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Sony Bravia 52 inch HDTV $1,999 (Save$600)

Sony Bravia 52" KDL52V4100 HDTV

Sony Bravia 52" KDL52V4100 HDTV

Here’s another one day offer from Dell. The offer becomes available on March 4, 2009 at 6 AM CST and lasts until 5 am CST on March 5, 2009.  Regularly this TV sells for $1,999, but for one day only you can save $600 and get it for $1,399 with free shipping. Here’s the scoop:

One day only! Save $600 on the Sony Bravia 52″ KDL52V4100 HDTV. $1999 before discount + free ground shipping.

The Sony Bravia offers full high-definition with 1,080 lines of vertical resolution (1080p) with the BRAVIA Engine Full Digital Video Processor which provides crisp, clear and sharp images. Its Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) uses real-time image processing to dynamically adjust backlight levels for improved contrast. The HDMI connection on this LCD TV uses one cable and one plug to simplify connections.

Use as PC Monitor

This set is also suitable as a display for a personal computer. A 52 inch screen may sound crazy to some, but businesses and classrooms will find them suitable for presentations and classroom instruction. I have a few friends in NYC who use their TV as a computer monitor so they can play watch YouTube and live streaming Netflix videos in their living room or den. They can also compute from the comfort of the couch. Digital couch potatoes anyone? You can even watch TV while using your computer with the “PC Picture In Picture (PIP)” feature.

Media Extenders

Rear Connections

Rear Connections

Sony’s Digital Media Extender (DMex) offers a digital connection path for optional modules like the Internet VideoLink, as well as other modules you can add in the future.

Digital media extenders allow you to connect to a home network to retrieve digital media files (such as music, pictures, or video) from a personal computer or other media server and play them back on a home theater system or TV. A DMR includes a user interface that allows users to navigate through their digital media library, search for, and play back media files. Different DMRs are designed to handle different tasks. Some DMRs only handle music; some handle music and pictures; some handle music, pictures, and video; while others go further to allow internet browsing or controlling Live TV from a PC with a TV tuner.

bravia2Some other capabilities which are accomplished by DMRs include:

  • Watch, pause, & record live television
  • Play and store music CDs and view album art
  • Play, catalog, and store DVD videos
  • Listen & Pause Digital Radio
  • View, store, and edit digital pictures
  • Create automated picture slideshows

One day only! Save $600 on the Sony Bravia 52″ KDL52V4100 HDTV. $1999 before discount + free ground shipping.


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13 Days to Digital Television

There are 13 more days until the analog television signals are shutdown and the conversion to digital television broadcasts is “completed” on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. Estimates have it that as many as 7 to 12 percent of the television viewers who get their TV signals from analog television antennas are unprepared for the switch. That means anyone who doesn’t subscribe to cable, satellite, or some other pay TV service will be getting nothing but static after Feb. 17.

Just a few days ago a bill to postpone the dealine was defeated, but the House of Representatives is set to vote on that digital TV transition bill again today. The suggest new date for conversion is June 12, 2009. 4 more months or 120 days. (Update: The House voted to pass the bill, so the date for analog TV shutdown has been pushed back to June 12, 2009).

Let’s just assume that the bill to delay doesn’t pass, what do the unprepared need to do, and where does the rest of the world stand on conversion from analog to digital TV?

Options for the Unprepared

  1. Sign up for a pay TV service such as cable or satellite
  2. Purchase a digital television set with a digital tuner
  3. Purchase a digital converter box that connects between their existing TV antenna and TV set. (You can get information on the government’s converter coupon program at www.dtv2009.gov)

Last month President-elect Barack Obama called on the Congress to delay the transition to give people more time to prepare. The FCC was offering $40 coupons for the purchase of converter boxes, but those funds have run out, and there is talk about directing some of the financial bailout monies into the program.

US and The Rest of the World

The United States isn’t alone in the digital televison conversion crunch, but if we can make the switch as planned next month, we will be the seventh country in the world to switch, but we will be the first superpower to switch.

