The HDMI Forum just released version 2.0 of the HDMI Specifications. This latest version, the first to be developed by the HDMI Forum, seems to be targeted at the new Ultra HDTV technology which is now making it way in Consumer Electronics stores around the world.
“The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 Specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum. Our members collaborated closely to take the highly successful HDMI Specification to the next level by expanding audio and video features for consumer electronics applications.” —Robert Blanchard of Sony Corporation, president of the HDMI Forum
- Sony HTST7
- 7.1 Surround Sound
- Wireless Subwoofer
- Bluetooth connection
- Price: $1,299
Sony has announced its first high-end sound bar, the HT-ST7. With seven speakers on the bar and two speakers in the sub-woofer, it looks impressive.
“Consumers are demanding great sound quality without compromising simplicity for their home entertainment” – Neal Manowitz, director of Sony Electronics’ Home Audio group
For awhile now I’ve looked into what it takes to send video and pictures to my ancient 4-year-old Samsung HDTV. It had built-in DLNA software, but that was way outdated and didn’t playback most of my video collection. I was lucky and picked up a WD TV Live box on closeout for $20 and was able to play just about all my videos, but I sill wanted to be able to show the contents of my tablet on my TV or maybe show an actual web page to the family as we planned our vacation.
If you are a first time owner of a HDTV, upgrading your old HDTV or replacing that old tube TV here are 10 tips to a basic HDTV setup. These should help you get the most out of your new HDTV and give you the best possible picture quality.
This How To article is written to give guidance for connecting your HDTV to a cable/satellite box and a Blu-ray DVD player. Future articles will explain how to connect Surround Sound Systems, Sound Bars, Wi-Fi (for Wi-Fi enabled HDTVs & Blu-ray players) and Game Consoles.
Take the TV out the box
Yes this is obvious, but a word of caution. Manufacturers like to pack the parts needed to assemble your TV in very odd places. They use tape to hold the parts securely and sometimes the parts are light and don’t make any noise as you unbox your TV. Carefully look for parts on each piece of Styrofoam in the box. Finally, don’t throw away the box until the TV is completely assembled and working, just in case. Read more!
Wikipedia defines a Smart TV as any TV capable of using the Internet to provide interactive media content to the viewer. But, did you know they were also Smart DVD players? That’s right, many new Blu-ray DVD players and Home Theaters can use the Internet to provide the same content streaming video, music, pictures, news, weather, sports and downloadable apps as you find on a Smart TV and show it on any TV.
What should you look for?
If you own a High Definition Television and use a Blu-ray DVD Player or Hi-Def Cable/Satellite box then a HDMI cable is exactly what you need to get the best picture.
What is HDMI?
HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface is an audio/video cable for transferring digital audio/video signals to a compatible computer monitor, audio device or television. Sources for HDMI could be a HD cable/satellite box, HD DVD player, tablet, game console or digital camera. There are 5 types of HDMI cables but only two are used in home entertainment, HDMI High Speed and HDMI High Speed with Ethernet. Read more!
Could your Smart TV be watching and listening to you in your own home? It might, a Malta-based researcher ReVuln has uploaded a video showing how it has been able to hack into a Samsung 3D Smart TV. With this hack someone would have full control of your Smart TV allowing them to look at any device connected to the TV as well as look at user IDs and passwords stored in memory. If you have a webcam attached to the TV for Skype then the hackers could actually watch and listen to you while you are sitting in your living room.
New Smart TV’s have a full computer built into them for web browsing, apps and streaming Read more!
Credit – Sharp, Inc.
Sharp is struggling to stay a “going concern”, which means in corporate speak they may not survive as a company. Sharp reported a 4.8 Billion dollar loss for the first 6 months of the year. As bad as that sounds, Panasonic lost more 5 billion actually. There are many reasons suspected for the sales decline but the slowdown of the American Economy is the primary reason given. However, Japan and some others in Asia have some blame in this too. The strength of the Yen vs the Dollar has added to profit difficulties. In addition, while sales have declined almost 30% companies have increased the workforce by almost 6%. One hedge fund manager wrote that there were too many redundant quasi-state employees in the companies contributing to this increase in the workforce.
This slow down is not limited just to Sharp. Sony, NEC and Panasonic have also made announcements of their own regarding sales and profit woes. Samsung, with its near 60% market share of flat screens sales is having problem too, but nowhere near as bad as the three above.
2013 may turn out to be a very different year for HDTV’s. For example, there could be a decrease in quality screens and an increase in low-cost (cheap) TVs. Plasma’s offerings may start to decline, as they are not as profitable as once thought. To bad, I rather like the pictures on plasma TVs. Still, I would not expect to see manufacturers tossing all the plasma’s out the back door, they do offer an affordable price point. As for the future, the big guys; Sony, LG and Samsung will turn their attention to OLED technology. Although it may take years (if ever) for that technology to develop to the point everyone can afford to buy one.
Data backup, one of the most disliked and often ignored job. Very few actually backup the data on their Home Computers or Laptops. According to a survey by ComputerStatistics.org, 91% of PC users agree that backing up your home computer data is important. However, 41% do no backups at all and only 2% backup at once a week or less!
Why should you backup your data? Think of all the irreplaceable pictures and videos you have stored on your computer, tablet or phone. It’s sad to recall the number of people I’ve dealt with who have suffered a malfunction on their tablet or laptop that resulted in the loss of very important pictures.
Stream TV and Movies directly to your High Definition TV. You can get rid of your Cable or Satellite Provider and still view your favorite shows on any TV. Here are just two of the more popular possibilities.