Best Buy addressed the speed at which technology advances by comparing it to the world of pop culture. Ozzy Osbourne represented the "old" pop culture phenomenon, dating back to his popular MTV reality series, while Justin Bieber represented the new.
The spot was framed like it's a commercial shoot for 4G technology, but as they're shooting it escalates to 5G and finally 6G. Osbourne is on board for the start of it, but as he gets more and more confused, Bieber steps in.
Yesterday their web site listed a 52-inch Samsung HDTV for only $9.99. That's three dollars off of the regular $12.99 price! Well, no, it's actually $1600.00 off of the regular price. It was a typo, obviously, but several people did order the TV at that price (some even ordered two) before it was taken down. But Best Buy says it's not going to let those orders stand.
Seriously, though, will it matter if the transition date is February, June, or sometime in Obama's second administration? At this point, even the most casual observer has figured out that the transition hasn't been communicated very well to the American public. People who have cable or satellite still think that they need to buy a new HDTV or upgrade to digital cable in order to be compliant with the conversion, people who got discount coupons for converters early on have found that the coupons have expired and they can't get more, and the people who have converted are being surprised that some weak stations won't come in due to the "digital cliff effect."
In short, he's against it. He feels that offerings like the TV movie, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, and the straight-to-DVD story, Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, take away from the strength of the original TV series.
He writes that The Lost Tales was commissioned at a $2 million budget, and they did the best they could with it. Apparently, the studio wasn't sure there was an audience for Babylon 5. Silly studio.
What's the catch? You've got to sign up for high speed internet service through Best Buy. And you've got to print the coupon and take it into a store. This deal is not available through the TiVo or Best Buy websites.
No word on how long this promotion will last, but if you sign up before July 31st, you can get your first three months of TiVo service for free.
[via Troy on TiVo]
During a conference call, Feltheimer reportedly said "we have nearly a dozen active agreements in place for digital delivery of our content." Two of the companies he named were Best Buy and Blockbuster, neither of which has officially announced details of a digital download service, although it should come as no surprise that either company would want in on the download market.
If true, two of the biggest names in bricks and mortar movie sales and rentals could be entering the increasingly crowded digital delivery marketplace. Right now, most online video stores have limited selections, restrictions on burning movies to DVD and lower quality than a standard DVD, or in some cases, VHS. So while it might seem like there are already more places to purchase or rent online video than necessary, we welcome a little more competition in the marketplace.
But the gift card can only be applied toward future purchases. So it's only free if you plan on buying $50 worth of items from Best Buy in the future.
The promotion is listed in Best Buy's weekly ad, so it could be gone soon.
[via Troy on TiVo]
Wired has news that tomorrow the South Park episode "Good Times with Weapons" will be made available exclusively in HD on XBox Live Marketplace. "Good Times with Weapons" is the episode from season eight in which the boys purchase ninja weapons and are transformed through the power of their own imagination into anime warriors. Unfortunately for Butters/Professor Chaos, reality starts to seep in when he takes a throwing star in the eye. In true form, the boys don't try too hard to help Butters, though they do dress him as a dog so at least he can receive veterinarian care. Hey, it's better than nothing.
Also, if you buy an XBox 360 between March 20 and April 3, you'll get a free DVD copy of this HD episode. And don't forget that season eleven kicks off Wednesday night with the episode "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson."
More information can be found here on one of our sister sites. Thanks, Tucker.
Whatever the reasoning, Best Buy has decided to add a 32-inch HP HDTV to its ConnectedLife.Home package.
That's on top of an HP Media Center PC, Life|ware Home Automation software, a whole bunch of networking equipment, a series of lighting switches, dimmers, a digital thermostat, wireless video cameras, and one programmable remote control to rule them all.
The whole package still seems a bit overpriced, but considering that Best Buy will send people out to your home to set up everything but the wiring, and you get a year of support, it's a lot easier than setting up a complex a home automation/media center system all by your lonesome.
The Office Season two of The Office on DVD is quite good. While the season was spectacular, it's the extras that make the purchase necessary. It includes deleted scenes (some of which are hilarious and some are pretty obvious why they were deleted) and a gag reel, which is always essential for a quality DVD-watching experience. Plus, it includes all the extras that the cast did, such as their fake PSAs and NBC.com webisodes. And, there's swag: a Dunder-Mifflin folder, pad of paper, pen and post-its.There are also different versions depending on whether you buy it from Best Buy, Target, or Amazon. Cost: $25.
Unfortunately, there are also reports on the gottadeal forum that a WalMart in Dallas already has 70 people in line for tomorrow. But if you can't be bothered to trek over to the Best Buy at 5AM, or.. now, they also have a page of the deals that are available for online ordering as well. Of course, it's not all about HDTV. TV fans will find deals on all manner of things. DVD players, season sets, surround sound systems, the free Tivo with activation. I have my eye on Season 1 of The Office for $8.99 at Circuit City.
There's also time to enter our "Which show gets canceled first" contest, though your guess is as good as ours as to when this contest will officially be over. The prize in this contest is a SnapStream BeyondTV do-it-yourself DVR system.
Then of course we've got the "Katie Couric sign-off" contest and the weekly Subtle Subtitles contest, though the prizes there are those ever-useful stars next to your name.
Supposedly the Season 2 DVD is great- with bloopers and all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras. I'm kicking myself for not remembering to pick one up yesterday.
[Via Pop Candy]
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