Rich Warren: Clearly, 3-D TV wasn't the hit makers expected

You voted with your wallets, and I commend you. The electronic pundit consensus conceded that 3-D TV fell flat. The electronics industry tried to foist 3-D television upon you for the past three years, and you weren't buying it.

Travel show host making local stop for fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — Popular travel show host and author Rick Steves will share what he's learned in 30 years of travel during a special fundraising event for Illinois Public Media at 6 p.m. March 14 at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Rich Warren: Sony has been surpassed as a TV titan

Here's a question from one reader, and it's a common query:

"I have a Sony WEGA 24-inch television set that is 13 years old and has never needed any service on it. It still has a good picture and very good audio. Of course, the picture is small compared to today's sets, and I'm contemplating buying a new one.

Rich Warren: A look into the future of electronics

Behold the annual ritual powering up of the crystal ball, which now is flexible.

Thanks to Corning's new Willow Glass, future electronic products slim down while gaining flexibility.

Rich Warren: DVR recording issues have no simple fix

A few weeks ago, we attempted to help a family recover TV shows from a DVR after that family changed satellite providers. I made some general comments along with suggesting the person could remove the hard drive and install it in a standard PC. A reader with more experience than I have with this clarified:

Rich Warren: UHDTV video issues solved [dash] for a hefty price

Recently I mocked the new ultra-high-definition televisions, which deliver twice the resolution of existing HDTV, meaning UHDTV is comparable to movie theater quality. My barb concerned the lack of ultra-high-definition videos and movies for UHDTVs.

Rich Warren: Some simple answers to some technical questions

Sometimes your questions beg obvious answers rather than complex replies. I devoted a column to readers unable to clearly hear the dialog of British television shows. I suggested a modest home theater system.

Rich Warren: Plasma TV owner isn't warming up to a switch to LCD

Just when plasma televisions looked like a reflection in the rearview mirror, the following reader email arrived:

Tom Kacich: Where the political ads go on TV

If you want to avoid the last-minute flood of negative television commercials about the 13th Congressional District race, watch a sitcom. There's a good chance there won't be any political ads.

Rich Warren: Sound bars allow you to drink in better clarity from TVs

Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:

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