Archive for Category: "Home Theater"

HTPC vs Consoles, Boxee, XBMC, WMC?

HTPC vs Consoles, Boxee, XBMC, WMC?

I love media streamers, and being an awesome technology journalist I get to review many different media streamers. Some are good and some are awful, but I still haven’t come across the one device that does everything.

How to fix 100% CPU on Pivos Xios

How to fix 100% CPU on Pivos Xios

XBMC was originally developed on a console, hence the “Xbox” part of “Xbox Media Center”. Because of this, the CPU had to run all the time to match up with the resolution.

XBMC and XIOS articles on the way

XBMC and XIOS articles on the way

While researching, I found a lot of mixed reviews about this device, but I’ve pretty much resolved all of the issues that these people were complaining about.

Boxee Box 1.1 Update Fixes and Woes

Boxee Box 1.1 Update Fixes and Woes

I have a strong love/hate relationship with the Boxee Box.  On one hand it is one of the best video appliances that integrates both online media with a great video streamer.  Additionally it integrates well with social media such as Facebook and other online accounts, has Netflix support, and has a great interface. When compared […]

How to Re-Edge Your Speakers

How to Re-Edge Your Speakers

A good set of speakers is one of the few hardware items you can buy that can last several decades.  While the speaker cone is pretty reliable, you will eventually have to service the foam that surrounds it.  Over time, the foam becomes brittle and flakes off, or (in my case) you have some pesky […]

Xbox 360 interferes with PS3 video streaming

Sometimes I have a housefull of toddlers, and there are only a few ways to keep them quiet for a contiguous block of time.  One of those ways is to put on an animated movie, usually from Disney or Pixar. Thankfully I have the entire collection of kid movies on my multi-terrabyted Synology NAS.  I […]

3D TV is Coming

3D TV is Coming

Listening to Lenny Lipton tiptoe through the history of 3D content production and viewing technology, he almost convinced you that 3D TV is finally just around the corner. Oh sure, the internationally renowned author and inventor acknowledged that there were still a few obstacles to overcome – like standards — but after more than 40 […]

Building a Media Center PC Part 2

Building a Media Center PC Part 2

Not too long ago I realized that I could pretty much write whatever I wanted and get away with it.  So I decided that I wanted to write a review on an adult 3D game that was all about sex.  Complete with video and lots of screenshots.  I quickly found out that my previous revelation […]

Building a Media Center PC Part 1

Building a Media Center PC Part 1

I got this wild idea in my head a few months ago that I wanted to build a Media Center for my bedroom.  Our digital cable doesn’t extend that far, so basically we only have a DVD player in there.  Which is fine, but if I want to catch up on the latest episode of […]

Video Streaming: Who Needs TV?

Video Streaming: Who Needs TV?

It was a satisfying feeling when I happened upon a website recently that told me that a band I have always enjoyed are back together after they disbanded a few years ago. This group had been performing for 30 years to capacity crowds. Then came their farewell concert tour and everyone thought they would only […]

How to Watch TV on a Mac

How to Watch TV on a Mac

Mac or Macintosh is a brand name for different kinds of computer produced by Apple, Inc. Production of Mac includes all aspects of hardware and own operating system already installed. The Mac is a computer that can run all the major operating systems, including Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Vista. TV on a PC […]

Thermaltake DH102 Home Theater PC Case

Thermaltake DH102 Home Theater PC Case

Home Theater PCs have grown in popularity over the past decade.  At first these were nice items built by nerds to experience cutting-edge home theater technology.  Since that time there have been new home theater appliances that are now mainstream: digital DVRs (also known as Tivos), upscaling DVD players, DVD recorders, MP3 players, and the […]

X-OOM Media Centre XE for Wii

X-OOM Media Centre XE for Wii

Digital videos and photos are no longer in the realm of the geek.  Nowadays even the average person has a large collection of digital music, movies,and videos… and these are usually located on the family computer.  What if you want to watch your movies or share your latest vacation photos in your living room?  Not […]

TV Viewing Without the TV Set

TV Viewing Without the TV Set

Our son has it tougher than we did growing up. Oh sure he’s got his content wherever, whenever he wants. But we had power.   We had juice!  We had the first color TV in the neighborhood.  The best looking gals wanted to be seen with us. The meanest dudes on campus protected us. Our son?   All […]

Ready or Not, HDTV is Mandatory!

Ready or Not, HDTV is Mandatory!

HDTV is a big entertainment train coming at the consumer 100 MPH.  In the US it took a bunch of years to transition viewing from B&W to color.  Now the government has said everything/everyone will go from SD to HD in less than three years and that finish line is next February.  Networks and stations […]

AutumnWave OnAir GT HDTV Receiver Review

AutumnWave OnAir GT HDTV Receiver Review

The world is changing.  Over-the-air HDTV broadcasting is coming at you like a freight train, so you’ll be able to tune in to digital TV no matter where you travel in the US (read about the mandatory HDTV deadline here). Many people bring several portable devices with them to keep themselves entertained (usually when they would otherwise […]

The Issues with Internet TV

The Issues with Internet TV

The world of content and entertainment is changing right before our eyes.  People want their entertianment on their big screen, on their PC, on their mobile whatever.  The “pro” content providers (the dudes/dudettes) who earn the big $$$$ are really trying to figure out what YOU are doing wrong!   Their weekly schedule is good.  It’s […]

HDTV for Under $100

HDTV for Under $100

When the kids went to college we were “a little shy” on two key items: room in each of their apartments for a big LCD HD TV set enough money to pay for two sets along with new computers, new furniture, new nearly everything Up until the holidays this was okay because they were busy […]

How to Record XM Radio on Media Center

How to Record XM Radio on Media Center

When XM Radio first came out, they featured a radio that connected directly to your PC.  This wonder allowed you to capture the audio stream directly to your PC, which could then be edited or converted in any way.  Needless to say, the recording industry was not happy with this, and those XM products have been discontinued. XM is a great […]

Never Enough Storage for Media Center

Never Enough Storage for Media Center

I, like many Home Theater PC owners, simply don’t have enough storage.  Even though Terabyte hard drives are available (and somewhat affordable), I still don’t have enough.  I have a dedicated seperate drive for music, one for Recorded TV, another one for movies, another for photos, and another for High-Definition content… and that’s just ONE […]