By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 27 2010, 4:48am
RealD Inc., a leading 3D technology provider for cinema, home and professional applications, in association with FrameForge Previz Studio, a cutting-edge pre-visualization solution for professional filmmakers, announced today the availability of the RealD Professional Stereo3D Calculator
app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad, a pre-production and on-set tool for filmma ...
By The HT Guys • Mar 5 2010, 5:36am
Last week Braden wrote that Cablevision is planning on rolling out network DVR functionality in April.
This technology has got us excited because it shows that Cable is pushing itself to compete with Satellite, FiOS and U-Verse.
One area that cable still falls a little short when compared to these other services is the number of HD channels they offer.
A new technology called Switched Digital Video is being deployed that will allow cable companies to increase the number of HD channels they offer.
But not every is happy about it.
By The HT Guys • Feb 26 2010, 7:04am
Rumors surfaced earlier this week, but it has been confirmed by official press release that Wal-mart is planning to acquire Vudu, a pioneer in the instant movie service market.
Wal-mart has tried to get into the online video game once before.
Does this mean the death of what otherwise was a great technology, or is it a huge step in the right direction?
By The HT Guys • Oct 16 2009, 6:06am
We'll admit it, there are other companies that make remote controls.
We decided to try one this week.
The Prestigo 8008 is a cool remote with a color screen, but how does it stack up to the entry level Harmony 510? Excellent question.
And we had a chance this week to take a look at the CinemaTube from brite-View.
It's a network media player that supports full 1080p/60 video and Dolby Digital and DTS audio, so it's right up our alley.
After all, who wants to stream video if you can't get it in high def?
By Alfred Poor • Oct 15 2009, 1:00pm
On Tuesday, JVC announced a new pocket camera with 8 megapixel resolution for still shots (3,264 by 2,448 pixels).
Oh, and by the way, it also takes 1080p video at 30 frames per second (FPS).
It does 720p at 60 fps.
Oh, and it does all this for a list price of $199.95.
The camera is [...]
By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2009, 6:34am
All of us have a need to take our content on the road for one reason or another.
There are plenty of devices that can do that for you.
Anything from an iPod or a laptop to a portable media center.
You can choose the ultra portability of an iPod but you'll give up video quality.
If you want HD quality you can use a laptop or portable media center but those are a bit bigger and more difficult to drag around with you.
Today we are taking a look at the ZuneHD.
With the Zune you can have ultra portability and HD video quality in one nice looking package.
By The HT Guys • Aug 7 2009, 3:42am
Imagine with me, if you will, a day when a small box no bigger than a standard dictionary will be able to hold as many pictures as you can ever take, as many songs as you could ever listen to and a ton of movies and video as well.
That day has come, and HP calls it the MediaSmart Server LX195.
We got a chance to play around with one, and really liked it.
By The HT Guys • Apr 17 2009, 5:55am
We got an email recently from a listener named William asking what we think about the future of the high end audio/video retailer.
There's no doubt this economy has been rough, hitting both the specialty dealers and the big stores like Circuit City alike.
Eventually the economy will rebound, we all know it works in cycles.
But will the downturn have a permanent impact on the way we buy gear?
By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2009, 7:24am
One issue many of us come across when setting up our home theaters is that the TV would look great in a particular spot in the room that is not necessarily the best spot for the source equipment.
The dilemma is how do you get the video to the TV or projector.
Gefen has you covered in this case.
Their new wireless HDMI adapter will transmit HDMI audio and video up to 30 feet using Ultra-Wideband technology.
But that is going to come at a cost.
For that capability Gefen is selling the WDHDMI for $999.
Still for some of you that cost is less than the cost of ripping up walls and running physical cables.
By The HT Guys • Mar 20 2009, 6:38am
We first talked about using a Mac Mini as a video server way back in March of 2007.
It has served us well now housing more than 150 movies, almost 1500 songs and podcasts, and dozens of HDTV that was recorded via the HD Homerun.
Just over two years later we have upgraded one of our three Mac Minis with the latest offering from Cupertino.
The version the HT Guys chose was the $799 model that comes with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive.
The older Minis did a good job with almost all the video we through at it.
The one exception is overly compressed 1080i content.
So how does the new Mini hold up with 1080i and 1080p? Listen in...
By The HT Guys • Mar 13 2009, 7:08am
If you have been listening to our show for a while you know that Braden would really like an a la carte sway to buy TV.
