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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (September, 2007)

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HDTV Almanac - DISH Discounts Sharp HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Sep 28 2007, 2:00pm

In the battle for which satellite service is more HD-friendly, DISH Network has stepped up with a new advantage; LCD HDTVs cost less if you are a DISH subscriber. Through January 31, 2008, you can get up to $800 of a Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV if you are a qualifying existing or new customer and [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - What Do You Want in an HDTV?

By Alfred Poor • Sep 27 2007, 2:00pm

Westinghouse Digital issued an interesting press release last week, reporting the results of a poll that asked “If you could design a TV yourself, what would you add?”
The top answer was speech recognition. (Actually, the press release said “voice recognition” but that is really a security feature, like fingerprint recognition. If you want something that [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Analog TV Cut-Off Date: Not So Fast!

By Alfred Poor • Sep 26 2007, 3:01pm

The only thing that seems to be as confusing as HDTF is the whole issue about the end of analog television broadcasts on February 17, 2009. Here’s the straight scoop; on that day, local television stations will cease their analog broadcasts of television content. They will continue the free digital broadcasts that are already [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Still a Good Buy at Best Buy

By Alfred Poor • Sep 25 2007, 2:00pm

Boy, I was going to write about an incredible deal today that I found while preparing “Professor Poor’s Weekly Price Intelligence Report“. In Sunday’s circular, Best Buy advertised the Panasonic TH-50PZ77U for $1,709 after instant savings. That’s a 50″ plasma with 1080p resolution, and that’s a killer price that matches well against the second and [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)HD DVDPC & Laptop TechnologyInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Movies: Download to DVD

By Alfred Poor • Sep 24 2007, 2:00pm

On Friday, the DVD Copy Control Association reported that they had finalized an agreement with Hollywood studios that will let consumers download movies from the Internet, and save them to a DVD that can be played on other DVD players. This new digital rights management (DRM) technology — also known as “copy protection” — will [...]

HD DVDPC & Laptop TechnologyHTPCs & LaptopsDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - ReplayTV HDTV PVR

By Alfred Poor • Sep 21 2007, 2:00pm

(One of these days, I’m going to come up with an entry headline that is all acronyms!) On Wednesday, ReplayTV announced its “Personal HD” product, which they offer as an “all-in-one solution for the PC with HDTV, multi-tuner, and iPod support.” The package includes an analog/digital tuner that plugs into a USB port on your [...]

Service & RepairBroadcastCable HDTVProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Free Episodes from NBC

By Alfred Poor • Sep 20 2007, 2:00pm

NBC has announced that it will offer free downloads of prime time and late night programming episodes on its new NBC Direct service. Anyone with a PC running Windows will be able to download and watch these episodes up to seven days after the initial broadcast airing. Mac support will follow soon, as will the [...]

SportsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Are Shiny Screens Good?

By Alfred Poor • Sep 19 2007, 2:00pm

Q: Can you tell me anything about the Samsung LN-T5271F LCD TV? It has a “shiny” screen. Is that a good feature?
Ralph Proodian
A: That’s a great question, Ralph. The specification sheet for the LN-T5271F describes it as having a “Super Clear Panel”. According to Samsung materials, this is designed to deliver “higher picture clarity and [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Radio Shack HDTV: One Year Later

By Alfred Poor • Sep 18 2007, 2:00pm

It was just over a year ago that Radio Shack started its focus on HDTV. You may recall that I was skeptical at the time. So now would be a good point to ask “How’s that working for you?” Well, by some simple indicators, the answer doesn’t look too positive.
“Professor Poor’s Weekly Price Intelligence Report” [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVInternet HD VideoCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Gore Wins for IPTV

By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2007, 2:00pm

Something new and different happened at the Emmy Awards last night. Al Gore won the first “interactive television services” Emmy for the cable network, Current TV. The the tie to Internet TV is that the content includes a mix of professionally produced and user-submitted content. You can watch the viewer-contributed content and vote on [...]

