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IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820 January 12, 2012

Posted by kewlhunter in 3D, 3D Glasses, 3D TV, Computer, cool, IPTV, kewl, LED LCD TV, Movies, Online, Sony, tech, Technology, Television, TV, Video.
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IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820

Normally I go out and buy the stuff I review here, but this review is a little different. This time, the good people at Sony were incredibly generous, and loaned me a TV for a few weeks, to review the IPTV functionality (if I decided wanted too). The review is meant to be just about IPTV butI have to let you know about the TV too, as it was a fantastic piece of technology.

IPTV

I am guessing most people are thinking to themselves *what the heck is IPTV when it’s at home ?*  IPTV is just TV or Video content, that arrives via an internet stream, rather than over the air, like traditional *free to air* that we have had for years, arriving via an antenna on our roofs.

One thing that separates SONY’s IPTV from many other IPTV offerings from other brands, is the depth  of the content. Many brands of TV have IPTV functionality, but when you dig below the funky interface, there is little content. That’s a bit like having a great audio system but not having any music.

It’s very clear Sony have gone to  a lot of trouble to not only provide first rate IPTV functionality, but also to secure a lot of content. When I reviewed the TV I had access to well over 20 channels of IPTV content, and that list is growing all the time, with SONY planning to add more and more channels over time.

One of the great uses of IPTV is to provide catch up TV services(this is when a TV station makes programs that have already been aired, available to be streamed via the internet). I made use of these several times. When faced with typical Melbourne bad weather day, instead of being stuck with just Daytime TV to watch, I was able to stream some great Documentary’s, I had missed when they were broadcast on free to air TV in the weeks prior.

Now these same catch up TV services are often available directly on your computer, but SONY has done deals with the TV channels to get a higher quality streams, from different servers, that look great even on a massive 46″ TV, like SONY had loaned to me. These same services, when watched a on a small laptop screen, can often only be viewed in a small 3″ window, as going full screen can make them unwatchable.

SONY also has IPTV channels for everything from dining, travel, fashion, movie previews, to how to channels and even a wiggles channel for the kids. Some of these have a lot of content while some are a bit thin, but no doubt these will be added too, over time.

SONY also has what’s known as Video on demand services too. So when you want to watch a movie, instead of jumping in the car and heading to the video store, you simply select it from the screen(you can even preview it), and watch it in HD(high definition) or SD(standard definition). The HD movies are perfect but an SD movie I watch had  a little noise. It wasn’t a problem, and was perfectly watchable, but IMO it is worth paying the extra for the HD version.

THE TV

Well the first thing I have to say about this TV is WOW! This 200Hz LED/LCD TV has a stunning picture. The colours are incredibly faithful with really deep blacks and fantastic contrast. This TV uses SONY’s Opti-contrast LCD panel, and it is the one used in all their high end TV’s, and it is a clear step up from their entry level TV’s.

The TV has built in wi-fi, which is really handy for most people, to access not only IPTV content but also to the pictures, and video’s on you PC’s, on the same network. The technology behind this is called DLNA. DLNA is just a way for lots of devices to be able to share media across a network. These can be everything from TV’s, PC’s, audio systems, to HDD’s or mobile phones.

The TV is a 200Hz model, and although I am not convinced anyone can see any difference over 100Hz (unless you use a test disc), it certainly can’t do any harm. The TV is also 3D, and although many people aren’t that excited by 3D, the fact movie makers like Scorsese and Speilberg are now making 3D movies, suggests to me, it is here to stay. The TV even comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses.

If you are after a great TV then the HX820 is hard to go past, just in picture quality alone. The IPTV in this and most SONY TV’s is just icing on the cake, and really does give you a few more options of content to watch. IPTV clearly isn’t designed to replace free to air or cable TV but is a great adjunct to the services we already have, and well worth the effort SONY has clearly put into making it a success.

I could go into the technical features of the TV like local dimming etc but the great thing about this TV, is that you just need to look at the picture to see how good it really is. You don’t need to be an expert.

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SONY Z128-The Holy Grail of Laptops ? June 2, 2010

Posted by kewlhunter in Computer, cool, kewl, Laptop, Notebook, Sony, tech, Technology, Windows 7, XP.
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The Holy Grail of Laptops ?

SONY VAIO VPCZ128GGX (Australian model)(Now Z138)

Sony VAIO Z128 laptop

I have been selling computers for many years and its always been the case that what users wanted was a fast, powerful, light weight, laptop with great battery life. This has always been a contradiction as you could have great battery life but had to give up performance or you could have great performance at the cost of lightness and battery life. Well the Sony Z128 may have actually done the impossible and produced a laptop that is light weight, powerful and fast, and has awesome battery life.

