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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Coming Soon…The Concord TV Lift Cabinet

Over the years, our customers have asked us to build larger TV Lift Cabinets to accommodate their 60” TVs.  We have listened.  Two years ago we introduced the first cabinet to hold a 60” TV: The Banyan Creek XL.  The Banyan Creek XL has been well received and is becoming one of our best sellers.  However, the Banyan Creek XL only appeals to our more traditional styled customers.  We were still missing a cabinet that appealed to the customers with modern/transitional style.  That is until now.

TVLiftCabinet.com has been hard at work over the last year designing a modern cabinet that can hold up to a 60” TV.  The result is the Concord TV Lift Cabinet.  This sleek, modern cabinet is stained is a clean espresso finish with brass nickel drawer pulls.  The Concord features a 56 3/8” x 16 ¾” x 7 1/8” cubby opening that can be used to store a sound bar, showcase family photos and artwork or display video collections.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Concord also has plenty of storage with two cabinet doors opening up to stacked adjusted shelves and three center cabinet drawers.  Our Infrared Relay System is built in to enable TV Viewers maximum enjoyment.  TV Viewers can operate their electronics while their electronics remain hidden behind closed doors at all times.   The Concord TV Lift Cabinet will be available come February.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Update on Apple iTV and Their Vision on Subscription TV Plans

While Apple is busy keeping their planning under wraps, the rest of us are busy trying to discover what they are up to, especially when it comes to their iTV.

What has been leaked through the grapevine is that Samsung Electronics in Korea has started producing chips for the iTVs since November 2011.  Sharp also is rumored to be producing the displays for the new TVs.  The screens will be relatively small for the initial introductory phase at between 32 and 37 inches and will be better suited for the small foot of the bed TV lift cabinets.

Sterne Agee Analyst Shaw Wu wrote, ““We continue to hear what AAPL would love to do is offer users the ability to choose their own customized programming, i.e., whichever channels/shows they want for a monthly subscription fee. This is obviously much more complicated from a licensing standpoint. And in our view, would change the game for television and give AAPL a big leg-up against the competition.”

Wu goes on to write about how the biggest obstacle right now for Apple to iron out its content partnerships and licensing terms.  Apple has content and licensing agreements in place for iTunes but only for movie rentals, not TV shows or live broadcast television.  Apple would like live television offered via the internet or IPTV instead of through cable providers.  That is the direction Apple would like to go in and is currently in discussions to make this happen.

Monday, December 26, 2011

LG Announces Largest OLED Flat Panel TV

LG has announced its newest and largest OLED TV – a 55” panel with some pretty amazing specs. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) technology has, in the past, been limited by smaller screen sizes and expensive price tags. However, according to LG’s press release, their 55” panel has overcome these obstacles.

The diodes in OLED TVs self-generate light and send electric signals at a rate far faster than LCD. In turn, the TV has a clearer picture and a wider range of colors. LG uses white OLEDs overlaid with color diodes to produce an “ultra definition” picture. Concerned that all this great technology may lead to a bulkier end product? Think again. The TV is a remarkable 5mm thick – thinner than a pen! Not only will the TV impress techies, but environmentalists will also approve – the diodes in the screen can be turned on or off to account for lower power consumption than most mainstream TVs.  LG’s 55” OLED TV will be unveiled in January at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. There is no word yet on when the product will available for your TV lift cabinet.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sneak Peek at Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Film Director Peter Jackson is bringing us back to the Shire yet again, with his latest movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  This movie tells the story (with a few twists) of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit which is the prequel to the Lord of Rings film trilogy.

For those Lord of the Ring enthusiasts, this is another chance to escape into the realm of Middle Earth. Jackson has brought back some of the original cast from Lord of the Rings, with Elijah Wood playing Frodo, Cate Blanchett the White Witch, Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Ian Holm as Bilbo.

