Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Why does Netflix crash on my smart TV?

Episode 1352

Sandy from Orange County, CA
Roku Ultra

When Sandy tries to stream Netflix on her Sony Smart TV, the app crashes. Leo suspects that the app has become corrupted, and it appears to be a common problem on Bravia TVs. A refresh of the firmware should solve the problem. The OS in Smart TVs is terrible, though, which is why Leo always recommends using a Roku, Apple TV, or even the PlayStation to stream Netflix.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1352

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is in Vegas for CES and he's seen a ton of cool new home theater stuff. Sony has announced a new OLED TV in which the entire screen is a speaker, and LG has a cool new one called "The Wallpaper" TV because it's only 4mm thick and attaches to the wall with magnets. Scott says that 4K and HDR are all around at CES this year, and he says that Samsung is ahead of the game with color saturation and brightness. There was also a bunch of TVs that support voice command through Amazon Echo and Google Home. Plasma is all gone now. But Sony also introduced Cletus, a micro LED screen.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1351

Scott Wilkinson

Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography. It's in its infancy, but cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, and told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.

Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though.

How can I connect my turntable to my Bluetooth headphones?

Episode 1349

Billy from Oxnard, CA
Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1349

Scott Wilkinson

Yesterday, Scott saw Rogue One and without giving away any spoilers, he said you want to wait until the very end. Don't leave. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema because that's how it was color graded, and he thinks it's the best way to see it. High Dynamic Range for best picture quality. The problem is that AMC in Burbank showed it in 3D Dolby Cinema, and Scott hates that. It was still well worth seeing, though. If you can see it in 2D Dolby Cinema, do that.

Can I play movies from an SD card on my Blu-ray player?

Episode 1347

Jim from Maryland
SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive

Jim has all his movies backed up on his network. He'd like to use an SD card to plug in and watch that way. Leo says he can, but he'll have to be sure it's in a specific format by the Blu-ray player, so check he should check his manual. If he's wanting it for travel, he should check out the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. Its designed to connect to a smartphone and then he can stream to the TV via DNLA. It has a 10 hour battery life too, which is great for a road trip.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1347

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that AVS broke the news this week of a possible title for Star Wars Episode VIII: Forces of Destiny. The news came from European Union copyright and trademark filings that were discovered by fan watchdogs.

Leo says that when he hooked up more than one Onkyo and Denon AV receiver device to his Plasma TV, it stopped working. But when he bypassed it, it worked again. Could it be a bad cable? Scott says swapping out the cable is a good first step. Scott says that Onkyo has a history of HDMI issues, but the Denon one is intriguing.

How can I cast video from my computer to my TV?

Episode 1346

Nick from Thousand Oaks, CA
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Nick has a Samsung TV and he wants to cast videos from his computer or tablet. Leo says that most TVs support DNLA, which would enable him to stream to the TV. Samsung calls it "Samsung Link" or "All Share." He should Google the TV model and "DLNA" or "Miracast" and he will find out how he can do it. It may also be called "screen mirroring."

Most Windows devices and tablets will support DLNA. The Samsung Galaxy Note would be a good tablet choice, as are the Galaxy Tabs. Leo likes the Galaxy Tab S2. Any Bluetooth keyboard will work also, and the TV will support it.