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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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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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HBO GO Adds Dolby Digital Surround Sound to the Roku

September 22, 2012
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Game of Thrones in Surround Sound

A few days ago, HBO updated its streaming video app to version 1.7 for the Roku. As far as I can tell, this version of the app has added support for surround sound. Update: One reader has reported it was added in late August Specifically, HBO GO is now streaming Dolby Digital 5.1 surround...

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Dolby to Enhance Tablet and Smart Phone Audio Experience

August 15, 2012
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Dolby to Enhance Tablet and Smart Phone Audio Experience

Dolby has a developed a new set of technologies to enhance the mediocre audio experience we’ve all come to expect from our smart phones and tablets. Under the brand name of “Dolby Digital Plus”, Dolby is acknowledging that more and more media is consumed on mobile devices. Tonight, I had an in-person demo of Dolby’s mobile...

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Dolby Atmos: The Virtualization of Surround Sound

May 3, 2012
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Dolby Atmos: The Virtualization of Surround Sound

Dolby is on a quest to bring movie theater sound to the next level. At this year’s CinemaCon, Dolby introduced a new surround sound platform called Dolby Atmos. Unlike the incremental change from 5.1 to 7.1 channel surround sound, Atmos is a fundamental change in how audio is authored for and delivered in the...

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iTunes Digital Copy Bargains: Harry Potter and Wolverine Blu-rays

April 19, 2012
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iTunes Digital Copy Bargains: Harry Potter and Wolverine Blu-rays

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for Blu-rays that come with an iTunes digital copy. I’m especially keen on ones I can find on sale or better yet the ones in the used Blu-ray rack. Two recent finds have been the Harry Potter movies and Wolverine. Starting last year, there were limited edition releases...

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Dolby Digital Plus Requires Less Bandwidth, Same Gear

April 18, 2012
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Dolby Digital Plus Requires Less Bandwidth, Same Gear

One of the biggest challenges in the world of streaming media is available bandwidth. While most of that bandwidth is consumed by video, it does not lessen the importance of audio to create an immersive home theater experience. To help achieve that experience, Dolby announced enhancements to its Dolby Digital Plus surround sound codec....

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Pioneer Introduces New A/V Receivers for 2012

April 14, 2012
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Pioneer Introduces New A/V Receivers for 2012

Pioneer has refreshed its line-up of home theater A/V receivers with four new models. Starting with the entry level VSX-522 ($249 MSRP), all four models feature 3D HDMI connectivity, audio return channel support (ARC), HDMI pass-through and Pioneer’s room calibration system: MCACC. With the exception of the entry level model which does not have...

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The Best Netflix Device for the Living Room

March 13, 2012
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The Best Netflix Device for the Living Room

What is the best Netflix device for the big screen in your house? With over 700 hundred different devices to chose from, shouldn’t it be easy to find the one offering the best Netflix experience?  By the end of 2011, the Roku 2 XS had become my go-to-device for watching Netflix in the living...

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Onkyo Refreshes A/V Receiver and HTIB Lineup for 2012

February 14, 2012
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Onkyo TX-NR616 Front 2012 Receiver

Onkyo just announced a refreshed home theater receiver line-up as well as updates to their well-regarded home theater-in-a-box systems. The top two receiver models, the TX-NR616 and the TX-NR515 add a number of new features including InstaPreview and Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) support. For connectivity, both models add two additional HDMI inputs for a total...

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Current Technologies for the Future Apple HDTV

February 13, 2012
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Apple TV Interface

As you read through all of the coverage of the mythical Apple HDTV (or iTV),  a lot of it focuses on the nuances but no one seems to know what the product is actually going to do or why we would want to buy it. What would an Apple TV’s differentiators be? Will it...

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