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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #259 - Oppo DV-983H 1080p Up-Converting Universal DVD Player

By The HT Guys • Mar 16 2008, 3:02pm

Well the folks at Oppo Digital are at it again. This time they have released a new high end Up-Converting DVD player. The DV-983H is the new gold standard in up-converting DVD players. It incorporates Video Reference Series processing (VRS by) Anchor Bay. This is the same technology used in video processors costing $3000 or more.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #251 - Mitsubishi 73" DLP In-Store Impression

By The HT Guys • Feb 18 2008, 5:19pm

Today we go through an article published in Sound and Vision Magazine entitled M-Card: Possible Its a guide that will help you obtain and use the new Multi Stream Cable Card.

Braden has been contemplating a new screen for his home theater, and the 73" DLP from Mitsubishi would fit quite nicely. So just like any good audio video enthusiasts would do on the weekend, he packed up the kids and spent some quality time at Best Buy and Magnolia to check it out.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #246 - The Super Show 2008; Super Bowl XLII in High Definition

By The HT Guys • Feb 1 2008, 4:04am

The Super Show 2008; everything you'd ever want to know about Super Bowl XLII. There's something for everyone, even those who'd rather watch the Golden Girls than a sporting event, as we look at the technical production details behind the game, what TV to buy...even the somewhat odd way we decided who to pull for this year. You name it, it's all in there.

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HDTV Podcast #222

By The HT Guys • Nov 9 2007, 3:26pm

Apple updated the Mac Operating System, and with it came some updates to Front Row and the DVD player, moving the platform even closer to the video server system we've put together. We'll fill you in on the details. We also have a review of the Audioengine A2 speakers.

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The DIRECTV HD Starship Puts the 'High' in High-Def with the World's Largest LED Screen in the Sky

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2007, 1:41pm

DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television service provider, is taking its high-definition dominance to the next level -- that would be 1,000 feet above Boston's Fenway Park -- aboard the DIRECTV HD Starship, a blimp specially equipped with an HD aerial camera system and the world's largest airborne LED video screen.

The first of its kind to operate in North America and one of only two worldwide, the blimp and its 2,100-square foot video light sign will display DIRECTV HD spots and messaging in full color when it makes its debut over...

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HDTV Podcast #217

By The HT Guys • Oct 23 2007, 12:34pm

We are big proponents of movie downloads and we always have our eyes peeled for a good solution. To date, all the solutions out there have something that the HT Guys don't like. The biggest issue we have is video quality but other issues include the payment system or requiring a computer to download and store the movie. Enter Vudu. It is a $400 set top box not much bigger than a Mac Mini that pro ...

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HDTV Podcast #216

By The HT Guys • Oct 19 2007, 12:49pm

Paramount released the Transformers HD-DVD on Tuesday and if you have an HD-DVD player, this one is a must buy. If you don't have a player yet, this movie might be a good reason to finally pull the trigger and get one. As a quick overview, the video quality is amazing, the surround sound is awesome and it's packed with special features. We aren't typically big fans of special features, but some ...

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HDTV Podcast #215

By The HT Guys • Oct 16 2007, 12:33pm

We update our discussion on Audio and Video cables

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HDTV Podcast #214

By The HT Guys • Oct 12 2007, 12:19pm

An update to the Mac Mini Video Server project using new new 4.0 release of DVDPedia.

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HDTV Podcast #199

By The HT Guys • Aug 21 2007, 1:55pm

It seems like the concept of IPTV or Internet video or downloadable movies comes up almost weekly on the HDTV Podcast. We're excited about the idea that one day we'll be able to just queue a Netflix movie and have it download straight to some sort of STB or HTPC. Hopefully it will be at least DVD quality. But getting the movie selection of Netflix or Blockbuster, without having to wait for a DV ...

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HDTV Podcast #192

By The HT Guys • Jul 27 2007, 1:20pm

Today, we are taking a look at the Gefen Home Theater Scaler; a scaler that costs $450 and can scale your video, convert your analog sources to digital, and act as a switch box for up to four video sources.

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HDTV Podcast #168

By The HT Guys • May 4 2007, 12:34pm

Ever wonder how you would design the perfect Xbox 360 Home Theater Edition? Gizmodo thought about it, and came up with some cool ideas. We also have a review of the Panasonic DMR-EZ47VK DVD Recorder; it received the coveted 'digital video Swiss Army knife' award.

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Don't Let Your High Definition Productions Perish Like Figs In The Sun

By Dale Cripps • Apr 20 2007, 3:51am

Depending upon one's loyalty "your side" is winning the high definition DVD race, but it's still a horse race to everyone else.

What is making headway is 1080p-the golden hope of the 80s and 90s has arrived, though not without controversy over its necessity.

Many of you in the professional ranks will say...

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HDTV Podcast #152

By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2007, 2:08pm

This is part one in our one part interview with Ara Derderian, co-host of the HDTV and Home Theater podcast. We pick his brain about setting up a do-it-yourself video server and home entertainment network. He based his on the Mac Mini from Apple.

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HDTV Almanac - Plug-in H.264 Conversion

By Alfred Poor • Dec 5 2006, 2:00pm

Okay, this gets a bit techie so feel free to skip ahead to tomorrow if this is more than you want to know. ADS Tech has announced the release of Instant Video To-Go, a USB 2.0 device that provides hardware conversion for H.264 video. H.264 is also known as MPEG 4 (because it is included [...]

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Ed's View - Threats, Volume 2

By Ed Milbourn • Nov 30 2006, 6:01pm

In Volume 1 of this dissertation regarding various factors that threaten the viability of HDTV, I discussed those that, in my view, are the top three: Compromised Production Values, Bandwidth Conservation, and Spectrum Super Packing. The next three are somewhat less critical, but nonetheless threaten to compromise DTV in general and HDTV in particular.

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Podcasting in High Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 2 2006, 5:15pm

For those of you who just don't get enough High Definition from your local provider, here are a few more sources of HD content and information to satisfy your craving. I've scoured iTunes and plucked these gems to highlight for your viewing (and listening) pleasure. The first group are podcasts about high definition technology: news, reviews, analysis, etc. The second group are podcasts that feature high definition video. Shot in either 720 or 1080 lines of resolution, these are hefty downloads, but should help ease the pangs of your high definition hunger.

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2005 High Definition: A Year in Review

By Thomas Fletcher • Jan 31 2006, 10:00pm

In this article, the first in a three-part series, Tom Fletcher gives us a comprehensive overview of "HDTV in 2005". It places on the calendar those events which have left an historical echo in our national transition to superior television. Highlighting this progressive report on the health of HDTV are new HD channel launches, increased HD movie production, 1080p TV's, new HD cameras (both consumer and professional), and the arrival of HD console gaming (Xbox). The year-end numbers for Digital Cinema and HDTV penetration are sure to impress those who still think that HDTV is slow to catch on. A must-read for those with a careful eye on the HDTV phenomena.