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We regard the Engadget HD Podcast as the high-water mark when it comes to HD news and opinion. The EHD team works tirelessly to bring you the best in all things home theater, and their podcast is certainly no exception. Hear from Richard Lawler and Ben Drawbaugh as they explore the full gamut of displays, set tops, and everything else under the HD sun. Every show is jam-packed with information, entertainment, and a healthy dose of love, so make sure you hear them all.



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We decided to kick off the new fall HDTV season with a little help, so we invited our friend Brent Evans from Geek Tonic on the show to fill us in on the new shows. But like us, Brent is also a HD geek, and had a thing or two to say about SageTV even though it wasn't on topic -- we don't mind one bit. After we got back on topic we talked up the new HD products from Sling and how we might use them, then once again we fell into the downloads vs disc debate as Vudu readies Blu-ray quality rentals...
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Apple's WWDC keynote did not reveal many directly TV related technologies, but its new Retina Display laptops are definitely in our wheelhouse so we'll start there. Of course, for true audiovisual bliss it's hard to beat the promise of either Dolby Atmos theaters or 8K Ultra HDTV Super Hi-Vision broadcasts, so we'll tell you where to find both. While Comcast is rolling out more TiVos and Sky is (slightly) updating its guide, the wildest innovation at the moment is coming from Google and Intel's...
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Engadget logoThe countdown to CES continues, but the big news this week is on the regulatory and industry side, as the FCC tries to figure out where CableCARD is going wrong and what to do about it, and Comcast buys into NBC. We also take on the troubles of going all digital with this week's Ask Engadget HD question, and also show you what an SSD can and can't do for a HTPC. Sony's making the World Cup a part of its 3D showcase, is that enough to get us excited about soccer? Next we go behind...
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After a slight... week long delay we finally have your new episode of the Engadget HD Podcast. If you've been waiting for a Fantasy Football update, existing league members should have invites in their inboxes and our pick-em will launch soon. In actual HD news however, DirecTV has finally experienced a loss of customers, perhaps the cable companies can help it deal with the disappointment. For the remaining subscribers however, the iPad app has some updates, while Cablevision is delivering...
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Hulu, Blockbuster, Kaleidescape and Amazon form an odd group of digital video distributors, but they're joined together to open this week's podcast. While Amazon's Lovefilm is HD ready on the PS3 for the first time, Kaleidescape is bringing Blu-ray quality downloads to owners of its high end hardware, Hulu is thriving under unlikely circumstances and Blockbuster... what is Blockbuster doing? Paid subscription rumors for YouTube, news about Comcast's X1 DVR platform are also on deck, press play...
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The rumor mill has been grinding away this week, providing juicy bits of Apple and Amazon news for Ben and Richard to chew on. Netflix also announces its new 'post-play' feature, which prompts the crew to request a sleep detection feature. While a Kinect-type solution may seem invasive, it would be great for knowing when you konk out so it could stop episode playback. You won't be catching any Zs during this show, however, with Q4 updates on major manufacturers, discussion about the upcoming...
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Day 2 of CES is done and the sleep deprivation is really starting to take its toll. During yesterday's show we had some difficulties, so we went back over the same topcis so you wouldn't have to do without. We were able to successfully convert one other Engadgeteer into a 3D fan so we invited him on the show to tell his story. If you like Media Center news there is plenty of it as we talk CableCARD tuners form Ceton and SiliconDust. And don't worry, there is more of this where this came from
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CEDIA 2010 is in the books, and we've got plenty of news from the show to talk about including 3D projectors, what we saw (and didn't see) for Media Center and a surprising Blu-ray treat from Disney. Of course, news from outside of Atlanta was a big part of last week as well, so we've got plenty to discuss about AppleTV, Boxee Box, the latest in Netflix, a new series of Roku units and more. Of course, any week we can close things out with a new giant sized HD scoreboard is a plus, so ahead and...
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On this edition of the Engadget HD Podcast, we cover the format war, we know, surprise, surprise. Seriously, we give Fox and Samsung a hard time for leaving customers in the cold with their latest titles, and try to decide who's really to blame. We talk about how silly the Netflix numbers are and as well as Panasonic's Blu-ray claims. DirecTV keeps rolling out new HD channels, so we keep talkin' about them and Ben gets on his soap box about stretch-o-vision. Finally we bring it all home with...
