ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 Remote Apps

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One thing we didn’t talk about much when ArcSoft’s TotalMedia Theatre 5 (TMT5) was introduced was the inclusion of smartphone control apps. At CES, I was able to take a look at the apps which run on both Android and iOS. The apps work via wi-fi, but unfortunately, there was too much interference to see them actually work (this was […]

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Hauppauge CableCARD Prototype Revealed

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If you remember earlier this year, Hauppauge and SiliconDust forged a partnership to team up on CableCARD tuners so we were eager to find out the status of the yet to be released Hauppauge 2-tuner USB version. The partnership between the two involves Hauppauge using its manufacturing clout to make both the SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime and the Hauppauge USB tuner. […]

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Panasonic VT30 Plasma Primed for Spring Launch

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If there’s been one knock on Panasonic plasma sets, it is that they are not at aesthetically pleasing as other displays on the market in many consumer’s opinions. Panasonic appears to have really taken this in stride and produced a classy single sheet of glass plasma that is also thinner than the VT25 which we reviewed last year. The main […]

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 Sneak Peek


Update: Please see our PowerDVD 11 review I sat down with Cyberlink yesterday where they demonstrated the forthcoming PowerDVD 11. The big items they have been working on are a new algorithm for 2D to 3D conversion, YouTube support and a mobile remote app control for Android and iOS devices. I must admit that the 2D to 3D conversion of […]

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SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual and Prime Updates

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Today at CES, we stopped by SiliconDust’s booth to check out the latest news on the forthcoming HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD tuner. A “pilot production” run is in progress and the Prime is going to Cable Labs next week for certification which takes anywhere from 1 to 3 months. No beta schedule was revealed.     Also featured at the booth […]

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VUDU – Video On Demand Perfected?


I recently took a look at VUDU’s high-definition (HD) video on demand (VOD) service by viewing Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster, Inception. While watching using my Samsung TV’s built-in VUDU app, I experienced something amazing. Was it a dream or a dream realized? VUDU promotes itself as a premium, instant and “eye-popping” 1080p streaming VOD service with day-and-date release and the […]

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Video Resolutions for Beginners


Continuing our series of Beginner’s Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide will take a closer look at Video Resolutions–what it means, why’s it important and how to make your picture as good as possible for your particular environment. What does 1080p/720p/1080i/480p mean? The numbers 1080, 720 and 480 refer to the lines of vertical resolution in the picture […]

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Roku XD|S Digital Video Player


The top-of-the-line Roku XD|S digital video player promises instant access to the highest quality Internet streaming content you can get up to 1080p along with local media playback via USB and a plethora of inputs and outputs to fit into almost any audio-video configuration all while being simple to use, small, power-efficient and priced just under $100. This sounds like […]

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2011 CES – We’ll Be There!


Hey folks, both Michael Welter and I will be attending the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this (well, next) year which kicks off January 6th. We’ll be there on the 7th and 8th and try to update you on anything interesting we find out as it happens. If there’s a particular subject or vendor you would like us to […]

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