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Ed's View - The DirecTV HR 20- DirecTV Local Channel HDTV DVR, Part 1

By Ed Milbourn • Sep 21 2006, 6:21pm

Finally, DirecTV has decided to release to "secondary markets" their HR 20, the HD DVR unit that receives (some) local HDTV channels. While not quite the disaster that was my experience with the HR 10 (see my previous article published last year), it's a close second. Both of these units come under the heading of "don't buy version/1.0 of anything." But I couldn't resist, needing to retain my "early adopter" license.

First of all, please keep in mind these units are true...

Business & Investment

The HDTV Expo Sets Out To Solve Customer Confusion About HDTV

By Dale Cripps • Sep 16 2006, 7:20pm

Dear Readers:

As most know, we have been at the forefront of the HDTV movement for more than 22 years. From the inception it was recognized by me and a slew of others that the end of the transition to digital television would be more difficult than its start. My hope is that our long-standing dedication and attention to this view can now pay dividends. The press release below is being distributed widely. The ambition of the release is to initiate a spirit of unity in a sustained cross-industry supported educational campaign of American consumers about HDTV and the digital transition. I look forward to any comments you may have. By no means have we concluded just how this educational campaign will be fully fleshed out, nor should we be so set at this stage. For now any preconceived notions that go beyond the essential concept should be set aside in order to make room for the most advanced thinking that can be applied to the mission. - Dale Cripps


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Technology

HDMI Part 10 - Meeting the Standard

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 12 2006, 2:41pm

Over the last couple of years, Silicon Image is being doing efforts to help manufacturers test and deliver HDMI compliant equipment so consumers would experience the minimum of connectivity and compatibility problems.

As you might be aware by now, some people are having problems with the way HDMI has been implemented by some manufacturers. The problems are sometimes related to HDCP, sometimes related to limitations in the audio channels (we covered that), sometimes in the HDMI repeating ability of certain pieces of equipment, some related to the new Toshiba HD DVD player, some people with 1080p equipment using the wrong cable (and not necessarily that means a cheap cable), some due to the construction of the cable (and that could be a number of things), some plugs disconnect themselves from the back panels, some cable set-top-boxes not activating the HDMI outputs, etc.

Broadcast

Broadcast TV Profitability Still Wows

By Dale Cripps • Sep 7 2006, 11:51pm

Did you ever wonder why fierce battles take place within the broadcast crowd? Does the margin in your business stack up with that of broadcasting?

Yes, the Internet is siphoning away chunks of the free TV audience according to the generally reliable Paul Kagan organization. "Advertising sales in the broadcast network upfront ad sales market fell 0.4% in Spring, the second consecutive annual decline. Despite those woes...

Programming

When Is Network News Coming In HDTV?

By Dale Cripps • Sep 6 2006, 5:31pm

Katie Couric, the $15 million a year news anchor, did her best last night to earn her keep and launch a new era in CBS network news. The reviews for the highly anticipated effort have been decidedly mixed. But how, I ask, could a new era in network news be declared without the addition of HDTV? Why didn't CBS add HDTV to their network news at this most auspicious time?

"My goal," said CBS's Vice President, Advanced Technology/Engineering, Robert Seidel to HDTV Magazine, "has always been ...

Technology

HDMI Part 9 - Industry Adoption

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 5 2006, 2:40pm

In March 2006, I provided in my 2006 HDTV Technology Review annual report some statistics showing the increasing adoption of HDMI by manufacturers, for example, according to market researcher In-Stat:

"More than 300 makers of consumer electronics and PC products worldwide have adopted HDMI. More than 17 million devices featuring HDMI were shipped during 2005 and 59 million more are expected to be shipped in 2006."