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By Alfred Poor • Aug 29 2008, 1:00pm
Sony’s betting that some HDTV buyers will be happy to shell out more and get less.
According to a report by Reuters, the company announced yesterday that they will start shipping a new LCD HDTV that is just 9.9 mm thick.
For those who may be metrics-challenged, that is just about 5/32 inch thick.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 28 2008, 1:00pm
According to a news report in TWICE yesterday, audio maker Sherwood is planning to release a pair of TVs at CEDIA next week.
According to the article, the LCD HDTVs will be a 32″ WXGA model and a 42″ 1080p moodel.
No prices or distribution information was available, though they are apparently scheduled to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 27 2008, 1:00pm
AMIMON, an Israeli company, is one of the companies behind the WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) standard, along with Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, Sony.
This technology is designed to send “uncompressed” high-definition content between devices in the home without wires.
The “uncompressed” simply means that the system does not apply additional compression on top of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 26 2008, 1:00pm
Let me start by saying that I’m a bit hawkish about copyright protection; I’ve made my living for more than 25 years by creating copyrighted content.
However, I’m also opposed to heavy-handed enforcement that gathers in innocents while trying to deter violators.
One problem is that copyrights are frequently abused on online video sites, particularly YouTube.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 25 2008, 1:00pm
One of the most common misconceptions about the transition to digital broadcasts next February is that “everything will have to be HD”.
Another one is that cable companies will be forced to switch to HD.
Both of those are false, mostly.
First, the government is not requiring that all TV content be in high definition.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 22 2008, 1:50pm
I reported a month ago about the Internet widgets on some of Samsung’s new TVs.
On Wednesday, Intel and Yahoo! announced the Widget Channel that will let viewers add Internet content to their screens.
It is to work not just with televisions, but other consumer electronic devices as well.
The goal is to have developers [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 21 2008, 1:00pm
To the victor go the spoils.
Blu-ray Disc (BD) conquered HD DVD to become the industry’s high definition video disc format, and now that it’s had the market to itself for six months, how has it fared?
One measure of its success can be found in a market report released on Tuesday by Futuresource.
The decidedly [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 20 2008, 1:00pm
The manufacturer shipment data reported for the second quarter of 2008 by DisplaySearch shows plasma units “surged” by 35%, largely on the strength of Vizio’s introduction of a 32″ plasma TV.
This reprieve for plasma will be short-lived, however, as LCD models are available with better features at lower prices.
The conventional wisdom has been that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 19 2008, 2:48pm
Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else get the idea that the FCC is making up this digital TV transition thing as they go along? After what seemed like years of wrangling before they finally set a firm date for the changeover, they have been making some major adjustments ever since.
For example, there was [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 18 2008, 1:00pm
Toshiba has announced their new XD-E500 DVD player, with a $149 list price.
The product marks the debut of new “eXtended Detail Enhancement (XDE)” technology.
The company claims that this player can give “near-HD” quality to standard DVDs.
It not only upscales (like many other standard DVD players), but it adds processing for edge enhancement, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 15 2008, 12:41pm
Panasonic is “the Official HDTV of the Olympic Games”, according to their press release in which they announce that their entire line of 1080p Viera plasma HDTV models for 2008 now have a lifetime rating of 100,000 hours.
If you figure on the typical 6.5 hours of viewing a day, 365 days a year, that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 14 2008, 1:00pm
As reported here last spring, the impending transition to digital-only terrestrial television broadcasts (by full power stations) is creating a problem for stations in the United States along the border with Mexico.
They have to compete with high-powered TV transmissions from Mexican stations that are serving the same markets on both sides of the border [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 13 2008, 1:00pm
Premier Mounts is… well… one of the premier companies making flat panel mounts.
According to some reports, about three out of four flat panels in corporate settings get mounted, but only about one in four in homes.
If you think you might want to be one of that 25%, Premier has just posted a short [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 12 2008, 1:00pm
An appeals court ruled last week that Canon had not broken its license with Applied Nanotech Holdings for the company’s SED — surface-conduction electron-emitter display – technology.
SED is a novel flat panel display technology that puts tiny electron emitters behind each sub-pixel.
The result is an extremely thin panel that produces an emissive image [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 11 2008, 1:00pm
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, LCD is the worst display technology except all the others that have been tried.
The panels take many complex and precise steps to manufacturer using discrete sheets of glass substrates (instead of a more efficient roll of some material), and the finished product blocks about 95% of the light from the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 8 2008, 1:00pm
Spurred in part by flat panel TV sales, Wal-Mart reported a 6.7% increase in sales for July compared with a year ago.
Given the uncertainty of the economy, higher food and gas prices, and rising unemployment, it’s interesting to see that flat panel sales continue to be strong at Wal-Mart.
I have to wonder what the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 7 2008, 1:00pm
Q: Some weeks ago, I heard you mention thedifference in power consumption between LCD and plasma televisions on The Personal Computer Show.
I have found that Crutchfield provides a comparison option which includes their own testing of TVs.
When you have some time, could you compare the four 46″ models I have listed below, using [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 6 2008, 1:00pm
My friend and colleague Steve Sechrist at Insight Media wrote a great piece in that company’s free “Display Daily” newsletter about problems facing two subscription-based mobile TV services.
Mobile Broadcasting Corp.
in Japan will shut down next spring after failing to sign up enough subscribers in spite of 10 years of trying and Toyota’s endorsement.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 5 2008, 1:00pm
The federal government is providing rebate coupons to consumers who want to buy a converter for their analog-only television sets before the transition to all digital broadcasts next February.
(See the HDTV Almanac entry for details about the coupon program.)
The NTIA has issued about 20 million coupons so far.
However, the coupons have a 90-day [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 4 2008, 1:00pm
NBC is touting the fact that it will offer 1,400 hours of Olympic coverage on its various networks, including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, and Telemundo.
It also will have 24/7 live and repeat HD coverage on Universal HD.
If you want to check out what networks are available to you on your cable or satellite [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 1 2008, 1:00pm
Netflix subscribers, I hope you haven’t rushed out and bought the Roku box yet.
(That’s the $100 box that lets you stream movies and other video content from Netflix over the Internet for free.) Apparently, Netflix is going to give you lots of options to access the online content, and yesterday LG Electronics showed off [...]