Technology Talk


Mr. Robot Is A Psychological Thriller

Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is an American drama and psychological thriller. The show stars Rami Malek as the lead character, Elliot Alderson. It was released on multiple online and video on demand services in 2015. The first season of the show premiered on June 24, 2015, and even before the launch, the show had received a nod for the second season. The first season consisted of 10 episodes.

The show is produced by Igor Srubshchik, along with the executive producers, Steve Golin, Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton. It is distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution. From the very beginning, the show has constantly received excellent critical acclaim and has been nominated for a number of awards.

From the 'Elliot Hacks His Hospital' scene

From the ‘Elliot Hacks His Hospital’ scene

The series revolves around the life of a young man, Elliot Anderson, who works, at the cyber-security company, Allsafe, as a security engineer. It appears that Elliot’s thought processes are significantly influenced by delusions and paranoia, as he is suffering from Clinical Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. The only way in which the character is able to connect with people is by hacking their devices or online accounts, which is the main reason for him being a cyber-vigilante. One day, he is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known by the name of Mr. Robot. After that, he joins “fsociety”, which is a team of hacktivists, with a mission to take down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp, by cancelling all their debts. The show became all the more interesting with the revelation that E Corp is one of the biggest clients of Allsafe.

The main protagonist of the show, Elliot Alderson, is portrayed by the actor Rami Malek. He is vigilant hacker and also a security engineer at Allsafe Cybersecurity. He lives an isolated life, away from people, due to his social anxiety disorder. He considers hacking as the only plausible way for him to interact with people. The character of Mr. Robot is played by the actor Christian Slater, who is an anarchist. He recruits Elliot into society and gives him the alias Edward Alderson. His fellow mate at fsociety, Darlene, is played by the American actor, Carly Chaikin. Alderson’s colleague at Allsafe, Angela Moss is portrayed by Portia Doubleday.

Angela Moss as Portia Doubleday

Angela Moss as Portia Doubleday

Furthermore, there are many recurring characters such as Gideon Goddard (Michel Gill), Krista Gordon (Gloria Reuben), Terry Colby (Bruce Altman), Shayla Nico (Frankie Shaw), Romero (Ron Cephas Jones), Ollie Parker (Ben Rappaport), Mobley (Azhar Khan) and many more.

Mr. Robot has been praised by the critics and audiences alike. It got a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with a score 8.2/10. It made appearances in many critics’ list as one of the best TV shows of 2015. Three critics even called it the Best TV Show of the year.

In the year 2015, the show won Gotham Independent Film Award, American Film Institute Award, and 2015 SXSW Film Audience Award. Further, it has been nominated for many awards for the year 2016 including Satellite Award, People’s choice Award, and Writers guild Award, whose decisions on winners is still pending. 

Rami Malek is Elliot Alderson

Rami Malek is Elliot Alderson

Latest Developments in TV Technology

The way we experience entertainment is constantly evolving and advancing forward in the form of technology and television providers. The range of TV we can enjoy is constantly multiplying as more and more TV shows, movies, and channels spring up on the market. At the same time we are also experiencing smarter sound systems, wireless technology, and televisions that bring anything to life on the screen. This is all part of making the things that we watch not only more vivid, realistic, easy, portable, and cost-efficient, but more immersing and enveloping. To get the best entertainment technology is constantly providing new enriching solutions so that we get a more fulfilling and extravagant experience more efficiently and sometimes even cheaper than before.

Each one of the technological areas can be deeply explored, as there are many areas that are facing major improvements and updates. TV technology, however, is one of the bigger and most fundamental entertainment elements. Obviously the visual aspect of TV is absolutely essential to the experience, and by improving those visual components—such as with clarity, colors, brightness, and screen size—you are impacting the entertainment quality in major ways. Of course, televisions offer more than just a screen, many also have smart-capabilities and other fun or useful characteristics. Every year there are new breakthroughs in television technology that a decade ago were almost unheard of. As we move forward the advances that we create revolutionize television technology again and again, giving it greater and greater relevance and quality.

85 inch 8k ultra TV

85 inch 8k ultra TV

4K televisions were one of the latest new things on the TV market, but they have recently been coming down to mainstream prices. This, of course, means new developments and advances must be made to keep new TVs relevant and up to date. There were many more 4K TVs at the CES 2015 show than there were 1080p TVs. 4K TVs, however, did not steal the entire show. In fact this year there were no 4K content announcements even though there had been the year before. For 4K lovers this is kind of a letdown, but overall tech-enthusiasts still had a lot to keep them occupied this year.

If you didn’t already know, 4K televisions are named as such because they display 4,000 pixels. The actual amount tends to be around 4096 x 2160 pixels for DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4K televisions. 1080P also obviously stands for 1080 pixels.

You may already know that Samsung and LG are and have been competitive revivals in making TVs. This year Samsung has brought out SUHD, which is a line of LED LCDs. These new televisions are meant to compete against OLED TVs. OLED televisions have provided some of the best images ever seen. UHD essentially means Ultra High Definition, and it is in some sense another way of saying 4K.

