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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (April, 2008)

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HDTV Almanac - Ready for Your Close Up?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2008, 1:00pm

When we talk about HDTV, we tend to focus on professionally-generated content that is commercially distributed one way or another. But this totally overlooks another important source of HD video: user-generated content. There’s only one problem; most HDTV video cameras are extremely expensive.

DXG USA has announced the DXG-569V HD camcorder. It comes in your choice [...]


HDTV Almanac - JVC Pulls Back Further

By Alfred Poor • Apr 28 2008, 1:00pm

The HDTV market continues to consolidate. The latest company to scale down operations and expectations is JVC. The company is ceasing production in Japan and Scotland, and will focus its manufacturing operations in other markets where it can make a larger profit.
There had been reports that JVC was also going to stop selling TVs in [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Thinks Inside the Box

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2008, 1:00pm

Reuters reported this week that Netflix has expanded its partnerships with set-top box makers. In addition to their existing deal with LG Electronics, the company expects to announce three more partnerships that will let subscribers watch movies on their TVs, streamed directly from the Internet. The Netflix CEO stated that we can expect to see [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Are You Spending Your Share?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2008, 1:00pm

A new report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates that the average U.S. household spent $1,405 on consumer electronics in the past year. The CEA is the cheerleader for the consumer electronics industry, so take this result with a grain of salt. But with the average life span of a cell phone now down [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Just What Did Blu-ray Win?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2008, 1:00pm

The battle is over. Blu-ray is victorious over HD DVD as the high definition DVD storage format. To the victor go the spoils. But just what exactly has Blu-ray won?
A new report by ABI Research makes some interesting points. ABI Research analyst says “The studios better hope that people are playing movies on their Playstations.” [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Digital TV Transition: Rough Terrain Ahead?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 22 2008, 1:00pm

Depending on who is keeping score, about 75% of Americans now admit to having at least heard something about the upcoming transition to digital terrestrial — “over the air” — broadcast of television signals, and the end of analog broadcasts on February 17, 2009. We’ll ignore for the moment that this means at least one [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - “This Program Brought to You by…”

By Alfred Poor • Apr 21 2008, 1:00pm

In the early days of radio, the corporate sponsor was closely affiliated with the program, such as the “General Motors Symphony”, “Ford Sunday Evening Hour”, “Chesterfield Hour”, and the “Heinz Hall of Fame”. Many early television programs followed the same model, which carries forward to today in the form of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Bringing IPTV to PS3

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2008, 1:00pm

As you may know by now, I’m a big proponent of video content delivered over the Internet, though I don’t have a clear vision of just what method — or methods — will win out eventually. The big news from Sony comes from a posting on their Playstation.Blog that is attributed to Peter Dille, Senior [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3D TV Is Coming

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2008, 1:00pm

Back in the 50s, 3D movies with red/green glasses were a novelty that thrilled the horror film fans. 3D movies are much more than a novelty these days, however, with the amazing success of the “U2 3D” and”Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus” concert films. Disney and Pixar continue to generate animated 3D features, and are even converting [...]


HDTV Almanac - LG Display Takes Shot at Sony

By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2008, 1:00pm

A year ago, the president of Sony’s U.S. electronics unit complained that there had been too much price erosion for LCD televisions in 2006, and he expressed hope that the price declines would be smaller in 2007. He said that some competitors priced their products so low that it “borders on being irresponsible“.
This adds a [...]

Business & InvestmentHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Blockbuster Wants Circuit City

By Alfred Poor • Apr 15 2008, 1:00pm

Blockbuster has offered $1 billion for consumer electronics retailer Circuit City. Circuit City has been struggling financially, but did post an 11% annual sales increase in the last quarter of 2007. Blockbuster, on the other hand, is part of the DVD movie disc rental business that saw revenues decline nearly 1% last year.
One interesting development [...]

