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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (April, 2006)

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Mobile HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Mobile TV Set to Grow

By Alfred Poor • Apr 28 2006, 1:00pm

It’s almost the opposite of HDTV – at least at this point — but television and other video content on mobile devices including cell phones has become a hot topic. According to many reports (including one from Internet World) , mobile video was the major buzz at the National Association of Broadcasters — NAB [...]

DLP HDTVsPolitics & PolicyDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Brillian 1080p HDTV Wins

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2006, 1:00pm

Syntax-Brillian won the “LCoS RPTV of the Year Award” at the Annual China Digital TV Award 2006 event held last week in Beijing, China. The award was for the Brillian 65-inch 1080p rear-projection LCoS HDTV. Syntax-Brillian has also entered into a partnership with a company owned by the Chinese government to manufacture the LCoS imagers [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Parents as TV Censors?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2006, 1:00pm

Jack Valenti is the former head of the Motion Picture Association of America, a group that was very concerned about protecting their copyrighted content. At the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas, his keynote address called for government “hands off” when it comes to censoring that content.
Valenti is heading a consortium of TV [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Big 1080p HDTV from LG

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2006, 1:00pm

Word is out that LG Electronics has started shipping their new MW-71PY10 plasma HDTV. The 71-inch 1080p resolution display weighs nearly 200 pounds (plus another 70 if you include the stand).
What does it cost? Well, as the saying goes, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” Perhaps it helps to say that [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - IPTV Links

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2006, 1:00pm

At the Trenton Computer Festival on Saturday, I gave a talk about “Will Your Next Computer be an HDTV?” Many of the audience members were interested in what I had to say about IPTV and some of my favorite sites for free video over the Internet. At their request, I’m listing the links that I [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcast

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Ad Adversion?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 21 2006, 1:00pm

Philips made news this week with a U.S. patent that is intended to prevent users from skipping commercials. It’s not clear whether this is aimed at “realtime” broadcast, or at recorded content as you’d have on a DVR. According to a company statement, the point is not to force viewers to watch commercials; the technology [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Hear about HDTV!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2006, 1:00pm

This Sunday, April 23, you can hear about HDTV and “Professor Poor’s Guide to HDTV” on Dave Graveline’s “Into Tomorrow” radio show. Jamie Bsales is a former Senior Editor with PC Magazine, and he edited the book, so he knows the content inside and out. You can listen to the show on the Web using [...]

HD DVDLaser HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Blue laser HD-DVD Arrives

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2006, 1:00pm

Well, a high-density DVD target deadline has finally been met, and the Toshiba HD-A1 went on sale for $499 this week in the U.S. Reports indicate that supplies were slim and sales were brisk, in spite of the fact that there are only three movie titles available for the players.
This news means that we can [...]

Gaming

HDTV Almanac - Video Games on TV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2006, 1:00pm

A story in the Washington Post today reports that USA Network will start broadcasting coverage of Major League Gaming events later this year. The league organizes professional video game competitions, and now they will be televised. Professional video gaming? According to the Post, top players earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, so this [...]

Plasma HDTVsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Upscaling?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2006, 1:00pm

Q: I’ve been told that plasma TVs are better at up-scaling to their native resolution than LCDs. But after reading your book I’ve learned that both technologies use fixed pixel addressing. So how can plasmas have an advantage over LCDs in up-scaling?
Joe Gabela
There’s nothing inherent in the plasma technology that gives it an advantage over [...]

Cable HDTVDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - The End of PIP?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 14 2006, 1:00pm

I just realized something strange. I used to use PIP – picture in picture — all the time. Now, I almost never use it. I started wondering what made the difference, and it hit me; we bought a DVR, a digital video recorder. The subscription-based TiVo has defined the market, but we use a no-fee [...]

BroadcastFiber/IPTV HDTV

HDTV Almanac - IPTV for Free

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2006, 1:00pm

ABC made headlines when the company started selling popular TV show episodes on iTunes. Now they will be offering the same episodes for free on the ABC.com Web site, as part of a two-month trial. Like the iTunes offerings, the shows will be available the day after they air on broadcast. Unlike the iTunes versions [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LCD Market Consolidates

By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2006, 1:00pm

We’ve now seen 30-inch LCD HDTV models advertised for under $1,000. One big reason for the lower prices for LCD HDTVs is competition. The market is slowly changing, however, and we’ve recently seen a number of interesting announcements. None are really earth-shaking on their own, but they add up.
For example, Sony will be buying some [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - An Ounce of HDTV Protection

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2006, 4:00am

When people are putting together their budget for a new HDTV, they include the TV, naturally. As I point out in my book, they should also include the price of cables. If you’re using an analog connection – such as composite, S-video, or component connections — you will want to buy good quality cables from [...]

LCD HDTVsDLP HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - New HDTVs from Mitsubishi

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2006, 3:17pm

On Friday, Mitsubishi announced a new line of HDTVs. These include 1080p DLP rear-projection TVs in 57- and 65-inch sizes that have with a six-color wheel that increases color response. New 52- and 62-inch rear projection LCD TVs offer 720p in the 531 Model series. Direct view-LCD panels have 1080p resolution, and come in 37- [...]

DLP HDTVsLaser HDTVLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - More Laser HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 7 2006, 1:00pm

Recently, we have had more announcements about the use of lasers as light sources for rear projection HDTVs. Last month, Epson announced plans to develop one using polarized lasers and LCD imagers. And now comes word that Mitsubishi is looking to build an RPTV using lasers with a Texas Instruments DLP chip.
The advantage of using [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - HDTV from Space

By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2006, 1:00pm

“This is Ground Control to Major Tom, we have you on screen in high definition.” And thanks to an agreement between HDNet and NASA, Americans will be able to watch coverage of Space Shuttle launches and landings through 2010 in HDTV detail. HDNet is the high-definition network launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban, owner of [...]

HD DVDBlu-ray

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: Amazing DVD Facts!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2006, 1:00pm

Source: BuyMagazine article — The 4-1-1 on HD DVD (no author attribution)
Quote: “Two new pre-recorded disc formats are coming this spring — the HD DVD and Blu-ray — which will be able to play conventional DVDs by trying to extract hi-def info from them.”
Hooboy! Let me start by saying that most of this article starts [...]

Blu-rayHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Brave Blu-ray Talk from Samsung

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2006, 1:00pm

Samsung sent out an announcement yesterday stating that the hardware for their Blu-ray high-definition DVD drives is ready for production, but they’re waiting to complete “compatibility testing.” They assert that the test discs will be available “in late April“, and that they will launch the drive in the United States on June 25, 2006. (This [...]

Cable HDTVHD DVDInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Movies by Internet

By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2006, 1:00pm

It is widely reported today that six major movie studios have signed up with MovieLink to provide movies for sale by download, starting on the same day that the DVD version is released. Warner, Universal, Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and MGM will offer older titles as well as first-run movies. Sony, MGM, and Lion’s [...]