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Old 01-11-2013, 04:31 PM   #61
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I've never seen the attraction of these huge TV sets. I have a 32" set, and I wouldn't want anything larger.
Depends on the size of the room and the viewing distance.
I've spent some quality time with a 70in Sharp in a family room that is 16x22 feet. It fits the room perfectly. Anything smaller would get lost and make the room feel like a cavern, anything bigger would take over the room.
At that size movies are a joy and Kinect gaming a delight.

(The house isn't enormous, 2300 square feet, but the floorplan is optimized for the residents' lifestyle and the family room is the focus.)

Considering those Sharps can be had for US$2000 (and my first, 37in, HDTV cost me that much) I see plenty of value in the investment. Of course, I also know folks that only watch talking heads on TV and that set would be wasted on them.

As with most things, your milleage will vary.

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:15 PM   #63
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On another matter entirely, there is a rumor that Steve Jobs is coming back in a giant Apple space ship in the tail of a giant Comet. There is speculation right now on the shape of the giant Comet!
Dunno about the spaceship, but the Comet is looking to be something special:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50413226...est-ever-seen/
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:32 PM   #64
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I heard they kept the whole body and wired it up so he can chat with Walt.
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I use a Western Digital "HD TV Live" media streamer myself. I've had it for about two years, and I can honestly say it's one of the most useful things I've ever bought. Handles pretty much every video format I can throw at it, and I can plug any USB drive into it, or stream files over my network.
Same here. I liked mine so much I bought another for my study just to hook up to my stereo amp, without a TV. Because it's DLNA I can just drive it from any of my tablets or the phone, hauling music off my NAS.

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Same here. I liked mine so much I bought another for my study just to hook up to my stereo amp, without a TV. Because it's DLNA I can just drive it from any of my tablets or the phone, hauling music off my NAS.

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That's a cunning plan! I'll have to have a go at doing that! You can actually control the streamer from a tablet, can you? May I ask what app you use to do that?
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Same here. We have one connected wirelessly in the family room and one via powerline ethernet downstairs in the hobby room. The family room one is the latest model, which can be controlled via my iphone using Western Digital's HD TV Live iOS software from iTunes.

Both serve video and music via our 2 NAS units. Western Digital are always updating firmware to ensure full codec compatibility.

Certainly beats having extra HTPC's in the house.

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Old 01-13-2013, 03:18 AM   #69
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That's a cunning plan! I'll have to have a go at doing that! You can actually control the streamer from a tablet, can you? May I ask what app you use to do that?
I use Bubble UPnP. You just need to turn the WDTV Live on and then the app finds it and can take control. No need to have a TV connected. One caveat: the latest WDTV firmware update broke the ability to do this with FLAC files (which is the format for most of my music). I had to roll back to the previous version.

I also use Jamcast on my PC which Bubble can also see as a 'device'. This allows me to stream anything playing on the PC to the WDTV box. Ideal for Napster or internet radio or podcasts.

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I use Bubble UPnP. You just need to turn the WDTV Live on and then the app finds it and can take control. No need to have a TV connected. One caveat: the latest WDTV firmware update broke the ability to do this with FLAC files (which is the format for most of my music). I had to roll back to the previous version.

I also use Jamcast on my PC which Bubble can also see as a 'device'. This allows me to stream anything playing on the PC to the WDTV box. Ideal for Napster or internet radio or podcasts.

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Thanks - I'll have to have a go at doing that!
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Both serve video and music via our 2 NAS units. Western Digital are always updating firmware to ensure full codec compatibility.
Not just CODECs, either. A recent firmware update, for example, added support for USB drives >2TB in size. I've been extremely impressed by the number of new features that WD have added to the device via firmware updates since I've bought it. An excellent level of support.
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http://www.pfhub.com/tim-cook-says-a...ming-soon-248/

Ipad mini with cell phone? Hmm...
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Wrong link Kenny.
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Not a wrong link, but doesn't seem to be responding.....

Here's a different one I found: http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/01/1...-late-january/
and
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57...-end-of-month/

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