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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (February, 2008)

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Technology

The Wonderful and Sometimes Confusing World of HDMI Connections

By Robert A. Fowkes • Feb 15 2008, 5:03pm

HDMI (which stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface) was developed to accommodate the emerging HD digital technologies which have now entered the mainstream of home entertainment. It was planned as a "one wire" digital solution to both audio and video requirements. It is also one of the most confusing connection technologies available to the general public - especially when people hdmi(3)are used to more traditional interconnectivity. As HDMI attempts to do what it was designed to do, part of the process involves the pieces of the puzzle communicating with each other (sometimes referred to as "handshaking"). This two way communication causes...

Marketplace

2008 HDTV Buyers Guide, Part 4

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 13 2008, 5:35pm

The last in a four-part series of articles on buying an HDTV. The following topics are covered in this segment:

HDTV as a System, not Just a TV Set
Recording and Digital Connections
Analyze the Connectivity Issues
HD Integrated Tuners
Controls, Cables, Screen Shields, ISF, Stores, etc.

Marketplace

2008 HDTV Buyers Guide, Part 3

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 11 2008, 5:29pm

The third in a four-part series of articles on buying an HDTV. The following topics are covered in this segment:

Viewing Factors
The Aspect Ratios
The Viewing Experience at the Store

Marketplace

2008 HDTV Buyers Guide, Part 2

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 7 2008, 5:25pm

The second in a four-part series of articles on buying an HDTV. The following topics are covered in this segment:

Decision to Go with HDTV
Research
The HDTV for Your Viewing Objectives
Your Consumer Electronic Habits

Marketplace

2008 HDTV Buyers Guide, Part 1

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 5 2008, 4:50pm

I wrote this article originally for the HDTVetc magazine for the August 2003 issue, and it was later published on the HDTV Magazine in 2006. Consumers still go through the same struggle at national-chain stores today. I updated the article to include current HD equipment and technologies. Its tutorial substance and analysis are still applicable today, and are intended to help consumers in making the right purchasing decisions. Enjoy the reading.

The following topics are covered in this segment:

H/DTV and NTSC TV Systems, What are they?
The First Effort of the DTV Transition
Quality HDTV, or Quantity DTV, or Both?
Backward Compatibility with Legacy Analog TV for Digital Broadcast
Satellite/Cable, and the DTV Transition
Tuner Integration
The Effect DVD had for DTV
The Rush for Knowledge

You have been hearing about HDTV and decided to start looking for one...