The novel is being broken down into two parts.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of the story.  The second movie is called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  The first movie is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2012 with part 2 coming out a year later on December 13, 2013.  It may be awhile for these movies to make it to your TV lift cabinets, but great films are always worth the wait.  I expect nothing less from Peter Jackson’s films. The trailer clip can be viewed here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Go Big or Go Home, or Do Both!

The Crystal Pointe XL has all the bells and whistles of the regular sized Crystal Pointe, but can also accommodate up to a 55” TV.  TV enthusiasts will love this cabinet for the sheer fact they can get the larger screen.  This beautiful TV lift cabinet has intricately carved corner pillars, rounded edges, and a rich mahogany veneer finish.  Finished on four sides, it is geared to be used as a foot of the bed cabinet.  However, the cabinet can be rotated to be used against a wall so that the bottom drawers become accessible from the front.

The Crystal Pointe XL comes with built-in Infrared Relay System consisting of the main unit, flush mounted infrared sensor eye, and four high output flashers.  The Infrared Relay System allows TV watchers to operate their electronic equipment with the drawers closed.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Apple Hard at Work Creating Smart TV

Apple has made it no secret that they plan to enter into the television market.  In Steve Jobs’ biography titled “Steve Jobs”, Jobs mentions how he felt he had finally come up with the solution to enhance the standard HDTV.  It makes sense for Apple to use their existing technology for ipads and iphones and apply it towards the television.

The ultimate Smart TV would have features such as wireless streaming capabilities, voice and motion controls and the ability to share content across multiple devices.  Consumers would be able to stream content from their ipads directly onto their Smart TV inside their TV lift cabinet.  According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently in discussions with media executives to discuss their progress on developing a Smart TV.  It will be interesting to see what features Apple creates for their new Smart TV and when this TV will be released to general public.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Finally! No More Loud Commercials

Are you one of the millions of Americans who find themselves startled by excessively loud commercials while watching their TV lift cabinet? Well, good news! The FCC is finally cracking down on commercials that are much louder than TV programming. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made the announcement on Tuesday. The new act, titled The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, means that loud commercials will no longer interrupt programming. Commercials will be required to be the same volume as programming and news.

After years of complaints, Congress finally got the ball rolling a year ago when it passed legislation regarding intrusively loud commercials. It was then up to the FCC to create and implement rules to keep commercial volume in check. FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps elaborated: "I cannot tell you how many hundreds of citizens have told me — personally, through emails and letters, at public hearings, even across the family dinner table — how obnoxiously intrusive they find loud commercials." Now it is in the hands of cable, satellite and local broadcasters to ensure volume remains consistent.  The new rules go into effect in December 2012.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Verizon Looking to Expand into Video Market

It seems lately many consumers are opting to stream videos to their TV lift cabinets instead of paying for the high priced cable plans.  It may be a sign of the times, with the economy in a current decline, but many see it as the way of the future.  Streaming videos allows consumers to watch what they are interested in watching on their own time schedule for a very affordable price.

This shift in consumer behavior has many communication giants wanting a piece of the pie.  One such communication company is Verizon.  Verizon Communications, the second-largest U.S. phone company, has recently announced in an investor conference, their plan to expand into the video market.  Verizon just this past week has been rumored to be discussing a bid to purchase Netflix Inc.

Netflix, a subscription-based company for video streaming and DVDs by mail, saw its shares rise 1.2 percent to $76.13 two days ago in New York trading. This was a direct result of the rumored talks that Verizon might buy them out.  In the last year Netflix shares took a nose dive after raising their customers streaming video price plans.  However, both companies deny these discussions for a bid have occurred.

What we do know is Verizon has had meetings with Redbox, the movie-rental kiosk operator, along with other potential video partners this past month.  It looks like Verizon, while trying to be discreet, is seriously considering their video options closely.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Microsoft Announces New Xbox 360 Streaming Apps

Add Xbox 360 to the wave of set top boxes and streaming apps for your TV lift cabinet. Microsoft has announced a long list of apps which are now available for download on the Xbox 360 console. Youtube, Verizon FiOS TV and MSNBC.com are a few of the U.S. available apps.  Beginning in early 2012, more apps are set to be rolled out, including Comcast Xfinity and MLB.tv.

