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By Alfred Poor • May 30 2007, 2:00pm
The Society for Information Display conference is like a candy store to a techie display guy like me.
It’s almost all about components and new technologies and future stuff that just over the technology horizon.
But occasionally, there are commercial products worthy of note.
For example, Sharp was showing their 108″ 1080p LCD TV monitor, [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 29 2007, 2:00pm
Some may call it an inconvenient truth, but worldwide consumers are becoming more conscious of energy and environmental issues.
(Do you think that $3/gallon gasoline could be a factor?) The big take-away from the SID 2007 conference is that the display industry hears that message loud and clear, and many companies were talking “green” about [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 28 2007, 2:00pm
There’s a video clip making the email rounds these days.
It’s a clip of an under-bed HDTV mount from MK 1 Studio.
This motorized lift slides your HDTV out from under your bed, and positions it at the foot of the bed.
It can even automatically adjust the viewing angle to your preference.
Now, this is [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 25 2007, 2:00pm
Once again, there are lots of 3D displays being shown at SID 2007, but this year I’ve started to think differently about them.
Until recently, I only saw them as niche products that had practical appear for narrow applications such as pharmaceutical design or medical procedures.
Head mounted goggles are too bulky or geeky for [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 24 2007, 2:00pm
Rear projection HDTV sales continue to defy rational analysis as buyers choose to spend an extra $1,000 or more to get a flat panel model instead.
One development on the near horizon that could change this is the arrival of the Laser TV.
A Laser TV is really a rear projection HDTV that replaces the projection [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 23 2007, 2:00pm
I am the first to admit that I have been bearish on plasma HDTVs.
The rising tide of LCD has steadily eroded plasma’s market share, taking over larger and larger segments until we have reached the point where LCD owns the flat panel market below 50”, and is threatening to take over the 50” to [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 22 2007, 2:00pm
One fact is becoming clear in the HDTV market; 1080p wins.
It wins for a number of reasons, some good and some not so good.
One of the weaker reasons is that many consumers shop by comparing specifications; 1080p has more pixels than 720p and more must be better, so 1080p wins.
A more solid [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 21 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, I’ve written in the past about diamonds in HDTVs, but they have been cosmetic features, intended to differentiate the model with a little bling.
And yes, diamonds are pure carbon crystals, so in a sense you could say that using carbon nanotubes in a display technology would be a little like using diamonds.
By Alfred Poor • May 18 2007, 2:00pm
Sony has reported dismal financials for last year, due in large part to all the money they lost on the Playstation 3 by selling them with Blu-ray drives at less than the manufacturing costs.
Now Toshiba is turning up the heat in the high definition DVD race by cutting prices on their HD DVD models.
By Alfred Poor • May 17 2007, 2:00pm
Today, LG.Philips LCD announced that they will be demonstrating a flexible OLED display next week at the Society for Information Display Symposium next week in Long Beach, CA.
(And I’ll be there, reporting on the new developments in display technology here in the HDTV Almanac.) The demonstration panel has a 4″ diagonal size, and a [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 16 2007, 2:00pm
It’s strange that one acronym – IP — covers two different terms that both stand to have a big impact on HDTV content on cable systems.
IP stands for Internet Protocol, and it’s shaping up as a competitor to cable; as more and more people get high-speed broadband Internet access, delivery of HDTV content over [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 15 2007, 2:00pm
That happy smiley face will be shining down over a lot more HDTVs, as Wal-Mart aggressively expands its offerings.
According to a company press release yesterday, the chain will start carrying Vizio?s 26″, 32″, 37″, and 42″ flat panel television models .
You can also expect to find 1080p sets 40″ or larger from Philips [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 14 2007, 2:00pm
I was originally skeptical about the demand for video content on mobile phones, but studies in Europe made me a believer.
The US market still trails Europe and parts of Asia in adopting this technology, but signs indicate that Americans are about to see lots of new products and services in this area.
And a [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 11 2007, 2:00pm
Panasonic is the big dog in the plasma display market, and their planned production expansion is a measure of their commitment to the market.
Others are not so confident that plasma can remain competitive, however.
Direct view LCD has already taken over the HDTV market up to 5o”, and is poised to make a fight [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 10 2007, 2:00pm
Pioneer has a strong reputation for high-quality plasma displays.
At their spring line show event in New York, the company announced their new products for 2007:
Screen Size (Diagonal)
50 inch [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 9 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, our refrigerator is covered with snapshot photos of family and friends.
I mean covered; apparently there is a social barometer that indicates when your photo moves off the doors and around to the side to make room for a more “door-worthy” picture.
But now LG has come up with a refrigerator that may provide [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 8 2007, 12:48pm
Bruce Springsteen sang about “57 channels and nothin’s on“.
It makes you wonder about what he’d think about all the video that’s available online these days.
I have a widget on my Google homepage that brings up a variety of new and popular video clips, which led me back to something I already new about [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 7 2007, 2:46pm
On Thursday, DirecTV announced their new “Sat-Go” product.
This briefcase-sized device contains a 17″ LCD screen and a DirecTV satellite receiver.
Just open it up, point it south at a DirecTV satellite, and you’ll get all your DirecTV programming on the system including premium sports subscriptions.
It has rechargeable batteries, and runs on regular household [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 4 2007, 2:00pm
Media giant Viacomm holds the rights to many popular video properties, including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.
I’m not saying that these programs are designed to appeal to viewers with short attention spans, but the content does lend itself well to capture and uploading to YouTube (which has a 10 minute cap on segment lengths).
By Alfred Poor • May 3 2007, 2:00pm
Former head of the Disney empire, Michael Eisner, was in the vicinity last month and spoke to a local college.
He described his new studio, Vuguru, and some of its projects.
One of the most interesting items is a serial drama titled “Prom Queen“, comprising 80 episodes that last just 90 seconds each.
The episodes [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 2 2007, 2:00pm
It can be argued that 2006 was the Year of the HDTV, as a result of the booming sales.
If so, then perhaps 2007 will go down as the Year of the Green HDTV.
No, this is not about color balance; it’s all about the environment.
The media has given lots of attention to global warming [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 1 2007, 2:00pm
Plasma, LCD, DLP, LCoS: the current technology landscape is cluttered enough to cause paralyzing confusion for many buyers.
The prospect of OLED, SED, and Laser TVs only makes the question of whether to buy now or to wait that much more difficult.
But the display industry does not stand still, and the next breakthrough technology [...]