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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (October, 2006)

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Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - War of the Worlds?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 30 2006, 1:00pm

Peter Steiner drew a now-famous cartoon for The New Yorker that was published in 1993; a dog types at a computer and tells another dog that “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” This has interesting implications for the rise in user-posted videos on sites such as YouTube, and it is appropriate that we [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Rich Folk Buy HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Oct 27 2006, 1:00pm

Last week, a story in USA Today cited a report from the Leichtman Research Group that revealed — among other things — that 63% of the U.S. households with one or more HDTV had an annual income of $75,000 or more. I don’t find that at all surprising. The fact that 6% of households with [...]

Service & RepairEvents & TradeshowsInternet HD VideoPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - One in Ten Watch TV on PCs

By Alfred Poor • Oct 26 2006, 1:00pm

Where did you watch the latest episode of Lost ? If you were like one out of 10 of those surveyed by The Conference Board for their “Consumer Internet Barometer” service, you were probably seated at your PC instead of on a living room couch. The study found that 10% of the respondents watched some [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVBroadcastInternet HD VideoCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 10 Million Chinese Can’t Be Wrong

By Alfred Poor • Oct 25 2006, 1:00pm

How real is IPTV? As I’ve pointed out before, the definition of IPTV varies depending on who you talk to, but in general it means the distribution of video content over the Internet. YouTube is a limited type of IPTV, but there are services out there that look just like a typical cable TV broadcast [...]

Front ProjectionDLP HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Another Pocket Projector

By Alfred Poor • Oct 24 2006, 1:00pm

Last week, Toshiba announced their TDP-FF1AU projector. (Where do these companies get their model names? Imagine if Detroit were to name their cars this way!) It has 800 by 600 pixel resolution (SVGA) so it can display EDTV images without a problem, making it suitable for DVDs. It uses a DLP imager, and it [...]


HDTV Almanac - Make it Up in Volume?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 23 2006, 1:00pm

A report in today’s DigiTimes Display News cites industry sources that claim LG.Philips LCD is cutting its price for the 42″ LCD TV panel to $10 less than rival Samsung’s 40″ panel. According to the report, this places the price about $200 below the company’s production costs.
While this can be seen as good news for [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Mobile Video Viewing Habits

By Alfred Poor • Oct 20 2006, 1:00pm

Okay, so maybe it’s pushing it to talk about “habits” in something as new as mobile TV in the U.S., but Telephia provides detailed research on mobile TV viewership, and they’ve discovered some interesting results. The one I find most fascinating shows when people are most likely to be watching TV on their cell phones [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - HDTVs Are Dependable, says Consumer’s Union

By Alfred Poor • Oct 18 2006, 1:00pm

People are understandably hesitant to spend a lot of money on unfamilar technology. Buyers should find some comfort in a statement contained in the November issue of Consumer Reports:
With more consumers buying flat-panel TVs, there’s a growing amount of data on reliability, and the news is good. During the first year or two of use, [...]

Satellite HDTVProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Look Up in the HDTV Sky!

By Alfred Poor • Oct 17 2006, 1:00pm

It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No, its DIRECTV 9S, the latest satellite in the DirecTV constellation, one of four launched in the last two years. It supports both standard resolution and HDTV programming, as well as interactive services. The company plans to launch two more birds in the coming year, which will more than [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Testing 1080p HDTV Processing

By Alfred Poor • Oct 16 2006, 1:00pm

Long-time readers may realize that I avoid links and references to posts on other sites; I feel that you deserve some original research and original thought when you take the time to read the HDTV Almanac. But today, I’m breaking that rule to make you aware of some outstanding work that has been done by [...]

4K (Ultra HD)Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Beyond HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Oct 13 2006, 1:00pm

Lots of sites have picked up on the fact that Sharp demonstrated an “ultra high-definition” display at the CEATAC show in Japan last week. Yes, the 4,096 by 2,160 pixel display looks impressive with incredibly fine detail; Westinghouse demoed a display with the same resolution at CES last January. Some folks are getting all excited [...]

HD DVDBlu-rayPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Slow Start for High-Def DVD

By Alfred Poor • Oct 12 2006, 1:00pm

How can you tell who the pioneers are? They are the ones with the arrows sticking out of their backs. Let’s face it, the arrival of new technology is rarely easy, and when you have a conflict such as the one between HD DVD and Blu-ray, it gets tougher still. So it should come as [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - A Perfect Match

By Alfred Poor • Oct 11 2006, 1:00pm

Okay, by know you’ve probably heard about Google’s purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion. Yes, that’s a lot of money, especially for a company that apparently has yet to make a profit, and really especially while the excesses and failures of the DotCom Bust are still fresh in the minds of so many investors. Sure, [...]


HDTV Almanac - 50 GB Blu-ray Discs Today

By Alfred Poor • Oct 10 2006, 1:00pm

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that the company is releasing three new Blu-ray discs today: Click, Black Hawk Down, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The significance of the announcement is that the discs can hold up to 50GB, which is enough capacity to hold all the “bonus” material that is often found [...]

BroadcastSportsService & RepairSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - OTA HDTV: Not Always Best

By Alfred Poor • Oct 9 2006, 1:00pm

I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I’m also a fan of “free”. So I was thrilled last week when the local ABC affiliate broadcast Monday Night Football over the air, because I don’t have cable or satellite service so I don’t get ESPN. The local station also broadcast the game in HDTV on their digital [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - Avast, Ye Scurvy Pirates!

By Alfred Poor • Oct 6 2006, 1:00pm

“Piracy” is such an ugly word, but it seems more romantic than “stealing“. The fact is illegal copies of electronic information — audio CDs, DVDs, and computer software — are churned out by the millions every year. I’m the first to admit that not every recipient of an illegal copy would pay the full price [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyEvents & TradeshowsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - SED: Never Jam Today

By Alfred Poor • Oct 5 2006, 1:00pm

Have you heard about SED? It’s the new display technology developed by Toshiba and Canon that has all the image quality and viewing angle of a CRT in a panel that is thinner than an LCD. Prototypes have been demonstrated at shows over the years, and the ones shown at CES last January had people [...]

3D HDTVPC & Laptop TechnologyLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - In Search of a Problem

By Alfred Poor • Oct 4 2006, 1:00pm

3D displays capture the imagination of a lot of people, but do not seem to capture many dollars from consumer pockets. But that doesn’t keep manufacturers from trying.
Years ago, Sharp developed an LCD technology that could present a different image to each of your eyes to create a three-dimensional image without goggles or special glasses. [...]


HDTV Almanac - HDTV Brands: New and Improved?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 3 2006, 1:00pm

News item: Ausustek is the company that makes Asus motherboards, which are a familiar staple among the DIY personal computer set. The company has just launched a 42″ LCD TV in Taiwan, hoping to expand sales into China and Europe in 2007.
We’re still in an expansion stage for HDTV brands. Companies are buying up existing [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Alfred Poor in NYC Oct 12

By Alfred Poor • Oct 2 2006, 1:00pm

“Professor Poor” will be speaking at the October meeting of the New York Amateur Computer Club on Thursday, October 12th, at 7 PM. The meeting will be in Room 806 of the Silver Building at New York University, 32 Waverly Place. He will be discussing “Will Your Next Computer Be an HDTV?” which will include [...]