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New Mac mini

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 15 November 2018 · 368 views

I've upgraded my Mac mini in preparations of getting a 4K TV.  My original mini would support 4K, but only at a 30Hz refresh rate.  Timing for this appears to be good as a couple times last week my HDTV turned on with the convergence seriously out of whack - the Mac's white menu bar looked like a multicolored grin.  Each time a power cycle...

Star Trek TAS on blu-ray

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 29 April 2017 · 579 views

Like Doctor Who, for which I'd just received DVDs for season 9 (1972) from the UK as PAL DVDs have 20-30% more detail than NTSC DVDS (which is quite noticeable on an HDTV), I decided to go back to the very beginning of Star Trek and rewatch everything in order. 
I recently wrapped up the last season of TOS (The Original Series) and had s...

TabloTV Part 2

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 26 November 2016 · 955 views

First off I see that Tablo's having a Black Friday sale .  Free antennas (just pay $12 for shipping) and discounts on Tablos.  As of Saturday morning one antenna model is sold out, but another remains available as do the Tablo discounts.
When we set up the antenna we took a small TV outside and plugged it in via a coax cable...


Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 20 November 2016 · 1,003 views

Was down at my folks' place yesterday.  We installed the antenna using the existing coax cable from their old satellite dish.  I wasn't able to remove the old mounting plate as their roof had been redone and the upper bolts were blocked by a new piece of metal trim.

I then climbed through their attic to find the other end of the coax an...

fire TV

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 13 October 2016 · 1,000 views

My fire TV arrived today, it's quite small:

I don't have a new TV yet, and my old TV won't support it, so I have it plugged into one of my 4K monitors.  4K content looks awesome on it, as though I were looking out a window:

I've resubscribed to HBO NOW and had an unexpected surprise - another 30 day free trial :D :

I did ha...

I've thought about it

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 August 2016 · 816 views

In regards to the iTunes Store support failure , I've decided to continue purchasing à la cart TV content via iTunes due to how much better it works with my setup - namely because I can't download episodes from Amazon to my Mac mini and must stream them with occasional picture quality issues.
For HBO and Showtime I'll most likely resubsc...

iTunes Store support failure

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 August 2016 · 926 views

I enjoyed season 1 of Killjoys , so when season 2 showed up for pre-order in iTunes back in June for $19.99 I bought it.
I didn't start watching the series right away, but when I finally got around to watching episode 1 I thought it was rather odd that it ended without any ending credits.  So I dropped iTunes Support a note on July 23rd:...

HBO Redux

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 April 2016 · 772 views

Game of Thrones starts up again tonight so I reactivated my HBO Now subscription. Looks like they finally gotten their act together!   Last year the symbol next to Casting By  in the title sequence looked like it contained 4 crosses:

now you can see that the crosses are actually fleurs-de-lis:

Full screen:

Looking back

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 January 2016 · 1,735 views

Hard to believe, but its been three years since I cut the cord . I did so because I estimated $800 a year in savings while still being able to watch the shows I wanted to watch. Those savings would be what I used to pay DirecTV ($146 a month) less purchasing shows à la cart - buying seasons via Amazon, iTunes, and physical media (Blu-ray & DVD s...

new channel H&I

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 27 December 2015 · 932 views

I started reviewing the channels to uncheck the ones I won't be watching (religious, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc.) and right away ran across new channel Heros & Icons  on 2.3.  They have shows from the 50s thru the 90s like The Rat Patrol, The Saint, The Wild Wild West, 21 Jumpstreet, NYPD Blue, etc.

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