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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (February, 2006)

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HDTV Almanac - “I Want My IPTV!”

By Alfred Poor • Feb 27 2006, 1:00pm

A number of news sources have reported the results from a new survey by Harris Interactive on the subject of IPTV. More than half of the Americans polled said that they had heard of IPTV, and nearly one in five said that they’d sign up for it right away if they could send the images [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - SED Delayed

By Alfred Poor • Feb 24 2006, 1:00pm

SED – Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display — is a new technology being jointly developed by Toshiba and Canon. The panels are thinner than an LCD because they create their own light and don’t need a backlight. The light comes from phosphors at the front layer of the panel, so the picture looks a lot like a [...]

SportsBroadcastFiber/IPTV HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Olympic IPTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 23 2006, 1:00pm

According to a report on the NewYorkBusiness.com site, NBC reports that their NBCOlympics.com Web site has had 261.1 million pages hits since it opened. More importantly, it has delivered 6.4 million video streams totalling 72,000 hours of video. This is double the amount of video streamed during the Athens Olympics.
At a time when Olympic broadcast [...]

BroadcastDigital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - New DTV Antenna

By Alfred Poor • Feb 22 2006, 1:00pm

Terrestrial Digital has released its new Lacrosse digital TV antenna. Designed for mid- to long-range reception — up to 40 miles – and available with an optional signal amplifier, the antenna is designed for multi-directional applications across a 135-degree range. The unit looks like a pair of books stacked one on the other, and is [...]


HDTV Almanac - BluRay Delay?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 21 2006, 1:00pm

I recently read a report from a Merrill Lynch analyst, who makes a strong case for suspicions that Sony may miss its target launch of the PlayStation 3 this summer. The Merril Lynch estimate for the bill of material costs this summer will total $900. Those are the component costs; it would have to sell [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: HDTV Viewing Distances

By Alfred Poor • Feb 20 2006, 4:19pm

Q: I bought your book and read the section on how far to sit from an HDTV. According to your example, I should sit closer to a 53-inch HDTV than the distance recommended by another site suggests. I realize that you take the resolution of the HDTV into account and the others don’t. Does that [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVCable HDTVProgramming

HDTV Almanac - IPTV for Toons

By Alfred Poor • Feb 17 2006, 1:00pm

Our youngest child is almost a doctor, so it has been a long time since we’ve had Saturday morning cartoons playing at our house. Yet I confess that I’ve always had a fascination with animated programming. As they have progressed from Crusader Rabbit to Yogi Bear to Rug Rats to Digimon, there have been interesting [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Alfred Poor at TCF ‘06

By Alfred Poor • Feb 16 2006, 1:00pm

I’ll be the Featured Technical Speaker at the Trenton Computer Festival on April 22, 2006, at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, New Jersey. The show started in 1976, making this the oldest computer show in the country. There are two days of programs and an enormous computer and electronic flea market [...]

HD DVDService & RepairProgrammingSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Dishing Out HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 15 2006, 1:00pm

Dish Network customers in New York City and Los Angeles can now receive local station programming in HD from the service. The service plans to increase that to a total of 50 markets by the end of this year. HD programming packages start at about $50 per month.
In order to increase the number of HD [...]


HDTV Almanac - First HD-DVD Movies Scheduled

By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2006, 1:00pm

Warner Home Video has announced that it’s taking orders for the first three titles to be released in HD-DVD format: Batman Begins, Million Dollar Baby, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These are slated to ship at the end of March and early April. Pricing has not been announced, as far as I [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - HDTV to Go!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 13 2006, 1:00pm

A number of sources have reported that Toshiba will start shipping the new Qosmio G30 notebook computer this month. It appears that it will initially ship in Japan, but German sources indicate that it will be sold there with a promotion that includes a pair of FIFA World Cup tickets.
The notebook has a 1,900 by [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Learn to Test HDTVs Like the Pros

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2006, 1:00pm

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced last week that it will be offering a “short course” on how to measure flat panel displays. The courses are three-days long, and will be held in Boulder, Colorado. The fee is $2,000.
Why do I mention this? The first point is that it is difficult to [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 1080p Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2006, 1:00pm

1080p is the higher resolution for HDTV (with 720p being the other choice), and is my pick for future-proofing your HDTV purchase. Most content is already in 1080i format already, which should show better on 1080p displays than 720p if the data is handled properly. Most HDTV plasma panels are only 720p resolution (or worse, [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVService & RepairInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Is IPTV for Real?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 8 2006, 1:00pm

Verizon is making news by rolling out its Fios TV service in various test markets around the country. But many people don’t realize that IPTV — television over the Internet – is already well-established in some places. “now Broadband” is a service based in Hong Kong that serves more than 500,000 subscribers, mostly in southeast [...]

Environment / Green

HDTV Almanac - Speedbump for OLEDs

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2006, 1:00pm

Organic LEDs — OLEDs — hold the promise for inexpensive, thin, low-power displays that are emissive and fast, so you get an image like a CRT with no viewing angle or response limitations. The technical hurdles are not small, however. Blue-emitting materials don’t last as long as red or green, so displays shift toward yellow [...]

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Satellite in TV a Bad Idea?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 6 2006, 1:00pm

Steve Berger has been a TV technician for 34 years, so when he wrote to respond to my article last week about “Satellite Built-In?“, I listened. I’ve condensed his remarks here:
I noticed you thought that including a satellite receiver inside a TV was a good idea. Adding decryption hardware to a TV makes the set [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - The Light Side of HDTV Cables

By Alfred Poor • Feb 3 2006, 1:00pm

Interference from other devices can be a problem with electronics, including HDTVs. When you run a varying electrical current through a wire or circuit, it can make radio waves. (Just hold a transistor AM radio near a computer if you want proof.) And these waves can create electrical currents when they hit other wires. [...]

Wireless HDMI/HDTVService & RepairLCD HDTVsSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Networked HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 2 2006, 1:00pm

I recently wrote about televisions that will have satellite service receivers built-in. A company named Digitrex is taking a different approach, and one that I think may ultimately be more successful. They are building network support into their LCD HDTVs. They come ready to connect to both wired and wireless (802.11b/g WiFi) networks. They are [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Guide Ships!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 1 2006, 1:00pm

To paraphrase the wine ads of many years ago, we will serve no books before their time. But at last, our next publication is ready. As of today, Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV is available! This ebook is for sale online at http://hdtvbuyguide.com/BuyGuide, and you can download it immediately after buying it. We’re even [...]