November 2006 Xbox Live Update


I would guess that Microsoft decided to release this nifty little 1080p update just in time for Sony's release date. Also included in this free update will be the ability to stream WMV files from another computer, ability to play files from data CD's and DVDs, and 50 hz display compatibility. mmm The 360 is sounding better and better. From […]

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HT Guys Podcast #114

The Home Theater Guys are at it again with podcast #114! This week they talk about a few news tidbits including more Blu-ray delay rumours. As well, they talk in depth about the DVD iScan VP30 video processor-A/V Switcher. Read the article: Listen to the podcast: So what does it do?  It cleans everything up and gives you the best […]

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Home Theater Power Protection

Recently, we had a user ask about the effectiveness of AC power conditioners in regards to their HT experience.  Are they "all that" or are they just the latest mumbo-jumbo fad to try and extract cash from your wallet?  Here's where I put on my day job hat (Electrical Engineer/Hardware Designer) and comment.  The opportunity for smoke and mirror marketing […]

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Where to go online to see your favorite shows

Well, let's just say don't go canceling your cable subscription or tossing out your DVR just yet. Ellen Gray does just that however, and sees how life with strictly internet-tv fares. Suffice to say, it's not there yet. But hey, it's better than where we were 1 year ago. Watching on the Web tends to take longer than watching a […]

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Who will buy TiVo?

PVRWire does a little article on who they think will be buying TiVo. Personally, I don't see it happening until TiVo can make a big deal with cable companies to use TiVo's instead of their knockoff boxes that they charge people $10/month for, without any hardware fees. Knowing that the internet is going to take over the living room the […]

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How-To: Upgrade your Series3 drive


EngadgetHD (formerly HDBeat) has a cool article about how to change out your TiVo Series 3 CableCARD enabled DVR with a larger hard drive. The Series 3 shockinly only comes with a 250GB drive, which as many of us know, HDTV will fill pretty quickly. As much as we love the TiVo Series3, for $800 we would like a bigger […]

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Blu-ray, HD DVD Encoder Sharpens Image

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Thomson just introduced a new H.264 encoder for high definition optical disc mastering. H.264 is widely regarded as the trickiest of the next generation codecs. So a new toolset that can help create good looking 1080p movies is A-OK with me!   TIGER AVC, co-developed by Thomson Corporate Research laboratories and Technicolor, is an optical disc compression tool that supports both […]

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LiteOn Debuts Hi-Def HDD DVR

I'm not sure how this works exactly, but looked interesting enough to post: With an advanced HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output, HD-A970GX offers a hassle-free connection to the new-generation HDTV or HD-ready TV set with a single HDMI cable. Meanwhile, to bridge the current gap between the lower-resolution analog signals and the expanded display capability of HDTV, the HD-A970GX incorporates […]

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High Def Digest Triple Whammy

High-Def Digest has a triple whammy of sorts today. Thier first article is an interview with Sony that talks about their CODEC choice and other general topics such as disc sizes and hardware problems. Of particular interest to me was the talk about studio transfers and how it is impacting quality of the Blu-ray DVDs. The second two articles, which […]

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