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Now that Netflix has revealed exactly how many subscribers it has lost over the last few months, we're wondering what's next for the video service and its competitors like Amazon. In other pay-TV news, we have an upgraded UI on the way from DirecTV and new social media hooks from AT&T that could signal a change in the way we watch TV. Before closing things out with our picks of what to watch this week, we even had some time for new ultra HDTV standards, mobile app consolidation for FiOS and...
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This week was packed with HD news, from digital delivery and the rental wars to just what's holding up 3D movies. We still found time to wonder what PlayReady support from Samsung could bring to the table, and why CableCARD devices still cost so much. Speaking of, the HDHomeRun beta was open and closed, if you blinked and missed it, don't worry, we've got the details. To close things out, we're talking about the first software update for the TiVo Premiere, Verizon's first off network mobile DVR...
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Richard and Ben take to the stage once again to discuss the second wave of new releases. Joining them on stage is Ted Head from Silicon Dust who gives us a tour of its latest product. The rest of the deal we're pretty much sure you know. HD news, and lots of it.
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We enjoyed our week off, and now we're back with another edition of the Engadget HD Podcast. It's longer than normal since we tried to cover two weeks of news, but there's something for everyone. Unlike the last episode, most of this one is not about the format war, but we do cover a few tid-bits including our nominees for vaporware of the year, TotalHD and 51 GB HD DVDs. We finish up with talk of the digital transition and what our parents are planning to do -- if anything.
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Did you miss us? Richard and Ben needed a second dose of recovery time after all the madness from our post-CES podcast, but now we're back to normalcy. This week, we do our best to keep the earnings numbers to a minimum and, instead, focus on topics like the amazing CGI effects from Jurassic Park and Ben's fascination with the moon landing conspiracy debunks. Oh, yeah, and the notable HD news from the past week. All that and maybe more, so get to listening down below.
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Just in time for the holiday break, here's the latest Engadget HD podcast and thanks to some of the usual suspects (Sony, Netflix, Roku, Boxee) we've got plenty to talk about this week. While Sony might be (but probably isn't) about to take on cable TV, Boxee is attacking in its own way with a new live TV tuner. we also say hello to Vizio's newest TVs and SlingPlayer support for Chrome and Facebook. Finally, we wrap up with what we're watching over the next week, so press play and see if we...
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Engadget logoIf you love 3D then you're going to love this episode and if not, you might just want to skip to the 37 minute mark and skip all the parts where we go crazy talking about Avatar, (spoiler warning) the Blu-ray 3D spec and 3D at home in general. After all the 3D buzz is done, we move on to the FiOS Super Headend tour as well why the DirecTV TiVo might not be that great and finally the new Fancast Xfinity TV and a little spat between TWC and Fox.
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Back from Thanksgiving, and Netflix's addition of certain Samsung and LG Blu-ray players to the Watch Instantly HD party shows it hasn't slowed down its HD rollout. This makes us wonder where Blockbuster's own offering fits between Netflix and VUDU -- three may be a crowd in this case. Speaking of VUDU, they're back again; this time with capabilities that just manage to lift the device from its "one trick pony" pigeonhole. We talk a bit about Blu-ray disc pricing, which leads us to...
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We start off talking about why a singular definition of what qualifies as "HD" is hard -- if not impossible -- to come up with in our ever-branching media landscape. One thing that definitely isn't HD, though, is E1 Entertainment's Blu-ray production of Gulliver's Travels, which cropped, zoomed and color-shifted the title in ways that just leave us scratching our heads; quite the opposite of Disney's Snow White Blu-ray release, which will get the full platinum treatment and a release...
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Not too much format war news this time around. Time will tell whether it's a calm before the storm that is CES. Warner's HDM fiascos in the field continue, and where are the releases we've been waiting for anyways? We get excited about the potential for Media Center, and down on Harmony remotes. Seriously, we criticize because we see great potential in both products. We just love a good fight, and without format war news, we look at plasma vs. LCD for thrills. Whether you prefer one or the...
