Category Archive: Digital Television

May 02 2016

HDTV Overscan: What It Is and Why You Should (Probably) Turn It Off

Here’s something you may not know: that HDTV that you love so much probably doesn’t show the whole picture on its screen. In fact, up to five percent of the picture can get cut off around the edges—this is called overscan. It’s old technology that’s left over from the CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions of yesteryear. Here’s why it …

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Nov 17 2013

Buying a new HDTV? If you like good video, make sure it has this setting!

If you have ever tried to connect a computer to a HDTV set via a HDMI port, you may have found that portions of the top and bottom of the screen were cut off, possibly including an entire top or bottom menu bar (this issue seems especially acute on systems that use a “skinny” top …

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Sep 22 2013

Is it possible to create a do-it-yourself substitute for Aereo?

By now you’ve probably heard of a new service called Aereo, which is described by Wikipedia as follows: Aereo is a technology company based in New York City that allows subscribers to view live as well as time-shiftedstreams of over-the-air television on Internet-connected devices.[1] ….. Aereo provides this service by leasing to each user an …

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Jul 20 2011

ASRock Vision 3D or other Home Theater PC and "Sparklies"

Just a quick note that may save someone a lot of frustration.  This problem was observed with an ASRock Vision 3D system but could affect other HTPC’s as well. If you are getting single-color (probably red) “sparklies” (pinpoints of light that don’t belong) in certain scenes, or when viewing certain static images, it may NOT …

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Mar 09 2010

An overscan fix for the Sharp LC-42SB45U television set when connected to a computer with a Linux operating system (Ubuntu, etc.)

If you bought a Sharp LC-42SB45U TV, perhaps because it was on a super great (and very lightly advertised) deal at Wal-Mart back in November, and then later tried to hook up a home theater PC to it, you may have been disappointed to discover that unlike most flat screen digital TV’s it doesn’t have …

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Jan 01 2010

Some notes on creating a home theater PC using the Acer Aspire Revo

Element OS screenshot

This article was originally published in January, 2010. Things have changed considerably since then, and most of what was shown in the original article is no longer necessary. You install Ubuntu, then you install XBMC, and it pretty much just works. And if you want an even better experience, you might want to look into …

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