HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Dana got an ElGato EyeTV and wants to know if he can use it with his television. Leo says no, that's actually a TV tuner for a computer. It's a great device, but if he wants to stream video on the internet, then a Roku box is a better option.
Alex has a Panasonic ST60 and he really likes it. However, he's getting a black border around the screen whenever he tries watching anything. Leo says to look into settings to see what his aspect ratio is set to. If that's set properly, the screen should go all the way to the bezel. If it doesn't and he's verified that he's using the correct settings, then there's a repair issue. Contact Panasonic and have them fix it under warranty.
Scott says that the Chromecast is huge news, and says the key is the price point of $35. Plus, you can stream from just about any device through the Chrome browser. So it may answer the question of whether you can consolidate everything online with no restrictions. Your device can become your remote control then too. Leo says that another thing that will be interesting is that apps will appear with a Chromecast button. Scott says you don't need a power adapter either, just a USB port. It's all powered by Chrome OS.
This week, Google announced another Nexus 7 Tablet. Leo says that a 7" tablet is the new sweet spot as sales of that size have been high. Google is using what Leo says is a 'retina-like' display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It has battery life of 10 hours. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, stereo sound, a graphics processor that's 4 times faster than last year's, and 5MP front and rear cameras. The new 16 GB Nexus 7 with WiFi costs $229. 32GB runs $269. That's $100 cheaper than the iPad mini.
John bought a DVD player and the DVDs just aren't playing right. So he returned it and got another but he's having issues with that one as well. Leo says that if John is playing off the analog component cable, then it's likely he's dealing with copy protection and the TV isn't supporting the analog hole. Leo says to look on the back of the TV and choose the best quality connector. Ideally, HDMI is the way to go. Component will work as well, but he just needs the right cables.
Scott got a question from Frederique in the TWiT office this week about a new TV they got with terrible sound. Scott says that next month, a new sound bar will be coming out from Pioneer, the SPSB23W Speaker Bar, that will outperform it's price class. Leo says that Pioneer hasn't made a sound bar in 15 years. Scott says it's designed by speaker guru Andrew Jones.
Scott Wilkinson is back after a bout of being under the weather. Leo's looking forward to seeing Pacific Rim tonight and he's going to see it in 3D. Scott says unfortunately Leo will miss the Atmos presentation, which should be amazing but is only in selected theaters.
Pat wants to know if he can use an AppleTV without an Internet connection. Leo says that if he doesn't need to stream anything from the internet, he could still use it in Airplay Mode, or connect it to his network and stream content from there. He may run into some error messages with the Apple TV trying to connect to the internet, though. If he selects any of the internet enabled apps, they obviously wouldn't work. It should work fine within his own network, though.
Scott is back from the HD Line Show in New York and the big news was nothing but Ultra HD (4K) displays. Scott says that he participated in roundtable discussions and the issue is about content. There's a serious lack of it at the moment. He also learned that the average screen size of TVs is increasing over time, which is good because to really appreciate the benefits of 4K, you need a large screen.