The app selection is not the only exciting thing about Microsoft’s announcement. The technology itself sounds pretty impressive. With the help of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, users can simply say what they are searching for and Bing will pull up the results. Bing on Xbox voice search is already available in the US, Canada and UK.  Now whatever movie, TV show or game you are looking for is simply a voice command away – no need for a remote control!

Some of the other apps listed on the Microsoft press release include:

-          ESPN on Xbox Live

-          Vudu

-          HBO Go

-          Hulu Plus

-          Netflix

-          Crackle (Sony Pictures)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Remington with Holiday Spirit

We love receiving pictures from our customers showcasing their TV Lift Cabinets at home.  Check out this nice Remington TV Lift Cabinet photo we received last week.



The beautiful Remington Fireplace TV Lift Cabinet blends in seamlessly with this customer’s existing mahogany stained bookcases.  At first glance, you might think this is one large wall unit.  When in actuality the bookcases are separate from our TV lift cabinet.  Quite clever!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Build Your Own Cabinet Using our TV Lift Mechanism with 12-Volt Trigger

Are you a “Do-it-Yourself” person?  Then perhaps building your own TV Lift Cabinet and installing our lift mechanism is the best solution for you.

One of our customers, who purchased our Uplift 3700 Lift mechanism, recently shared his project results with us.   He was able to convert a birch dresser cabinet into his own TV Lift Cabinet.  He removed the dresser drawers and installed a center compartment for his speakers.  In the back of the cabinet he installed our Uplift lift Mechanism directly behind the speaker compartment.  The end result is one impressive home-made TV Lift Cabinet!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This customer did, however, have a question regarding our 12-Volt Trigger feature.

Customer Question:

How does one use the 12-volt power outlet located on the lift mechanism?  I am trying to devise a way to get IR commands into the cabinet to activate a receiver, the lift mechanism and a 42-inch plasma TV.

Our Answer:

To use the 12 volt trigger you will need a 1/8” stereo jack.  Simply apply 12 volts for the lift to move up and remove 12 volts for the lift to move down.

Since you are also trying to activate a receiver and your TV, a better option may be to purchase our infrared relay system. The infrared system has a receiver eye that must be installed in the front of the unit to receive commands from your remote control. You would need to drill a hole in the front of the cabinet and screw in the receiver eye. The rest of the components are installed on the inside of the cabinet. The IR system (receiver eye, hub, power cord and 4 emitters) sells for $200.

Built-In Infrared Relay System



Once you have the IR system installed, you can plug your TV into the “IR Current Sensing” outlet on the lift. When you turn your TV on, the lift will automatically raise. When you turn your TV off, the lift will automatically lower. Please feel free to call or write with any questions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

See Your Room Transformed!

We know it is hard to purchase furniture online.  Will the scale of the TV lift cabinet fit in well with my living room?  Is the stain going to match my existing furniture?

We hear these valid concerns from our customers quite frequently.  To help our customers determine if the TV lift cabinet will work for their home, we provide our customers with free wood stain samples of our cabinets.  We also provide detailed specification sheets on each of our product pages so that our customers can accurately gage whether the cabinet will fit within the space they had in mind.

But, sometimes even that is not enough to help our customers with their decision.  They need to visually see the final result.  That is where we can step in and go the extra mile.  If our customers send in a picture of their room with room and ceiling dimensions, we can scale the desired TV lift cabinet to the room dimensions and send back the new room photo with cabinet.

Check out the before and after photos that we did for one of our recent customers.  This customer had an existing armoire that she wished to swap out for our Banyan Creek XL cabinet.  If you would like for us to do this for your home, please send us a room photo, room dimensions, and desired cabinet choice to info@tvliftcabinet.com.

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