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Aereo Provides Cloud TV Service, but Faces Challenges

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Feb 16 2012 08:43 am

Aereo is launching in early March with a solution to the “cable company” problem. Customers are understandably frustrated with the high prices and the poor customer service cable companies provide. Paying for over 1000 channels when customers only want to watch a few shows gives an opportunity for a startup like Aereo to convert cable subscribers to cloud subscribers.

Aereo has an interesting approach to the legal mess that has kept cable companies in control of what people watch. Broadcast TV stations such as ABC, NBC, and FOX provide free Over-The-Air (OTA) HD quality TV signals that anyone within range can pickup with an antenna. Yes, … an antenna similar to the old bunny ears used on older TVs. However, Aereo has new modern day antennas which are the size of a dime. They built a huge array of these miniature antennas and assign one to each of their customers.

Each Aereo customer can then stream the OTA TV shows captured by Aereo through the cloud and to their iPads, tablets or phones. Customers get 40 hours of storage in a virtual DVR for $12/month. Services will only be available in NYC to start, but their plans are to expand.

Besides the legal battles Aereo will eventually be engulfed in, Aereo faces other challenges. Here are just a few:

  1. Hulu Plus with seasons worth of TV shows which include broadcast networks and some cable networks seem like a better value at $7.99/month.
  2. Aereo lacks content from cable channels like ESPN, Nickelodeon, or Comedy Central.
  3. Installing a TV card for $40 in a computer and then using free software to stream does require some technical skill, but it might be worth it to save $12/month.
  4. Time Warner, U-verse, Cablevision and others already offer streaming video services to tablets and phones.
  5. App capable TVs with built-in OTA antennas will be available to offer the same service for free through apps.
  6. Did I mention the legal challenges?

Any disruption to the cable provider market is welcome and it will be interesting to watch Aereo try to overcome these challenges.


Connect an LG 42LV4400 HDTV to a home theatre (Sony STRGX69ES)

By stevenson500 @ Nov 29 2011 05:42 pm

I am trying to connect an LG 42LV4400 HDTV to a home theatre (Sony STRGX69ES).¬† Currently I have connected the TV to a Magnavox VCR. We use the VCR and a PS3 for disk movies.¬† I get sound for eveything but the TV when I am on Cable.¬† I currnently have the TV Vid and L/R out going into the VCR Inputs jacks and then the Vid/Aud output jacks for the vcr plugged into the Sony receiver’s vid/aud input jacks.¬† Am I doing something wrong here?¬† thanks

How to connect non-HDMI receiver to new system

By jwhite518 @ Nov 28 2011 08:06 pm


I just bought my first HDTV (I know!) and am in the market for a Blu Ray player. The problem is that my receiver, which does support 5.1, doesn’t have an HDMI connector. It does have Optical. So how do I connect my system? Before buying the BluRay do I need to make sure it has any specific connectors?



Installing my front projector and am looking for some assistance

By lhuggins007 @ Oct 09 2011 07:56 pm

i’m having trouble installing my front projector and am looking for some assistance. i have an onkyo receiver tx-nr609, the projectoris a viewsonic pjd5111. the projector doesn’t have hdmi, so i bought a converter from at-hdview. it is a vga to hdmi. i currently have a 60″ lg tv connected to the receiver, which works well, i would have thought going out the onkyo via hdmi through the converterbox into the projector’s vga would work, but i still get no signal. i can get a signal through the s-video cable of the projector and my satillite box. Any suggestions?

Google Buys Motorola Mobility for its Patents

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Aug 16 2011 10:59 pm

androidGoogle knew it had to respond to Apple, Microsoft, RIM, and their partners winning a $4.5 billion bid on Nortell’s patents. Respond they did with a $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its 14,600 patents. Google likely did not want to get into the hardware business, but the risks to Android were too great. If Google did not buy Motorola, they would:

  • have overpaid and spent billions on InterDigital’s patents.
  • have been one court case away from HTC legally being blocked from selling Android phones in America.
  • risk Microsoft or Apple buying Motorola and losing a major Android manufacture.
  • continue to have Android embattled in lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and others without a solid patent portfolio.

So what is next for Google and Motorola?¬† The assumption is HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, and other manufactures will be forced to focus on other mobile operating systems. However, there isn’t a mobile operating system available today with an established app market other than Android and Apple’s iOS. Sales for Samsung and HTC’s Windows Mobile based phones has been lackluster partially due to the lack of apps. Developers already have to create an Apple and Android version of their app. They will have to be significantly motivated in order for them to create a third and fourth version of the same app.

Here are some predictions for a combined Google and Motorola:

  • Google will keep Motorola as a separate division.
  • HTC, Samsung, Sony, and other manufacturers will continue to focus on Android based phones for the next year.
  • Manufacturers will try to diversify to Windows Mobile and possibly webOS, but the lack of apps will hamper sales.
  • Nokia based Window phones will also have lackluster sales.
  • Motorola Blur will go away.
  • Manufactures will put more focus on differentiating themselves by modifying their Android skin such as HTC Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz.

Small Connection Diagrams

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Aug 09 2011 09:36 pm

Due to popular demand, we created some smaller connection diagrams on our home page. The new smaller diagrams are:

The ultimate connection diagram still shows how to connect all the above systems into one, but the smaller ones are designed to be easier to read. The smaller connection diagrams also show typical connections for popular home theater network components.

Feel free to ask any questions in our HTN Connections and Setup Forum.


Top Media Boxes

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jul 17 2011 12:56 am
Boxee Box
Boxee Box
  • Uses popular Boxee software with social apps and TV showes through the internet. Has a “Watch Later” feature for internet videos.
  • Can access video, music, pictures from a computer on the network. Comaptable with most video formats.
  • Double sided remote control with a full QWERTY keypad on the back.
  • 1080p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable
Apple TV
Apple TV
  • Apple app store capable
  • Use and iPhone ot iPad to control
  • Small three inch footprint.
  • Stream movies and music to an iPad or iPhone
  • 720p video output.
  • 802.11n Wireless capable.
Logitech Revue
Logitech Revue
  • Uses Google TV which supports Android apps
  • Full sized keyboard included.
  • HDMI in and HDMI out allows interaction with cable or satellite TV.
  • 1080p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable.
Roku 2 HD
  • Supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, and other apps
  • Low price.
  • Small three inch footprint.
  • 720p video output.
  • 802.11n Wireless capable.

Introducing my self

By mik100 @ Jun 28 2011 07:37 am

hi guys,i live in Corfu,Greece. I’m tryinging to make a deccent home thearte in my liviving room the last 2 years,and so far i’m enoying it a lot(very proud) i’ve got a receiver Yamaha RX-V3900 front speakers Klipsch RF-52 sub-woofer RW-10d ,and just built a HTPC -INTERTECH -2008-T .to replace a laptop that i got¬† with a hdmi cable running to my 40 inch Samsung¬† from my coffee table to my front wall.¬† I was wondering if there was any kind of small wireless touch screen so i could mirror my tv so i dont have to keep on changing channels on my tv,and that touch screen would also be a remote controll.¬† I’ve seen 1 on the internet called Air panel v110 but it’s not available for Greece. Thanks for listening to me, hope to get some info soon.