Don't-Miss Home theater Stories
Put down that cable! This device can stream HD video from a source in one room to a display almost anywhere in your home.
If you're looking to control your home entertainment system with your smartphone, you could do a lot worse than the Harmony Hub line.
Tired of renting your cable company's lousy DVR? Buy this box, and you can record six channels at once—and watch those recordings on any PC in your house.
The Plair video streamer is an interesting concept, but in its current form too buggy for primetime. When it worked, it was pretty cool. But unfortunately it was pretty much hit or miss.
The Big Blue Media Tower lives up to the tower part of its name. But it wouldn't make much sense in your entertainment center.
This well-rounded and affordable mini-PC is larger than the smallest competition, but sports optical-drive options and better thermals.
The Playbar is one of the best soundbars in its price range, but it can’t compete with a midrange AV receiver and a 5.1-channel speaker configuration.
Why bother with a set-top box when you can save space and cable clutter by using a set-side stick? That's the basic rationale behind the Roku Streaming Stick, a device that looks like a USB flash drive but delivers the same high-def media streaming functionality as Roku's current high-end box, the Roku 2 XS.
Blu-ray box sets make great gifts for the movie or TV lover on your holiday list. Here are nine of best for 2012.
Panasonic's high-end 55-inch plasma set offers very good performance and all the latest features. However, its remote is sub-par, and you can find comparable picture quality for much less.
The third version of Apple's iTunes and Apple TV controller may be the nicest yet, thanks to interface improvements and support for new iTunes 11 features.
Looking to cut the cable TV cord? Really Simple Software’s $149 Simple.TV DVR/placeshifter can record over-the-air or basic digital cable (unencrypted) TV programming and stream it over a local network or via the Internet.
The latest set-top boxes from place-shifting pioneer Sling Media introduce support for 1080p, Wi-Fi, and local media viewing. But the super-easy setup may be the biggest improvement.
It's hardly a universal player, and it suffers some obvious version 1.0 oddities, but DVDFab Media Player plays Blu-ray movies perfectly.
The images are stunning, but sales are likely to be hampered by a high price and a lack of content.