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AVR #188: Giddy

It’s a simple but thoroughly “giddy” AV Rant, with Clint filling in for Tom and Dina taking part in her very… last… podcast… until she returns from a summer sabbatical, that is. It is finally revealed that Audioholics is now shooting a series of video reviews. And they look really really awesome! We discuss the new Hulu Plus service for $9.99/month. Will it, Netflix and an an OTA satellite replace cableTV? Clint thinks so.

Tom is indeed alive and well and has successfully circumnavigated the globe to Australia. We’re sure we’ll be hearing from him soon.

Oh, and HDMI is dead. It’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. It is an EX-technology. And a new gun in town, HDBaseT, is set to replace it. Why? Because it is infinitely more awesome, user-friendly and flexible… and it’s already endorsed by the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony Pictures. Trust us, it’s the bomb and you WANT it – we explain why in the podcast.

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  1. xego
    July 10th, 2010 at 14:48 | #1

    You Guys are killing me! I just spent the last month researching receivers with HDMI imputs and now it is going to be obsolete before I even buy it? Or is this just an installer thing and not have affect on me running my Blu-ray to the receiver? I am guessing that is it right?
    oh Lord!

  2. July 10th, 2010 at 15:35 | #2

    By no means is your gear obsolete… Well thats not true. You need to accept with this hobby that what you buy today is obsolete not tomorrow, but actually later that day. And that’s ok!

    It’s just another solution for connectivity in the future. Think of stuff like this as a feature for gear you buy in the next 2-3 years to replace your current gear.

    I think for most of us changing equipment out every 3 years is pretty reasonable. Don’t wait for the next big thing because you’ll never end up buying anything. Something is always shiny around the corner and like this, once you have it hooked up, it’s not going to matter if it’s hdmi or hdbaset… It’ll be the same experience.

  3. xego
    July 11th, 2010 at 02:07 | #3

    Yes you are right. I guess if they still put Svideo connects on receivers HDMI wont be going anywhere for a while.

  4. arbeck
    July 13th, 2010 at 10:47 | #4

    I wanted to comment a little bit about Hulu Plus. First of all, according to engadget; there is no surround sound. So that’s one reason to keep cable. There also is the problem that they don’t have relationships with a lot of channels (HBO, Showtime, etc). The biggest reason I keep cable though is sports.

    Without cable, I can’t see my favorite baseball team or footballs teams play any games. Until someone develops a streaming solution for sports with no crazy blackout rules, I’m going to have to keep cable.

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