Here's Why You're Paying $200 to Rent a Clunky TV Set-Top Box

Todd Shields for Bloomberg:  Imagine watching TV without paying the cable company for the blinking set-top box, using a gadget of your choice that makes it easy to switch between cable channels, streaming programs and online shows.

The idea, simple in concept, is proving difficult in execution.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing a plan to force cable companies to give up their control over set-top boxes, "unlocking" the marketplace as he puts it.

But he’s drawn opposition from lawmakers in both parties, not to mention some of the most active corporate lobbyists in Washington. Comcast Corp. and the cable industry -- which stands to lose $20 billion a year in box rentals -- say it’s unnecessary and are fighting it. So are Hollywood studios, DirecTV owner AT&T Inc., and CBS Corp. Even a fellow commission Democrat said Wheeler’s plan set for a Sept. 29 vote is flawed.  Cont'd...

DVDO INTRODUCES iSCAN MICRO COST-EFFECTIVE 4K ULTRA HD VIDEO ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM

Tiny 4K Scaler and Video Enhancement System Improves Picture Quality with Professional 4K Adaptive Scaling, Noise Reduction and Resolution Enhancement Technology

ISC West - VMP Features Newly Upgraded PDS-LCM2B Ceiling Mount Adapter at 2015 ISC West

The Redesigned PDS-LCM2B Adapter Allows VMP's PDS-LCB Large Flat Panel Tilt Ceiling Mount to Accommodate Two 37- to 80-Inch Flat Panel Displays Back-to-Back with a Combined Weight of up to 360 lbs.

First-Run Movies in Your Home Theater

Up until now the only way to get the latest Tom Cruise movie in your home on the Friday night it hits theaters was to become a member of the exclusive Bel-Air Circuit.

How to Achieve Cinema Quality 7.3 HD Surround

There are 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems, then there's PROCISE 7.3 HD Digital Surround Sound. The disparity in cinematic sound quality - and the resulting home theater experience - is equivalent to the difference between driving a Corolla and a Corvette. By any measure, it's noticeable in a big way from beginning to end.

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?

It's always exciting for audio/video enthusiasts and novices alike when their new speakers, big flat-screen TV, A/V receiver and other components arrive at the front door, ready to be unboxed and set up for the first movie viewing and home theater experience.

HomeToys.com Retro - TIVO

HomeToys.com is approaching its 14 year anniversary. A virtual internet dinosaur, HomeToys published its completely online magazine for the first time on October 1, 1996, and since that time we have published thousands of articles, interviews, reviews and more.

We thought it would be fun to look back and see how we did. We will take a look at some of the early technologies we reviewed, predictions our writers made and all and all just take a trip down Home Technologies memory lane.

Onkyo TX-NR3007 Home Theater Receiver

I'm obviously into networking since we have our business at home and work continuously on the internet. Any my absolute favorite internet magic app is Pandora internet radio. But, I also have a fairly large music collection residing on a network storage device (NAS). I was eager to put the NR-3007 to the test so one of the first things I did was to plug it into our home network via the ethternet connection. I had to look up a few instructions in the manual but basically the receiver just connected to the network and looked around for devices.

Acoustically Transparent Screens

In home theater systems, audio and video are equally important and must work in concert.

All-in-One Home Theater - Mike Pyle - SE2 Labs

Dealers need high-end systems built from the ground up for them that they can just sell-without the need for programmers, for system builders, for people soldering things to be on their staffs.

How to Select a Projection Screen

Don't forget, a projector is only part of the equation - the screen can sometimes make all the difference in creating a brilliant image that pops.

The Digital Television Revolution and the Need For Video Processing Technologies

With the emergence of HDTV, there is often a mismatch between the signal received and the aspect ratio and native resolution of a display. A display's aspect ratio is essentially the shape of the screen. Two common aspect ratios are 4:3 (universal for standard definition) and 16:9 (universal for high definition). Depending on the display, the 16:9 signal might have to be displayed on a television with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and vice versa. This can lead to image loss, particularly on the sides, and requires aspect ratio conversion for a complete picture.

Shopping for Your Home Theater Online

The Internet is an incredibly immediate experience; spend a couple hours poking around on key sites and forums and you'll know more than most people do.

Beat the Heat

Cooling systems are available for the most modest systems to the grandest of systems and many can be installed in a matter of minutes and require no special tools or only the basics such as a drill and screwdriver.

Why Use an Acoustically Transparent Screen?

With virtually no loss of sound quality, it allows a center channel speaker to be positioned directly behind the screen, the optimal location for full range audio performance.

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