Rick wants to know how he can bring his Amazon Fire Stick with him when he travels and plug it into the TV where he stays. Leo says that older TVs will require an HDMI to Composite converter, but newer TVs have HDMI ports. So he could just plug them in. Many hotel Wi-Fi hotspots require captive portal registration to use it, and the signal really isn't that good. Also some older TVs may not be HDCP compliant.
Scott wants to buy a new toy with his tax refund. What's coming that he should buy? Leo says that the Worldwide Developer's Conference is one event coming next month, where Apple could announce something new, and we're expecting new laptops. Especially MacBooks, which weren't all that great the last time. There's also some great Windows computers coming that may be worth it. Facebook didn't really have anything new, just new ways to mine user information. Augmented reality is still a way's off. This may be the time to get a new 4K HDR TV, though. Prices are really dropping.
Mark has a 2012 Panasonic Viera and wants to know if he should upgrade to 4K. Leo says that the Viera was a plasma TV and it's really the best quality there is. And it still works! Yes, there's 4K, yes there's HDR. But 4K is only important if he's really close to the screen. Chances are, it won't be all that much of a difference. HDR, on the other hand, offers superior dynamic range. But unless he sees them side by side, he might not notice it. So Leo advises keeping that plasma TV until it dies. He can always upgrade then. And when he does, he's going to want to get an OLED.
Joe has an issue with a thin black line that has suddenly appeared on his LCD. Leo says that means a row of pixels is dead and it's unfixable. It happened to Leo once on the air when he showed it on Live with Regis and Kelly. Generally, it's a physical hardware issue, and these things are made so thin, that he can't really get in and fix it. It will need to be replaced.
This week is the week to buy a new big screen TV, according to Scott Wilkinson. Everyone wants to watch the Super Bowl on a big screen 4K TV, and this week is a bigger week to buy than the week of Black Friday. Here's a list of great deals compiled by Scott from AVS Forum. Not only will the Super Bowl look great in 4K HDR, but also the Winter Olympics.
Glen is thinking about buying an OLED TV, and wants to know which one to get — Sony or LG? Which one is more powerful processor-wise? Leo says that Sony isn't doing very well in the TV business, while LG is holding Strong. From a technology viewpoint, it really is a matter of taste. Both make excellent TVs. The chatroom says that Sony has better support.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how January is the big time to buy a new TV because the NFL playoffs are in full swing and people want their new TV before the Super Bowl. It's also the time that TVs get discounted because TVs we see announced at CES will begin selling in the Spring. Is there any upgrade we'll see in 2018 worth waiting for? Scott says maybe not, but CES always has something new coming and Scott has heard of something that is really exciting. But on the whole, Scott only expects incremental improvements, or what Leo calls "fins" this year.
Matthew's Pioneer Elite TV has finally died. He was all set to buy one of the new UHD TVs, and then he ran into someone who told him about OLED. Leo says that OLED is UHD as well. Matthew currently has a Plasma, but all the companies have stopped making those. Leo says the best technology these days is OLED, though, anyway. They do have some issues, but in general, OLED is capable of blacker blacks and whiter whites, a better dynamic range. More than 4K and the higher resolutions, the thing that you're really getting from these new TVs is High Dynamic Range.
Rich has an old HDTV that is losing its ability to play audio until it warms up. It works better on analog, but not on HDMI. Leo suspects that the TV's digital to analog converter is going bad on it. One way to test this is to plug in some headphones and see if the problem persists. If it does, then he'll know it's the converter.
Jim has an internet enabled TV and he is about to subscribe to the internet, but does he really need a router? Leo says yes! It sits between him and the outside world and rejects security assaults by hackers. The router will also handle multiple devices, so if he has mobile phones, smart devices, a desktop or laptop, he's going to need a router to handle all that traffic. And his internet company will likely give him a router that can handle all that.