Inside an 8k TV set

Inside an 8k TV set

The S evidently does not stand for any specific word, but serves as an indicator for the high quality of Samsung’s flagship products. The biggest thing that makes the new LED LCD TVs so impressive are the features they provides. Apart from that it is not too particularly interesting, it is just a Samsung LCD TV with 4K/UHD resolution, and it is current, so it is a high-end 2015 television.

Most SUHD TVs have curved screens. The new features it provides could have an impact on the old picture quality that older LCD TVs are known to have. One of these features is its Nano Crystal Color which makes it possible to view a wider range of colors, better brightness, and a more vivid image. HDR enables enhanced contrast on the screen and has been called the most vital picture quality characteristic. Peak illuminator ultimate/peak illuminator pro provides—you guessed it—better illumination.

HDR isn’t exclusive to SUHD TVs. In fact it is one of the latest new advancements that is affecting multiple different TVs from many companies, including Sony, LG, Philips, and TCL. Even Netflix and Dolby may be able to provide HDR content soon. Many people are even more excited about HDR than they were about 4K—which is certainly saying something.

Nano crystal technology—also called quantum dot technology are not used only in SUHD, but have reached many other televisions. This type of technology utilizes small crystals which not only provide color but light also. This means that you will have greater brightness and more vivid colors. It has been said that although other television companies, like Sony and LG, may utilize this technology, Samsung has taken it farthest with its SUHD TVs.



LG has introduced new OLED televisions, all of which offer 4K resolution. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. LG is selling some very big TVs, the biggest of which is a 77-inch flexible television. One reason that OLED TVs have always been so great is their near perfect black levels and wide viewing angles. Even if you are sitting beside the TV and not in front of it, it will be easier to see than it is with other televisions. Like the SUHD, OLEDs also offer nano crystals/quantum dots to make a better image possible.

Curved TVs are one of the major distinguishing factors between the SUHD and OLED televisions. Samsung and LG are evidently the only manufacturers that offer such curved televisions in the United States, but Samsung has provided more curved TVs than LG. The curve is said to have no impact on the visual experience the TV offers and seems to only apply to aesthetic appearances. While LG and Samsung put some focus on curved television sets other companies, like Sharp, Sony—and LG too— are bringing out some thinner TVs. Sony has the thinnest LCD on the globe right now, it is only 0.2 inches or 5mm deep. Other manufacturers will soon be coming out with their thinner versions too.

The other big thing about the new TVs this year are new versions of homebrew smart operating systems. LG’s version is called Web OS 2.0 and it is said to be more efficient and faster than the original—it may also offer more customization. Samsung’s new system is called Tizen and it, evidently, has faster response time, a new interface, and a it will supposedly be open-source.

Latest Developments in TV Technology

Latest Developments in TV Technology

It sounds just like yesterday when 4K TVs were “the thing” to own in the house. Now, they are already so last year. They are rapidly dropping in price, and naturally, the TV manufacturers need something new and exciting to sell their top of the range flagship televisions. Thankfully, there is no dearth of options for them. There is just so much technology just waiting to hit the consumers that the manufacturers simply have to choose which ones they will bestow their grace upon. Here is a list of some of the coolest advancements in TV technology to watch for this year.


No, we are not referring to some futuristic standard that will one day be made possible. 8K is right here, right now. Sharp has just released the world’s first 8K television recently. At 8K, or as it is more commonly known, Full Ultra HD, provides an amazing resolution of 7680 X 4320 pixels. That’s roughly 38 million pixels on a single screen, which is about four times the resolution of 4K TVs.

Earlier this year, experts observed that for an average person to be able to differentiate between the picture quality of 4K and 8K resolutions, the TVs should be at least 77 inches wide. Sharp clearly took this as a challenge, and its new 8K television is a massive 85 inch in size. But, don’t go running off to buy this one yet. Right now it costs a fortune at $133,000 and may not be worth the price tag for home use. You see, there aren’t any 8K programs to watch in the market yet. Frankly speaking, the content publishers and broadcasters are still catching up with the 4K technology, and it will be some time before 8K becomes a mainstream tech..

Lg 55 inch

Lg 55 inch

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

The most important aspect of a TV is its ability to produce good contrasts. HDR technology is able to produce brighter whites and darker blacks than is possible by the present TVs. This is possible because the HDR technology is able to command a significantly wider range of colors for producing high quality pictures. The technology also makes use of local dimming techniques, which provide a high contrast ratio. The results are stunning – whites that are brighter than LED and OLED TVs, and blacks that are much closer to pitch black.

