Installing plugins in XBMC

For those of you using the free open source XBMC you already know how gorgeous the interface is and how elaborate it is, for better or worse. Here’s a quick guide on how to get yours ready for installing some of the cool plugins available. Smart Home Blog Recently on friend of mine asked me to help him install plugins […]

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Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD TV Review


This has been a pretty busy week for LCD Reviews, this time it’s Vizio’s turn with their impressive 47 incher. Vizio has really come a long way since etching their name as the budget LCD bringing a quality product with reliable support. This one’s not perfect, but at just under $1500 it’s a pretty good value.   Audioholics This TV […]

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NPD: Blu-ray will penetrate mainstream by next year

Blu-ray’s Dead, everything is going digital. Oh, just kidding, Long live blu-ray! And on and on this debate will continue as more reports come out stating the demise and growth of the high definition format. I’m on the side that thinks it’ll take over DVDs eventually, but prices on discs have to come down first. Video Business The research company […]

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DFI Hybrid Motherboard HD Video Preview


I’m not sure if you all have seen this, but it’s a pretty innovative idea from the folks at DFI. Basically it’s combining 2 systems into a single motherboard, which could be useful if you do a lot of HTPC and gaming. I’m curious to see the wattage ramifications of such a system, but this definitely shows some outside the […]

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‘The Hangover’ Blu-ray Announced

I don’t normally post this type of news, but I know I am not the only person super excited about this movie. Probably one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and remains funny even after the 4th time, which is hard to do. December 15th is the magic date, making your Christmas present that much easier to get. HighDefDigest […]

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LG B390 Blu-Ray official, Feature Filled


LG has officially released their jam packed blu-ray player the B390, which besides being able to play Blu-ray movies can also handle a variety of online and other video files as well. Not too shabby for an MSRP of just under $400.   FlatPanels HD LG’s B390 Blu-Ray player is now official. BD390 communicates with a PC, network hard drive […]

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Theater Raises a Glass to Hidden Wine Room


Ok, so the theater itself is pretty impressive, but look closely at the pictures–there’s a bloody hidden door entryway to a wine room! That’s pretty cool I think. Could not have been cheap to implement though 🙂   Electronic House The performance wound up matching the grandeur of the home—with superior images from a Runco RS- 1100 Ultra projector with […]

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IFA 2009: More info on Sony 3D

Here’s yet some more news of another major studio jumping right behind the 3D bandwagon. I still have to believe I’m not the only one who would rather watch a movie without any glasses, even if it means I don’t get the 3D effect. Time will tell, but I am surprised at the quick rate in which so many companies […]

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Microsoft Zune HD vs. Apple iPod Touch


Not directly HTPC related, but I’m sure there’s plenty of you out there using the iPod or Zune to manage your library when you hit the road, so this is a pretty interesting debate. The ZuneHD has received some positive news thus far, so see how it handles against the iPod Touch.   DigitalTrends The generous 3.5-inch screen on Apple’s […]

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