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We regard the Engadget HD Podcast as the high-water mark when it comes to HD news and opinion. The EHD team works tirelessly to bring you the best in all things home theater, and their podcast is certainly no exception. Hear from Richard Lawler and Ben Drawbaugh as they explore the full gamut of displays, set tops, and everything else under the HD sun. Every show is jam-packed with information, entertainment, and a healthy dose of love, so make sure you hear them all.



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This week's podcast runs a little longer than normal, but only because we've got so much to discuss. From Ben's review to the new Dish Hopper whole-home DVR to the latest Windows Media Center news from Ceton. There's a little bit of everything also, from talk of high-framerate 3D to Dolby's new Atmos surround sound setups, and even a juicy rumor about where TWC TV will touch down next. Just in case that's not enough, we pause to consider a future full of 145-inch 8K plasma TVs. Press play and...
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Engadget logo We kick things off with a trifecta of 3D news -- whether you've seen it or not, whether you think it's the next big thing or just a gimmick, it's coming; and not a moment too soon for former 3D naysayer Ben. He's full of surprises this week as he also was smitten by the VUDU HDX black magic on the LG BD 390 Blu-ray player. Maybe it's the integration with a top-notch Blu-ray deck, or maybe he's just easier to please during football season, but it's hard to fault the picture quality...
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It is once again a sad week for HD fans. It's bad enough that progress in the DTV transition was delayed by 4 months, but now our worst fears have come true and Pioneer is officially getting out of the TV business. To help us cry over the occasion, Nilay Patel from the Engadget Podcast has joined us and he just might be a bigger plasma fanboy then us -- and that is saying something. We eventually do move on though and try to decide what a Blu-ray early adopter is. Then we talk a little Simpsons...
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Well it took us a few weeks to get things right and some might argue that we still failed, but here it is. We catch up on some news including all the Blu-ray delays and cover a few product reviews. We also talk programming and over priced TV box sets.
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After a tumultuous week in tech we're back -- but Qwikster isn't. Of course we're giving our two cents on Netflix's stunning reversal, but there's also plenty of non-streaming news too. The newest TiVo DVR is out and about, while DirecTV is also ready to show off its Nomad and HR34 boxes. Microsoft has enhanced the Xbox 360's capabilities with a few new partnerships, while Comcast previews the future of pay-TV with its latest moves. The dawn of Ultraviolet is finally upon us, so are we excited...
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Between DirecTV, Japanese baseball, PS3, iScan Duo and Toy Story, there was plenty of 3D talk to lead things off and we even had to call in Engadget classic editor Richard Lai for a quick assist from across the pond. Of course, there's still plenty of 2D HDTV news to discuss, including Suddenlink's TiVo deal and what it might mean for the future of the DVR company, how popular multiroom DVRs really are, and the many, many ways cable companies are screwing up. Apple rumors lead off the next...
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Did you miss us? Richard and Ben needed a second dose of recovery time after all the madness from our post-CES podcast, but now we're back to normalcy. This week, we do our best to keep the earnings numbers to a minimum and, instead, focus on topics like the amazing CGI effects from Jurassic Park and Ben's fascination with the moon landing conspiracy debunks. Oh, yeah, and the notable HD news from the past week. All that and maybe more, so get to listening down below.
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Now that Netflix has revealed exactly how many subscribers it has lost over the last few months, we're wondering what's next for the video service and its competitors like Amazon. In other pay-TV news, we have an upgraded UI on the way from DirecTV and new social media hooks from AT&T that could signal a change in the way we watch TV. Before closing things out with our picks of what to watch this week, we even had some time for new ultra HDTV standards, mobile app consolidation for FiOS and...
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CEDIA 2010 is in the books, and we've got plenty of news from the show to talk about including 3D projectors, what we saw (and didn't see) for Media Center and a surprising Blu-ray treat from Disney. Of course, news from outside of Atlanta was a big part of last week as well, so we've got plenty to discuss about AppleTV, Boxee Box, the latest in Netflix, a new series of Roku units and more. Of course, any week we can close things out with a new giant sized HD scoreboard is a plus, so ahead and...
