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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (July, 2006)

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General Interest

HDTV Almanac - When Is a Store Not a Store?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 28 2006, 1:00pm

You walk into a store. You find a product that you like. You ask the salesperson for one. You’re told that they don’t have any in the store. In fact, they don’t have any of the products on hand for sale. Huh?!
It sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what Dell has done in opening its first [...]


HDTV Almanac - Another LCD Maker Cuts Back

By Alfred Poor • Jul 27 2006, 1:00pm

This week, AU Optronics (AUO) announced that it’s cutting back on its capital expenditure plans. Taiwan’s largest LCD manufacturer, AUO said that it will cut the expansion budget by about a third — from about $3 billion to $2 billion — and is postponing additional capacity on its Gen6 and Gen7.5 production lines.
Different manufacturers are [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Barney and Betty on iTunes

By Alfred Poor • Jul 26 2006, 1:00pm

Is there any money to be made in downloading television shows from the Internet? Multiple choice: How many videos have been bought and downloaded from iTunes so far? (A) 1.5 million (B) 3.5 million (C) 15 million (D) 35 million. And the answer is (D); at $1.99 a pop, that works out to nearly $70 [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - HDMI Costs Reduced

By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2006, 1:00pm

I’m the first to admit that the alphabet soup of television technology and organizations is one of the main reasons that people’s eyes glaze over when we start to discuss the subject. Even HDTV is an FLA (four-letter acronym). But we need to use the abbreviation today in order to discuss news about HDMI.
HDMI is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDTV on Your Laptop

By Alfred Poor • Jul 24 2006, 1:00pm

You may have read some of my posts here where I make the case where the cut-off of analog over-the-air broadcast signals will be a non-issue by the time February 2009 finally rolls around. My contention is that there will be plenty of low cost ATSC digital tuners available as add-on products by then. As [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - A Big HDTV Built for You!

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2006, 1:00pm

Panasonic has made it official. The company has announced that it will start shipping its 103-inch plasma HDTV in December. The 1080p TH-103PZ600U will reportedly be built to order, and will be covered by a three-year warranty. Better measure your wall to make sure you have room; it will be about 90 inches wide by [...]


HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Buy Now?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 20 2006, 1:00pm

Q: I’m looking to buy a 32″ LCD HDTV within the next six months. The model I’m considering costs about $1,600 in stores and $1,200 online. What will it cost six months from now? Should I wait for a higher resolution 32-inch model?
A: I also would like to know what that LCD will cost in [...]

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

HDTV Almanac - A La Carte Won’t Work

By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2006, 1:00pm

Kagan Research held an audio conference last week explaining why unbundling of cable and satellite programming won’t work. Many groups have been calling for “a la carte” pricing of television programming, so that consumers don’t have to pay for channels that they don’t watch. Kagan makes some good points as to why this won’t work.
First, [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Can’t Beat Them? Join Them!

By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2006, 1:00pm

NBC did an about face this month when the company announced plans to make promotional clips of the network’s shows available on YouTube. Previously, they had demanded that clips (posted by others) be taken down due to copyright violations. Now, in addition to posting their own clips, NBC apparently will also start advertising on the [...]


HDTV Almanac - Samsung Ships LED DLP HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jul 17 2006, 1:00pm

According to a report in TWICE magazine, Samsung has started shipping their HL-S5679W rear projection DLP HDTV. This is a significant product, because it is the first to market with an LED light source instead of the conventional UHP lamp.
The conventional lamp needs to be replaced every 3,000 to 4,000 hours, and can cost about [...]

Blu-rayCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Warner Brothers to Ship Blu-ray DVDs

By Alfred Poor • Jul 14 2006, 1:00pm

It’s hardly a flood, but a few new Blu-ray titles are starting to trickle out now that the Blu-ray player from Samsung has started to ship. Warner Brothers has announced plans to ship four titles on August 1, at prices ranging from $28.99 to $34.99: “Good Night and Good Luck”, “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”, “Rumor [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - More Movies the Web

By Alfred Poor • Jul 13 2006, 1:00pm

The movie studios continue to throw spaghetti at any wall they can find, in hopes that something will stick. Now it’s Sony inking a deal with GUBA.com to distribute feature films from the Sony catalog. The films will be available for download to own, and Sony expects to have 500 titles available within the year. [...]


HDTV Almanac - Putting the Brakes on LCD TV Production

By Alfred Poor • Jul 12 2006, 1:00pm

LCD panel inventories are piling up around the world, creating headaches for LCD panel manufacturers. One of the largest — LG.Philips LCD — just blinked after reporting a second quarter loss of $392 million (compared to a $31 million profit for the same quarter a year ago). With four week’s of inventory sitting in warehouses, [...]


HDTV Almanac - HD Red Laser Drive Debuts

By Alfred Poor • Jul 11 2006, 1:00pm

If you don’t want to spend $500 to $1,000 or more for a drive to play HDTV content on high-density blue laser discs, you now have an option. The AVeL LinkPlayer2 will go on sale at CompUSA on August 1, with a $249 list price. Yes, this is a red laser device that plays standard [...]


HDTV Almanac - LCDs Go Wide

By Alfred Poor • Jul 10 2006, 1:00pm

AU Optronics is one of the largest LCD panel producers in Taiwan, and according to a report from DigiTimes, the company has announced plans for new widescreen models for the second half of 2006. Sizes will include 19-, 20-, 22-, 24- and 26-inch models, some of which will also come with LED backlights instead of [...]


HDTV Almanac - HDTV and Gaming: Samsung

By Alfred Poor • Jul 7 2006, 1:00pm

At least one major display company sees a tie between HDTV and video gaming. Samsung is a worldwide sponsor of the World Cyber Games, and has signed an agreement to provide displays and other devices for all WCG events in the US. Clearly, the company sees these as worthwhile opportunities to show off their HDTV [...]

Business & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Who Pays for the Almanac?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 6 2006, 1:00pm

A recent article in Business Week raises the issue of blogs and other commentaries receiving payments from corporations to say nice things about them. And in some cases, this financial “encouragement” is not disclosed by the writer.
Maybe it’s my 60s upbringing, but I don’t read anything in print or online without questioning the source, considering [...]

Blu-rayHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - BenQ and Blu-ray

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2006, 1:00pm

BenQ has announced that it will start shipping a Blu-ray recorder starting next month. The drive will read and write CD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats. Perhaps the most startling feature is that it will sell for about $1,000, which is about the same price as many of the announced read-only Blu-ray drives from other countries.
Has [...]