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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (December, 2007)

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HTPCs & LaptopsLCD HDTVsWireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Wireless Networked HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Dec 28 2007, 2:00pm

The Danish TV-maker Zepto has reportedly released a new line of LCD HDTVs that can connect wirelessly to Windows Media Center computers on a local network. The Helios LCD line includes a 720p 32″ model and a 1080p 40″ model. They are only available in Europe, with ticker-stopping stickers of more than $3,000 each.
For that [...]

Plasma HDTVsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - More Talk about 32″ Plasma TVs

By Alfred Poor • Dec 27 2007, 2:00pm

Concerns about short supplies of 32″ LCD panels for HDTVs continue to grow, and plasma panels are hoping for the opportunity to fill the gap with inexpensive plasma models. Original intended for the growing consumer markets in China and India, some brands including Proview are reportedly eying the U.S. market for low cost plasma sets.
This [...]

LCD HDTVsBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Gravity Exerts Control over LCD HDTV Production

By Alfred Poor • Dec 26 2007, 2:00pm

This item starts with what has to be one of the strangest press releases ever published in all of 2007. On December 19, Matsushita – the parent mega-corporation of Panasonic — released the following statement, repeated here in its entirety:
The Company has not decided anything in regards to the alliance in LCD Panel Business with [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Happy Holidays!

By Alfred Poor • Dec 25 2007, 2:00pm

My family celebrates Christmas, and that’s what I’ll be doing today. I will take this time to send out my best wishes to everyone who reads the HDTV Almanac, and hope that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season, whatever holiday holds special meaning for you.
I also want to thank you for your support, and that [...]

DLP HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - The Sony RPTV Shoe Drops

By Alfred Poor • Dec 24 2007, 2:00pm

Many were surprised last week by Sony’s announcement that the company will shut down production of its rear projection HDTV models, and sell out existing inventory. One reason that this was a surprise is that by some measures, Sony was in second place for this market segment. Why would the company abandon this market?
As I’ve [...]

Marketplace

HDTV Almanac - Thin is In

By Alfred Poor • Dec 21 2007, 2:00pm

Okay, we’ve done flat. What next? According to Sharp, the next step will be thinner flat panel HDTVs. The company hopes to trim set thickness in half or so, to create a sexy, svelte display. The other part of the strategy is that these panels will be able to command a premimum in the marketplace, [...]

Gaming

HDTV Almanac - Gamers Get HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Dec 20 2007, 2:00pm

A new survey by Nielsen shows that game console buyers are indeed buying HDTVs in order to get the maximum performance from their systems. According to the results, 71% of the PS3 owners have their consoles connected to an HDTV, while 66% of XBox 360 and 65% of Wii systems are hooked up to HDTVs.
It’s [...]

HD DVDHTPCs & LaptopsBlu-rayPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - High Def DVD for Your PC

By Alfred Poor • Dec 19 2007, 2:00pm

Disc drive maker Addonics has announced its Zebra Blu-ray/HD DVD Player external drive. Not only will it read both high definition formats, it can also read and write to most DVD and CD media as well. The drive comes in two models. One version has both USB 2.0 and external SATA connectors, for a list [...]

Politics & PolicyDigital (DTV) TransitionDeals & Discounts

HDTV Almanac - FCC Gets Ready for DTV Converters

By Alfred Poor • Dec 18 2007, 2:00pm

The first 100 retailers have been certified by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in preparation for the federal discount program for converter boxes. These retailers represent about 15,000 individual outlets, which will be eligible to accept the $40 coupons for converter boxes. Some of the approved chains include Best Buy, Circuit City, K-Mart, [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - HD DVD Preferred in New Study

By Alfred Poor • Dec 17 2007, 2:00pm

A new study from The Diffusion Group reports on the preferences of consumers who are planning on buying their first HDTV within the next six months. In this group, the study reports that among those who describe themselves as likely to buy a high-definition DVD player within the next six months, 43% prefer HD DVD [...]

OLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Another Setback for OLED

By Alfred Poor • Dec 14 2007, 2:00pm

Remember how Toshiba promised to ship 30″ OLED HDTVs in 2009? As the saying goes, that statement is now “non-operational“. Surprise, surprise; Toshiba has discovered that the cost of mass production does not make it practical to produce the sets at this point. So the project is on hold indefinitely. The company will instead focus [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - 1080p: Is It Worth It?

By Alfred Poor • Dec 13 2007, 2:00pm

Earlier this week in his ZDNet blog, David Berlind mentioned a piece by CNET columnist David Carnoy, “720p vs. 1080p HDTV: The final word“. (Isn’t it something how so much of the Internet is about something else on the Internet? Escher would be pleased.) Now, I’m not going to pick apart either piece, as both [...]

Service & RepairPlasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Offers HDTV Concierge Service for Free

By Alfred Poor • Dec 12 2007, 2:00pm

In a repeat of last year’s promotional offer, Panasonic has unlocked the door to their “Plasma Concierge” service. This is normally available only to owners of Panasonic plasma HDTV products, but from now through February 3, 2008, anyone can call for advice about HDTVs. The service is intended to provide basic and technical information, as [...]

Programming

HDTV Almanac - Voyager TV on the Go

By Alfred Poor • Dec 11 2007, 2:00pm

As a child, I remember seeing limousines and other fancy cars with little delta wing antennas mounted on the trunk. Somehow, I learned that these were television antennas, and that meant that the people inside were probably watching a little Sony TV. I thought it was pretty cool, though I imagine the programming options were [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - R.I.P. CompUSA

By Alfred Poor • Dec 10 2007, 2:00pm

Have I mentioned lately just how tough the consumer electronics retail market is these days? The latest casualty — but certainly not the last – is CompUSA. About half of the chain’s stores closed last spring, but apparently that was not enough to staunch the flow of red ink. The remaining stores have been turned [...]

Gaming

HDTV Almanac - HDTV? Game On!

By Alfred Poor • Dec 7 2007, 2:00pm

It’s a recurring theme of mine that I have not visited in a while, but an announcement from Sharp yesterday brought it to the fore once again. The topic is “Video Gaming and HDTVs“. I have long-contended that many of the young adults with gaming consoles have the discretionary income and the inclination to trick [...]

Politics & PolicyDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: Digital TV Conversion Rebates

By Alfred Poor • Dec 6 2007, 2:00pm

Q: I cannot find any specific information regarding the government rebates on the purchase of HDTV converter boxes. I read an article that mentioned a $50 rebate would be provided “by the government.” However, there is no mention of a) who in the government b) who is eligible and c) how does one [...]

Laser HDTVEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Good News for Laser TV

By Alfred Poor • Dec 5 2007, 2:00pm

Like the notorious “Norwegian Blue” parrot, Laser TVs may not be dead but only sleeping. Mitsubishi will hold a press event at CES 2008 in Las Vegas in a month, and the company is expected to show new Laser TVs as part of its 2008 product lineup. While this is still short of the mark [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Useless HDTV Reviews

By Alfred Poor • Dec 4 2007, 2:00pm

The East Valley Tribune (Phoenix, AZ) picked up a story from the Philadelphia Daily News entitled “Three of best among myriad of HD TVs“. The article begins with the following:
How does a high-definition video display maker stand out in the crowded field of 300 current models? We sampled the latest crop and bring you three [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Powerline networks have promise

By Alfred Poor • Dec 3 2007, 2:00pm

There’s no question about it; hanging your big flat panel HDTV on the wall is really cool. One of the main obstacles for doing this, however, is the question of what to do with all the wires. It’s expensive and/or difficult to run signal cables through the wall. You can use those handy wire [...]