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This week's podcast is second screen heavy, with iPad apps ad updates from AT&T U-verse, Sky TV, and also for The Avengers and Prometheus Blu-ray discs. We'll take a look at the next batch of classic movies coming to Blu-ray from Universal and also our review of Google's Nexus Q(uixotic) streamer. Samsung is bringing bigger TVs, BBC is bringing a new streaming player and we're getting set for Breaking Bad season five, so go ahead and press play.
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We enjoyed our week off, and now we're back with another edition of the Engadget HD Podcast. It's longer than normal since we tried to cover two weeks of news, but there's something for everyone. Unlike the last episode, most of this one is not about the format war, but we do cover a few tid-bits including our nominees for vaporware of the year, TotalHD and 51 GB HD DVDs. We finish up with talk of the digital transition and what our parents are planning to do -- if anything.
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Engadget logoThe Cable-Tec show was a source of much news this week, whether you're dreaming of the perfect NAS-based multiroom DVR setup, new DVR hardware (we're talking about you, TiVo) or old standbys 3D and tru2way. This week's Ask Engadget HD question gives TiVo another dose of attention, while we celebrate another step forward in eradicating loud commercials. The EpixHD launch is big news and was probably lots of fun for FiOS subs...unless you use Media Center. After the latest analyst...
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It's been a relatively slow week for news due to the holiday, but there's still plenty for your hosts Ben Drawbaugh and Richard Lawler to chat about. While Sony is bragging about it's November PS4 sales, Microsoft is keeping quiet and dealing with a few compatibility issues on the UK front. Looking forward to the next round of holidays, Ben is predicting a rush on the affordable Chromecast device and Netflix is offering up a new animated series to bulk up its Christmas programming -- which it's...
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The most wonderful week of the year for gadget lovers is upon us so we decided what better way to tame our anticipation then to dream a little and discuss our expectations for CES 2010. While some are obvious like 3D and mobile DTV, others like TiVo, MoCA and bigger, cheaper HDTVs aren't as certain. And of course nothing is as much fun as making fun of our dashed dreams by talking up vapor ware of year's past. So if you can't wait to hear what's new in 2010, tune in and be sure to let us know...
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Up this week on the Engadget HD Podcast is more format war news. It comes in groups, and a big one this week at that. What's different about this week is that we've invited Chris White (aka Xyzzy) a proponent of HD DVD to join in on the conversation in an attempt to add a little more red perspective. Chris does a great job of keeping Ben in check and ensure that the red team's victories this week are not played down. It's not all format war news though -- well almost -- we do cover a few...
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Richard and Ben take to the stage once again to discuss the second wave of new releases. Joining them on stage is Ted Head from Silicon Dust who gives us a tour of its latest product. The rest of the deal we're pretty much sure you know. HD news, and lots of it.
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Not too much format war news this time around. Time will tell whether it's a calm before the storm that is CES. Warner's HDM fiascos in the field continue, and where are the releases we've been waiting for anyways? We get excited about the potential for Media Center, and down on Harmony remotes. Seriously, we criticize because we see great potential in both products. We just love a good fight, and without format war news, we look at plasma vs. LCD for thrills. Whether you prefer one or the...
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This week the Engadget HD podcast crew rolls the odometer over 300 episodes, but it's no big deal. Especially not when we've got new hardware and software from the likes of TiVo and Comcast to discuss during Cable Show 2012. Comcast is actually all over the news this week, with bandwidth policy changes and new features. Motorola won't be left behind either, showing off a new concept DreamGallery UI, while our old friend Moxi is even in the house with an update. Also up for discussion is whether...
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The summer of slow HD news continues but there is some Blu-ray buzz as things are really starting to ramp up for the holiday season. So we cover how Blu-ray is poised to take over the packaged media world, but at the same time, we still have our doubts. There's some programming news as well, as we once again go over the age old -- in the HD world anyways -- debate of satellite vs cable. Finally, we throw in a little home automation for a change and long for more MKV support in our hardware.
