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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #703: New TV Shows for Fall 2015

By The HT Guys • Sep 4 2015, 1:17pm

Few things in life are as highly anticipated as television premier season every Fall. The Super Bowl maybe? A wedding or the birth of a child perhaps? But most of them pale in comparison to the awesomeness that is premier season. All of your favorite shows coming back for another year, and a ton of new shows to potentially add to the DVR. One of them might just become your new favorite show.


HDTV Expert - Look Out, HDMI – Here Comes Super MHL!

By Pete Putman • Mar 17 2015, 4:38pm

The newest TMDS-based display matches or exceeds the speed enhancements of DisplayPort 1.3. Where does that leave HDMI?

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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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Cox Communications brings Masters Golf Tournament to customers in 3D on ESPN 3D

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2013, 2:17am

In partnership with ESPN 3D, Cox Communications announced today that Cox Advanced TV Plus customers in Virginia will have the option to view coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament on April 11-14, 2013 on the new ESPN 3D channel 896.

Specific equipment and minimum levels of service are required to access Cox channel 896. Customers will need...

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HDTV Expert - ISE 2013: Oh, It’s ON! – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Feb 2 2013, 12:11am

At the recently-concluded Integrated Systems Europe show, projector manufacturers showed concern about the impact of super-sized, inexpensive LCD displays. And they're fighting back.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #568: Super Bowl 2013 and Smart Thermostats

By The HT Guys • Feb 1 2013, 8:18am

There are a few reasons you would want to automate your home. Very close to the top of the list is saving money. And the one item that uses the most energy is your heating and air conditioning system. Today we'll take a look at four thermostats that let you monitor and control your HVAC system from anywhere in the world. When you decide to build out a complete automation system these thermostats can be integrated right in.

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One in Five Owners Bought an HDTV to Watch the Super Bowl, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2013, 12:35am

Nearly a quarter of high-definition television (HDTV) owners in the U.S. (22 percent) purchased their televisions for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl, according to the forthcoming Sports and Technology Study V by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. No other sporting event comes close to prompting that many purchases of HDTVs. Accordingly, more adults surveyed identify themselves as fans of football (79 percent) than any other sport, including baseball (53 percent), basketball (51 percent), racing (28 percent) and hockey (27 percent).

Super Bowl fans will use...

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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 #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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NBC Olympics & Panasonic Announce Nearly 80 Percent Of U.S. TV Households Will Receive High-Definition 3D Broadcast Feed Of The London 2012 Olympic Games

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 21 2012, 2:48am

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group and Panasonic Corporation of North America today announced that the first-ever 3D coverage of the Olympic Games, beginning in London later this month, will be available to subscribers of MVPD's (multichannel video programming distributors) representing nearly 80% of U.S. TV households. The daily 3D programming, which will be shown on next-day delay, will be carried by many cable, satellite and telco providers such as such as Armstrong, AT&T, Blue Ridge, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and WideOpen West.

These carriers will distribute roughly 242 hours of the 3D broadcasts via the Media Center. Panasonic is...

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HDTV Almanac - Olympic Online Coverage Will Include Every Event

By Alfred Poor • May 14 2012, 1:00pm

NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online. Well, you probably can. The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC. But if you have a subscription, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Boys of Summer Go Mobile

By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2012, 1:00pm

If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are good that there’s a version of the MLB At Bat 12 app available for your device. And it appears that baseball fans are discovering the free program in unprecedented numbers. The free At Bat Lite version gives you scores, video highlights, news reports, and more. The full-featured [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Breaks More Bad News

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2012, 1:00pm

The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it’s a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters. So it was like the  Dust Bowl when Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss. This is not quite as [...]

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HDTV Almanac - March Madness Online: No More Free Ride!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 12 2012, 1:00pm

The NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournement launches on Wednesday, and like last year, you can watch all 67 games online. But you can’t watch them for free this time. The March Madness streaming video has grown to be an enormous success over the past few years, and this year you’re asking to pay for [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Shed Some Light on Sports Blackouts

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2012, 1:00pm

Last Thanksgiving weekend, the NFL Cleveland Browns travelled in-state to play the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was not a sell-out, and under FCC rules, the Bengals exercised their option to blackout the over-the-air broadcast of the game on local television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lexington. This decision raised the ire of thousands of Bengal [...]

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Panasonic & NBC Sports Group Partner to Distribute London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D in the U.S.

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:17am

Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group announced today that they will partner to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to all U.S. distributors who carry Olympic coverage on cable, satellite and telco -- nearly 100 percent of the multichannel industry. The effort will mark the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S. in 3D. Panasonic is NBC's exclusive Flat-Panel HDTV and Blu-ray Disc Player advertiser for the London Olympic Games.

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Super-Flat Indoor TV Antennas – Do They Really Work?

By Pete Putman • Jan 4 2012, 1:03am

With the growing interest in 'cutting the cord,' finding an indoor TV antenna that actually works is not an easy job.

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HDTV Almanac - NFL on PS3: It’s More than Just Madden

By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, here’s how I see it. Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors. All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites. But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #492: Projectors and Mistakes

By The HT Guys • Aug 19 2011, 6:48am

Have you ever wondered what the biggest mistakes are that people make when buying a new HDTV? Or perhaps you're looking for ideas for projectors to use in your home theater. Forget that, you want to know how to get NFL Sunday Ticket on your PS3. We've got all that and more on an action packed episode of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast. And for your reference, the answer is 22 minutes.

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HDTV Almanac - ESPN 3D: Too Little, Too Soon?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 8 2011, 1:00pm

AT&T made a big public splash last year when it picked up ESPN 3D, the all-3D sports channel. So it’s a little surprising that the company has dropped the channel without ceremony rather than renew the contract. According to AT&T sources, “the price tag was too high.”
Is this a major blow to ESPN or 3DTV [...]