HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Both of Seth's parents are now hard of hearing and they need headphones to watch TV. Is there a system that can do it for them? Leo says that hearing aids now can pair to the TV. So if they need a hearing aid, that's a good feature to get. But if he wants headphones, Leo got his mother a pair of Sennheiser wireless RF headphones. They work much better than Bluetooth.
Jerry has a Dish DVR which can receive over the air signals. He saves the channels and gets no information on programming. Leo says that's because the DVR isn't getting a channel guide in the over the air signal. Channels used to include that data on side ban channels, but they may have stopped doing that and as a result, his DVR can't get the channel guide data. That's why TIVO charges a monthly fee, for a channel guide.
John bought a Samsung QLED 4K TV. Does he really need to get a Blu-ray player for it? All he really watches is Netflix and it's pretty good. Leo says that streaming gets compressed, so even though it looks pretty good, Blu-ray is uncompressed and will look far better. The way he can tell is by looking for "macro blocking." He'll see it in solid blacks, and it'll show bands, instead of a smooth gradient. He'll also see some jaggies in titles and text. But Leo says in spite of that, Netflix does a good job. It just depends on if he wants the perfect image or not.
Scott went and saw First Man, and Leo says it was a terrible film that does an injustice to the man Neil Armstrong, not to mention the historic moon landing. Scott was also very disappointed, as well, even in IMAX. Leo says that Damien Chazelle should have never been given the task of directing this film. Apollo 13 is much better. Scott does say that the immersive-ness of the space missions was truly impressive, however. The set design was also a bit inaccurate, and the music was rather rudimentary. It will be a sad thing if history considers this a proper depiction of Neil Armstrong.
Scott Wilkinson is in the house, having taken a trip up to Petaluma for today's show. Today's topic is laser projector TVs. With an extremely short throw and stunning colors, it's a great way to get a very large picture in your house, but it's very expensive. It could, in fact, replace regular TVs if it catches on and the price drops.
Mike has a first generation Apple TV and he wants to put all his movies on it, but Apple quit supporting it. What can he do? Leo says that if he can launch the Apple Store, he should be OK. But if it isn't recognizing the device, then Apple may have broken connectivity. He should try and do a restore from scratch.
Kevin wants to know if he can turn his Xbox into a DVR. Leo says that he'd need to get a TV connection and a program that could do it, and the Xbox Store only allows for recording video game moments. Plex is in the Microsoft store and may work. But Leo isn't sure what the recording capability is. Microsoft was going to do it back in 2015, but cancelled the feature.
Charlie would like to pair his old Smart TV with the Amazon Alexa. How can he do that? Leo says the the Amazon Fire TV Cube may be a good option, it works with an IR blaster. But it won't turn the TV on, since the IR blaster loses connection. Leo recommends the Logitech Harmony Hub. It'll connect to his Echo, and then will work in between the Echo and his TV.
John has heard of a small stick like the Fire Stick that can pickup local TV stations. Leo says it's a hacked Amazon Fire Stick that has been modded to include Kodi. It has software that can also pirate pay TV services. So, it's very illegal. And the legitimate live TV channels are from overseas, like the Croatian Soccer League. Not the NFL.
Murray has a Sony XBR 930D 4K TV, and it has horizontal lines across the bottom of the screen. Then it looks like it has a double image after awhile. Leo says it sounds like a hardware failure. Scott says that it sounds like LCDs are stuck open, or that the edge backlighting on the 930 are running a muck. Bottom line, it's broken. He may be able to have it repaired under warranty since it's under 2 years old. But if not, it'll likely cost more to fix it than buying a new TV.