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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (April, 2005)

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Technology

HDTV Magazine's TIPS LIST Daily

By Dale Cripps • Apr 28 2005, 4:12pm

One of the services offered by HDTV Magazine is an email forum called the TIPS List. The list is populated by 1200 of the most savvy consumers of HDTV products and services you will ever find. It is the first place on the Internet where one hears of change in the services offered by the HDTV industry and, more importantly, the perceptions people have regarding those services.

Politics & Policy

Ridding the Nation of DTV Fables

By Dale Cripps • Apr 27 2005, 8:25pm

Under any scenario conceivable there will not be a successful termination of analog services as long as there are any with a dependancy upon those signals for local news (or even entertainment). If someone is deluded enough to insist that it does happen I want the pitchfork concession Washington. Nothing riles up the public more than the loss of their TV services. The industry is repleat with stories of outages where the wrath of god decended upon the service provider until things were restored. One cable company had been testing a new channel in preparation for placing one of the music services on it. To test the video an engineer pointed a camera on a fish tank and sent the signal down that newly created channel to the subscribers. The images of fish swiming around on your television set went on for several weeks. The day the music channel replaced the fish tank caused a meltdown of the cable company's customer service department as outraged viewers demanded that they get their fish ...

Politics & Policy

Making of a Date Certain

By Dale Cripps • Apr 25 2005, 1:43pm

The High Tech DTV Coalition, a group formed to speed the pace of the broadcast industry's switch to digital TV, has scheduled a news conference on April 27 in Washington. The group wants a "rapid completion" of the DTV transition to free up spectrum for important wireless broadband and public safety services." Members of the coalition include Alcatel, Aloha Partners, AT&T, Dell, Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, T-Mobile, the Information Technology Industry Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, Business Software Alliance, the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Rural Telecommunications Group and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.

Technology

The Internet and Making a Profit

By Dale Cripps • Apr 22 2005, 7:51pm

Politics & Policy

Is the Public Interest to be Found?

By Dale Cripps • Apr 22 2005, 3:57am

At least two organizations have filed petitions with the FCC asking the agency to reconsider its decision that cable operators don't have to carry broadcasters' multiple digital programs. NAB President and CEO Eddie Fritts told reporters at NAB2005 that the request to the FCC is part of a strategy that includes seeking legislation to require multicast must-carry. Meanwhile, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) has also filed with the FCC a petition for further reconsideration of the ruling. MMTC is the principal advocate for ownership diversity in the country, representing 54 national organizations to the FCC.

Technology

The End of Broadcasting as we Have Known it?

By Dale Cripps • Apr 22 2005, 1:44am

It is abundantly clear that a wideband Internet is in our collective global future. There will be bandwidth to transport all that we have today and then some. The following article from TV Business Confidential cites a new report which unflinchingly declares the end of the present Network business model. Some hope is held out to those networks who can beat back the blight of fragmentation by being "multi-dimensional, highly adaptive, and customer focused." What the hell does that mean?

Politics & Policy

Consumer Electronics Association Urges Broadcasters to Take Responsibility

By Dale Cripps • Apr 20 2005, 1:59am

Las Vegas, Nev., April 19, 2005 - The broadcast industry should stop pushing for regulations on other industries, "remove its shackles" and market the value of its digital service to consumers, said Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro. Shapiro shared his views on the digital television (DTV) transition and the broadcast industry in a speech delivered yesterday during NAB2005, the annual convention produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Broadcasters face significant challenges in the digital age - challenges they have refused to tackle and opportunities they have refused to embrace," stated Shapiro. "But these challenges are not insurmountable. Indeed, those who play these changes to their advantage will succeed in the digital age.

Global & Worldview

News from China -- A New Respect?

By Dale Cripps • Apr 20 2005, 1:21am

HDMI Licensing LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) Specification, today announced at the Shanghai Information Household Appliances Trade Association's (SIAA's) 2005 HDMI and Copy Protection Technology Seminar that more than 200 companies worldwide have become HDMI Adopters, in addition to the seven HDMI Founders. HDMI has quickly emerged as the standard for connecting high-definition television (HDTV). By delivering crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video quality via a single cable, HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide consumers with the highest-quality home theater experience.

Marketplace

New Sales Figures Just Released

By Dale Cripps • Apr 16 2005, 6:43pm

With both celebration and caution the February DTV sales figures were released on April 15th, 2005. While the numbers for February were worthy a glass of champagne a new downward revision in the sales forecast for 2005 from the Consumer Electronic Association sounded a new and cautionary note. The revised numbers, while still handsome, are less so than the original projections. No one can say the numbers are anything but still encouraging. HDTV remains the fastest growing sector in consumer electronics. The cautionary note arises from the challenges that lay ahead for the DTV transition (more accurately stated as the HDTV component of the DTV transition). "Why?" you ask. "Things are looking so positive?"