There are many times when we ask our listeners for their opinions on topics we discus on the show. On last week’s show we asked you what you thoughts were on two subjects, How you would improve the Harmony Remote and would you pay $25 for day and date VOD titles. Since we received so many responses we thought we’d take a bit more time to share and discuss your emails as our main feature for today’s show.
Day and Date VOD for $25
Overwhelmingly the HT Guys listeners were for this idea. Contrary to what Phil Swann wrote in his article Wacky Wall Street Analyst Proposes $25 Movies all of our responses thought it was a great idea. Here is a sample of the email we received:
If same day release were to happen, it would likely accelerate the upgrading of home theater systems. I’m planning on eventually buying a passive 3D. I’d like one that’s bigger than 60″. I’d prefer it to be plasma but local dimming LED would probably work. If same day download release at $25 per movie were to happen, I might pull the trigger sooner and settle for the 55″ $1200 3D LG + BluRay that was in this weekend’s Sunday paper adds.
We did not receive one email saying that $25 was out of line. To be honest, the reason movie theaters are having so much trouble is two fold. First is price. Ten dollars a ticket is about half the cost of a Blu-ray disc. If a family of four can wait a few months they can own the movie for less than it would cost to go and see it in the theater. Throw in popcorn and drinks they can own two other movies that they didn’t even want to see. The second issue is quality of the movies. We post the upcoming Blu-ray discs every Wednesday, and every Wednesday we marvel at the lack of good content being released. There are better TV shows on than some of the movies out there. We hold off on some shows and watch two or three episodes back to back on a Friday and Saturday night. We prefer this to going to any movie theater!
Harmony Remote Improvements
We received a ton of email on this one. We hope the Harmony Engineers are listening because you guys had some great ideas! Here is a sample:
Just thought I’d let you know what I would like to change on the Harmony One. I’ve had mine now for a couple of months now and I agree with you, it is perfect, but there are a few things I would like changed.
1. Swap the Info and Guide buttons around. I use the Info button quite a lot since when you are watching something on satellite, you hit the Info button to bring up the title bar at the bottom of the screen. My finger always hits the Guide button by mistake – and I hardly go into the program guide.
2. Introduce hard buttons for the red, green, blue and yellow buttons. I use the red button quite a lot, but would rather prefer to have them as hard buttons instead since it reminds me so often how much full scale touch-screen remotes suck. I think the Harmony 700 and 900 have them.
3. The “click” the buttons make when you press them is too “loud”.
Longer battery life,
1. Allow multiple remotes on one account. Let the account name (email address) be changed. Due to an unfortunate error when setting up a Logitech remote control for a neighbor, I can not use my own email for setup of my remote which I got later. If I switch the email then all the settings on that account go away. If I would have known, I would have used a made-up email address. This seems like a ridiculous restriction.
2. In the power macros for the different activities I would like to see the web software allow for easy programming of delays. It is a big hassle when certain devices like the TV turn on and the macro goes on too quickly so the TV does not set the correct input.
3. Compared to other universal remotes or those supplied with most devices, the Logitech seems to send its commands slower. For example if you are quickly surfing using the channel up, the TV responds slower with the Logitech than the original remote.
Posted by The HT Guys, February 2, 2012 9:51 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.