Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1027

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went and saw Ender's Game yesterday and he really liked it. The movie follows the book rather nicely, even though they cut out a lot. He found it interesting that Ender's Game wasn't released in 3D, and there's some scenes that would really lend well to it. The director decided not to because the long space shots, and long lens shots wouldn't play well in 3D. Leo says he likes that a director is making an artistic choice to not show it in 3D, and Scott agrees. Scott saw it at the new TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. TCL makes HDTVs and are making a push into the US.

Should I get a 4K TV?

Dave from Northridge, CA

Episode 1026

Dave wants to know if he should get a 4K TV right now. Leo says no. There's no 4K content right now, nor any easy way to get it. UHD is just not ready for primetime yet. So he can go ahead and get another HDTV. TV manufactures are just trying to get people to buy it because HD sales have plateaued.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1025

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson chimes in on the Disney decision to pull its titles from iTunes and Amazon. Scott says that the user agreement for iTunes says that it is the responsibility of the user to keep and backup the titles they purchase, and not rely on streaming or leaving it up in the cloud. Leo says that just underscores the myth that people "own" a movie they buy. We really don't own them, we own a license to view them. If the content provider wants to pull the title, it can.

Disney Pulls Titles From iTunes and Amazon

Episode 1025

With their upcoming streaming deal with Netflix, Disney has taken steps to pull select titles of Disney and Pixar films off of iTunes and Amazon. Leo says that the worst part of this development is that those who purchased the films from iTunes and Amazon are unable to download them or stream them, even though they paid for them. Hopefully, Disney will come to its senses and give them some sort of accommodation.

Leo discusses this further with Scott Wilkinson a little later on in the show.

How can I move my DVR programs from DISH to DirecTV?

John from

Episode 1023

John had DISH and left due to multiple receiver failures. He's moving to DirecTV and wants to know if the external hard drive he used on Dish could be read by DirecTV. Leo says not likely since it's mostly due to encryption and copy protection. It may be possible to decrypt it, but it's a long shot. Leo recommends visiting AVSForum.com. That's where all the hackers hang out who like to play with encrypted video.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1019

Scott is back to talk about the latest design trend in high level HDTVs - curved screens! Leo has an OLED screen that's curved and Sony just introduced a curved LCD screen. Scott says it's bascially because they can make it and It stands out. It has some downsides including stretching out reflections, making them worse, and narrowing the field of view so that only one or two people can really watch it.

Should I buy a 4k TV yet?

Episode 1018

DJ from Las Vegas, NV

DJ has a 1080p Plasma TV and all of his HDMI inputs have all died. According to his research, it's a common issue and it's going to cost him up to $500 to repair. Leo says it was likely a lightning strike that shorted out the controller. So DJ wants to know that since he has to buy a new TV, should he future proof and get a 4k TV?