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HDTV Expert - Display Interfacing: Welcome to Babylon

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 5:53pm

HDMI, DisplayPort, superMHL – all competing standards that promise faster connections with the advent of UHD. Is it time to re-think the way we switch and distribute video and audio?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #700: Mobile HDTV

By The HT Guys • Aug 14 2015, 9:22am

Motorola Mobility, one time subsidiary of Google, now a part of Lenovo, just released a new app in the Google Play Store called, yep, you guessed it, Mobile HDTV. The app enables select phones and portable devices, with the proper hardware, to watch live, over-the-air HDTV right on your Android device. The concept is pretty simple, and you’d think very compelling, but it turns out most people can’t use it. The question is, why not?

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HDTV Expert - How Sharp Makes Its “Free-form” Displays

By Ken Werner • Jul 22 2015, 8:50pm

For some time Sharp has been showing examples of its “free-form” displays, which do both the “row” and “column” driving through the same edge of the display, leaving the rest of the display to be cut in curves or other unusual shapes. But Sharp had not been willing to describe in detail how it distributed […]

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HDTV Expert - Waiting for Godot

By Ken Werner • May 29 2015, 9:45pm

It takes a long time to develop novel display technologies. As a result, product designers sometimes express a desire for display characteristics that the industry cannot supply — at least not yet, and maybe never. It can work the other way, though. Candice Brown Elliott’s brilliant Pentile Display architecture was initially developed to improve efficiency, […]

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HDTV Expert - NAB In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Apr 25 2015, 1:28am

It’s been over a week since I got back from Las Vegas and edited all of my photos and videos. But once again, NAB scored big numbers with attendance and there were enough goodies to be found in all three exhibit halls, if you were willing to put in the time to pound the pavement. […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #684: ZyXEL 1200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapters

By The HT Guys • Apr 24 2015, 8:30am

If you have been with us for a while you know that we have been testing powerline adapters since the beginning. Our first product claimed that it could achieve 85Mbps. And in a controlled world it probably could, but in our homes we were lucky that we got 10Mbps. Still at the time, that was enough bandwidth to support Blu-ray players that didn’t come with built in WiFi.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #682: Next Generation Broadcast TV

By The HT Guys • Apr 10 2015, 6:54am

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have their year meeting in Las Vegas in the Spring every year. When we worked for Sony Pictures we would get excited about going and demonstrating the gear we were developing as well as seeing what other companies were showing off. It was not quite as hectic as CES but it was still a great time. Nowadays we are a little more focused on what we take away from the NAB show. In particular of interest this year is the ATSC 3.0 specification. This year there will be some demos of the technology.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #673: Dish Upgrade Time

By The HT Guys • Feb 6 2015, 11:15am

This is the time of the year when HDTV and Home Theater take a quick nap. CES has come and gone, the Super Bowl is done, and there's a bit of a lull in activity until March Madness kicks in. Sure there may be some mid-season shows that pop up, but we're always looking for ways to spice things up. So what better way than a full revamp of our Dish Network gear?

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HDTV Expert - Attention, TV Buyers – Your Time Has Come!

By Pete Putman • Jan 19 2015, 7:36pm

Now — and I mean NOW — is the absolute best time to buy a new television.

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HDTV Expert - Time For A Game Reset!

By Pete Putman • Jun 13 2014, 7:56pm

I'm writing this column the Friday before InfoComm, the AV industry's largest trade show. It takes place next week in Las Vegas and should be a doozy, what with all of the changes happening in our industry: 4K digital displays and media players, new IPTV 'in a box' solutions, expanding use of wireless connectivity, high-power […]

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HDTV Expert - A Tale Of Two Companies, Revisited

By Pete Putman • May 2 2014, 4:50pm

It's annual meeting time in Japan, and the final reports for fiscal year 2014 are starting to trickle in. Panasonic is up; and Sony is down.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #627: JVC 4K UltraHD Projectors

By The HT Guys • Mar 21 2014, 7:25am

We haven't spent too much time talking about 4K projectors because, to be blunt, they're just too expensive to be within reach for us, and for the majority of our audience. While they're cool to think about, and maybe drool over, why spend too much time on them when you know you'll never drop $28,000 on a projector? But what if they were a fraction of that cost?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #622: Skybell Doorbell Review

By The HT Guys • Feb 14 2014, 7:17am

Last August a listener alerted us to an Indiegogo campaign for a Wifi doorbell that would allow you to answer the door from anywhere in the world provided you had an Internet connection. At that time to contribution was $125 and for that you would helping a startup company bring their product to the market.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #619: What’s Hot Right Now (2014 Time Capsule)

By The HT Guys • Jan 24 2014, 7:43am

Today’s Show: What's Hot Right Now (2014 Time Capsule) We didn't update it in 2013, but back in January of 2012, we put together a snapshot of the then-current HDTV landscape we could refer back to in the future. Since we often look back at the technologies and prices of years gone by with shock […]

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HDTV Expert - CES 2014 In The Rear-View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jan 21 2014, 8:21pm

It's been almost two weeks since CES. The booths and signs have long been taken down; the long lines and long hours are a distant memory. Time for a thoughtful retrospective on the showâ?¦

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #616: HDTV Predictions for 2014

By The HT Guys • Jan 3 2014, 5:53am

Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2014. Our crystal ball is never as clears as a good HDTV but we give it a shot nonetheless.

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HDTV Expert - There’s a New QD Maker in Town

By Ken Werner • Dec 27 2013, 12:34am

Quantum Materials is the new quantum dot (QD) company in town. It needs to play catch-up with the established players, but it is offering something different. The two established players — QD Vision of Lexington, Massachusetts and Nanosys Inc. of Milpitas, California — dominate the consciousness of those who spend time thinking about the application […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #612: AV Receiver Buying Guide 2013

By The HT Guys • Dec 6 2013, 7:50am

It is that time of year where we get to spend your money again! We kick off our holiday buying guides with receivers. Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product. Its about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year's gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #611: What we are Thankful for 2013

By The HT Guys • Nov 28 2013, 7:39pm

Thanksgiving is a time to, well, to give thanks. So that's what we're going to do; give thanks for everything we have in our lives. The things we're most thankful for: our families, our health, our friends, and our wonderful listeners, don't make good topics for a show about HDTV and Home Theater. So as is tradition over the last five Thanksgivings, on today's show we give you our list of consumer electronics things we are thankful for.

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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.