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Rich Warren: UHDTV video issues solved [dash] for a hefty price

Recently I mocked the new ultra-high-definition televisions, which deliver twice the resolution of existing HDTV, meaning UHDTV is comparable to movie theater quality. My barb concerned the lack of ultra-high-definition videos and movies for UHDTVs.


Rich Warren: Some simple answers to some technical questions

Sometimes your questions beg obvious answers rather than complex replies. I devoted a column to readers unable to clearly hear the dialog of British television shows. I suggested a modest home theater system.


Rich Warren: Plasma TV owner isn't warming up to a switch to LCD

Just when plasma televisions looked like a reflection in the rearview mirror, the following reader email arrived:


Tom Kacich: Where the political ads go on TV

If you want to avoid the last-minute flood of negative television commercials about the 13th Congressional District race, watch a sitcom. There's a good chance there won't be any political ads.


Rich Warren: Sound bars allow you to drink in better clarity from TVs

Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:


Rich Warren: Satellite providers consider local channels bonus coverage

Readers wonder why certain channels appear on satellite or cable, but not all of their favorites. For example, WICD now is carried by DISH, but a reader wanted to know, why not DirecTV? Or that Mediacom doesn't carry Fox Sports Midwest, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals.


'SNL' vet plans to talk a little trash during visit to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Seth Meyers will come to the Assembly Hall to gloat, among other things, about how much better his alma mater is doing compared to the Illini.

"I see Northwestern in the Rose Bowl," Meyers said of the Wildcats, who were 6-1 at the time of his prediction.

Illinois, not so much.


A Life Remembered: Meteorologist Reese a 'fun-loving' professional

The communities of central Illinois are remembering popular WCIA-TV meteorologist Robert Reese, who has lost his battle against cancer.

Mr. Reese, 50, passed away Tuesday night at the University of Chicago Hospital. He had battled cancer for many years and was most recently fighting pneumonia.


Star of live cooking show has put focus on childhood obesity

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets are still available for a day of healthy eating events with British comic cook Jon Ashton.

The Liverpool-raised chef will perform a live cooking show from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 as part of his Dash Around The Table Tour.

He is also talking about childhood obesity.


'American Pickers' visit Gibson City home

GIBSON CITY — Ray "Beetle" Leisure kept apologizing to the stars of "American Pickers" as they dug through disorganized piles of antiques in his sheds and garages in Gibson City.

But Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz — two of the most skilled pickers in the antique business — apparently didn't mind the dirty work.