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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (February, 2009)

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #358 - HomeNet Powerline Networking by Corinex

By The HT Guys • Feb 27 2009, 8:00am

With more products entering the marketplace that support network connectivity it has become important for you to have network access near your electronics. For many a wireless adapter is enough to do the trick. But if you want to stream HD content you need 802.11N which will work well in most cases. Wireless works well until you have interference from other electronics or a neighbor's wifi setup. So what can you do to install a secure hardwired network without crawling through attics and ripping up drywall?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #357 - A look at the Top Ten TVs at Amazon.com

By The HT Guys • Feb 24 2009, 8:36am

From time to time we take a look at the top ten selling TVs at Amazon.com. This time we are not really going to list the TVs individually but will instead focus on the overall statistics about the TVs. They're pretty enlightening if you can trust them to really indicate trends in the retail TV landscape. The list is updated hourly, so we pulled the statistics from a particular point in time. We're assuming the top ten is fairly stable, at least from an overall trend breakdown and that the list doesn't change too rapidly.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #356 - Mitsubishi HC6500 Projector Review and the Reclaimed Analog Spectrum

By The HT Guys • Feb 21 2009, 12:04am

We got a ton of great feedback from our 1080p Projector Options show in January (Episode 349). For today we're reviewing the Mitsubishi HC6500 3LCD projector to make good on the promise we made in a bunch of emails to do more front projection content. Let's face it, projectors rock. Those with them know it and those of us who don't have them really wish we did.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #355 - CES Best Buzz and Cheap Home Theater Upgrades

By The HT Guys • Feb 17 2009, 8:04am

Each year Insight Media releases their CES Best Buzz awards to showcase some of the hottest items from CES. We expected to see a couple of the items that made the list, a few of the them surprised us and several made us really wish we'd been able to attend this year. Hopefully next year. We also went over some of the items in a resent article from Lifehacker about how to upgrade your home theater without spending much money. Some of the items on the list were pretty cool.

HTPCs & LaptopsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #354 - HP TouchSmart PC

By The HT Guys • Feb 13 2009, 7:44am

If you have been listening to our show for a while you know that we have love the ability to watch TV or listen to music in any room in the house. So when we were given the chance to live with the HP TouchSmart PC we jumped at the chance. The TouchSmart PC is an extremely capable PC that will do your email, spreadsheets, and word processing. But for this review, we will strictly focus on the Multi Media Aspects of the computer. In fact, in our minds, this is a TV that also is a computer.

PC & Laptop TechnologyCable HDTVCable, Satellite & FiberDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #353 - Ultimate Technology Throwdown

By The HT Guys • Feb 10 2009, 7:07am

There's nothing better than a really good food fight, a close second is a really good technology battle. The Charlotte Observer's Eye on Electronics column recently featured point-counterpoint on some of the hottest technology debates of our time: Satellite vs. Cable, Wired or wireless networking, DSL vs. Cable high speed Internet, and a few more. All that and 5 Digital Television Transition Myths to wash it down.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #352 - DTVPal DVR from Dish Network

By The HT Guys • Feb 6 2009, 8:16am

Although the US Government has opted to push the digital transition back a few months, we're still fairly confident that it will eventually happen. When it does, everyone receiving over the air television will still need a converter box if their TV doesn't have a built in digital tuner. Dish Network has three options available if you find yourself in that situation. We've had a chance to check out their DVR option, the DTVPal DVR.

High Definition ProductionPC & Laptop TechnologyDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #351 - What's Next in High Definition?

By The HT Guys • Feb 3 2009, 8:07am

Here in the United States we use a technology standard called ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) for digital, over-the-air (free-to-air) television broadcasts. Sometime this year, hopefully, we'll migrate all TV signals off of the legacy analog system and on to ATSC. Once that happens, we'll certainly need to be planning for the "next big thing." From what we can tell the ATSC is already moving on defining what will come next in high definition.