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This week's show is short but sweet, as it looks like we weren't the only ones recovering from a vacation hangover. Still, there was some news, with Comcast and Virgin Media launching new apps on Android, and a stinging surprise in v2.0 of Time Warner's iPad app. Panasonic also opened its doors to developers but we're not sure if they'll walk in right away, while Hulu puts all of its cards on the table in preparation for being sold. We also wonder whether the fuss over Mini DisplayPort to HDMI...
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It is once again a sad week for HD fans. It's bad enough that progress in the DTV transition was delayed by 4 months, but now our worst fears have come true and Pioneer is officially getting out of the TV business. To help us cry over the occasion, Nilay Patel from the Engadget Podcast has joined us and he just might be a bigger plasma fanboy then us -- and that is saying something. We eventually do move on though and try to decide what a Blu-ray early adopter is. Then we talk a little Simpsons...
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This week on the Engadget HD Podcast we kick things off by encouraging everyone to make sure their favorite gadgets are nominated for the 2010 awards. Afterwards, we dive into the recently approved NBC/Comcast deal as well as TiVo's new deal with Charter and its iPad remote app. XBMC was in the news as well, showing up on the Apple TV and iPad, while online movie service Netflix and Vudu also took up some of the limelight. Connected TVs were next up, with Samsung's app store passing two million...
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Better late than never, as this week's show is a bit behind, but the news doesn't stop and neither does our discussion of downloads vs physical media. Keeping the format war news up front, no one seems to be surprised that Circuit City mistakenly marked HD DVD players as clearance items and Onkyo's long over-due rebadge, may not come at all. We caught the Super Bowl, but didn't catch HD DVD's commercial, but it's not like we haven't seen that commercial before -- but what is new is the talk of...
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After a tumultuous week in tech we're back -- but Qwikster isn't. Of course we're giving our two cents on Netflix's stunning reversal, but there's also plenty of non-streaming news too. The newest TiVo DVR is out and about, while DirecTV is also ready to show off its Nomad and HR34 boxes. Microsoft has enhanced the Xbox 360's capabilities with a few new partnerships, while Comcast previews the future of pay-TV with its latest moves. The dawn of Ultraviolet is finally upon us, so are we excited...
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Are you as bummed out as Ben and Richard that no Apple TV news came out of Monday's iPhone event? No worries, because ready to fill that void are all the UHD an OLED TVs from IFA, the PS Vita TV set top box and a recap of our fantasy football league's first week in play. This week's edition of the Engadget HD podcast is ready for your ears below.
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With a short week after the holiday we've got a short and one-day delayed podcast, but no worries -- there's lots of news packed in. The NBA Finals just started and it's all available in 3D, while Comcast is testing new IPTV technology at MIT. We also take note of the cable industry's latest flirtation with DLNA before digging into some Media Center PC apps with Remote Potato and AirPlay for WMC. The six tuner version of SiliconDust's HDHomeRunPrime is ready to be preordered so we'll take a...
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The most wonderful week of the year for gadget lovers is upon us so we decided what better way to tame our anticipation then to dream a little and discuss our expectations for CES 2010. While some are obvious like 3D and mobile DTV, others like TiVo, MoCA and bigger, cheaper HDTVs aren't as certain. And of course nothing is as much fun as making fun of our dashed dreams by talking up vapor ware of year's past. So if you can't wait to hear what's new in 2010, tune in and be sure to let us know...
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This week the Engadget HD podcast crew rolls the odometer over 300 episodes, but it's no big deal. Especially not when we've got new hardware and software from the likes of TiVo and Comcast to discuss during Cable Show 2012. Comcast is actually all over the news this week, with bandwidth policy changes and new features. Motorola won't be left behind either, showing off a new concept DreamGallery UI, while our old friend Moxi is even in the house with an update. Also up for discussion is whether...
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Plenty of things happened this past week in HD, but one thing that won't be happening is a February DTV transition; we gripe about the fourth month delay and wonder what our politicians were thinking. The bad news kept coming as rumors of Pioneer's exit from the TV market swirled this week. It'll be sad if Kuros fade to black, but we'll keep hope alive that some manufacturers will still cater to crazies who pursue ultimate image quality. That might fit in well with the predicted "Golden...