Just because the technology is great, it doesn’t mean that the manufacturers are going to make our life any easier. Driven by their cutthroat competition, they are giving this technology their own fancy names – Wide Color LED (LG), Dynamic Range Remaster (Panasonic), and so on. Although these are nothing more than marketing stunts, the technology they all refer to is still the same. However, there is no industry standard agreed upon by the manufacturers on HDR so far. So, it will be some time before an HDR TV hits the shelves near your home. Till then, take comfort in the knowledge that Warner Bros. and Dolby have together released 3 HDR movies this year – Edge of Tomorrow, Lego Movie, and Into the Storm.

Quantum Dots (QD)

Quantum dots sound less tech and more marketing. Well, they are a marketing tactic for sure, but that is not all they are. What the TV manufacturers are referring to as quantum dots, are basically small nano- size particles, which produce light of a particular color, when bombarded with energy, such as a light source. You see, in traditional LCD TVs, white LEDs produce the light, which is then shone upon blue color filters. This produces a wide, unfocused light, which cannot be used to create rich colors. On the other hand, when light from blue LEDs is shone upon quantum dots, they produce very specific lights in accordance with their size. The result is an immensely improved contrast ratio and color saturation.

QD is not exactly a 2015 invention. Sony had released a QD TV as far back as 2013 itself. However, other manufacturers, including Samsung, have taken a shine to this technology only recently, and it is becoming a hit now. Of course, Samsung had to give it their own name. They are calling their TVs equipped with this technology as SUHD TVs. The funny part is that the “S”, according to Samsung, does not even stand for anything at all. However, the “UHD” refers to the Ultra HD, or 4K technology. Whatever be the name, Samsung is quite bullish on this technology and intends to compete with LG’s OLED TVs head on sailing on it. Speaking about OLED TVs, they are dropping in price pretty fast, and are proving to be more reliable than before. QD surely has a tough competition ahead, since OLEDs clearly produce much better quality pictures.

World's first 8k Ultra High Definition Display

World’s first 8k Ultra High Definition Display


What! Is this some Star Wars futuristic thingy? No, this is nothing like that. As explained above, LCD TVs make use of light from white LEDs and blue color filters to produce colors that are not so great. Two TV manufacturers, Philips and Hisense, are addressing this issue in their own way by making use of lasers. Instead of white LEDs, they are using red lasers, and cyan LEDs to shine light on red, blue and green color filters. This technique, they claim, produces remarkably better quality colors and pictures, than what is seen on any LCD TVs so far. This is not all theory either. Philips has already released a TV embedded with this technology, and the picture quality on this 4K TV is something to behold.

Gesture Control TVs

Microsoft admittedly blew everyone’s mind when it released Kinect with its Xbox One. Although not many game developers have made use of the technology, there is no denying its awesomeness. Now PrimeSense, the company that is the brains behind the gesture control for Kinect, is bringing gesture control technology to televisions. Before Apple bought PrimeSense, the company had plans to release a TV equipped with gesture control technology. Well, now Apple has other plans for it.

Apple will be releasing the gesture control technology of PrimeSense either on its upcoming set-top- boxes, or on a new television set itself. Only time will tell. Imagine being able to flick through the channels, swipe to select shows, and raising or lowering your hand to control volume. All of this will soon be possible. Will that mark the end of the era of remote controls? Let’s wait and see.

Limitless – New CBS TV Show

Limitless is a new crime drama produced by CBS. It’s based on the movie of the same name which starred Bradley Cooper as a down on his luck writer who discovers a drug which enhances his intelligence, and also sends him on a conspiratorial quest to discover the origins of the drug. The film in turn is based on the novel “The Dark Fields” by Alan Glynn.

limitless-tv-seriesThe Television show Limitless is produced by CBS, and stars Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantantonio. Bradley Cooper also appears in a recurring role, and is an executive producer of the show. With the latest television and Internet technology from Time Warner Cable Internet Service you can watch all the previous and future episodes online or with the TWC TV service.


The protagonist of the series, Brian Finch (played by Jake McDorman) accidentally stumbles upon a drug called NZT-48, which enhances the neural capacity of the brain, allowing for enhanced learning as well as perfect memory and recall. The drug is not without severe side effects, however; it tends to kill the user within a short period of time. For reasons revealed in the show, Brian Finch is immune to the dangers of NZT-48, and for this reason the FBI chooses to work with him instead of arresting him. This is done in order to study him. In return for his co-operation, Finch is given a job at the FBI and uses the drug to solve hard-to-prove cases for the FBI in return for a steady supply of NZT-48.


limitless-tv-showLimitless has been produced by K/O Paper Products, Action This Day!, Relativity Television and CBS Television Studios. The distribution company for the network, CBS Television Distribution, distributes the show.  The executive producers for the show are Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Heather Kadin, Marc Webb, Craig Sweeny, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Limitless is filmed on location in New York City. The running time for each episode is between forty three and forty five minutes. After the success of the pilot and initial episodes, the show has been commissioned for a full series of twenty-two episodes. Changes to the direction have occurred throughout, as the formula for the show has been tweaked. For instance, where the pilot was a dark, crime drama styled show, throughout the ten episodes of the series so far, elements of comedy have been introduced, giving the show a lighter feel more akin to a comedy-drama than a crime drama.


