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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #470: Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray player

By The HT Guys • Mar 18 2011, 5:38am

There’s a lot of talk about streaming movies eventually taking over for conventional disc based media like DVD and Blu-ray. But we all know the quality just isn’t quite there yet to eliminate Blu-ray entirely. So what are you to do? Why not buy a Blu-ray player that also streams movies so you’re covered for both cases? If it also supports 3D, you’re triple covered. That’s what you get with the Samsung BD-D6500.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #463: Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray Player

By The HT Guys • Jan 28 2011, 10:22am

Oppo has been around since 2004, about a year longer than the HT Guys. We’ve watched them go from a company that built high performance upconverting DVD players to one that builds high performance Blu-ray Players. Today we take a look at the latest in the Oppo lineage, the BDP-93. The player is all black with a brushed aluminum face. The fit and finish is first rate and looks great in our equipment stack. The BDP-93 has a MSRP of $499.99 and is available today.

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Limits Access to DVD Queue

By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2011, 1:00pm

Bottom line: Netflix really wants out of the physical DVD business. And the company is doing its best to hasten its exit.
It has been widely reported that the company’s director of product management, Jamie Odell, announced that subscribers will no longer be able to add DVD titles to their queue using network media players, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - No-Disc NetFlix Subscription

By Alfred Poor • Nov 23 2010, 1:00pm

The future is here. Netflix has announced a new subscription option; for $7.99 a month, you get unlimited access to the company’s streaming video content for movies and television episodes. That’s a drop of $1 a month from the old plan that also included one DVD movie rental at a time. The cost of the [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #451: Nixeus Fusion HD Review

By The HT Guys • Nov 5 2010, 6:22am

The Nixeus Fusion HD is not unlike many other players. It plays music, video, photo slide shows, and content off the web. With DLNA and UPnP support its easy to set up and enjoy. It took us about 10 minutes before we had video playing on our TV.

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HDTV Almanac - Roku to Get Hulu Plus

By Alfred Poor • Oct 20 2010, 1:00pm

HD movies and television episodes over the Internet are getting more affordable and easier to use. One of the latest developments is the announcement that Roku will be adding support for Hulu Plus to its product line, which starts at $60. The two models with 1080p HD support cost $80 and $100.
Aside from the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Cisco Announces HD Video Chat System

By Alfred Poor • Oct 8 2010, 1:00pm

Millions of people use Skype every day to place hold video chats with friends, family, and business colleagues across town or around the world… for free. All you need is a computer with a Web cam and a microphone, and you’re good to go. There are even Skype applications that let you have a video [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #446: Home Theater of the Future

By The HT Guys • Oct 8 2010, 6:54am

We’ve been doing this show for going on six years. During that period we’ve seen the Home Theater world go through a lot of changes. Technologies have been announced and have either completely failed or never lived up to their potential. We’re looking at you SED, HD DVD, and MoCA. To be fair MoCA is the closest to being a reality but its taking a long time.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #445: brite-View Air SyncHD and Bye bye Blu-ray

By The HT Guys • Oct 1 2010, 6:04am

Netflix just launched their service in Canada, but they aren't planning to ship a single disc. The entire service is what we refer to as “Watch it Now” or their streaming video service. They're also on record as saying that if they were starting in the US right now, they'd do the same thing: skip discs entirely and go straight to streaming. Microsoft has recently also predicted that Blu-ray will go the way of the HD-DVD very soon. So what do these companies know that we don't?

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HDTV Almanac - Epson HD Projector with DVD

By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2010, 1:00pm

Epson has announced the new MovieMate 85HD, a 720p high definition projector that also includes a DVD player. This gives you a complete home entertainment system in a single unit. The projector uses three LCD panels, and is rated at 2,500 lumens for a bright image.
The projector does not have a tuner, but you can [...]

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HDTV Expert - Fujifilm Debuts its Newset FinePix REAL 3D Digital Camcorder

By Pete Putman • Aug 18 2010, 2:18pm

According to Fujifilm representatives, this is the world’s first 3D digital camera that also records HD 3D clips.

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HDTV Almanac - Portable Alphabet Soup

By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2010, 1:00pm

What is it about technology products and acronyms? It’s bad enough that products have deadpan model numbers; can you tell what the new Samsung product does if all you know is the “BD-C8000” model number? I know that I can’t guess. Let me tell you what it is: a 3D BD HD player with WiFi, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 5.4 Million 3D Capable HD Displays in 2014: Projectors

By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2010, 1:00pm

Pacific Media Associates is a company that tracks the front projector display market, and they have recently released their latest projections. They expect that 5.4 million 3D-capable front projectors will ship in 2014, which is roughly five times as many as are expected to ship this year. While some analysts see the education market as [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sony’s HD-in-the-Round

By Alfred Poor • Aug 9 2010, 1:00pm

I’ve written here more than once that current efforts at “3DTV” are really stereoscopic displays that trick the brain into seeing depth in an image displayed on a flat surface. It’s a little unnatural, and depending on a lot of factors, it can be easy or painful to view. But it still is only providing [...]

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HDTV Expert - No Fizz In The DVD Biz

By Pete Putman • Aug 4 2010, 10:22pm

Optical disc replicator Cineram International announced yesterday it is lopping 300 more jobs from its Olyphant (PA) DVD pressing facility.

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HDTV Expert - Redbox: A “Blu-race” to the bottom?

By Pete Putman • Aug 3 2010, 8:59pm

Discount DVD rental kiosk operator Redbox recently announced it would start stocking Blu-ray movies for $1.50 per night rentals.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #435: Can Blu-ray pull it off?

By The HT Guys • Jul 23 2010, 5:05am

Blu-ray would like to supplant DVD and take over as the dominant video format in households all around the world. We see the advantage from a pure quality perspective, but believe that costs have to line up for it to actually happen. With so many forces pulling against it, can Blu-ray really become the successor to DVD?

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HDTV Expert - Saturday mail delivery and DVDs: Six – no, make that two degrees of separation

By Pete Putman • Jul 8 2010, 10:06pm

With Blockbuster on the verge of bankruptcy and the Postal Service announcing a rate hike, it's not a good time to be in the DVD rental business.

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HDTV Almanac - All That Glitters Is Not Silver

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2010, 1:00pm

You may have seen Swanni’s merciless roasting of TV and movie personalities who do not fare well under the high resolution HD cameras. It’s not just actors and actresses that have a problem with the new reality of HD programming however. It turns out that professional sports uniforms are not immune to the unintended effects [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDMI: the End is Nigh?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2010, 1:00pm

HDMI, we hardly knew ye. Introduced in 2003, it held forth the promise of long cable runs, high-speed data exchange with enough bandwidth for HD video, digital audio included, as well as the ability to control multiple peripherals from one device. It has taken some time to deliver on all this potential, and we’ve just [...]