses Need to Worn All of the Time

    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.

  3. Glasses are Not Necessary with New 3D TVs

    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.

  4. There is No 3D Content Available

    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.

  5. 3D TVs are Expensive

    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).3D Glasses

  6. All 3D Glasses Are the Same

    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.

  7. 3D Films Must Be Shot Separately in 2D

    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.

If you're interested in purchasing a 3D TV, check out our 3D LED and 3D Plasma HDTVs.

Are there any rumors or misconceptions holding you back from purchasing a 3D TV?


  1. 6 Myths About 3D TVs

  2. 6 Myths About 3D TVs (Popular Science)

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1/2/2013 3:57:00 PM  
Consumer Electronics Show- CES

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:

  1. 4 new soundbars (Compare to current models here.)
    1. 3 of these models offer built-in Bluetooth and a wireless subwoofer.
    2. 2 of these models come in a larger size, designed to complement 47-inch TVs.
  2. Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box systems
    1. All new models feature built-in Wi-Fi and LG’s Full Smart TV suite of apps
    2. 3 new Blu-ray models (Compare to current models here.)
    3. 2 of these new models feature a “private sound mode,” which allows you to listen to the audio of your Blu-ray player via an app on your smartphone.
  3. New TVs (Compare to current models here.)
    1. LED backlights in entire LCD range (replacing CCFL backlights)
    2. Upgraded Magic Motion remote featuring “natural” voice recognition, dual-core processors, and more
    3. Enhanced home dashboard with custom folders
    4. Improved sharing with devices like smartphones and tablet


Samsung Transparent TV

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?

  1. LG's 2013 home theater line doubles down on sound bars, Bluetooth speakers
  2. Westinghouse Preparing Budget Hultra-HD TVs for CES 2013
  3. Samsung's New TV Design Teaser for CES 2013

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12/20/2012 2:35:00 PM  

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. 

For the music lover…

Between smart phones, tablets, and MP3 players, headphones and portable speakers are an essential for pretty much anyone. BiGR Over-the-Ear headphones Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  1. In-ear headphones:  In-ear headphones are an option that is portable and affordable—perfect for the music lover who is always on the go. The House of Marley Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones are an option that comes in a variety of colors.
  2. Over-the-ear headphones: Another great headphone option is over-the-ear headphones. Baseball lovers will support their favorite team in style with BiGR Over-The-Ear headphones.These headphones not only come with a variety of team logos, but they also feature a built-in answer button and microphone, making them perfect for people who can’t put down their smart phone.
  3. Music  system: A slightly different option for music lovers is a portable music system. The Sonos All-in-One Wireless Music System Play 3 or Play 5 allows you to stream your entire music library and radio stations in several rooms at once, streaming through your home wireless network.

For the TV watcher…

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. Toshiba 32c120 720p LCD TV

  1. Televisions: For a big-ticket item, you can’t go wrong with a quality television. LCD televisions like the Toshiba 32C120 are slightly less expensive, while LED televisions like the Sansui SLED3228 have richer colors, and plasmas like the Panasonic TCP50U50 offer the richest color palette and best viewing angles of all.
  2. Blu-ray players: Maybe the movie lover on your list has the perfect television already, or you’re looking for a more affordable option. Blu-ray players like the LG BP620 or Sharp BDAMS20 are a great gift option. Because Blu-ray discs are capable of storing more information than DVDs, they offer superior image and sound quality, as well as more room for special features.
  3. Accessories: Someone who owns a 3D television will appreciate an extra pair or two of 3D glasses like the Samsung SSG4100GB, while just about anyone on your list would appreciate a universal remote to simplify TV watching.

For the foodie...

If someone in your life loves food, a small kitchen appliance can make a unique and thoughtful gift.

  1. Wine: An electric wine chiller or warmer is a great gift for any wine lover on your list. The WaringWaring Pro SCM100 Snow Cone Maker Pro RPC175WS is an affordable option that chills or warms a bottle of wine to its optimal serving temperature within minutes.
  2. Coffee: Who doesn’t like a fresh cup of coffee to kickstart their morning? A programmable coffee or espresso maker like the Cuisinart DCC-1200 makes a great gift option.
  3. Ice cream makers: Kids and adults alike will love to make something sweet with an ice cream maker like the Cuisinart ICE-21R or a snow cone maker like the Waring Pro SCM100.

Which electronics are on your wish list this holiday season?

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