Jake McDorman plays the role of Brian Finch.

Jennifer Carpenter plays the role of FBI agent Rebecca Harris.

Hill Harper plays the role of FBI agent Spelman Boyle.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays the role of FBI special agent Nasreen “Naz” Pouran.

Bradley Cooper plays the role of U.S. Senator Eddie Morra, the original protagonist.

Ron Rifkin plays the role of Dennis Finch, Brian’s father.

Blair Brown plays the role of Marie Finch, Brian’s mother.

Sipiwe Moyo plays the role of Morra’s nurse Sipiwe.

Tom Degnan plays the role of FBI Agent “Ike.”

Michael James Shaw plays the role of FBI Agent “Mike.”

Desmond Harrington plays the role of FBI Agent Casey Rooks.

Colin Salmon plays the role of Mr. Sands


If You Aren’t Watching Bates Motel, You are Snoozing

Earlier this year, A&E announced that they renewed their horror drama series Bates Motel for a fourth–and fifth!–season, which is projected to air in 2016 and 2017. This decision made Bates Motel the longest-running original drama to air on A&E in the history of the network. Fans of the show were not surprised by the renewal, nor were most TV fans who have kept up with the reception of Bates Motel by both audiences and critics throughout its three year run (so far).

The premise of the series is fairly simple: it is a prequel to the hit 1960 horror film, Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; although there is one distinct difference: the film, which was based on a novel of the same name by Robert Bloch, is set in 1960 while the prequel sets events in contemporary times.

The show stars Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates. Each season explores the growing darkness in both Norman and Norma, who are anything but (excuse the pun) normal. The idea behind the series is to give viewers a glimpse of what happened before the infamous events of the Psycho film and novel: how did Norman Bates become the Norman Bates we know and fear in the Hitchcock film?

In addition to Highmore and Farmiga, who have both earned critical praise and even awards for their performances in the series, the show stars: Max Theirot as Dylan Massatt, an estranged son of Norma who does not appear in the film or the book; Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody, Norman’s best friend who suffers from an illness that ultimately makes Norman fiercely protective of her; Nicola Peltz as Bradley Martin, a classmate of Norman who has a tumultuous relationship with him; Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero, the sheriff of the small town Norma and Norman live in; as well as Kenny Johnson as Caleb Calhoun, Norma’s older brother who knows more about Norman’s psyche than even his own mother.

Bates Motel has a lot to offer viewers, whether they are huge fans of the original Psycho film or book or are simply looking for an interesting drama with a scary spin. If you aren’t yet watching the show, you should really catch up—still need convincing? Let’s take a closer look at some of the best reasons you need to be watching Bates Motel.

Freddie Highmore gives a terrific performance

norman bates

Most people will remember Freddie Highmore in far more innocent performances: he is best known for starring as Charlie Bucket in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as his role in Finding Neverland, a film about the real-life ‘Peter Pan’ author, J.M. Barrie.

Here, Highmore’s role is far more complex—and far more sinister. Highmore gives a terrific performance as the fragile, conflicted and ultimately dangerous Norman Bates, who struggles to come to terms with his dark deeds and conflicting emotions. Highmore has been nominated for numerous awards due to his performance in the show—and each nomination is well deserved.

Vera Farmiga is fantastic as well

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If there is one actor in the show who can match Freddie Highmore’s performance, it’s Vera Farmiga, who stars as Norman’s mother, Norma. Vera Farmiga’s performance has been so critically recognized that she was even nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Norma Bates. Farmiga and Highmore have the perfect chemistry together—which is definitely necessary for the bizarre, inappropriate, and ultimately destructive relationship that the two share. Fans of the film will delight in seeing Vera Farmiga’s interpretation of the younger, but still quite mad, Norma Bates; who must struggle with her own demons while recognizing that her son has darker ones that she could have ever imagined.

It fits perfectly with the Hitchcock film

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Bates Motel isn’t a replacement for the Psycho film, or the book for that matter, nor are they technically considered a “canon” prequel to either version of Psycho. However, Bates Motel plays plenty of homage to the original story and the result is a prequel series that fits perfectly in with the tone, madness and sense of dread that Psycho brought (and still brings!) to the table.

If you’re a fan of the Hitchcock film, you won’t be disappointed by Bates Motel—in fact, you’ll probably get hooked!

The seasons aren’t too long

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Each season of the show is 10 episodes long, which is perfect for this type of series—it doesn’t introduce a bunch of filler or pointless storylines or characters that go nowhere just to pad out 22 episodes. The ten episode format is perfect for portraying the slow decline and madness of Norma and Norman Bates. And it makes it easier to catch up if you haven’t yet started watching the show!