SONY has delved deep into the exotic parts bin to do this, and that is reflected in the price. The Sony Z128 isn’t cheap, but that’s to be expected when you have components like Solid State drives, intels high end I7 processor, 8GB of fast DDR3 ram, and carbon composite/precision billet aluminium construction. The LED backlit LCD display is a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Sony VAIO Z128 design makes me think of a formula 1 car, as no part of the design has been compromised, and exotic parts are used when there is a benefit. This results in the Sony VAIO Z128 delivering in spades, in all areas of performance.

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MICROSOFT GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF ? January 8, 2010

Posted by kewlhunter in Computer, cool, Free Stuff, kewl, Laptop, Microsoft, Notebook, Productivity tools, tech, Technology, Themes, Utilities, Vista, Windows 7, XP.
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Microsoft Giving Away Free Stuff ?

Microsoft aren’t really famous for free software but they have some cool stuff that is totally free. I have rounded up all I can find and am posting it here. There is everything from cool themes for your Windows 7 machine to Virtual PCs to run older operating systems on your Windows Computer. read full article here

Logitech G 27 Racing Wheel January 7, 2010

Posted by kewlhunter in Computer, cool, G 27, Gaming, kewl, logitech, Playstation 3, Steering wheel, tech, Technology.
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LOGITECH G27 RACING WHEEL for PS3 and PC

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel for PC and PS3

I love racing games and although I am happy to use a standard joy-pad controller for most games, its just not right for driving games. A proper wheel with pedals is the only way to go. When you drive a real car, you don’t have a button that’s on or off for an accelerator or brake, you have a pedal that you can be held at 70% through a corner, and then planted at the apex. You can modulate the brake when your on dirt to prevent lock up. A switch just doesn’t give you that control. read full article here

Acer Aspire One Netbook AO751 December 5, 2009

Posted by kewlhunter in Acer, Aspire One, Computer, netbook, Technology, Windows 7.
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Acer Aspire One Netbook

Acer Aspire One AO751h-1545 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – 8 Hour Battery Life

I have had the Acer Aspire One for a couple of months now and it has replaced my Asus EEE netbook. I decided that as I live on my netbook these days, it was time to update. My EEE had severed me well but I felt a little more grunt under the hood would be nice, and better battery life would be good too. The larger screen and keyboard were also factors. read full article here

Windows 7 October 5, 2009

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WINDOWS   7

Let me start off by saying I am not a Vista hater. I sell computers and went into Vista wit an open mind. I liked it straight away and didn’t find the UAC prompts that bad. This (UAC) issue is probably the only gripe that people had that was valid(apart from software bloat), and to those people I suggest they harden up and that they should have a good hard look in the mirror, because there are far more serious issues in the world they could take issue with. I have had to listen to soooooo many ill-informed customers winge about Vista, and all of them, when questioned further about their grevience with Vista, didn’t really have one, and where just bandwagoning. read full article here

Logitech Dinovo Edge Keyboard May 24, 2009

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Logitech Dinovo Edge

This has to be the nicest keyboard I have ever owned. Sure it looks great but more importantly it is a pleasure to use. It has some great features too, like the Touchdisc, which is like a laptop touch pad but possibly more functional when using away from a desk, like navigating online from the couch. Its not as functional as a mouse or touchpad when working on a document for example, as dragging and dropping is limited by size, but its scrolling function is fantastic. You slide your finger around edge of disc to scroll up or down by starting at side. If you do same thing at bottom of disc it allows vertical scrolling. On mine I adjusted the speed through the supplied software(which is great interface), to get it to my liking. Below this are traditional left and right mouse click buttons. read full article here

For the Person who almost has it all May 24, 2009

Posted by kewlhunter in Asus, Computer, Fashion, Gold plated, Iphone, Laptop, Macbook, netbook, Technology.
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On my travels through cyberspace I came across whats either the most decadent thing around or something quite cool, depending on your point of veiw. I think its cool but doubt I will ever be in a position to use this service. read full article here

Brain Machine Interface March 29, 2009

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Brain Machine Interface (or Direct Neural Interface)

Brain machine interface(BMI) is a direct communication pathway between a brain and an external device. This was a subject of science fiction, as seen in the movie Firefox but is now a reality, although still in its early days. Original work in this science began in the 1970’s. read full article here

Belkin UPS F6S600auUSB February 9, 2009

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I got this UPS(Uninterruptable Power Supply)/surge protection power a few weeks before I got my new laptop. I had been using a good quality surge protection board with my old laptop, but decided I should upgrade to this unit with the new laptop, due to its expense and my lack of ability to easily replace it if it got damaged. read full article here