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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (October, 2008)

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #324 - Spooky Blu-ray, can it live forever?

By The HT Guys • Oct 31 2008, 6:38am

As the first Halloween with one High Definition movie disc format, we compiled a list of the ten best spooky movies on Blu-ray, just in case you don't have anything to do and want to watch something scary. But before we get too far on that, we also cover some recent reports about Blu-ray being a temporary format and not having that much life left. Who knows, maybe next year we'll give the list of the top ten high definition downloads for Halloween.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #323 - A few amazon.com top ten lists

By The HT Guys • Oct 28 2008, 5:17am

We've compile a few lists of some of the top selling items at Amazon.com. A few of the lists shocked us a little bit. Of course, we have an opinion on what they mean, and what we might see for the Holiday shopping season.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #322 - Indiana Jones on Blu-ray and Vudu HDX

By The HT Guys • Oct 24 2008, 6:39am

We've both seen the entire Indiana Jones Trilogy, so when Paramount said they were filming a fourth movie we both became very excited. Braden saw the movie in the theater and Ara waited for it to come out on Blu Ray. While this review is technical in nature, be fore warned, we may throw out a few spoilers.

We talked about Vudu's new HD Technology (HDX) back on Show #316. For those of you that did not hear that show, Vudu's HDX technology, according to Vudu, is a new video format that delivers the highest quality true High Definition 1080p content available from any Internet, broadcast or satellite on-demand service. We decided to put that statement to a test.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #321 - DIY or eBay?

By The HT Guys • Oct 21 2008, 4:55am

It's no secret we're into projects; we like to geek out every now and then to see what we can put together without breaking the bank. We've built our own MythTV server, assembled a Mac based video server and have messed around with whole house audio as well. Another project we've had in the back of our minds for years now is the infamous DIY Home Theater Projector project. As we started to do our research, a thought hit us. Would it be better to build a projector ourselves, or just pay a little extra and buy one on eBay?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #320 - 2008 Blu-raty score card and Yamaha YSP-4000

By The HT Guys • Oct 17 2008, 6:38am

We first saw the Yamaha YSP-4000 Sound Projector in use at CES 2007. At that time we were quite impressed that a single unit could generate a 5.1 sound field. For those of you who are not familiar with what the Yamaha Sound Projector, it is single unit resembling an oversized center channel that decodes surround sound and generates multi-channel experience by bouncing sound waves off the walls in your room. The advantages are obvious, no running of speaker wire, easy placement of a single component, no clutter! This type of device is ideal for an apartment dweller or for use in a master bedroom, or for the person who wants surround sound but doesn't want to deal with the installation of a multi piece system.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #319 - Updates on PlayOn and DLNA Servers

By The HT Guys • Oct 14 2008, 6:40am

MediaMall has released a new version of PlayOn that now supports Netflix Watch Instantly streaming. This is the feature we've all been waiting for, so we had to check it out. Setup is simple, you just add your Netflix username and password and you're done. There's even a test button to make sure you typed your password correctly.

For the last couple weeks, since we did Episode #315 complaining about the lack of good choices for DLNA servers, we've received a ton of recommendations and tried out almost a thousand of them. For the short term we had to focus on software-based options, but there are also a bunch of hardware solutions available as well. We're trying to get our hands on some of them to add to the trials. With so many options, something was sure to blow us away, right?

HD DVD

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #318 - AppleTV Update

By The HT Guys • Oct 10 2008, 6:19am

Apple recently released a firmware update for its AppleTV to add support for HD TV Shows. On today's show we talk about the update and our latest experience with the AppleTV. The latest firmware brings the version to 2.2 and, according to Apple, it promises to provide bug fixes, improve stability, and add a feature or two.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #317 - 10 Really Expensive A/V Products and Super-Slim HDTVs

By The HT Guys • Oct 7 2008, 6:14am

Amazon has an excellent write-up on four super slim HDTVs. They offer a glimpse into the future of what television may be like in a few years. Imagine what the family room or the home theater will look like when wireless HDMI removes the need to tether your TV to a set top box or a Bu-ray player. And it also removes the need to have your speakers wired to your receiver or amplifier. Couple that with a giant 60, 70 or even 80-inch flat panel TV only millimeters thick, mounted directly to the wall. Now we're talking Jetson's technology. And by the looks of things, it may not be that far off.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #316 - Vudu HDX and Slingbox Pro HD

By The HT Guys • Oct 3 2008, 7:13am

We reviewed the original Slingbox way back in 2005. Ara currently has two of them and has been able to watch TV from his hotel in Chicago, Denver, and Europe. But the main way the Slingbox is used in the Derderian family is to extend TV reception to any room in the house. While the Slingbox works well via the Internet it works really well on your local network. The issue with Internet usage is bandwidth. First, if your upstream bandwidth is limited it really doesn't matter how much downstream bandwidth you have. In Ara's home the upstream is capped at 1 Mbps (although lately he has exceeded that).