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Engadget HD Podcast 190 - 04.27.2010

Trent Wolbe

A huge week for Avatar and comments from last week get things started, before we take a look at Panasonic's new top of the line plasmas and whether they'll fit into our budgets -- or living rooms. There's even more 3D news still, with our latest FAQ and PS3 updates just in before we discuss the underwhelming Windows Home Server beta. FCC and TiVo talk are pretty much a weekly given at this point, as is the Dish / DirecTV HD channel count standoff. Finally we question whether we'd ever pay for Hulu, and just why home automation fans should be excited about Pioneer's new hardware with iPhone controls.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh, Richard Lawler

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:03:58 - Avatar smashes Blu-ray sales records, has some owners ready to smash incompatible players
00:08:04 - Vudu starts offering special features with Avatar
00:11:08 - Panasonic prices, dates full 3D plasma lineup -- 65-inches for $4,299
00:16:09 - HD 101: 3D FAQ
00:28:55 - PlayStation 3's 3D implementation explained, may require upscaling and reduction in detail to work
00:31:25 - PS3 firmware 3.30 sneaks in remote play from PC, bitstream audio options
00:33:57 - Windows Home Server 'Vail' beta now available for download, brings improved UI and streaming options
00:46:38 - FCC requests comments about the future of CableCARD and AllVid
00:55:13 - RCN ready to ship TiVo Premiere DVRs in D.C.

00:58:10 - How would you change the TiVo Premiere?

01:00:21 - Dish puts its HD channel list up for evaluation
01:01:20 - DirecTV raises its HD channels claim to 160, disses Dish for juking the numbers
01:06:17 - Hulu Plus subscription service rumored: $9.95 a month for access to older shows
01:10:09 - Pioneer shows off iPhone remote controllable Blu-ray players


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