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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (September, 2006)

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HDTV Almanac - HD DVD Continues Early Lead

By Alfred Poor • Sep 29 2006, 1:00pm

The conflict between BluRay and HD DVD as the new blue laser standard format for high definition DVDs is rapidly evolving into a religious conflict similar to the one between the Mac and the PC. You can find heated debate and impassioned defenses for both sides all over the Web. The staff at HDBlu.com decided [...]

Front Projection

HDTV Almanac - Pocket Cinema

By Alfred Poor • Sep 28 2006, 1:00pm

Okay, this is not HDTV, but it’s too cool to miss. The Next Big Thing in front projectors is really something small: pocket projectors. A number of models are available, but the newest arrival is the BumbleBee from Boxlight. This projector is small — 4.75 “x 3.9″ x 1.9″ — and weighs less than a [...]

Plasma HDTVsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Pioneer and Samsung in Plasma HDTV Dispute

By Alfred Poor • Sep 27 2006, 1:00pm

It seems that competition in the courts is as important as what takes place on the store shelves these days. Pioneer filed a suit against Samsung on Monday, claiming patent violations in their plasma panel technology. Samsung reportedly will file a counter-suit.
This is a newsworthy development, but not shocking. There is a lot of valuable [...]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - HDTV for $.37 an Hour

By Alfred Poor • Sep 26 2006, 1:00pm

A report from Nielsen Media Research states that the average American home has 2.73 televisions, but only 2.55 people. The Nielsen also reports that the average person watches about four and a half hours of TV each day.
Okay, let’s do some math about HDTV watching. Let’s assume that someone pays $2,000 (to pick a round [...]

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

HDTV Almanac - DirecTV Makes Difficult HD Decisions

By Alfred Poor • Sep 25 2006, 1:00pm

To paraphrase the Stones, you can’t always watch what you want, especially if you’re an HDTV customer of DirecTV. As reported by Phillip Swann in TV Predictions, the service has selectively shut down certain HD channels on a temporary basis in recent weeks. First TNT HD, then HDNet, and most recently Universal HD.
The reason for [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Getcha New HDTV Right Here!

By Alfred Poor • Sep 22 2006, 1:00pm

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up! See the big screen of your dreams right here in our store! Take home an HDTV today!
Sure, we expect to find HDTVs for sale in the major big box consumer electronics chains such as Best Buy and Circuit City. We even look for them in the discount clubs like [...]


HDTV Almanac - RP HDTV Boosters Unite

By Alfred Poor • Sep 21 2006, 1:00pm

One of the mysteries of rear projection HDTVs remains why consumers continue to favor LCD and plasma for large screens, even though the rear projection models of the same size cost hundreds or thousands of dollars less.
A number of Japanese companies have banded together to form the Micro Device Display Consortium (MDDPC) to promote [...]

HD DVDBlu-rayCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - WB Releases HD Titles

By Alfred Poor • Sep 20 2006, 1:00pm

October 10th, Warner Home Video will release a dozen new high-definition DVD titles. The actual titles are not nearly as interesting as two other facts. First, 10 of the 12 new titles will be on HD DVD format, leaving only two on Blu-Ray. And the HD DVDs will list for $28.99 while the Blu-Ray titles [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - RP HDTV Gets Skinnier

By Alfred Poor • Sep 19 2006, 1:00pm

One of the knocks against rear projection HDTV is that you have to replace a lamp every few years to maintain the brightness. That problem is being addressed through the use of solid state lighting, using high-brightness LEDs such as the PhlatLight from Luminus Devices. The other major problem is that rear projection HDTVs are [...]

