HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Emily has a new LG 55" HD TV but the sound isn't so good. What are her options for an affordable home theater option? Leo says that TV speakers are more of an afterthought because they have to have them. But TV makers expect people to buy a home theater system.
Star just bought a Westinghouse LCD TV and a basic antenna setup. She's not getting many channels. Leo says it may be too distant for a tabletop square antenna. A roof antenna may be the way to go.
Ed has a Sharp 42" TV from Best Buy, but it's having issues pixelating during action scenes. Leo says that could be a motion compensation issue. He should look in the settings for "AquoMotion" and turn that on. This feature adds frames to overcome blurriness. But the downside is, he could end up with a hyper real, plastic-like look.
Tom has an Apple TV and he just got a message on his YouTube app that the device isn't compatible anymore. Leo said there's a new update to the YouTube app that has broken the app on older Apple TVs. Leo says one possibility is to jailbreak it. If he needs to, he should check out Google's supported list of devices here. And he can always start the video on his YouTube app on the iPad or iPhone and then AirPlay it.
Scott went and saw Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theater, where he saw it in IMAX with their new laser illuminated projectors. Scott says it was some of the best projected images he's ever seen. Amazingly deep blacks, bold colors, and incredibly bright. But even then, it can't project in high dynamic range like the Christie laser projector across the street at the El Capitan. It's still an amazing new technology, though. The good news is that the laser illuminated projection means you don't need a silver screen to project it. Which is great for 2D movies.
Tom has a 4K UHD TV a few months back. Leo says that's great. Sadly, there isn't much content to stream in 4K and he really has to have a high bandwidth to get it. But he's also getting ghosting prompting him to reset the TV to get rid of it. Leo says that all LCD TVs have this. He can try and fix it by turning on 60-120-240 hz TruMotion. That will use interpolation to get rid of ghosting and smooth things out. The downside is that it looks hyper realistic.
Brad bought a TCL 55" Roku TV recently. He uses the built-in media player, but wants to know if he can play back MKV files. Leo says that Plex would play it, and he could run Plex through it. But he'd need a computer to run Plex.
Michael bought a home theater in a box, a Panasonic A/V receiver, and a 55" Samsung TV. He has Dish TV service. He's having issues hooking everything up, though.
Leo says that everything should go through the Panasonic A/V receiver. He needs to connect the components like the blu-ray player with HDMI cables to the HDMI input on the Panasonic receiver. Then there should be one HDMI output on the receiver, and that will go to the HDMI In on the TV. If he connects the receiver to HDMI 1 on the TV, then the TV should stay on HDMI 1 all the time.
Scott returns from NAB this week, after spending a week walking the halls and seeing the latest in broadcast and film technology. Leo says that it's become more and more about that, rather than the inside technology of engineers. There's a lot more focus on streaming media. Scott agrees, and says that TWiT is ahead of that curve, blazing the trail. Scott says he likes to go to NAB because seeing what broadcasters are working on points the way to what consumers will go with. And 4K was everywhere.
Ruth ditched satellite, has the cable and bought a few Leaf antennas for her TV. She also streams sometimes with cellular internet and sometimes it fails. Leo says that may be due to bandwidth caps. Ruth says Netflix buffers while Amazon Prime has no problem. Leo says that after 6pm, Netflix is being used by everyone. And maybe Netflix hasn't pad tribute to the cell provider for higher speed internet. That practice was started by Comcast.