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By Alfred Poor • Nov 29 2007, 2:00pm
Gemstar-TV Guide International and Comcast released results of a national study about consumers and “interactive program guides“.
These are the electronic guides available from television services, from cable and satellite to the free over-the-air broadcasts.
And few will be surprised to find that these guides have become almost as indispensible as the remote control.
80% of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 28 2007, 2:00pm
What was missing on Black Friday? I didn’t see any rear projection models with solid state lasers as a light source.
This design is supposed to be the answer to why rear projection sets don’t sell.
Lasers will eliminate the costly projection lamp and never need to be replaced.
Lasers also require simpler optics, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 27 2007, 2:00pm
It’s hard enough to play in a fiercely competitive game, but even harder when they go and change the rules.
That’s the problem being faced by cable companies in the United States.
When cable services first started, the federal, state, and local governments worked out a carrot-and-stick arrangement to encourage them to make the investment required [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 26 2007, 2:00pm
For the second year in a row, Amazon has run its “Customer Vote” promotion.
This pits three popular products against each other, offered at crazy discount prices.
Different choices are offered each day over a week.
Amazon visitors then vote for which one they would like to buy.
Hundreds of voters who picked the winner [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 23 2007, 2:00pm
Today is Black Friday, the day we all get excited about incredible deals on all sorts on consumer electronics.
But just because we get excited, it doesn’t mean that we should let accuracy fly out the window.
And that goes double if you’re part of the technology media whose mission is to help separate fact [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 22 2007, 2:00pm
Anyone in the magazine business can tell you; the hard part is getting someone to subscribe.
Getting renewals is much easier.
That’s why magazines offer crazy deals for new subscribers.
And that also explains the hundreds of dollars you can get as a bonus if you sign up for satellite service when you buy your [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 21 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, maybe it’s not “no wires”, because this new LCD TV from LG Electronics still needs to be plugged into a power outlet.
But you don’t need to connect it to your set top box or DVD player, at least not with cables.
The 52LG71 has high-speed WiFi 802.11n wireless connectivity built right in, so [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 20 2007, 2:00pm
What size flat panel TV do you want to find in your stocking this holiday? (I hope you have a big stocking!) Maybe a 42″, or 50″? How about one of those 103″ monsters you see on some of the network sports sets? Or are you thinking really big? How about 140″ diagonal? In case [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 19 2007, 2:00pm
It may be true that “what goes up, must come down,” but the opposite is not true in consumer electronics these days.
Once a price goes down, it pretty much stays down.
Case in point: the new Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player.
This is the replacement for the HD-A2 that caused so much excitement [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 16 2007, 2:00pm
A press release from DirecTV today, the company is offering to do an extreme home makeover that is out of this world.
Their target? Nothing less than the International Space Station! They want to equip the new living quarters with a 42″ HDTV screen, and HD DVR, and HDTV service including a variety of national [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 15 2007, 2:00pm
The cat-and-mouse game over Black Friday ads may be ending.
In years past, a number of Web sites have vied to reveal the most the soonest.
Somehow, they manage to get to peek at the sales circulars for major retailers in advance of their distribution on Thanksgiving.
Reactions to this practice have been varied.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 14 2007, 2:00pm
Why do I think IPTV is going to be such as big deal? Maybe it’s because I can’t resist checking out what’s playing on the “B Movie” channel on Shoutcast TV, even though it’s a small image and horribly over-compressed.
Or maybe I think that Lynne & Tessa are really funny.
Or maybe it’s how [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 13 2007, 2:00pm
Samsung is betting that lots of people will want larger HDTVs as the prices come down.
In an interview with the Korea Times, the chief of Samsung’s LCD Technology Center announced that the company has plans to build aGen 11 LCD fabrication plant.
The line will use 3,200 by 3,600 millimeter sheets of glass substrates.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 12 2007, 2:00pm
Okay, your family and friends and neighbors still don’t get it.
A new study by Leichtman Research Group shows that not much has changed in the HDTV market over the past couple years, in spite of all our efforts.
According to the results, about one in four U.S.
households have at least one television capable of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 9 2007, 2:00pm
A report in DigiTimes states that Hitachi is pulling its rear projection HDTV products from the North American markets.
The article staes that the company’s Mexican factories have shut down, and shipments have dropped from 340,000 units in 2006 to just 30,000 units in 2007.
The company apparently will focus on plasma and LCD HDTV [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 8 2007, 2:00pm
“57 channels and nothing on.” Bruce Springsteen clearly did not set his sights high enough, as the new competition among broadcast television providers is the number of high definition channels that they will deliver.
DirecTV has set the bar, promising 100 HD channels by the end of this year, increasing to 150 by the end [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 7 2007, 2:00pm
Last week, Consumer Reports released the results of a study about the repair rates on various HDTV technologies.
Overall, LCD and plasma models have about a 3% repair rate.
The company cited the Panasonic TH-50PZ700U plasma HDTV as having the lowest repair rate.
Pioneer and Samsung plasma products also rated well, as did Sony, Samsung, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 6 2007, 2:00pm
Reports from last week’s FPD International 2007 Forum quote Samsung’s executive vice president as saying that he expects to have 42″ OLED HDTVs for sale by 2010.
Naturally, this has caused a bit of excitement on the Web, especially as this would be a huge step from the tiny 11″ OLED TVs that Sony is [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 5 2007, 2:00pm
I didn’t find out in time to put it in the HDTV Almanac, but last Friday, Wal-Mart reportedly sold the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for $98.87.
It was a one-day only sale, and supplies were limited, though some reports indicated that there would be at least 10 units per store.
I know one person [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 2 2007, 2:00pm
A report on Tech.co.uk reports that a company, Shinoda Plasma, will start building and selling 142″ plasma displays early next year.
The company is also working expanding the technology to create 270″ displays.
How big is that? That’s 22 and a half feet.
That will be nearly 20 feet wide.
The 142″ models weigh about [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 1 2007, 2:00pm
Is it Black Friday already? The street price for a high definition DVD player has dipped below $200 for the first time, and we’re not even in the heat of the holiday buying season yet.
I should not have to even mention what technology the player uses; at this price, it can only be HD [...]