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Scott Wilkinson .... left in the dark

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1588

The big news this week was the pivotal battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones, and the problem was it was so DARK and badly lit. Scott says that it's almost as if the filmmakers didn't take into consideration that those who are streaming would be dealing with a heavily compressed image, that would crush the details in dark areas. Add the fact that it was the most watched episode in HBO history, it had to deal with congestion as well. The episode will no doubt look better on Blu-ray and in UHD. But with the heavily compressed signal of a 4K stream, it simply didn't.

Scott Wilkinson ... Endgame

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1586

Scott saw Avengers Endgame last night and he says that even though the film is three hours long, it moves pretty well and he never checked his watch. If you're a Marvel fan, you'll find it very satisfying.  Scott also said that since this was the end of the 22 movie Infinity Saga, there is no end or mid-credits scene. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema and it was beautiful. The film was shot entirely on IMAX cameras; you don't see that much more. If you want to see it in IMAX, make sure your IMAX theater has laser illuminated IMAX or Dolby. 

What Happened to my Local TV Channels?

Hauppauge

Episode 1584

Mark from Tustin, California

Mark's channels have disappeared from his Hauppauge tuner. What happened? Leo says that the FCC has made stations shift frequencies, and have advised that users rescan for missing channels. Check out TVAnswers.org for when and how to rescan. There's more information here - https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/4040289-cbs2-rescan-day/. But it may also be a Hauppauge issue.

Scott Wilkinson ... The Right Size

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1584

Scott has been testing a new in-ear monitor headphone called the REVONEXT, and when you put on the proper "tips" for your hears, the sound is really nice. Good bass, ground stereo sound. But if you use the wrong size tips, the sound degrades to being very tinny.  They come with three different tip sizes and are only $30. But they're also wired headphones, so if you're a current iPhone user, you'll need a lightning adapter.  Periodic Audio and Comply sell memory foam ear tips that will also work for them. Another cool function is that the cable that the IEMs use aredetachable. 

Is the Fire TV Stick Great Alternative to Satellite Service?

FireTV Stick 4K

Episode 1583

Gloria from North Hollywood, California

Gloria wants to know if the Fire TV stick is a good deal for cutting the cord. Rich recommends the Fire TV Stick 4K because it's the best option and it's only $10 more. Then he recommends also picking up the Fire TV Recast for the local channels. However, Gloria will need an antenna or subscribe to DirecTV Now for those local channels, minus KTLA. 

How can I Cut the Cord?

FireTV Recast

Episode 1582

Tony from Huntington Beach, CA

Tony is tired of paying so much for cable and wants to cut the cord. How can he do it and get the same amount of programming?  Rich says that cord-cutting is the most popular question he gets, but it isn't' all that easy.  Even when consumers succeed, they end up paying as much or more for programming with subscriptions that they add ala carte. Also, a lot of TV programming require a log in for a cable or satellite service, etc.