HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Brett wants to know how he can get Amazon Instant Video to work with Chromecast. Leo says it depends on if Amazon's app supports it, and they've been rather anti-competitive. He may be able to cast it over through the Chromecast Mirroring feature. It won't be as good, but it would be an alternative.
Scott is back from CES and he put 25.5 miles on his feet, and that's just in the Central Hall! He saw the latest QLED system, which creates more white light to pass through the LCD panel and get color from filters. Quantum dots, however, aren't really LEDs, they're just really small dots of a material that can then absorb light and radiate another color. Scott says that OLED TV prices have remained consistent, while the quality of the screens has improved. OLED is still the best screen you can get.
When Sandy tries to stream Netflix on her Sony Smart TV, the app crashes. Leo suspects that the app has become corrupted, and it appears to be a common problem on Bravia TVs. A refresh of the firmware should solve the problem. The OS in Smart TVs is terrible, though, which is why Leo always recommends using a Roku, Apple TV, or even the PlayStation to stream Netflix.
Scott is in Vegas for CES and he's seen a ton of cool new home theater stuff. Sony has announced a new OLED TV in which the entire screen is a speaker, and LG has a cool new one called "The Wallpaper" TV because it's only 4mm thick and attaches to the wall with magnets. Scott says that 4K and HDR are all around at CES this year, and he says that Samsung is ahead of the game with color saturation and brightness. There was also a bunch of TVs that support voice command through Amazon Echo and Google Home. Plasma is all gone now. But Sony also introduced Cletus, a micro LED screen.
Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography. It's in its infancy, but cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, and told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.
Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though.
Glen's new home is being wired for outdoor speakers for a home theater setup. What kind of surround sound system should he get, 5.1 or 7.2? Leo says that 5.1 will be fine. He'll have three speakers in front, and then two in the back, plus a subwoofer. He should get wired speakers. He'll want the surrounds at "ear height."
Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.
Yesterday, Scott saw Rogue One and without giving away any spoilers, he said you want to wait until the very end. Don't leave. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema because that's how it was color graded, and he thinks it's the best way to see it. High Dynamic Range for best picture quality. The problem is that AMC in Burbank showed it in 3D Dolby Cinema, and Scott hates that. It was still well worth seeing, though. If you can see it in 2D Dolby Cinema, do that.
Cathy moved from DirecTV to Dish and she wants to know how to get data off the old Hopper DVR. Leo says the encryption on the DVR prevents you from getting those programs off of it. The only way would be to use the "analog hole" by hooking up a recorder to the DVR like it's a TV and then recording while playing it back in real time.
Jim has all his movies backed up on his network. He'd like to use an SD card to plug in and watch that way. Leo says he can, but he'll have to be sure it's in a specific format by the Blu-ray player, so check he should check his manual. If he's wanting it for travel, he should check out the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. Its designed to connect to a smartphone and then he can stream to the TV via DNLA. It has a 10 hour battery life too, which is great for a road trip.