Stream media to your PS3 or XBox 360 without worrying about transcoding! Is "3D Ready" good enough? Why do Russian cows get HDTVs? We review Dell's Inspiron Zino HD! And the Blu-ray releases for March 23rd, 2010.
HD Nation covers the week in High-Definition news, reviews, tips and tricks. Hosts Patrick Norton and Robert Heron will quench the thirst for stunning visuals and the ultimate surround sound by providing everything from reviews of the latest in home theater equipment, the best new Blu-Ray titles and the most amazing free sources of HD content. If you're trying to get the absolute best out of your viewing experience, or trying to put together a home theater on a budget, there is no better alternative than HD Nation.
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Patrick reports back from CTIA: the wireless convention in Las Vegas, and brings back news of HDMI ports on cell phones and wireless output to HDTVs! Hillcrest Labs introduces Kylo, the web browser built for your HDTV, and unsurprisingly, Hulu blocks access immediately. We think we know why! Dish Network is suing DirecTV, claiming it's misleading consumers. Sony's new Bravia NX series is now shipping, and features a unique 6° tilt. A farmer in Russia decides to provide his cow barn with HDTVs, and it turns out that octopuses love HDTV as well.
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Having trouble transcoding your media to play on your PS3? Robert found the PS3 Media Server, a cross-platform tool to easily view audio and video files directly on your PS3 or XBox 360. It supports a wide range of file formats, including DVD ISO files and even ZIP and RAR files. Watch the video to see if this could be the answer for your home network streaming needs.
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You've been asking about it, so Dell's Inspiron Zino HD is our latest home theater PC review. Is the $249 base machine ready for HD VIdeo? Do you need the upgraded Radeon HD 4330 graphics card and 4GB of RAM (like on our testbed) to run a Blu-ray drive? Watch the video to find out if it's worth a spot on your home theatre shelf.
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3D is making a big splash this year... Panasonic and Samsung have 3D TVs on the market. Other manufacturers claim their HDTVs are "3D Ready". Watch the video to find out if this is as good as the real thing.
If 60Hz is enough for a "flicker-free" HDTV, is 120Hz all you need for 3D content? Watch the video to hear Robert explain how 3D shutter glasses work, and why you need them!