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By Dale Cripps • May 26 2005, 5:28pm
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By Eddie Fritts • May 26 2005, 3:49pm
By Dale Cripps • May 25 2005, 7:49pm
This is a call to the industry.
I am preparing a short online course with adequate testing on the subject of HDTV and DTV. The course will cover those points listed below. When passing the course the student will receive from us their graduation certificate suitable for framing and a badge they may wear at their place of employment or a pin they may attach to their own identification cards. In addition each employer who has one or more graduates will receive signage and printable material for general promotion of their acquired expertise.
By Dale Cripps • May 16 2005, 7:58am
By Dale Cripps • May 12 2005, 11:37pm
Arlington, Va., May 12, 2005 - Broadcasters need to stop trying to regulate other industries and instead promote free over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting to consumers if they want their industry to survive, advised Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro in remarks delivered Tuesday.
Shapiro made his comments at the Advanced Television Systems Committee's (ATSC) annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. this week. Shapiro's address came as congressional, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and industry officials debate how to define the end of the nation's transition to digital television (DTV). Legislation setting a hard cut off date for analog broadcast is widely expected to be introduced in this session of Congress.
By Dale Cripps • May 12 2005, 6:43pm
To continue with our series of high wire observations I bring you this speech from CEA president Gary Shapiro given April 18th to members of the broadcast community gathered in Las Vegas for the National Association of broadcasters convention. These remarks are brought to you unedited in order that the strong influences acting on the HDTV movement become clearly seen by the general public. All of the actions being asked for, however, are more in the hands of the consumers than of those agencies and institutions being called to action. The HDTV movement, and who survives and thrives, is entirely in the hands of the public and those closest to the public--the retailers and signal providers. Without the public doing their part in this transition--acting quite like partners with the manufacturers and signal providers--the movement will take on a surreal sense and spin out of control as pushing then replaces salesmanship. There is simply too much money at stake now to have it otherwise. _Da ...
By Dale Cripps • May 12 2005, 6:07pm
Even as CEA president Gary Shapiro was urging Congress to pass legislation for a "certain" cut off date for analog terrestrial broadcast services (thus ending broadcasting as we have known it) he offered high praise to CBS and their affiliates for their exemplary work in HDTV. His remarks were given at the annual CBS NAB Engineering breakfast where affiliate stations are brought up-to-speed on what CBS did during the last year and what the outlook is for the next. Shapiro's remarks, made in Las Vegas, are presented here unedited in order that you may understand and gain a greater sense of appreciation for the strong influences shaping this movement. _Dale Cripps
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you all this morning. I am honored to be here today, celebrating HDTV with the network that has believed in HDTV and has backed HDTV where it counts with HDTV content! And not just any HDTV content compelling, original HDTV programming that has s ...
By Dale Cripps • May 12 2005, 5:37pm
For those of you who have studied the HDTV movement the name Gary Shapiro will be familiar. He had headed the Consumer Electronics Association in Washington D.C. since the inception of the H/DTV movement. It is his big issue on his watch. Along the way he has publicly bumped heads with broadcast and cable and is doing so again with his attempts to get an uncertain date for the cut off of analog broadcasting legally fixed to a specific "date certain." He is seeking legislation that will terminate the anlog broadcast on a specific date and calculates that the pain that may come from making that date December 31, 2007 is tolerable. The following letter from Gary was sent to Congress just yesterday. It is brought to you in its entirety. With this letter and the speech to the ATSC by Eddie Fritts, CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, you begin to see "behind the curtain." _Dale Cripps
By Dale Cripps • May 11 2005, 4:42pm
A few weeks ago I initiated discussions with several prominent officials in the field of H/DTV. I wanted, and still do, to assemble a set of authorities who can make comments that require no speculation as to what is being said on policy and products. We certainly don't need obfuscation now when clarity is absolutely essential. We cannot forget that we are tearing apart old institutions along with the way we have interacted with them for more than 50 years. We are replacing it all with what is still unknown--the panoply of services potential in the digital age.
By Dale Cripps • May 3 2005, 6:57pm
Joe Azar should be everyone's neighborhood high end audio and video retailer. But there is only one of him. His Upstairs Audio was formed in 1972 and has served the discriminating tastes of thousand in and around Columbia, SC. Joe covered the New York Home Entertainment Show for us last year and again this year. The contrast was turned down on video this year.
A recently released government survey concluded that the average American sleeps 8.6 hours. Workers spend a third of the day on the job. The No. 3 activity, after sleep and work, is watching TV.
The study, based on 2003 data, found that our countrymen spend 11% of their life in front of a TV screen. To put it into perspective that is half of our leisure time -- and effectively 11% of our lives -- in front of the television. That's powerful evidence of the commanding role television plays. _Ad Age
By Dale Cripps • May 1 2005, 4:54pm
VOOM satellite TV service from Cablevision shut down during this last weekend. The cable company will retain some of the programming.
Rainbow Media Holdings, the Cablevision programming entity, said it will keep VOOM's 21 HD Originals for distribution to cable and satellite TV providers. Cablevision also named Nora Ryan and Greg Moyer co-general managers of the VOOM 21 HD Originals.
Effective May 1st, DISH Network has expanded its high-def package by adding 10 original VOOM HD networks RUSH HD, Gallery HD, Rave HD, Ultra HD, Equator HD, Monsters HD, Animania HD, Majestic HD, HD News and Guy TV HD, the company said. The remaining 11 will be added next year.
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