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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (November, 2008)

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HDTV Almanac - Are You Ready for Some 3D-Fence?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 28 2008, 2:00pm

Those NFL fans with the goofy hats and face paint are going to be emerging — literally — on screens on December 4th in the first ever 3D live broadcast of an NFL game. When the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders face off in an intrastate contest, fans in Boston, Hollywood, and New York [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Happy Thanksgiving

By Alfred Poor • Nov 27 2008, 2:00pm

I’m not here today. I’m off with family and friends, enjoying the holiday, and I hope that this is a happy day for you, too.
These are difficult times for many people, and getting a flat screen TV may not be in the cards for many this year. Whatever your circumstances, I hope that you have [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Bracing for Black Friday

By Alfred Poor • Nov 26 2008, 2:00pm

I recognize that there are many sites that give you the “inside scoop” on the Black Friday offers. And this year — more than ever – the retailers themselves have been tipping their hand and pre-announcing their own specials. And then let’s not forget the fact that we’ve been seeing Black Friday pricing on lots [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 120 Hz Gaining Ground

By Alfred Poor • Nov 25 2008, 2:00pm

A new flat panel report from DisplaySearch indicates that the proportion of LCD panels with 120 Hz refresh increased from 12% in the second quarter of 2008 to 16% in the third quarter. This is a big increase: one third more in just one quarter.
The shift becomes more significant when you break it down by [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionPC & Laptop TechnologyEntertainment

HDTV Almanac - Seniors to Get DTV Help

By Alfred Poor • Nov 24 2008, 2:00pm

As I’ve mentioned here frequently, the elderly are one major segment of the US population who are most likely to be adversely affected by the upcoming transition to digital television broadcasts. They are least likely to be technology-savvy, and most likely to depend on television broadcasts for their entertainment and information. Add the fact that [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Reader Question: DVRs after the Transition

By Alfred Poor • Nov 21 2008, 2:00pm

Q: The transition to digital broadcasts poses a problem for some people who record daytime shows on their VCRs to watch when they come home from work. I asked the salesman at Radio Shack about the two converter models they sell, and they do not have a timer feature to set up like a [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Fireside IPTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 20 2008, 2:00pm

A new administration, and everything changes. Barack Obama has already announced that his weekly radio address to the nation will also be filmed and then posted on YouTube. If nothing else, this is a president who understands communications in the 21st Century.
In fact, he’s already started using the Democratic weekly address as an opportunity to [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Broadcast

HDTV Almanac - HDTV Transition: One More Exception

By Alfred Poor • Nov 19 2008, 2:00pm

The transition from analog to digital television broadcasts in the U.S. can best be described as “exceptional“. On February 17, 2009, all TV stations in the country will stop broadcasting analog signals, and will only broadcast digital. Except some that are not full-power stations. And except for most of the stations in Wilmington, NC, which [...]

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HDTV Almanac - LCD TV Prices Sinking Fast

By Alfred Poor • Nov 18 2008, 2:00pm

It’s not a good time to be an LCD HDTV maker. Sharp is Japan’s largest LCD TV maker — and fifth largest LCD panel maker worldwide — and they’re taking it on the chin. According to a report from PriceSCAN, the average selling price for LCD HDTVs 50″ and larger fell by 6% in October [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Broadcast

HDTV Almanac - Need Help with a Converter Box?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2008, 2:00pm

February 17, 2009 is just four months away. If you have any of your TVs connected to an antenna, you should be thinking about how you’re going to get a signal after the digital conversion. Your old analog set can have a long life after the digital switch-over, but you’ll need a digital converter box. [...]

Front ProjectionLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Pico Projector to Ship Next Month

By Alfred Poor • Nov 14 2008, 1:00pm

Look at this picture. Yes, the device on the right is an iPod, and you can store photos and video on it which you can then watch on the little LCD screen. But what if you want to show the content to someone else, or a couple of people? Do you all crowd around and [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - RP HDTV: Not Quite Gone

By Alfred Poor • Nov 13 2008, 1:00pm

CompUSA.com sent out an email yesterday advertising some sale specials. The lead item was a 61″ 120 Hz 1080p HDTV on sale for $1,099.99. This is no off-brand product; it’s from Samsung. It’s ready to display 3D images, such as movies or video games. And it’s not a refurbished return; it’s got a full factory [...]

Cable HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - How “H” is Online HDTV?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 12 2008, 1:00pm

MultiMedia Intelligence issued a press release last week, announcing a new research report on peer-to-peer use of the Internet for for video content and its impact on connection bandwidths and the new data transfer caps being implemented by Comcast on all residential accounts.
The release gives a lot of good information, even if you don’t spend [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - The Lion Roars on YouTube

By Alfred Poor • Nov 11 2008, 1:00pm

YouTube is the place to watch those funky homemade short videos, right? Stuff like cats doing clever (or stupid) things, or stunts that might make it on AFHV. And of course there are those clips from TV shows, many of which are posted illegally by viewers and soon get taken down. But you don’t find [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - Circuit City Tunes to Channel 11

By Alfred Poor • Nov 10 2008, 1:00pm

Circuit City acknowledged that there is indeed an elephant in the room today, declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an attempt to seek protection from creditors while it tries to create a reorganization plan to save the company. The problem is that it owes millions of dollars to the very companies that it needs to provide [...]

Environment / GreenEvents & TradeshowsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Vizio Meets Energy Star Specs

By Alfred Poor • Nov 7 2008, 1:00pm

Back in January, I singled out “green” issues as one of the key themes of the CES 2008 conference. I was focused on the environmental issues — power consumption, hazardous materials, manufacturing pollution — but the power consumption issue seems to have taken the spotlight as consumers are also more conscious about saving “green” on [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sharp LCD TVs with Blu-ray Recorders

By Alfred Poor • Nov 6 2008, 1:00pm

Last month, Sharp announced the DX series of AQUOS LCD HDTVs for the Japanese market. The sets come in 26″ to 52″ sizes, but they all have one important detail in common; they all include a built-in Blu-ray DVD recorder.

Now, including standard DVD players in an LCD TV is fairly common these days. A built-in [...]

Internet HD VideoDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - NetFlix Takes Another Step

By Alfred Poor • Nov 5 2008, 1:00pm

NetFlix is clearly preparing to make the transition from DVDs to electronic delivery of rental movies. On Monday, the company announced that it was ending its practice of offering used DVDs for sale. They didn’t say what they were going to do with all those discs, but presumably they will be wholesaled to another company [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcastCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Help Me, Obi-Wan!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 4 2008, 1:00pm

Next to the SuperBowl, a presidential election seems to bring out the geek in the television graphic designers. It’s a one-time event that lets them throw away budget limitations and build the slickest technology they can in order to make their broadcast coverage the most compelling show possible. So watch for some cool visuals tonight [...]

Deals & Discounts

HDTV Almanac - Circuit City Closing Deals Start Wednesday

By Alfred Poor • Nov 3 2008, 1:00pm

Circuit City announced today that the company will close 155 stores. These stores will not open tomorrow, and the closing sales will begin on Wednesday, November 5. Our local store will not be closing. You can find out if you’re near one of the targeted stores by reading the list posted on the Circuit City [...]