Thursday, August 13, 2009

 

Panasonic reveals 54" wireless Viera TV that's 1 inch thick

It features a wireless tuner, internet-capable (to a Panasonic server with select websites). But it's really all about the super-thinness of the TV, right?

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Friday, July 24, 2009

 

Top 5 Television Repair Myths

This is an ongoing work, and I'm sure more will be added. This is just based on our experience, we'd love to hear yours:

(As we work out the list, we'll get it ordered and numbered)

*) Replacing the fuse usually fixes a "dead" TV. -- Actually, the fuse is almost never the solution to a television problem. Fuses blow when too much power goes through them, and the most common reason for that to happen is another part within the TV's circuitry passing along the wrong amount of juice. Replacing the fuse will normally just result in more bad fuses.
TIP: If you really must try the fuse, just make sure you get the EXACT fuse replacement. Getting the wrong one can do much, much, much more damage to your TV than doing nothing at all. Whatever you do, DON'T BYPASS THE FUSE. Don't try a trick to get past a bad fuse. You might end up burning your house down and endangering your life and the lives of your family. DON'T!

*) If the TV has no power, it must have a defective power button. -- This one is possible, but very unlikely. Any single part in the power circuit of the television that is bad can cause the TV to have "no power" or appear "dead". Since most people operate the TV with a remote, the chances of a switch going bad are slim to none.
TIP: If the remote AND the power button won't turn on the TV, check the batteries in the remote... but it's the TV, trust me.

*) My picture won't come on, it must need a new panel (i.e. plasma or lcd tv) -- Good news! This is usually not true... and good thing! Plasma and LCD panel replacement is cost prohibitive, and I mean expensive as heck. Fortunately, it's not usually the panel.
TIP:
If you see a rainbow colored or white spatter effected series of cracks when the TV is on, it's a busted panel.

*) "It's a lemon" -- It could be, but I doubt it. Just because your television has a failure, doesn't really impune the good name of the manufacturer, that model, or your specific television. It's all about percentages. If a manufacturer makes a million TVs and only half a percent fails, that's 5,000 bad TVs. Seems like a lot when it's your TV, but truthfully that manufacturer is doing pretty darn good. Most likely, your television can be repaired successfully by a qualified, experienced television servicer.
TIP: If you have to repair it more than 3 times within the warranty period, you might be right. The manufacturer will make that decision based on the high cost of repair that they're investing in your TV. Be nice, patient, and they'll take care of you.

*) TV repair companies know which TV's breakdown the most/least -- I've got bad news for you. A servicer can tell you which televisions they don't like working on (due to difficult chassis, schematics, parts availability, etc), but they can't really give you a good idea which TVs break the most or the least. All they see are bad TVs, from every brand imaginable. No manufacturer is perfect. Unfortunately, the numbers are skewed (mostly) by the number of televisions sold by that brand. You sell a lot, you'll (percentage-wise) have more repairs. Does that make the brand inferior? No, it means they sold more.
TIP: Try to stick to brand names you know, get referals from friends. If you've never heard of them making TVs before, be cautious.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

 

Sony Warranty Extension: Warping of Lamp Access Door

From Sony's website, here's news regarding an extension for certain Sony TV owners:

Limited Extended Warranty for Certain 2003 and 2004 Televisions Exhibiting Warping of the Lamp Access Door

Posted: 04/17/2008


* 2003 Models: KF42WE610, KF50WE610, KF60WE610, KDF60XBR950, KDF70XBR950
* 2004 Models: KF42WE620, KF50WE620, KDF42WE655, KDF50WE655


It has come to our attention that a limited number of Grand WEGA rear projection televisions (models listed above) may exhibit warping to the lamp access door. In rare cases, some additional components may also become damaged as a result.

Sony would like to assure its customers that this issue has been evaluated extensively and that there are no product safety concerns caused by this issue.

As part of our commitment to quality, Sony will reimburse owners of eligible models in the United States who paid out-of pocket expenses on or before May 9, 2008 for an estimate or repair service related to this specific lamp door issue. To receive reimbursement, please follow the exact directions on the claim form for reimbursement; all claims must be postmarked by August 31, 2008. See the claim form for complete terms and conditions.

