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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (June, 2008)

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Digital Rights Management (DRM)Politics & PolicyTechnology

High Definition Movies Before They Hit Blu-ray? Only if Your HDTV Permits It.

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 17 2008, 11:32am

How would you like to view an HD movie at home via Video-On-Demand (VOD) just a few weeks after its theatrical release, even before it's released on DVD and Blu-ray? Maybe your HDTV connections would not let you do it, despite the fact that you paid for the movie.

On May 9, 2008, the MPAA issued a petition to the FCC for a waiver of the SOC feature...

Service & Repair

CRT Rear Projection and Direct View Service and Repair

By Richard Fisher • Jun 12 2008, 7:32pm

The infamous CRT rear projector, whether NTSC or HDTV, remains one of the greatest display products to have hit the consumer market. They lasted over two decades until the flat panel display phenomenon wiped them out. The same can be said of CRT direct view, the TVs we all grew up on. While big, bulky and heavy, these displays could deliver some great imaging, producing bright dynamic pictures and inky blacks in medium to dark ambient light environments. For rear projection, smaller sizes (below 50") could even perform well in brighter environments. CRT rear projection and direct view technology was used to drive the HDTV revolution out of the gate and along the way there were some really stellar videophile performers meeting most of the imaging science aspects of video standards. These products have a typical 10-15 year life span based on normal usage and CRT wear and tear. Before deciding to throw out this technology, you should reflect on the imaging performance you will be losing, ...