There are two bright spots in the US: one is in Hawaii, and the other is in Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington television broadcasters and citizens completed the conversion on September 8, 2008, while Hawaii switched just this past Thursday, Jan. 15. There are a few people who are still in need of boxes, but the majority of the citizens were prepared.

Six Other Nations Have Made The Switch

  • Luxembourg was the first country on September 1, 2006.
  • Netherlands moved to digital broadcasting on December 11, 2006. About 90% of the households subscribe to cable.
  • Finland switched on September 1, 2007, but cable TV viewers continued to receive analogue broadcasts until the end of February 2008.
  • Andorra completed its switch-off on September 25, 2007.
  • Sweden used a progressive transition working from region-by-region. The conversion started on Gotland on September 15, 2005, and was completed on October 15, 2007, in Scania and Blekinge. Cable distributors are allowed to continue broadcasting analogue television.
  • Switzerland began the switch on July 24, 2006 in Ticino and completed it on 26 November, 2007.

Other Countries Conversion Plans

Most other nations are shooting for 2010 or 2012 for completing their own conversions from analog to full digital broadcasts. Here’s a rundown on the plans and target for some nations:

  1. Australia has delayed conversion until 2010 for some regions and to 2013 for the rest of the country
  2. Brazil has scheduled for June 29, 2016
  3. Canada plans to finish by August 2011 with minor exceptions in remote areas
  4. Croatia and the Czech Republic plans to cinvert by 2010 and 2011 respectively
  5. Denmark, October 2009
  6. France will have completed the switch-off in 2011
  7. Germany started the switch-off in the Berlin area on November 1, 2002 and had planned to complete the switch by the end of 2008. I’m not certain of the status of that switch at this time.
  8. Greece will switch after 2011
  9. Hong Kong plans to be switched off by 2012
  10. Hungary is scheduled for some time between 2010 and 2013
  11. Ireland‘s goal is set for most of the country by 2010 with the rest to follow by the end of 2012
  12. Japan‘s target date is July 24, 2011
  13. Kenya had plans to complete the switch in 2008 bu I have no further news on their status at this time
  14. Mexico initiated a 20-year plan to switch in 2002 with the target year of 2022 for completion
  15. New Zealand estimates completion by 2013 to 2015
  16. Norway started the witch in March 2008 and will the progress region-by-region as Sweden did. Completion is scheduled for the end of this year
  17. Poland plans for either December 2012 or 2014
  18. Portugal is aiming for 2012
  19. Philippines, December 31, 2015. ABS-CBN, the country’s largest TV network is supply converter boxes to the Metro Manila area
  20. Russia plans to be completed in 2015
  21. South Africa started the switch-off in November 2008 in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and should be completed by mid 2011
  22. South Korea‘s target date is December 31, 2012
  23. Spain, April 3, 2010
  24. Ukraine, July 2015
  25. United Kingdom starting converting in Wales with the first switch off on March 20, 2005, but they were problems and conversion resumed on October 17, 2007. The rest of the UK is scheduled to be completed in 2012

Is Skylarking Prepared?

My home has three televisions, and at least one of them is safe so far, but I’ve got my doubts about the other two; and we’re taking a “wait and see” approach toward them. We have cable TV (Optimum), but only one set is full digital without a box. Another set is “HD Ready” which means it can display HDTV, but it doesn’t have the tuner necessary.  An add-on box will be needed, which we can get from our cable provider. The third set is completely analog, and unless it gets some sort of box attached to it, it will most likely be completely useless unless we get a converter for the rabbit ears, and I don’t think they make one. The ones I have seen are for outdoor aerial antennas with coaxial connections, not screw terminals.

I’m looking forward to what happens today, and in the week’s ahead.

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Unlocked Blackberry Storm and more from TigerDirect

Here are the deals of the day sent to me by TigerDirect.com.  They’ve listed 21 items here, but below you can find my top picks from the list:

Rundown to the New Year

Hello, everybody!  Sorry for the delay in posting today, but I’ve had a rough weekend. I had to get an emergency tooth extraction on Friday, and you can image how difficult it was to find an oral surgeon the day after a major holiday, and heading into a holiday weekend.

