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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (March, 2008)

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General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #262 - A/V Receivers for your next Home Theater

By The HT Guys • Mar 28 2008, 3:04am

Today we discuss a recent article in CE Pro that runs down 9 A/V Receivers that you may want to consider for your next home theater. These receivers are not entry level and as such will cost a little more than your bargain receivers.

HTPCs & LaptopsGamingPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #261 - Media Extender Devices

By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2008, 9:41pm

Windows Media Center Extenders
Up until recently the only extender device available for your media center PC was the Xbox 360. On today's show we will discuss some new extender devices that are currently (or soon to be) on the market.

We also discus the results of a survey that we recently conducted.

Blu-rayPC & Laptop TechnologyEnvironment / GreenHD DVD

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #260 - Options for an Energy Efficient Home Theater

By The HT Guys • Mar 21 2008, 7:15am

Many of us want to make sure that we are the most efficient we can be in how we use the resources we consume. One concern that has come up in our email inbox lately is all the power that is consumed by adding so many new home theater gadgets. We're using bigger TVs than ever before, more surround sound processors are in use, often people will add a game system like and XBox360 or PS3 and still have a DVD player or a Blu-ray player along with it. Of course you have to have a DVR, and there's the whole HTPC angle; it just keeps going. With all this technology proliferation, how do we keep our electricity usage in check, if for no other reason than we want to keep our monthly bills in a reasonable range?

HD DVDHD Video ProductionHigh Definition ProductionPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #259 - Oppo DV-983H 1080p Up-Converting Universal DVD Player

By The HT Guys • Mar 16 2008, 3:02pm

Well the folks at Oppo Digital are at it again. This time they have released a new high end Up-Converting DVD player. The DV-983H is the new gold standard in up-converting DVD players. It incorporates Video Reference Series processing (VRS by) Anchor Bay. This is the same technology used in video processors costing $3000 or more.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #258 - Harmony One Universal Remote

By The HT Guys • Mar 14 2008, 5:27am

This week we finally get to the review at lot of listeners have been asking for, the Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote by Logitech. We reviewed the Harmony 880 almost three years ago, and although Ara questioned the price premium, it eventually became our standard universal remote recommendation. Now with the release of the One, we were eager to see if it would replace the 880 in our hearts and minds. It won the 'Best of Innovations' award in the Home Theater Accessories category at CES 2008. You can find it in retail stores and online for an MSRP of $250 US.

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #257 - US Digital TV Transition

By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2008, 3:17pm

US Digital TV Transition

The United States is set to transition all over the air, or free to air, television broadcasts from analog to digital in just under a year from now. It acronym speak, we'll all need to use ATSC tuners instead of the NTSC tuners we've been using for the past half century. There are a bunch of questions swirling about the transition, we'll try to answer the most popular ones. If you live outside the US, this information may apply to you at some point in the future, when your governing body decides to make a similar transition.

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #256 - Television is back and Pioneer VSX-94TXH 7.1 A/V Receiver Review

By The HT Guys • Mar 7 2008, 2:25pm

Now that the Writer's strike is over, we can finally start to get our favorite shows back. We'll talk about when you can expect to see new episodes of the great HDTV you've been missing for the last few months. You can read all about it at TV Guide.  We've also got a review of the Pioneer VSX-94TXH 7.1 A/V Receiver.

HD DVDEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #255 - The Gefen HD PVR (EXT-HD-PVR)

By The HT Guys • Mar 4 2008, 5:10am

If you are like us you probably have one or two recordings on your DVR that you simply won't delete. But what if you want to archive the recording or watch it on your computer? Your choices in the past have been to down convert the program to 480i and record it on a DVD recorder or a computer with a capture card. Today we talk about a product that we saw at CES that solves this problem. The Gefen HD PVR (EXT-HD-PVR)