It’s a bit retro


Some fans were disappointed to learn that the show would not be set in the 1960s, but in the contemporary era. However, the show does maintain a somewhat retro vibe, especially when it comes to Norma and Norman. Both characters dress in a somewhat vintage style, and Norman even dabbles in retro hobbies like listening to record players.

The town is creepy on its own

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Most shows would have set Bates Motel in a quiet, charming town that becomes uprooted by the violent actions of the troubled Norman Bates. Bates Motel, however, doesn’t go with that clichéd route: instead, the seemingly small, innocent town that Norma and Norman move into has its own dark, troubled secrets. The town is in a way a metaphor for Norman’s own psyche: on the surface it appears sweet, charming and friendly, but there is something rippling underneath that façade that bubbles to the surface every so often. This unique take on a “small town” makes the show doubly interesting to watch, and helps keeps viewers on their toes, since they never know what might happen in the town next. When you sign up with Charter Cable TV you have the security of knowing you will never miss any episodes.


Let’s Pick at American Pickers: Real Or Scripted?

Since its premiere in the summer of 2010, American Pickers has become one of the most popular shows to air on the History Channel—and one of the most popular antique and collectible based shows on television. The premise of the show is fairly simple: the show’s two hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, have a resale shop where they sell various antiques and collectibles that they purchase during “picks.” The “picks” are outings where the pair visit various locations—which include private homes, antique shops, garage sales, and more—and buy items in order to resell them at their shop. In addition to the two hosts, the show frequently features their friend and co-worker Danielle, who is the coordinating assistant for the shop.

American Pickers is just one of many “resale” shows to crop up in the last several years. Shows such as Storage Wars, Thrift Hunters, and of course American Pickers, all seem to follow a similar formula: depict the host or hosts finding items to sell; they occasionally find very rare and collectible pieces as well as the occasional fake or disappointing item to add some drama into the mix.


But just how much of the show is real? American Pickers is a reality show, after all, and numerous exposes on reality TV have shown that producers aren’t afraid to fake everything from drama to storylines and even personalities. Does American Pickers fall under “too good to be true” TV? Let’s take a closer look at some of the aspects of American Pickers that have some reality TV watchdogs looking for the man behind the curtain.

Danielle, Frank and Antiques Archeology

Danielle, who is the ‘smiling face’ behind the desk at the main Antique Archeology store, is a longtime friend of store owner Mike Wolfe. The show doesn’t hide their friendship, but it does muddle the details of when exactly Danielle began working at the store. Danielle did not work at the shop until after The History Channel gave Wolfe the greenlight for the show. Some skeptics have wondered if Danielle even does any work around the shop, since almost all of the footage of Danielle in the shop shows her sitting behind a desk answering or making calls on the phone.

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Likewise, Frank was not Mike’s business partner until after the show was greenlit by The History Channel; before that, he was a fire inspector who sometimes sold antiques and hobby items on the side. They were not longtime “picker friends” who owned the shop together, as the show suggests. Instead, Frank was brought on board as part of the sales pitch, likely since having two hosts with two different personalities makes for more engaging and interesting television.

When Producers Pick

In real life, you could easily stop at an antique store or even a private home (with the owner’s permission, of course!) to “pick” items for your shop. On reality TV, this simple act is more complicated than the show would have people believe. The show depicts the “pickers” learning about interesting ‘pick’ locations from Danielle or other sources, and then going to those locations unannounced in order to look for some sellable items. But there is something that the show does not depict: the producers visiting each location first.

In order for the show to film at any location, the show’s production team must get written consent from the owner and anyone who may be filmed at the location for the show. In other words, no, Frank and Mike don’t just pop by a random location unannounced.

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The producers also reserve the right to look through each location for items that may be interesting to the show’s hosts. It is unknown whether or not the producers plant items—as the producers from the A&E show Storage Wars have been accused of—but it is very probable that they make sure each location has enough items that Frank and Mike would buy on the show before deciding to include the spot on the program.

High Hopes—and Estimates

Most of the antiques and other finds that Frank and Mike purchase on the show are given an estimate which would make for a pretty valuable return, sometimes as much as more than 200% or more of what they paid! The show also makes it seem like it’s fairly easy for someone with knowledge of antiques to find items for a cheap price that they can turn around and sell for big bucks.

The reality, however, is that many of the items featured on the show simply do not have the resale value that American Pickers would have viewers believe. And, as just about anyone who does make a living selling antiques without the benefit of a TV show, it is much harder than it looks.

american pickers

For example: One of the staple purchases on the show is vintage or antique advertisement signs, usually made from tin. There is a market for these signs, but almost all of them do not have exceptional value unless they are in great condition—which means bright colors and no bends, indents, or other damage. Yet the signs purchased on the show are frequently damaged with missing paint, scratches, bent corners, and are generally in poor to fair condition. One particular sign from the show’s third season was purchased for $250, despite having very obvious damage, and was estimated to sell for $500—yet secondary market values for those types of signs in 2013 did not go above $400 for pristine signs, much less ones with such obvious damage.

