Entertainment 2.0 from The Digital Media Zone

Entertainment 2.0 from The Digital Media Zone
By Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther
About this podcast
Entertainment 2.0 is your weekly guide to all of the latest Microsoft entertainment news. Hosted by Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther and streamed live each Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. ET, Entertainment 2.0 covers audio, video, gaming, and more on all Microsoft platforms. With occasional guests and developers from the Microsoft community, it’s hard to find more Microsoft entertainment news than on Entertainment 2.0!
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Nov. 30, 2017
The guys are back from a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving. This week starts off with two great questions from one listener. Plex frequently leads the news, but we weren’t expecting Plex commercial skipping. Vudu has brought HDR content to the Xbox One. Xbox Insiders are seeing much-needed filters in the store. Everyone received an optional Xbox update to make setting up a new console easier and more. With two weeks away, plus a holiday, the guys have plenty to discuss regarding things they’ve watched and done in their entertainment centers. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #431. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/87u84m/ent20-episode431.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/87u84m/ent20-episode431.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Klipsch R-15PM Powered Monitor Klipsch Reference R-8SW Surround Subwoofer Plex’s DVR Now Auto Removes Commercials From Your Recordings Vudu picks up HDR support on Xbox One X and Xbox One S Xbox Insiders can now filter store by price, rating and capabilities Latest Xbox One system update arrives with Cortana Skills, new setup options, and more Xbox Live Games With Gold For December 2017 “Don’t Brick My Fridge” article published at The Spoon Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #431: I Need You To Commit appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Nov. 17, 2017
The guys are back, and this time Josh has his Xbox One X. Unfortunately the show starts with some bad news related to the new game console from Microsoft. It’s having some HDR issues. It’s selling incredibly well though, even in markets where the Xbox doesn’t traditionally perform very well. SteamVR is now available for Windows Mixed Reality headset owners. Black Friday is coming early for Xbox fans. Games and consoles go on sale today! Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #430. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/69uv3h/ent20-episode430.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/69uv3h/ent20-episode430.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links iHomeServer HDR has raised black levels on Xbox One X Early Sales Indicate Xbox One X Is Blowing Away Everyone’s Expectations SteamVR coming to Windows Mixed Reality on November 15 Black Friday Deals: Xbox One S Lowest Price Ever At $189, Gold & Xbox Game Pass For $1 Each, Up To 65% Off Games, Accessories & More Xbox Live Games With Gold For November 2017 Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is now available to pre-order (in both sizes) Axiim Q UHD Media Center Receives CES 2018 Innovation Awards HonoreeAxiim Q Review – Has Wireless Surround Sound Finally Arrived? Logitech will exchange your Harmony Link for a Harmony Hub “Don’t Brick My Fridge” article published at The Spoon Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #430: The Mustache Edition appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Nov. 9, 2017
It seems as if most of the tech industry was attempting to give deference to the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One X this week. Other than the release of the most powerful game console in history, there wasn’t a lot of other big news. That didn’t stop Josh and Richard from digging up some useful tools and deals though! There’s a site that promises to better inform your UHD Blu-ray purchasing decisions, and at the same time Amazon is running a great promotion on those 4k discs. The rest of the news was dominated by Microsoft’s gaming division. With the launch of the Xbox One X the guys were wondering what happened to the original claims of greatly reduced load times. Fortunately there is pretty definitive information available now analyzing those load times. Microsoft may also be considering releasing first-party titles on other devices. They also have a video game streaming service in the works. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #429. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/8wfd9v/ent20-episode429.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/8wfd9v/ent20-episode429.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Real or Fake 4k Amazon 4k UHD Bluray Disc Sale Xbox One X – Loading Times Analysis (S vs X, Enhanced Games, Back Compat, External HDD) Microsoft could bring first-party titles to rival platforms Microsoft plans to launch a game streaming service This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Xbox Live Games With Gold For November 2017 Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #429: Naively Foolish appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Nov. 1, 2017
