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By Alfred Poor • Jul 30 2007, 2:00pm
Here’s a conundrum for you: how can the continued miniaturization of electronics play a role in the HDTV market where consumers are looking to buy ever larger displays? Well, Electronic House just named the Mitsubishi LT-46144 LCD HDTV as a 2007 Product of the Year.
What’s so special about this 46″ 1080p LCD model? It [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 27 2007, 2:00pm
Blockbuster is making changes to its “all you can eat” movie plans that compete directly with NetFlix.
One of the key advantages to the Blockbuster program is that instead of mailing back the DVDs when you’re finished watching them, you can drop them off at the local Blockbuster store instead.
And when you drop it [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 26 2007, 2:00pm
Go to ABC’s Web site and you’ll see a link in the middle of the page that offers “full screen now available” for the online shows.
These shows include full-length episodes with only “limited” commercial interruption: three 30 second breaks in an hour-long show, and two per half hour episode.
You’ve got to be in [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2007, 2:00pm
The Consumer Electronics Association just released a report stating that 72% of U.S.
adults have broadband access to the Internet.
Subscriptions for home broadband services have increased 21% in the past year, now reaching 57.8 million households.
Three out of four homes with Internet access have broadband service.
And for those who do not have [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 24 2007, 2:00pm
The cable industry has fought it for years, but earlier this month they finally lost the battle and the FCC’s new rules for cable connections went into effect earlier this month.
It’s a complex topic, but here’s the simple explanation.
Cable companies have to separate their security features from the channel selection function.
Until now, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 23 2007, 2:00pm
The sweepstakes is not slated to launch until August 13, but Westinghouse Digital has teamed up with the Oxygen cable network to create a “Girls Gone Wired” promotion.
Winners in 20 local affiliate markets will get a “total techover” that will include up to $5,000 worth of Westinghouse products.
There will also be 20 runner [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2007, 2:00pm
Would you be surprised to find that worldwide, 300 million consumers watch ad-supported or subscription-based broadband video content on the Internet? A report published earlier this month by ABI Research predicts that this number will soar to nearly 1 billion by 2012.
The company expects that broadcast television content will continue to be supported by [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2007, 2:00pm
A recent survey by iSupply reveals that nearly two out of three consumers want their televisions connected to the Internet.
I find this to be a curious result, because most people don’t have TVs connected to the Web so why do they think they would want that?
iSupply’s answer makes a lot of sense.
Consumers are [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 17 2007, 2:00pm
EE Times has reported that Magnum Semiconductor has a design for a chip that will let viewers pause live TV on their televisions without the need for a separate digital video recorder.
(And here’s a tip of my cap to my friends at “Display Daily” for pointing out the EE Times story.) The basic idea [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 16 2007, 2:00pm
Amazon.com has created CustomFlix Labs, which produces DVDs on demand for sale on Amazon.
The service has been in the news lately on two counts.
First, it has settled on the HD DVD format for its discs, and is offering free authoring and setup services for the first 1,000 indie film titles to be offered [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 13 2007, 2:00pm
It’s not enough to have a great looking screen, as many retailers have found.
Customers still return new HDTVs by the boatload.
So retailers are looking for ways to help keep the new HDTV at home once it gets there.
And some manufacturers recognize this as an opportunity to support their retailers, so they are [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 12 2007, 2:00pm
As reported here recently, the list price for a Sony Blu-ray high definition DVD player has fallen to $500.
That’s still a lot more than the $299 for a Toshiba HD DVD player, but now there’s a more affordable option to get Blu-ray if you already have a computer.
Pioneer has announced yesterday that they [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 11 2007, 2:00pm
In an announcement yesterday, DISH Network revealed plans to add more HDTV channels to their offerings.
Eight regional sports network channels will be added today, which bring the total to 17.
On August 15, seven national HD channels will be added:
MHD (music programming)
Animal Planet HD
The Science Channel HD
The company announced that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 10 2007, 2:00pm
LCD panels are produced in a batch process; you take a sheet of glass and apply various coatings and layers and eventually you get a display.
If you use larger sheets of glass, you get more panels in each batch, so the process becomes more efficient.
And greater efficiency means lower production costs.
Or at [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 9 2007, 2:00pm
In the battle for the high definition DVD format, the HD DVD camp has enjoyed a considerable price advantage over the Blu-ray competition.
Sony has just diminished that gap by a bit by lowering the price on Blu-ray player by $100.
No, this is not the BDP S300 that Sony dropped to $499 last month; [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 6 2007, 2:00pm
Starting last April, the FCC required retailers to post warning labels on any TVs that have only analog tuners.
In preparation for the cut-off of analog terrestrial broadcast — “over the air” channels — on February 17, 2009, the FCC requires that all devices that have television tuners must have a digital tuner.
Manufacturers are [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2007, 2:00pm
In reporting weak first quarter financials, the president of Circuit City announced that the national retailer intends to “simplify the selection” of HDTVs.
This could mean that the company intends to stock fewer brands.
If that’s the case, it could help start the expected industry shake-out.
Some say that there are too many different brands [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 4 2007, 2:00pm
Digital video recorders such as TiVo and equivalent services from many digital cable companies have made it you never have to watch a commerical again.
Distributors of video content on the Internet are searching for business model that works.
The changing landscape of video entertainment and information poses a difficult question: who is going to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 3 2007, 2:00pm
Is fiber optic broadband to the home a viable technology? Verizon is betting heavily that it is, and the returns are starting to show.
The company has announced that it has signed up one million subscribers for its FiOS service.
Half of those subscribers are receiving television service via FiOS.
Now, these numbers pale compared with [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2007, 2:00pm
My friend and colleague Ken Werner reported in Friday’s “Display Daily” from Insight Media that Toshiba’s summer line show event did not include any new rear projection models.
He cited a Toshiba representative as saying that the company will continue with their existing DLP models, but are focusing on their line of Regza LCD HDTVs [...]