The Verdict

American Pickers, like any reality TV show, has elements which are staged by the show’s creative team, producers, and the hosts themselves. The extent of scripted elements on the show is not exactly known; however, we can ascertain that Frank and Danielle’s involvement in the shop was added just for the show, producers definitely scope out locations well before the pickers arrive, and the prices of items featured on the show aren’t always realistic.

The IDEAL TV Plan?

How the hell did we all end up paying for two year contracts for cable in the first place? My roommate John asked me the other day. To be honest, I had no idea. After we cancelled our XFINITY subscription, we decided to look into the stats behind the tv cable business. We broke down the info we found:

  1. Satellite TV provides for 35M Households
  2. Cable TV provides for 48M Households
  3. Phone Companies (U-verse, CenturyLink, FiOS) provide for 7M Households
  4. Millennial Cable Cutters ( YAY! ) 21M Households
  5. Netflix provides for 40M US ONLY Based Consumers (Holly crap, I bet this wasn’t at this rate two years ago.)

After seeing the facts, I started thinking about the specs of a cable package that encompasses all of the needs of its users. The majority of services that we have access to right now are kind of sketchy, or expensive. How is it that for an individual channel on we are being asked to pay  $6? That is a meal out of the month spent on maybe the option to see the new Late Show with Steve Colbert?

The best of streaming services- like Roku, Amazon Prime, and HBOGO- can only stream so many shows at a good quality- and live. Let’s not forget that hour wait after you know all of your friends have seen the new Game Of Thrones episode (no one wants to be that pal that’s ‘so last hour.’) We have grown so sick of the extra monthly fees for set top boxes or DVR, terrible customer service, and overpriced deals and contracts.

With more and more people entering the services we want on demand- just gotta have it, we would need a plan that accommodates to the following:

-No contract, no credit check.

-170 (at least) channels for like $30. Locals included. With our favorite morning weather reports from: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS.

-A system that supports 5, or more, simultaneous streams per account (compared to the lame Dish Sling that can only stream on 1)

-SPORTS CHANNELS (for suuure)


Basic at $30 (175 Channels)


Destination America
Smithsonian Channel
Discovery Channel
MTV Hits
ABC Family
Discovery en Español
Galavision Cable Service
MTV Jams
Spike TV
Discovery Familia
Game Show Network
Sportsman Channel
American Heroes Channel
Discovery Family Channel
Great American Country
Animal Planet
Discovery Fit & Health
BBC America
Disney Channel
Hallmark Channel
Música y Más


Disney Jr.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Nat Geo Wild
Big Ten Network
Disney XD
National Geographic
DIY Network
History Channel
History en Español
NBC Sports Network
The Longhorn Network
Nick Jr.
ESPN Classic
Nick Too
CBS Sports Network
Nick Toons
Travel Channel
Trinity Broadcast Network

Investigation Discovery
Outdoor Channel
TV Land
Universal HD


Lifetime Movie Network
Food Network
Lifetime Real Women
PAC 12 Network
Comedy Central
Lifetime Television
Velocity HD
Cooking Channel
Fox Business Channel
Crime & investigation
Fox Deportes
Military History
VH1 Classic Rock
Fox News Channel
Science Channel
VH1 Soul
SEC Network

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 We also want to be able to stream on all of our devices with no restrictions. Those being:

Smart TVs

Streaming media players (roku, chromecast, apple tv)

Our beloved Laptops and desktops (It would be nice to have on Apple Watch as well.)

The Party starters. (Video game consoles. Everything from ps4 to the xbox one, but not disregarding the Wii U, nor the PSPs/Nintendo 3DS)

Our mobile devices, and tablets (Kindle Fire, Ipads, Elipsis 8, etc…)

Blu-Ray Players

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The Newest Advances in TV Technology

Modern life is different in so many ways to what our parents, and especially our grandparents, new to be life. Even in the past ten to twenty years, we’ve had an explosion of technology, lifestyle changes and interconnectivity – we’ve lived through the rise of the internet. We’ve lived through a massive recession which has altered how the economy works. We’ve seen innovation come and go, and the way we live our lives has changed accordingly.

However, one thing hasn’t changed since the 50’s. The living room is the TV room. The television is a constant in our lives, as it was in our parent’s lives and our grandparent’s lives. Even with the onslaught of alternatives, televisions remain the main piece of furniture in our living rooms.

Yet, the type of TV certainly has shifted. Gone are the massive monitors that took up half a room, which have all been replaced by sleek designs. We have high definition television, smart TV’s that are powerful like computers, computer gaming and 3D TV. For a technology that operates in the same way to those first television sets decades ago, there sure has been a lot of innovation.

It all must have you wondering what’s in store.

This article will give you a rundown of some of the technologies which are brand new, or so new they are still coming to fruition in the year 2015. 

hdr-videoHigh Dynamic Range.