It makes sense, why pay for 300 channels when in reality you only watch about 30 or 40.
And really you probably only watch about 10 to 15 90% of the time.
So the other day Ara missed an episode of Lost and was forced to watch it via the ABC website.
After about 5 minutes of so called streaming HD video he got fed up and downloaded an HD version from iTunes.
It cost $2.99 but had no commercials.
The quality was quite good and it even had 5.1 audio.
Something that makes watching Lost quite enjoyable.
That got us wondering.
Could heavy TV watchers like ourselves get by with buying TV programming A la Carte style via AppleTV.
This would also work if you have an HTPC with iTunes on it.
By The HT Guys • Jan 20 2009, 7:22am
We've touched on Yahoo's platform for Internet connected television, sometimes called the Widget Engine, briefly in the past.
One of the really big themes we saw come out of CES this year was streamed or Internet video content in the family room.
What started as a hardcore geek experiment using Home Theater and Media Center PCs slowly grew into a legitimate consumer electronics phenomenon in 2008 with the help of products like Vudu, Apple TV and TiVO.
We're now poised for an all out explosion in 2009 and one company vying to be at the forefront is Yahoo!
By The HT Guys • Dec 30 2008, 8:00am
It's an awesome show to close out 2008.
Ara had to fly solo because Braden lost his voice, but there's still a ton of great news, emails and articles to cover.
The "Beware of the Dog House" video may be one of the instant classics for this year.
You've got to check it out.
By The HT Guys • Dec 16 2008, 8:27am
Just when you might think that you have enough gadgets, you come across a new one that reminds you: you can never have enough cool stuff.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the "world's smallest HD camcorder," the Flip Video Mino HD.
Not only was it a lot of fun to play with, it was very useful and extremely convenient.
If you'd like to record some Holiday memories this year in true 720p high definition, or you need to find a cool, unique gift for the techie who has everything, the Mino HD is a sure hit.
By The HT Guys • Oct 21 2008, 4:55am
It's no secret we're into projects; we like to geek out every now and then to see what we can put together without breaking the bank.
We've built our own MythTV server, assembled a Mac based video server and have messed around with whole house audio as well.
Another project we've had in the back of our minds for years now is the infamous DIY Home Theater Projector project.
As we started to do our research, a thought hit us.
Would it be better to build a projector ourselves, or just pay a little extra and buy one on eBay?
By The HT Guys • Jun 6 2008, 5:15pm
We have designed whole house video and audio systems and talked about them on our show.
The one room we really haven't done much with is the Bathroom.
We know what you are probably thinking: the bathroom is one area in the home where you don't want to be bombarded with the world's problems.
We hear you; but what if you are in the middle of a football game and your wife tells you that its time to get ready so you can go to your in-law's? Having a TV in the bathroom sounds like a good way keep everyone happy.
By The HT Guys • Apr 25 2008, 4:13pm
We receive emails all the time from listeners asking us about cables.
Many ask what they would be missing of they were to use Component cable instead of HDMI.
From a picture point of view your not giving up too much.
From an audio point of view you would need to run eight RCA cables to bring in Dolby True HD or DTS MA sound tracks.
Eight cables for audio and three for video.
That's eleven cables to do the work of one HDMI cable.
So with such a big advantage in cable management alone, we found it interesting that professional installers preferred to use component cables.
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 16 2008, 2:21pm
Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, and PluggedIn (http://www.pluggedin.com/), announced today an agreement whereby PluggedIn users will have access to thousands of high-definition quality videos from UMG's extensive roster of chart-topping artists covering every genre of music.
PluggedIn is powered by an innovative new media player that supports high-definition full-screen video playback with no buffering and DVD like controls, a multimedia search engine and fan centric social networking applications.
PluggedIn's Media Player delivers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 5:59pm
A study of 2,000 U.S.
consumers conducted by Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm, found that a price point between $7 and $9 is optimal for the next generation of video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet movie rentals: high-definition (HD) movies released on the same day as DVDs.
This premium over today's $4 price for standard DVD or VOD movie rental would create substantial market growth by 2010.
Rollout of HD VOD and Internet movies on day-and-date of DVD release is...
By The HT Guys • Apr 11 2008, 6:45am
For today's show we'll talk about CNet's listing of the 5 best HDTVs they have reviewed.
Then we get into a discussion on Hulu.com - a new video streaming site with a lot of potential.