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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #607: Universal Devices ISY-994i Review

By The HT Guys • Nov 1 2013, 6:32am

You can control the volume on your surround sound system, it isn't a simply on or off switch. You can control the brightness and the contrast on your television, you can even change channels, pause and fast forward and maybe even run web enabled apps and content. But your lights are either on or off. It's time to face the facts, you have dumb lights. But they don't have to be dumb.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #606: Best Selling Projectors

By The HT Guys • Oct 25 2013, 6:40am

We'll receive emails from time to time asking us for a little more coverage of projectors so for today's show we decided to take a look at the top five selling home theater projectors on ProjectorPeople.com.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #601: New TV Shows for Fall 2013

By The HT Guys • Sep 20 2013, 7:29am

It's that time of year again - a whole fall slate full of new HDTV shows. These new shows give ut 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, but also our favorite shows are coming back with new episodes and we get the opportunity to fill the DVR with brand new series.

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HDTV Expert - Time To Stop Whistling Past The Graveyard?

By Pete Putman • Aug 12 2013, 7:55pm

For the first time ever, the number of pay TV subscribers has taken a downward turn. And that trend is likely to accelerate.

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HDTV Expert - Technicolor’s Remarkable 4K Algorithms and Certification

By Ken Werner • Aug 3 2013, 8:42pm

Both Technicolor and THX have demonstrated that platforms carrying their 4K certification can produce very-high-quality up-converted 4K images. 
In my last post, I reported on a conference call with members of THX’s San Francisco-based certification team, which described the philosophy behind the THX program and some of the practical aspects of their implementation. This time, I [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #591: HDTV in the Great Outdoors

By The HT Guys • Jul 12 2013, 7:40am

For many avid campers and outdoor enthusiasts, time spent away in the wilderness is a great opportunity to unplug and distance yourself from all of the technology that surrounds us everyday. For others of us, the idea of being away from HDTV for an extended amount of time puts us into a bit of a panic. But don't fret, there are ways to experience the great outdoors and bring your HDTV along for the trip.

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HDTV Expert - InfoComm 2013 in the Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jun 17 2013, 8:23pm

Last week marked my 20th consecutive trip to InfoComm and it was a hectic time in Orlando. I got in Sunday night and spent most of Monday setting up equipment for my four classes and presentations at InfoComm, including two Super Tuesday sessions (Future Trends, Things You Never Thought About) while I was also co-teaching [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #575: Tis the Season for Receivers: Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer

By The HT Guys • Mar 22 2013, 7:07am

In an effort not to be outdone by their peers, many Consumer Electronics companies try to announce their new products at the same time everyone else does. This makes it very easy for us the consumer to know what we want to buy. We don't have to wait for that last straggler to tell us what's coming before we plunk down our hard-earned cash. Right now it's AV receiver season. If you're in the market for a new receiver for your home theater, have we got a show for you.


HDTV Expert - OLED-TV, Where are You?

By Pete Putman • Feb 21 2013, 9:20pm

By my count, LG missed three promised deadlines last year for the commercial introduction of its 55-inch OLED-TV set. Samsung, apparently never happy with the idea of bringing OLED-TVs to market before their time, grudgingly said it, too, would introduce a 55-inch OLED-TV in 2012, but when LG missed its final deadline of the year [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #570: HDMI Cable Throwdown, High Priced vs Generic

By The HT Guys • Feb 15 2013, 8:26am

A few weeks ago we received an email from a good friend of the show, Jack, telling us about an article he read about HDMI cables. He pointed us to a comment to the article where a reader said that with better HDMI cables changing channels resulted in the tuner locking onto it about a ½ second faster than with cheap cables. (Note: in the accompanying video we credit Michael with sending us the email and actually seeing a difference in lock speeds. Michael helped us with the setting up the test cases).

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #569: Wireless HDMI Options

By The HT Guys • Feb 8 2013, 6:04am

We have reviewed a handful of wireless HDMI systems in the past, and have been impressed each time at how much better they're getting and how quickly the prices have fallen. An unfortunate incident in the Russell home recently required a replacement wireless HDMI setup, kicking off a new round of research into what is available on the market now.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #566: Slingbox 500 Review

By The HT Guys • Jan 18 2013, 8:48am

We have had slingboxes for the past 5 years and they have come in quite handy! There have been plenty of Sundays where the Slingbox has allowed us to keep up with our favorite football team. In general the Slingbox is life saving device for those of us who spend some time on the road. Today we take a look at the latest Slingbox, the Slingbox 500. It has a street price of $288 and is available now.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #564: CES Preview 2013

By The HT Guys • Jan 4 2013, 7:21am

Each year we make our way through the California and Nevada deserts to spend some quality time with the latest in electronics. Today we will focus on what the large manufacturers are planning on showing. This information is compiled by reading through the countless press releases we get sent each day starting in November. The next show will focus on what we see when we are there in person. We usually try to find the cool stuff that the smaller, lesser known companies are showing.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #563: Home Theater Predictions for 2013

By The HT Guys • Dec 28 2012, 8:40am

Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2013. Our crystal ball is never as clear as a good HDTV but we always give it a shot nonetheless.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #559: HDTV Buying Guide 2012

By The HT Guys • Nov 30 2012, 8:40am

As promised, we're back for another annual edition of the HDTV buying guide and just in time for Christmas - we'd like to think it's back by popular demand. In years past we've broken the categories down at times by size and at other times by price. Both are valid, sometimes as a shopper you want to maximize the budget you have to spend, other times you know the size you need and want to find the best set. This year we'll return to breaking them down by size.

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HDTV Expert - An Ill Wind Blows No Good – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Nov 2 2012, 9:06pm

Hurricane Sandy knocked out my water, power, heat, Internet, cable TV, and made cell phone service all but unusable for several days. But broadcast TV never let me down.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #550: Solid Signal HD Blade

By The HT Guys • Sep 28 2012, 4:56am

Every time we publish a story about cutting the cord we get a ton of interest. Whether it be a new online service or a new antenna to be used for pulling in free, over-the-air HD signals, our listeners and readers respond with great feedback. So when we found out about a new indoor antenna called the HD Blade we were excited about putting it through its paces.

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HDTV Expert - Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime (TV) Blues – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Sep 14 2012, 9:49pm

It will come as no surprise to most readers that this is a tough time to sell televisions!

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #546: New TV for Fall 2012

By The HT Guys • Aug 31 2012, 6:11am

It's not as bad as it used to be. Sure we all made it through another Summer with almost nothing to watch on TV. But between Gordon Ramsay, USA Network, Netflix and Hulu, it wasn't all bad. But now it's time to rejoice. Football is back, and in just a few short weeks all your favorite shows will be back on, and perhaps a few new ones will make it to your favorites list.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #542: Traveling with all your Media

By The HT Guys • Aug 3 2012, 7:36am

Summer vacations have changed quite a bit since we were kids. We used to have to invent games to play to pass the time while in the car or on a plane. But nowadays there are so many options for media, there's never a dull moment. You can even pull your devices out when you arrive to make sure you have something to watch if you need a little down time in front of the television.