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We're getting the band back together. After we welcome Ryan Block and Peter Rojas back to the fold, we dig into all the news that came out of the AllThingsD conference last week. Sony, Dish, Microsoft, Intel and others had plenty to say, but did we believe everything we heard? We're also on the bleeding edge of a new display technology as OLED HDTVs hit the streets, so we'll make our best guess as to whether mainstream pricing is in the near future. Finally, several connected TV platforms have...
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The rumor mill has been grinding away this week, providing juicy bits of Apple and Amazon news for Ben and Richard to chew on. Netflix also announces its new 'post-play' feature, which prompts the crew to request a sleep detection feature. While a Kinect-type solution may seem invasive, it would be great for knowing when you konk out so it could stop episode playback. You won't be catching any Zs during this show, however, with Q4 updates on major manufacturers, discussion about the upcoming...
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Engadget logoThe countdown to CES continues, but the big news this week is on the regulatory and industry side, as the FCC tries to figure out where CableCARD is going wrong and what to do about it, and Comcast buys into NBC. We also take on the troubles of going all digital with this week's Ask Engadget HD question, and also show you what an SSD can and can't do for a HTPC. Sony's making the World Cup a part of its 3D showcase, is that enough to get us excited about soccer? Next we go behind...
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If the Titanfall release had coincided with the start of March Madness, there probably wouldn't have been a podcast this week. As it is, we had to tear Richard away from his Xbox One to help Ben review the HD details that have been pouring in. There's a constant shuffle of content, ISP deals and updates to go through, as well as a certain monstrous LED-lit HD display to ogle. Your hosts leverage their experience and know-how to help speed you through the week's news, leaving some extra time to...
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This week on the Engadget HD Podcast we kick things off by encouraging everyone to make sure their favorite gadgets are nominated for the 2010 awards. Afterwards, we dive into the recently approved NBC/Comcast deal as well as TiVo's new deal with Charter and its iPad remote app. XBMC was in the news as well, showing up on the Apple TV and iPad, while online movie service Netflix and Vudu also took up some of the limelight. Connected TVs were next up, with Samsung's app store passing two million...
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Better late than never, as this week's show is a bit behind, but the news doesn't stop and neither does our discussion of downloads vs physical media. Keeping the format war news up front, no one seems to be surprised that Circuit City mistakenly marked HD DVD players as clearance items and Onkyo's long over-due rebadge, may not come at all. We caught the Super Bowl, but didn't catch HD DVD's commercial, but it's not like we haven't seen that commercial before -- but what is new is the talk of...
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We missed last week's episode because our Christmas travel plans got in the way, so this week we made up for it, promise. Lots of Blu news to go around as Blu-ray had the great Christmas everyone was hoping for, in fact a recent poll showed that more EHD readers upgraded to Blu-ray in '08 then in previous two years. This success was also indicated in the recent sales of The Dark Knight, which sold 1.7 Million copies. But this year was also the year of Netflix Watch Instantly, and other...
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This week on the EHD podcast we witness the circle of life, as Sezmi's lights go dark Dish and Blockbuster are proudly showing off Movie Pass. But even with those, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and Google TV can internet streaming really change the entertainment model? We'll see, but traditional TV providers are fighting back, as seen by Comcast's AnyPlay and DirecTV's updated iPad app. Other potential sources for change include the G.hn powerline networking standard, Facebook's latest twist on...
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Apple's WWDC keynote did not reveal many directly TV related technologies, but its new Retina Display laptops are definitely in our wheelhouse so we'll start there. Of course, for true audiovisual bliss it's hard to beat the promise of either Dolby Atmos theaters or 8K Ultra HDTV Super Hi-Vision broadcasts, so we'll tell you where to find both. While Comcast is rolling out more TiVos and Sky is (slightly) updating its guide, the wildest innovation at the moment is coming from Google and Intel's...
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Are you as bummed out as Ben and Richard that no Apple TV news came out of Monday's iPhone event? No worries, because ready to fill that void are all the UHD an OLED TVs from IFA, the PS Vita TV set top box and a recap of our fantasy football league's first week in play. This week's edition of the Engadget HD podcast is ready for your ears below.
