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General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #655: Video Scalers and Processors

By The HT Guys • Oct 3 2014, 8:36am

A recent discussion on the show about the 'good old days' of HDTV, the days of rear projection LCD, DLP and LCoS, the days of High Definition CRT, got us thinking about some of the other aspects of the early days, like video scalers. Once considered a must have for any true home theater connoisseur, the video scaler seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #654: Best New Products CEDIA 2014

By The HT Guys • Sep 26 2014, 10:43am

CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association) just wrapped up and with that the organization announced their Best New Products award. As you read this be aware that much of these products are geared towards home integrators.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #653: New TV Shows for Fall 2014

By The HT Guys • Sep 19 2014, 10:40am

We celebrate it every year, and it's that time of year again - a whole fall slate full of new HDTV shows. These new shows give us the opportunity to make new friends, share some laughs, and have an adventure or two, all from the comfort of your comfy living room sofa. When we were kids we looked forward to Christmas and the first day of summer. As adults, we look forward to the fall more than anything else. Yes, the kids are back in school and football is back, but also our favorite shows are coming back with new episodes and we get the opportunity to fill the DVR with brand new series.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #652: Interview with Will Price of Roomie Remote

By The HT Guys • Sep 12 2014, 8:47am

On today's show we interview Will Price CEO and Founder of Roomie Remote Incorporated. Will tells us about the next release of the remote app which should be available in a few days. And Android users listen in, there is good news for you!

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #651: Interview with Blake Vackar of Screen Innovations

By The HT Guys • Sep 5 2014, 8:44am

On today's show we interview Blake Vackar Director of US Residential Sales for Screen Innovations. Blake tells us what to look for in a screen that will provide the best 3D experience in your home.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #650: SmartThings Home Automation

By The HT Guys • Aug 29 2014, 10:15am

We have had a running joke about the year of home automation for a few years now. Judging by how many home automation hubs that have been released in the last few months it's safe to say home automation is now mainstream. There is the Revolv (HT Guys Review Podcast #620) that can speak to Z-Wave, Insteon, and more. It goes for $299. Home Depot got into the game with their $50 Wink Home Automation Hub and connected devices. Staples has a competing $50 product called Staples Connect Home Automation Hub. With all these products you may wonder is there room for anyone else?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #649: UHD: Next Big Thing or Next Big Yawn?

By The HT Guys • Aug 22 2014, 7:59am

Ever since the big HDTV buying boom a few years ago, television manufacturers have tried to come up with new ways to stimulate another giant upgrade cycle. It didn't work with 3D. UHD or Ultra HD, is the next big hope. But while some are predicting a pretty quick uptake, some analysts aren't counting on it. There seems to be a bit of debate raging in the analyst-sphere about just how big the UHD transition will be and how quickly it will take hold.

Mobile HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #648: Handheld Movie Server

By The HT Guys • Aug 15 2014, 9:28am

We both took vacations recently and decided to leave the laptops behind. But that didn't mean we didn't want to take our content with us. If you have an iPad you are limited to 64GB at present and with Andriod many devices allow you to add storage through SD cards. While that gives you a potentially unlimited amount of storage its impractical for large libraries. What are you to do?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #647: Home Automation in the Cloud and IFTTT

By The HT Guys • Aug 8 2014, 6:55am

We're starting to see a strong push to merge two of the hot topics in technology today, the smart home and the cloud. As home automation moves to cloud enabled devices and services, it certainly gets easier for the average user to install. But does that convenience come at the cost of performance, flexibility or reliability? Perhaps, like MP3 audio and streamed video, it won't matter. Convenience could trump quality once again.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #646: Interview with Mohu CEO Mark Buff

By The HT Guys • Aug 1 2014, 10:37am

Ara has the Mohu Sky HD antenna on his roof and is picking up signals from Los Angeles (55 miles) and San Diego (90 miles) away. Today we talk to the Mark Buff of Mohu about his company and the cutting edge technology they use as well as the yet to be released crowd funded Mohu Channels product.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #645: 4K TV Options

