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Wireless HDMI/HDTV

WirelessHD - Integrating Wireless HDMI For Displays

By Richard Fisher • Jan 15 2010, 4:35pm

A wireless solution to get rid of the audio and video cables for a display has been a focal point for many years now. While many wireless adapters have come to market the Achilles Heal has always been that none of these solutions could fully duplicate the capability (and more importantly the performance) of a wired HDMI connection. At CES 2008 the WirelessHD group announced they were developing a new wireless standard and technology that could!

At CES 2009 there were...


3D HDTV in the Home

By Richard Fisher • Jan 14 2010, 4:36pm

This is not a full technology report on 3D because there is still so much development going on and standards yet to be formulated. This report covers observation of 3D demos at CEDIA and what I have been told or have read about 3D that should remain true regardless of future standards.

During the Sony press conference at CEDIA we were told their goal...

Environment / GreenPolitics & Policy

Green Nonsense

By Terry Paullin • Dec 14 2009, 4:46pm

We did it again! Yup, my very own State of California has once again been the first to ring the Stupid-Bell in an attempt to lead the Nation into yet another set of ill-advised legislations destined to cost its population jobs, cash and freedom of choice.

Undoubtedly you have read about our most recent embarrassment, the enactment into law of “Standards” that will require most flat panel televisions sold in the State to be 33% “more efficient” by 2011 and 50% more-so by 2013.

Consider for a moment...

BroadcastDigital (DTV) TransitionMobile HDTVPolitics & Policy

The End of High Definition Broadcasting

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 8 2009, 11:15pm

It is not a nightmare. You have read it correctly.

According to recent reports, the FCC's broadband plan mandated by Congress is due next February and although the consideration of freeing spectrum for commercial use is not final, the FCC is requesting information from the industry to evaluate the current and future utilization of broadcast airwaves.

The idea is...

New Products & Equipment

2010 International Consumers Electronics Show (CES) - New York Press Preview

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 8 2009, 5:22pm

This event by the Consumers Electronics Association was held on November 10 in New York City to show to the press a preview of the new products and planned events that will take place at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas on January 7- 10, 2010.

Steve Koenig, CEA’s Director of Industry Analysis, and Shawn DuBravac, CFA, CEA’s Chief Economist and Director of Research disclosed their analysis of the holiday outlook for consumer electronics sales and technology trends for CES 2010, introduced some new hot products, and announced the best of Innovation Honorees, mentioned in a link below. Several exhibitors with tabletop displays introduced new products in advance of their official debuts at the actual CES in January.

The expectation for the holidays is...

HTPCs & Laptops

CEDIA 2009 Review: PC Home Theater Integration

By Richard Fisher • Dec 7 2009, 5:25pm

Still to this day, the PC world lacks the ability to fully integrate into a home media or theater system. Touching on all the ifs, ands and buts over the last 8 years would add a lot of length but it would add up to some feature or service not being available on a PC making a universal PC solution for all users impossible.

With the release of Windows 7...

New Products & Equipment

CEDIA 2009 Review: Mitsubishi

By Richard Fisher • Dec 3 2009, 5:31pm

While I had no intention of providing reports on manufacturers, the direction Mitsubishi has taken with rear projection and some design changes ended up a highlight for me.

They had their laser-driven rear projection DLP, marketed as LaserVue, at the show providing the only 3D demo of the active LCD shutter system for Mitsubishi (there were three demos from others at the convention). Oddly enough there was not any promotion of this new laser light driven technology which left me wondering why they were going through the trouble. I did press a representative over what Mitsubishi hopes to accomplish with this technology and...

Events & TradeshowsInternet HD Video

CEDIA 2009 Review: Whole House Automation

By Richard Fisher • Dec 2 2009, 5:27pm

If the product in your home accepts a remote command, has an RS232 serial interface or access to the internet, there are numerous products out there for whatever you want to control from a central or remote location. Think big and out of the box; if the current product in your home lacks a particular feature, there is likely another you can buy that doesn’t!

Speakercraft had a press conference on the March 2010 release of the Nirv system. They claim to...

Environment / Green

CEDIA 2009 Review: LCD Gets Greener, Along with a Facelift

By Richard Fisher • Dec 1 2009, 5:56pm

The change in LCD display cabinet finishes along with the new LED lighting system was the game changing highlight of the show for me!

Regardless of manufacturer or backlighting technology, it appeared all LCDs displays received a facelift in the form of a new shiny glass-like screen throwing out the anti-glare screens of the past. It’s some form of Plexiglas along with an added optical coating to improve contrast and naturally it works quite well. Gone are the days of SSE (Silk Screen Effect) that we have been seeing on micro-display rear projection and LCD flat panels. My first newbie question upon my first arrival at a manufacturer’s booth was...

Internet HD Video

CEDIA 2009 Review: Multimedia Directly To Your Display

By Richard Fisher • Nov 30 2009, 5:30pm

This is one area that has trickled its way down to regular folks and CEDIA was chock-full of products that provide it, along with whole-house automation to run it. What was different was the expansion of more new ways to view, listen, stream and capture content directly at the display. Samsung and others are including...


