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By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2007, 2:00pm
ABI Research has published a new study that finds that almost half of all U.S.
consumers watch video on their PCs.
(Actually, I expect that since you read HDTV Almanac , you are probably ahead of the curve and among the half that watches video on your PC.)
What are they watching? About 72% are watching [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 29 2007, 2:00pm
Syntax-Brillian announced their new Olevia 665H, a new 65″ HDTV that has a suggested retail price of $1,999.
Does that get your attention? It’s got 1080p resolution, dual HDMI and dual component connections, a PC input.
It’s also got RS-232 serial control for commercial applications.
Video processing is handled by Pixelworks DNX technology.
Okay, 65″ 1080p [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 28 2007, 2:00pm
At the height of the personal computer price wars, I often said that the only company making money in the PC market was United Parcel Service.
Manufacturer and dealer margins were razor thin – if not actually negative — and only the freight companies were profiting from the sales.
Well, it’s deja vue all over again [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 27 2007, 2:00pm
As I’ve mentioned before, sales of rear projection HDTVs continue to defy gravity.
The advantages over flat screen models are considerable; they cost less, they weigh less, and they take up less space because their bezels are a small fraction of the typical plasma screen.
And the new slim models are not much deeper than [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2007, 2:00pm
Sharp announced a new prototype LCD HDTV this week.
The 52″ model is remarkable for the fact that it is less than 30 mm thick.
For those of you who don’t have the metric system memorized, that’s less than an inch and a quarter.
And that’s about the thickness of a typical 10″ LCD.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 23 2007, 2:00pm
Paramount and its subsidiary DreamWorks announced this week that they were dropping production of Blu-ray high definition discs for future movie releases, and will go ahead exclusively with HD DVD.
Up until this announcement, the studios released titles in both formats.
According to an interview by (a former colleague) Melissa Perenson in PC World with [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 22 2007, 2:00pm
A reader who purchased a copy of “Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV” sent the following comment yesterday:
Your ?calculation? of distance from the TV produces impractical results.
At 1080p, your calculations indicate for a 42 inch TV you have to sit 5 feet from the screen.
It makes no sense!
A lot of people have that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 21 2007, 2:00pm
In June, Tweeter filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors.
The company announced restructuring plans that included closing all stores in California, Tennessee, Alabama, New York and most of Georgia.
In July, the company’s assets were sold to Schultze Asset Management for $38 million.
On Friday, the new owners announced that half of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 20 2007, 2:00pm
I hate to pick on National Public Radio (NPR) because they do such an excellent job of broad and deep reporting on a wide variety of subjects.
Following a sequence of links, I came across a piece on their Web site that does a pretty good job of addressing the problem of the upcoming cut-off [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 17 2007, 2:00pm
Congress and the FCC have decided that on February 17, 2009, analog television terrestrial broadcasts — “over the air” — will cease.
This frees up all those radio spectrum frequencies for other uses, including the sale of some ranges to private businesses, which will bring billions of dollars into the federal coffers.
Congress is concerned [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2007, 2:00pm
The number of good reasons for having a computer attached to your television grows daily.
Digital video recording, access to shared media storage, Internet music and video streams, and more make it an ideal match.
Of course, the “Design Police” may object to putting an ugly beige box by your beautiful flat screen HDTV.
Sony has [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 15 2007, 2:00pm
DRM is the acronymn for “Digital Rights Management”, but as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, it’s just a pretty way of saying “copy protection“.
(Sort of like calling a tax increase “revenue enhancement”.) And as I’ve stated before, the landscape is littered with failed attempts at making copy protection stick.
I believe that in the long [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 14 2007, 3:31pm
Up until a few years ago, the standard practice for movies was to release them in the theaters first, and then four to six months later, bring them out on VHS or DVD.
That “release window” shrank to four to six weeks, and now many movies are released to DVD on the same day that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 13 2007, 2:00pm
Have you seen the television commercial for Sharp Aquos LCD HDTVs? It’s the one where the golfer hits the ball in the rough, and everyone on the course is searching for the ball but can’t find it.
And all the folks watching at home — on high-definition LCD TVs — can clearly see the ball, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2007, 2:00pm
At the CEDIA conference in Denver next month, the proponents of Blu-ray and HD DVD will be doing their best to convice professional installers of home entertainment systems to use their high definition DVD technology.
However, a third choice will be making its U.S.
debut; New Medium Enterprises will introduce their HD VMD technology.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 9 2007, 2:00pm
Not all technology advances that take hold in Japan make it across the Pacific to the United States, but in many ways, the country is a bellwether for what we can expect to see next.
And if TV Portal Service is any indication, IPTV may be a significant factor over here sooner than we might [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 8 2007, 2:00pm
Not since Godzilla took on Rodan have we seen a battle of oriental titans like this, even if the combat will take place within the staid confines of the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
It’s good that Texans are used to events staged on a grand scale.
The battle lines have [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 7 2007, 2:00pm
One of the big questions about the high definition DVD format wars between HD DVD and Blu-ray is this: Does anyone really care? Are consumers really ready to replace their existing DVD players and libraries with expensive high definition players? Well, it appears that a lot of people are headed in that direction.
Yesterday, Warner Home [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 6 2007, 2:00pm
Plasma makers are making a big push back against the gains of LCD panels in HDTV applications, and they’re pulling out all the stops.
Buyers will have to look closely and read carefully to make sure that they get what they think their getting.
For example, consider the new “1080″ plasma panels put forth by [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 3 2007, 2:00pm
Last winter, Wal-Mart set off a price war with its deep discounting of HDTV products on Black Friday, the SuperBowl of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.
Best Buy and Circuit City are still recovering from the hits they took trying to keep up with the competition.
How has Wal-Mart held up? It looks as [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 2 2007, 2:00pm
Got a spare $3.2 billion? Then you too can build a tenth generation — 10G — LCD production plant just like Sharp.
Sharp is the first company to announce plans for a production line that will handle sheets of glass substrates this large.
As already reported here, the glass will be more than 10 feet [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 1 2007, 2:00pm
Internet Television, aka IPTV: do you watch it? If you’ve every watched a YouTube clip, the answer is yes.
And as I’ve mentioned here, the delivery of video content over broadband has the potential to be incredibly disruptive to the existing television broadcast systems, from the studios that generate the content to the networks that [...]