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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (July, 2008)

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HDTV Almanac - DIRECTV Adds HD Channels

By Alfred Poor • Jul 30 2008, 1:00pm

The space race is now measured in number of high definition channels, and DIRECTV is continuing with its successful drive to stress HD coverage to attract subscribers. This week, the company announced that it will be adding more than 30 additional HD channels next month, which adds up to a total of more than 130 [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTVService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - NYC Gets FiOS TV

By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2008, 1:00pm

Residents of the Big Apple will now be able to get their daily dose of fiber — fiber optics, that is — thanks to FiOS TV. Verizon announced yesterday that the service is now available to residents in 108 neighborhoods, with a capacity of 300,000 subscribers. By the end of the year, the company plans [...]

Service & RepairSatellite HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Tax Fairness Passes House Judiciary

By Alfred Poor • Jul 28 2008, 1:00pm

There are those who argue that any tax on subscription video service fees is unfair, but in many states, satellite services are taxed at a higher rate than the cable services. As a result, Michigan representative John Conyers introduced H.R. 3679 — known as the State Video Tax Fairness Act – which is wending it [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Samsung TVs Go Online

By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2008, 1:00pm

At Samsung’s annual “Christmas in July” press event in New York City on Wednesday, the company showed off cool stuff like their 3D-capable plasma and DLP rear projection televisions, but the item that caught my eye was the “touch of color” LCD HDTVs with Samsung’s “Infolink” feature. This function is built in as a standard [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Stores Recommend LCD HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Jul 24 2008, 1:00pm

A press release from J.D. Power and Associates and Market Force Informaiton cites a new report, “2008 Television Retail Insights Report”, which was released last Monday. Based on the results gathered by more than 2,000 mystery shoppers at retail stores across the country over the past six months, the report measures the product knowledge of [...]

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Boob Tube Becomes Buy Box

By Alfred Poor • Jul 23 2008, 1:00pm

Unholy alliance or the greatest thing since the Home Shopping Network? You decide. According to many sources, TiVo announced a partnership with Amazon yesterday that will let TV viewers buy products right off their screen. If you have a broadband-connected Series2, Series3, or TiVo HD DVR, you can use the remote control to purchase an [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)BroadcastPolitics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - CEA Gives Free Converters to Seniors

By Alfred Poor • Jul 22 2008, 1:00pm

Let’s review the facts. On February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast television stations will cease analog broadcasts. If you do not have a cable or satellite subscription, or you do not have a TV with a digital (ATSC) tuner, then you’ll need to get one or add a converter box that will received the digital signals [...]

Wireless HDMI/HDTVEvents & TradeshowsEntertainment

HDTV Almanac - Belkin Cuts the HDTV Wires

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2008, 1:00pm

One of my main themes from CES 2008 last January was how the HDTV manufacturers were looking to wireless connections to make it easier for consumers to install and connect their HDTVs to other home entertainment devices. Given the expense and hassle of running wires through walls and floors — or even through wire channels [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 880-Inch HD Display for Times Square

By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2008, 1:00pm

It’s not just the neon lights that they say are bright on Broadway. The Great White Way got a little brighter and more colorful this week when Toshiba unveiled its new LED billboard on top of One Times Square in New York City. The new display is 880″ diagonal, which is all the more impressive [...]

Business & InvestmentCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - The Professor on Fox Business News

By Alfred Poor • Jul 17 2008, 1:00pm

On Monday, I spent most of the day traveling to and from New York City, and a little bit of time walking around a Best Buy store with a reporter and camera crew from the Fox Business News Network. And here is the result; it’s posted on their Web site and will air this weekend.

HD DVD

HDTV Almanac - Olympics Force Export Exception

By Alfred Poor • Jul 16 2008, 1:00pm

What do rifle shells and HD video cameras have in common? In a story reported by TVTechnology.com earlier this month, President Bush asked Congress to provide a temporary exemption for the export of shooting munitions and certain HD cameras which otherwise would be blocked from export. The request was prompted by the need for these [...]

