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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (April, 2009)

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Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Radio Shack Survives on Converter Boxes

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2009, 1:00pm

According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, Radio Shack recently announced its first quarter financial report. In a time when most companies see good news as a smaller loss than expected , Radio Shack posted an 11% increase in income over last year. According to the article, if you take out the [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyHD DVDLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LG Supports DivX

By Alfred Poor • Apr 28 2009, 1:00pm

LG Electronics has a history of supporting DivX video compression dating back to 2007, and last week, renewed that support in a big way. The company announced that its latest line of TVs supports the new DivX HD technology. This brings the total to more than 200 LG TV models that have been DivX certified. [...]

Cable HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Comcast Cable TV on Your Computer

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2009, 1:00pm

Netflix gets it. iTunes gets it. And now it appears that Comcast, the leading cable TV provider in the country gets it. Traditional content delivery is going the way of the buggy whip. Consumers don’t want to be tied to a disc of polycarbonate plastic or a coax wire coming through the wall in order [...]

HD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - TiVo Downloads from Amazon

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2009, 1:00pm

In an announcement on Tuesday, TiVo announced that their customers can now download video and movie HD content from Amazon directly to their TiVo recorders. The supported models are the Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL digital video recorders (DVRs). High definition TV episodes can be purchased for about $3, and HD movies can [...]

OLED HDTVsBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - More OLED TVs This Year?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2009, 1:00pm

After lots of backpedaling on promises to ship OLED TVs — especially by Samsung — some companies are starting to sing a different tune. A story from the Hindu Business Line this week has been widely quoted and has stirred up a bit of excitement. In the report, an executive from LG is quoted as [...]

LCD HDTVsGlobal & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - LCD TV Production on the Rise

By Alfred Poor • Apr 22 2009, 1:00pm

According to a press release from DisplaySearch yesterday, March 2009 shipments of LCD TV panels rose 30% over February’s number to total 9.9 million units. Even better is the news that this represents a 14% increase over the March 2008 numbers, which was before we ran headfirst into the brick wall of global recession and [...]

Internet HD VideoService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Hulu Growing

By Alfred Poor • Apr 21 2009, 1:00pm

According to a report by comScore, the Internet video site Hulu saw a 42% increase in viewership in February, serving up about 330 million videos. This was enough to push the service up to fourth place overall among Internet Video sites. (Google with its YouTube remains solidly in the top spot with more than 5.3 [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionPolitics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - FFC Sets Rules For DTV Help Centers

By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2009, 1:00pm

Earlier this month, the FCC published the rules for DTV help centers. Most TVbroadcasters are required by the “DTV Delay Act” to create walk-in help centers for their markets. These new rules require that the centers be open at least from 4 to 8 PM (local) on Fridays, and 10 AM to 4 PM on [...]


HDTV Almanac - The Norwegian Blue of HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2009, 1:00pm

Last week, Mitsubishi announced its lineup of premium TV models for 2009. In addition to a range of flat panel LCD HDTVs, the company also announced seven new rear projection DLP models which makes them the last major company to still emphasize DLP HDTVs. (It is interesting to note that the company’s press release did [...]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - More Electronics Recycling Centers

By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2009, 1:00pm

The Manufacturers Recycling Management Company — MRM — is a joint venture between Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba to encourage the recycling of consumer electronics in the U.S. Panasonic announced Tuesday that an additional 30 recycling sites have been added, bringing the total to 310 with coverage in all 50 states. These sites will accept any [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Circuit City Online to Continue

By Alfred Poor • Apr 15 2009, 1:00pm

Systemax — the company behind Tiger Direct – bought the CompUSA.com Web site and a couple of the CompUSA stores in Florida when that company closed last year. Now Systemax is in line to take over the Circuit City Web domain and some other assets, which would increase the company’s dominant position as an online [...]

