Category Archives: TV Technology

chromecast changes the game

Chromecast changes everything.  It will revolutionize the tv watching experience.

The Chromecast is designed first to be a streaming device. It’s supposed to be the easiest way to get YouTube and Google Play and Netflix and Pandora and photos on HDTVs. Think Apple TV, but rather Google TV in a new incarnation.

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The Chromecast uses an AirPlay-type system to provide content to the device. From Android or iOS, users simply hit a button on YouTube to load the video on the other screen. Quick and easy.

Chromecast is multiplatform on ios, android and I assume the chrome browser. It also features group playlists, continues playing the media back while the phone is doing other things and even streams while the device is asleep.

Any device can be the controller. Start a video on one device, turn it off, and another device can still control the video started. It appears to be seamless.

Desktops connected to the same network can also act as a controller. Click the cast button, the video will play and the computer will continue to play the media as it does other tasks.

The device itself is a small HDMI usb dongle. It’s powered by USB and Google TV

The Chromecast is $35 and is available today in the U.S.

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Summer 2013 Show Debuts – includes streaming

As Dale Roe points out in his Statesman.com column, this is no boring summer for tv.  There are dozens of tv show debuts and returning shows.

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TV Reviewer’s picks are in bold
* = new series

Sunday
5/26/2013 “Arrested Development,” Netflix – are you ready to do a 53 episode marathon to catch up with the streaming only release of the next episode? ”Arrested Development” made its triumphant return to life on Netflix at 2:01 a.m. CST on Sunday, May 26. Of course dedicated fans of the dysfunctional Bluth family were up and ready to watch the 15 new episodes streaming instantly on Netflix. All 15 episodes are available to watch at once.

Monday
5/27/2013 “The Glades,” 8 p.m., A&E
5/27/2013 “Hit the Floor,” 8 p.m., VH1*
5/27/2013 “Longmire,” 9 p.m., A&E
5/27/2013 “The Bachelorette,” 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday
5/28/2013 “Extreme Weight Loss,” 7 p.m., ABC
5/28/2013 “The Haves and the Have Nots,” 8 p.m., OWN*
5/28/2013 “Brooklyn DA,” 9 p.m., CBS*

Wednesday
5/29/2013 “Baby Daddy,” 7:30 p.m., ABC Family
5/29/2013 “Love Thy Neighbor,” 8 p.m., OWN*
5/29/2013 “Melissa and Joey,” 7 p.m., ABC Family
5/29/2013 “The American Baking Competition,” 7 p.m., CBS*
5/29/2013 “What Would You Do?” 9 p.m., ABC Sunday
6/2/2013 “The Killing,” 7 p.m., AMC
6/2/2013 “The Venture Bros.,” 11 p.m., Adult Swim

Monday
6/3/2013 “The Fosters,” 8 p.m., ABC Family*
6/3/2013 “Mistresses,” 9 p.m., ABC*
6/3/2013 “Teen Wolf,” 9 p.m., MTV
6/3/2013 “East Los High,” Hulu*

Tuesday
6/4/2013 “Bang Goes the Theory,” 8 p.m., BBC America
6/4/2013 “America’s Got Talent,” 8 p.m., NBC

Wednesday
6/5/2013 “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman,” 9 p.m., Science

Thursday
6/6/2013 “Burn Notice,” 8 p.m., USA
6/6/2013 “Graceland,” 9 p.m., USA*
6/6/2013 “In the Flesh,” 9 p.m., BBC America*

Friday
6/7/2013 “Continuum,” 9 p.m., Syfy

Saturday
6/8/2013 “Primeval: New World,” 9 p.m., Syfy*
6/8/2013 “Sinbad,” 8 p.m., Syfy*

Sunday
6/9/2013 “Falling Skies,” 8 p.m., TNT

Monday
6/10/2013 “Deon Cole’s Black Box,” 9 p.m., TBS*
6/10/2013 “King & Maxwell,” 9 p.m., TNT*
6/10/2013 “Major Crimes,” 8 p.m., TNT
6/10/2013 “Switched at Birth,” 7 p.m., ABC Family
6/10/2013 “The Winner Is …” 9 p.m., NBC*

Tuesday
6/11/2013 “Pretty Little Liars,” 7 p.m., ABC Family
6/11/2013 “Twisted” 8 p.m., ABC Family

Wednesday
6/12/2013 “Necessary Roughness,” 9 p.m., USA
6/12/2013 “Royal Pains,” 8 p.m., USA

