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AVRant #98: Going to Australia

October 16th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tom’s an egg. Tom confuses the garbage lady. Tom saw the Fortress of Solitude on NatGeo. Tom’s excited about a new HD channel. Star Trek is now on YouTube. A short comparison with Hulu. Netflix is upping their subscription priceā€¦ for Blu-ray. Tom and Dina disagree on who is most to blame. Lars can’t hear. Ear fatigue and you. It’s controlling your mind. Compression has its place. Want speakers? Become a dealer! Wattage of HTiBs. Dina is looking forward to Black Friday. Front firing vs. down firing subs in brief. An apology to Stephen King. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.

Took me a while to spot the AV Rant logo.

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  1. Justin
    October 18th, 2008 at 09:45 | #1

    Tom, Cartoon Network HD is unwatchable stretch-o-vision (like you mentioned)that’s been available for awhile. Unless you plan to unstretch it, you’re better off just watching the SD version. Travel Channel HD has been available for a long time. It’s zoom-o-vision (like you mentioned) for commercials and some older content. However, “Bizarre Foods” is in full glorious HD, and it rocks!

  2. AustinM
    October 20th, 2008 at 11:34 | #2

    I had an interesting issue with my Comcast HD this weekend. I recorded the premier of Crusoe. When I tried to watch it the next day, the first 20 minutes had no dialog. I could hear all the ambient sound, but when the actors’ mouths would move no vocals were forthcoming. I noticed that the display on my receiver said it was working in Dolby PLII. When the dialog finally came to life, the display switched to Dolby Digital 5.1. Is this issue caused by my local NBC affiliate forgetting to press some switch or toggle a setting? Anybody have any ideas or similar experiences?

  3. October 21st, 2008 at 11:27 | #3

    Comcast does all sorts of weird things to me. I sometimes get entire episodes of prime time shows in a full letterboxed (black bars all around) version with 2.0 sound. It’s like half HD half SD all Suck.

  4. davemcsjr
    October 21st, 2008 at 14:55 | #4

    Garbage singer = Shirley Manson..she also pays a T1000-ish Terminator on the Sarah Connor Chronicles

  5. Nelson
    October 21st, 2008 at 15:14 | #5

    Early HD broadcast in Atlanta had sound isues like that. CSI comes to mind. Amazing what you hear when the dialog is off.

  6. Raul in HD
    March 3rd, 2009 at 19:39 | #6

    Dina was mean on this one. :(

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