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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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

January 6, 2013
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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

As I wouldn’t be at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that’s about to start, I’ve put together a quick list of things I will be watching for virtually. As much as I would like to attend the show this year, life’s too busy at the moment. I’m looking forward to...

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Will the Fiscal Cliff Drive Cord Cutting?

December 30, 2012
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Will the Fiscal Cliff Drive Cord Cutting?

As Washington prepares to drive us over the fiscal cliff, the impending tax hikes have pushed me to find ways to cut household costs (here’s a fiscal cliff calculator to see how much your taxes could go up). Looking at the family budget, cable TV is an obvious candidate to be cut. While cable...

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Catching up for Downton Abbey Season 3: Download, Stream or TiVo Sir?

December 22, 2012
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Catching up for Downton Abbey Season 3: Download, Stream or TiVo Sir?

What is it about Downton Abbey? Why is a show about stodgy English aristocrats and their servants in a old manse so popular? Is it that we long for a world with well defined rules and roles compared to the change and chaos of our complex modern world? Is it that we know that characters themselves...

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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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Getting Ready for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special

December 5, 2012
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Getting Ready for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special

Looking for some holiday fun after Christmas dinner? When you’re done playing with your new sonic screwdriver and TARDIS USB hub (I have one and USB hubs are cool), sit back and enjoy the annual Doctor Who Christmas special. The episode titled, The Snowmen will premiere on Christmas Day at 9 PM Eastern / 8...

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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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