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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 3, 2012 / 10 Shevat, 5772

Improving the TV-to-Computer Connection

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you have more house than cable TV outlets, or if you simply must watch "Judge Judy" or a Washington Nationals game out on the deck using a tablet computer, a small $179 device could make your life a whole lot easier.

What's more, I believe the technology in Elgato's HDHomeRun could be a key part of the future of broadcasting, in which television and computing are merged. It may not be that far off, and, well, I think it makes sense. After all, there should be little to keep cable TV programs away from your computer screen.

TV is digital now, and many of us who are cable subscribers get our high-speed Internet service from our cable (and phone) providers. Indeed, firms such as Cox Cable, Verizon and Comcast offer bundled packages of TV, telephone and Internet. Some, such as Comcast, offer ways to watch many programs on wireless devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

What's more, today's notebook and desktop all-in-one computers feature kinds of screens (high resolution) and processing power to make this simple and easy.

But because television programs are intellectual property, and because cable programming isn't all "free" to operators, who must pay per subscriber for networks such as CNN, the Food Network and Discovery, many signals are encrypted. Without what's known as a set-top box, or a "cable card" that plugs directly into a television or other device, you can't pull down as much as you might like from the wire in your house.

What I did get, versus an over-the-air antenna, was quite a bit more: broadcast channels from Washington and Baltimore, their HD "extra" channels, certain public affairs and local government-related channels (some of which can cure the most persistent insomnia), and others, depending on which channels are unencrypted. The HDHomeRun device's tuner can process those unencrypted channels without any extra equipment.

Moreover, the HDHomeRun connects to your in-home Ethernet network or router, making the programming available, conceivably, throughout the house, including the aforementioned tablet devices, and smartphones.

The Elgato device works with both Mac and Windows computers, the former platform using Elgato's EyeTV software, and the latter relying on Windows Media Center. EyeTV is a great program with a built-in program guide and recording capabilities. The same applies to Windows Media Center, though it adds "digital rights management," or DRM, which is important for those wanting even more. Silicon Dust, the company behind the HDHomeRun's technology, sells a "Prime" model, designed to work with Windows systems, that'll accommodate a cable card and give you a very complete cable experience over your home network and on your Windows PC - depending, of course, on the cable programming services you buy. The difference? That DRM feature, which keeps users from copying programs they shouldn't, such as HBO-carried movies.

At some point, DRM will have to be included in video software for the Mac, either by Elgato or someone else. And, there are persistent rumors of Apple developing its own television set, which would have to do more than just carry TV programs.

I'll predict this: once the copyright issues are resolved, there will be a number of ways to eliminate the set-top box, and to integrate television even more with your daily life. It's long been my belief that content - in this case broadcast content - should be available where users want it, and that's happening more and more. Within a few years, it won't be all that surprising to go into just about any room of a home and find the programming - audio or video - you want, when you want it.

For now, the HDHomeRun device is a very good start: it's easy to setup and use, and represents a very good value. Details at www.elgato.com, or www.silicondust.com.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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