Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

What's a good OLED TV?

Episode 1235

Ricky from Albuquerque, NM
LG 65EG9600 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Curved Smart OLED TV

Ricky is looking to get an OLED TV. Scott says that currently LG is the only one making them, and they're lower end 1080p models. Those models are also curved. LG also has a 65" flat version, though.

LG did have trouble over the summer, where the screen had an irregular image that only was seen in a dark picture. It was a panel problem and they addressed it pretty quickly. The EG9600 is the 2015 OLED, and it's pretty good, but again it's cured, and only 1080p.

What's a good midrange TV?

Episode 1235

Bill from Yucca Valley, CA
VIZIO M55-C2 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Bill is looking to buy a midrange TV around Black Friday. He's thinking about Hitachi's 1080p 55 inch TV. Scott says that Hitachi got out of the TV business awhile ago, so chances are it will be an old model, and Scott would be hesitant about that.

Scott says that for a high quality, low cost TV, he recommends Vizio -- especially from the M-Series and up. The M Series is terrific if he can stretch his budget a tad beyond $400.

What's a good touch screen remote control?

Episode 1235

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Logitech Harmony 650

Ellie wants to know what touch screen smart remote Scott likes. Scott says he's not a fan of touch screen remotes because you have to look down to find the touch button and the screen is bright which affects your vision as you return to watching the program. He prefers hard buttons. But Ellie has a sight issue. Scott says that there are remotes that have voice control out there. BlueMoo is interesting.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1233

Scott Wilkinson

There's a scandal brewing over at Amazon, where the online retailer has pulled all listings to sell Apple TV or Google's Chromecast because there's no app to support Amazon streaming. They also won't allow third parties to sell them. That's scandalous, but Leo says that while it's rather bad form, a store has the right to carry what it wants to sell, so there's really not much to do about it. Scott also says it shows just how serious they are about streaming TV.

Should I buy a Red Rhino streaming box?

Jacob from Cookville, TN

Episode 1231

Jacob has heard of a Red Rhino streaming box for $400. Is it legit? Leo says that price is crazy. It's based on Android TV and it could be that expensive because it has access to pirated TV stations, which is illegal. Specs are not impressive either. They're overcharging for what he'd get, and it even uses CODI, a free media center player based on XBox Media Center. But make no mistake, it steals movies and TV shows and there's a good chance it'll be rendered useless when Hollywood shuts them down.

Why can't I show stuff from my computer on my TV?

Richard from Orange County, CA

Episode 1230

Richard wants to play content on his TV from his computer. But all he can see on his TV is the wallpaper. The TV screen will go black if he tries to play a movie. Leo says that's likely HDCP copy protection. Everything in the chain has to be HDCP compliant including TV, Cable, and the computer. So there's probably something in his chain that isn't.

It could also be a display issue. Richard should go into his settings and make sure that Mirroring is enabled, and make sure his display isn't extended. If he still gets a black screen, then it's a copy protection issue.