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Friday
Mar122010

Podcast #416: Cryptography, DRM and You

We talk about DRM quite often.  Technically it stands for Digital Rights Management, but we did have a listener recommend we try to change that to Digitally Restricted Media.  The point of DRM is to protect digital media files from piracy.  The actual result of DRM is a lot of frustration for those who just want to watch movies and listen to music.

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Friday
Mar052010

Podcast #415: Switched Digital Video

Last week Braden wrote that Cablevision is planning on rolling out network DVR (Cablevision To Roll Out RS-DVR In April) functionality in April. This technology has got us excited because it shows that Cable is pushing itself to compete with Satellite, FiOS and U-Verse. One area that cable still falls a little short when compared to these other services is the number of HD channels they offer. A new technology called Switched Digital Video is being deployed that will allow cable companies to increase the number of HD channels they offer. But not every is happy about it.

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Friday
Feb262010

Podcast #414: Wal-mart is buying Vudu

Rumors surfaced earlier this week, but it has been confirmed by official press release that Wal-mart is planning to acquire Vudu, a pioneer in the instant movie service market.  Wal-mart has tried to get into the online video game once before.  Does this mean the death of what otherwise was a great technology, or is it a huge step in the right direction?

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Monday
Feb222010

Episode #3: AV After Dark 

Welcome to the third installment of AV After Dark. This time they guys discuss the Olympics and how it differs from market to market. What sport are Ara and Tom fans of? You'll never guess (or maybe you will). Is there a future for OLED? What is Hulu doing right, what are they doing wrong? What about Netflix? They guys weigh in. Panasonic black levels are addressed as are recommendations for displays. Ara went to Mecca... we mean Macworld. Thanks for listening. You can find the AV Rant at their website. We really enjoy these collaborations and hope you do too. Thanks to listener Ted for both the Intro and Outro music. Check out more of his work at www.thesysmusic.com

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Friday
Feb192010

Podcast #413: HT Guys HDTV Recommendations

We receive emails from listeners all the time asking us which HDTV we recommend. That list will vary depending on the use case and budget of the emailer. On today's show we'd like to tell you what our picks are for a typical use scenario for low to medium budgets.

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Friday
Feb122010

Podcast #412: VIA: Vizio Internet Apps

If you happened to watch the Super Bowl and paid attention to the commercials, there were some really good ones.  Bud light had a few, Doritos had a couple, but there also might have been a few that didn't make much sense to you.  One of those could have been the Vizio add for their newly refreshed Vizio Internet Apps offering.

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