Episode 236 - Projects Project with James Ratcliffe of Homeplay

On this episode of HomeTech: We are joined by James Ratcliffe, owner of Homeplay, for a special edition of our “Projects Project”. A custom integration company based in the UK, Homeplay just wrapped up construction on a stunning new showroom. James join us to discuss their beautiful new facility which features the latest in high-end home technology solutions. Tune in to hear about this unique and challenging project!

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Show Notes

Episode 235 - HomeTech's 2018 Black Friday Special

On this week’s episode of HomeTech: the latest home tech headlines plus our annual Black Friday roundup! There are great some really great deals on home tech this year. Don’t waste your time scouring the internet. We’ve done the hard work for you!

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  • Google Black Friday deals

    • Nest Cam Indoor $129 ($70 off)

    • Google Home Hub $99 ($50 off)

    • Google home mini $25 ($24 off, half price)

      • 3-Pack at Costco for $70 ($23/mini)

    • Google Home $79 ($50 off)

    • Chromecast $25 ($10 off)

    • Good package deals too

      • Google Home Hub + Google Home + Wifi 3-pack (save $129)



  • HomePod

    • Best Buy will be dropping the price to $249.99 (~$100 off)

      • The second best price that we’ve seen all-time.

  • Best Buy - up to $250 off MacBook Pros

  • iPad

    • Target, Walmart, and others will be marking the 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi 32GB to $250 (Reg. $329), one of the best prices that we’ve ever seen.

  • Apple Holiday gift guide



Best Buy

  • Best Buy offers a slew of Black Friday deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi

    • Amazon – Echo Show (1st Generation) $100 ($130 off)

    • Ring – Video Doorbell Pro and Chime Pro Bundle: $180 ($120 off)

    • Lenovo – 8-inch Smart Display with Google Assistant $100 ($100 off)

    • Arlo – Pro 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Camera System $445 ($150 off)

      • Arlo Pro 3-camera Kit at costco for $300 ($170 off)

    • Also a bunch of Philips Hue discounts. Check them out if you’re in the market

TV Specials

  • LG's OLED TVs get modest discounts for Black Friday

    • Discounts available now through December 1st.

    • OLED C8

      • LG is discounting the 55-inch and 65-inch models by $800, bringing them to $1,700 and $2,700, respectively.

    • Super UHD SK9000 series of LEDs.

      • You can save $600 on the 55-inch model, which now costs $900,

      • You can also save $900 on the 65-inch model, the price of which is knocked down to $1,300.

    • Additionally, you can save up to $2,000 on LG's UHD 4K LED TVs.

      • 70-inch - $900 ($600 off)

      • 75-inch - $1,400 ($800 off)

      • 86-inch model - $2,500 ($2,000 off!)

    • NOTE: All these discounts are off LG’s suggested price and some may not be priced much lower than you could have otherwise found by shopping around

  • TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)

    • $629 on Amazon

  • VIZIO - You can get a top-tier Vizio P Series TV for a song this Black Friday

    • The 70-inch D-Series models

      • Recently priced at $800, can be had at Walmart, Costco, and Target for just $470 - SCREAMING DEAL

      • P-Series models.

        • $300 off the 65-inch and 75-inch P-Series models, bringing them down to $899 and $1,699, respectively.

      • 65-inch P-Series Quantum (flagship model)

        • $600 off of its usual $2,100 list price, bringing the TV down to just $1,500.

        • That’s an astonishing deal for a TV with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and 2,000 nits of brightness.

  • Sharp - 55-inch 4K Roku TV: $250 (save $200)

  • Sceptre 55-Inch 4K UHD TV for $250 ($150 off).

    • Never even heard of this company but $250 is crazy cheap


Jay’s Picks

Seth’s Picks

Extra Links

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On this week’s episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Ashish Aggarwal, Co-Founder of Caavo. Ashish discusses the company’s novel approach to simplifying the TV-viewing experience. Caavo is an innovative and affordable product which solves a growing challenge for viewers today—the cumbersome and complicated experience of accessing content across multiple apps and disparate devices. Tune in to learn more!

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Episode 233 - HBO Goes Dark

On this week’s episode of HomeTech: The Dish Network-HBO feud that hurts no one but consumers. Did you catch the first-even National #SmartHomeDay? Samsung opens Bixby to third-party developers. Sonos delays their Google Assistant integration. Ring pushes some significant app updates. Great 5G commentary from the HomeTech mailbag. And much more!

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Episode 232 - Wires Matter

On this week’s episode of HomeTech: We wrap-up the biggest stories from Apple’s hardware event, share what’s on our current streaming watch list, ponder the oft-forgotten value of hardwired connections, discuss useless voice control capabilities, dispel some of the 5G-hype, and more…

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