Episode 219 - "Smart Home is a Tough Space"

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We share our thoughts on the recently announced Sonos IPO, highlighting both the challenges and opportunities ahead for the one-time undisputed king of streaming audio in the home. That, plus the latest home tech headlines, including...

  • BeON Home closes its doors
  • Netflix kills user reviews, begins testing a higher-priced "Ultra" tier, and prepares to spend a whopping $13 billion on original content
  • Samsung announces a new range of 8K TVs (no, that's not a typo)
  • AirPlay2 is now available on Sonos
  • And more...

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Episode 218 - Fireworks, Football, and Streaming Price Hikes

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We get together on the holiday week to catch up the latest. Jason has been shamed out of inaction on his slow quest to cut the cord. Seth has a bone to pick with the state of streaming media. A nod to the UK-based football (errr... soccer) fans in the audience. 4th of July festivities. And, oh yeah, what little news we could pull from the summer doldrums...

  • A close look at Honeywell's new Smart Home security system
  • AT&T's WatchTV is a new ultra-low priced streaming service
  • SimpliSafe sells a majority stake to SnapAV's parent company, Hellman & Friedman LLC
  • Apple mulling an all-in-one media subscription plan
  • Price hikes for DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue and SlingTV
  • Netflix now the No.1 choice for TV viewing
  • And a look at Samsung's next-gen frame TV's

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Episode 217 - Projects Project with Joe Albian

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Joe Albian, a supporter of the show who shares his handy work on the latest installment of the "Projects Project". Joe hired professional help for portions of the home including wiring and landscape audio but has also done a great deal of professional-caliber work on his own. The results are a clean and robust installation with a few custom touches you won't want to miss (including one of the nicest AV head ends we've seen on the show)! 

That plus...

  • WiFi's tougher WPA3 encryption is now available
  • HDR10+ could provide stiff competition for Dolby Vision
  • Strong evidence of a pending Sonos-HomeKit partnership... a HomeTech exclusive :) 
  • and more...

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Episode 216 - Exploring Plex

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason and Seth take a deep dive into Plex, a market-leading media server solution. From exploring the Plex's origins as an answer to XBMC for Mac users to its rapidly expanding functionality as a live TV DVR solution with Plex Pass, this solution has clearly come a long way. For anyone considering alternatives for locally-stored, streaming, or live TV, this episode is a can't miss. 

That plus...

  • LifeDoor, a Kickstarter project that could save lives
  • TP-Link's new mesh router can also control smart home devices
  • Amazon's new delivery service, Hub, aims at apartment dwellers
  • Vivint launches new Google Home integrations
  • Thoughts on Amazon's new Fire TV Cube
  • And much more... 

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Episode 215 - Projects Project with Eric Hanes

On this week's episode of HomeTech Jason sits down to talk with Eric Hanes about the trials and tribulations it took to complete his home's technology and Atmos theater. 

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