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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments
TiVo HD isn't the first high-def-capable or digital cable ready product from the world's winningest DVR brand. That would be the Series3. But the new model is the first HD-capable TiVo to sell for $299.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 04, 2008 0 comments
A few observant users over at EngadgetHD spotted something interesting on their TiVo screens. When they looked at the Video On Demand screen for Amazon's streaming service, they noticed an interesting option. Suddenly, there was an option for...
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2015 0 comments
TiVo has announced a software update that adds QuickMode viewing to its Roamio digital video recorders (DVRs), making it possible to binge your way through recorded shows at a brisk pace.

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Posted: Feb 04, 2009 0 comments

It feels like watching a tennis match—back and forth, over and over. The decision to delay the analog-TV cutoff was passed by the Senate, rejected by the House of Representatives, passed again by the Senate last week, and finally passed today by the House with a vote of 264-158. Interestingly, the number of Republicans who voted for the bill (23) was greater than the number of Democrats who voted against it (10). Obviously, President Obama will sign it, since he spearheaded the effort to delay the transition in the first place.

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SV Staff Posted: May 14, 2008 0 comments
Consider something really bright (like the sun on a sunny day) and something really dark (like under your covers at night). That span from light to dark can be expressed as a contrast ratio; the human eye has good ability in that regard. Now...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 18, 2009 0 comments
Fall TV season is getting close now, but until new episodes of our favorite shows start rolling off the line, Blu-rays are going to be getting a lot of rotation. This week has some good titles, but lacks in the special features department. ...
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Posted: Apr 23, 2006 0 comments

This morning I picked out the weekly Best Buy flyer from my Sunday paper and saw a DirecTV HD TiVo on special for $399 after mail-in rebate. My initial thought was, "cool! Looks like the new MPEG4 compatible HD DVR is finally out!" This thought died of loneliness seconds later as I realized the HD DVR in the ad is the trusty HR10-250 that sits in my own equipment rack. A terrific machine, but not compatible with the new MPEG4 compressed HD channels that DirecTV has very quietly rolled out in the last several months.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 07, 2011 0 comments
The next time you hear someone complain that today's TVs are energy guzzlers, feel free to say "shut up, you don't know what you're talking about." A study by the Consumer Electronics Association on TVs made since 2003 shows that video displays have only become more and more energy efficient during that time.

It makes sense. While screens are getting bigger, the waning of the direct view and rear projection categories in favor of more energy efficient flat panels means you can get more picture size out of fewer watts. Moreover, today's LCDs and plasmas are more efficient than earlier generations.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 08, 2000 0 comments

N<I>arrated by Kenneth Branagh. Series producer: Tim Haines. Producer: Jasper James. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround. Two discs. 230 minutes. 1999. BBC Video (distributed by CBS). CBS Fox Video 2000040. NR. $34.98.</I>

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 19, 2009 0 comments
  ...and you know what that means: It's an official reason/excuse for yer vinyl-centric EIC to buy more wax! Yes, it's true — the folks who bring us that wonderful annual spring event, Record Store Day, are presenting Saturday, June...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2008 0 comments
Is there an HDTV owner in America who thinks there's a glut of HD channels and content to watch? Probably not. Well, maybe one. His name is Michael Angelakis, and he's the chief financial officer of Comcast. At a conference Monday, he told the...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2015 0 comments
Ever feel overwhelmed by the number of choices when you sit down to watch TV? At a recent Television Critics Association press gathering, FX CEO John Landgraf validated those feelings when he proclaimed there is “simply too much television,” according to a report on

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Michael Berk Posted: May 16, 2011 0 comments

The folks at Irish cable designers RedMere agree with us (and our longtime contributor Geoffrey Morrison) that there's no real call for avphile HDMI cables - a bit's a bit, and so long as a good portion of the same ones that came outta your gozoutas end up at your desired gozinatas,

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Chris Chiarella Posted: May 22, 2013 0 comments
Okay, you’ve got the iPad. Now are you ready to find out just how much it can really do? From covers and stands to speakers and subwoofers (yes, subwoofers) and more, here are 10 accessories worth checking out.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 24, 2009 0 comments
Our Custom Installer John Sciacca runs down his top options to add great bass to your home theater:JL Audio Fathom f212 Front and back views of a sealed, dual-driver 12-incher that reinforces JL’s reputation for delivering deep bass. Satin...


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