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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (January, 2008)

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HDTV Almanac - I Want My IPTV!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 30 2008, 2:00pm

Regular readers of the HDTV Almanac know that I’m a big proponent of what the Internet will do for video entertainment. The ability to watch what you want, where you want, when you want is a powerful development that will change everything. It’s easy to suppose such a position in theory, but it’s even better [...]


Newbie's Corner - Aspect Ratio Explained

By The HT Guys • Jan 29 2008, 6:39pm

So you went out and bought yourself a new HDTV. Many of you bought a sound system to go with it. Now you are inundated with all kinds of terms and acronyms. In this series we will go through the jargon associated with your new system. While these articles are aimed at newbies, some experienced readers out there may learn a thing or two as well. Today we start with two topics that come up on our podcast (HDTV and Home Theater Podcast) quite frequently....

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HDTV Almanac - DVDs on Demand

By Alfred Poor • Jan 29 2008, 2:00pm

A lot of movies have been made. Talk about an understatement! The Internet Movie Database currently lists close to half a million different titles. It’s a safe bet that only a small fraction of those titles are available on DVD, because the market for many of them is so small that it’s not worth gearing [...]


Ed's View - Free HDTV

By Ed Milbourn • Jan 28 2008, 8:46pm

As my DirecTV monthly contribution approaches $100 and with heating bills up 20% and auto gas prices up 30% and the economy under increasing stress, I decided to do an audit on the $100 bill. I would guess that many other families are doing the same thing, particularly as Cable and Satellite bills seem to have no ceiling.

The result of my audit was not at all surprising: 90% or our viewing is among ten channels, six of them are available over-the-air ....

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Another Opinion - On the Matter of the HD DVD Petition...

By Terry Paullin • Jan 28 2008, 6:29pm

So you want to petition Warner and let them know you still want HD-DVD.........and you've got 12,000 signatures..................really?

What are you guys thinking?!!

How many HD DVD...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Flicker Makes a Comeback?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 28 2008, 2:00pm

About 20 years ago, when CRT computer monitors started to get bigger than about 14″ diagonal, people started to notice an annoying flicker on their screens. It appears that history may be repeating itself, and researchers are looking for ways to eliminate flicker from large HDTVscreens.
A paper in the Journal of the Society for Information [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Digital TV $10 Billion Dividend

By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2008, 2:00pm

One of the main reasons for switching from analog to digital broadcast of television signals is that you can send more content over a digital signal than you can over an analog one. (This is also why digital broadcasts are required in order to send out high definition signals.) So all the television stations got [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HD DVD Dominated Player Sales

By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2008, 2:00pm

Was Warner Brothers hasty in dumping HD DVD? Or was the Sony Blu-ray camp clever in engineering the defection so that it could get out in front of some difficult news. A press release from DisplaySearch reports that sales of Toshiba’s HD DVD models accounted for 64% more of the stand alone devices sold in [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Almanac on the Air

By Alfred Poor • Jan 23 2008, 2:00pm


Global & WorldviewPC & Laptop TechnologyEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Eyes?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 22 2008, 2:00pm

Technology Research News is a wonderful site that reports on a wide range of scientific papers and studies that point toward possible future technologies. Yesterday, they cited a paper from the 21st IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanicals Systems (MEMS 2008). If you’re still with me, that’s great because this is really cool.

The researchers [...]

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HDTV Almanac - More Broadband Movie Delivery

By Alfred Poor • Jan 21 2008, 2:00pm

The New York Post reports today that content from Time Warner’s HBO network will be available over broadband. The initial rollout is very limited in scope, but there are indications that the availability will expand.
The service will provide on demand access to 600 movie titles and about 4,000 hours of original programming including “The [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Offers All-You-Can-Eat Streaming Movies

By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2008, 2:00pm

Monday’s press release from Netflix says it all: “Beginning today, all Netflix subscribers on unlimited rental plans, which start as low as $8.99 a month, will be able to stream as many movies and TV episodes as they want on their PCs, choosing from a library of over 6,000 familiar movies and TV episodes.”
Bang! No [...]


HDTV Almanac - HD DVD: Toshiba Fires Back?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2008, 2:00pm

On Monday, Toshiba announced deep price cuts on their newest HD DVD players. It’s impossible to separate this action from the bombshell that Warner Brothers dropped 10 days earlier when it announced that it was going exclusive with the Blu-ray format for its high definition disc releases, starting in May. The Toshiba press release cited [...]

