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Scott Wilkinson ... Black November

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1741

Scott joins Leo to talk about how Black Friday is already here with "Black November" deals already starting. Scott says that this means that we may see the end of the crowds fighting over doorbuster deals on the day after Thanksgiving.

Headphones like the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 Mk. II are discounted 33%. 

Newegg is offering a deal on the Polk TL1600 Subwoofer Satellite speaker system for $179, a 60% discount. 

How can I control an Amazon Fire TV remotely?

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Episode 1740

Tim from Toledo, OH

Tim would like to set up his mother's TV to be able to change channels by voice activation. Leo says that the Amazon Fire with an IR blaster would be a great option. She could just talk into the remote. Can he create a remote access for the FireTV as he can with Amazon through the Echo? Leo says that there is a smartphone app that can work as a Fire TV remote, and you can perhaps use that on Tim's phone to make any changes. But you have to be on the same WiFi network for it to work. 

Scott Wilkinson ... Upscaled

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1739

Scott joins Leo to talk about this year's World Series, and how it's being streamed in 4K HDR. But it isn't being shot in 4K. In fact, on Fox, it's still being broadcast in 720p. But it is being shot in 1080p HDR. The 1080p HDR raw video is being upscaled to 4K for the stream. You can get it on the Fox Sports App. But the 4K AppleTV may not give you HDR. So go with the Roku Ultra if you have it.

Also, previous games are not streamed in 4K HDR, only the live stream.

Can I use IKEA's wireless speakers for my PC?

SYMFONISK from IKEA

Episode 1738

Lott from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lott came across a set of SYMFONISK WiFi Speakers at IKEA and wants to know if he can get sound from his computer to play on them. Leo says that IKEA has a partnership with SONOS and Amazon to create wireless speakers. You need to use SONOS software to add your music collection and play it. It uses a variant of DNLA and in theory, the SONOS software can scan your PC and play it.

Scott Wilkinson ... Primed

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1737

Scott joins Leo to talk about how the iPhone Pro 12 shoots video in Dolby Vision high dynamic range. Leo says it then plays it back in all three HDR standards and can edit them as well. And it's very impressive. It can also shoot 4K at 60 frames per second. Completely cinematic. 

In other news, this week was Amazon Prime Days, and Scott saw that Amazon was pointing out better prices on TVs at other places like Best Buy. But Scott didn't really see any great TV deals and Leo thinks the deals are much better elsewhere.