Hello, everyone! I�m Molly Wood and welcome to the CNET Mailbag, the show where
we read your emails, respond to your feedback, and try to answer your questions about
the stuff we do here at CNET. This week is the last show of the year, so hold your sticker
requests, hater mail, and incomprehensible ranting for after the holidays, and don�t worry,
I�ll read them all. Let�s get to the email.
As a daily user of cnettv I have to express my disappointment with the
changing of the HD button with 4 levels of quality. Worst of all now I
have to full screen the video before I get the option to go full HD. If I
go back to normal view to skip, or select the next video my video quality
gets bumped down to 'high' quality instead of HD quality, who thought of
this? I would like HD quality all the time and constantly switching back
and forth is annoying.
Matteo, you�re one of many to write in with this same complaint. It turns out that, yes,
true HD mode is only available in fullscreen mode. But our CNET TV product manager
says the HD designation refers to dimension, not quality. So, in the regular player, you
can�t tell the difference between �HD� and �high� anyway, and it might even look worse,
because the video will be scaled down on the fly. And we�re not paying for extra
bandwidth to deliver you an HD stream that doesn�t look any better than the other one.
So, that�s reasonable, but I suggested that they at least change the presentation so you
don�t think you�re like, missing out on all the HD goodness. So, they�re thinking about
that. Hang in there.
Moving on, Greggport says:
I just saw this weeks mail bag and was pleased when Molly talked about the
new Android feature Scan and Shop. When going to Market I could not find
it unfortunately. Please let me know if this my error or if they have not
rolled it out as of yet.
Yeah, last time I promote something before it launches. It hasn�t yet. Hopefully it will
soon! And for those of you who asked, no, there�s not an iPhone version. I don�t know.
Next up, James from Wisconsin writes in about a recent car tech video:
Wow, that Mazdaspeed 3 has an amazing interior! It almost looks like
the interior of a Lincoln MKT! Wait a second... it is. Did anyone else
notice this on the review of the Mazda?
Wow, James, you win the prize for most eagle-eyed viewer of the week. This is how long
that interior shot was up.
Good eye, James. Plus, you identified the car? Nice. That�s fixed now.
Ok, on to some holiday cheer emails. Joey says:
I just watched the new episode of �Apple Byte�, and just wanted to say that I think that
Brian Tong makes a better T-Pain than T-Pain himself. That whole studio clip was
hysterical. I might not own a Mac (or an iPhone, anymore), but Brian Tong is
awesome..and so are you Molly!
Aww, nice. That was a classic Apple Byte, it�s true. Lots of love for Brian on that one.
Next up, Josh writes:
I would like to say how much of a joy it is watching Natali on Loaded.
She is the perfect host and always has a smile on her face!
Thank you Natali! :-)
What a sweet email! But come on. We can�t do holiday cheer without coal in
the stocking. Here are a couple of Grinch emails. Mv11981 says:
please get rid of Molly Wood... she's not funny, hot, or worth the
mandatory BestBuy ads just to get to the news! what is she, the cnet
founders niece or something? Nepotism? ugh. blah.
And geani66 says:
message: I love everything about you,but because of those STUPID best buy
commercials,I'm going to take a break. There are absolutely STUPID.
How many times have I told you? Just check Facebook! And finally, my
favorite crazymail of the week. Anonymous writes:
can you put a place where you can place questions unanimously with out having to send
I don�t � I � what, now? Like a box? I�m confused.
And that�s it for this week, everyone, and that�s the last regular show of the year!
There WILL be a special end-of-year Mailbag episode coming next week that you won�t
want to miss. Other than that, I�ll see you guys in 2010. Have a great holiday season, and
thanks for watching.