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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (March, 2006)

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Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - A Big HDTV Screen

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2006, 1:00pm

On Tuesday, I was in New York City for Panasonic’s consumer electronics product line show. One of the announcements that they made was that before the end of this year, they will start shipping a 1080p plasma display that has a diagonal screen size of 103″. Yes, that’s one hundred and three inches: more than [...]

BroadcastDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - A “No-Box” DVR

By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2006, 1:00pm

Digital video recorders — DVRs — have changed the way we watch broadcast television. TiVo is one example, but there are other products you can buy that will do much the same thing. It’s like a VHS recorder on steroids: enormous capacities, easy to access the recorded shows quickly, and you get to watch what [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: HDTV Product Recommendation

By Alfred Poor • Mar 28 2006, 1:00pm

Q: Is the [name omitted] 37-inch LCD HDTV any good? Should I buy one?
Frank Noweder
A: This is a reasonable question to ask, but it’s one that I can’t answer. In order to be able to tell you how good a given HDTV model is, I’d have to be able to compare it to everything else [...]

Cable HDTVEntertainmentHD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - New Releases Come Home

By Alfred Poor • Mar 27 2006, 1:00pm

Europe looks to be the bellwether in digital entertainment once again. Both Universal Picture and Warner Brothers have announced plans to make major movies available for download at the same time as the DVD version is released for retail sales. The studios hope that this approach will help stem the tide of piracy, just as [...]

Service & RepairFiber/IPTV HDTVProgrammingInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - IPTV for Europe

By Alfred Poor • Mar 24 2006, 1:00pm

Microsoft made the news this week over a new deal with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. Starting this summer, Microsoft TV software will be used to deliver television programming and video on demand over a VDSL Internet Protocol network. According to a Reuters report, the service is scheduled to be available in 50 German cities by the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - More Blue Laser DVD Woes

By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2006, 1:00pm

Sony recently made it official and announced delays in their Blu-ray drive shipments. Now the other shoe has dropped, and the HD DVD camp has a delay of their own. Warner Home Video was supposed to ship the first HD DVD titles last week, but that’s now put off until April. And only three of [...]

HD DVDProgrammingSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Gamers Get HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2006, 1:00pm

Who says that there’s not enough HDTV programming out there? VOOM HD Networks has an HD channel just for gamers. Gameplay HD is available on the DISH Network, and features original programming, coverage of gaming tournaments, and news about the gaming world that include a show produced by CNET Network’s GameSpot.
This leads me to [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: 720p or 1080p?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 21 2006, 1:00pm

Will 1080i sources look a lot better on the 1080p TV? Will DVDs and SD TV actually look better on the 720p TV? While I will watch some HDTV and DVD movies, the majority will be SD, as that is what is currently available.
Matt Simmons
1080i should look better on a 1080p display than on a [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)BroadcastCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Cheap Digital Tuners on the Way?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 20 2006, 1:00pm

Earlier this month, a company named Microtune announced a new chip. The MT2131 actually incorporates three separate tuners on a single chip just 7 mm square: analog NTSC, digital ATSC, and Digital Cable Ready. NTSC is the standard analog broadcast signal, ATSC is the new digital broadcast signal, and Digital Cable Ready means that you [...]

OLED HDTVsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - UDC Foils Flexible OLED

By Alfred Poor • Mar 17 2006, 1:00pm

Flexible displays remain an elusive but appealing concept. Universal Display Corporation is one of the leading developers of OLED technology, and they recently demonstrated a display fabricated on metal foil. OLEDs emit light like a standard picture-tube CRT television, so there are no viewing angle limitations or pixel response speed problems that you get with [...]

