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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (April, 2007)

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Politics & PolicyDigital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - FCC Requires Warning Labels

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2007, 2:00pm

On Wednesday, the FCC approved new rules that require retailers to include warning stickers on any television sold with an analog tuner but not a digital tuner. All new models are required to have digital tuners at this point, so this sticker requirement would apply to the existing inventory of products. If these units are [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: 1080i Signal on a 720p HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2007, 2:00pm

Q: I’ve noticed that some HDTVs are listed as 720p, but their specs says that they supports 1080i. Why wouldn’t those TVs be listed as 1080i? With these types of TVs, would a 1080p signal come through as 1080i or 720? If an upscaling dvd player is used on those TVs, would it upscale [...]

Plasma HDTVsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - HDTV on the Wall

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2007, 2:00pm

Ask the average person why they want to get a flat panel — LCD or plasma – even if it costs more than a rear projection model of the same screen size, and you’re likely to get the answer “…because I can hang it on the wall.” The fact is that most people don’t hang [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Court Rules Almost HDTV Is Okay

By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2007, 2:00pm

According to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger, a federal court in New Jersey has decided to dismiss a case in which a California man, Jason Ford, claimed he was defrauded by Panasonic for selling him a plasma television as an HDTV even though it did not have enough pixels to qualify. The Panasonic model [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: Are DVDs HD?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2007, 2:00pm

Everyone knows that people are confused about HDTV. And lots of people are trying to help consumers understand this technology and the various choices; that’s why the HDTV Almanac exists in the first place. These efforts are commendable. But sadly, many responsible individuals and companies spread confusion and misinformation rather than eliminate it. Under the [...]

Environment / GreenPlasma HDTVsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Plasma vs. LCD Energy Use

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2007, 12:32pm

Q: Is there a difference in energy consumption between plasma and LCD? And does size make a difference; how much more energy do you use as sets get larger?
John Kin
A: As I’ve said, I expect that consumers will start paying more attention to environmental issues for all sorts of products, including HDTV, so this is [...]

LCD HDTVsEnvironment / Green

HDTV Almanac - Sharp Goes Green with LCD HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2007, 2:00pm

For the month of April, anyone purchasing a Sharp LCD HDTV with a screen size of 37″ or larger can have their old television set recycled for free. The purchase has to be made on Sharp’s online retail site and the new screen has to be at least as large as the one being recycled. [...]

Front ProjectionBusiness & InvestmentHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Sony Goes Wide on Projectors

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2007, 2:00pm

If you want the biggest HD image for the lowest price, the clear choice is a front projector. Until recently, however, there was not much middle ground in your choices. The standard business projectors with their XGA and SVGA resolution are perfectly capable of displaying a wide standard definition image — often called Enhanced Definition [...]

HD DVDBlu-ray

HDTV Almanac - Toshiba Sues over DVD Licenses

By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2007, 2:00pm

The battle rages between Blu-ray and HD DVD to become the high-definition DVD format. One question I often hear is “Why can’t they just agree on a compromise format?” Aside from the technical issues that account for significant physical differences between the two formats, the best answer can be found by following the famous advice, [...]

OLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - OLED HDTVs This Year!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2007, 2:00pm

Reuters reported that Sony said yesterday that the company will market OLED HDTVs before the end of this year. By Sony’s own admission, the new sets will be “very expensive” and will initially be marketed “as a status symbol”. Sony plans to start initial production at about 1,000 units per month, which is a trickle [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Online Buyer Beware: Shipping Prices

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2007, 2:00pm

Conventional wisdom says that HDTV buyers will research their purchases online, but when it comes time to put cash on the barrelhead, they head for retailers at the local mall. I believe that a major factor in this is that they want one last chance to kick the tires before making their choice, and they [...]

Plasma HDTVsLCD HDTVsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Makes Big Plasma Play

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2007, 2:00pm

At the Panasonic spring line show last month, the company showed rear projection and direct view LCD models in addition to their new plasma line, but it’s clear that the company is committed to making a big play for plasma. While some other companies — including Philips — are pulling back from plasma displays, Panasonic [...]

LCD HDTVsHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: LCD TV with DVD

By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2007, 2:00pm

Q: I would like your advice on the purchase of my first LCD TV. I have researched this but the more I read, the more confused I become! What model(s) would you recommend in the 26-32″ range that are reliable, have a sharp picture, and are also capable of playing CD’s? Does [...]

Sports

HDTV Almanac - Sharp Plays Ball with HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2007, 2:00pm

The boys of summer have taken to the fields of dreams, and once again, the spring air is filled with the hopes of new beginnings. There’s nothing new about sports driving HDTV sales, however, and baseball is no exception. Sharp has entered into a deal with Major League Baseball to be the official HDTV sponsor, [...]

Entertainment

HDTV Almanac - Tough Times for Tweeter

By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2007, 2:00pm

Late last month, Tweeter Home Entertainment Group announced that they were closing one third of their consumer electronic stores, and laying off more than 20% of their employees. The company has had its share of financial woes in recent years, and the price wars of the past holiday season punched more holes in the hull [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - When Do You Watch IPTV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2007, 2:00pm

Okay, the dirty secret is out. Video content over the Internet — IPTV – may cause a bigger hit to American worker productivity than Freecell and instant messaging, and that’s saying a lot! HDTV champion Mark Cuban (billionaire owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and chairman of HDNet) has an excellent blog called “Blog Maverick“. [...]

Service & RepairMarketplaceBusiness & InvestmentDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - Another DRM Card Falls

By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2007, 2:00pm

Apple’s iTunes service owns the lion’s share of the legal music download business. EMI Group claims to be the world’s largest independent music company. Clearly, these are two heavyweight influencers in the music marketplace. So it was a bit of a bombshell when the two companies announced that iTunes will be allowed to start selling [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Panasonic 42″ 1080p Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2007, 2:00pm

Last Thursday, I attended the Panasonic spring line show press event, and while much of the news was as might be expected, the company announced plans for the TH-42PZ700, a 42″ plasma model with 1080p resolution that is expected to ship in June for a suggested retail price of $2,499.
The question is why Panasonic is [...]