I thought I just had a head cold all week long, but it turns out it was all from an infected tooth. I had tried finding a physician on Friday, with no luck, so I tried calling my dentist since I remembered I had a tooth extraction pending. He was able to get me in to see Dr. Steven D’Abundo in Merrick before closing for the day, and he removed the tooth in a few minutes.

He also prescribed an anitbiotic which I take every 6 hours. He had also prescribed a pain killer, but it seems, surprisingly, I have had little need for that.

Borders Bookstores, Off-line Savings

Though Skylarking has concerned itself primarily with online savings offers, I’d like to alert you to an off-line savings offer. The Borders Bookstores chain is having a multimedia sale this week. All CDs and DVDs are being sold at 30% off their regular list price. (I corrected the discount.  originally I said it was 40%, but it is actually 30%). The sale has already begun, and it ends on January 4, 2009. So if you’re looking to save on some last minute, year end shopping, or if you have some gifts you forgot to pickup, go to your local Borders Bookstore and take a look.


Winter Clearance - Save up to 90%

I frequently order my business cards and customized stationery items and calendars from VistaPrint. Right now they are offering up to 90% off their regularly low prices. Now’s a good time to save on holiday cards for next year. Save yourself from rushing to the store next year, and save yourself a lot of money, too.


Here are some TigerDirect deals:

SAVE $50 – HP Compaq Notebook: AMD Sempron 2.0GHz processor, with wireless networking, 1 GB RAM (Memory, DDR2), with a 120 GB hard drive (Storage), a dual layer Lightscribe DVD burner, and a webcam. Uses Vista Home Basic $379.99* after $50 mail-in rebate, rebate expires 12/31/08. I particularly like the Lightscribe DVD burner. If you purchase blank Lightscribe DVDs, you can flip the disc over after burning data or video to it, and then have the burner burn a label onto the surface of the disc. It’s fantastic.

SAVE $50 – HP Compaq Notebook: AMD Turion 2.0GHz processor with wireless networking, 2 GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It alkso has the dual layer Lightscribe DVD burner and webcam. Uses Vista Home Premium $499.99* after $50 mail-in rebate, rebate expires 05/30/09.

More LCD flat-panel monitor madness: SAVE $30 – eMachines 17″ Widescreen LCD Monitor Refurbished 1440×900. Black $84.97.

SAVE $120 – Garmin Nuvi 265T GPS 3.5″ Touch Screen with Text To Speech and Bluetooth. Now $179.99.

SAVE $120 – EVGA GeForce 8500 GT Video Card: 1GB GDDR2 Video memory onboard, connects to a PCIe (PCI Express) slot. This board is SLI ready which means if you buy and install two of them they can work together for double the power.  This is great for 3D video gaming such as World of Warcraft. It also has connections for DVI, standard VGA, and HDTV. Now $39.99* after $35 Mail-in rebate, rebate expires 12/31/08.  You need to check if you computer has one or two available PCIe slots. Contact me if you hagve questions about this.

SAVE $30 – XFX GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card: 768MB DDR2 onboard video memory, uses a PCIe 2.0 slot with Dual DVI. It, too, is SLI Ready $79.99.

Sharp 52" Aquos HDTV

Sharp 52" Aquos HDTV

Need storage? Need a new hard drive? SAVE $10 – Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB Hard Drive. Uses a SATA-300 connection. $49.99. Computers over 3 years old probably won’t be able to use this drive. An internal SATA card connector would be needed.

SAVE $1100 – Sharp 52″ Aquos LCD HDTV: Sharp, a leader in LCD technology, establishes a new standard for LCD TVs. With a screen size of 52″, the AQUOS® LC-52D64U fits a large screen into an incredibly small footprint. They changed the layout of circuits inside the LCD panel, reduced the number of parts, and developed the slim-line design therby reducing its depth by 25%.  It uses a proprietary Advanced Super View / Black TFT Panel with multi-pixel technology providing 10,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio  and a 4ms response time. It has built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners and includes 3 HDMI (version 1.3) inputs, compatible with 1080p signals, a PC input and 2 HD component video inputs. Side terminals are included for wall-mounting convenience. $1399.99

Thank You

I received an unexpected gift over the holiday weekend. Almost 250 new readers in one day!  On Friday December 26, 2008, my Google Analytics report showed 468 people had visited the site that day. That’s almost 250 more than usually visit in a single day. The most popular posts that day were the Sears Heroes at Home program, Great Advice for New Computer Owners, and the Optoma PK101 Pico Projector.