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This week was packed with HD news, from digital delivery and the rental wars to just what's holding up 3D movies. We still found time to wonder what PlayReady support from Samsung could bring to the table, and why CableCARD devices still cost so much. Speaking of, the HDHomeRun beta was open and closed, if you blinked and missed it, don't worry, we've got the details. To close things out, we're talking about the first software update for the TiVo Premiere, Verizon's first off network mobile DVR...
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After a slight... week long delay we finally have your new episode of the Engadget HD Podcast. If you've been waiting for a Fantasy Football update, existing league members should have invites in their inboxes and our pick-em will launch soon. In actual HD news however, DirecTV has finally experienced a loss of customers, perhaps the cable companies can help it deal with the disappointment. For the remaining subscribers however, the iPad app has some updates, while Cablevision is delivering...
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We decided to kick off the new fall HDTV season with a little help, so we invited our friend Brent Evans from Geek Tonic on the show to fill us in on the new shows. But like us, Brent is also a HD geek, and had a thing or two to say about SageTV even though it wasn't on topic -- we don't mind one bit. After we got back on topic we talked up the new HD products from Sling and how we might use them, then once again we fell into the downloads vs disc debate as Vudu readies Blu-ray quality rentals...
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Back from Thanksgiving, and Netflix's addition of certain Samsung and LG Blu-ray players to the Watch Instantly HD party shows it hasn't slowed down its HD rollout. This makes us wonder where Blockbuster's own offering fits between Netflix and VUDU -- three may be a crowd in this case. Speaking of VUDU, they're back again; this time with capabilities that just manage to lift the device from its "one trick pony" pigeonhole. We talk a bit about Blu-ray disc pricing, which leads us to...
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We're back with another podcast recorded live with our UStream audience (thanks, all of you for stopping by) just in time to wrap up the last of the E3 news and the beginning of 2011 Cable Show news. We've got new boxes from TiVo (cue geek rant) and Motorola, a new HD console from Nintendo and finally Sony's pushing 3D with an LCD and projector that are both priced to move. There's also plenty of sports news to digest this week, with the first year in the books for ESPN 3D, BBC's first 3D...
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Engadget logoIf you love 3D then you're going to love this episode and if not, you might just want to skip to the 37 minute mark and skip all the parts where we go crazy talking about Avatar, (spoiler warning) the Blu-ray 3D spec and 3D at home in general. After all the 3D buzz is done, we move on to the FiOS Super Headend tour as well why the DirecTV TiVo might not be that great and finally the new Fancast Xfinity TV and a little spat between TWC and Fox.
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Hulu, Blockbuster, Kaleidescape and Amazon form an odd group of digital video distributors, but they're joined together to open this week's podcast. While Amazon's Lovefilm is HD ready on the PS3 for the first time, Kaleidescape is bringing Blu-ray quality downloads to owners of its high end hardware, Hulu is thriving under unlikely circumstances and Blockbuster... what is Blockbuster doing? Paid subscription rumors for YouTube, news about Comcast's X1 DVR platform are also on deck, press play...
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Plenty of things happened this past week in HD, but one thing that won't be happening is a February DTV transition; we gripe about the fourth month delay and wonder what our politicians were thinking. The bad news kept coming as rumors of Pioneer's exit from the TV market swirled this week. It'll be sad if Kuros fade to black, but we'll keep hope alive that some manufacturers will still cater to crazies who pursue ultimate image quality. That might fit in well with the predicted "Golden...
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We start off talking about why a singular definition of what qualifies as "HD" is hard -- if not impossible -- to come up with in our ever-branching media landscape. One thing that definitely isn't HD, though, is E1 Entertainment's Blu-ray production of Gulliver's Travels, which cropped, zoomed and color-shifted the title in ways that just leave us scratching our heads; quite the opposite of Disney's Snow White Blu-ray release, which will get the full platinum treatment and a release...
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No guests this week, just us but we've got a quick and dirty podcast with news of TiVo's latest DVR plus some freshly updated iPad apps from Netflix and DirecTV. The Xbox 360 has its own new apps to deliver as well, while Sky is still creeping towards a different kind of pay-TV service with its upcoming Now TV. Home automation heads will be interested in the Motorola Connected Home Gateway that appears to be right around the corner, and we've also got a quick look at the latest legal...