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Well it took us a few weeks to get things right and some might argue that we still failed, but here it is. We catch up on some news including all the Blu-ray delays and cover a few product reviews. We also talk programming and over priced TV box sets.
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The delayed show last week left us with a light list of topics, but we still had plenty to say. Like, as much as we've waited for tru2way, we really aren't interested in using it anytime soon, because ultimately it is the same cruddy software anyways. But no matter how you tune in to HD, it probably takes you longer to change channels then the good ol' days of analog, but not that it really matters anyways with DVRs eliminating the need to channel surf. Finally we talk up our favorite new...
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No guests this week, just us but we've got a quick and dirty podcast with news of TiVo's latest DVR plus some freshly updated iPad apps from Netflix and DirecTV. The Xbox 360 has its own new apps to deliver as well, while Sky is still creeping towards a different kind of pay-TV service with its upcoming Now TV. Home automation heads will be interested in the Motorola Connected Home Gateway that appears to be right around the corner, and we've also got a quick look at the latest legal...
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Engadget logo We kick things off with a trifecta of 3D news -- whether you've seen it or not, whether you think it's the next big thing or just a gimmick, it's coming; and not a moment too soon for former 3D naysayer Ben. He's full of surprises this week as he also was smitten by the VUDU HDX black magic on the LG BD 390 Blu-ray player. Maybe it's the integration with a top-notch Blu-ray deck, or maybe he's just easier to please during football season, but it's hard to fault the picture quality...
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We missed last week's episode because our Christmas travel plans got in the way, so this week we made up for it, promise. Lots of Blu news to go around as Blu-ray had the great Christmas everyone was hoping for, in fact a recent poll showed that more EHD readers upgraded to Blu-ray in '08 then in previous two years. This success was also indicated in the recent sales of The Dark Knight, which sold 1.7 Million copies. But this year was also the year of Netflix Watch Instantly, and other...
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While we've still got plenty of iPad second screen and streaming video tech to talk about this week, we're leading off with some old classics: FCC rulings, DVRs and Windows Media Center. While the FCC may be helping cable companies kill ClearQAM, is the sacrifice actually worth it? We've also got a look at the final Ceton Echo, and even TiVo is finally opening up its SDK. We reviewed the new Slingboxes this week, and will go over what they got right -- and what they didn't -- before we dig into...
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Up this week on the Engadget HD Podcast is more format war news. It comes in groups, and a big one this week at that. What's different about this week is that we've invited Chris White (aka Xyzzy) a proponent of HD DVD to join in on the conversation in an attempt to add a little more red perspective. Chris does a great job of keeping Ben in check and ensure that the red team's victories this week are not played down. It's not all format war news though -- well almost -- we do cover a few...
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We're live and in your faces from CES 2012, with our first podcast, including video taken right on the AOL / Engadget stage between North and Central hall. We had plenty to discuss, from Dish's big announcements to Ceton's too-good-to-be-true embedded Media Center DVR. There's all kinds of new display tech floating around, and the streaming video market is as murky as ever. Join us as we give our opinions on all this intrigue and try to keep up with the flood of CES news by pressing play, or...
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Are you ready for football? If the North American variant is not to your liking, you'll probably want to skip ahead because between true 5.1 finally arriving on Monday night, Sunday Ticket talk and an update on the EHD fantasy football league there's plenty to discuss. After that we move on to Boxee and its new Intel partnership, plus Google TV info and a couple of interesting demos from IDF sporting Windows Media Center Embedded. TiVo's trying something different to sell DVRs and we like the...
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We're closing in on the century mark, and we'd like to hear from you about what format that magical episode should take, so let us know in the comments. DISH continues to roll right along and doesn't look to be letting off the gas with 150 HD channels and 1080p VOD in the works. DirecTV isn't backing down from the challenge, however, and has been using some its ample DirecTV 11 bandwidth to simulcast MPEG2 HD channels. We talk a bit about Netflix's Blu-ray premium, and the small upcharge of one...