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HDTV Almanac - TiVo vs. EchoStar: Nearing a Decision?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 14 2008, 1:00pm

On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied EchoStar’s request for a rehearing of their case with TiVo. TiVo has complained that EchoStar — parent company of the Dish Network satellite TV service — had violated TiVo’s patents. The complaint centered around hardware and software used in Dish Network’s digital video [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Free Internet TV Network: Revision3

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2008, 1:00pm

Look at it this way; the Internet can be the world’s biggest TiVo, full of on-demand video programming waiting for you to watch what you want, when you want. And much of it is free. Now, a lot of the content is short length, low resolution, over-compressed, slow frame rate clips like we’re used to [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Philips to End HDTV Sales in US & Canada

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2008, 1:00pm

Philips Electronics has announced that they are going to stop making HDTVs for the US and Canada markets, choosing instead to license the brand name in those markets. The company continues to be successful with these products in Europe and Latin America, but has failed to gain traction in the US and Canada against leading [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - New Price for “Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV”

By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2008, 1:00pm

From the start about two years ago, I’ve sold my book, “Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV”, as an electronic download through direct marketing on my Web site, www.hdtvbuyguide.com. With the new second edition, I also started offering the book as a paperback through Amazon and other book retailers.
For a variety of reasons, I have [...]

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HDTV Almanac - My PC = My HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 8 2008, 1:00pm

I’m dating myself here, but when I went off to college, the two essentials were a typewriter and a television. Technologies for both have advanced a long way since then, but the writing and entertainment functions remain fundamental requirements. Most notebook and desktop computers have DVD drives, so they can be used to watch movies. [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Hooked Up HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 7 2008, 1:00pm

Is your television connected to your home computer network? According to a new report from ABI Research, it’s a question of “when”, not “if”. Consumer electronics are becoming increasingly dependent on network connections for the distribution of images and sounds. And televisions are right in the path of this juggernaut.
According to ABI Research, about 3.6 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDTV for the Babe’s House

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2008, 1:00pm

The new Yankee Stadium is scheduled to open in time for next year’s baseball season. And the main center field video scoreboard is going to be in high definition. Mitsubishi Electric has announced that it will provide the Diamond Vision scoreboard. Don’t plan on getting one of these puppies for your living room; at 101 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Where Will the Analog TVs Go?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2008, 1:00pm

Next year, analog broadcasts of television programming will cease (more or less, but that’s another story). It is possible that millions of analog TVs will become obsolete overnight (if they get their content over the air with an antenna). A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates that this will amount to fewer [...]

General Interest

Another Opinion - A Matter of Integrity

By Terry Paullin • Apr 2 2008, 9:01pm

I guess it's a sign of the times. With TV shows like "Survivor" and "The Bachelor" espousing the virtues of deceitful behavior and getting big ratings, why should I be surprised that specifications from A/V manufacturers occasionally stretch the truth. I'm not, and they do......and they continue to on an ever more frequent basis. Still, one has to draw the line somewhere.

When they sold us "1080p" sets that wouldn't...

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HDTV Almanac - Blue Lasers in Peril?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2008, 1:00pm

Light behaves like waves (sometimes). Longer wavelengths produce light toward the red end of the spectrum. Shorter wave lengths make light toward the other end, with colors like blue or violet.
This bit of optical trivia may not seem important, but it’s an essential fact in the creation of high-definition DVD discs and players, such as [...]


Ed's View - The Atomic Power Cell (APC): Atomic Cordless Power for HDTV Monitors

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2008, 4:45pm

Much has been written about wireless component connectivity. The most recent publicity surrounds the "WirelessHD" initiative - an incipient standard for wirelessly interconnecting signal processing components to an HDTV display. This is a great concept except one big cord remains - the power cord.

Wireless power has been a much sought-after technology since Nikola Tesla first demonstrated the possibilities in the early 1900's. Inductive battery recharging technologies have recently been aggressively explored for cordless cell phone applications, but have not been seriously commercialized. However, a recent exciting innovation being developed by...

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Thin Mounts

By Alfred Poor • Apr 1 2008, 1:00pm

No, I’m not talking about the chocolate mints left on your hotel pillow. I mean mounts, as in the devices used to hang flat panel HDTVs on the wall. Maybe you haven’t been concerned about how thick your wall mount is, but apparently the people who design and build them are hoping that “thin is [...]