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HBO GO on Apple TV via AirPlay Hands-On

February 14, 2013
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HBO GO on Apple TV via AirPlay Hands-On

From day one, HBO prevented their HBO GO iPhone and iPad app from working with Apple’s Airplay. Airplay lets you stream audio and video from your iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. When I heard that HBO GO now supported AirPlay, I was apprehensive about the experience it would provide. After trying out the new...

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How Digital Projection Can Kill the Independent Cinema

January 28, 2013
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How Digital Projection Can Kill the Independent Cinema

As much as I love my home theater, there’s still a special place in my heart for the local movie house. In the Hub, I enjoy going to both the Somerville Theater and Kendall Square Cinemas to see independent films. This past Sunday’s Boston Globe details how the move to digital projection is threatening the viability...

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CES 2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

January 17, 2013
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CES  2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

It’s time to look back at my hopes and dreams for this year’s just concluded International CES and see what came to fruition. “A new TV display technology such as OLED or crystal LED that actually ships before the next CES.” Well, almost every TV vendor showed off their new Ultra HD TV wares. Sony seemed...

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Is Netflix Super HD Video, Super for Customers?

January 13, 2013
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Is Netflix Super HD Video, Super for Customers?

Netflix recently two major changes to how it streams video to customers. First, Netflix video streams are more efficient and require less bandwidth. Second, Netflix is now offering a new higher quality 1080P video stream called “Super HD”. When the more efficient video streams appeared, it allowed for the delivery of 1080P video to households...

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PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

December 19, 2012
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PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

The Playstation3 Netflix app has been updated once again. There have been two recent updates, the most recent being version 2.10. Since looking at version 2.08, there have been a number of additions and fixes. Like the Apple TV, you can sign up for Netflix directly from the PS3 app. You can also control the...

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The Netflix Missing X-High Mystery: Solved!

December 6, 2012
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The Netflix Missing X-High Mystery: Solved!

Have you noticed a change in the Netflix streaming’s video quality? Some Netflix customers have been asking that same question. In particular, customers with 1080P capable Netflix devices have noticed a significant change  to how those devices display streaming video quality. I noticed the change a week ago as I was evaluating the WD...

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2012 A/V Gift Guide and Black Friday Deals

November 19, 2012
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2012 A/V Gift Guide and Black Friday Deals

Updated for Cyber Monday It’s time for Tech of the Hub’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s my recommanedations for the A/V geek in your life. Many of the deals listed here are valid on Black Friday except where noted. As I see any other interesting Black Friday deals, I will update this story. Streaming...

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome: How Best to Watch on YouTube

November 11, 2012
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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome: How Best to Watch on YouTube

The Battlestar Galactica spin-off series, Blood and Chrome is now available on YouTube via the Machinima channel (videos below). When the first preview of Blood and Chrome leaked out on the Internet, it was unknown where the series would show up first: the SyFy channel, the web or some other distribution channel. According to...

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TiVo Premiere Fall Update Released

November 4, 2012
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TiVo Premiere Fall Update Released

TiVo is now pushing out their fall software update to the Premiere line of DVRs. The update started rolling out to customers about a week ago. While my TiVo Premiere downloaded the updated software on Monday, the flickering lights from Hurricane Sandy kept me from manually rebooting the Premiere to force the installation. Yes,...

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Boxee Available at Walmart Retail

October 31, 2012
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Boxee Available at Walmart Retail

It was reported today by Bloomberg news that Walmart will be the sole retail distributor for the new Boxee box. While the report stated that the Boxee would be available starting tomorrow, November 1st, I saw it at my local Walmart today. There were two units on the shelf available for sale at $98. The...

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Unified Streaming Video Search Comes to Roku Devices

October 29, 2012
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Unified Streaming Video Search Comes to Roku Devices

Trapped inside during the hurricane? If you still have power, you should check out Roku’s new search functionality. How much time have you wasted searching for content across the different premium streaming services? To tackle that problem, Roku today introduced a new unified search feature for its latest generation of Roku boxes (Roku 2, LT,...

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