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Coming to you live from Atlanta we've got our first podcast recorded during CEDIA, though this one is mostly dealing with non-event related news from the past week. Now that PlayStation 3 is (sort of) Blu-ray 3D compatible, it appears we'll see a few more movies popping up at retail, while Samsung is doing its best to make that sub-$1,000 3D plasma an even more attractive option. Next we deal with a few movies that aren't out on 2D Blu-ray... yet, and discuss the future of control technology as...
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On this edition of the Engadget HD Podcast, we cover the format war, we know, surprise, surprise. Seriously, we give Fox and Samsung a hard time for leaving customers in the cold with their latest titles, and try to decide who's really to blame. We talk about how silly the Netflix numbers are and as well as Panasonic's Blu-ray claims. DirecTV keeps rolling out new HD channels, so we keep talkin' about them and Ben gets on his soap box about stretch-o-vision. Finally we bring it all home with...
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Are you ready for football? If the North American variant is not to your liking, you'll probably want to skip ahead because between true 5.1 finally arriving on Monday night, Sunday Ticket talk and an update on the EHD fantasy football league there's plenty to discuss. After that we move on to Boxee and its new Intel partnership, plus Google TV info and a couple of interesting demos from IDF sporting Windows Media Center Embedded. TiVo's trying something different to sell DVRs and we like the...
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No more trilogies, folks. Ben wasn't positive at first, but Richard's convinced him it's about quadriliogies now -- at least in the world of Avatar. If only Time Warner Cable and CBS could compromise on the important issues as easily as our hosts do. Episode 361 of the Engadget HD Podcast is ready for your listening pleasure below.
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This week's show is short but sweet, as it looks like we weren't the only ones recovering from a vacation hangover. Still, there was some news, with Comcast and Virgin Media launching new apps on Android, and a stinging surprise in v2.0 of Time Warner's iPad app. Panasonic also opened its doors to developers but we're not sure if they'll walk in right away, while Hulu puts all of its cards on the table in preparation for being sold. We also wonder whether the fuss over Mini DisplayPort to HDMI...
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We're live and in your faces from CES 2012, with our first podcast, including video taken right on the AOL / Engadget stage between North and Central hall. We had plenty to discuss, from Dish's big announcements to Ceton's too-good-to-be-true embedded Media Center DVR. There's all kinds of new display tech floating around, and the streaming video market is as murky as ever. Join us as we give our opinions on all this intrigue and try to keep up with the flood of CES news by pressing play, or...
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Day 2 of CES is done and the sleep deprivation is really starting to take its toll. During yesterday's show we had some difficulties, so we went back over the same topcis so you wouldn't have to do without. We were able to successfully convert one other Engadgeteer into a 3D fan so we invited him on the show to tell his story. If you like Media Center news there is plenty of it as we talk CableCARD tuners form Ceton and SiliconDust. And don't worry, there is more of this where this came from
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We're closing in on the century mark, and we'd like to hear from you about what format that magical episode should take, so let us know in the comments. DISH continues to roll right along and doesn't look to be letting off the gas with 150 HD channels and 1080p VOD in the works. DirecTV isn't backing down from the challenge, however, and has been using some its ample DirecTV 11 bandwidth to simulcast MPEG2 HD channels. We talk a bit about Netflix's Blu-ray premium, and the small upcharge of one...
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With a short week after the holiday we've got a short and one-day delayed podcast, but no worries -- there's lots of news packed in. The NBA Finals just started and it's all available in 3D, while Comcast is testing new IPTV technology at MIT. We also take note of the cable industry's latest flirtation with DLNA before digging into some Media Center PC apps with Remote Potato and AirPlay for WMC. The six tuner version of SiliconDust's HDHomeRunPrime is ready to be preordered so we'll take a...
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Just in time for the holiday break, here's the latest Engadget HD podcast and thanks to some of the usual suspects (Sony, Netflix, Roku, Boxee) we've got plenty to talk about this week. While Sony might be (but probably isn't) about to take on cable TV, Boxee is attacking in its own way with a new live TV tuner. we also say hello to Vizio's newest TVs and SlingPlayer support for Chrome and Facebook. Finally, we wrap up with what we're watching over the next week, so press play and see if we...
