Scott joins Leo talk pregame for Black Friday. Scott says that Black Friday is early this year with merchants offering Black Friday deals right now! Some will even open on Thanksgving night. Scott says that BFAds.net is one of the best portals for finding the best deals from retailers.
Today, Scott wants to talk about resolution, frame rate, etc. Leo doesn't like high frame rate because it's plastic looking. So he turns it off on his TV. Scott says that isn't surprising, and most people don't care for it. But he left motion blur and shutter on. Motion blur affects film, while judder affects video.
Isn't it all video on TV though? Scott says that it is, but it isn't. The TV reads and interpolates the "cadence" of the video signal and can tell by that what was shot on film and what was shot on video.
Leo is wiring his home with wireless Sonos speakers, which he says are the best option out there despite how expensive they are. Scott agrees, says that wired sound is ideally the best, but then you have wires everywhere. Wireless isn't really ready for prime time yet, and just don't sound as good as wired speakers. Scott says it's similar streaming via Wi-Fi. Latency and interference can cause issues pertaining to video. Audio isn't as bad, but companies like Sonos have built a proprietary network to stream wirelessly.
Asher is moving to Toronto, but he won't be able to use the same ISP where he's going. He's wondering what ISP he should choose. Leo says he's not a fan of Rogers. Too expensive and terrible service. If he can get an ISP with fiber, that would be ideal. The Chatroom says that Bell Canada is available in Toronto.
Scott Wilkinson chimes in on the Disney decision to pull its titles from iTunes and Amazon. Scott says that the user agreement for iTunes says that it is the responsibility of the user to keep and backup the titles they purchase, and not rely on streaming or leaving it up in the cloud. Leo says that just underscores the myth that people "own" a movie they buy. We really don't own them, we own a license to view them. If the content provider wants to pull the title, it can.
Scott is back with a few listener questions:
Scott stayed at Leo's house for a few days while he was gone and calibrated the new OLED HDTV. Scott says it looks really great in Movie mode, set for "warm 2."
Scott is back to talk about the latest design trend in high level HDTVs - curved screens! Leo has an OLED screen that's curved and Sony just introduced a curved LCD screen. Scott says it's bascially because they can make it and It stands out. It has some downsides including stretching out reflections, making them worse, and narrowing the field of view so that only one or two people can really watch it.
Scott says that some disagree with Leo that physical media is going to die out. Leo says it's easy to tell just by seeing how many Blockbuster video stores are closing. Scott agrees and says that UHD may not even have blu-ray discs. RED is creating a new 4k network, as is Sony, streaming from the internet and storing it to the hard drive. No physical media, however. Admittedly, though, streaming relies on high speed internet and that has it's own problems.
While Leo is out of town, Scott is coming up to Leo's house to calibrate his new OLED TV with Robert Heron, and they will be recording it for a future episode of Home Theater Geeks. If people want to calibrate their home, what are the best Blu-rays to use? Scott says that Master and Commander is ideal because of the blacks and shadows which have very subtle details.