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Engadget logoThe Cable-Tec show was a source of much news this week, whether you're dreaming of the perfect NAS-based multiroom DVR setup, new DVR hardware (we're talking about you, TiVo) or old standbys 3D and tru2way. This week's Ask Engadget HD question gives TiVo another dose of attention, while we celebrate another step forward in eradicating loud commercials. The EpixHD launch is big news and was probably lots of fun for FiOS subs...unless you use Media Center. After the latest analyst...
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It's been a relatively slow week for news due to the holiday, but there's still plenty for your hosts Ben Drawbaugh and Richard Lawler to chat about. While Sony is bragging about it's November PS4 sales, Microsoft is keeping quiet and dealing with a few compatibility issues on the UK front. Looking forward to the next round of holidays, Ben is predicting a rush on the affordable Chromecast device and Netflix is offering up a new animated series to bulk up its Christmas programming -- which it's...
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We're back with another podcast recorded live with our UStream audience (thanks, all of you for stopping by) just in time to wrap up the last of the E3 news and the beginning of 2011 Cable Show news. We've got new boxes from TiVo (cue geek rant) and Motorola, a new HD console from Nintendo and finally Sony's pushing 3D with an LCD and projector that are both priced to move. There's also plenty of sports news to digest this week, with the first year in the books for ESPN 3D, BBC's first 3D...
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The summer of slow HD news continues but there is some Blu-ray buzz as things are really starting to ramp up for the holiday season. So we cover how Blu-ray is poised to take over the packaged media world, but at the same time, we still have our doubts. There's some programming news as well, as we once again go over the age old -- in the HD world anyways -- debate of satellite vs cable. Finally, we throw in a little home automation for a change and long for more MKV support in our hardware.
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Breaking past the century mark, we pull our own Darren Murph into the studio to give us the rundown on last week's CEDIA show. Highlights from Denver included Mitsubishi's LaserVue TV and Belkin's FlyWire wireless hub -- we're not sure we see the FlyWire device moving in large volume, but we wonder if the LaserVue's picture quality could give RPTVs a real shot in the arm. One thing that did show up at CEDIA was Blu-ray players; despite Samsung's call for a five-year Blu lifespan, units from...
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No more trilogies, folks. Ben wasn't positive at first, but Richard's convinced him it's about quadriliogies now -- at least in the world of Avatar. If only Time Warner Cable and CBS could compromise on the important issues as easily as our hosts do. Episode 361 of the Engadget HD Podcast is ready for your listening pleasure below.
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We're getting the band back together. After we welcome Ryan Block and Peter Rojas back to the fold, we dig into all the news that came out of the AllThingsD conference last week. Sony, Dish, Microsoft, Intel and others had plenty to say, but did we believe everything we heard? We're also on the bleeding edge of a new display technology as OLED HDTVs hit the streets, so we'll make our best guess as to whether mainstream pricing is in the near future. Finally, several connected TV platforms have...
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It wasn't easy to find things to talk about this week, but wouldn't you know there was not stopping as once we got started. As you can expect we got a little riled up about sales people recommending LCDs over Plasmas by three to one, even though they don't know why. Then we talked some Hollywood vs the consumer as we shared our ideas and personal ethics when it comes to copyright. That brought us to some more Vista Media Center news, and our dismay with Microsoft and its OEM only updates....
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Coming to you live from Atlanta we've got our first podcast recorded during CEDIA, though this one is mostly dealing with non-event related news from the past week. Now that PlayStation 3 is (sort of) Blu-ray 3D compatible, it appears we'll see a few more movies popping up at retail, while Samsung is doing its best to make that sub-$1,000 3D plasma an even more attractive option. Next we deal with a few movies that aren't out on 2D Blu-ray... yet, and discuss the future of control technology as...
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This week on the EHD podcast we witness the circle of life, as Sezmi's lights go dark Dish and Blockbuster are proudly showing off Movie Pass. But even with those, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and Google TV can internet streaming really change the entertainment model? We'll see, but traditional TV providers are fighting back, as seen by Comcast's AnyPlay and DirecTV's updated iPad app. Other potential sources for change include the G.hn powerline networking standard, Facebook's latest twist on...
