Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

Set up your HDTV for the Super Bowl and Olympics

Even if your HDTV is already perfectly calibrated, three extra adjustments can help your new plasma or LCD present sports in their best light.

Review roundup: Blu-ray players

The gift-giving season may be over, but you might have picked up a few bucks and a few gift cards that you're itching to spend. Now's a good time to get yourself a new Blu-ray player for your home entertainment center.

LG Electronics BD370

A terrific picture, a responsive interface, and plenty of streaming goodness make this a terrific Blu-ray player, despite a few shortcomings.

Samsung BD-P1600

This Blu-ray player has an annoying front-panel cover, but offers terrific color performance and even has streaming video options.

Samsung BD-P3600

This Blu-ray player delivers great-looking images and Internet streaming. But it falls down on the little things.

Pioneer BDP-320

This well-designed Blu-ray player delivers pleasing images, but it lacks the streaming capabilities found on competing models.

Insignia NS-WBRDVD

This Blu-ray player offers excellent image quality, wireless connectivity, and a pleasing Netflix interface, but it also stumbles in its Wi-Fi setup.

Toshiba BDX2000

Great image quality saves the Toshiba BDX2000 from being just another mundane, low-cost Blu-ray player.

Panasonic DMP-BD60K

On all counts, the Panasonic DMP-BD60K is a well-made Blu-ray player, and it ranks among the best such devices you can buy today.

LG Electronics BD390

Great Blu-ray images and the best networking and streaming we've seen to date on a Blu-ray Disc player justify the LG BD390’s lofty price.

Sony BDP-S560

This Blu-ray player delivers very good images and Wi-Fi connectivity, but its poorly designed remote and lack of streaming extras hurt its value.

Panasonic DMP-BD55K

Its superb image quality, excellent design, and wide feature set make the DMP-BD55K a tempting Blu-ray choice.

Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9

The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 52-inch HDTV presents clear, well-balanced images, and it also offers an astonishingly large selection of Internet-video options.

Samsung PN50B650

Samsung's PN50B650 isn't just a capable HDTV; its ethernet connection turns it into a multimedia machine.

Five ways to optimize your HDTV experience

You've bought the HDTV, you've set it up, you've plugged everything into it. Here are five settings that can help you get even more enjoyment from your set.