this TV has one of the best picture qualities i have seen. it makes you feel like you are on the set or in the studio right there with the action. we purchased the camera to use the skype app, it works like a charm. if i had one thing to say that might not be so good but easily fixed is the speakers. the sound by itself just with the tv is not as good. i guess we are lucky in the fact that we have audio devices connected in addition. otherwise, this is a great tv for your buck. we love it.
I don't do many reviews and this is the first on a TV show but ----I love this show!! I had never watched it before and then seen a couple of episodes on the GET TV Channel and immediately went in search of the DVD set. Why can't they make shows like this again? TV from that era did not rely on sex, violence or special affects. The acting, writing and directing are way above anything you see on TV or the big screen of today. These 2 guys have chemistry, timing and you can tell they were having fun doing this show. They did much adlibbing on their own----- and it works. This has become my all time favorite show. There are moments of brilliancy in this show and some of the most touching scenes I have ever watched. Subtle and understated --- you may have to watch the episodes more than once to catch them all. I binged watch the entire series and then went back and watched just the scenes between Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly several times. I am still watching some of it over every day---yes it is that good. I would also keep a pen and pad handy because there are words of wisdom that you will want to remember such as: In the episode "Ties My Father Sold Me", Mark has tracked down his father who deserted him when he was 5. His father has turned out not to be the father he had hoped to find. Hardcastle tells Mark that he should at least give his father a chance and gives this little pearl of wisdom: "The trouble is people always turn out the way they are instead of the way you want them to be." At the end of this episode after Mark's father runs off again--Hardcastle says "Come on kid--I'll take you to a ball game." They walk off with Hardcastle pattling Mark on shoulder. He is there even if the Mark's father is not. In the episode "Mr. Hardcastle Goes to Washington" it is Mark's turn to dispense with some wisdom as Harcastle is trying to change himself and his image after he has been nominated for the Supreme Court. Mark, in a scene showing his growing maturity and wisdom tells Harcastle "Be hones--not political. Don't be so quick to turn in the pick up truck for a limo. When you go to the biggest party of your life you dance with who brought. Don't Change!" There are so many moments and scenes in this series like these. Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly are amazing actors. They are so natural that you lose yourself in the watching. You forget about time and surroundings and are just caught up in the story. Much like reading a good book and at the ending you close the book and give a heavy sigh---saying to yourself--"WOW! That was a good read." I say WOW!---This is a great show---from beginning to end. In the episode "Birthday Present Hardcastle is shot and has not been expected to live. Mark in the mean time is forced to shoot and kill a crazy sociopath. He comes to the hospital when Hardcastle regains consciousness. Mark looks traumatized and crushed. He looks shaken and pale. His eyes look as if he has had a hard cry---the kind of cry you hide in the shower to do. I don't know how Daniel Hugh Kelly does this---IT LOOKS SO REAL. After he sits down at the bedside Mark kind of folds in on himself and confesses to the judge: "I killed him----I killed a man judge. It only took one bullet and a 10th of a second. "I ain't never killed nobody before. It feels bad---it feels real bad. It's like I'm somehow worth less." This episode should have received an Emmy nomination---it is excellent from beginning to end. As you progress through the series you begin to see the growing love and respect these two characters have for each other but are reluctant and uncomfortable showing----especially Hardcastle. By the end of the series they have become closer than the blood ties other father and sons have. Near the end of the series is another one of my favorite episodes called "If You Could See What I See". The guest star is Rosemary Clooney---a top grade actress that was made for this part. Mark has hired her as a maid. She keeps having visions of Mark being shot and killed----and her visions always come true. In one scene Mark is helping Millie with the dishes. As they talk Millie asks ?Why do your feelings for hardcastle embarrass you Mark? Mark "They don't---I just don't talk about them much. That's all." At the end of the episode Millie is telling Mark how the judge sat by his side all night in the hospital----"Worse than an expectant father" she says. Then Millie leans over to whisper to Mark "He loves you--- I had to watch this scene several times on slow motion to get that as it is of course not spoken out loud but just mouthed. This show is a perfect show with a perfect ending. It is the kind of show one wishes they could buy a copy of to give to everyone they know. I have found out that there is a book written about this show and how it was created. It includes episode reviews, interviews etc. I have ordered the book but not received it yet. It appears to be worth the purchase and is available on Amazon and you can read the intro to it. It is titled: Hardcastle and McCormick by Deb Ohlin (Author), Cheri deFonteny (Author), Lynn Walker (Author)
The system comes with 8 720P wireless cameras and a 1 TB hard drive loaded with what seems to be the standard Chinese software of home surveillance systems. To probably save on cost, the hard drive does not include its own wireless network aside from the very low powered initially used then discarded wifi network. To set up, you first must plug all of your cameras in, in a room with the hard drive. The hard drive is connected via Ethernet to your own wireless router. You download the app on your phone, then connect to the hard drive wifi until all of your cameras connect, then you log back into your own wifi network to essentially save your home wifi network password into the cameras. The app lets you name the cameras, however the app does not display the cameras in the same order as you see on your tv, so it's possible that your "garage" camera will actually be in your front yard. The app is horrible and should only be used for the initial installation. There is no documentation, but you will want to hook up a mouse to the USB port on the hard drive. Here, you will find a ton of features as well as be able to access your saved recordings. Accessing your recordings from the app is basically impossible. The hard drive includes a few modes that you can select. Smart recording seems like a good idea, until you want to review your footage. You will find 3 second clips, about 15 of them for every 60 seconds of actual time. Basically, if you have an issue, expect to spend a day tediously going through your recordings. I'd recommend continuous recording (you will only get a couple days worth of footage in continuous, but the ease of fast forwarding one file in review rather than chicken pecking 3000 files to find what you need is worth it). The hard drive itself is probably anemic for the amount of data being thrown at it. I will be looking at purchasing a large capacity hard drive specifically designed for nvr recording, then using a pc to clone this drive, then enlarge the petition on the new drive. I have seen some systems where the software is on the board, and hard drive swaps are as easy as unplug and plug in the new one. I do not know if this is the case with this system yet. You must keep in mind that these cameras use your home wifi to connect. 8 HD streams will inundate most wireless routers and access points to where your normal devices will experience lag due to the wireless bandwidth being swamped. Your cameras must also be within decent range of your wireless router. If your cameras are too far from the router, you will lose signal on the cameras, so range extenders may be needed. I have gone ahead and separated my camera wireless network from my home network (cameras have their own router while the home network has its own). I've also disconnected the hard drive and router from our internet connection, as to relieve the congestion on the network. Being as I have no neighbors close enough to have wireless signals using up the spectrum, I am able to keep the routers in "automatic" mode for the channels that they are broadcasting on. If you have many wireless networks at your home, you may want to consider putting the cameras and home network on channels as far apart as possible. The night vision is pretty darn good. Be careful where you point your cameras, as white painted surfaces close to the camera will wash out your image. I have columns on all of my porches, so had to adjust the cameras so that the columns were out of frame or just on the edge of frame. You will need power to each camera. The camera's themselves are set up with micro USB connectors. I would like to have seen a locking mechanism or clasp on the connection between the power supply and cameras, but you get what you pay for. If your cameras are within arms reach, they'll easily be disconnected by someone reaching up and unplugging them. The mounts for the cameras are also iffy. You need to be sure to push the female end into the male end far enough for the retaining nut to engage the indention on the mounts. Once tightened down correctly, the cameras are pretty stable. The default password for the administrator account is something like 111111. You will not find documentation in the box letting you know this.
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