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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #683: Panasonic Home Automation

By The HT Guys • Apr 17, 6:38am

Panasonic may not make plasma TVs anymore, forgive us for not being over that, but it still hurts. But they have jumped into the Home Automation game with a system they’re calling thePanasonic Home Network System. We got a chance to check out two of the bundles they have available to get you up and running quickly, the Home Monitoring & Control Kit and the Home Surveillance System.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #682: Next Generation Broadcast TV

By The HT Guys • Apr 10, 6:54am

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have their year meeting in Las Vegas in the Spring every year. When we worked for Sony Pictures we would get excited about going and demonstrating the gear we were developing as well as seeing what other companies were showing off. It was not quite as hectic as CES but it was still a great time. Nowadays we are a little more focused on what we take away from the NAB show. In particular of interest this year is the ATSC 3.0 specification. This year there will be some demos of the technology.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Cruelest Month, Indeed…

By Pete Putman • Apr 9, 10:37pm

In T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land, he opens with this verse: “April is the cruelest month…” For many Japanese manufacturers, those words couldn’t ring more true. One in particular is Sharp, who has been struggling with profitability ever since the Great Recession. In a recent news story from TWICE, the company confirmed it […]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Expert - LG Is “All In” With OLED TVs

By Pete Putman • Apr 9, 10:03pm

Yesterday (April 8), LG formally launched its new line of OLED televisions at The Garage on Manhattan’s upper west side. In addition to showcasing the 65-inch 65EG9600 ($8,999) and 55-inch 55EG9600 ($5,499) UHDTVs, LG also held a press briefing in conjunction with Netflix’ latest streaming series, Daredevil, which is available starting Friday, April 10. I […]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #681: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and Hub

By The HT Guys • Apr 3, 5:47am

If memory serves, the very first product review we ever did on the HDTV Podcast was a very early Harmony remote. Back in the days before Harmony was acquired by Logitech. Before the touchscreen models came out. But the remote was revolutionary in how simple it made it for anyone to control even a complex home theater with a single remote, and often just a single button.

4K (Ultra HD)3D HDTV

DVDO Introduces 4x4 Ultra HD Matrix Switcher Designed for Ultimate Flexibility in Residential and Commercial Applications

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2, 8:55am

DVDO®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the Matrix44™, the 4K HDMI® matrix switcher that provides four HDMI 2.0 inputs and four discrete HDMI 2.0 outputs to transmit up to 4K at 50/60Hz while supporting 3D, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Designed for both home and commercial use, it provides intuitive control, fast independent switching and discrete outputs for installers and home theater enthusiasts. Matrix44 is now available at an MSRP of $1499 from authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.

4K (Ultra HD)High-End Audio

New Pioneer Models Give Consumers the Latest Technologies for the Ultimate Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2, 8:25am

Pioneer Home Entertainment USA continues to provide consumers with an immersive home theater experience by introducing two new Pioneer branded home theater receivers designed to support today’s high quality audio and video formats. The VSX-830 5.2-channel and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliant, HDMI® 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi®, built-in Bluetooth®, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more. In addition, the VSX-1130 offers Dolby Atmos® (5.1.2) and MCACC Pro refining its Dolby Atmos capabilities.

Broadcast

Ed's View - The Empire Fights Back

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1, 5:20pm

Under assault from the burgeoning OTT IP services, the staggering behemoth that is the US Television broadcast industry will soon deliver a major frontal offensive. And it's a real blockbuster! My sources tell me that on Wednesday, April 1, a gigantic US broadcasting consortium (consisting of NAB, ATSC, several major station groups, and the five major TV networks) will announce a comprehensive petition to the FCC and Congress to amend the 1996 Telecommunications Act. This amendment petition would allow broadcasters to use their spectrum to deliver premium subscription programming. Oh, but that's not all...

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #680: Wireless Surrounds that Work

By The HT Guys • Mar 27, 6:01am

We have been on a quest to find a wireless surround solution that not only works but works well! Maybe its because we live in a noisy home or neighborhood but we have not found a solution that has worked well. Either we would get static or in many cases we got nothing. Our last ditch effort took a product that worked with laptops and mp3 players and adapted it to work with our AVR.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #679: Speaker Terminology

By The HT Guys • Mar 20, 6:45am

Ara has recently started a new hobby of building his own speakers at home. In the course of building them, talking about them and creating videos to show how he does it, we realized there quite a few speaker terms and some tech jargon we may throw around that not everyone is familiar with. Some of you may know this inside and out, for others it’ll be a refresher and for some, parts of this may be brand new, but we’ve compiled a glossary of sorts, based on some prior episodes and some new stuff, to make sure we’re all in on the conversation when talking about speakers.

Sports

HDTV Expert - Look Out, HDMI – Here Comes Super MHL!

By Pete Putman • Mar 17, 4:38pm

The newest TMDS-based display matches or exceeds the speed enhancements of DisplayPort 1.3. Where does that leave HDMI?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #678: Review: Mohu Channels

By The HT Guys • Mar 13, 6:41am

Last year we saw a cool Kickstarter project called Mohu Channels. According to the project description you would be able to: "Create your own TV Channel Guide as a mash-up of streaming apps, websites & broadcast TV with Mohu Channels. We’re making TV fun again!"

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #677: Ten Year Anniversary Contest and VidiPath

By The HT Guys • Mar 6, 6:32am

Its hard to believe that we have been at this for ten years! We appreciate each and everyone of you and have come to think of you as family. As a way of showing our appreciation we, along with these great sponsors, have come up with a fantastic giveaway that is truly worthy of the HT Guys listeners.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

By Ken Werner • Feb 27, 4:07pm

There is a company you’ve probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world’s largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #676: Interview with Gary Yacoubian, President of SVS Speakers

By The HT Guys • Feb 27, 9:14am

SVS was founded in 1998 by four audiophile/engineers who noted that customers were paying too much for lackluster subwoofer performance because of a manufacturing to sales process that was stacked against the consumer. The conventional model, where just good enough subs were sold at high markups did a disservice to customers who wanted great audio experiences but didn’t have unlimited funds.