CEDIA 2009 Review: More Motion Flow Processing

By Richard Fisher • Nov 30 2009, 3:55am

Motion flow processing has played a huge role in the marketing of LCD product, turning what used to be negative into an unnecessary marketing positive. At first it was 120 Hz processing and now the big hype is 240 Hz processing; bigger numbers infer better. The common misperception is that motion flow processing is all about compensating for LCD pixel speed when actually the main purpose is to remove the potentially objectionable strobe effect of 30 and 24 frame content that appears most strongly with high contrast displays, like an LCD. All displays suffer from this artifact to some degree with contrast ratio playing the greatest role. For a deeper understanding...


High Definition Content Distribution in the US (Part 3) - Pre-recorded HD Media Distribution, and Conclusion

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Nov 25 2009, 5:35pm

Several formats were introduced over the past few years to distribute pre-recorded HD content. Some of those are already discontinued; others were introduced at trade shows in the US (such as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES) but were implemented only overseas.


Pre-recorded HD content was available in the form of digital D-VHS videotapes before Blu-ray was established. The tapes were...


High Definition Content Distribution in the US (Part 2) - The Quality Factors of HDTV Content Distribution

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Nov 24 2009, 5:31pm

High quality HDTV can be broadcasted using the 6 MHz channel-slot of one analog NTSC channel, but with over 9 times its resolution quality. The NTSC image is made of 480ix450 viewable picture elements per video frame composed of two interlaced fields and delivered at a rate of 60 fields (30 frames) per second.

Most HD broadcast compressed with MPEG-2 is transmitted as interlaced 1080i with 2 million+ pixels per video frame (1080x1920 pixels), each frame is composed of two interlaced 540-line fields delivered at the rate of 60 fields per second (30 frames).

Some HD broadcasts use...


High Definition Content Distribution in the US (Part 1) - The Market for HD Content and Distribution Services

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Nov 23 2009, 5:27pm

This series of three articles analyzes the current and future market for HD, the methods of distribution and the capabilities of the digital technology to distribute HD content to meet consumer expectations. This technology must also support other quantity oriented businesses and services that can potentially degrade the original HD vision and affect those that invested in HDTV equipment under the reasonable expectation of viewing uncompromised HD quality, not just digital. This is a dilemma of quantity vs. quality when DTV permits the implementation of both, sharing the same bandwidth.

HD content is defined in this article as...

Service & Repair

HDTV TLC: Mounting Your HDTV Over the Fireplace

By Richard Fisher • Nov 21 2009, 12:00am

Ah, flat screen TV … just what so many were waiting for to put on the wall, mostly inspired by Hollywood and television programs over the decades. Yep, putting that flat screen on your wall is the Buck Rogers thing to do for so many of us. What most people don’t know is that by doing so you have made yourself responsible for additional services and charges if the product fails.

All service programs...

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Who Needs Content Protection?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Nov 19 2009, 10:55pm

The subject of “content protection” continues to be a complicated issue. While some firmly think that one should be able to legally make a copy of lawfully acquired content, if such content is protected to avoid exactly that and the protection is circumvented to perform such copy, how can that action be right when it is actually violating the right of the content creator?

The content production industry needs...

3D HDTVInternet HD VideoMobile HDTV

HD World Conference in NY - 3D, IP Online Video, and Mobile DTV

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 30 2009, 7:10pm

The HD World Conference closed its doors this past Thursday October 15, 2009 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NY. It was a two day event dedicated to HD, from content creation to production, editing, and distribution.

One of my objectives for this conference was to update my coverage of Mobile DTV and IPTV, and to also discuss the technical details of 3D as it is being implemented for the home. I engaged in several discussions regarding the production and the distribution stages of 3D, with emphasis on the issues that affect the quality of the final viewing by consumers.

I also covered...

Service & Repair

HDTV TLC: Projection Lamp Failure and Replacement

By Richard Fisher • Aug 7 2009, 3:51pm

If you suspect lamp failure the first step is to check your owner's manual, which will tell you how to read/interpret the indicator lights on the front of your TV or on your front projector. If you do not have the owners manual, odds are very high you can find it on the internet and download it. Manufacturers often times provide these manuals on their web sites.

A lamp timer...


Revisiting the Component Approach to Audio/Video in Today’s Home Theater Market

By Robert A. Fowkes • Apr 16 2009, 4:24pm

Over two years ago I wrote an article titled A New Approach to Components in a Digital Audio/Video World to share my thoughts regarding equipment options in Home Theater and related electronics. At that time I outlined the reasons that components might provide a better overall solution to an all-in-one box in terms of upgradability, performance and sometimes even price. Basically, the upside focused on the ability to upgrade as needed without replacing perfectly adequate and functional parts and the downside involved more boxes and wires than the alternative. While that's a gross simplification of the whole hypothesis you can review the entire argument by referring to the original article.

The basic principles of that paper still apply but a lot has changed over the past two years...

Digital (DTV) Transition

DTV Transition - Can YOU Help? (Part 6) - Subsidy Set-Top-Boxes

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 31 2008, 7:30pm

On July 2006, based on an estimate of the number of households who rely solely on OTA television broadcasts, the U.S. Commerce Department proposed coupons for an estimated 21 million U.S. households to aid the purchase of converter boxes,

Congress passed a law providing an initial $990 million dollars within a $1.5 billion program to subsidize the purchase of converter boxes