Scott joins Leo to talk about how Disney+ recently released Onward because theaters are closed. Leo says this may be the beginning of the end for the Movie Palace. Scott says even the largest theater chains are in trouble, and it means that some chains won't survive the Covid19 outbreak. Leo also says this has been a long time coming, with home theater systems becoming so affordable and television screens getting larger and larger while the prices fall. But then again, every time a new technology comes out, there's talk of the end for older venues.
Lorne uses headphones with his DirecTV set top box, but when he's streaming Netflix or Amazon content from his TV, he can't hear it through the headphones. Leo says he'll need to use the ARC (audio return channel) to the set top box. There should be a label on one of the TV's ports for that. That will send audio from the TV back into the set top box.
Scott says that a preamp is really the brains of the system. An AV Receiver is a preamp with additional amplifiers built in. The preamp does all the work to decode the digital audio and send it out to the speakers. It can also simulate an acoustic environment. So it's pretty important.
Greg finished installing his home theater system and he wants to know what device is good for watching movies on his computer. Leo says that Plex is great on the Playstation or Xbox, or even the Roku or Fire TV. It connects to the media storage, such as a networked desktop. Leo likes it because it's simple. A Mac Mini would work great, and it's small. It has HDMI out so it'll plug right into his AV receiver.