We started out this week on a good note, looking forward to exciting things for Windows MCE at next month's CEDIA show. The good vibes kept flowing as we discussed over 50-percent penetration of HDTVs and hopeful shifts among the media giants to move towards new business models for the content we crave. We should have stopped there, but we didn't, and our wings of wax failed us. Talking about the iTunes + Blu-ray rumors set us into a downward spiral that ended with us kvetching about broadcasters mangling aspect ratios, crappy TV demos at retail, Ben's sour notes about Harmony remotes, and "new" TiVo features that came to us from the 90s. Trainwreck? Maybe, but you know you want to check it out.
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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh, Steven Kim, Richard Lawler
Producer: Trent Wolbe
00:00:50 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 149 - 08.05.2009
00:08:27 - CEDIA 2009 Windows Media Center predictions
00:22:19 - Xbox 360 officially the only console to stream Netflix -- sorry, PS3 and Wii
00:28:09 - The revolution has been televised: Survey reports 53% of U.S. homes with HDTV
00:32:05 - Media bigwigs declare that free TV "is broken"
00:34:45 - Subscription services like Netflix Watch Instantly generates 20x the revenue of pay-per-downloads
00:43:12 - Roku Video player now streaming live HD baseball games from MLB.TV
00:47:29 - VIZIO VBR100 Blu-ray player freed from superstore confines, unboxed on video
00:50:12 - Toshiba applies for BDA admission, Blu-ray players and laptops coming soon
01:00:13 - Blu-ray support coming with iTunes 9?
01:00:13 - Steven Soderbergh calls out the aspect ratio villains: HBO, AMC - We're talking about you
01:02:15 - Poll: What's the worst mistake HD channels make?
01:06:03 - Don't let retailer's lights distract you from buying the right HDTV
01:10:55 - Logitech's Harmony 900 remote controls components behind closed doors
01:17:50 - TiVo turns on custom RSS video feed support