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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (February, 2007)

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HDTV TLC: RPTV Viewing Screen Maintenance and Repair

By Richard Fisher • Feb 14 2007, 4:27pm

Depending on the age of your product and its options, you are either watching the viewing screen directly, or watching through a screen protector. The actual viewing screen will be grooved for CRT rear projection or flat textured for micro-display rear projection (such as DLP, LCD, etc.). Screen protectors are perfectly smooth and shiny like a piece of glass. Indeed it is a Plexiglas product that may also have an optical coating to reduce glare. Behind the protector...

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TV Guide On Screen

By Richard Fisher • Feb 12 2007, 4:19pm

TV Guide has become the new industry standard for providing the mass market with a universal guide system. It operates anywhere in the US using your local over the air broadcast stations, which are also carried on your cable system. QAM digital cable tuners are typically part and parcel of a product supporting TV Guide, often times including a cable card option. This review will help you navigate the potential problems that may arise in setting up this feature for your HDTV.

When you first install the TV, or other product with this feature, you will be prompted to setup the system by answering...

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HDTV TLC: Extending the Lamp Life of Your HDTV Microdisplay

By Richard Fisher • Feb 7 2007, 4:27pm

If you have one of the new lamp-based microdisplays such as DLP, LCoS, SXRD, D-ILA or LCD it will definitely pay off to learn how to extend your lamp life. Lamp life varies by manufacturer design based on the application of the product and varies anywhere from 2000 to 8000 hours. Lamp replacements run from $200-$500 but most consumer rear projection displays are in the $200-$300 range and also lean more towards longer rather than shorter life design. The good news here is unlike any other display you have owned you can bring these back to brand new performance by simply replacing the lamp.

Lamp replacement is generally easy and comes in the form of...

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ATSC Cable QAM Tuners - CableCARD or ATSC Ready

By Richard Fisher • Feb 5 2007, 4:18pm

As of 2006, nearly all TVs sold in the US now use this updated internal tuning system for receiving DTV over the air (an FCC regulation) and all analog and digital cable channels without a cable box. This has added a new wrinkle to how your TV is setup and how it operates.

First thing you may note when you setup the TV or product, such as a DVR, is that it takes quite a long time (10-30 minutes) to perform an auto programming of...

Politics & Policy

DTV Transition Still in a Vacuum

By Dale Cripps • Feb 1 2007, 4:01pm

The following press release contains some disturbing information about the transition to all digital terrestrial TV. There are still far too many over-the-air viewers who know nothing of what is coming upon them (shut off of analog on February 17, 2009). We, who already have these digital services, need to think of how we can individually advance the understanding of the transition to those who still have not a clue. It is important work and we thank you in advance for doing what you can for the cause. The nation needs the spectrum back to be then reissued by the FCC to Homeland Security first responders, among other things. There is a coupon subsidy program for ATSC decoder boxes designed to help those who simply cannot afford to make the transition, so no one is being led into a blind corner. The solutions are there for those dependent upon over-the-air services but the education needed to successfully engage those solutions is not._Dale


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