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#177: I Have Dim Hopes

March 5th, 2022 · 127 minutes

Your hosts dive deep on John's recent post about streaming video apps and a follow-up post about how people feel about the streaming apps they use.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with a withering review of presentations by children.

Follow-up covers TV pricing updates alongside John's complicated entertainment-stack needs.

(Recorded on Tuesday, February 22, 2022)


Sony 2022 TV price rumors. - YouTube
John's potential TV stand
John's potential blu-ray player with a fan
Forum post explaining how to make the fan quieter on the blu-ray player
John's receiver that's not currently in stock anywhere
John's second-choice receiver
Merlin's blu-ray player, still for sale
Oppo blu-ray players
Reavon blu-ray player
1997 SONY TRINITRON, Videoscope TV, DSS, WebTV Maximum Television commercial from 25 years ago SONY - YouTube

"We call it…maximum television."

Hypercritical: An Unsolicited Streaming App Spec

Again, these are not frills. These are the bare-bones basics.

Hypercritical: Streaming App Sentiments

Nevertheless, for posterity, here’s how people are feeling about the streaming video apps they use.

ATP #470: Computers Can Do Things
Merlin's spreadsheet for rating streaming apps