Don’t get high definition confused with High Dynamic Range. One has been with us for a while now, and one is just surfacing on our screens. Televisions with High Dynamic Range are better able to show brightness – meaning darker darks and brighter whites. This makes a huge difference in picture quality. The upgrades from this year are huge in terms of technology – going from 750 to 1000 nits; an increase of one third.


OLED TV’s have crystal-clear pictures. Especially when combined with 4k, which we’ll talk about later. LG lead the way in the manufacture of this type of television, which creates color richness beyond what a normal HDTV can produce. To this point, OLED has not been affordable – but LG seem to have cracked the code of manufacture at an affordable price for consumers, so expect to hear more about this in the near future.

Quantum Dots

Samsung is putting its back behind Quantum Dots as opposed to LG’s OLED above. This will spark a war – as both technologies are different means of attaining the same thing; better pictures with more richness and quality. The quantum dot type of picture production first appeared in 2013 in a Sony television. The technology definitely works, and definitely produces a high quality picture. The war between Samsung and LG will decide which technology is better – but as consumers, a tech war between these two television giants is good for everyone.

More Smart TV stuff.

Smart TV is one of the technologies of the past few years which have yet to realize its potential. It seems that between computers, internet television and gaming consoles, the Smart TV has yet to find its place in the consumers mind. This year, improvements to television web browsing, gaming and more content providers looking to Smart televisions as platforms of their own will likely shift the balance in the direction of making smart TV’s more of a force.

4ktv4k Programming.

If you’re into television and technology, you’ll probably already be aware of 4k television. You might even wonder why it’s made our list – after all, 4k television has already been around for a while, and televisions have it built in. Yet, content providers have been lagging behind for some time. Essentially, the technology is there, the content isn’t. This is now changing, with content providers such as Amazon providing more and more 3D content.

Curved and Bendable Screens

So far, Samsung are the only manufacturers to take the curved screen seriously as relevant new technology. Yet, their insistence that curved screens aren’t just a gimmick means that undoubtedly, other manufacturers will want to see if they can grab a piece of the market share. The next year or so will be a deciding factor as to whether curved screens will be the future, or a relic of history.


Just as content providers are starting to catch up with 4k technology, there exists a new technological high point on the horizon: 8k programming.

Phillips have announced that they will have 8k televisions available to the public by 2016, and LG, Samsung and Sharp are at least level with them, if not ahead – having already shown 8k prototypes at various tech shows previously.

In built gaming

One of the most exciting things about smart TV’s that has yet to manifest is their ability to play games. Whilst Smart TV’s have built-in games, they have been completely outclassed by the various offerings from games consoles. However, this year will see the first Smart TV’s with access to PlayStation Now, the online store which lets you download games. You’ll be able to do this for the first time without owning a console. This will make a huge difference in the technology.

Bigger screens.

Just in case size matters for you, good news: Even bigger screens are on the horizon. Whilst this isn’t a new “feature” per se, the fact that televisions have bigger screens every year, and this trend is continuing, shows that end consumers have the capacity to build their own cinema systems that get ever closer to actual cinemas.

energy-efficient-tvEnergy efficient TV’s

Televisions use a lot of power. They have a relatively huge carbon footprint. So any news about them becoming more energy efficient is to be welcomed. Also, with the range of technologies listed above, television use is going to be ever-more expensive and power-hungry, and so there will be moves by television manufacturers to limit this; after all, the reason plasma televisions never took off was because they couldn’t maintain output at a low power level. With HDR, this will be an area manufacturers need to research.

Will On Demand Services Defeat Traditional TV?

By the 1990s, nearly every household in the country had a television set. Today, nearly every person in the country has a means of streaming video from the internet, and it’s leaving traditional TV users to question whether their monthly subscriptions are worth the cost, or if they should begin to go elsewhere to satisfy their in-home entertainment needs.

The 21st-century has seen a lot of changes in the world of digital, but is that really a threat to traditional TV? Many people think that the end to cable and satellite will be coming in the next few years, but researchers have estimated otherwise.

While typically viewed as two separate sources for movies and television, on-demand services (like Hulu) have long been trying to steal the spotlight from traditional TV providers, and in some ways, they’ve succeeded. Netflix and Hulu offer something that traditional TV hasn’t (or didn’t): on-demand television and movies.


In today’s world where everyone wants instant answers and instant results, there was obviously a need for instant-streaming as well. As soon as the opportunity to instantly stream your favorite shows and movies popped up, millions rushed to the market, but it wasn’t what everyone hoped. Hidden behind the convenience of instant streaming was the fact that the selection was rather small and very outdated. Since services like Netflix were huge competitors against traditional TV, very few networks would sign over the rights to their shows and movies.

Overtime though, Netflix and similar services persevered, and today nearly fifty-percent of all American households are subscribed to Hulu, Netflix, or another online streaming service. The market share is enormous and growing by the day, but the original issue is still present: the selection of these services – while growing – simply isn’t comparable to that of traditional TV.

