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By Alfred Poor • Jan 30 2007, 2:00pm
A story in DigiTimes reports that the Photonics Industry Technology & Development Association (PIDA) has predicted that prices for 32″ LCD HDTV panels will decline 7.6%.
That’s not their prediction for all of 2007; it’s just for the first quarter.
And 37″ panel prices are expected to fall 6.1%.
PIDA estimates that the average [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 29 2007, 2:00pm
DRM: it stands for “digital rights management” but the definition is really “copy protection“.
We are currently coping with heavy-handed implementations of protection at a number of levels.
Why can’t your iTunes music play on an MP3 player that is not an iPod? DRM.
Why will some high-definition DVD players produce a 1080p signal only [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 26 2007, 2:00pm
Netflix is a phenomenon; there’s no other way to put it.
More than 5 million people subscribe to the service that has done such a good job using your mailbox as a replacement for the video rental store, that Blockbuster has now been compelled to match the service.
Netflix offers more than 70,000 titles on [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2007, 2:00pm
I’ve written lately about the brave talk from manufacturers about how flat panel HDTV prices are not going to decline as fast in 2007 as they did in 2006, and how they are whistling in the dark.
The market will determine the pricing, and if supplies exceed demand as it appears likely that they will, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2007, 2:00pm
As some of you may know, I’m co-host of a radio show that is broadcast on Wednesday nights at 8 PM Eastern, on WBAI-FM in New York City.
The Personal Computer Show is the longest running computer show in the country, and I am honored that I get to be a part of it.
The show [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 23 2007, 2:00pm
Last week, I mentioned the beef that some network affiliate station owners had with local cable services offering their HD programming without paying anything extra for it.
And right now, if that station is affiliated with CBS, a lot of subscribers are very interested in a quick settlement to the problem… say, before February 4th.
By Alfred Poor • Jan 22 2007, 2:00pm
Sony has announced that it will not let its Blu-Ray disc production subsidiary produce any “adult” titles.
As it did with Betamax, it is not going to make it easy for pornography producers to publish on Blu-Ray.
This comes on the heels of the announcement by many major porn publishers that they will be using [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 19 2007, 2:00pm
While the November and December retail wars were raging, the LCD manufacturers of the world saw orders decline.
This is a normal seasonal fluctuation, as retailers scale back from the feeding frenzy of the holidays.
But while orders are down, many manufacturers are looking to expand their production capacity even further for the coming years.
By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2007, 2:00pm
Lots of people have the same complaint about IPTV as they do about broadcast television and cable: “500 channels and nothing’s on“.
Well, if you’re looking for quality content for free on the Internet, you need look no further than the Sundance Film Festival’s site.
Starting today, the festival will post complete short films as [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2007, 2:00pm
You’ve bought your magnificent HDTV and it’s installed.
You have upgraded your cable service so that you get their HD programming, to take advantage of the extra resolution of your new TV.
And you’ve started making the shopping list for your SuperBowl bash on February 4th, because you’ve invited a mob of friends and family [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 16 2007, 2:00pm
IPTV is “Internet Protocol television”, and refers to video content delivered over a network instead of broadcast over terrestrial towers, satellites, or cable systems.
The rapid growth of YouTube and the sale of network broadcast show episodes over iTunes demonstrate clearly that people are ready to start getting at least some of their entertainment video [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 15 2007, 2:00pm
How small can a front projector get? Small enough to be bundled into a typical “smart phone”! A demonstration by Microvision at CES last week showed a tiny package that was displaying full color, full motion video content, and the mockup showed it fitting into a cell phone case.
No, it wasn’t very bright, but [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2007, 2:00pm
Aladdin was not the only one to consider swapping his old lamp for a new one.
Rear-projection HDTV makers have been actively seeking alternatives to the traditional UHP lamps used in most RPTVs and front projectors.
While these lamps are very bright, they also generate a lot of heat and are limited to a few [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 11 2007, 2:00pm
As I’ve written here before, a lot of companies have been saying that they don’t expect the flat panel HDTV prices to fall as much this year as they did last year.
I can understand why they would say this; the 25% to 40% price drop made profits evaporate even while unit sales went through [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 10 2007, 2:00pm
I know that this coverage is unbalanced, giving Sony two entries in a row, but the news is worth it.
In addition to all their new products, Sony also is demonstrating a 27″ 1080p OLED TV here at CES in Las Vegas.
OLED is the technology that many think is most likely to gain a [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 9 2007, 2:00pm
At their CES press event Sunday evening, Sony announced plans to offer an IPTV service, which means providing video content over the Internet.
Some models of the Bravia line will accept special modules that will allow you to connect the set directly to a broadband Internet connection, without the need for a separate PC.
The service [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 8 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, CES 2007 hasn’t started yet officially, and I’ve already picked one of the “buzz themes” for the show.
The press gets to shuffle from one massive press conference to another the day before show starts.
If you think nobody will show up for an LG Electronics press conference at 8 AM on a Sunday [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 5 2007, 2:00pm
Major manufacturers have been quoted recently, saying that the plummeting prices for flat panel HDTVs in 2006 were more than they had expected, but that price reductions in 2007 should be smaller.
And I dismissed this as whistling in the dark.
The new year is less than a week old, and V Inc — makers [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 4 2007, 2:00pm
LG Electronics has announced that the company will show a new high-definition DVD player at CES.
The drive will support both HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats.
No mention was made about pricing or availability, or even how the drive would be configured.
Some may view this as good news for the high-definition DVD market, as it [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2007, 2:00pm
Showtime Networks has announced that they will offer a service that will let consumers download-to-own episodes of the network’s proprietary programming.
The system relies on Microsoft’s new Vista version of Windows, using its Media Center PC features.
The network plans to demonstrate the service at CES in Las Vegas next week.
The camel’s nose continues to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 2 2007, 2:00pm
Many consumers in the U.S.
are beginning to enjoy the power of fiber optic data transmissions.
This service provides a high bandwidth connection to the Internet, telephone service, and eventually, video entertainment.
Companies such as Verizon have made enormous investments to build out the fiber optic network, and hope to challenge traditional cable companies by [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 1 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, just like last Monday, I’m not posting any HDTV news today.
I want to thank everyone who reads the HDTV Alamanac and has helped spread the word; I greatly appreciate your support and comments.
Thanks also to the HDTV industry as a whole, as they are bringing better and better products to market all [...]