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The delayed show last week left us with a light list of topics, but we still had plenty to say. Like, as much as we've waited for tru2way, we really aren't interested in using it anytime soon, because ultimately it is the same cruddy software anyways. But no matter how you tune in to HD, it probably takes you longer to change channels then the good ol' days of analog, but not that it really matters anyways with DVRs eliminating the need to channel surf. Finally we talk up our favorite new...
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It wasn't easy to find things to talk about this week, but wouldn't you know there was not stopping as once we got started. As you can expect we got a little riled up about sales people recommending LCDs over Plasmas by three to one, even though they don't know why. Then we talked some Hollywood vs the consumer as we shared our ideas and personal ethics when it comes to copyright. That brought us to some more Vista Media Center news, and our dismay with Microsoft and its OEM only updates....
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While we've still got plenty of iPad second screen and streaming video tech to talk about this week, we're leading off with some old classics: FCC rulings, DVRs and Windows Media Center. While the FCC may be helping cable companies kill ClearQAM, is the sacrifice actually worth it? We've also got a look at the final Ceton Echo, and even TiVo is finally opening up its SDK. We reviewed the new Slingboxes this week, and will go over what they got right -- and what they didn't -- before we dig into...
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More Google Chromecast news than you can handle? Check. Further discussion about our review of said $35 video-streaming dongle? Double check. If Chromecast isn't your thing, we also cover the likes of some cheap 4K TVs and our anticipation for the rest of Breaking Bad. The voices of Richard and Ben are ready to be heard below. This is episode 360 of the Engadget HD Podcast.
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Breaking past the century mark, we pull our own Darren Murph into the studio to give us the rundown on last week's CEDIA show. Highlights from Denver included Mitsubishi's LaserVue TV and Belkin's FlyWire wireless hub -- we're not sure we see the FlyWire device moving in large volume, but we wonder if the LaserVue's picture quality could give RPTVs a real shot in the arm. One thing that did show up at CEDIA was Blu-ray players; despite Samsung's call for a five-year Blu lifespan, units from...
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The E3 and WWDC news surges have finally calmed, so now we're back into the normal weekly groove. This week, Ben details his time using an Oculus Rift to watch recorded video and Richard attempts to ride out E3 as long as possible with our roundup. All that and more is ready to stream straight to your ears below.
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This week's show is coming to you a little early. We rescheduled, and you guys deserve the show earlier rather than later. Even with a day less of news and no format war, there's still plenty of good stuff to talk about. Toshiba got their 24p upgrades out to the field, and the studios are still wrestling with how to deal with new formats. In programming news, we talk about how HD content either get to your home or don't, which involves national broadcast, regional distribution, and even the...
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Ben actually a liked a remote system by Logitech's Harmony division -- our minds are blown, too. Aside from that spoiler, Richard discusses how he hates when his social media feeds reveal movie plots. All that, along with another 30 minutes of the biggest HD news from the last week, and you've got Engadget HD Podcast 357 ready to stream below.
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It's been a busy week in HD, with surprising new streaming offerings on the way from the likes of Sky and Verizon / Redbox, while Apple and Google each also pushed more minor updates to their TV boxes. Vizio is nearly ready to release a new format of HDTV in the US, and we also got some hands on time with a new TV companion app for your iPad. Of course, we couldn't get through this week without some discussion about the Super Bowl, which includes mentioning a server outage that interrupted...
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Wow has it been a long time since we did a Podcast, we know we are sorry, there is nothing else to say about it, but we make more excuses during the show anyway. On this weeks months show Dave Zatz from Zatznotfunny.com co-hosts and impresses us with his HD knowledge. We talk about his review of the Xbox Live Marketplace as well as a host of other topics including everyones favorite; the format war, you'll have to tune in to hear Dave's position on the matter. On top of that we talk a little...
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Another week, another podcast; that's right, we actually recorded two in a row. In the words of pulp-fiction, lets not start... Well never mind you know how it goes. This week we're still getting back into the swing of things and cover the after-effect of the Paramount announcement as well as going off on a rant about HDMI. Ben can't stop talking about his new Kuro Plasma and the fact that college football is right around the corner. So if your Podcast aggregator hasn't done so already, go...
