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Live like an A-lister with first-run movies at home

I recently read a post on FoodBeast in which insider employees spilled the literal and proverbial beans on all disgusting things you should never eat from various restaurants and establishments. One movie-theater worker confessed that employees put all the unused popcorn in garbage bags for use the next day and bugs run rampant on greasy theater floors.

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Gefen joins 4K switching fray

A few weeks ago, we reported on Crestron’s new 4K switching solution, and now Gefen is entering the 4K switching and distribution fray with two new ToolBox Matrix Switchers for HDMI 4Kx2K that will help homeowners and businesses build a 4K infrastructure and shuttle 4K content from display to display.

Four times the 4K with Crestron Ultra HD distribution

Most automation systems feature a centralized rack with one of each source type feeding several TVs. That means you only need one AppleTV, one or two satellite cable boxes, one centralized Blu-ray server, etc., cutting down on both the amount of equipment at each local video display and the overall cost of the installation. But what happens when 4K Ultra HD content becomes available en masse and 4K Ultra HD sets become affordable enough to put them not in just one but several rooms of your home?

Win $48K in prizes, 4K TV, in Samsung and h.h. gregg’s ‘Super 48 Giveaway’

Want to upgrade your home theater before the big game and watch it in on a brand-new Samsung 65-inch 4K or 50-inch LED TV? Then head on over to h.h. gregg or the company’s Facebook page and enter the Super 48K Giveaway for a chance to win electronics prizes from both Samsung and h.h. gregg.

Watch Mobile Content on Your TV with the New Belkin Miracast Video Adapter

If you have a bunch of content on your Android phone that you want to stream to your TV, check out Belkin’s new Miracast Video Adapter ($80), which allows you to do just that. It’s a small HDMI dongle that wirelessly displays content from your phone directly to your (or any) HDTV. As the name suggests, Miracast mirrors more »

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5 Tips for Better Home Networking

With the ever-growing trend of networked home-entertainment gadgets and gear, a strong home network is a must, but not a given. To get the most out of your IP-based toys, here are a few tips for making sure your network is ready and optimized for smooth operation:

Walmart Green Monday Ressurects Black Friday Deals

It’s pretty clear that in the race to win customers during the holiday season, there is no shortage of deals. In addition to all the ‘Cyber Monday Sales Extended’ e-mails that flooded inboxes this week and Black Friday morphing into Black Friday ‘Weekend’, now it’s time to think about the deals and steals we will all be enjoying on Green Monday, the second Monday in December (December 9) and a historically good day for online sales.

Dish Rolling Out Big Updates to the Hopper Ecosystem

If you’re a Dish customer and have the , be on the lookout for some significant changes that have begun to roll out. The company announced this morning that it is making significant overhauls to its On Demand service, updating its Explorer app, adding HDMI-CEC control, and adding a Help button to assist you in more »

Atlantic Broadband Becomes First Cable Provider to Offer New TiVo Service

Remember TiVo? We sure do. For our money, it’s still the best DVR we’ve ever experienced, and it certainly pioneered and popularized the category. Even the sounds the product made are well-known cultural memes. Unfortunately, the proliferation of cable DVRs along with increased adoption of free VOD have pushed  out of the spotlight over the more »

AVnu Alliance Hosts AVB Installer Roundtable at CEDIA

At last week’s CEDIA EXPO in Denver, the AVnu Alliance held an Installer Roundtable Breakfast to discuss the “unique  challenges and demands of custom installers that could be solved with AVB.” AVB, if you’re not hip to it, is short for Audio Video Bridging — a set of technical standards developed by the IEEE to allow for more »

Lionsgate Movies and TV Shows Coming to Kaleidescape Store

Kaleidescape has announced that it just signed a multi-year agreement with Lionsgate that will result in the addition of roughly 2,000 new titles to the Kaleidescape Store catalog. The new agreement adds titles such as The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Apocalypse Now to the growing list of movies and TV series available to download in bit-for-bit Blu-ray quality on more »

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Control4 and Dish Debut Deep Hopper Integration at CEDIA

This year’s CEDIA EXPO is turning out to be a huge one for Control4. Yesterday’s announcement of Nest compatibility was cause enough for excitement, but at a lunchtime press conference today, Dish Network announced complete integration between Control4 and the Hopper is on its way soon. Those of you who read my regular Control4 OS more »