Scott Wilkinson

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 03, 2008 7 comments

Here's a question from Rich McGready that echoes a common theme I hear repeated over and over by TV shoppers:

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 02, 2008 0 comments

At MacWorld Expo last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised that an upgrade of the Apple TV software to allow online movie rentals would be available by the end of January. But, as with so many things tech, the release of that software will now be delayed by "a week or two" according to a company statement issued on January 31. The software will be made available as a free download to existing Apple TV customers when it's finally deemed ready.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 27, 2008 0 comments

Just as Samsung started shipping its long-anticipated BD-UP5000 combo Blu-ray/HD DVD player, the company announced that the product will be discontinued as of May or June of this year, stressing that this time frame is subject to change. Retailers will be allowed to sell their existing inventory, but production will cease. A new model is scheduled to be released sometime in the second half of 2008, but no other details were revealed. Meanwhile, the company will continue to support the BD-UP5000 with firmware updates.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 27, 2008 7 comments

To quote Professor Farnsworth on <I>Futurama</I>, "Good news, everyone!" I figured out how to answer reader questions in my blog (not that it was all that difficult). Now that my company e-mail account is up and running, you can simply send your questions to me at:

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 22, 2008 Published: Jan 23, 2008 19 comments

Greetings to all <I>UAV</I> readers! As you may have heard, there have been some changes around this digital watering hole. Shane Buettner has moved over to head <I>Home Theater</I> magazine and its <A HREF="http://www.hometheatermag.com">associated website</A>, leaving some mighty big shoes to fill here at <I>UAV</I>, a challenge I happily accept.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jul 17, 2006 0 comments

$400 Pro- $795, 1200C- $2,195

RGPC's staple device is the four outlet 400 Pro, and it stands out in a very densely crowded category as a no BS product that actually works. Inside each RGPC is a large inductor core, or choke, and a fast-blo fuse. Unlike so many of the surge protectors or line conditioners out there the RGPC is wired in parallel with the incoming AC, which means there's no current limiting, and components don't have to be plugged directly into the RGPC units to receive the full effect. The RGPC simply has to be plugged into an outlet on the same circuit as your gear. Several RGPC units can be "star clustered" in groups for improved performance, and the 1200 Custom is in fact two 400 Pro devices in a single box with 12 outlets. Inductive power filtering is becoming very popular in many high-end products, and the results that can be reaped from the RGPC devices with both audio and video systems can be noticeable, if not staggering (especially with power hungry components like CRTs and plasmas screens). RGPC devices are the only PLC devices in SB's reference system.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 28, 2005 0 comments

DisplaySearch, a global video-display market-research and consulting firm, last week hosted their annual HDTV Conference, a two-day affair devoted to&mdash;you guessed it&mdash;HDTV. Held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, this year's conference began with a keynote address by Mark Cuban, founder of HDNet, which will be broadcasting their recording of the event in September and October.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 25, 2005 0 comments

On August 4, 2005, Infinity invited a number of journalists to their home at the Harman International corporate campus in Northridge, California, for a tour of the facilities and a sneak peek at their latest speaker line, dubbed Cascade. Why are you only hearing about it now? Because Infinity embargoed the information until August 25.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 22, 2005 0 comments

Silicon Optix, a leading developer of video-processing technology, has now made its <I>HQV Benchmark</I> test DVD available to consumers. <I>HQV Benchmark</I> lets anyone objectively evaluate the picture quality of various video products, including HDTVs, DVD players, and video scalers before the purchase.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 18, 2005 0 comments

Lions Gate Home Entertainment (LGHE), a division of Lions Gate Entertainment, announced last Wednesday that it will release content on the Blu-ray Disc format. As part of its cooperation with the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), LGHE will begin releasing new films, TV programming, and other titles from the company's vast library when Blu-ray hardware launches in North America.

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