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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #605: Is Virtual Reality the Next Big Thing in Home Theater?

By The HT Guys • Oct 18 2013, 5:04am

Many of us are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in Home Theater. When the HDTV revolution hit, we couldn't get enough. Then there was HD-DVD and Blu-ray, followed by a flop or two, like 3D. Right now it looks like it might be 4K HD. But what if 3D was just the precursor to the real next big thing, Virtual Reality.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #593: Blu-ray: Here to stay?

By The HT Guys • Jul 26 2013, 7:35am

In our last episode we spelled out the reasons the Blu-ray disk, and the DVD for that matter, may not be around for much longer. That sparked some healthy debate at the watercooler and in our email. As you can imagine, pristine, high quality audio and video aren't the only reasons to hang on to the disk format. In the interest of point-counterpoint, 'we report, you decide,' this week we'll cover the reasons why Blu-ray could hang around for a while.

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HDTV Expert - Low Unit Sales Do Not Keep Ultra HD TV from Being the Next Big Thing — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Nov 12 2012, 10:48pm

Very high initial prices for Ultra HD TV sets will keep sales low this holiday season, but excitement in the industry is still sky high.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #550: Solid Signal HD Blade

By The HT Guys • Sep 28 2012, 4:56am

Every time we publish a story about cutting the cord we get a ton of interest. Whether it be a new online service or a new antenna to be used for pulling in free, over-the-air HD signals, our listeners and readers respond with great feedback. So when we found out about a new indoor antenna called the HD Blade we were excited about putting it through its paces.

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2012, 1:00pm

Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race? It … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Redbox and Netflix Go Around Disney for “John Carter”

By Alfred Poor • Jun 12 2012, 1:00pm

In yet another attempt to put a genie back in the bottle, Disney has decided not to give Redbox or Netflix access to “John Carter” on DVD when the movie becomes available for retail customers, according to a story in the LA Times. Instead, the disc rental companies will have to wait at least 28 days [...]

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HDTV Almanac - DVD and Blu-Ray: Exit Slowly, Stage Left

By Alfred Poor • May 11 2012, 1:00pm

There was a time when DVDs enjoyed the fastest new technology adoption of all time. The transition from the clumsy, snowy VHS tapes to the sleek little polycarbonate discs was driven by the fact that the digital image looked terrific even on standard definition picture tube televisions. And they look even better on flat panel [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Redbox Rising

By Alfred Poor • Feb 8 2012, 1:00pm

The physical DVD is dead; long live streaming!
That’s the conventional wisdom, but I’ve got a dollar that says rumors of the DVD’s death are premature. Why a dollar? Because that’s what it costs to rent a DVD from one of those big red vending machines that you see everywhere from Walmart to McDonalds (not to [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #502: Optoma Neo-i DV20A Projector Review

By The HT Guys • Oct 28 2011, 7:33am

You've heard us talk about projectors with built-in DVD players before, typically in conjunction with a feature on backyard or outdoor theater. But who uses DVDs anymore? OK, bad joke, but to be fair, more and more people are storing movies and videos right on their smart phones, portable media players and tablets. If that's you, and your phone happens to be an iPhone, or you happen to use an iPod, Optoma has built the Neo-i DV20A projector just for you.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #501: TV Reliability

By The HT Guys • Oct 21 2011, 5:48am

We recently read and discussed an article by the HD Guru about disposable TVs (Vizio Disposable HDTV Sellers: Do They Have Your Back?) and thought it might be a good idea to discuss TV reliability. Armed with this information you can decide whether its worth paying a bit more for a TV that will last longer than some of the cheaper 'Disposable' brands. This information comes from Consumer reports. They surveyed 209,000 readers between 2007 and 2011 to determine Brand Reliability.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #498: Accell UltraCat HD

By The HT Guys • Sep 30 2011, 6:47am

Up until now the longest HDMI cable run the HT Guys were able to successfully transmit video across was 50 feet. Those cables were pretty thick and hard to snake through walls and attics. We've tried longer cables but had no luck beyond 50 feet. Thanks to Accell there is a product that will allow you to extend your HDMI up to about 330 feet. The UltraCat HD HDMI extender uses HDBaseT technology to send video over Cat5e/6 Ethernet cables. You can even send IR signals over the same cable. The device has an MSRP of $500 and is available today.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #496: ZyXEL AeroBeam Wireless HD Video Kit

By The HT Guys • Sep 16 2011, 4:21am

Through the years we've had the opportunity to check out several wireless audio, video and wireless HDMI systems. This week we're adding one more option to your list of choices for wireless HDMI. If you've always wanted to use a front projector for huge home theater, but never wanted to cut up the ceiling to run cables, you'll want to listen to this review. It's the ZyXEL AeroBeam Wireless HD Video Kit (WHD6215).

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Gathers Momentum

By Alfred Poor • Aug 17 2011, 1:00pm

The easiest way to turn a dumb TV into a Smart TV is to add a network media player. And some of the most attractive choices at this point are available from Roku. The new Roku 2 models are smaller than ever, and even the entry level $60 model can stream HD resolution content to [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Zediva Goes Dark

By Alfred Poor • Aug 15 2011, 1:00pm

I wrote about Zediva last month, and the fact that it was taken to court for violating copyright law. If you recall, the company had a clever idea for streaming movie content over the Internet; a customer would rent a physical DVD that would then be placed in a DVD player and the content would [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Zediva: Rent-a-DVD-Player Service under Fire

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2011, 1:00pm

If you haven’t heard about Zediva yet, you may want to check it out quickly. Like iviTV and FilmOn, this company thinks that it has figured out a way to game the system to provide video content over the Internet. Where iviTV and FilmOn provided broadcast television programming, however, Zediva is renting DVD movies.
The wrinkle [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #487: Next Generation Audio

By The HT Guys • Jul 15 2011, 6:23am

We received a few emails of late asking why there are more Blu-ray titles being released with DTS-HD Master Audio vs Dolby True HD. So we thought we'd take a look at the formats and see if we could determine why.

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Raises Rates

By Alfred Poor • Jul 13 2011, 1:00pm

Netflix has raised its rates. Get over it.
Apparently there has been a firestorm of protest over Netflix raising its rates this week. The focus is on the company increasing the rate by 60% for some subscribers. That’s sounds pretty egregious, but let’s break it down.
There used to be a plan that gave you one DVD [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2011, 1:00pm

From the “How’s That Again?” Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Storefronts for Satellite TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, DISH Network successfully outbid others to buy the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster for about $320 million. (The company reportedly owes its creditors more than $1 billion.) Does DISH intend to go into the DVD rental business?
It’s not likely. Already, it appears that the company will continue to close many of the remaining Blockbuster [...]

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HDTV Almanac - How Much Would You Pay?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2011, 1:00pm

The major studios are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make money from their movies now that DVD sales are dropping. Blockbuster is on the verge of disappearing, and Netflix is trying to transition to streaming services. One possible replacement is to boost the video on demand (VOD) part of the business. It has [...]