Monday, January 28, 2002

Loewe now without a U.S. Distributor

Yup, bad news folks as this may be a real inconvenience. Many have written in pointing out that Sensory Science has apparently been absorbed by Sonic Blue. In the process, Loewe lost it's U.S. distributor as Sonic Blue has decided not to pick up the Loewe distribution contract. See this article for the details.

Ouch!! So what do we Loewe owners do now? I dunno, I haven't had a problem with my Aconda yet, but I'm not looking forward to finding out. I guess I'll have to go through "The Good Guys" where I bought mine, sure glad I ended up buying that 4 year extended warranty now that my 2 year warranty, as offered by the company formerly known as Sensory Science, is in question.

The Sonic Blue web site lists as their ReplayTV/Go-Video/Cal Audio/Loewe PR guy, someone named Jonathan King ( I'm gonna e-mail him and see what the official support for current U.S. Loewe owners will look like. I encourage you all to write in, after all, we are entitled to a 2 year factory warranty. Hopefully it's still good given how expensive this bugger was (even more $$$ for the 38" Aconda owners out there).

In the mean time, check out these support links offered up on the Sonic Blue web site (well, I had to dig around a bit to find them but here they are for all to share):

I have looked up the approved Loewe "Service Centers" in my area and I'm making note of it for prosterity as this may be my only source of help until a more permanent U.S. presence for Loewe comes into being. I'd advise you all do the same.

We should all write/call/E-Mail Loewe as well as to this Johnathan King fellow and try to get some information as to what is really going to happen to our warranty coverage!!!

Dammit, I hate getting back from vacation to have this crap waiting for me :( At least my Aconda still looks nice...


Sunday, January 27, 2002

Yet another reason to hate broadcast TV

Yup, back again. Sorry I was out of town for awhile snowboarding in Whistler B.C. I'll try to get back into the swing of things again and start posting more...

You know, I don't think I ever really can say that I miss watching TV. In fact, our whole country as a whole would probably be better off NOT watching TV at all (except for perhaps PBS and some other rare quality offerings). Here is an article on Slashdot about how broadcasters are Trimming Television to Sell More Ads. As if digital cable didn't already look crummy, now they're shaving off one in every 44 video frames to get another ad in. There is nothing these whores won't do for another 30 seconds of Advertising revenue.

Yup, that's why I use my Aconda mainly for DVD movies...that and video games!! Take back your life folks, dump the cable/broadcast crap, use the money you save to get a HD Decoder, pull in GOOD quality video for FREE and rent lots of DVD's!!! That and get out of the house more and have a life. And for god sakes get the dammed kids out from in front of the TV mind suck; They're getting way too fat and juvenile diabetes is becoming a REALLY big problem here in the U.S.!!!! For shame.

OK, rant over, go back to watching re-runs of Friends now. I think I'll go out for a run instead :)


Wednesday, January 02, 2002

James Bond in HD on ABC

Back in town now and it looks like I'm going to get some really good play out of my HD Decoder now that I've gotten a decent outdoor antenna hooked up to it. Just in time too because during the next couple of months, ABC's going to show the following classic James Bond movies in HD:

On January 26th "Dr. No", on February 2nd "From Russia with Love", on February 9th "Goldfinger", on February 16th "Thunderball", and on February 23rd "You Only Live Twice".

My LA ABC affliate KABC's HD broadcasts are in the full 16:9 aspect ratio with Dolby Surround audio. I wish the other stations did things this well. CBS has the most primetime HD programming but alas, their broadcasts are seldom in full 16:9 (unless there is something wrong w/ the Sony HDTV decoder that I'm using and someone else is seeing them in full widescreen! If so, write in and let me know). It looks like ABC is giving them a run for their money. NBC better do a good job with HD Olympic coverage or risk falling a distant 6th or so.

Other movies of note in HD on ABC: "Mary Poppins" on January 19th. "101 Dalmatians" on January 20th. "Alien Resurrection" on January 21st.