Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1031

Today, Scott wants to talk about resolution, frame rate, etc. Leo doesn't like high frame rate because it's plastic looking. So he turns it off on his TV. Scott says that isn't surprising, and most people don't care for it. But he left motion blur and shutter on. Motion blur affects film, while judder affects video.

Isn't it all video on TV though? Scott says that it is, but it isn't. The TV reads and interpolates the "cadence" of the video signal and can tell by that what was shot on film and what was shot on video.

Scott Wilkinson and Wireless Surround

Episode 1029

Leo is wiring his home with wireless Sonos speakers, which he says are the best option out there despite how expensive they are. Scott agrees, says that wired sound is ideally the best, but then you have wires everywhere. Wireless isn't really ready for prime time yet, and just don't sound as good as wired speakers. Scott says it's similar streaming via Wi-Fi. Latency and interference can cause issues pertaining to video. Audio isn't as bad, but companies like Sonos have built a proprietary network to stream wirelessly.

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.