It may be Halloween week, but those ghouls you see walking your streets are only there because their home froze over. That’s right, Google actually released something for a Microsoft device! YouTube TV is coming to a slew of set-top boxes including the Xbox One. Microsoft’s game console has also joined forces with WISA to potentially support wireless surround sound without an A/V receiver. After seven years of some high highs and low lows, Microsoft is putting the Kinect out to pasture. GameStop has a new subscription game rental program. The Xbox One X is less than a week away, and Josh has some tips on how to best prepare for it’s launch. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #428. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/baxb4r/ent20-episode428.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-0", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/baxb4r/ent20-episode428.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links YouTube TV is rolling out on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more Xbox is Big Win for WiSA Wireless Audio, But WiSA Must Help Itself Microsoft kills off Kinect, stops manufacturing it GameStop PowerPass pre-owned rental program is now official How to prepare for your upcoming Xbox One X How to copy Xbox One games and apps over a local network Xbox Live Games With Gold For November 2017 HP Performance Pavilion 580-137c Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #428: Dis-Kinect-ed appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Oct. 26, 2017
Harman Kardon has finally released the long-awaited Invoke. It’s a smart speaker powered by Cortana. Reviews are popping up all over, and we even  have one from an enthusiastic listener! Plex has completely redesigned their Xbox One app, and Richard has plenty to say about it. Microsoft’s Xbox team has done something that Josh never expected: they’ve brought original Xbox games to the latest console generation. Mixer has gotten an important new update. Rounding out the news, Delta is dropping Windows devices in favor of iOS. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #427. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-1", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/4vsq4w/ent20-episode427.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-1", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/4vsq4w/ent20-episode427.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Plex – Getting Started with Alexa Voice Control Plex and Amazon: We got skillz Amazon Prime Music Harman Kardon Invoke review: The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing Plexbox One X: The Emplexening Play Three Generations of Games – Better – on Xbox One Join Us for the Launch of the World’s Most Powerful Console, Xbox One X Mixer in Minecraft 1.2.5 beta This Week’s Deals With Gold Xbox Shocktober Savings are back Xbox Live Games With Gold For October 2017 Delta To Move Away From Surface and Windows Mobile for iOS Devices Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #427: Resident Elvis appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Oct. 19, 2017
Richard is back from two weeks away, and while he missed some big news, there’s a lot of things happening this week to cover too. Starting off the show we have listeners helping listeners and an interesting question about voice assistants. In the news, Disney has launched a major new service called Movies Anywhere. Does it signal the end of the Ultraviolet? Plex is working to rectify our single biggest complaint with their DVR and live TV platform. The Fall Creators Update is rolling out for users on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles, so the guys dig into what you can expect when you receive the it. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #426. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-2", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/mwfc9d/ent20-episode426.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-2", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/mwfc9d/ent20-episode426.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Movies Anywhere Program Guide Update (Grid-A-Licious) Plex Live TV on Roku New Fall Update for Xbox One starting to roll out today This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Xbox Live Games With Gold For October 2017 Here Comes the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Comparing Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung Richard’s HDMI Cable – Tera Grand – HDMI 2.0 High Speed HDMI Braided Cable Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #426: Fall is for Creators appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Oct. 12, 2017
This week Josh is flying solo as Richard is at the Smart Kitchen Summit. There are a few great listener messages to go through before diving into the week’s news. Roku has a 4k streaming stick, and Amazon has also released a new 4k streaming device. The Harman Kardon Invoke looks to be releasing soon, and we’ve got all the details. Pandora has brought their premium service to Windows 10. Axiim is updating their wireless AV receiver to support 4k and HDR, and they’ve built new speakers for it too. Josh has a tip for users of the Xbox game DVR. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #425. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-3", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/vtchtz/ent20-episode425.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-3", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/vtchtz/ent20-episode425.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Roku made a 4K streaming stick Amazon’s new Fire TV is a 4K-capable, Chromecast-style dongle The coming Cortana-powered Harman Kardon speaker may cost $200 Pandora Plus comes to Pandora’s Windows 10 app Axiim Q UHD and WM Series Speakers Xbox DVR Tip This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Xbox Live Games With Gold For October 2017 Josh is running the 6.6k to raise money for cancer research Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #425: 4k Streamers for All appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Oct. 5, 2017
