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