With so little variety, why would so many Americans say they want to switch? Because the selection of traditional TV comes with one downside: cost. But, even with our frugal society, only 22% of those who say they will drop their cable (or satellite) actually do. This number makes it clear to the industry: selection wins, even if it comes at a slightly more expensive cost.

While some of those who have promised to drop traditional TV have followed through, the market is still devoted to the hundreds of channels and 24/7 always-on availability that traditional TV provides. In fact, researchers found that most of the 47% of American households that are subscribed to on-demand streaming services are also subscribed to traditional TV. This makes one thing clear: people want both the selection of traditional TV and the availability of instant streaming. While the cost of both can quickly rack up, if you choose your services wisely, you’ll be able to have the convenience of movies and shows that can be instantly streamed online, and the wide selection of shows and movies that are always playing thanks to your cable or satellite provider.


Together, on-demand streaming and traditional television satisfies the needs of any household, and many traditional TV providers have already realized the opportunity. Dish and other TV companies have begun offering their own on-demand streaming services that allow subscribers to instantly watch re-runs and the latest episodes of their favorite shows (and, in some cases, movies). This opens up a new door for traditional TV users, as it gives them the convenience of on-demand and the selection their cable/satellite subscription already provides (plus, most companies aren’t charging extra). But with this option, why are so many Americans joining up with other on-demand services?

The battle between on-demand and traditional TV companies has been raging for a few years now, and it’s now seemed to have reached its peak. With many traditional TV providers offering their own on-demand services, and even some networks selling online subscriptions to their channel (like HBO), why do Netflix and Hulu stand a chance? Researchers have three answers: commercials, cost, and originals.

While some services, such as Hulu, are sticking with the traditional television setup with short advertisement breaks, others (like Netflix) are keeping their platforms 100% commercial-free. Obviously, there’s really nothing to dislike about watching TV shows and movies uninterrupted. Along with commercial-free or minimum-commercial viewing comes an affordable price. Most of these services start at just $10 a month. But, users have to remember that this cost also means less selection, unless you count the original productions that are starting to spring up.

Hulu originals, Netflix originals, and even Amazon originals, on-demand platforms found an interesting way to fill the selection gap: original series. And many of them have been rather successful. Researchers say that aside from the factors of cost and less commercials, many subscribers are choosing to sign-up for these services due to the original series that can only watched by users, and it’s proving lucrative for the companies.


While nearly half of American households are signed on to on-demand services, over 80% of all American households are also users of a traditional TV service, leaving researchers to conclude with one solution: traditional and on-demand TV services should be combined for the most customer satisfaction and the best results.

Quantum Dot Technology


Quantum dots also commonly go by the names nanocrystals, QD, or Qdots, and mention of them has been all over CES this past year. They can exhibit quantum mechanical properties because they are very small. Alexey Ekimov was the first person to ever make the discovery of quantum dots. This took place in a glass matrix in the year 1981, and four years later in 1985, Louis E. Brus discovered them in colloidal solutions. Mark Reed was the person who named them “quantum dots.”

Quantum dots have been considered for a myriad of different purposes. A few examples include LEDs, transistors, diode lasers, solar cells, and even medical imaging. They have in fact been around during the 1990s, used then in lighting technology. The release of the Sony XBR X900A series was the first time quantum dots were released commercially. This took place in 2013 when the flat panel televisions were officially released. Recently, in the last couple of years, quantum dots have begun to be utilized by TV makers.


What exactly are these new TVs? They are essentially a new kind of LED-backlit LCD TV. In one way they are made a lot like an LCD screen, but the color is much better due to the quantum-dot technology. Just like LCD TVs, the blue LED light is responsible for the blue hues, but the quantum dots create the green and red lights. Quantum dots are excellent at emitting color, broadcasting the colors at much higher quality. The size of each quantum dot actually determines color, and overall they are all quite small and all are similar in shape as well as size, but the larger ones emit a red hue and the smaller ones emit a green hue. The bigger ones are about 50 atoms in diameter, and the smaller ones are only about 30.

Aside from being the source of better colors, quantum dots also have a higher efficiency at a lower cost, both of which are also attractive to TV buyers and TV manufacturers alike. 4K TVs used to be the big thing, and they’ve gone from costing 4 grand a few years ago to costing only about 1 grand now. Of course, now manufacturers and consumers are on the prowl for the next high-end thing, and from the looks of it it’s going to involve quantum dot technology. While the last 4K sets had an abundance of pixels, now the focus is not only on quantity, but quality of the pixels.

The highlight of quantum dot technology is that colors a


re brighter, more accurate, and even more saturated, meaning that there is much less light being wasted. Of course, the next big question on the agenda is how expensive is this new colorful technology going to be? The good news is that they will ultimately cost less than OLED TVs because they don’t cost as much to make. OLED TVs do still have the advantage in some areas, such as the contrast and wide viewing angles, but quantum dot technology will definitely have an edge on the color-end which is still a major plus.