HD DVDBlu-ray

HDTV Almanac - High-Def DVD: Who to Believe?

By Alfred Poor • Sep 14 2007, 2:00pm

The marketing and PR campaigns for the dueling high-definition DVD formats continue to heat up. Each side lays claim to the Number One position. The Blu-Ray camp has claimed that they have sold twice as many Blu-ray discs than HD DVD. Toshiba has countered that they have maintained a lead in sales of “high [...]

Events & TradeshowsFront Projection

HDTV Almanac - Cool HDTV Stuff at CEDIA 2007

By Alfred Poor • Sep 13 2007, 2:05pm

Okay, I’m finally digging out from under all the backlog that piled up while I attended CEDIA 2007 in Denver last week. Here are few of the highlights that I feel are worth noting.

The first item is the new Epson Ensemble. It’s a clever combination of either their 720p or 1080p home theater front projector, [...]

BroadcastEntertainmentBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - DVRs Upset Traditional TV Business

By Alfred Poor • Sep 12 2007, 2:00pm

Most of us grew up hearing the often-repeated mantra, “But first, a word from our sponsors.” Commercial interruptions of broadcast television entertainment has been a fixture of the industry almost from the start. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch a soccer game that runs without commercials thanks to the sponsors whose logos appear next [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: What This Ad Means

By Alfred Poor • Sep 11 2007, 2:00pm

This weekend, I found an a sales circular from Target as I was compiling the data for my Weekly Intelligence Report. One item prompted me to single out Target on the wording of one of their items:

The ad shows a 37″ Magnavox listed as a “1080i LCD HDTV“. Two out of three ain’t bad [...]

Cable HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Uh-oh! Comcast Throttles Bandwidth

By Alfred Poor • Sep 10 2007, 2:00pm

We’ve hit a speedbump on the way to Internet TV. It’s probably not the first, and certainly won’t be the last. The Washington Post reported Friday that some Comcast customers have had their accounts cancelled because they were using too much bandwidth. According to the article, the company won’t reveal its download limits, but [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Almanac - End of the Optical Disc?

By Alfred Poor • Sep 7 2007, 2:00pm

As I have mentioned before, memory costs have dropped so low that it’s now reasonable to think of solid-state memory devices to take the place of magnetic and optical storage discs. The USB thumb drive is a perfect example; it has no moving parts, requires no batteries, is lightweight and portable.
Now SanDisk has announced a [...]

SportsCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Cost per Hour Down 11%

By Alfred Poor • Sep 6 2007, 2:00pm

Are you ready for some football? Sports appears to be one of the greatest driving forces behind the adoption of HDTV, and football is probably the most influential of all. So it’s little wonder that this is the time of year when the thoughts of football fans turn not to the kick-off for the season [...]

Satellite HDTVWireless HDMI/HDTVService & RepairPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Satellites and Power Lines

By Alfred Poor • Sep 5 2007, 2:00pm

Technology — like politics — can make strange bedfellows. Take the example of DirecTV. What could be more wireless than a satellite TV service? You physically cannot run a wire to a satellite. Still, there are some services that just don’t lend themselves to the current wireless technologies, such as providing telephone service or broadband [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - New Updated “Guide to Buying HDTV”

By Alfred Poor • Sep 4 2007, 2:00pm

After Labor Day, sales of HDTVs tend to build right through the end of the year. It’s likely that you’re one of the millions of Americans who are considering buying an HDTV soon. And just in time for this increased interest, I am pleased to announce the release of the Second Edition of Professor Poor’s [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Download Your Movie Rentals

By Alfred Poor • Sep 3 2007, 2:00pm

It used to be that you’d have to drive all the way to the video rental store to get your movies to watch at home. DVDs helped change that, because they were much less expensive to mail than the bulky old VHS tape cassettes. And thus NetFlix came into being. Blockbuster saw a bunch of [...]