$10 Samsung TV from Bestbuy? Roku: a better way to watch MLB in HD? End Overscan: see the whole picture on your HDTV, and the Blu-Ray releases for the week of August 18th.
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Robert's looking forward to watching National Geographic's Drain The Ocean he's got saved on his DVR: two hours of CGI-enhanced HD science goodness. (Next airing is Sunday Aug 18 @ 2PM)
What's Patrick watching? Rescue Me, every Tuesday night at 10PM eastern.
He's wondering if his DirecTV DVR (or any HD DVR attached to digital cable or satellite TV service) compress the signal more than what comes from the cable/satellite? Robert's got answers... and we discuss how compression often varies by channel.
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No, you're not buying a 52" Samsung HDTV on BestBuy.com for $10. It's right there in the Best Buy fine print: "Best Buy reserves the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions including after an order has been submitted and whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged."
Sharp's new Aquos DX2 HDTVs will include a Blu-ray recorder, think 30 hours of HD video in MPEG4. Cool or weird, probably won't matter, since it's not very likely to make it sale in the US.
Major League Baseball fans have a nifty new way to get -every- game in HD onto their HDTV. MLB has partnered with Roku to stream MLB.tv games to the $99 Roku Player. You'll be able to watch 'em on your computer or TV with ease.
How do the MLB games look on the Roku, compared to, say, DirecTV's MLB Extra Innings? Jim Louderback, our resident expert on baseball in HD makes the call!
The Blu-Ray releases for the week of August 18th:
Showtime's Dexter: The Third Season, Go, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Last House On The Left, Playtime, Sons of Anarchy: Season One... just in time to catch up before Season Two starts on FX, and Surveillance.
And, pushed out a week, The Last Starfighter, which, happily, turns out to be a new transfer, not a recycle of the weak version that was on HD DVD. You can get the full scoop on how the new transfer looks in Gerald Orr's review on HighDefDiscNews.com
Overscan sucks... it's the part of the image you normall don't see 'cause it's pushed 'off the edge' of your HDTV screen. Most modern HDTVs have it turned off, but if you're like Jeff out in Washington, DC, (or Patrick) you've seen overscan make the toolbars disappear on your HDTV desktop, or lost lots of your Blu-ray's pixels off the edge of the screen.
We show you how to make overscan go away!
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Buyer Beware! Buying used gear has saved us a ton of money over the years, especially on audio equipment. We talk you through how to get the best deals, how to ID deals that aren't very good, and how to avoid getting ripped off!