HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
A week before the Super Bowl is the best time to buy a new TV, and Scott has written an article at AVS Forum on the Eight best TVs for Hosting a Super Bowl Party. People think Black Friday is the best time to buy a new TV, but it's actually just before the Super Bowl because that's the first quarter of the year, and just before the new models come out. The top TV on Scott's list is the LG B6 ($1898-2997) OLED TV. There's also a budget LG UH7700 for $897.
Dick is thinking about cutting the cable. Leo says that cutting the cable may be more convenient, but it doesn't really save him money if he's streaming television. He'll end up paying more for his internet access and premium streaming services.
Joe installed a TV, Blu-ray player, and a Yahama A/V receiver for his friend, but they couldn't get the audio return channel to work. Leo says one of the HDMI ports on the TV should be labeled ARC. They'd plug that into a port on the receiver, and usually it just works. Joe went through the settings in the Yamaha and he had to turn on HDMI control. After doing that, the Blu-ray player now wakes up anytime he changes the input. This is called CEC, and it automatically turns on the TV and sets the input to that device when you turn it on.
Terri got satellite internet and she used up her peak time cap watching TV. Leo says that the problem with satellite TV is that it has very limited bandwidth and as such, it can limit the amount of bandwidth she'll use. Is there a way she can download Netflix programs to do it?
Robert has an LG HDTV that is only six years and has died. Is it worth repairing? Scott says not really. It's actually cheaper these days to just replace the TV. Robert says that his LG has four HDMI connectors, but he's lucky to find just two in today's modern TVs. Leo suggests just getting an AV Receiver and that will handle the multiple HDMI connectors. Can he trust LG moving forward? Scott says yes.
Scott says that while Dolby Vision is nothing new, it's the most important thing coming out of CES because it's now almost a standard feature in home theater products. It does has to compete with HDR 10, Technicolor's Version, and the BBC's HLG, but most will support HDR 10 and Dolby. We're going to see not only HDR capable TVs, but Blu-ray players as well. Leo says that format wars are frustrating and that nobody really has learned from format wars of the past. Scott says that TVs will likely have multiple decoders and support both.
Brett wants to know how he can get Amazon Instant Video to work with Chromecast. Leo says it depends on if Amazon's app supports it, and they've been rather anti-competitive. He may be able to cast it over through the Chromecast Mirroring feature. It won't be as good, but it would be an alternative.
Scott is back from CES and he put 25.5 miles on his feet, and that's just in the Central Hall! He saw the latest QLED system, which creates more white light to pass through the LCD panel and get color from filters. Quantum dots, however, aren't really LEDs, they're just really small dots of a material that can then absorb light and radiate another color. Scott says that OLED TV prices have remained consistent, while the quality of the screens has improved. OLED is still the best screen you can get.