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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (October, 2007)

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PC & Laptop TechnologyHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - SneakerNet DVR

By Alfred Poor • Oct 30 2007, 2:00pm

“SneakerNet” was the derogatory term for transfering data from one computer to another by copying it to a floppy disk and walking the disk from one computer to the Other. SanDisk has released the SansaTake TV, a USB device designed to make it easy to transfer video content from a PC to a television.
You connect [...]

LCD HDTVsPlasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LCD HDTV: Through the Window?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 29 2007, 2:00pm

One of the big differences between plasma and LCD panels is that plasma can use relatively inexpensive glass, but LCDs require special glass made expressly for use as LCD panel substrates. Corning makes about 60% of the world’s supply of this special glass, but a new development demonstrated by Samsung last week could change the [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - NBC Bails on YouTube

By Alfred Poor • Oct 26 2007, 2:00pm

NBC has pulled clips of its programs from YouTube, apparently in preparation for the launch of the network’s Hulu site on the Web. Hulu is a new joint project between NBC and News Corp that is supposed to launch by the end of October but there are few signs of life at the Web address. [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyWireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV Almanac - The End of HDTV Cables?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 25 2007, 2:00pm

Last Monday, an article in Information Week described the new chips for mmWave technology under development by IBM in partnership with MediaTek of Taiwan. According to the report, this new wireless technology uses milimeter wavelength radio signals to transmit data. And we’re talking fast transmissions, up to 2 Gbits per second. This is fast enough [...]

Blu-rayHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Blu-ray? HD DVD? You CAN Choose!

By Alfred Poor • Oct 24 2007, 2:00pm

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week shed light on a little-known fact about the high definition DVD market. Both sides in the conflict make a big deal about which Hollywood studios have exclusive agreements for US distribution in one format or the other, with the Blu-ray camp stressing the number of studios [...]

Service & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Is Service the Key to HDTV Sales?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 23 2007, 2:00pm

Consumers continue to be confused by all the HDTV choices (as well as all the talk about the unrelated end of analog “over the air” broadcasts of television programs), so manufacturers and retailers are looking for effective ways to differentiate their offerings from the competition. Philips has decided that service may be the answer, and [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - The Daily Show Archives Online!

By Alfred Poor • Oct 22 2007, 2:00pm

Okay, you no longer have to rely on crudely recorded clips of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on YouTube to get your news reports (or check back on what has happened over the past eight years). Commedy Central has posted 13,000 video clips of past shows on the program’s Web site. No, I didn’t count [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - FCC Fines for Analog-Only TV Sales

By Alfred Poor • Oct 19 2007, 2:59pm

People are getting serious about the February 17, 2009 cut-off for analog over-the-air television broadcasts. The FCC has started taking money from retailers for failing to inform buyers adequately about the limitations of some of the sets that they sell.
As of earlier this year, stores were not allowed to import televisions that do not have [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - End of the Road for Another LCoS

By Alfred Poor • Oct 18 2007, 2:00pm

It’s enough to make me start wondering if I’ve got my own version of the Sports Illustrated “Kiss of Death” going here. (Buy me a cold bevearage and ask about the Cauzin Strip Reader or the PD CD format or the Zenith MiniSport’s 2″ floppy disk sometime….) But I had to go all enthusiastic over [...]

Satellite HDTVService & RepairHTPCs & LaptopsCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Satellite Merger?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 17 2007, 2:00pm

Liberty Media is the owner of the QVC cable shopping newtork and and Starz movie channels, among others. Last year, it made a deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to trade for a controlling interest in the satellite television service, DirecTV. Now a number of sources, including analysts Probe Financial Associates, are musing about the [...]

