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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (March, 2007)

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HDTV Almanac - Cable Goes Local for HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2007, 2:00pm

During the lead-up to the SuperBowl, we saw lots of local cable companies get in beefs over rebroadcasting the HD programming from local network stations. As I mentioned at the time, it makes sense to me that the owners of the local stations ask to share in the revenues earned by the cable companies for [...]

Service & RepairFiber/IPTV HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - It Joost Gets Better!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2007, 2:00pm

I’m fortunate to be one of the beta testers for the new Joost IPTV service. This is the system that was originally known as “the Venice Project“, created by the original inventors of the Skype Internet phone service. Joost keeps growing and getting more polished. The number of channels has been expanded, and includes a [...]

HTPCs & LaptopsPlasma HDTVsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - RP HDTV Post January Gains

By Alfred Poor • Mar 28 2007, 2:00pm

In a press release, the display market research firm Pacific Media Associates (I work for this company) reported that in January rear projection HDTV unit sales increased 1.5% over December’s sales figures. That may not seem like much, but compare it with the 20% drop in sales of flat panel HDTVs: LCD and plasma. Texas [...]


HDTV Almanac - Philips Bails on Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 27 2007, 2:00pm

A couple of weeks ago, the CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics stated that the company is phasing out its plasma HDTV products worldwide except for North America and Australia, and will just focus on LCD TVs. It is worth noting that Philips also was a player in the LCoS rear projection market for long time [...]


HDTV Almanac - Down with Wires!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 26 2007, 2:00pm

A couple of weeks ago, Motorola announced the purchase of Amimon, Inc., a company that has created a wireless high-definition interface that it calls “WHDI“. Now, Motorola is big in wireless connectivity, but we think of it as a cell phone company. Why is it getting involved in HD?
The fact is that wireless connectivity offers [...]

Service & RepairBroadcastProgrammingSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - A Computer for Your HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2007, 2:00pm

One of the problems with an HDTV is that you can’t record high definition programming with most digital video recorders (DVRs). There are a few models on the market, but most are tied to cable or satellite service. If you want a DVR for over-the-air broadcast HDTV, one of your best bets at this point [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Plasma HDTV Stays Aggressive

By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2007, 2:00pm

Three years ago, the average 42″ high-definition plasma television sold for more than $5,000. Today, you can buy five of them and have money left over. Earlier this month, VIZIO announced a 42″ plasma HDTV that sells at an everyday price of $999.99. That’s a price point that we’ve seen in loss-leader promotions and close-outs, [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionBroadcastPolitics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Feds Help with DTV Transition

By Alfred Poor • Mar 21 2007, 2:00pm

In February 2009, transmission of analog television broadcasts will stop. By some accounts, this will mainly affect the 78 or so million TVs in US households that receive over-the-air (OTA) signals. The NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) has been charged with implementing the rebate program that will help pay for digital tuner conversion [...]

Events & TradeshowsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Pocket Projectors Get Brighter

By Alfred Poor • Mar 20 2007, 2:00pm

Could your next cell phone be an HDTV? It’s possible, given the advances in light sources for small projectors. As demonstrated at CES by a number of companies, the lighting packages are getting small enough to include in a typical “smart phone” housing. Earlier this month, Osram Opto Semiconductors announced a new six-LED package [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - New Pioneer 1080p Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 19 2007, 2:00pm

Pioneer has announced a new 50″ plasma HDTV monitor intended for professional markets. The PDP-5000EX appears to be the pro version of the PRO-FHD1 consumer model that came out last fall. According to a Pioneer press release, the panel uses a deep waffle rib structure that increases the amount of phosphor available for a brighter [...]


HDTV Almanac - March Madness IPTV Again

By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2007, 2:00pm

CBS and the NCAA have teamed up again this year to provide free online coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. You can watch any game that isn’t televised in your local market on the March Madness on Demand Web site. Registration is required, but it’s all free and you get buzzer to buzzer coverage.
Last [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Telco Video Franchise Rules Set

By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2007, 2:00pm

A report last week on TVTechnology.com describes the new video franchising rules set down by the FCC. The rules should help the telephone companies get permission to start offering television services around the country. One key element of the rules is that the local franchise authorities must reach an agreement within 90 days of application [...]

HD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - 3-in-1 HDTV Scaler

By Alfred Poor • Mar 14 2007, 2:00pm

Gefen – www.gefen.com — has announced a new product that may make it easier for some users to coordinate the video signals from various sources. The new HD Mate Scaler has two sets of component inputs and a DVI-I input that handles digital and analog signals. It then can identify the resolution of the incoming [...]

Events & TradeshowsCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Clearance Time

By Alfred Poor • Mar 13 2007, 2:00pm

CES 2007 is fading into the mists of memory, but all those new HDTVs are starting to appear. Over the next six months, the products announced in January will start to appear on retailer’s displays and in the listings of Web shopping sites. The dealers still have a sizable inventory left over from the end-of-year [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - DST and Friendly HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 12 2007, 2:00pm

If you managed to miss the fact that Daylight Savings Time (DST) started yesterday — three weeks earlier than in years past — you probably showed up an hour early for your first appointment today. Unless you had at least one clock in your home that made the change for you.
Here’s the “Spring Forward” scorecard [...]

LCD HDTVsEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - LCD HDTV Surplus through 2008

By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2007, 2:00pm

At the DisplayBank FPD Materials Conference last week in New York City, DisplayBank’s Kenny Kim gave a presentation on the supply and demand for LCD panels over the coming years. He forecasts a sizeable surplus manufacturing capacity to continue until early 2009. This is in spite of many companies announcing plans to slow down or [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Will Flash Trump High-Def DVDs?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2007, 2:00pm

All the pundits are still trying to handicap the race between the two blue laser high-definition DVD technologies. (For the record, this pundit has already picked HD DVD as the eventual winner over Blu-ray.) At the USDC investors’ conference for displays last week in New York City, my friend and colleague Pete Putman posed an [...]


HDTV Almanac - New Wine in New Bottles: Laser TV HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 6 2007, 2:00pm

Anyone familiar with HDTV issues knows that the rear projection television — RPTV — market defies gravity. These devices are largely 1080p resolution, so you get the best image detail possible, and they come in the large sizes that people need for a typical living room viewing distance. They weigh much less than a plasma [...]

BroadcastBusiness & InvestmentDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: More Digital TV Confusion

By Alfred Poor • Mar 5 2007, 2:00pm

The headline on the BizBlog on the Idaho Business Review Web site screams “You need to buy an HDTV in the next 24 months”. This proves that there is at least one more Chicken Little writing about television in the blogosphere.
Here are the facts, folks. In February 2009, analog broadcast over the air will cease. [...]

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Satellite HDTV Services Make Nice

By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2007, 2:00pm

On Tuesday, the two satellite TV services issued a joint announcement. EchoStar – the company behind the DISH Network — and DirecTV announced that they had settled “certain litigations” between them. Apparently, both were using each other’s trademarked names in sponsored links on search engines using services such as Google Adwords. These links would use [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVPC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcastInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Florida Condos Get HDTV IPTV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2007, 2:00pm

IPTV is about sending television, movies, and other video content over a network connection, such as a local network or the Internet. At this point, the technology is still in its infancy. It has cropped up in some Asian markets as an alternative to broadcast television over the airwaves, but in the US, it is [...]