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Podcast #756: Home Theater News and Talk

Today is a bit different. We cover current news and events in Home Theater and Home Electronics, but with a twist. Two special guest hosts join one of our regular HT Guys to fill in for a missing HT Guy. Hope you enjoy.

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Home Theater News and Talk

Apple introduces iPhone 7 ($649), iPhone 7 Plus ($769), and wireless earbuds

The company later revealed the new devices would come in 32GB, 128 GB, and 256GB sizes. Prices start at $649/£599 for the iPhone 7 and $769/£719 for the iPhone 7 Plus. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 9, and devices will ship on Friday, September 16. iOS 10 will arrive on September 13 to support the new releases.

Sony unveils new versions of PlayStation 4

Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp (6758.T), unveiled on Wednesday two new versions of its PlayStation 4 Console in an effort to help Sony maintain its sales lead over Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T).

The PlayStation 4 Pro, which will launch Nov. 10, will support higher resolution and more realistic imagery by enabling 4k resolution and higher dynamic range (HDR), said Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, at a PlayStation event in New York City Tuesday announcing the new products. The console will cost $399.

Additionally, the company unveiled a slimmer, lighter and more energy efficient version of its PlayStation 4 Console, which will come out Sept. 15 and will cost $299.

IBM aims to weave Watson smarts into the home

IBM plans to integrate its Watson intelligence into gadgets and appliances such as washing machines, security cameras and wireless headphones. The company has partnered with Panasonic, Whirlpool, Nokia and Bragi to create Watson-equipped internet of things devices for the home.

LG readies new OLED, quantum dot TVs

LG is preparing to debut an OLED TV with "an exclusive hardware platform" at CES in January, and is readying a lineup of quantum dot TVs to compete with Samsung at a level below LG's most premium sets. The quantum dot TVs will utilize a quantum dot filter on an LCD TV and sell for approximately $1,000 less than LG's OLED TVs.

Amazon updates Fire TV features

Amazon on Tuesday announced a software update for its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that adds features to the devices. New features include voice search on apps, recommended viewing options from HBO and Netflix, and sports updates from Alexa.



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Reader Comments (10)

Hey guys,

I've only listened to about a 3rd of the podcast so far and Braden and the boys are hilarious!!

Oh, by the way, the Aussie accent wasn't bad!

Braden and the boys rock.

Best podcast ever! I could relate as a father of several teens myself. I loved the attempt to use their lingo ("baller", etc.) and references to Austin Powers, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and even Caddyshack (which of course all went right over their heads). Thanks for the effort, and all that you do.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I just read this on technobuffalo, PS4 Pro doesn’t support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, what do you think about this ?

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Gonzalez

Marco and Luca were great, dead air and all.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDP - San Diego

Great podcast give the short notice. There is no question that Marco and Luca are Braden's sons. Way too many similar personality traits and mannerisms between the boys and dad.

Braden, as compensation, you need to reward them with a new projector for their bedrooms. It does not have to be 4K or even "new".

Braden, the boys did great and your feedback to them during the show was perfect.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn L - Austin, TX

Those are definitely Braden's boys!!!!

Great show guys and don't let the old man bust your chops about the microphone we could hear ya just fine!

Good stuff

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

At the 14:54 there in email Ralph about free NFL Sunday ticket for DirecTV subscribers with AT&T wireless service. Well, I'd love to get a little more info on that as I, too, have both services and would love to take advantage of that offer. Is it possible the email was for DirecTVs standard first week free for subscribers?

Feel free to contact me with info at bishop1424 AT sbcglobal DOT net

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Bishop

Loved this episode! Braden, did you have Red Bull or 5 Hour Energy before you started? Most I have ever laughed while listening to your podcast!

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNelson

Well.. I'm glad SOME listener enjoyed the episode. I gave it a try but, honestly... found nothing remotely interesting or funny. It switched to another podcast after 5 minutes of fast forwarding.

In my opinion, it would have been better to take a well deserved break or do a short "news of the week" episode than that goof fest with your sons.

But I'm glad the few commenters are happy with... whatever that was.

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBatnam

Kids did great. Hope they had fun!
Someone always going to say "worst episode ever" but I thought this was a pretty funny show.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike s

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