Lets’ Talk Television, and Why It Is Dead

So, does anyone remember when after 8, you made plans to watch TV. Sure, you could have taped it, but even with VCRs, people still watched TV. Now, who needs that? Why should I watch a show when “they” want me to? Not only is there TiVo, but ways to stream shows after they air.

What is so funny is that I can’t think of any show that I just can’t wait to watch. That is, I’m willing to wait a week so I can watch last week’s episode of The Simpsons. They have have to ask myself why I am even watching The Simpsons.

The good thing about television and all its content is there is always something good on, and with Netflix, you don’t have to wait for it every week. Shoot, they have entire seasons of shows that you can binge-watch, which is a serious thing that viewers are doing.

But hey, who needs shows from the networks? I can go to YouTube and watch really good views made by amateurs. In many cases, they are funnier than what the networks put out. Heck,just watching the Nostalgia Critic, a show about bad shows keeps me well entertained.

Here’s the thing that television needs to learn: just get some content that people want. This is all that is needed. Then find away to monetize it, and let the Internet find your fanbase. This is really how it works now, right?

The “Orange and Teal” Effect on Most Movies

Orange and TealI was visiting a friend the other day, and we were having a conversation about current movies and TV, and he discussed how upset he was at the “Orange and Teal” effect on the show Gotham. I don’t watch Gotham, because I usually don’t watch Batman shows that don’t have Batman in them. My friend warned me about having my eyes open to “Orange and Teal”, and I can see why.

See those movie posters there? Why do you think that the dominant colors are orange and teal? Part of it is because that orange is a color that stands out, and a lot of people say that this trend began with the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou. I would recommend this film, as it has a sepia tone look to it to creates something that was unique for the time. Nowadays, most films are done digitally, and it is easy to hit a few keys to create the sepia tones with orange on them.

It is also easy to make shadows darker through digital processing as well. This is why a lot of films come out looking kind of bluish. As a result of this blue look, the orange objects, like people, tend to stand out all the more.

As a result, this creates a lazy digital processing technique so all films look alike. It is even planned to have orange and teal objects, which means that it is just easier to do that rather than giving your film a unique color look.

Personally, I don’t like this effect, because I enjoy watching films that have a color effect that is unique. Now, Orange and Teal can work on films like Mad Max: Fury Road, but the biggest culprit of this two-color fad is the Transformers movies. With Bumblebee being orange-ish in color and many background colors were blue.

But hey, everyone on the Internet makes fun of the Michael Bay Transformers movies. Now there is another reason why with this Orange and Teal effect. Let’s hope that this fad passes, and Orange of Teal will just date older films.

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Samsung unveils mirrored and transparent displays

samsung-transparent-oled01Remember when I talked about how LG was making a very, very, very thin TVs? Well, it appears that Samsung, their competitor, has some plans for some other unusual televisions.

These displays are both transparent, as well as mirror-type. It doesn’t look like Samsung wants to market these for the average user, but it can be used as ad billboards as well as a possible digital signage. For example, the one with a mirror is good for a “virtual fitting room”, where you can see what outfits and/or jewelry looks like without trying it on.

As for the transparent display, imagine passing by a store window and information appears for some products inside the store. If you like what you see, you can use voice and gesture capabilities to get more ads.

Okay, this isn’t some tech that you will see the next time you walk into a department store, but in stores of the future, this is a remote possibility.

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LG makes a TV less than 1mm thick

LGI have seen constant companies attempt to make nearly paperthin screens. After all, who wouldn’t want to roll up their phone or television like a poster? Yes, I like the prospect of having a skinny screen, and LG has done it.

At a press event in Korea, LG showed off a 55-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display that weighs 1.9 kilograms and less than a millimeter thick. The television has a magnetic mat that allows it to be stuck to the wall, and then you just peel it off when you’re done.

Okay, this is clearly a game-changer, but so far, it is all that I have seen so far from my Source. Generally, I usually see some demonstration of this type of technology at CES, but it never comes with any release date, and that is really important. LG Display apparently has stated that they expect to sell 600,000 of OLED TV panels this year and 1.5 million next year. Do they intend to sell these flat ones? So far, there isn’t really a word on a price, but a 65-inch 4K OLED TV costs $9,000.

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Check out LG’s Flexible 18-inch Display

Well, this is one time where words fail me, which is why I often just put a video here and just let the readers love it.