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Between DirecTV, Japanese baseball, PS3, iScan Duo and Toy Story, there was plenty of 3D talk to lead things off and we even had to call in Engadget classic editor Richard Lai for a quick assist from across the pond. Of course, there's still plenty of 2D HDTV news to discuss, including Suddenlink's TiVo deal and what it might mean for the future of the DVR company, how popular multiroom DVRs really are, and the many, many ways cable companies are screwing up. Apple rumors lead off the next...
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More Google Chromecast news than you can handle? Check. Further discussion about our review of said $35 video-streaming dongle? Double check. If Chromecast isn't your thing, we also cover the likes of some cheap 4K TVs and our anticipation for the rest of Breaking Bad. The voices of Richard and Ben are ready to be heard below. This is episode 360 of the Engadget HD Podcast.
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This week's podcast is second screen heavy, with iPad apps ad updates from AT&T U-verse, Sky TV, and also for The Avengers and Prometheus Blu-ray discs. We'll take a look at the next batch of classic movies coming to Blu-ray from Universal and also our review of Google's Nexus Q(uixotic) streamer. Samsung is bringing bigger TVs, BBC is bringing a new streaming player and we're getting set for Breaking Bad season five, so go ahead and press play.
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If the Titanfall release had coincided with the start of March Madness, there probably wouldn't have been a podcast this week. As it is, we had to tear Richard away from his Xbox One to help Ben review the HD details that have been pouring in. There's a constant shuffle of content, ISP deals and updates to go through, as well as a certain monstrous LED-lit HD display to ogle. Your hosts leverage their experience and know-how to help speed you through the week's news, leaving some extra time to...
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We start off by talking Blu-ray players -- Samsung, Pioneer and Yamaha all introduced new models this week. We're not ones to complain about increased choice in the market, but we sure do wish that the lower price points would open up. Rumors have been swirling around VUDU this week, and we sympathize with the small company duking it out with much bigger players. Speaking of which, Sony's PlayTV DVR accessory for the PS3 came out, but is it too little, too late? Another company we like to pull...
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It's earnings season, which adds a businessy angle to this week's Engadget HD podcast but that's not dimming our spirits when we've got new Harmony remotes from Logitech on the (distant) horizon. Verizon, Netflix and Apple also have numbers to talk about, but if spreadsheets aren't your thing we've also got our impressions of the Boxee Box Live TV dongle and advice ahead of Super Bowl XLVI this weekend.
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The BDA says prices won't be falling soon, but thankfully retailers broke ranks this week and Blu-ray players sank below the $200 mark. Player pricing may be falling into line with Joe Six Pack budgets, but who's to say when Apple's OSX will get the memo. Based on our poll, Profile 2.0 support isn't necessary, we're just asking for some basic playback here, Apple. We move on to talk about the dearth of OTA HD DVRs; we think it's got a lot to do with the limited OTA offerings here in the US....
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We make our return Phantom Menace-style this week with a special guest in two, esteemed Senior Mobile Editor of Engadget Chris Ziegler, TiVo fan extraordinaire and expert in all things spectrum. While we save the FCC talk for last, we did have plenty to discuss with Panasonic's latest plasmas, the iPad as a source of content for your HDTV and the latest comments by Comcast's CEO. March Madness is nearly upon us and is bringing a bounty of streaming video and mobile apps, while AT&T is...
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As the dust settles on the Las Vegas Convention Center, Richard and Ben regroup to take a brief look at the highlights from CES, but for the most part, there's still fresh HD news to discuss. There's been a storm brewing over at DirectTV and if you're a subscriber, you'll have to hear about it on a brand new channel, assuming you get your weather updates on TV. Netflix's Lilyhammer nabs a third season and Ben has finally come around to John Fusco's latest creation -- let's just hope it has more...
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CES is over and things are getting back to normal around Engadget. This of course means more format war news, which is really heating up after the Warner defection. So we discus the hardware and software sales impact of the move, as well as speculate where we might go from here. Then we go format agnostic and discuss next-gen audio codecs and the dual format player the BD-UP5000. We finish things up by discussing the impact on the industry from the first consumer component capture card. Finally...
