Like an Apple TV on steroids, the LaCie LaCinema ($230) is not only the same price as the fruit-branded set-top box, but also offers similar features with real internal storage — either 500GB, 750GB, or 1TB. Simply drag your audio and video content over from your PC or Mac, and then connect the LaCinema to your TV. It supports most popular audio and video formats, including videos up to 1080i resolution, making it yet another nice addition to your HDTV.
It's the same Apple TV, just a lot better. Apple TV Take 2 is loaded with entirely new software that lets you rent DVD-quality and HD movies directly on your TV. Yep, but it gets better. Requiring no computer (hi, Grandma!), the new Apple TV (40GB $230; 160GB $320) also adds YouTube and Flickr support. You'll be able to choose from over 1,000 titles by the end of February, including over 100 movies in HD with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. The standard DVD-quality iTunes Movie Rentals are $2.99 for library titles and $3.99 for new releases, and HD versions are $3.99 and $4.99. Oh, and current Apple TV owners will soon be able to download the new software, making their "eh" boxes way more awesome.
It might be small, but it's a start. The Sony XEL-1 ($2,500) is the first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) television available in the U.S. The 11-inch XEL-1 TV is 3 millimeters thin and apparently offers just insane picture quality. OLED technology brings "extremely high contrast (very deep blacks and a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1), outstanding brightness, exceptional color reproduction, and a rapid response time." It's got the normal connectivity options, including two HDMI inputs and a Memory Stick slot for checking out high-res photos.