Events & TradeshowsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Bye-bye 37″

By Alfred Poor • Jan 16 2008, 2:00pm

For my last entry about CES 2008, I’ll say goodbye to the 37″ LCD HDTV market segment. It’s not really gone yet, but don’t expect it to last much longer. Many major manufacturers told me that they will not be coming out with new products in this size.
Why? The reason is simple; the difference in [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: iPod Your JVC HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 15 2008, 2:00pm

At CES 2008 in Las Vegas last week, JVC showed a new line of LCD HDTVs. The P Series includes four models, ranging in size from 32″ to 52″: LT-32P679, LT-42P789, LT-47P789, and LT-52P789. The smallest has Wide XGA resolution, but the other three are 1080p models. All have three HDMI inputs and a side-loading [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Wide Open Spaces

By Alfred Poor • Jan 14 2008, 2:00pm

CES 2008 ended last week, but the hits keep on coming. This is a monster of a show, and I’ve still got a number of interesting products and issues to cover. Normally, I don’t spend time on computer products here, but this display needs to be mentioned:

I saw an Ostendo Technologies prototype at the Texas [...]

Events & TradeshowsPlasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Panasonic Goes Long!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 11 2008, 2:00pm

It was only a prototype, and its appearance was telegraphed widely before it appeared, but it is still worth mentioning, if only to keep score in the “mine is bigger than yours” category. Panasonic showed a 150″ plasma monitor at CES 2008 in Las Vegas this week.
How big is a 150″ flat panel? It’s about [...]

3D HDTVEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: 3D HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 10 2008, 2:00pm

If there was a surprise for me at CES 2008 this year, it was the number of companies pursuing 3D HDTV. It’s a reasonable strategy on two counts. First, these sets will be more expensive (simply because there’s more stuff and production costs in them), but it also is an opportunity to get better margins [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Four Themes

By Alfred Poor • Jan 9 2008, 2:00pm

From what I’ve seen, 2008 is going to be a very good year for HDTV. The industry is not sitting still, and you can expect to see many interesting developments. I’ve found that there are four major themes that cover many of these changes: thin, wireless, the Internet, and green pitches. I’ll cover them quickly.
Thin: [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Laser TV — Too Little, Too Late?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 8 2008, 2:00pm

Last night I went to the Mitsubishi Laser TV event in which they rolled out the prototype 50″ Laser TV. The company is careful not to call it rear projection, as they don’t want it to carry the baggage associated with that market segment. Instead, they want to present it as a new class of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2008: Blu-ray Bombshell

By Alfred Poor • Jan 7 2008, 2:00pm

I was planning to write about the three big themes emerging about large displays here at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, but an announcement last Friday from Warner Brothers is the elephant in the room that has to be addressed first. The studio was the only major to offer high definition movies in both HD [...]


HDTV Almanac - Look Ma! No Wires! (again)

By Alfred Poor • Jan 4 2008, 2:00pm

You get your new flat panel HDTV home, and you hang it on the wall. Now what? You have to snake all those cables around to the different components so that you can watch cable, DVD, PVR, and whatever else you want on your new screen. And your living room suddenly turns into a mockup [...]

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HDTV Almanac - IPTV: Who Will Pay?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2008, 2:00pm

According to MultiMedia Intelligence, about $24 billion will be spent for advertising on the Internet this year. You may find that to be surprising, but how about this? Of that total, about $1.6 billion will be spend on US Internet video advertising. One dollar out of ever 15 spent on Internet advertising will go for [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: HDTV for the Road

By Alfred Poor • Jan 2 2008, 2:00pm

Q: I can’t find anyone that can help me with this! I want to purchase an HDTV for use in a tractor trailer. I drive cross country. I’m trying to find something in the 15″ to 20″ range that will stand up to the nation’s rough roads. I’d prefer an AC/DC model, but I can [...]

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HDTV Almanac - High-Def DVD Hybrids in PCs

By Alfred Poor • Jan 1 2008, 2:00pm

A report out yesterday from ABI Research predicts that “universal” high-definition DVD drives will account for two-thirds of the high-definition DVD drives in desktop PCs and notebook computers in 2012. Part of this prediction is based on the expectation that by 2009, hybrid drives that can read both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs will be [...]