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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 and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #598: DirecTV Genie

By The HT Guys • Aug 30 2013, 6:47am

It's hard to believe that only about 5 years ago most of us had to watch TV when the Networks wanted us to. Our first DVRs were so liberating because it allowed us to watch television on our own terms. No more missing programs because they conflicted with another show or were on late at night. The only real issue was that when DVRs first came out you had to watch in one room, typically the family room.

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Mohu Sky Outdoor TV Antenna

By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2013, 6:13pm

Mohu's Leaf and Ultimate indoor TV antennas have scored highly in my tests. So how well does the Mohu Sky outdoor antenna work? Read on, and find out.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #580: Mohu Sky HDTV Antenna

By The HT Guys • Apr 26 2013, 6:12am

We here at the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast are always looking for new products that make your home theater better. So when we find products that claim to revolutionize something we can't wait to try them out. We read about the Mohu Sky HDTV Antenna and how it used military technology and kind of chuckled to ourselves about how could that make a difference. Since we were within the specs of the claimed 60 mile radius we decided it was worth yet another antenna test. And yes it does make a difference!

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Eutelsat Launches Europe's First Dedicated Ultra HD (4K) Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 11:26pm

As the television and cinema industries accelerate their progression towards Ultra HD (4K), Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced it is launching a dedicated demonstration Ultra HD channel for Europe on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. The first transmissions of content filmed in 4K will start on...

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HDTV Expert - Low Unit Sales Do Not Keep Ultra HD TV from Being the Next Big Thing — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Nov 12 2012, 10:48pm

Very high initial prices for Ultra HD TV sets will keep sales low this holiday season, but excitement in the industry is still sky high.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #540: 4 Great TVs, Home Tech Trends and more on the DTV Green Dish

By The HT Guys • Jul 20 2012, 7:29am

There was a disturbance in the HT Guys force after our initial revue of the DTV Green Dish, a.k.a Dishtenna so we decided to post a little bit of an update to the original review. We also discuss four very highly rated HDTVs you should consider if you're looking to buy a new one and ten technology trends that may change the way you live.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #539: DTV Green Dish – Dishtenna Review

By The HT Guys • Jul 13 2012, 5:35am

The best way to cut the cord without giving up TV is to go the old fashioned route, put up an antenna and watch all the HDTV you want absolutely free. It's amazing that the signals are still floating across the air free of charge, but they are. But what do you do if you're too far away from the local broadcast tower to actually receive very many channels, if any? You may want to give the new DTV Green Dish, aka Dishtenna a try.

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HDTV Almanac - Olympic Online Coverage Will Include Every Event

By Alfred Poor • May 14 2012, 1:00pm

NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online. Well, you probably can. The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC. But if you have a subscription, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Traffic Jam: Is the Internet Sky Falling?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2012, 1:00pm

An article by Stacey Higginbotham for GigaOM cites a fascinating statistic from the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report. According to last fall’s version of the report, half of all our Internet use is related to video. Netflix and YouTube alone account for more than 37% of the total traffic. And according to the recently released spring update to [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #527: The Hopper by Dish

By The HT Guys • Apr 20 2012, 5:27am

Sometimes it's OK to arrive fashionably late. It doesn't always matter when you arrive to the party, what matters is what you bring with you when you get there. Dish Network has proven that waiting can pay off. Their recent entry into whole home DVR, the Hopper, brings some pretty cool features to the party.

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HDTV Almanac - Another Blackout Ends

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2012, 1:00pm

It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees. Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal. The FCC won’t let the services use the same content [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Reader Mail: The Future of Cable TV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2012, 1:00pm

I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here. This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week’s post about “Online Streaming Grows“: You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #521: Simple.TV – A DVR for a Connected World

By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2012, 7:45am

We were recently asked what DVR we would recommend for someone who wanted to cut the cord or simply connect a standalone DVR without paying additional fees to their cable or satellite company. We struggled to find anything we could enthusiastically recommend. But we had overlooked this year's Best of CES Home Theater Winner: Simple.TV. At $149 it seems to fit the bill exactly.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #519: Skifta – May your stuff be with you.

By The HT Guys • Feb 24 2012, 6:21am

The concept of 'cutting the cord' is more than just dropping cable or satellite to get rid of a monthly bill. It's also about the freedom and convenience of being able to access whatever content you want, whenever you want it, and on whatever device you'd like to play it back on. As smartphones and tablets continue to proliferate, we can only assume they'll play a big role in that new world. Qualcomm hopes Skifta can help get you there.

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HDTV Expert - Dish Network Hops Over the Top, by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Feb 22 2012, 8:09pm

In World War I, going 'over the top' of your trench into often-withering machine-gun fire took tremendous courage — and ended the lives of millions of soldiers.  The consequences are not as dire for the new management team at troubled Dish Network, and the company is light-heartedly hopping over the top with the help of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Retransmission Fees: Who Is Winning?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 13 2012, 1:00pm

As I have mentioned recently, one of the big topics for 2012 will be the dispute over retransmission fees. Cable and satellite service providers complain that the content producers are holding their customers hostage in order to extort larger fees for the rights to rebroadcast their copyrighted programming. The result has been blackouts of channels [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Cable and Satellite Complaints Rise

By Alfred Poor • Feb 1 2012, 1:00pm

The FCC tracks the complaints it receives about various services under is oversight, including television, radio, and telephone. In the third quarter of 2011, complaints about cable and satellite services increased more than 15% over the prior quarter, though it is worth noting that the number of complaints about “billing and rates” issues were essentially [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Will DLNA Become Indispensable?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2012, 1:00pm

Let’s review the trends. Televisions are becoming more “connected” to all sorts of content. Subscription television services such as cable and satellite are being battered by “over-the-top” streaming video on the Internet. Everything is going wireless now that we’ve had a taste of untethered computing and communications thanks to our smartphones and tablets. And these [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Look, Ma! No Box!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 19 2012, 1:00pm

One of the most curious developments to come out of CES 2012 for the television industry was the announcement from DIRECTV and Samsung. The two companies are going to partner by building set-top box functionality into a line of Samsung Smart TVs. This becomes curiouser when you add the fact that Verizon and LG made [...]