The merging of television and internet, talked about lo these many years, may finally be here with the Logitech Revue with Google TV.
Setup is easy: 1) plug your cable or satellite box into Revue, 2) plug your HDTV into Revue, 3) hook Revue up to the internet (with an ethernet cable or via wifi), 4) sit back and take it all in.
Revue makes it easier to control what you watch, using either a special keyboard (included) or your smartphone. But the cool part is all the new functionality Revue will bring to your HD TV set: stream movies directly from Amazon or Netflix, stream music for services like Pandora and Napster, easily search for and watch YouTube videos, check your stocks or fantasy sports scores, surf the internet and more. Revue is also designed to be future ready, so you’ll be able to use services like HD video calling and Revue online gaming once available. $299.
A high definition flatscreen television that can show crisp 3D movies without sacrificing the quality of its 2D image—that’s the Panasonic VIERA 3D television.
The 50″ VIERA refreshes at a blazing 600Hz, delivers a more-vivid-than-real-life 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and, of course, offers 1080p picture quality. That’s rather incredible considering the television’s ultraslim (3.6″ thick) profile. But what’s really stunning is that the VIERA’s 3D viewing experience is actually better than you’d get at the movie theater. Combine that with the rapidly increasing selection of 3D Blu-ray discs and you might never leave your house again.
A vondrous SAT-style analogy question:
Black and white television is to color as color television is to ________________?
The answer: 3D high def television.
The next generation of TV set is bound to be ubiquitous in homes a decade from now. But you needn’t wait that long. There’s a selection of 3D televisions out on the market now. And the best of them, the Samsung 3D series, delivers surprisingly high quality at a surprisingly low price. Pair it with a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player and bring the 3D movie theater experience to your home.
For more info, check out this review of Samsung 3D HDTV.