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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (May, 2006)

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High-Def DVD Part II - Taiwan Challenger

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 30 2006, 5:31pm

Taiwan's Forward Versatile Disc (FVD)

Over the past couple of years, I have written on these reports (as well as in the pages of DVDetc and HDTVetc Magazines) about the four Hi-def DVD formats in the China/Taiwan market, three from China (EVD, HVD, and HDV), and one from Taiwan (FVD).

On this opportunity, I met at CES 2006 with Mr. Job Liu, Managing Director of POSO (Power Source Group Limited), who was representing the FVD format at CES. Mr. Liu introduced also Margaret Fan, General Manager of Idar Electronics Co., a company involved with the FVD players and format.

They showed the player, the movies, ...


Why 1080p? - Part 3 - Front Projectors

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 25 2006, 4:01pm

In this article, I will introduce some of new 1080p front projectors with full 1920x1080p resolution, one from JVC D-ILA, another from Sony using similar LCoS technology (named SXRD) breaking the ground at $10,000 with high reviews (Ruby), and to wrap up, I will introduce four DLP front projectors implementing Texas Instruments' new true 1080p DLP DMD with 2 million plus mirrors (not "wobulated" as the earlier 1080p solutions). Some of these products are not yet available.

Affordable 1080p front projection is finally here, the time might be right to start that Home Theater HD project of your dreams. Projectors with 1080p inputs can now be paired with Blu-ray players with 1080p outputs, which transport the 1080p content of Blu-ray discs. Hopefully, that feature would also be implemented in 2nd generation HD DVD players, the other format, in the near future, according with Toshiba.


DisplaySearch Reports Global LCD TV Shipments Rise 135% in Q1

By Dale Cripps • May 25 2006, 12:25am

DisplaySearch has released Q1'06 worldwide LCD TV shipments and revenues by brand, region, size and resolution for over 40 different LCD TV brands as part of its Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.

LCD TV shipments jumped...


Ed's View - IPTV

By Ed Milbourn • May 20 2006, 3:06am

One of the most exciting DTV transmission technologies emerging within the past few years is IPTV (Internet Protocol - Television). IPTV is a modification of the standard TCP/IP (Transmit Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) adapted to transmit "streaming" video. It may be considered the video version of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). The reason for recent emphasis of IPTV is...


Hi-Def DVD? - Blue laser? Well, what else is out there?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 8 2006, 6:50pm

Although I have been following the Hi-Def DVD development since 1996 when DVD was introduced, it was since January 2002 that I have started to provide details on my reports and articles about the several hi-def DVD formats. Not only about Blu-ray and HD DVD that are now at market war trying to attract the consumer in the US, but also about the Chinese DVD HD video industry, which has now 4 formats (and we thought 2 were more than we needed).

Politics & Policy

Ed's view - The Interactive "Cable Ready" Standard

By Ed Milbourn • May 1 2006, 7:03pm

An interview with Brian Smith on the status of the Cable/CE negotiations to establish a fully open interactive digital Cable Ready standard

Brian Smith is a both good friend and a former business colleague of mine at RCA/Thomson. Brian presently is VP of Technology Policy and Standards for Philips N.A. and, of special significance to us, is the Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Video Division Board of Directors. The CEA Video Board addresses many CE common issues, chief among them being that of representing the CE industry in the ongoing "Interactive Cable Ready" standard negotiations. The objective of this standard is to ultimately replace the unidirectional CableCARD cable interface with a system that downloads a plethora of interactive services for digital Cable subscribers.

But developing this standard, based on Cable's OCAP (Open Cable Applications Protocol) system, is proving to be one of the most daunting tasks, both technically and commercial ...