Archive for the ‘tv’ Category

The British Invasion

by wil — Jul 5, 2012

Been watching some really good British comedy on Netflix lately:

Come Fly With Me

Black Books

Doc Martin

+ The Inbetweeners

New TV, Old TV Cabinet

by wil — Oct 12, 2011

We’d been thinking about replacing our 15-year-old 27″ TV with a new one for about a year. But we wanted to keep our TV cabinet, so we carefully measured the cabinet space — and built a couple of scale models — and determined we could fit a 32″ HDTV into the space if we angled it just so…

The old TV

The empty TV cabinet + curious cat

The cabinet with new support column, shored up with about a thousand L-braces and twelve million screws

Support column with attached articulating-arm TV wall mount + large L-brace securing the cabinet to the wall for extra-super-duper stability + a temporarily-askew wall/cabinet baseboard

The new TV in its retracted state

Side view of the extended TV

Front view of the extended TV (with plenty of room underneath for AV components)

Whew. Now we’re set till ~2025, when we will attempt to install a dark-energy-powered Holo-Mind-Meld system into our old TV cabinet.

Sherlock

by wil — Aug 3, 2011

Sherlock

My wife and I just finished watching the first season (three episodes) of the BBC’s Sherlock. Initially, I wasn’t so sure about a modern-era Sherlock Holmes, but I really enjoyed it…and I’m looking forward to season two.

Benedict Cumberbatch (wow, that is an incredibly British name) is an interesting, prickly Holmes (and can sound just like Alan Rickman) and Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office [BBC] and Bilbo in next year’s The Hobbit) is great as Dr. Watson.

I highly recommend it. It’s funny…and mysterious.

Roku

by wil — Dec 22, 2010

Instead of buying a tv with Netflix baked in, we decided to put off upgrading the tv for the moment, and bought a Roku streaming player for our current tv. I must admit I was apprehensive about the Roku set-up, visions of vcr/dvd/tv/modem/router conflicts dancing in my head, but it was surprisingly painless.

With the help of a $12 ethernet switch, I split the the cable running from our router to my wife’s computer into two — one continued to her computer and one ran on to the Roku. Then I connected the Roku via RCA cables to our tv. Voila! C’est fini*.

If it helps anyone out there on the webernet, here’s a diagram of our set-up:

network

Last night, we watched our first streaming Netflix program from the comfort of our couch, using the little Roku remote (which has a handy “7 second rewind” button in addition to standard forward/rewind buttons). All in all, I’m very impressed (and I feel like I’m living in the future — I mean, high-quality movies streaming over the internet onto the living room tv?!? No way!!!**).

* Actually, not quite fini, we still had to drill holes through a couple of walls and clean up the cordage, but that’s basically it.

** We’ve come a long way from the days of 28k dial-up.

We never watch tv

by wil — Dec 9, 2010

We’re thinking of buying ourselves a new tv as a Christmas gift to one another.

We currently have a 27″ Magnavox, which is roughly 15 years old, and it has this purple spot that shows up occasionally in the upper-right corner. But here’s the deal: we like that our current tv fits nicely in our tv cabinet. We don’t want to get rid of our tv cabinet. So, my wife measured and figured out that we can cram in a 32″ widescreen tv if we carefully angle the tv inside the cabinet. The idea is, we’ll mount the tv on a swivel arm and then, when we want to watch something, we’ll just swivel the tv out from its angled/stored state and adjust it so that it sits flush against the front of the cabinet. Voila!

I stopped by Best Buy yesterday and walked back to the giant wall-o-tvs. But it turns out the wall-o-tvs is reserved for massive NASA-style mission-control tvs. Wussy little 32″ tvs — ostensibly for children’s bedrooms or maybe a kitchen or bathroom (certainly not for any self-respecting living room) — are tucked away elsewhere.

The “little” 32″ tvs start around $350 (a tenth of the price of some of those mission-control tvs), but since we only buy a tv every 15 years or so, I want to get a 1080p Netflix-ready tv. They cost more, but we’re getting a little tired of watching streaming Netflix movies on the computer monitor in my home office. It would be nice to watch Netflix movies in the living room.

Anyway, I’m still reading tv reviews, but before long, we may well be the proud owners of a mega-monster-huge 32″ tv.

P.S. Who are these people buying $2000-4000 tvs? And even more tangentially, who are these kids (according to the 2010 Duracell Toy Report) asking for iPhones and iPads for Christmas? iPads start at $500. Last time I checked $500 was still a lot of money. Dang whippersnappers.

I never watch tv

by wil — Nov 20, 2010

I never watch tv.
But I do have all of Seinfeld and The X-Files on dvd — and largely memorized.
And I have enjoyed watching The Office via Netflix, and season one of Arrested Development was funny, and I really enjoyed Doc Martin, and my wife and I just started watching Flight of the Conchords and I love it.
But no, I never watch tv.