Why put a regular old theater in your house when you can put an IMAX in your house? The IMAX Private Theatre ($TBA) promises exactly that. Modeled after IMAX's private screening room which has played host to many filmmakers coming to see their films in IMAX for the first time, this integrated solution includes all the custom IMAX hardware — including proprietary, state-of-the-art dual 4K projection systems and a 7.1 channel laser-aligned sound system — as well as consulting from IMAX specialists who work with your architects, interior designers, and installers to ensure that everything is built to the company's exacting performance standards. How much does it cost? If you have to ask....
Not satisfied with the IR-only capabilities of the Logitech Harmony Touch? Feast your eyes on the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote ($350). True to its grandiose name, this powerhouse might look a lot like the Touch, but uses RF signals to communicate with a Hub that in turn issues signals over Infrared and Bluetooth to everything from TVs to PS3s. It also controls Philips Hue lights, and offers its own 2.4" touchscreen — but if you'd rather use something a bit larger, you can download the Harmony app and control the whole show from your smartphone or tablet.
We're still a ways off from 4K being mainstream, so if you're one of the lucky few with a 4K-capable set and a dearth of content to show on it, the Sony X1 4K Media Player ($700) should be able to help. Arriving this summer, the player will come pre-loaded with 10 movies of varying quality, ranging from the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg horror show That's My Boy to all-time classic Taxi Driver. Perhaps more importantly, that content is only there to tide you over until Sony's distribution service launches later in the year, giving you fee-based access to content from Sony Pictures and the always mysterious "other notable production houses". Still, it beats watching upscaled 1080p content — unless we're talking about Battle: Los Angeles, in which case we'd rather watch 480p reruns of Coach off of Netflix.
Well, we all knew it was coming. Apparently sick of ever-thinning bezels, the designers of the Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA) decided to get rid of it altogether, building it into a frameless sheet of glass. Thanks to the unusual design, it can be leaned against a wall, stood up, or hung on the wall, but still offers features like integrated Wi-Fi, a Full HD LED panel, 3D Max, Ambilight on three sides, and SimplyShare to easily send photos and videos from iPad and iPhone to the TV. No word yet on a US release.
Less standalone player and more PS3 with the gaming part thrown out, the Sony S5100 Blu-ray Player ($TBA) is set to become the centerpiece of your home theater. Sporting a sleek, angular design, it offers 3D playback support, built-in Wi-Fi with improved range, access to more than 100 apps and services, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Slacker, and more, compatibility with the TV SideView app that lets Android and iOS users control the box from their device and "throw" content from the device to the player, and NFC technology for doing the same thing without the need for a separate app. Coming this spring.
Whether you're looking for a major upgrade to your business' outdoor seating area or just want to host the best outdoor movie screenings around, the C Seed Outdoor LED TV ($TBA) should fit the bill. Designed by Porsche Design Studio, the C Seed boasts seven LED panels that raise and unfold in 25 seconds to create a seamless, 201-inch 16:9 display with a total of over 725,000 LEDs and a 100,000 Hz refresh rate. The screen is height-adjustable, can rotate up to 135 degrees to the left or right, and is complemented by a robust sound system featuring 6 speakers for the left and right audio channels, as well as three 700W subwoofers. A radio control, digital wireless HD video link, and glass-fiber data lines take care of getting content to the display, and should you worry about the weather, integrated wind, temperature, and laser sensors make sure everything stays safe and sound in bad weather. [Scouted by Ben]
You might not have any way to get 4K content on it, but if you're preparing for the future of TV and want a huge screen, you might want to check out the Samsung S9 UHD 4K TV ($TBA). Starting at 85 inches and going up to a massive 110, this space-age set boasts 2.2 channels of 120 watt sound, Precision Black Pro technology for outstanding color reproduction and contrast, and an up-scaling engine to make your standard HD content look better. But the real highlight is the unique frame, which suspends the panel inside an oversized, squarish frame that's sure to become the centerpiece of your living room or theater.
And the year of 4K rolls on with these Sony Bravia 2013 4K UHD LED TVs ($TBA). Available in both 65- and 55-inch models, the X900A series boasts 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine, Triluminos LED backlighting and QD Vision's Color IQTM optical component for rich, authentic color and a more natural viewing experience, integrated magnetic fluid speakers and DSP technology for surprisingly full sound, and built-in WI-Fi with the requisite suite of Internet-connected apps. Arriving this Spring.
Should you know the pleasure of owning a 4K-capable TV or projector, you're most likely also familiar with the first-world problem of trying to find content for it. The Redray 4K Cinema Player ($1,450) can help. Built specifically with 4K video in mind, this beastly digital content player packs a 1TB hard drive for storing video, USB ports and an SD card reader for manually transferring over files, Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity, and a bevy of HDMI outputs that support simultaneous playback of different content across two 4K screens or four 1080 screens. Even better, it will link up with Odemax.com, letting you access feature films right from home.
The holy grail of at-home movie watching is nearly here. Prima Cinema ($35,000) is an elite service that brings current-release movies directly to your home on the day they're released — at the equally elite price of $500 a pop. The rack-mountable player automatically downloads the movies and presents them over HDMI with clarity and color accuracy unmatched by even Blu-ray, along with lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD audio output. Oh, and the biometric security protection ensures no guests "accidentally" drop half a grand on dreck like Red Dawn. [Scouted by Graham]
We don't know where you're going to find content to watch on it, but if you like to be as future-proof as possible with your purchases, it might be time to consider this LG 84-Inch 4K 3D TV ($20,000). Boasting a mammoth 84-inch, 3840 x 2160 4K — oh, sorry, it's "Ultra High Definition" now — panel, it also offers 3D technology, a new Magic Remote, Smart TV capabilities with access to over 1,400 apps, a 2.2 speaker system, and Dual Play, a new feature that lets gamers play head-to-head, full screen, on the same screen. [via]
Finally, someone's combined the Internet set-top box with a DVR. We just didn't expect it to be these guys. The Boxee TV ($100) features two tuners so you can watch one show while recording another, and works with both digital antennas and unencrypted cable. Of course, this is a Boxee box, so it still offers a fluid, good-looking UI and access to the online services you care about, but its killer feature is No Limits DVR, which uploads all your DVR recording to the cloud, and lets you access them on any device you'd like, no matter where you are. At $15 a month, it's a great deal, but unfortunately it'll only be available in NYC, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philly, and DC to start.