SV Staff Posted: Sep 27, 2016 1 comments
Roku yesterday introduced five new streaming media players, the biggest product launch in the company’s history, and said more than 100 channels are now available through its search feature.
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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 27, 2016 0 comments
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QI’m looking for a playback system that can rip, convert, and store my Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs, and SACD/DVD-Audio discs in a format that preserves their high resolution and multichannel sound. I’ve looked at HTPCs and multi-bay drives but am having trouble finding a solution that’s affordable. Do you have any suggestions? —Stephen Romanelli / via e-mail

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 27, 2016 0 comments
It’s a presidential election year in the United States (did you catch the debate last night?), and some of us are unhappy with our electoral choices. But things could be worse—much worse. Take the old Soviet Union, for example. Choices in this totalitarian state were extremely limited, to say the least. During elections, there was one name on the ballot, and the candidate received 99 percent of the vote. On the bright side, the comrades, at least the subversive ones, had bone records.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Sep 26, 2016 0 comments
Voice integration and what it means for the future of home automation was a hot topic at CEDIA 2016, which attracted more than 500 exhibitors and almost 19,000 attendees.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2016 0 comments
Infographic published by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) accused LG, Samsung, and Vizio of exploiting flaws in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) method for testing TV energy use by designing TVs that disable energy-saving features when the viewer changes picture settings, significantly boosting the set’s energy consumption.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2016 1 comments
Whether you’re into politics or pigskins, Sling TV is offering a free 18-hour preview of its Sling Orange service just in time for tonight’s Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the pro football faceoff between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Sep 26, 2016 0 comments
As more and more devices become wireless, it seems that it should be easier to connect together all the TVs in the house without the mess of cables. Truth is that it’s not as simple as it seems. The new Nyrius WS54 (MSRP: $170) makes it about as simple as it can be. Plus, it works in a challenging situation where many other systems have failed.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2016 0 comments
The HBO limited series The Night Of starring John Turturro is available for download today and hits DVD and Blu-ray October 18.
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Lauren Dragan Posted: Sep 24, 2016 0 comments
If you have a child, or friends with kids in your life, you probably saw the recent New York Post article somewhere in your social media feed, complete with its click-bait-ish title: “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies.” Fear-mongering headline aside, the question raised is a good one, especially for those of us who are A/V fans. When it comes to developing brains, how much media is too much?

SV Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2016 0 comments
You’ve probably never heard of Phazon but the Montreal-based startup is getting ready to launch its first product—an Indiegogo-funded one-size-fits-all wireless earbud aimed at athletes and people with active lifestyles.