HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Marie has a Vizio 50" TV that had an extended warranty. The warranty expired and of course, the TV went out right after that. Leo says that the "pop" sound when it went out could indicate that the power supply failed or it was a defective capacitor on a circuit board.
Mike wants to wire up his home for sound. His house is already wired for Cat6 cable, but is wireless better? Leo says that Wireless is pricey, but it works. The Sonos, for instance, works great, but it's $400 a room. Each speaker has it's own wireless network built in. He can do it on his own, but the money he'd save is taken up in time building it himself. That's why Leo says if he can afford it, the Sonos Play5 is a great way to go.
Brian has an HD TIVO Series III. Sometimes the show that's listed on the program guide isn't the show that gets broadcast, and it gets recorded. How can he change the name of the program in the metadata? Leo says he may not be able to. TIVO has locked down their DVR to the point where very little, if any, hacking can be done. It's a piracy issue and TIVO is very paranoid about it.
Microsoft announced their next generation XBox this week. Dubbed 'XBox One,' the platform is not just for gaming anymore. The XBox One comes with an internal 500GB hard drive, and works as a 'pass through', meaning everything will connect to the Xbox instead of directly to the TV. This makes Xbox One a central hub for all entertainment, including live TV. According to the chat room, it should sell for around $299, but Leo suspects it could be around $500.
Tom bought the Roku 3 so he can "cut the cord". Leo says that the Roku is a great option. The new thing is that it has a remote control that has a built in headphone jack so he can watch TV and not bother others. Tom says he uses it all the time but it recently had trouble connecting after the batteries died. He had to reset it and put it into "enhanced pairing mode" in order to get it done.
Scott will be heading to CineGear for a special 4K screening of "After Earth," starring Will and Jaden Smith. What Scott has learned is that this is a rare occurance because digital projection in movie theaters is only 2K and upscaled to 4K. This is because the 4K infrastructure isn't really there for movie theaters to handle. Leo says that going to digital projection then, actually had movies take a step back because a high quality film print has better resolution. As it continues to wear on, that quality gets worn.
Jim wants to get one universal remote so he can eliminate the need for having three different remotes. Leo says Logitech makes a programmable universal remote called the Harmony Ultimate which is around $350. It has additional benefits such as a big LCD screen on it, and it's very easy to program.
Matt's father has recently suffered a stroke and he lives across the country. He's concerned about his father's mental stimulation since he was once an avid reader. Leo says that audio books are ideal for that kind of situation. Leo bought his mother a huge iPod classic and an account on Audible to load the books on.
Scott says that we've reached the point in streaming online that the convenience of it far outweighs the quality of the image, which is improving over time. The quality looks as good as a DVD, but not as good as a Blu-ray. Leo says that for most people, that's good enough to "cut the cable." That's why video rental stores are closing by the droves. Sure, you can rent recent movies on RedBox, but older films live on streaming. What's really causing streaming to lag is the speed at which the video is delivered. The US is 25th in the world in high speed internet access.
Paul would like to connect his old laptop to his HDTV, but he doesn't have a VGA input on his TV. Paul only has a VGA output on his laptop, though. Leo says ideally, he'd want to use HDMI. Many modern laptops can use DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct that plays video over the air. Apple calls their version of this "Airplay". Paul's laptop probably doesn't support it, though.