Thursday
6/13/2013 “Sullivan & Son,” 9 p.m., TBS

Friday
6/14/2013 “Magic City,” 8 p.m., Starz

Saturday
6/15/2013 “Zero Hour,” 7 p.m., ABC

Sunday
6/16/2013 “Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis,” 8 p.m., PBS
6/16/2013 “True Blood,” 8 p.m., HBO

Wednesday
6/19/2013 “The Exes,” 9:30 p.m., TV Land
6/19/2013 “Franklin & Bash,” 8 p.m., TNT
6/19/2013 “Futurama,” 9 p.m., Comedy Central
6/19/2013 “Hot in Cleveland,” 9 p.m., TV Land
6/19/2013 “The Soul Man,” 10 p.m., TV Land

Thursday
6/20/2013 “Wilfred,” 9 p.m., FX

Saturday
6/22/2013 “666 Park Avenue,” 8 p.m., ABC

Sunday
6/23/2013 “Copper,” 9 p.m., BBC America
6/23/2013 “Crossing Lines,” 8 p.m., NBC*
6/23/2013 “Devious Maids,” 9 p.m., Lifetime*
6/23/2013 “Drop Dead Diva,” 8 p.m., Lifetime
6/23/2013 “Whodunnit?” 8 p.m., ABC*

Monday
6/24/2013 “Under the Dome,” 9 p.m., CBS*

Tuesday
6/25/2013 “Perception,” 9 p.m., TNT
6/25/2013 “Rizzoli & Isles,” 8 p.m., TNT

Wednesday
6/26/2013 “Big Brother,” 8 p.m., CBS

Saturday
6/29/2013 “Do No Harm,” 9 p.m., NBC

Sunday
6/30/2013 “Dexter,” 8 p.m., Showtime
6/30/2013 “Ray Donovan,” 9 p.m., Showtime*

Monday
7/1/2013 “American Ninja Warrior,” 7 p.m., NBC

Sunday
7/7/2013 “Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour,” 8 p.m., PBS*

Monday
7/8/2013 “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC*

Wednesday
7/10/2013 “Camp,” 9 p.m., NBC*
7/10/2013 “The Bridge,” 9 p.m., FX*
7/10/2013 “Moone Boy,” Hulu*

Thursday
7/11/2013 “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix*
7/11/2013 “Hollywood Game Night,” 9 p.m., NBC*

Friday
7/12/2013 “Comedy Bang! Bang!” 9 p.m., IFC

Saturday
7/13/2013 “Being Human,” 9 p.m., BBC America

Sunday
7/14/2013 “The Newsroom,” 9 p.m., HBO

Tuesday
7/16/2013 “Covert Affairs,” 8 p.m., USA
7/16/2013 “Deal With It,” 9 p.m., TBS*
7/16/2013 “Suits,” 9 p.m., USA
7/16/2013 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 7 p.m., CW*

Saturday
7/20/2013 “Cedar Cove,” 7 p.m., Hallmark*

Monday
7/22/2013 “Web Therapy,” 10 p.m., Showtime

Sunday
7/28/2013 “Unforgettable,” 8 p.m., CBS

Thursday
8/1/2013 August 1: “The Awesomes,” Hulu*

Saturday
8/3/2013 “Hell on Wheels,” 8 p.m., AMC

Sunday
8/11/2013 “Breaking Bad,” 8 p.m., AMC
8/11/2013 “Low Winter Sun,” 9 p.m., AMC*
8/11/2013 “Talking Bad,” 10 p.m., AMC*

Sunday
8/25/2013 “Silk,” 8 p.m., PBS*

Elements of a television system

Elements of a television system

  • An image source. This is the electrical signal representing the visual image, and may be from a camera in the case of live images, a video tape recorder for playback of recorded images, or a film chain-telecine-flying spot scanner for transmission of motion pictures (films).
  • A sound source. This is an electrical signal from a microphone or from the audio output of a video tape recorder or motion picture film scanner.
  • A transmitter, which generates radio signals (radio waves) and encodes them with picture and sound information.
  • An antenna coupled to the output of the transmitter for broadcasting the encoded signals.
  • An antenna to receive the broadcast signals.
  • A receiver (also called a tuner), which decodes the picture and sound information from the broadcast signals, and whose input is coupled to the antenna.
  • A display device, which turns the electrical signals into visual images.
  • An audio amplifier and loudspeaker, which turns electrical signals into sound waves (speech, music, and other sounds) to accompany the images.