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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (April, 2008)

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General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #271 - HDTV Terms from the Forums

By The HT Guys • Apr 29 2008, 6:23am

When you're researching an HDTV, you often find yourself reading what others have posted at various forums such as AVS. In those forums they tend to use a lot of jargon and lingo that a casual TV watcher may not understand, be aware of, or for that matter even care about. Today we'll try to define a few of them and add some clarity around the whole subject. As a "spoiler warning" if you own an HDTV, especially a rear projection HDTV, be warned. We'll talk about some issues that can appear on the screen that you may have never noticed before. If you start to look for them, you might start to actually see them. If you prefer to live in ignorant bliss, you might want to skip this feature.

Cable HDTVCable, Satellite & FiberHD Video ProductionHD DVD

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #270 - Movie Downloads and HDMI vs. Component

By The HT Guys • Apr 25 2008, 4:13pm

We receive emails all the time from listeners asking us about cables. Many ask what they would be missing of they were to use Component cable instead of HDMI. From a picture point of view your not giving up too much. From an audio point of view you would need to run eight RCA cables to bring in Dolby True HD or DTS MA sound tracks. Eight cables for audio and three for video. That's eleven cables to do the work of one HDMI cable. So with such a big advantage in cable management alone, we found it interesting that professional installers preferred to use component cables.

Environment / GreenBlu-rayDLPDLP HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #269 - How to get rid of your old electronics

By The HT Guys • Apr 22 2008, 4:57am

In Episode 260 we covered various options for energy efficient home theaters. One of those involved making sure you look for the Energy Star logo on the products you buy. After all just because we want to watch HDTV doesn't mean our kids should be robbed of watching Quad-HDTV when they grow up. There are a lot of colors talked about in home theaters, white noise, black-out shades, red lasers, blu-ray...even rainbows on your DLP TV. But today we're going to continue in the green theme. Listener Greg from Michigan thought it would be a good idea to round out the discussion; we've talked about how to buy gear, now we'll cover how to get rid of it.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #268 - Budget 32-inch LCDs

By The HT Guys • Apr 18 2008, 6:34am

First of all, you can now follow us at Twitter. Check it out and tell us what you think. There's a fun article about Great Movie Scenes for Surround Sound at Electronic House and it seemed like something cool to discuss on the show. And we've compiled a list of six 32" HDTVs for budget conscious buyers.

HTPCs & LaptopsLED (LCD) HDTVsWireless HDMI/HDTVHD DVD

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #267 - D-Link DSM-750 - Wireless N HD Media Center Extender

By The HT Guys • Apr 15 2008, 6:27am

Back in Episode #178 (June, 2007) we did a feature on the Vista Media Center. For that review we used an HP m8000n to run the Media Center. We talked about the features of the Media Center and how one could use the computer to run spreadsheets during the day and watch live TV or movies using an extender device at night. If you are not familiar with the features of the Media Center that would be a good show to go back and listen to. We will only be covering specific features of the Media Center as they pertain to the DSM-750.

Internet HD VideoHD Video Production

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #266 - CNet's top 5 HDTVs and Hulu.com

By The HT Guys • Apr 11 2008, 6:45am

For today's show we'll talk about CNet's listing of the 5 best HDTVs they have reviewed. Then we get into a discussion on Hulu.com - a new video streaming site with a lot of potential.

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Service & RepairLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #265 - Digital Converter Boxes, a clarification

By The HT Guys • Apr 8 2008, 6:58am

As most of us know the big transition from analog to digital television in the US will happen in less than a year. Either the public service announcements are starting to work, or people are just finally starting to pay attention, but our inbox is filling up with questions. We tried to cover the whole issue back in Episode 257, but we must have left out some crucial details because the email keeps coming. We'll probably need to do this again in the future, but let's see if we can clarify things a little better.

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Mobile HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #264 - DLNA, the Digital Living Network Alliance

By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2008, 5:33pm

Today we discuss what DLNA is and what it can mean for your home theater system. DLNA stands for the Digital Living Network Alliance and began in 2003 when a group of companies came together to create products that worked together. Today, there are more than 250 companies in the alliance.. They include consumer electronics, computer and mobile device manufacturers. DLNA published its first set of Interoperability Guidelines in June 2004 and the first set of DLNA Certified products began appearing in market soon thereafter. The latest version of the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines, version 1.5, was published in March 2006, and then expanded in October 2006. To become certified, products pass through the DLNA Certification Program.

Cable HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #263 - Braden's Home Theater Setup

By The HT Guys • Apr 1 2008, 7:11am

So by now everyone knows what's in Ara's Home Theater, in fact all over Ara's house, but we get questions occasionally on what Braden is using as well. To put those questions to rest, we'll get into all the details today. You've heard bits and pieces, like the recent addition of the PS3, but here's the whole system, all at one time.