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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (November, 2005)

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Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: When to Buy?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 29 2005, 1:29pm

In my visitor HDTV survey on this site, I ask people what their #1 question about HDTV is. A lot of people ask questions similar to these: ” When will the price come down?” and ” Is now the time to buy?”
Okay, if I could predict the future, I wouldn’t be writing this Almanac. (Well, [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Plasma TVs a Hit for Online Shoppers!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 28 2005, 1:00pm

Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving is more than an event; it’s a phenomenon. Shoppers head for the malls in droves, and retailers count on the crowds to get the holiday buying season started. Brick and mortar stores are not the only ones benefiting from the flood of buyers; the rising tide also raises the [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Truth Patrol: Plasma Bulbs?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 25 2005, 3:06pm

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, by Scott Taves: “Don’t know where to begin? Here are tips to sharpen your focus”
Online at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/248038_hdtv12.html.
Quote: “Older plasmas were subject to burn-in, meaning a static image, such as a video game icon or stock ticker, left a permanent ghost image. The costly bulbs also would lose luminescence after a few [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Happy Thanksgiving!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 24 2005, 1:00pm

Yes, like many of you, I’m off today to work on a good dose of tryptophan, tamped down with some fresh-baked peach pie. So I’m going to share some of my thoughts about what we have to be thankful about in terms of HDTV and digital TV.
First on my list is choice. We have a [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)EntertainmentBusiness & InvestmentDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - DRM: Don’t Fence Me In

By Alfred Poor • Nov 23 2005, 1:00pm

One of my least favorite acronyms in the whole home entertainment business is DRM. It reportedly stands for “digital rights management.” From my point of view, that’s about as direct and honest as using “revenue enhancement” to refer to a tax increase. DRM is copy protection, pure and simple.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand [...]

HTPCs & LaptopsCable HDTVDigital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - Microsoft Backs HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 22 2005, 3:09pm

Microsoft announced last week that the company has an agreement with CableLabs that lets Microsoft and personal computer companies create Media Center PCs that will be digital-cable-ready (DCR). The systems will accept CableCARDs, which is intended to let devices connect directly to digital cable television service and eliminate the need for a separate set-top box. [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Analog TV to Go Dark!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 21 2005, 1:00pm

Last Friday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a budget bill that included a hard date for the shutdown of analog TV broadcasts in this country: December 31, 2008. The Senate already passed a bill that also set a hard date: April 9, 2009. It’s now up to the conference committee to reconcile the [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Thin and Beautiful HDTV!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 18 2005, 1:00pm

OLEDs – organic light-emitting diodes — are emissive devices that are one of the most promising novel technologies that could result in a revolution in television technology. The image is fast and colorful and bright like a regular CRT, but they are as thin as a sheet of thick paper. They produce their own light, [...]

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - More Networks on Demand

By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2005, 2:05pm

Following on the heels of the successful deal between iTunes and Disney to make episodes froom some of the ABC television network’s top shows available for download at $2 a pop, two new agreements were announced last week. NBC has a deal with DirecTV to offer episodes of a number of major shows for download [...]

Events & TradeshowsHTPCs & LaptopsBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - See You in Las Vegas?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 16 2005, 1:00pm

What are you doing next year? I’m going to the HDTV Business Conference on January 4th, the day before the big Consumer Electronics Show — CES — starts in Las Vegas. It’s put together by Insight Media, and will bring together the top executives from major companies in the HDTV industry. There will be presentations [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - What Does “Fully HD” Mean?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 15 2005, 1:00pm

In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty proclaims “A word means what I want it to mean!” That’s certainly a creative view of vocabulary, but it can become a barrier to effective communication when different people start using a term to mean different things.
For example, take “Fully HD.” Some people use it to mean 1080p displays, [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Black Friday Crystal Ball

By Alfred Poor • Nov 14 2005, 1:00pm

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the biggest shopping day of the year for American retailers. It’s the one day that retailers count on for getting “into the black” on their balance sheets. In the past, it was a list price event, and the sales didn’t start until after Christmas Day. In recent years, [...]

SportsPC & Laptop TechnologyPlasma HDTVsDLP HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Samsung Hikes HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 11 2005, 1:00pm

Last week, Samsung announced a deal with the National Football League that makes Samsung’s products the “Official HDTV of the NFL.” Samsung products have good coverage of HDTV display technology, including LCD, plasma, and rear-projection DLP HDTV models.
This move makes a lot of sense. Samsung has long used professional sports alliances as part of their [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Cell Phone TV?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 10 2005, 3:38pm

Have you seen the ads on television where hip young people are sprawled around the city, watching their cell phone screens? The Japanese have already made watching TV content on cell phones a hit, and it looks as though some markets in our country may be ready to go for this feature in a big [...]

GamingMobile HDTVBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Sony Sends TV Anywhere

By Alfred Poor • Nov 9 2005, 1:00pm

Television may be a serious business, but Sony has just made gaming hardware an important player in the next generation of TV. Last week, the company announced that the PlayStation Portable (PSPT) has a new firmware upgrade that will allow it to receive audio and video content through a LocationFree Base Station.
Sony’s LocationFree lets users [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Got a Minute? HDTV Survey

By Alfred Poor • Nov 8 2005, 1:00pm

As you may have noticed, Alfred Poor’s HDTV Alamanac has been going for more than a month now, but we’ve just launched the site officially. And if you poke around the site, you’ll find that I’m in the process of writing Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV which is scheduled to be published here next [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Pioneer Closes 2 Plasma Plants

By Alfred Poor • Nov 7 2005, 1:00pm

Pioneer is the second-leading manufacturer of HDTV plasma displays. Last week, the company announced plans to shut down two of their manufacturing plants. The company still plans to ship 2/3 more plasma panels than they did last year, up from 380,00 per year to 640,000. Even with closing a third of their production lines and [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Internet HD VideoCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Plug In to Tune In HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 4 2005, 1:00pm

Okay, you’ve got a killer digital TV system set up in your living room, with cable and Internet and a DVR — digital video recorder — with a massive hard drive. But what happens when you go into the kitchen? You can’t enjoy your video assets in the other room.
Oh, but you can. You can [...]

Cable HDTVDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - VOD is Here! Now!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 3 2005, 1:00pm

Video on Demand — VOD — is already part of many digital cable packages. But are people using it?
According to Comcast, the company’s customers downloaded and watched 100 million programs. That’s an impressive number, but here’s the punchline; that was just in the month of March this year. And 94% of these shows were delivered [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVInternet HD VideoService & RepairBroadcast

HDTV Almanac - Will IPTV Content Be Limited?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 2 2005, 1:00pm

The rise of IPTV – getting video content on-demand and streaming over the Internet — is an intriguing and powerful new development. There’s a potentially dark side to it to, however. The service provider who controls the connection to your home will also be empowered to control what content you get to see.
Broadcast television and [...]

DLP HDTVsGlobal & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Pedal to the Metal for DLP HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 1 2005, 1:00pm

Texas Instruments continues to dig for display gold on the high-speed race tracks around the country. Yesterday, the company announced a marketing agreement with the International Speedway Corporation that will make DLP HDTV products the official high-definition television at race tracks including Daytona, Taladega, Darlington, and Watkins Glen.
This slipstreams right behind TI’s deal with “Hall [...]