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Engadget HD Podcast 103 - 09.24.2008

Trent Wolbe
The BDA says prices won't be falling soon, but thankfully retailers broke ranks this week and Blu-ray players sank below the $200 mark. Player pricing may be falling into line with Joe Six Pack budgets, but who's to say when Apple's OSX will get the memo. Based on our poll, Profile 2.0 support isn't necessary, we're just asking for some basic playback here, Apple. We move on to talk about the dearth of OTA HD DVRs; we think it's got a lot to do with the limited OTA offerings here in the US. Maybe a HTPC would be the way to record your OTA HD, but one thing made loud and clear by our poll is that folks won't be paying $5,000 for that pleasure, even if it comes in the form of a headless Windows Media Center. Speaking of HTPCs, we talk a little about DisplayPort and HDMI and wonder if a divide between CE and PC gear is brewing on that front. An easier way to get your PC content on your TV might be the ZvBox, which we reviewed this week. ATSC 2.0 with H.264 encoding is too far off to even think about, so we take a shorter view and focus on Verizon's HD MLB coverage on TBS and the debut of HD on 60 Minutes this past weekend. Finally, we can't pass up the opportunity to thank iTV for setting the vision that has guided us all to the interactive TV wonder we know as Ben-o-Vision.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh and Steve Kim

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:33 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 0102 - 09.17.2008
14:19 - BDA sez Blu-ray player prices aren't sinking anytime soon
14:35 - Samsung's BD-P1500 Blu-ray player dips under $200
18:14 - Blu-ray support destined for Mac OS X 10.5.6?
20:03 - Poll: Are you sold on Blu-ray Profile 2.0?
22:43 - Ask Engadget HD: Where are all the standalone OTA HD DVRs?
29:08 - Poll: What's the most you'd pay for the ultimate HTPC?
32:40 - Microsoft planning La Veuve de Media Center?
37:48 - DisplayPort and HDMI square off in uber-thorough comparison
42:19 - ZeeVee ZvBox review
50:01 - ATSC 2.0 includes support for H.264
50:01 - Verizon FiOS adds TBS HD in time for the MLB playoffs
52:39 - 60 Minutes pulls out the HDTV cams for Obama & McCain Sunday
57:01 - Ins and Outs: Whatever happened to iTV?


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