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Engadget logoThere's a good spread of topics on the podcast this week, while staying light on the HTPC, Blu-ray and broadcast news. What does that leave? For starters, a bunch of news under the streaming, online and download headings. Continuing the theme of news from unexpected places, TiVo popped up twice in this week's show; unfortunately, no news about a revamped, mind-blowing new model or service. We saved our favorite stuff for the end of the show, as we trumpeted plasma over LCD,...
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We actually did it, we actually recorded a podcast. We know you can't believe it either, but believe us when we say that we can't wait for the next one. In fact we're going to do everything in our power to crank one out on weekly basis -- just like old times. We know our promises aren't worth much at this point, but just wait and you'll see. This week we introduce the latest member of the Engadget team Steve Kim and then cover the big format news this week as well as some old favorites like LCD...
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Things are back to normal this week sans guest, but there's plenty to talk about. We get a little discouraged by this week's news -- between the apparent demise of Plasmas, the number of HDTV owners that actually have HD, and the poor customer service that plagues our industry; there isn't much to be excited about. But alas, we still love us some HD, as we discuss the IRL's new HD goodness and our lack of love for ESPNews HD. As for the format war, there hasn't been much to talk about, but we...
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Here's the good news: Ben and Richard survived the so-named CES Death Flu. Good thing, too, because we're not finished with the onslaught of UHD display tech from Vegas in the least. Among various HD talking points, we've got an interview straight from the slow floor with Sharp's Jim Sandusky about the company's latest TVs. The only thing that might top that is Top Gun remastered in 3D. These, just some of the many highlights from this installment of the Engadget HD Podcast.
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If there's one thing to take away from this week's podcast it's that Ben's fantasy football picks finally performed positively. Well, that plus hints the next few months will be very interesting, thanks to HDMI 2.0 and rumors of an Amazon STB, among other topics. Get caught up on the last week in HD news by streaming this week's episode below.
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Wow, we finally made it. We could be talking about the journey from our old janky comments to the new, awesome ones, or our balky tips inbox -- Fixed! We weren't ignoring you, really. We love you. Let's hang out. -- we mean football. Our favorite sport is back, and thanks to Fox forcing SD-holdouts into a proper 16x9 frame, looking better than ever. After that we have a look at NVIDIA's 3DTV Play, and what a good news/bad news week it was for Verizon FiOS subscribers. HBO's still talking mobile...
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Engadget logo CEDIA is over so there no better time to wrap up the news than with the Engadget HD Podcast. If you love Media Center, you'll love this episode as we dedicate more than half the show to the topic. We talk new tuners, cost of admission, as well as what might still be announced between now and the official launch of Windows 7. Next up we hit our second favorite topic with Blu-ray's Managed Copy and other Blu-ray player hardware like thee 400 disc Blu-ray changer. We round out the...
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With the NFL season finally over after the massive spectacle that was Super Bowl XLVII, we're ready to pore over the stats and see how internet streaming, social media and second screen apps affected the big game. Also, Netflix has been in the news heavily with the debut of House of Cards, so we'll dive into its impact so far as a herald of the future of TV and internet video. That's just the start of this week's big news in HD, so go ahead and press play.
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This week, we get our grumpy on by attacking some news stories -- the portion of PS3 owners using their console to watch Blu-ray movies, those terribly loud and annoying commercials, the impending shift to 16:9 LCDs for notebooks and analyst predictions of a "tough road ahead" for tru2way. Our summertime crankiness sated, we then head into gear news: reviews of the Pioneer Elite plasma and HP's MediaSmart Media Center Extender. Speaking of Media Center, we spend some time covering...
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Okay, we're day a late, but we're not $50 dollars short since Richard avoided the World War Z 'Mega Ticket.' That much and only a small popcorn? No, thanks. Despite seeing the movie twice for regular price, however, Ben is still convinced that Richard's the guy who hates every movie and loves every TV show. We'll let you decide by tuning to this week's episode of the Engadget Podcast below.
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After taking a week off and a schedule-shifting holiday weekend we've finally got another HD podcast for you. A new look is news for our HDTV Listings and the Verizon FiOS update that's finally rolling out again, and we've even got some promising updates from TiVo for a change of pace. Roku part deux also made the news recently, along with several expansions by Netflix including its plans in Latin America and the addition of Star Trek, while its competitors Amazon and Hulu Plus keep making...
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