This is exactly what you thinking it is: a bendable screen. This footage comes to us from LG, and it is an 18-inch OLED display. It has a resolution of 1200 x 910, and someone can just roll it up.

Is this the way of televisions? Considering those big boxes on the shelf could be replaced by smaller tubes…I would welcome this era.

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VIEVU² is a durable, wearable video camera

VIEVU2_WebstoreI have seen VIEVU products before. The first time that I saw them was at my first CES in 2008. Back then, they were new, and the idea of a wearable camera was also not common.

Now there is the VIEVU², which is made to be very wearable as well as extremely durable. It is made of the same military-grade tech that law enforcement agencies use. In fact, their target audience is private security people, but it is also made for anyone who needs some accountability issues for recording something for posterity.

The VIEVU² is made to be paired with an iPhone or Android app, and it can also to connect with 802.11 g/n Wi-Fi as well. You can record in 1080p for 90 minutes of recording time, which means you can quickly upload what you want to YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox and what ever. You can buy it here for about $349.99.

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Samsung to unveil the largest curved screen at CES 2014

Samsung curved TVFor some reason, there appears to be some odd trend towards curved screens. In smartphones, LG has the Flex, and Samsung has the GALAXY ROUND.

I suppose that it just makes sense to have televisions with curved screens, and Samsung has them. At least, they will have one at CES 2014. If you aren’t familiar with CES, it is a big electronics trade show that happens every January in Las Vegas. All the big electronics companies will be there, and I plan to be there as well, reporting on what I will see.

For example, I will surely stop by Samsung’s booth to see a 105-inch curved UHD. Yes, that is pretty big, and it can apparently give two times vivid images when viewed from the side as well as “the betst possible TV viewing experience from any angle”. This is due to a Quadmatic Picture engine to deliver UHD-level picture quality, and it is good for 11 million pixels (5120 x 2160) screen resolution with an aspect ratio of 21:9.

Well, I am not certain what the price will be on this, but I am certain it is more than I can afford. Still, I look forward to seeing it, but I’m sure the pictures of it will not do it justice.

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Swann Doorphone Video Intercom

Swann video intercomIn all honesty, I never really felt a need to live in a neighborhood where I had to see who was outside the door at all times. It is comforting when there is a knock at the door, but that peephole doesn’t exactly make me comforted enough to say “come on in”.

I would assume that this is why Swann invented the Doorphone Video Intercom. If you aren’t familiar with Swann, it is a company that makes all kinds of video cameras and other gadgets made for the basic consumer, and not for those who are too advanced with tech. For example, this Doorphone Video Intercom didn’t require a huge setup, but more about that later.

The Doorphone Video Intercom has an LCD screen that is about 3.5 inches. The user wires this monitor to a camera that goes outside of the house. On this camera is a doorbell button with the usual “ding-dong” chime, and then the camera starts feeding the footage from outside. The monitor gives a very clear picture, and it gives a very clear picture in the night, albeit monochromatic.

Keep in mind that the Doorphone Video Intercom’s two main units are not wireless. I honestly have no problem with that, because it comes with a 50 foot cable that can be easily set up according with the instructions. I had them wired together within a few minutes, and also included are some other mounting brackets, screws, and so forth. Like I said, Swann makes it easy for anyone to set it up.

In addition to the camera, there is also an intercom so you can speak to the person at the door. Yes, this does come in handy. Also, if you have one of those electronic locks on your door, there is a lock button on the monitor so you can just hit a button to lock an intruder out. Hopefully, you won’t have to use that one.

If you are looking to get in on this deal, head over to the Swann site and pay $149 for it.

MONEUAL has a lot of award-winning products, including the X-Pillar

Pillar TVToday, my Inbox was inundated with all kinds of companies who have earned awards at CES 2014, in spite of the fact that CES doesn’t occur until January. One of the companies is Moneual, one that I never heard of, but they produce a lot of robot vacuum cleaners that you can see here.

There is a lot of products that I could report on by Moneual, but I decided to report on the X-Pillar. This is a modular 2.1 CH speaker that actually allows you to attach a flatscreen TV and suspend it in the air. It has a tweeter, mid-woofer, woofer amp, SMPS, and even motion sensor. The X-Pillar also has Bluetooth and HDMI.

I don’t have a price for the X-Pillar, as I don’t even know when it will hit the stores, if it will. Still, you have to like the design. Apparently, the inspiration comes form the pillars used in tradition Korean tightrope. I’m not certain what this means, but I hope to see it on display at CES this year.