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HDTV Expert - LeEco: Today Vizio, Tomorrow the World?

By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2016, 6:15pm

When LeEco (Leshi Internet Information & Technology) exhibited at one of the press-and-analyst shows at CES 2016, it had not yet changed its name from Letv. Letv showed prototypes and products that were notable both for their variety and strikingly handsome industrial designs. Some of those products also contained advanced components. At Qualcomm’s CES press […]
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HDTV Expert - LeEco: Today Vizio, Tomorrow the World?

By Ken Werner • Sep 17 2016, 12:57am

When LeEco (Leshi Internet Information & Technology) exhibited at one of the press-and-analyst shows at CES 2016, it had not yet changed its name from Letv. Letv showed prototypes and products that were notable both for their variety and strikingly handsome industrial designs. Some of those products also contained advanced components. At Qualcomm’s CES press […]
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A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 5 - The Internet Seen as the Future of Broadcasting

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 20 2016, 3:00pm

Today a 4K movie from the Sony 4K Entertainment service takes about 40GB of space on the Sony 4K player and takes long hours to be downloaded even with my Internet fiber-optic line of 100 Mbps.

Certain ISP providers may make more difficult the delivery of high resolution content such as 4K, for example, a subscriber of Comcast ISP has data-caps on the range of 300GB per month and is charged $10 per each 50GB exceeding that cap. The total cost of ownership of downloading a 4K movie that already cost $30 from Sony could grow another $10 for just receiving the movie over the Internet if the monthly data-cap was already exceeded.

When I compared with other ISP competitors...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #713: AppleTV Gen 4 Review

By The HT Guys • Nov 13 2015, 6:47am

It's fair to say there are three big names in streaming set top boxes, Roku, Apple, and Amazon. Yes we know there are others but these are the biggest right now. We reviewed the Amazon Fire TV a few shows ago (Podcast #710) and we will review the Roku 4 in the near future but today it's the AppleTV 4. It comes in two incarnations, the 32 GB will run you $149 and the 64GB will run you $199. We took the 64 GB version for a spin. The one big feature that is missing is that the AppleTV does not support 4K. Is that a deal breaker?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #704: Binge Watching TV

By The HT Guys • Sep 11 2015, 7:26am

We have talked about Binge watching on the show many times. It's a relatively new phenomena where you watch multiple episodes of a TV program in rapid succession. In the early days that meant you would buy or rent seasons of the program you were interested in on DVD. Today it can be that or more likely you stream the program from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or the network’s website.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #696: Atmos Processor Options

By The HT Guys • Jul 17 2015, 11:11am

Today we discuss some receiver options for Atmos. We are joined by Dipinjeet Sehdev Internet Marketing & Brand Relations of Kef Speakers. Here are a few receivers/pre-amps that support Atmos.

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HDTV Expert - Xfinity: The Future Of Confusion (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Tried To get Along With Comcast)

By Pete Putman • Jun 8 2015, 9:27pm

It all started innocently enough a couple of weeks ago, when I started experiencing issues with Internet connectivity. And it turned into a circus of confusion. First, some background: I’ve had Comcast service at my home address for close to 18 years now, and there have definitely been some ups and downs in my relationship […]

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HDTV Expert - USEFUL GADGETS: Three Antennas and a Preamplifier for Cord-Cutters

By Pete Putman • May 5 2015, 4:59pm

While Internet service is the key part of cord-cutting, free over-the-air television still pays an important part. To get it, you only need some sort of antenna to connect to your television or receiver/DVR. Here are three such antennas for your consideration, plus a handy VHF/UHF signal amplifier.

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

By Pete Putman • Apr 9 2015, 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 […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #638: Slingbox Sharing

By The HT Guys • Jun 6 2014, 9:39am

You know we are fans of the Slingbox and have used them to 'Sling' our local TV from one side of the world to another. Ara spent a week in India and never watch a single minute of local television opting to watch football from the USA instead. Slingboxes are quite simply the easiest way to watch your local content wherever you want, provided that you have an internet connection.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #635: Optimizing your wireless music system

By The HT Guys • May 16 2014, 9:38am

Lots of information and news this week to discuss including some changes in the OLED manufacturing landscape, a new way to share your online movie collection with Vudu and UltraViolet and the potential for pay-as-you-go Internet at home. We close out with a discussion on Wireless whole house music systems, which really becomes a wider discussion on wireless networks in general and how to optimize them for multimedia distribution.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #634: Interview with a Broadcaster about Aereo

By The HT Guys • May 9 2014, 10:31am

This week Ara spoke with a broadcaster from the Birmingham AL about the internet streaming upstart Aereo and how their model is essentially to steal content from broadcasters and sell it for profit. For those who are not familiar Aereo is a company that lets you record and stream local television in the cloud. More info about Aereo available on their website.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #630: Amazon Fire TV and Falcon Screens

By The HT Guys • Apr 11 2014, 6:09am

Last week Amazon released a set top box the Amazon Fire TV (Buy Now $99) to compete with the likes of Apple, Roku, and a host of others. And of course the HT Guys got a hold of one and put it through its paces. This will be a shorter review than previous boxes because we have done so many and they are essentially the same. Today we'll focus on the differences.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #622: Skybell Doorbell Review

By The HT Guys • Feb 14 2014, 7:17am

Last August a listener alerted us to an Indiegogo campaign for a Wifi doorbell that would allow you to answer the door from anywhere in the world provided you had an Internet connection. At that time to contribution was $125 and for that you would helping a startup company bring their product to the market.

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HDTV Expert - A La Carte TV: No Blue Plate Special?

By Pete Putman • Dec 13 2013, 3:38pm

As the winds of change push more and more consumers away from conventional pay TV packages and toward streaming, 'over the top' video, an interesting report has just arrived from Needham and Co. analyst Laura Martin.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #610: Why are the networks upset with Aereo?

By The HT Guys • Nov 22 2013, 7:57am

We have been covering the Aereo story for a few months now. Aereo is a service that allows you to watch and record live television from anywhere within you home coverage area via an Internet connected device. What Aereo does is connect you to a dedicated antenna that pulls in OTA TV signals and then sends it to you via the Internet so long as you are physically in your local network coverage area.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #596: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Fast Ethernet Powerline Adapter

By The HT Guys • Aug 16 2013, 6:57am

Just about everything we add to our home theaters need an Internet connection. Sure you can use WiFi but nothing beats a hardwired connection. If you have an older home it may be difficult to string wire yourself or costly to hire someone to do it for you. One option that is dead simple and as easy as plugging a device into a socket is Ethernet over Powerlines. We have reviewed many over the years but as technology improves we like to test newer products to see if data rates are getting faster. On this episode we take a look at the ZyXEL 500 Mb/s Fast Ethernet Powerline Wall-Plug Adapter.

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HDTV Expert - DEG: Here’s The Rest of the Story

By Pete Putman • Aug 9 2013, 3:11pm

Here's the latest Home Entertainment Report from the Digital Entertainment Group. And it shows that the trend away from physical media to downloads and streaming is gaining strength.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #588: Netflix SuperHD

By The HT Guys • Jun 21 2013, 7:20am

We received an email from Mark in Watertown South Dakota asking us about our opinion of Netflix SuperHD and we thought what a great idea for a feature. If you haven't heard of it before, Netflix SuperHD claims to provide superior 1080p video quality for the same price as regular streaming. But not everyone is eligible.

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HDTV Expert - TV, Over The Air and Everywhere!

By Pete Putman • May 10 2013, 6:35pm

Aereo, broadcast television, video-on-demand, and streaming are dominating the news lately. They have more in common than you might think...