HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
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.
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 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 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.
Glen's new home is being wired for outdoor speakers for a home theater setup. What kind of surround sound system should he get, 5.1 or 7.2? Leo says that 5.1 will be fine. He'll have three speakers in front, and then two in the back, plus a subwoofer. He should get wired speakers. He'll want the surrounds at "ear height."