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This week there were three shocking developments that rocked our world in the 24 hours before the podcast was recorded but we'll only deal with two of them -- SiliconDust's HDHomeRun Prime was certified by CableLabs and the Dish vs. TiVo DVR patent beef was settled for $500 million. Our mobile / tablet segment was also unexpectedly packed this week with developments from TiVo, HBO, the NFL and Epix. While Logitech tries to turn around the Revue, DirecTV might be launching a Netflix competitor...
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This week's Labor Day podcast is here, squeezed between IFA last week and CEDIA this week. Of course, all those balls in the air gave us plenty to talk about, not the least of which included definitive word on the status of Media Center in Windows 8. DirecTV's new UI in testing and latest channel addition also made for interesting discussion as well as expansions internationally by Hulu and Netflix. IFA dumped some unexpected 3D hardware in our laps in the form of Toshiba's ZL2 and Sony's...
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Get ready for even more Google TV talk, now that we've reviewed the platform and two Sony devices built around it, we've pulled in Engadget Classic editor Nilay Patel for this weeks podcast to discuss our experiences, impressions and what this means for the future of TV. After an hour or so of Google TV talk we turn our attention to the other news of the week, including VUDU on Boxee and 3D popping up on the PSN and Verizon's video on-demand. After discussing the impending death (as some...
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The Google TV took the internet by storm this week and our podcast is no different, in fact we dedicate over half the show to it where we cover what we love, what is ok, and what down right stinks. Picking up from there we go on to the Apple TV and Netflix news before we talk home media revenues in general. We close things up talking about two common show topics like CableCARD and the NFL on Blu-ray
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Engadget logoPlenty of Microsoft news this week as we just can't stop talking about the company that we love as much as we hate. For starters the Zune isn't even out yet and we are already starting to think it won't live up to its HD name. We roll right along from there into some Media Center news including how to import HD movies into Media Center, and the interesting details of the RVU alliances as potentially competing product. Sony was next on our list as we discussed the new PS3 and what...
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This week, Ben and Steve soldier on without Engadget's consigliere, Nilay. Plenty of streaming news this week involving Hulu disappearing from Boxee, our how-to on automating downloads to a Media Center PC, March Madness coming into your cubicle courtesy Silverlight, and Netflix's plans for a streaming-only option next year. VUDU is selling HD and HDX content, not just renting it; and even though we disagree on the importance of this step, it is a step in the right direction nonetheless. A much...
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All good things must change or come to an end, including SageTV post-Google buyout, ReplayTV, FrameChannel and our daily HDTV Listings post (!?). Change is also bringing new mobile apps for the TiVo Premiere and plenty of changes for the DVRs provided by cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner. Even with all of that action, no one had a busier weekend than Netflix so we check in with the latest news there before reporting on the latest HDBaseT developments, a new projector on the way from...
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We're sticking with our format of taking live comments from the Ustream chat at the end of each topic. Big news on the HTPC front this week, as a way to get CableCARDs working with non-OEM supplied systems was unveiled and we even went through the process of getting the job done. If DIY HTPC tech isn't geeky enough for you, you'll probably like our HD 101 explanation of some of the alphabet soup in HDTV. We also talk about some gear that's passed through our hands lately, including the...
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And we're back. We've got plenty to talk about after week off, including some changes here at Engadget and the latest in 3D from Vizio and Dolby. It's only taken six months or so, but the InfiniTV is finally widely available so we had to give that a mention. Our poll and Ask Engadget HD also made the cut, before we dived into Cablevision's new Quick Views and an ugly Samsung rumor. Next up is our increasingly common iPad segment, investigating relevant news regarding Formula 1, AirPlay,...
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Ben's back from death's door, so we propped him up in front of the mic and recorded a podcast. In case you hadn't heard, a couple of big format war shots were fired right into the already-wounded HD DVD format; this time courtesy Netflix and Blockbuster. We'll see soon enough if this has an immediate effect in the VideoScan numbers, but HD DVD had a respectable showing last week. We suspect overall volume of HDM sales is down right now, and with non-announcements like we're seeing from both...
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