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Sony Internet TV Rolling Out First HDTVs Powered By Google TV

sony-internet-hdtv-google-tv-1Cable and Satellite TV better watch out because there seems to be a new sheriff and deputy in town by the name of Sony and Google. Sony is finally rolling out details on the first HDTV sets that will support a new Google TV (internet TV) platform. The new ‘Sony Internet TV’ comes in 1080p LCD and LCD LED flavors under $1,500 and will be available later this month around October 24 at local Best Buy stores to start off.

The new Sony Internet TVs will have built in Wi-Fi and an included keypad remote with integrated mouse and keyboard for navigating the Google TV interface.

There will be a starting line of 24-inch ($599) Sony Internet TVs along with 32-inch ($799), 40-inch ($999) and 46-inch ($1,399). LED (LED backlit) models will also be included in the lineup with a slightly higher price of course. Each TV will have pre-installed apps including Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube and Sony’s Qriocity streaming-video service. The Google TV integration may be the forefront hit of these new TV sets. There will also be apps available to control your Google TV through an Android powered phone.

In the world of ‘Internet TV’, we have yet to see anything ‘sure-shot’ thing to stick and take off. Google TV may be the answer to cutting the cord but we won’t really know until we see these new Sony TVs on the market, faster and not-so-expensive ISP (Internet Service Provider) support and a large library of available TV programming and movies available.

Due to this news the question arises, would you dump your current cable or satellite subscriptions in place of Google TV/Internet TV service offered on one of these new Sony Internet TVs if the price is ‘right’? What would it take for you to leave your current cable or satellite TV? Is this the wave of the future?

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Betty White on SNL Video: “Facebook Sounds Like A Huge Waste of Time”

Facebook vs. Phonebook, which one do you trust and which one is not a waste of time? Well, ask the ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White who at 88 years old hosted Saturday Night Live last week. It is very interesting that Betty White put so much emphasis on Facebook and how ‘popular’ it has become. In her humorous opening to the Mother’s Day special for SNL, it does raise the questions about Facebook and where it currently stands with all of the privacy concerns. If you want to get a good laugh in today, then check out the SNL opening clip below.

[sources: watching-tv-ew.com, hulu]

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About 800,000 TV Cable/Satellite Subscribing U.S. Households are ‘Cutting the Cord’

tv-cable-disconnected-1Sure you have seen all of the Cable TV and Satellite TV commercials and how crafty they are by explaining to you how they offer a better deal than the other. But what about Cable and Satellite TV put up against Antenna, Netflix or the Internet? According to recent reports from the Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group, these old and new services may cause trouble for the big cable providers such as Comcast, DirecTV, Cablevision and even Time Warner Cable.

It has been reported that nearly 800.000 households in the U.S. have “cut the cord”, leaving their cable, satellite or even Telco TV (AT&T, Verizon FiOS) service providers. That means these people are resorting to using a digital Antenna, Netflix and other forms of streaming over the internet such as iTunes.

Of course 800,000 is really not that many U.S. households considering that it only accounts for 1% of the estimated 100 million U.S. households that currently subscribe to cable/satellite TV type services. I am going to guess here but in a few more years that number could grow exponentially creating a big dent in the number of cable/satellite service customers. With the way the economy is slowly swinging back, Americans are being a little smarter about how they spend their money and that includes home entertainment.

If Netflix continues to offer a service that allows you to stream movies for around $9 a month plus whatever high-speed internet access you have to pay for, then it could easily replace those $130 cable packages. What about your sports and local news you may ask? Well, what about it? That’s rather simple, install a digital antenna to that new HDTV set that you purchased on sale. The airwaves still offer “Free” programming only now it is digital and mostly offered in HDTV formats which is a plus for you if you still like “quality” entertainment.

The 800,000 figure is a rough estimate of the number of U.S. TV households that actually cut the cord by the end of year 2009. Just think, in 5 years that may be over half of all cable, satellite and Telco TV service providers making the switch to a less expensive alternative. Maybe the cable company will finally lower the price on their packages. Maybe that is wishful thinking but what do you think?

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