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HDTV Almanac - IPTV Box for $199

By Alfred Poor • Jul 15 2008, 1:00pm

How would you like to watch television programming from around the world on your regular television? There are many sites that make it easy to access streaming video from the US and other countries on your computer, but one of those sites — WhereverTV — is now offering a set top box for your broadband [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionBroadcast

HDTV Almanac - What is “Analog Pass-Through”?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 14 2008, 1:00pm

The transition from analog over-the-air television broadcasts to only digital signals is scheduled to happen on February 17, 2009, just seven months from now (or Labor Day, if you’re in Wilmington, NC). Let’s just recap the key points; you’ll only be affected by this transition if you use an antenna to get your TV signals. [...]

Politics & PolicyCable HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - FCC Chair Slaps Comcast Wrist

By Alfred Poor • Jul 11 2008, 1:00pm

Wire services report that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said yesterday that Comcast “violated our principles” on Internet access by blocking or slowing access to data by users of certain file sharing programs. The FCC policy is to guarantee open access to Internet data. If two more of the five-member commission agree with Martin, then Comcast [...]

Business & InvestmentDigital Rights Management (DRM)LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - So Long, Syntax-Brillian!

By Alfred Poor • Jul 10 2008, 1:00pm

Syntax-Brillian, maker of the once popular Olevia brand of LCD TVs, is scheduled to slip slowly beneath the fiscal waves later next month. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, let go of all but eight employees, and is selling off its assets. It’s ill-fated Vivitar camera business is still running fine, so [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyOLED HDTVsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Sony Bets on FED

By Alfred Poor • Jul 9 2008, 1:00pm

Not content with leading the way in commercial production of OLED TVs, Sony has also backed another novel techlogy: field-emitter displays, or FEDs. The concept behind this technology is simple. A traditional CRT vacuum picture tube uses three electron guns at the back of the tube to shoot electrons at the phosphors inside the front [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Orders for Projector Lasers

By Alfred Poor • Jul 8 2008, 1:00pm

QPC Lasers, Inc. announced last week that the company has received a contract for $3.5 million for red, green, and blue lasers to be used in a 3D projector system. This is in addition to the $12 million contract to produce lasers for Laser TVs that was announced last December. These are certainly some impressive [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Reading the Tea Leaves

By Alfred Poor • Jul 7 2008, 1:00pm

As Costello might say, “I’ve got a baaaad feelin’ about this, Abbot.” We’ve started the second half of 2008, and the HDTV market forecast is clear as mud.
Data point: Sony Electronics president Stan Glasgow is quoted as being upbeat about consumer electronics sales for the rest of 2008. At the CEA Executive Summit he said [...]

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HDTV Almanac - DIRECTV On Demand Nationwide

By Alfred Poor • Jul 4 2008, 1:00pm

According to a press release Monday, DIRECTV has launched its DIRECTV On Demand service to all U.S. customers. You must have a DIRECTV Plus HD DVR or R22 DVR receiver in order to take advantage of this service, but there is no additional charge. Customers can choose among 4,000 standard definition and HD titles, at [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Blockbuster Bags Circuit City Deal

By Alfred Poor • Jul 3 2008, 1:00pm

On Tuesday, Blockbuster issued a statement that the company has “decided to withdraw its proposal to acquire Circuit City.” The release quoted company chairman and CEO, Jim Keyes:
“Based on market conditions and the completion of our initial due diligence process, we have determined that it is not in the best interest of Blockbuster’s shareholders to [...]

Cable HDTVPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Tru2way to Dominate Cable

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2008, 1:00pm

According to a new report from ABI Research, half of all cable subscribers will use tru2way technology for their cable connection by 2013. Originally named Open Cable Applications Platform (OCAP), tru2way supports interactive television features for cable services. The technology can be built into traditional set top boxes, or can be incorporated directly in television [...]

Satellite HDTVPolitics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - DISH Sells Converter Boxes

By Alfred Poor • Jul 1 2008, 1:00pm

The DISH Network has started selling a converter box — called the DTVPal – for terrestrial television broadcasts, through a dedicated Web site at http://www.dtvpal.com/. Originally, the company had hoped to bring the converter to market at the $40 price of the US government rebate coupon, but the price has turned out to be [...]