Google Chromecast Mini-Review

January 5, 2014

It’s been a few weeks  now since I picked up a Google Chromecast, at that time the apps Du jour were Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music and tab cast (Chromecast’s method of streaming a browser window). While these features were nice all of them were replicated […]

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Boxee Box Review

December 19, 2010

It’s been quite a while since our original Boxee (software) review and while a lot has changed much of what made Boxee compelling has only gotten better with the introduction of the Boxee Box by D-Link. Now with Boxee Box there’s a small, self-contained device specifically built for the Boxee platform, no HTPC required. For […]

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HDTV Bliss (Nearly)

March 28, 2010

Eight months after first learning that Turner Classic Movies would be available in high definition, I’m finally sitting here watching ‘The Graduate’ (in scope no less) and it was well worth the wait. Tonight the lineup is ‘The Graduate’, ‘Red’s’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘The Wind and the Lion’, and the original (obviously) ‘Parent Trap’. Later on this […]

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Blu-ray Statistics, the Other Side of the Coin

June 23, 2009

If you haven’t had a chance to read the latest Harris Poll on HDTV and Blu-ray uptake among U.S. consumers, it might be quite the eye opener (Head’s up, PDF link). But before we get into some of those numbers, keep in mind that just like the data used by public relation firms, poll’s can be misleading as well.

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Beyond HDTV – Way Beyond

April 12, 2007

We’ve discussed resolutions above and beyond 1920×1080 here before (several times actually) but this recent piece that provides additional details about Japan’s “Super Hi-Vision” HD system. For example late last year NHK broadcasting spiced up their 7680×4320 (yes that’s four times the current vertical HDTV resolution) Super-HD experiments, by incorporating 22.2 channels of audio and […]

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Faulty Logic with Dual-Format Discs

September 20, 2006

I can’t help but think the news reports of Warner Brothers filing a patent for a dual-format Blu-ray – HD DVD disc, or “multilayer dual optical disk” as its referred to in the patent, missed the big picture.(pun) Dual format discs won’t solve the format war. The very notion the existence of a dual-format disc […]

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HD envy

May 30, 2006

I just ran across an article that perfectly illustrates my don’t sweat it attitude when it comes to 1080p and beyond. I don’t mean to imply that resolution doesn’t matter but I have to chuckle a bit when I see folks arguing over what is or isn’t “full” or “true” HD, instead of just enjoying […]

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Mailbag: HD Movies and the resolution of film

April 3, 2006

We often get questions from readers via email, some of the questions range from, “What’s the best way to incorporate surround sound into a whole-house-audio system?” to “Which is better, LCD or plasma?” and everything in-between. Recently I got an email from a JD in Maryland and I felt it deserved an in-depth response so […]

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What would you do for an HD plasma?

March 24, 2006

Hidden Wires reports on the results of a poll conducted by Roper Public Affairs for Pioneer Electronics and the results are pretty humorous. The question was what would you be willing to sacrifice for a new HD plasma television? “Forty percent of men surveyed said they would endure a 48-hour ‘chick flick’ marathon if it […]

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HDTV sales to overtake SD in 2005

April 15, 2005

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