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frankspin

by frankspin

Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?
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Ever since I picked up a Harmony One I have been singing its praises. To me it's the perfect device for the living room with its sleek profile and convenient to reach buttons. This is why it pains me every time I go to use it and notice buttons not responding as well as they once did: it's on its last legs. Naturally, these aren't made anymore and the options from Logitech aren't great. The Hub is a... Read more →
TimSeppala

by TimSeppala

What's in your home-theater setup?
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After about three years of building, scrimping and saving my home theater is finally complete and I'm curious what the Engadget forum-members have in their theater or living room. Here's my setup:
Display: 65" Panasonic VT60
Speakers: Klipsch Quintet (they're the 2011 models),
Subwoofer: 12-inch Klipsch Synergy HG 300W (it hits 24Hz and makes me very happy)
A/V Receiver: Onkyo TXNR515
Components: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, a crappy Comcast SD cable box, Chromecast
Oh and for... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Does the remote control really need to die?
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A recent post[1] on the website Read Write Web discusses the remote control, and how the author feels it needs to "die." Over the course of the article, there are points made with regards to the current implementations of remote controls and their pitfalls, including:
  • Rather than evolve with televisions, remotes just got bulkier
  • Navigating endless amount of channels is cumbersome due excessive button pressing
The author goes on... Read more →
milleph

by milleph

Mono - Music App with Chromecast functionality
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Mono, the Android music app, now supports Chromecast. Build playlists from a reference database of all releases, top tracks on Last.fm and Billboard, explore music by genre, nationality, mood and more and then choose the media source for each track from YouTube, Soundcloud or local files. http://mono-cloud.appspot.com
dave

by dave

Okay, I'm pretty impressed with the Chromecast...
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Recently, I helped a friend hook up a new Chromecast to their HDTV. They didn't have an Apple TV or Roku (though they did have a clunky old school Google TV). I have to say, I was pretty impressed with it!
Yes, yes, the ugly power cable sticking out the side of the device leaves a bit to be desired, but for $35, it's cheap and pretty easy to setup. Nearly every app we tried had proper Chromecast support and it was easy to... Read more →
AdamWillis

by AdamWillis

Is TiVo really worth the money?
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I've been thinking of ways to save some cash lately and cable keeps coming front and center to me as money that could be better spent.
Now this might seem overly complicated but I currently don't have a DVR and I'm paying $12/month to rent this STB. So my original idea was to buy a TiVo and not pay $12/month. To my surprise, I'll instead be paying around $20/mo due to the cost of the service subscription and renting a cable card from Verizon (fios). For $20/mo I can get a multi-room DVR from... Read more →
shrinknurse

by shrinknurse

Roku vs WDTV
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I've seen many discussions about Roku vs Chromecast, but none about WDTV. I had an older version of WDTV & when it came time to update, we did a lot of research & decided on a Roku. Then we researched further & found that the WDTVlive handled more file formats than Roku and bought one. I still have time to return the WDTVlive if anyone knows why a Roku might be better. Just want to get the best & most versatile product for the money I had to spend on this, for my not-smart big...
frankspin

by frankspin

Sell me on why the Chromecast is worth purchasing
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When it first came out about the only thing going for the Chromecast was that it was cheap. Just $35 compared to the $50-$100 prices for a Roku or AppleTV. The downside was limited app support, but that got better recently with HBOGo and Plex. The thing is I still don't see much value in buying a Chromecast over a Roku or even an AppleTV.
For starters it relies on a cellphone, tablet or computer, which I guess is fine considering how often people are around them. The flip side is that it severely... Read more →
johncolucci

by johncolucci

Can you really cut the cord?
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We've been living in a streaming world for quite some time. Be it Netflix, Amazon Video, or any number of new media providers, entertainment can be found in a multitude of ways across a myriad of devices, such as Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV. This week, NimbleTV also announced its launch in New York City, finally offering an almost full cable experience without needing a subscription to a cable or satellite provider.
But can you really cut the tightly connected coaxial cable from your wall?... Read more →
cjtylr

by cjtylr

What do you think about Google's Chromecast? Did you buy one?
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At today's special Google event, the Chromecast was announced. The small HDMI dongle plugs into your TV and allows you to "cast" content from your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV. If your TV is CEC-enabled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics... it will even turn your TV on and automatically change inputs.
This is being pretty heavily interpreted as Google's Airplay competitor, and it seems to be far better than what Google tried to offer with the Nexus Q last year.... Read more →