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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 19, 2011 5 comments
Here at HomeTheater.com, our primary mission is to help you choose the best audio/video gear for your needs and budget, and then get the most out of it when you set it up at home. The first step in that process is deciding which product to buy from among the myriad options available, which is where our product reviews come in. Of course, we review a lot of products, far more than any shopper would be willing to wade through to find the gems—so we've done it for you in our new section called Top Picks.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 04, 2011 12 comments
The Pioneer Elite TV brand is becoming Sharp Elite for a new line of LED-backlit LCD TVs. Sharp took the wraps off the first two models, 70 and 60 inches, today at a New York press event. At first glimpse they were dazzling.

Some background: The Pioneer Elite Kuro plasmas were widely regarded as among the best HDTVs ever made. They were a high-end, premium-priced product. But though they wowed critics, they didn't sell enough for the line to survive. Two years ago Pioneer exited the TV business, though it continues to use the Elite brand for its higher-end audio components. Earlier this year Pioneer licensed the Elite name to Sharp for use as a TV brand, a logical move given that Sharp is Pioneer's largest shareholder. And so the LCD phoenix rises from the plasma ashes.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jul 28, 2011 1 comments
Panasonic today introduced its first 3D projector, the PT-AE7000U, to a select group of journalists from around the world at Panasonic Hollywood Labs, the company's R&D facility in Universal City, CA. Representing the tenth generation of the AE series, the AE7000U continues Panasonic's tradition of collaboration with professional cinematographers to tune the projector so it accurately reproduces the color and other picture parameters they intend for their material.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jul 21, 2011 7 comments
If you tried to visit UltimateAVmag.com or HomeTheaterDesignMag.com and ended up here on HomeTheater.com, it's not a glitch in your system or a mysterious malfunction of the Internet—it's by design. We have integrated UAV and HTD into our flagship site in order to create the Web's most comprehensive resource for those seeking practical, real-world information about what to buy, how to shop, how things work, and how to get the most from all the products that make home theater so entertaining.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 05, 2011 0 comments
Move over, couch potato. Facebook wants to sit beside you and offer program recommendations based on input from your friends.

The pitch from Facebook's Andy Mitchell, SVP of strategic partner development, came at the PromaxBDA conference last week.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 01, 2011 3 comments
Sony has issued a spirited rebuttal to a recent LG-commissioned study claiming 80 percent of consumers prefer passive 3D.

In emails sent to the editors of TWICE, Sony's Mike Abary, home division senior VP, and Samsung's John Revie, senior VP, both pointed out that 3D based on active shutter glasses is outselling 3D based on passive glasses.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 30, 2011 0 comments
A study sponsored by LG Electronics has found that an overwhelming percentage of consumers prefer passive 3D technology over the active kind.

Miraculously, passive 3D happens to be the very kind LG is selling, versus the kind with active-shutter glasses being marketed by the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. What are the chances of that happening?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 29, 2011 0 comments

Net neutrality has become a political and regulatory football in the United States, with internet service providers squaring off against electronic libertarians, and the feds uneasily caught in the middle. But in one European nation, for the first time, it may be about to become law.

In the Netherlands, the parliament is weighing a net neutrality bill designed to prevent the dominant (and newly privatized) telco from discriminating against certain kinds of net traffic.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 28, 2011 1 comments
Would you like to put your new 3DTV through its paces? Your guests will be impressed when Samsung's Explore 3D app gets the show on the road.

Sign up via your PC and the Rovi-powered app will deliver movie trailers, music videos, educational stuff, and (via Wealth TV) full-length shows—all of it free—to any 2010-11 Samsung LED-LCD smart TV or plasma smart TV. Paid content will become available later this year.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 27, 2011 0 comments
When Apple extended iOS from the iPhone and iPod touch to the iPad, skeptics scoffed at the idea of porting the operating system for handheld devices to a tablet computer. Now Apple practically owns the tablet market. Rumor has it that the next step will be an iOS-powered TV.

Granted, this is only the latest prediction among many that Apple would move into the TV set market.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 23, 2011 0 comments
Cloud-based storage is clearly the trend of the year. Best Buy is the latest company to offer a cloud music player, joining Amazon, Apple, and Google.

The Best Buy Music Cloud uses a PC or Mac application which scans your iTunes library (though this is not specifically an Apple-related service). Then it accepts music uploads and streams them to computers or mobile devices, the latter including iOS, Android, or BlackBerry. You can upload playlists as well as music files.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 22, 2011 1 comments
The ReplayTV DVR platform is about to lose its electronic program guide updates. It's another nail in the coffin for what was once TiVo's major rival.

The ReplayTV website reports that the EPG will be "permanently discontinued" on July 31, 2011. Users will still be able to program their units or software manually, but will no longer be able to use the EPG to record.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 21, 2011 0 comments
Facebook has nearly 700 million users. Think about that. It's close to a hundred New York Cities. So it's big news that the social networking site may be about to launch music streaming.

Rumor has it that Facebook users will soon have access to a Music Dashboard page. In addition to telling you what your friends are listening to, it may also allow streaming.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 20, 2011 0 comments
Sony makes TVs. Sony makes PlayStations. So why shouldn't Sony make a PlayStation TV?

Announced at the recent E3 gaming show, the 24-inch 1080p set will be 3D capable and packaged with 3D glasses, HDMI cable, and a Blu-ray copy of the game Resistance 3.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 17, 2011 1 comments
Dave Chappelle intends to launch a new comedy show that won't appear on broadcast, cable, or satellite TV. If you want to see it, you'll have to stream it. The show would mark Chappelle's return to TV after his highly rated Comedy Central show crashed and burned.

From whom you'd be streaming was still up for grabs at presstime. Some observers said Netflix would be the obvious choice. But Hulu or some other streaming service could turn out to be the lucky winner.

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