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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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Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition May 9, 2011

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Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition

Oakley MotoGP Jupiter Sunglasses are listed on the Oakley AOakley MotoGP Sunglassesustralia site as coming soon but when I clicked the  Add to Cart button, I went straight to the checkout, and sure enough the awesome sunglasses arrived a few days later. These are available from amazon Click here
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Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses April 18, 2011

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Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses

I just picked up a pair of Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses with clear frames and Violet Iridium lenses. These are wicked cool sunnies. I got mine from the OPSM  outlet in Rundle Mall Adelaide. My RACV road side assistance

Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses

Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses

membership scored me 20% off. Win!
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Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes April 4, 2011

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Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes

Superclean Elk Blue

I was so happy and so impressed with my first pair of FEIT shoes(Moc Mid Black), that when I saw these super cool shoes at FEIT’s online store, I decided a second pair would be nice. These Supercleans came in a wide range of colours, and all the colours looked great, but I decided on the blue. Life is too short not to own a pair of blue suede shoes at least once.

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Alpine INA-W900 February 21, 2011

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Alpine INA-W900

The Alpine INA-W900 Head Unit(HU), is more than just a car audio system. It brings together in one unit, Satellite Navigation, CD/DVD player, AM/FM radio, iPhone/usb player, Bluetooth hands free kit, and it does it better than any HU I have ever used before. I have had a few devices that are meant to be used with the iPhone but none that have worked as well as this HU.

I have run the iPhone connection cable into my centre console, so its really easy to get to when I am in and out of the car. The phone is also paired via bluetooth, so even if I haven’t connected the iPhone, and still have it in my pocket, I am still able to use the HU for calls.

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1986 PORSCHE 944 TURBO January 23, 2011

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1986 PORSCHE 944 TURBO

I have either done the best thing I have ever done, or the dumbest, and only time will tell.

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My pride and joy

I have purchased a new(old) Porsche. I had been planning to buy another type of vehicle for sometime, but one day some one parked a red 944 outside my house. I had always loved the look of these classic vehicles and decided to see what they were selling for these days. Well one thing led to another and I now own a very shiny red Porsche 944 turbo. Mine is an Australian delivered model, one of only 110 sold here over 2 years(we never got the 87 model). Mine was originally bought in 1987 and so although registered as an 87 it is an 86 spec car. The internal Porsche designation  for 944 turbo’s  is a 951 but right hand drive versions like mine, are actually a 952.
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KewlHunter.com cracks 1000 visits a month December 2, 2010

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KewlHunter.com cracks 1000 visits

When I first started this humble Blog, I was stoked to get 40 vistors in its first month. I couldn’t believe that more than one person a day was reading my posts. Last month I had over a 1000 visits, so I thought I should celebrate this minor milestone with a short post :). I guess I am not the only one who is into cool stuff. I still have a million things I want to write about, so I will keep you all updated, as I go.

I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to visit my site and read my posts, and I hope that you continue to come back, and stay abreast of all that is cool in the world. I never expected to see the growth in this site, that I have, and that is all down to you, my readers. Again thank you

If you have ideas for an article or need any extra information about anything I write about, please don’t hesitate in contacting me, and you can also add me on twitter and face book to  keep updated with my latest posts, and don’t forget to tell all your friends about my little blog

Peace

The Kewl Hunter

Monster Jamz In Ear Headphones November 22, 2010

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Monster Jamz In Ear Headphones

I was fortunate enough to win these in a competition and although initially I was a little disappointed,  as competition was for some Dr Dre headphones, and thats what I thought I had won. These Monster Jamz Headphones are what I had actually won. Once I got over my sadness of not owning the Dre’s (I have heard only good things about), I had a look at what I had in my hot little hands.

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SUPER COOL FATLACE x ALPINESTARS SHIBUYA KICKS November 5, 2010

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FATLACE x ALPINESTARS SHIBUYA KICKS

Apex Initiative x Fatlace – Shibuya

Click here to go to Fatlace site

Little did I know what a quest these kicks would involve to get on my feet. alpinestars-x-fatlace-sneakers I can be quite determined once I set my mind on something, and being told I can’t  buy something I am after, only added to my determination to acquire these sneakers.

I had seen these kicks on my travels in cyberspace, and the clean design really grew on me. Simple lines with a bold splash of blue, and a lack of obvious branding looked good to me. I had no doubt that being Alpinestars and that they were leather, not vynil, meant the quality would be good. The fact they are waterproof, yet breathable was also a factor, living where I do, as Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather. They say if you don’t like it, just wait 5 minutes.

So decision to purchase was made, but how was the question, as it turns out. Naturally I headed to Alpinestars Aussie site, but its not a commerce site, and so wasnt of much use, as its more of a brochure type site. I then headed over to the dot com site, and it is a commerce site. I find the sneakers, and hit buy me now. All good so far. I then register so I can purchase, add to cart, but its only when I go to enter my shipping address do I find that they don’t ship to Australia.

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Buying Cheap Bluray Discs online(from Australia) October 23, 2010

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Buying Cheap Bluray Discs online(from Australia)

I have recently started sourcing my Bluray Discs from amazon.co.UK. There are very few outlets for Bluray Discs in Australia(well there are lots but only a few types ie chainstores) and they charge *premium* prices.  As the UK are the same Bluray region as Australia,  buying from the UK isn’t a problem(The US is a different region and the discs wont play on Aussie players. As far as I know you cannot get any Bluray players that aren’t region locked, but as there are only 3 regions, and the UK is the same as Australia, it does ge us the option of sourcing Discs from there. With the strength of the Australian Dollar, it really does work out a lot cheaper.

I buy several titles at once to maximise the benefit of a single shipping charge. I have also organised group buys with my work colleagues and friends. I have found several titles that just aren’t available here and many that haven’t been released yet. I have also found 3D titles which we just can’t buy in Australia. As I have just upgrade to a new Sony 3d TV, this is great.

Here are some of  the Titles I have purchased recently or am about to purchase

The Ultimate Bourne Collection [Blu-ray] [2002]

Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] [2006]

The Complete Matrix Trilogy [Blu-ray] [1999]

Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Theatrical Version) [Blu-ray]

Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982]

Inception Limited Edition – Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

2001 – A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968]

Iron Man 1 & 2 Double Pack [Blu-ray]

and some 3D titles we don’t have access to in Australia

Alice in Wonderland 3D [Blu-ray]

IMAX – Wild Ocean 3D [Blu-ray]

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D [Blu-ray]

IMAX – Journey Into Amazing Caves 3D [Blu-ray]

IMAX – Grand Canyon Adventures-River At Risk 3D [Blu-ray]

Bolt 3D [Blu-ray]

Monster House 3D [Blu-ray]

If you click any of the above links, they will take you to amazon UK, and if you buy anything on the site, once there, we will receive a small commission. It will not cost you anymore but will help keep this site up and running, and for that we thank you. It all helps