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Politics & Policy

How Many Depend On Over-the-Air?

By Dale Cripps • Dec 30 2005, 10:36pm

The New York Post ran a story today claiming that "22% of all viewers rely exclusively on over-the-air broadcasting for their television viewing". The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) said that
those figures jive with their tally as do those of the Government Accountability Office and the Consumers Union. The NAB has long complained about...

Technology

LCoS

By Ed Milbourn • Dec 26 2005, 8:16pm

The much-touted LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) microdisplay technology may finally have reached a confident level of production maturity. The advantages of LCoS technology have been known for several years and demonstrated many times. But, achieving the desired performance levels, reliability, and production yields has been elusive. However, this past year has seen several key manufacturers introducing or increasing their production of LCoS models. These include Sony, calling their version SXRD (Silicon Xtal Reflective Display), and JVC with their D-ILA (Direct drive Image Light Amplifier) - both derivatives of the basic LCoS technology.

So, what's the big deal? What really is LCoS; how does it work, and what are its advantages to manufacturers and consumers? To answer those questions, I'm going to walk you through a comparatively "high-level" view of this technology - say, from about 100,000 feet.

Politics & Policy

House Passed a Compromise DTV Hard Date Bill

By Dale Cripps • Dec 19 2005, 6:27pm

ALSEA 12/19/2009 - The House passed a compromise DTV hard date shut off bill this morning as part of the omnibus budget reconciliation package.

The new bill sets the date for ending all analog television services as Feb. 17, 2009 (the Senate Commerce Committee had set April 7, 2009, the House Commerce Committee Dec. 31, 2008).

January 28, 2008 is the new date set for the auctioning of the analog spectrum.

A paltry $5 million was set aside for a consumer awareness campaign. We can all have a good laugh about that! New York gets $30 million to help terrestrial broadcasters recover from the World Trade Center towers that were lost in the 9/11 attack.

The much anticipated subsidy for DTV-to-analog converter boxes is

Politics & Policy

To Subsidize or Not To Subsidize, That Was Almost The Question

By Dale Cripps • Dec 10 2005, 4:38am

On our "Tips List" – an email forum for those seriously interested in HDTV - a question concerning the proposed Federal "subsidy" for ATSC tuners (to the needy) was hotly argued. One side said it was another example of inept government giving the store away and the other claimed that it was already paid for out of auction money from the analog spectrum, and, while still terribly odious, it was at least comprehensible. The argument was the only thing on target with responses being deeply shaded by political persuasions so, I decided to wade into the conflagration with a little historical memory and perspective. Shane, my stalwart partner in Internet affairs, said he had seen the topic hashed out on other forums with little more then hysteria and hyperbole waging war with one another and would I kindly arrangement my "Tips" comments into an article for wider distribution. With this introduction I hope what follows—the unedited Tips responses—will serve as that article.

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Technology

Ed's View - Chicken Little Was Right

By Ed Milbourn • Dec 9 2005, 7:32pm

It is interesting to note how the motion picture industry has been able to technologically "re-invent" itself to provide audiences with ever increasingly compelling movie-going experiences. The litany is long, starting with silent monochrome "flickers" and adding "talkies," color, wide-screen, digital sound, surround sound, THX, 70mm, etc. It is also interesting to muse how the television industry has followed with similar technological advances to enhance the home viewing experience.