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Make someone smile with a letter from Santa

Young children around the world send letters to Santa Claus every year, but how many of them get a letter from Santa?  An actual letter, not an email. This year any or all of the children in your family could get their very own letter from Santa.  Or perhaps your entire family would like to hear from St. Nick?

Sent By Santa allows you to order and send your very own letter from Santa to any member of your family, or your entire family. Each customized letter signed by Santa and sealed in an envelope postmarked from the “North Pole” (if ordered bye Dec. 6).

Sent by Santa provides you with sample text to work with. Any and all of the message can be altered by you online. The basic letter includes the child’s name and hometown.

Each letter is $9.95 which includes the envelope, a customized letter, and shipping with no hidden extras. If you order 3 letters, you get the 4th one free. There’s also an option to get a “postcard from an elf” for $3.95.

Also on the site…

The site also has features for emailing your friends about the Sent by Santa service.

They also have two Flash animated games for older kids and adults that can be played online. One games is a memory game, and the other is a snowboard race game.  Fortunately, the memory games isn’t timed because I took way too long to finish.

Most interesting on the site is a list of gift ideas “for him” and “for her”. The suggestions include Rolex watches, iPod Nanos, Louis Vuitton bags, GPS units, Mandarin Oriental Spa gift packages, and HDTVs.

So take a look at the site and the service. And order your letter(s) by Dec. 6 to get a genuine North Pole postmark. Santa will think I’ve been good this year if you do.

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Last Day of Dell’s “10 Days of Deals”

Today is the last day for Dell’s “10 Days of Deals”.  Click the image at right to check them out. Today’s specials are:

Sling Media Slingbox Solo: Reg. $179, Today only $149! Watch and control your favorite TV source with the Slingbox Solo that ensures TV entertainment – anywhere you go! Plus you can cut clips from your favorite programs and share them online with family and friends. Using an Internet connected computer or compatible mobile phone, you can watch and control your home TV, DVR, digital cable box, or satellite receiver anywhere around your home. Additionally, it comes bundled with AC Adapter, Ethernet/Network Cable, Composite AV Cable, Remote Control IR Cable. With a Slingbox Solo, you will never be separated from your favorite TV shows, sports broadcasts, breaking news stories, digital video recordings, or video on demand!

Sony Bravia 52″ LCD HDTV: Reg. $2,799, today only $2,199! Enhance your digital home entertainment with the Bravia 52″ LCD HDTV from Sony. This TV incorporates Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) which uses real-time image processing to dynamically adjust backlight levels for improved contrast without masking details. It also features Motionflow technology that uses special algorithms designed to reduce judder and deliver a smoother, sharper picture with more natural motion of the original film. Additionally, the TV works on the BRAVIA Engine to reduce noise and produce sharp, vibrant, life-like images. Its Digital Media Extender (DMe ) offers a digital connection path for Internet Video Link, as well as other modules you can add in the future.

XPS M1530 Laptop: Reg. $1,600, today, only $1,099! Includes an Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 2Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis, High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD & 2MP Camera, 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive, Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write), 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT video adapter, Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card, High Definition Audio 2.0, amd a Finger Print Reader. Personalize with software & accessories, McAfee SecurityCenter 15-months, Dell Online Backup 30GB for 1 year, and more.

Inspiron 1525 Laptop: Reg. $678, today only $499! Incloudes an Intel® Celeron® 550 (2.0GHz, 533Mhz, 1M L2 Cache), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1, Microsoft® Works Plus 2008, 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty and Mail In Service, Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display, 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz, 120GB SATA Hard Drive, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive), Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card, and High Definition Audio 2.0. Other options and upgrades available. (Picture shows special edition artwork by New York City artist Mike Ming. http://www.mikeming.com/)

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