How can I connect a VCR to an HDTV?

Episode 959

Mark from Anaheim, CA

Mark recently upgraded to a Samsung 42" TV that he wants to connect to his old VCR. He's connected it, but it looks terrible. Leo says that's because the VCR is inferior in quality and it's a lot more obvious with an HDTV. There are VCRs that have built-in DVD recorders. They may have digital out options. Leo recommends Overstock.com, but the future isn't bright for finding one.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater HiFi

Episode 935

Scott Wilkinson went to see The Hobbit last night, not only in HFR, but also in Atmos. Sadly though, the projector crashed and he couldn't see it. Leo says that digital projectors are just computers and sometimes, they crash. The great irony is that it was a special screening of media by Dolby for the HFR and Atmos presentation. And the great irony is, that while there was a Dolby tech there to handle any Atmos issues, there was no projector tech.

Why will my 35' HDMI cable work at a long distance, but not at 8 feet?

Episode 926

Richard from West Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that either HDMI works or it doesn't. HDMI doesn't degrade like analog cable does. However, if he's coiling the cable together, there may be enough resistance and interference overlapping the cable to prevent it from working. Leo recommends going to MonoPrice.com to get a shorter HDMI cable. Get the right cable for the job and he'll see results.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater HiFi

Episode 917

Leo's excited because he's got the Roku Stick, which uses the MHL/HDMI port and turns any HDTV instantly into a smart TV. Scott says it's a brilliant idea and the MHL part is really starting to catch on. It eliminates the need for a separate box. The problem with separate boxes or even smart TVs, though, is that there is no standard and different TVs have different deals with different providers. We need a unifying interface, which is what GoogleTV was designed to do, but didn't.