Blu-rayHD DVDGaming

HDTV Almanac - Tipping Point for HD DVD?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 16 2007, 2:00pm

In the battle for the high-definition DVD, Blu-ray has a big advantage because there are all those PlayStation 3 consoles out there with Blu-ray drives. In spite of this, HD DVD has a strong advantage by having lower cost players than Blu-ray; entry level models cost about half as much. And I’m convinced that purchase [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - More Big Screens from Olevia

By Alfred Poor • Oct 15 2007, 2:00pm

Syntax-Brillian is looking to make some noise for its Olevia brand in the larger sizes, and has announced two new LCD HDTVs. The 247TFHD is a 47″ model that has an MSRP of $1,999. The 265TFHD is 65″, and lists for $6,995. Both have 1080p resolution, a pair of HDMI connectors, and thin bezel design. [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LCD HDTV Wins

By Alfred Poor • Oct 12 2007, 2:00pm

Market researched DisplayBank has released its forecasts for the worldwide television market, and they predict that the number of TVs shipped will increase 50% from 196 million this year to 290 million units in 2015. This year, about 38% of those sets will be LCD TVs; by 2015 this proportion is expected to grow to [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 2007: When to Buy Your HDTV?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 11 2007, 2:00pm

One of the most frequent questions I get is “when is the best time to buy an HDTV?” I’ve mentioned this already recently, but I want to give a more detailed explanation of my thoughts on this thorny question.
Note that this forecast is an informed guess, but it’s still a guess. Here’s how I see [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: EDTV is Analog?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 10 2007, 2:00pm

I know I did a Truth Patrol entry last week, but this one is too good to pass up. The WCPO Channel 9 Web site ran a story from the E.W. Scripps Co. about what you can expect to pay for an HDTV. The piece was doing fine until it ran off the tracks at [...]

Business & InvestmentHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Hi-Def DVD: Confusion Aplenty

By Alfred Poor • Oct 9 2007, 2:00pm

I’m the first to admit that getting all the details right is difficult in this business. The biggest problem is that it’s so easy to pass along “common knowledge” items that contain true statements but that are misleading or even wrong in the whole. For example, DisplaySearch is a major market research firm that covers [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Guide Now Available in Paperback

By Alfred Poor • Oct 8 2007, 2:00pm

I haven’t had a chance to put out a press release about it yet, but not only is Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV now available in its newly revised Second Edition, just in time for the fall HDTV buying season, but it also is now available in paperback as well as the original ebook [...]

Education

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Survey: Buyers Confused by HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Oct 5 2007, 2:00pm

It must be the season for survey results, because here’s another. According to a CNNMoney.com article, Best Buy VP Mike Mohan said “We were getting a lot of anecdotal evidence that showed consumers were frustrated with their HDTV purchases. We felt that we had some gaps in key areas of consumer education.”
I can’t say that [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Truth Patrol: Radioactive HDTVs?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 4 2007, 2:00pm

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t pick on the Nigerian press, especially after all that country has done to help make sure that everyone gets plenty of email. But when I received this item from Vanguard Online, I couldn’t believe that someone would actually publish this:
General Manager of [LG]?s Nigerian operation, Mr. Tae-Joon Park also noted that [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - All I Want for Christmas is My HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Oct 3 2007, 2:00pm

Research and Markets conducts an annual survey about what people plan to buy in the way of consumer electronics for the upcoming holiday season. In the 2006 survey, digital cameras topped the wish lists of the respondents, with HDTVs coming in second. This year, HDTVs have risen to the top spot.
The company’s press release announcing [...]

OLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Sony Announces OLED TVs

By Alfred Poor • Oct 2 2007, 2:00pm

As expected, Sony has announced its plans to ship its XEL-1 OLED TVs later this fall. The sets weigh less than five pounds, and are just 3 mm thin; that’s a bit more than a tenth of an inch. The screens are only 11″ diagonal, which is small by any standard, even for a standard [...]

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Technology Choices

By Alfred Poor • Oct 1 2007, 2:00pm

When it comes to comparing the value of the different HDTV technologies, it’s difficult at times to compare apples to oranges. In preparing this week’s “Professor Poor’s Weekly Price Intelligence Report“, I found an ad page that provides an interesting comparison. On page 10 of the Best Buy circular, the company offers you three different [...]