Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Walter from Huntington, WV Comments

Walter has a DVR, and the frame advance doesn't work going forward. Dish says it's a software problem, so he's thinking of switching to DirecTV. Scott doesn't think the picture quality is as good as Dish, though, but he says that the difference is minor. Scott switched to it because he wanted to see the Olympics in 3D. Every once in awhile, the DirecTV image gets pixelated and Scott never saw that on Dish. Also on the Fox channels in LA, the commercials have a "zipper" effect, which is weird and only happens on Fox stations' commercials. Aside from that, Scott likes the DirecTV's user interface much better and he likes the program guides. And the frame advance backs off a bit to account for human interaction.

Watch Tim from Chatanooga, TN Comments

Tim recently bought a Sharp 835U HDTV, but is disappointed that it doesn't have a browser or picture in a picture.

Scott says that in reference to picture in picture, that is a format that is rapidly fading away as DVRs are capable of recording multiple programs at the same time. It's just not a feature that people want anymore. Additionally, Satellite and cable boxes have multiple tuners as a result, freeing TVs to not have to carry that option.

As for browsers, today's TVs are just starting to get a browser, but for Tim, a new Blu-ray player may have the option. A Playstation 3 could act as a blu-ray player, game console, and it's internet capable. However, they don't want people to stream online using the free options when the TV has apps for the pay versions (such as Hulu+). Even if he gets a browser, it will likely be limited.

He'll also need to upgrade his receiver because it's old and doesn't support MPEG4, and his new receiver will most likely have Picture-in-Picture in it.

Watch Jillian from San Juan Capistrano, CA Comments

Jillian wants to get her daughter a Roku box and router for Christmas. First off, Scott says if her daughter has Wi-Fi, then they already have a router, so there's no need to worry about that. The Roku HD only streams in 720p, so Scott recommends going with the 1080p versions to "future proof it."

The Roku 2 XS has motion control for online games and comes with Angry Birds included. It also has an Ethernet port, giving her a hard wired option, which is best for streaming high definition video. Best Buy will have all Roku boxes on sale on Black Friday for $20 off.

Jillian is also thinking about getting Hulu+. Does it carry CBS on demand? The chatroom says no, but it does carry ABC, FOX, and NBC. What about Netflix? Netflix is more for movies, while Hulu+ is geared more towards television.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Mike from Santa Ana, CA Comments

Mike would like to know more about the RGB analog video signal. Scott says that RGB has four connectors (red, green, and blue) plus one for the sync signal. RGB is a professional spec that was used back before HDTVs when CRTs had better resolution and color - especially in black levels.

Then came the Pioneer Kuro and high end LCD TVs that use local dimming. The gap is closing as HDTV flat panels get more mature.

Watch Rick from Pasadena, CA Comments

Rick has connected his computer to his home theater so he can enjoy iTunes. Scott says the best way would be to stream iTunes over the network. He can then access the files remotely. Depending on the AV receiver, it may be able to handle this. A streaming device like the AppleTV or the Roku Box may be the way to go if he doesn't have a network capable AV receiver.

The chatroom suggests using Plex through the Roku Box and his Mac. A USB DAC may be a good option. He could also use Airplay with an Airport Express. Or he could run digital coax and use that.

Watch Richard from California Comments

Richard has an Oknyo TXNR906 AV receiver and one of the HDMI inputs are lower than the others by 3-6db. Scott says that he's never heard of that before, although 3db difference wouldn't be as noticeable as a 6db difference. There could be an audio adjustment feature for each of the inputs in the setup menu. It may be possible to change the output of the devices going into the receiver to bring the levels up.

He's also vision impaired and Scott recommends Dancing Dots for blind and low vision performers.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Mike from Maine Comments

Mike bought the Yamaha YAS 101 sound bar and he really enjoys it.

Mike says the IR extender he bought doesn't work in darkness, though. Scott says that is strange. It should work even better in darkness than in ambient light. Scott says there may be a solution from AskMeHelpDesk.com, such as aiming the remote through a paper towel tube. That'll focus the IR beam directly where he needs it to go and be stronger when it gets there.

The reason for this could be that the TV he is using is emitting some infrared radiation, which could be interfering with the remote signals.

Watch Paul from Sacramento, CA Comments

Scott says it could be a heat issue. It could also be an issue that can be solved through an external audio source like a sound bar or home theater system. Could it be a problem with the satellite receiver? Scott says that unless the TV before the Vizio had the same problem, then probably not. Check for LipSync control in the menu. Scott recommends taking the TV back since it is still under warranty and let them repair it.

Pete calls in and says it may be the satellite receiver. Play some DVDs or Blu-rays and see if the audio goes out of sync. If it doesn't, then it does point to the satellite receiver as the issue.

Watch Dave from Corona, CA Comments

Scott has an antenna that has a "rotor" control which will allow him to aim the antenna as he needs. If he doesn't have rotor control, then manually rotating the antenna until he gets a clearer signal will do the trick.

Tim, a truck driver calls in to say that he has a lot of experience picking up stations and he suggests getting a VHF digital antenna, because there are a few in LA that transmit on that band.

Watch Jay from Providence, NC Comments

Jay is trying to help a friend reduce echo in a large studio stage. How can they refine that so they can do some filming there? Scott says it's likely that the stage recording will be replaced with ADR. But he'll need to do some acoustic treatment to the area anyway and that requires a pro. He advises talking to the pros at PMI, Ltd. in Los Angeles. They should be able to point him in the right direction if they can't help him themselves. It all comes down to his budget.

Watch Dennis from Knoxville, TN Comments

Dennis has been having a problem with his HDMI ports failing on his Vizio. Scott says that is something that only Vizio can solve. If it's under warranty, they'll fix it.

Watch Mark from Pasadena, CA Comments

4K is the resolution - 4096x2170 pixels to be exact. It's 4 times the resolution of HDTV. There are 4K projectors starting to come out, but the problem is, there's no 4K content at the moment. The projectors have to upscale the HDTV image to the 4K resolution, and Scott doesn't think that Hollywood will embrace 4K anytime soon for the home market. Streaming will be an issue, too. So, for now, 4K projectors are best for theaters, not the home market.