Front Projection

HDTV Almanac - Projector Company InFocus to Be Sold

By Alfred Poor • Apr 14 2009, 1:00pm

InFocus announced yesterday that it will be purchased by Image Holdings Corporation in a cash deal for $0.95 a share, or about $39 million. That’s about half the share price from a year ago, and about one-tenth of the company’s five year high price. Still, it is good news as it means that InFocus is [...]

HD DVDInternet HD VideoCable HDTVPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - HD VuNow Available from Amazon

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2009, 1:00pm

There’s a lot of good video available for free on the Web if you have broadband Internet access, and it’s not that difficult to connect a PC to your television. If your computer graphics adapter is like most, it has a DVI connector. You can get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to [...]


HDTV Almanac - Online March Madness Gets Bigger

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2009, 1:00pm

According to a report in Fierce Online Video, the CBS Interactive free online coverage of the 2009 NCAA Mens Basketball championship delivered 8.6 million hours of video and audio. This represents a 70% increase over last year. The coverage garnered about $30 million in revenue, up more than 30% from last year.
As I’ve pointed out [...]


HDTV Almanac - Moxi HD DVR Adds Features

By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2009, 1:00pm

Digeo makes the Moxie HD DVR that lets users of cable TV services record and play back TV shows. Unlike TiVo, there’s no monthly subscription fee. However, the device costs about $200 more than a TiVo, so it will take about two years to recover the difference in cost. Digeo announced a range of new [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Backyard Movie Theater?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 8 2009, 1:00pm

Friend and colleague Peter Putman (of www.hdtvexpert.com) is renowned for his HDTV SuperBowl parties, where he fills his house with displays so you won’t miss a second of the game as you move from room to room. One of my favorite tricks of his is to hang a bed sheet outside over a picture window, [...]


HDTV Almanac - Really High-Def Cinemas

By Alfred Poor • Apr 7 2009, 1:00pm

There’s an entertainment arms race that’s been underway just about as long as there has been television. The challenge has been for the movies to offer a better experience than you can get in your living room, in order to entice you to part with your cash in order to watch a movie at your [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - One Hot HDTV: Insignia IS-LCDTV26

By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2009, 1:00pm

Last Thursday, Best Buy announced a voluntary recall of the Insignia IS-LCDTV26 television. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall announcement is posted here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09183.html. The reason for the recall is that Best Buy received two reports of the TVs catching on fire as a result of a failure of the power supply. One report [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - What is the “Best” Flat Panel TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2009, 1:00pm

I received an offer to do some cross-promotion with a site call Wize. According to the email, the company “aggregates and analyzes millions of reviews from around the web to determine the best products for specific uses / intentions.” It’s an interesting site, but I am not sure that its source information is capable of [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyMobile HDTVBusiness & InvestmentLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - More Consolidation in LCD Panel Business

By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2009, 1:00pm

Toshiba announced yesterday that they are buying out Panasonic’s 40% interest in “Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD), a joint venture that develops, manufactures and sells liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic light emitting displays (OLEDs),” according to a company press release. The venture will become a Toshiba subsidiary, to be renamed “Toshiba Mobile [...]


Ed's View - HD Radio in HD

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2009, 3:55pm

When working for Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius-XM), I was asked to attend a seminar in Newark, N.J., sponsored by iBiquity, the developer of the HD Radio standard. I was uninformed as to the purpose of the seminar and assumed it was a "spy" mission.

With the invitation in my hot little hand, I presented myself at the conference room sign-in desk. Since the HD radio group considered Satellite radio the mortal enemy, I was greeted with a lot of upturned eyebrows and numerous whispers.

I discovered that...

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Sony Shutters FED

By Alfred Poor • Apr 1 2009, 1:00pm

Field Emissions Technology (FET) was a Sony spin-off created to explore field emission display — FED — technology. And according to several reports, Sony announced last week that it will shut down the company. This really comes as little surprise, as last December Sony announced a massive 8,000 layoffs and the closing of some factories [...]