Additionally, through March 31, 2009, Sony will repair the lamp access door and any other components damaged as a result at no charge for any of the covered televisions. Customers who experience this issue should contact Sony at (888) 649-7669 to schedule a repair. Sony will only provide free repair to covered televisions that exhibit this specific condition.

All other terms of the Sony limited warranty continue to apply. Sony utilizes a network of hundreds of qualified independent third-party servicers to perform in-home television warranty service. Sony, through its Authorized Servicer Network, will repair your set within 30 days of your initial contact. For diagnosis, warranty service, or if your set is not repaired within 30 days, please contact Sony at (888) 649-7669.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

 

Bill may delay the February 17th switchover to digital TV

I knew it would happen, so no surprises here, but a bill is heading to the Senate that will delay the cancellation of all analog TV broadcasting until June 12th. It hasn't passed yet, but there's a good chance it will. This is not the first delay to this change, and might not be the last.

Stay tuned, and read more about it here:

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=170868&site=cdn&f_src=lightreading_gnews

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 

Top ten selling LCD TVs of early 2009?

I can't vouch for accuracy, but might be worth checking out if you're looking to buy a new LCD television.

http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/top10.shtml

Hope this helps you make your TV buying decision.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

 

Samsung unveils latest and thinnest TV

Samsung Electronics plans to unveil a flat-panel TV that's as thin as just 6.5-millimeters at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it said Sunday.

The TV set, few details of which were immediately available, is between 6.5mm and 7mm across its width and has an LED (light emitting diode) backlight.

The backlight sits behind the LCD panel and generates the light that shines through it to allow the image to be seen. Most LCD panels use thicker backlights that make use of fluorescent lights but LEDs are fast finding favor with TV makers for their thinness and better overall light.

Read the full article here.

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Proposed California energy regulations may make plasma TVs illegal

Plasma televisions use more power than LCD TVs, and California uses a LOT of electricity. In an effort to cut back on energy use, they're requiring energy efficiency levels that are higher than current plasma models can achieve.

Of course, California residents can go to neighboring states or order online to get their beloved plasma, but I think it's more likely that plasma TV manufacturers might try to meet the guidelines of this huge television market.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

 

TV Installation Tip: Don't bend your cables

Whether it's HDMI, coaxial, component, whatever, it's always a bad idea to have hard bends in your cables.

Within that smooth, flexible rubber outside is some kind of copper (probably) wire or wires, and these can easily break if you bend the cable to far or at too sharp an angle. Sometimes the cable's innards are a bunch of wires around a central core, and each one of those little wires can break. This can impact on the quality of signal transmission along the cable.

If you must use twist ties or lock ties to contain the extra cable length, keep your loops fairly loose and do not tie the ties too tightly. This too can cause damage to the inside of the cable. Actually, it's best not to coil the wire at all, so try to pick a cable length that is long enough for what you need a maybe a foot or two longer.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

Sony closing Pennsylvania LCD television plant by 2010

Tuesday Sony made an announcement about an overhaul of their operations, and it looks like the first change will be the closing of one of their LCD TV plants. The plant manufactured LCD TVs, and provided repairs and logistics services. Sony appears to be tightening up their operations in the wake of poor economic conditions worldwide.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

 

Interesting LG article about LCD TV panels

Here's a sample of an interesting article in LG's Knowledge Base:

There's far more to building an LCD than simply creating a sheet of liquid crystals. The combination of four facts makes LCDs possible:
• Light can be polarized. Liquid crystals can transmit and change polarized light.
• The structure of liquid crystals can be changed by electric current.
• There are transparent substances that can conduct electricity.
An LCD is a device that uses these four facts in a surprising way!
To create an LCD, you take two pieces of polarized glass. A special polymer that creates microscopic grooves in the surface is rubbed on the side of the glass that does not have the polarizing film on it. The grooves must be in the same direction as the polarizing film. You then add a coating of nematic liquid crystals to one of the filters. The grooves will cause the first layer of molecules to align with the filter's orientation. Then add the second piece of glass with the polarizing film at a right angle to the first piece.

Read the rest (with helpful pictures) here: http://lgknowledgebase.com/kb/index.php?View=entry&EntryID=2245

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