By The HT Guys • Jul 25 2014, 7:21am

4K or UltraHD technology is starting to approach mainstream, and the options for 4K TVs is getting better all the time. In a quick glance at the choices selling right now at Amazon.com, we were surprised to see how many there are, and how affordable the have quickly become. Of course, Vizio isn't in the list yet, so if you're waiting for that like a certain HT Guy might be, you'll have to keep waiting. But if you need a new TV now, 4K might be within reach.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #644: Pioneer VSX-44 Elite 7.2 Home Theater Receiver

By The HT Guys • Jul 18 2014, 9:42am

Back in May of 2013 we reviewed one of Pioneer's entry Elite models the VSX-70. At that time we were impressed with the sound quality but the MSRP of $750 may have been a barrier for some. Now Pioneer has introduced two new entry Elites (VSX-80 MSRP $700 and VSX-44 MSRP $500) that have more capability and lower prices. We take a closer look at the VSX-44.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #643: Oppo BDP-103D Blu-ray Player, Darbee Edition Review

By The HT Guys • Jul 11 2014, 9:07am

Oppo Digital has long been a favorite of the HT Guys. There have certainly been more expensive and exotic Blu-ray players built, but we're yet to find a competitor that packs the functionality and features of an Oppo, with the same build quality at the same price. Dollar for dollar, Oppo makes what is probably the best Blu-ray player you should ever need to buy.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #642: Interview with Mark Ely, CEO of SimpleTV

By The HT Guys • Jul 4 2014, 9:36am

There has been a lot in the news about cutting the cord lately especially in light of the recent supreme court decision regarding Aereo's business model. We learned that its a copyright infringement if a company leases you equipment that captures OTA signals, transcodes them and then sends them to you via the Internet. But its not against the law if you do that yourself. There are a few products on the market that can do this. One of them is Simple.TV.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #641: Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers and Receivers

By The HT Guys • Jun 27 2014, 9:08am

When we first read the press release about Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, we'll admit, it sounded a bit puzzling and we found ourselves scratching our heads. Atmos enabled receivers? Sure, that makes sense, but what does it take to make an Atmos enabled speaker? We've never heard of a Dolby TrueHD enabled speaker, or a DTS-HD Master Audio enabled speaker. So what is the difference with Atmos that it needs, or can even provide, a special speaker?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #640: ATSC 2.0: Over the Air gets Better… But is it too late?

By The HT Guys • Jun 20 2014, 9:45am

Before there was HDTV there was NTSC (National Television System Committee) or, as it was known by most people today, standard definition. That was the standard developed in 1941 and was in effect until it was superseded by ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) which brought us high definition television - which in turn gave rise to this podcast!

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #639: Sonos Playbar and Sub Review

By The HT Guys • Jun 13 2014, 10:33am

We've reviewed multiple soundbars in the past, from a wide variety of companies, but we've never reviewed a Playbar. What is the difference between a soundbar and a Playbar? Quite a bit as it turns out. Knowing Sonos we expected big things, and we weren't disappointed in the slightest. The Playbar sells for $699 and the optional Sub for an additional $699.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #638: Slingbox Sharing

By The HT Guys • Jun 6 2014, 9:39am

You know we are fans of the Slingbox and have used them to 'Sling' our local TV from one side of the world to another. Ara spent a week in India and never watch a single minute of local television opting to watch football from the USA instead. Slingboxes are quite simply the easiest way to watch your local content wherever you want, provided that you have an internet connection.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #637: Glasses-free 3D projector concept

By The HT Guys • May 30 2014, 8:20am

Nothing says "the future of display technology" like holograms. If you're a Star Wars or a Star Trek fan, you know that someday we'll have holograms for real, interacting with us. Until now that notion has existing only in science fiction and our imaginations. But fueled by the same dreams you have, over the past three years, researchers in the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab have steadily refined a design for a 3D video technology that doesn't require glasses at all.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #636: Emotiva UPA-700 Seven-Channel Power Amplifier

By The HT Guys • May 23 2014, 9:12am

One of the best thing about producing this podcast each week is knowing that our listeners go on the same journey that we do. Our current journey is that of separates. A few weeks ago we reviewed the NuForce AVP-18 processor and MCA-20 Amplifier (Podcast #631). This week we continue the journey by reviewing the Emotiva UPA-700 Seven-Channel Power Amplifier.