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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (November, 2006)

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LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Taiwan LCD TV Plants Slow Down

By Alfred Poor • Nov 29 2006, 2:00pm

Just two days ago, I wrote about how the newest LCD plants were making it possible to product large numbers of enormous LCD HDTVs. One of the questions is whether or not there is a market for all those panels. Apparently, some Taiwanese LCD manufacturers think that there may not be, at least in the [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - HDTV over IP by AT&T

By Alfred Poor • Nov 28 2006, 2:00pm

Okay, this headline speaks volumes about the biggest problem with the whole field of HDTV: all those acronyms. Here’s another one that describes why it’s a problem: MEGO. (That stands for My Eyes Glaze Over.) But this alphabet soup is news of interest. AT&T has been testing its Internet-based television system called U-Verse, and has [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Samsung Thinks Big for HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 27 2006, 2:00pm

Samsung announced last week that it intends to produce 70″ 1080p LCD HDTVs starting in February. This is made possible by the fact that they have their second Gen 7 plant running, which is capable of producing 1 million 70″ panels per year. We could see these new models on the market as early as [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - HDTV from Soot?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 25 2006, 2:00pm

Recent reports have highlighted Motorola’s ability to create carbon nanotubes as emitters for a field-emitter display (FED). Motorola was very active in FED research in the early 90s, but withdrew when it appeared that semiconductor emitters could not be manufactured at competitive prices. FEDs remain enticing, as they are thinner and lighter than an LCD [...]

Deals & Discounts

HDTV Almanac - Happy Thanksgiving!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 23 2006, 2:00pm

No news today. Just a simple wish of happiness to you and yours, and all others fans and supporters of the HDTV Almanac. May your day be filled with high-definition food and friendship. And be sure to rest up, if you’re planning to go for some of those incredible Black Friday deals tomorrow!

Events & TradeshowsSports

HDTV Almanac - Survey Says: Watch More HDTV!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 22 2006, 2:00pm

A vice president from ESPN spoke at a Samsung conference last week, and reportedly gave some interesting statistics about the viewing habits of HDTV owners. He said that 22% of sports fans with HDTVs said that they watched events that they probably would not have watched if they didn’t have HDTV. And of the HDTV [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Screen Size

By Alfred Poor • Nov 20 2006, 2:00pm

Q: I have a 24″ diagonal analog tv in my den. I want to buy a LCD HDTV widescreen to replace it. What size 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen HDTV will equal the screen size of my standard TV? I sit about 6 feet away from my TV. What is the largest [...]

Politics & PolicyCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Research Globally, Buy Locally

By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2006, 2:00pm

New research sponsored by CEA and Yahoo reveals that most people research their consumer electronics purchases online before buy anything. 71% of purchases were not made online, yet nearly three-quarters of those were researched online first. The average amount of online research was 12 hours per purchase. The average time for television purchases was even [...]

Environment / Green

HDTV Almanac - Does My Hat Look Green?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 16 2006, 2:00pm

One of the big myths of HDTV is that your new set will arrive from the factory with all the image adjustments at their optimal points. In general, this is not the case. And you can get in big trouble if you set about trying to adjust them on the fly, trying to judge “what [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: Ford’s Ultimate Confusion

By Alfred Poor • Nov 15 2006, 2:00pm

Okay, I’m blowing the whistle and throwing the flag on this play myself. Am I the only one who noticed the ads for Ford’s “Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes“? It’s a cool promotion, in which someone will win a new Ford F-150 pickup truck that has been tricked out for tailgate parties. According to the ads, it [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Black Friday Looms Large

By Alfred Poor • Nov 14 2006, 2:00pm

Last week, I mentioned Wal-Mart’s preemptive strike on Black Friday HDTV pricing, with low prices on major brand models. Well, another shoe has dropped as sources are publicizing the specials that Best Buy will reportedly be offering on Black Friday. How about a 50″ plasma for $1,699? That’s not some off-brand model, either; it’s a [...]

LCD HDTVsGlobal & WorldviewEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - A 42″ LCD HDTV for $200?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 13 2006, 2:00pm

A news item in DigiTimes last month didn’t make the waves that I thought it might have. The senior vice president for LCDs at Samsung Electronics gave a speech at the FPD International 2006 conference in Yokohama, Japan. In the speech, he stated that Samsung aims to reduce the production costs for LCD panels from [...]

Front Projection

HDTV Almanac - The $500 Projector

By Alfred Poor • Nov 10 2006, 2:00pm

No, it’s not capable of HDTV, but with an SVGA resolution (800 by 600 pixels), it is capable of showing widescreen EDTV (Enhanced Definition TV, 848 by 480 pixels) with just minimal scaling. Wide format DVDs should look great on this. And because it’s a front projector, you can make the image as large as [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - TV Downloads a Hit!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 9 2006, 2:00pm

The major networks continue to throw spaghetti at TV over the Internet in hopes of discovering that sticks. While ABC has experimented with selling episodes on iTunes, ABC, CBS, and NBC are all providing free downloads of episodes from some of their hit shows. According to reports, NBC has delivered more than 5 million episodes, [...]

Global & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Get the Lead Out!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 8 2006, 2:00pm

You may not have heard about RoHS (pronounced ROW-hass), but you will. It’s a set of laws passed by the European Union that restricts the use of hazardous substances in consumer electronics. Since we live in a global economy, most manufacturers will end up making their entire product line conform. One of the big problems [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Wal-Mart’s Opening Salvo

By Alfred Poor • Nov 7 2006, 1:00pm

Inventories of flat panel HDTVs have declined since midsummer; actually, they have increased, but unit sales have increasd much more, so the net effect is that the supplies are tighter. The net effect, however, is that this has eased the pressure on manufacturers and retailers to keep cutting prices. And so my earlier predictions that [...]

Service & RepairBroadcastProgrammingSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - The World Wide TV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 6 2006, 1:00pm

If you get all the news you want from USA Today, just go ahead and skip today’s entry.
We tend to think of television as a uniquely American phenomenon, and until the advent of cable and satellite service, we rarely got a chance to see video programming from other countries. It still is rare on broadcast [...]

Wireless HDMI/HDTVEntertainment

HDTV Almanac - Wireless HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 3 2006, 1:00pm

One of the biggest challenges with home entertainment systems is what to do with all the wires. HDMI is one attempt to create a data chain to simplify connections between devices, but the potential remains largely unrealized at this point. Wouldn’t it be great if all the components could just talk to each other without [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Ads

By Alfred Poor • Nov 2 2006, 1:00pm

What do you get when you take 70,000 liters of colored paint (that’s about 18,500 gallons), load it into firework mortars, and set them off? You get one of the most memorable TV commercials for HDTV that I’ve ever seen. Sony created the ad for its BRAVIA line, with the slogan “Color like no other”. [...]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Some Assembly Required

By Alfred Poor • Nov 1 2006, 1:00pm

Television is getting more complicated. It used to be that the hardest part was carrying it in and getting it into your media center furniture. Now we have have flat panels and surround sound systems, and a zillion different types of cables and connectors and remote controls. The tech-savvy buyer can still put all the [...]