Business & InvestmentCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - VESA Hangs Up Bigger HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2006, 1:00pm

VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association, came into being to solve some thorny compatibility problems in the computer display business. Over the years, the group has managed to create standards — and make them stick – in a variety of areas from resolutions to cable connectors to flat panel testing. One quiet standard is the [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Downs and Ups of LCoS HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2006, 1:00pm

CORRECTION: I made an error and said it was JVC dropping their LCoS, when in fact it is LG (as I correctly wrote about before). I have fixed this post, and appreciate all the messages from the readers who caught my mistake. Thanks!
Last week, I wrote about LG dropping their new LCoS rear-projection televisions from [...]

Internet HD VideoFiber/IPTV HDTVPC & Laptop TechnologyHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Users Want IPTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 14 2006, 1:00pm

A survey of Internet users shows that they are interested in getting video content from the Internet. A third expressed interest in Google Video and more than 40 percent found Yahoo! Go to be appealing. Most wanted to view content on a computer or laptop, but nearly as many wanted to use a television. An [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - HDTV on the BIG Screen

By Alfred Poor • Mar 13 2006, 1:00pm

Do you want a really big HDTV image? If you’re in Las Vegas this week, maybe you can get into the NEC exhibit at the ShoWest 2006 conference at the Bally’s and Paris Hotels. The company will be showing their STARUS line of projectors. The top of the line unit is capable of displaying an [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Another Stumble for LCoS

By Alfred Poor • Mar 10 2006, 1:00pm

LCoS is the technology that Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies has picked as the new gold standard for display quality. The success of Sony’s SXRD rear-projection models certainly indicates that a lot of people agree with him. JVC’s D-ILA and Syntax-Brillian’s LCoS displays also look great.
But the road is not smooth for LCoS technology. [...]

Laser HDTVHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Who Needs Blue Lasers?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 9 2006, 1:00pm

I’ve said before that improved compression such as MPEG4 H.264 make it possible — even practical — to put high-definition full-length movies on a standard red-laser DVD. The complaint from the movie houses is that this doesn’t leave enough room for all the other things (that I don’t watch) such as director’s commentary, alternate [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Happy Camper!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2006, 1:00pm

Okay, I know it’s not polite to gloat, especially in a setting such as this where I control the content. But something happened last Saturday that made me very happy.
As I walked down to the mailbox, I saw two big trucks out on the street, with a giant spool of cable between them. I asked [...]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Watching the Tiny Screen

By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2006, 1:00pm

I’ve been one of the skeptics about television on cell phones. A big one. And once again, it appears that the world is only too happy to prove me wrong. Insight Media’s Ken Werner reported in last Friday’s “Daily Outlook” that a Nokia-sponsored in England shows that people love to watch the telly on [...]

Blu-rayHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - More Bad News for Blu-ray

By Alfred Poor • Mar 6 2006, 1:00pm

A number of sources are reporting on an internal memo from LG Electronics that cites plans to drop the BD199 Blu-ray DVD player from the company’s list of products to be released this spring. The memo reportedly indicates that the company may develop a dual-format high-definition DVD player, but that would be much later in [...]

HD DVDDigital Rights Management (DRM)Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - When Is 1080p Not HD?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 3 2006, 1:00pm

The word is that the new high-definition disc players are not going show HD content over a component video connection. The problem is that this is an analog connection, and there is no way to provide digital copy protection. In other words, the movie studios are afraid that you’ll capture the HD stream and burn [...]

LCD HDTVsDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - You Can Be Sure…

By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2006, 1:00pm

…if you can complete this sales slogan that you’re showing your age. The Westinghouse banner in the TV market is being carried by Westinghouse Digital, a company with close ties to Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), a leading Taiwanese LCD manufacturer. A recent report by a market research firm puts two Westinghouse models in the list [...]

Blu-rayHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Blu-ray on the Way?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2006, 1:00pm

Don’t get your hopes up too high, yet, but Sony Pictures has announced a release date for the first Blu-ray HD movies. These will include 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, and House of Flying Daggers. The magic day is May 23, 2006.
Why that day? That’s the day that Samsung’s Blu-ray player is due [...]