Events & TradeshowsPlasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - CEDIA HDTV Wrap Up

By Alfred Poor • Sep 18 2006, 1:00pm

CEDIA is the Consumer Electronics Designer and Installer Association show, which was held last week in Denver. The exhibit hall was filled with high-end products for the custom install market, such as motorized mounts for large plasma HDTVs, plush seating for home theaters, and gorgeous wooden housings for 7.1 channel surround sound speaker systems.
So it [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Reconsider Front Projection HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Sep 15 2006, 1:00pm

At the CEDIA show this week in Denver, one hot topic has been the new wave of 1080p front projectors designed for HDTV applications. Until now, these typically cost $10,000 or more, and were destined for high-end home theater installations.
Then on Wednesday, Sony announced its new VPL-VW50 that uses the company’s acclaimed SXRD version of [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Sharp Lowers Prices on New HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Sep 14 2006, 1:00pm

My position on whether or not to choose 1080p over 720p has always been tempered by disclaimers about how much of a premium you should pay to get the extra resolution of 1080p. If the prices are the same, then I definitely would get the 1080p model (assuming all else is equal, such as the [...]

HD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - TiVo Goes HD

By Alfred Poor • Sep 13 2006, 1:00pm

TiVo – the company that put “digital video recorder” on the map and became a verb just like Google — has announced a new model this week. It’s designed from the ground up to handle HDTV program recording, and this beast has the specs to prove it. For example, it has a 250 GB hard [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Let Circuit City Do It!

By Alfred Poor • Sep 12 2006, 1:00pm

Pop quiz, cousin: You’ve just spent $4,000 on a 108 pounds of glass and electronics, and you’re going to hang it on the wall, and you don’t want it to fall down, and you want all the wires to run to it neatly, without having to tear huge holes in your living room drywall. What [...]

HD DVDBlu-ray

HDTV Almanac - Tipping Point for High-Def DVD?

By Alfred Poor • Sep 11 2006, 1:00pm

The latest delays for the Sony PS3 are reportedly caused by problems with getting parts for the Blu-Ray DVD players that are to be part of the package. And now Sony says that they are only going to ship 100,000 units for the entire USA in November. How many stores will be carrying it? If [...]

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV Almanac - HDMI Goes Wireless

By Alfred Poor • Sep 8 2006, 1:00pm

If you have an older home, running wires to your HDTV from the various components can be a hassle. Cabling is costly, but the real expense comes in trying to route those wires through walls in a way that can be repaired or hidden. Gefen has announced a new product that may be a cost-effective [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - If You Have to Ask…

By Alfred Poor • Sep 7 2006, 1:00pm

Looking for a unique gift this year for that special HDTV-loving someone in your life? Check out the Yalos Diamond from Keymat Industrie of Italy. Those little sparkly dots around the black bezel in the photo are diamonds. Real diamonds. 160 of them, for a total of 20 carats. And in case you’re concerned about [...]

SportsCable HDTVHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Wal-Mart on ESPN

By Alfred Poor • Sep 6 2006, 1:00pm

Okay, so it’s not surprising to hear that one of the world’s largest retailers has inked an advertising deal with ESPN. Even less surprising is the fact that the deal is for time on (the new) Monday Night Football that starts next Monday. And given the strong links between HD and sports, there’s no surprise [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcastEntertainmentProgramming

HDTV Almanac - The Power of Indie TV

By Alfred Poor • Sep 5 2006, 1:00pm

It’s been said that the power of the press belongs to the person who owns one. Starting with Gutenberg, technology designed to disseminate information has had the ability to change the world. Look at the effects of broadcast television: not just news but the cultural impact of entertainment and sports programming as well. The World [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Happy Labor Day!

By Alfred Poor • Sep 4 2006, 1:00pm

Today is a holiday in the USA, in part to honor the working men and women of the country. And instead of taking the day off (well, not the whole day), I got to thinking about working folks and HDTVs.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage in June 2005 was [...]


HDTV Almanac - LCD HDTVs Get Bigger

By Alfred Poor • Sep 1 2006, 1:00pm

The display market tracking firm WitsView announced that the number of LCD TV panels shipped in July increased 2.0% over June’s shipments. The company also reported that the total square footage of those panel shipments increased 4.2%. That can only mean one thing; the average LCD TV is getting bigger.
Another data point appeared yesterday, as [...]