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Can a TV Powerdown unit ruin your television?

Can a TV Powerdown unit ruin your television?

TV Intelliplug

A TV Intelliplug

Being environmentally minded (and trying to save money), I recently bought a TV Intelliplug to cut down on energy costs. The idea of the gadget is that when you switch the TV off into stand-by, the unit will then cut off all electricity supplies to your TV and associated gadgets, saving energy and a little bit of cash.

Unfortunately, when I applied it to my TV, it didn’t quite work. And ever since then (even with the unit removed), the TV has been slow to react from standby. It’ll try to flicker to life, but then give up – like a baby trying to sit himself up. It’ll try and try again, and finally manage to flicker to life properly a few minutes later. We’ve had to call a TV Repair man in.

Is it possible that such a unit could have done some damage to my LCD TV?

Crafting the perfect LCD TV…

Crafting the perfect LCD TV…

I have been known to bemoan the current state of LCD televisions, in particular the way they just won’t let you control anything. I’ve got a Panasonic Viera type (bought cheaply, I might add) and it constantly adjusts the brightness/contrast for what it perceives to be the perfect picture. This is an “intelligent” feature you can’t switch off, which renders some PS3 games (like Grand Theft Auto IV) unplayable because the screen fades in and out so much. Bah.

So when I somehow managed to get an invite to a preview of LG’s new range of LCD televisions for 2008 in the plush environs of Fulham FC, I popped along and had a look. The presentation was a trifle odd, taking in topics such as LG’s unillustrious origins through to its (frankly terrible) tagline of Life’s Good.

Then it came to the television sets, all of which frankly looked gorgeous visually and design-wise – the Scarlet ones perhaps a little *too* gorgeous. Although they trumpeted the LG Slimline Scarlet (LG6100) as being the “world’s slimmest LCD TV with integrated digital tuner” – from my viewpoint, the difference in depth between that model and its bigger brother, the LG7000 seemed small at best. And how important is the thinness of a TV that you won’t be carrying around all the time?

Thankfully, all the TV sets had some rather good features – complete control over picture settings (plus an intelligent option if you do want the TV to do all the work for you), an easily understood user interface, and hidden speakers that project the noise to head-level, as opposed to down onto the floor.

On the connectivity front, some of the TVs had a USB port so you could access photographs and music from a shared drive – although not video as of yet. The LG7000 trumped this by sporting Bluetooth connections, so you could Bluetooth your mobile phone pics to the television – or don a pair of Bluetooth-connected headphones for wireless listening. The basic LG4000 sported a built-in DVD player.

There was also some discussion about the power consumption of these televisions, with LG emphasising their commitment towards reducing power consumption enough to grant all their TVs next year on/off buttons as opposed to stand-by ones. Plus, apparently, LG have the second highest number of televisions that meet the Energy Saving Trust‘s standards.

Conspiculously absent from any of the discussions was a mention of price – which is a shame, since that’s going to be one of the key factors especially in the credit-addled times we live in. Sure, I want an all-singing all-dancing LG7000 – but can I afford one?

Anyway, for more information, take a look at the LG Blog, or fellow attendees Gadget Venue, HDTV UK and Coolest Gadgets.

Two random moments from American television…

Two random moments from American television…

Taken by Midnight Digital Last night, we were at a sports bar grabbing a bite to eat. A sports bar with about sixty thousand LCD screens showing various moments from American TV – including coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championships – which just about has to be the most homoerotic thing to be screened on American television.

Well, how else would you describe something which mostly seems to involve one muscular topless man sitting or squatting on another, grunting and generally thrusting various bits of his body on the other, while the other one lies there helpless or is grunting and thrusting away himself? All while the male observers in the sports bar were whooping and hollering, encouraging every movement – and then trying to chat up the young nubile college students nearby?

Then this morning, I was flicking through the various TV stations, and came across some kind of US equivalent of This Morning, where the hosts were comparing water options to go with your food. And the caption that ran along the bottom of the screen said:

Tap Water: Good for hydration

I shall never complain about British daytime TV again.

Blast from the archives

Blast from the archives

Gawd bless Google Video, and all who use her. For she has put up on the web a classic episode from Saturday Live, the LWT show that helped to bring then-alternative comedy (and people like Ben Elton) into the living rooms of 1980s Britain.

Never mind that it was probably 25 (!) years ago!

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