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Coming soon to a living room near you: one of the world's largest rear-projection televisions. The oversized box--the latest innovation by LCD-based projection manufacturer Prolux Corp. of San Juan Capistrano--stands more than 7 feet tall with a screen that stretches 96 inches diagonally. That means the next time the Lakers play, a life-sized Shaq could be stomping across the living room wall. All this for just under $15,000.
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
November 20, 2011 | By Troy Wolverton
Televisions, computer monitors and smartphones display only a fraction of the colors the human eye can see. But thanks to a new technology developed by a Silicon Valley nanotechnology company, they may soon get a lot more colorful. Nanosys, which works with materials up to 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, has crafted a thin film laden with minuscule particles that can be placed inside a display to dramatically boost the color range it can show. "Around 30% of what the eye can actually perceive in the real world, your TV can reproduce faithfully," said Jason Hartlove, chief executive of the Palo Alto company.
April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
December 24, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Signing a liability waiver and putting on disposable shoe covers are requisite preliminaries to viewing Wolf Vostell's installation at the Box. They act as a kind of spectator foreplay, setting the mood for something risky, visceral, vulnerable. Even if we don't quite know what, something is clearly at stake here. Booties on and future claims waived, visitors enter a large room through a chain-link gate. The enclosure is a cage and also a graveyard of sorts. Roughly 40 old, boxy television sets are aligned in a loose maze.
May 21, 1992 | Associated Press
More than 200 people across the country called a consumer hot line this week with reports of television sets that exploded or caught fire. The country's consumer safety institute set up the line Monday after receiving reports that 10 sets had gone up in smoke since January.
August 29, 1994 | From Associated Press
TVs are big this year--in sales and size. So big in sales that makers are a little worried about meeting demand in December and January, their biggest sales period. And so big in size that delivery crews are now packing tools and extra padding to remove doors and squeeze down hallways. "We run into problems getting into people's houses, especially in areas of the East and West where homes are smaller," said Chuck Cebuhar, general manager of the home electronics business at Sears, Roebuck & Co.
October 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide President Mike Dunn used a Consumer Electronics Industry forum Monday in Los Angeles to advocate for closer cooperation between Hollywood and device makers on the coming generation of media players that deliver video in ultra-high definition. Dunn proposed a next-generation Blu-ray player he dubbed a "digital bridge," which he said would carry the two industries forward over the next decade, as manufacturers introduce "4K" televisions and players that deliver four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs and Blu-ray discs.
February 16, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A man in Washington state made sure a pair of burglars wouldn't get away with his three flat-screen televisions -- he moved their getaway car. Patrick Rosario was in the basement of his Bellevue home Tuesday when he heard the burglars upstairs. The Seattle Times says the 32-year-old Rosario, who had been laid off from his job as a Washington Mutual manager, called 911 as he sneaked out of the house. He saw a white van sitting in front of his house with the motor running and the keys in the ignition, and he got in and drove it to a friend's house.
Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics America, which in September moved its headquarters to Irvine from Georgia, has dropped its line of run-of-the-mill color televisions and now concentrates solely on large-screen, projection TVs. Although the mammoth televisions, with screens ranging from a manageable 50 inches to a block-out-the-sun 80 inches, make up only 1% of the 25 million televisions sold in the U.S. annually, their average price tag of $2,000 makes them a lucrative niche.
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
April 4, 2014
L.A. has great sports fans. Uniquely loyal, yet never to be had. If Time Warner Cable thinks the notion "I need my" even remotely resonates, they're advised to go back and review "I need my Rams & " Anthony J. Moretti Lomita :: I realize that this full-page ad for Dodgers baseball on SportsNet L.A. is big money, but, I, for one, don't want my cable bill to go up, even one more dollar, in order to pay over-salaried players. To my TV provider, I'm willing to "miss this" and attend a few games in the season at Chavez Ravine instead.
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Four minutes before Hyun-Jin Ryu threw the first pitch of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Time Warner Cable hit the send button. Vin Scully had just handed the ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax, two of the most beloved sports figures in Los Angeles history teaming up to welcome baseball back to Dodger Stadium. It was a goosebump moment in person and on television, except that most of Southern California cannot see the Dodgers on television. In an email blast to DirecTV subscribers demanding their Dodgers, TWC put the blame on DirecTV.
April 3, 2014
Sandy Grossman, 78, a television sports director who oversaw broadcasts of a record 10 Super Bowls and introduced several innovations to TV sports coverage, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his son Dean. Grossman won eight Emmys for his work in a career that spanned more than four decades. From early on, he sought to not just cover the action, but also humanize sports matches by concentrating on individuals. "A good football broadcast should be like a good novel," Grossman said in a 1980 Los Angeles Times interview.
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
March 8, 2001 | JON HEALEY,
Let's just say it does but it doesn't. Contrary to what you may have read--including here in Tech Times last week--the DirecTV-TiVo boxes by Philips and Sony have two built-in satellite tuners. That means they're equipped to record programs on two channels simultaneously, much like the competing UltimateTV receiver by RCA and Microsoft. There's a difference, however, between having the hardware and making it work.
November 16, 2000
* The ad: Philips Electronics implies that its new television, the Somba, is so cute with its accent lighting and retro-looking clock that it's more adorable than a puppy. * The setting: A sweet-faced puppy with a red bow around his neck is carefully placed in the middle of an apartment by a young man. The song "Puppy Love" plays in the background. Suddenly, the door opens and there stands the girlfriend, home from work. She puts down her briefcase, exclaims, "It's adorable!"
April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto says a proposed new telecommunications law would finally break up Mexico's powerful and much-criticized TV and telephone monopolies. The proposal and other reforms have generated considerable praise abroad for Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for seven decades before a 12-year hiatus and a return to power in late 2012. But a growing number of domestic critics are reading the fine print of the telecommunications plan and finding many things to worry about.
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