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A Netflix Watch Instantly app is pretty much a standard feature on home theater devices these days, but with so many options, how do you choose which one to use? That's what our friend Don wants to know, but we'll let him describe the situation first: I've got plenty of options on what to use for N...

May 5th 2011 at 12:20pm 0 Comments
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One unfortunate side effect of the connected TVs and set-top boxes invading living rooms is a whole new set of remotes to deal with. This week our question comes from Steven who has a stable of four remotes he'd like to slim down, but he's not sure how to make it all work: Just bought a Samsung...

April 27th 2011 at 12:50pm 0 Comments
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Sure, sometimes our queries are incredibly specific, super high end or relate to a deeper need for a comfortable home life, but sometimes a guy just needs a new TV. This is the case for our friend Jared, but we'll let him spill the details: My TV just died. It was a 50 inch Vizio Plasma unit. I've...

April 20th 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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As much as we love DIY projects, HTPC owners know that from time to time the "yourself" part can be the most frustrating one when things don't work quite right. That's where our friend Chris finds himself on his current project, and he's looking for a way out: "Last year, I built my latest generati...

March 23rd 2011 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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Our friend Nathan is a simple guy with simple needs. He just wants to stream MKVs from a DLNA server to watch on his HDTV and he doesn't want to pay a lot or do a lot of work to do it. We'll let him break down the situation: I was about to buy an Apple TV for $99 with the express purpose of hacking...

March 17th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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It's been quite a while since we checked in on the midrange receiver market, but our friend Simon's query has brought this crucial home theater component back to the forefront: "It's way past time for me to get a new receiver, my old one doesn't even have HDMI and I'm ready for a full audio upgrad...

February 11th 2011 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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You can't walk down an electronics store aisle without three or four connected or smart TV platforms jumping out at you, but which one is actually the best? That's the question our friend Dwight wants to have answered, but we'll let him break down the situation: "I'm looking into buying a new HDTV...

January 19th 2011 at 4:15pm 0 Comments
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We know, we know, projectors have been woefully underrepresented here, but this week it's their time to shine. We've fielded more than one question about what projector to buy but this week it's a little different. Our friend Paul already has his beamer, but so far it's only pointed at a nearby wal...

December 30th 2010 at 3:01pm 0 Comments
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It's been a while since we addressed this one, but the possibility of setting up an HTPC or media streamer, ripping ones DVD/Blu-ray collection and putting the discs out to pasture for good is an attractive idea to many. For our friend Stanford, that's the question, but also with an eye towards doi...

December 9th 2010 at 2:18pm 0 Comments
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It's that time of year, for the family to get together... and carefully plan which big box retailer they're going to spend the night camped outside of to obtain a slight discount on a flat screen TV of questionable quality. At least, that's what it's like if you're in Scott's family, but we'll let...

November 17th 2010 at 2:45pm 0 Comments
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Sure you can always go Windows Media center CableCARD style, but what if you just want to record a few clips of what's already coming out of your set-top box or available via ClearQAM on your PC? We'll let Bruce lay it out for you: What is the best method or hardware for the amateur to use in a PC...

October 15th 2010 at 3:45pm 0 Comments