No more satellite HD fees! Video games in 3D! What's the best software to rip movies? When will my favorite movie hit Blu-ray? And the Blu-ray releases for June 15th, 2010.
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The World Cup will be airing on ESPN in 3D! DirecTV, Comcast, and AT&T U-verse subscribers will be able to watch the tournament, assuming you have a 3D-enabled HDTV like the ones from Samsung and Panasonic. LG has yet to ship their line, and those from Sony are coming soon bundled with Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. DISH Network is dropping its HD fees, and DirecTV will soon follow. 3D is also making its way into video games, with Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD completely in 3D and select levels of PAIN will be in 3D as well. The iPhone 4 isnt shipping yet, but it does promise 720p video capability, and as GadgetReview points out, Konnet Reflex Dock Pro Stand will bring that output to your HDTV. Panasonic is releasing huge professional plasma displays, up to 152" which can project life-sized images of people. AppleTV is turning into a $99 iOS streaming box, featuring cloud storage and 1080p. Watch the video for all the details on this week's HD news stories.
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Brazil by Terry Gilliam would be a great movie to see in glorious Blu-ray, but alas, we have heard no word about it. If and when it does get released, though, hopefully they'll release the original 142 minute cut that the Europeans saw in the theaters, though the 131 minute version was also approved by Terry Gilliam. Hopefully they stay away from the 94 minute version with the happy ending. Watch the video for more on what Robert and Patrick would like to see on a new release of this favorite.
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What's the best program to rip DVDs? We like Slysoft's AnyDVD and AnyDVDHD, and Handbrake for encoding. Though, of course, this is only for use with discs that we own. Watch the video for all the details on how we archive our discs.
Viewer Gerry's 4-yr old plasma is using 50W in standby mode, but there are a few things he can do to reduce that further. Disabling the Electronic Programming Guide is a good start, and the TV probably has power settings in its menu that can be adjusted for optimal efficiency. Watch the video for these tips and more on how to reduce your energy use.
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With a room hardwired for 6.1 surround sound, how do you upgrade a speaker system from 5.1? Watch the video to find out whether it's worth finding a speaker sold without a set, or if you should just skip 6.1 altogether and go with 7.1 instead.
With a PS3 and an AVR without HDMI, is there a way to send analog audio directly to the receiver? In a word: no. You can go through a Blu-ray player that support analog audio, or just use the optical audio on the PS3. Watch the video for more on audio options with a PS3.
What movies can I buy in 3D Blu-ray? Not many, and the ones that are available are usable with any old TV, and come with the red/blue glasses that we all know and love. The only Blu-ray movies that use active shutter technology are only bundled with select 3D Blu-ray players, and aren't sold separately. Watch the video to see what your options are for films that reach into the third dimension.