This week’s show starts with a few live interviews from Meetup 2017. Josh and Richard sat down with a few of the guys to discuss their home theater PC setups and the current state of the market. SiliconDust thought they could quietly sneak out a couple of new tuners, but Josh found them right away.There’s a revamped two-tuner model coming, but the bigger news is the forthcoming four-tuner model. Microsoft has decided that they are sick of losing in the music streaming business, and with that they are closing the doors on the Groove Music service. The ability to gift games to friends has arrived for some Xbox users, and a new month means new free Games with Gold. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #424. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-4", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/9by42q/ent20-episode424.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-4", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/9by42q/ent20-episode424.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links SiliconDust Releasing 4-Tuner HDHomeRun Connect Quatro How Microsoft Lost Its Groove Game gifting on Xbox One now available to select Insiders This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Xbox Live Games With Gold For October 2017 Josh is running the 6.6k to raise money for cancer research Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #424: Live from the Meetup appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Sept. 28, 2017
It’s late September, and that means that new television premieres are airing practically every night! Is your home theater PC or DVR ready? Josh and Richard offer some tips to make sure you don’t miss a single episode. There’s a new, less expensive, option for getting an NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The HDHomeRun app has a new feature that Josh loves. Plex has gone live with their news service. Xbox Insiders can now stream on Mixer with USB webcams, and they’ve got a new friends view. Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #423. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-5", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/4q3kw3/ent20-episode423.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-5", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/4q3kw3/ent20-episode423.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links 2017 Fall TV Premiere Dates TiVo Calendar for September Pre-Order NVIDIA SHIELD TV 16GB with Remote for $179! Exclusive: HDHomeRun Picture-in-Picture Mode Arrives on Android Plex News Goes Live Grouping Friends in Xbox Insider Mixer Testing Video Broadcasting with USB Webcams on Xbox One This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale September’s Games with Gold Revealed Josh is running the 6.6k to raise money for cancer research Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #423: The CBS Extortion Fee appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.
Sept. 21, 2017
This week Josh is joined by a very special guest, Rob H of the AV Rant Podcast. He’s come back to get us caught up on the latest HDR standards and how they might impact your equipment purchasing decisions. He and Josh also look at what’s required to build a home theater PC that’s capable of playing 4k UHD Blu-ray discs. Rob also has some advanced tips for setting up a Plex server. The conversation didn’t solely focus enjoying video content though. They also ventured into Dolby Atmos, and how Audio Return Channel (ARC) actually works. You’re always sure to be greeted with a wealth of information across the entire audio/visual space when Rob H. is around, and his appearance here doesn’t disappoint! Join us most weeks for the live recording of Entertainment 2.0 on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm ET! Click here to download episode #422. Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-6", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/58z4fb/ent20-episode422.mp3"});Audio MP3AudioPlayer.embed("f-html5audio-6", {soundFile: "https://thedmz.podbean.com/mf/web/58z4fb/ent20-episode422.mp3"});if (jQuery.browser.mozilla) {tempaud=document.getElementsByTagName("audio")[0]; jQuery(tempaud).remove(); jQuery("div.audio_wrap div").show()} else jQuery("div.audio_wrap div *").remove(); Subscribe to the Show Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Google Play Subscribe via Stitcher Radio Subscribe via TuneIn Radio Show Links Rob H. on Twitter AV Rant Podcast What’s going on with HDR standards? Devices that support Dolby Vision Xbox Uservoice – Dolby Vision Support ARC: does it support Atmos HD Fury AVR Key 4k HTPC System Requirements via Cyberlink Cyberlink parts recommendations 4k HTPC Motherboards and Optical Drives Plex local media assets Converting 3D Blu-ray backups to SBS Microsoft adds its gaming chief to its Senior Leadership Team This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale September’s Games with Gold Revealed DC Collection Ultra HD Collection Dolby Atmos Beyond 7.1.4 – Part 1 Emotiva RMC-1 Josh is running the 6.6k to raise money for cancer research Send us your feedback by email Follow us on Twitter: Josh Pollard and Richard Gunther Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theDMZ Check us out on Google+ The intro music is a song called Rogue by Raw Stiles The post Entertainment 2.0 #422: 4k HTPCs with Rob H. appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.