What do you get from a more expensive Blu-ray Player? Discount Alert: $9.99 Star Trek Blu-rays! Where can you find a good HDTV for $300? HDMI Switching 101, A home theater with fiber optic LED constellations in the ceiling (and a seat for the dog)! Score one for net neutrality: the FCC reclassifies broadband! Speed Round: Your Twitter Questions! The Blu-ray releases for May 11th, 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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The FCC has reclassified broadband, paving the way for enforceable net neutrality. The Roku gets an upgrade with a new and improved Netflix interface. Best Buy is selling four different Star Trek Blu-ray discs for a mere $9.99 for the month of May. The new Energy Star 4.0 standards have taken effect. The requirements are stricter than ever for TVs to carry the Energy Star logo, but most manufacturers are already compliant. Watch the video for all the details on this week's HD news stories.
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Electronic House has picked their Homes of the Year 2010, including the Best Home Theaters. In the $50,000-$100,000 category, the winner is a former flooded basement turned disco theater, with a 130" 2:35 Cine-W curved screen from Stewart Filmscreen, and built-in Netflix streaming. The $100,000-$250,000 winner includes studio-grade-quality Genelec speakers, motorized seats, a three-chip DLP Runco projector with a 132" Stewart Filmscreen, and a separate Runco 50-inch plasma. The $250,000+ winner includes a dusk-to-dawn time lapsed constellation-filled sky ceiling, chairs with frosted glass LED-lit cupholders, a 350-pound, 3.5-inch thick door to isolate the room from sound, a 174-inch screen with 4-way masking... plus a companion seat for the dog. Watch the video for all the details on these elaborate setups you only wish you could afford.
The new Blu-ray releases for this week include The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid, Part II (also available in a Boxed Set ), Magnificent Seven Collection, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and many more! Watch the video for the full list.
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We turn to Twitter for a lightning round of viewer questions. Robert answers questions like how to heal plasma burn-in, where to find the best HDTV for under $300, why you might want to replace your 3 yr old HDTV, and when 50" LCD HDTVs might be $600. Watch the video for the answers to all these and more!
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How do you expand the number of HDMI ports on your HDTV without degrading your video or audio quality? Use a switcher! Watch the video to find out all you need to know about HDMI switchers and HDMI amps.
Does the quality of a Blu-ray player affect the quality of the signal sent to the TV? Watch the video to find out if buying a more expensive Blu-ray player can give you a better image.