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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (November, 2009)

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Blu-rayDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - We Want Our HDTVs!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 27 2009, 1:32pm

Market researcher InStat has released the results of its survey on holiday shopper’s plans for consumer electronics purchases this year, and the interesting news is that high definition products take the first and fourth positions on the top five product category list:
? Notebook PCs
? Digital cameras
? Blu-ray players
? Desktop PCs
One interesting point is [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Happy Thanksgiving!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 26 2009, 1:00pm

I’m not here today. I’m skipping breakfast and working out and trying to make a personal commitment to refrain from second helpings this afternoon, in hopes that I can manage to keep the scales from finding a new all-time high on Friday morning.
However you plan to spend the day, I hope it provides you with [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Hulu Grows Again

By Alfred Poor • Nov 25 2009, 1:00pm

An article in Advertising Age reports that the latest Video Metrix results from comScore show that Hulu traffic jumped by 47% in October, mirroring a similar gain last year. The article attributes the gains to the advent of shows for the new fall season on the major networks: NBC, ABC, and Fox.
The reported figures show [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - TV Guide For NeTVs

By Alfred Poor • Nov 24 2009, 1:00pm

Rovi announced yesterday that it has a TV Guide widget for the Yahoo! Widget Engine platform that is now available on select Samsung HDTV models. The utility provides listiings of programs on 28 of the most popular networks. The widget shows what’s on now, as well as what’s on next. The selections are also listed [...]


HDTV Almanac - No-Battery Remote

By Alfred Poor • Nov 23 2009, 1:00pm

It’s a small problem, to be sure. A pair of penlight batteries in a typical TV remote control will last for years. But when you add up the millions of TVs (and DVD players and set top boxes and other devices that use remotes), that means an enormous number of batteries still end up in [...]

Deals & DiscountsCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Silly Season in Full Swing

By Alfred Poor • Nov 20 2009, 1:00pm

Okay, if you want the coolest bargains on HDTVs, you probably will have to spend all your time just tracking the deals. In addition to the sales circulars and online specials posted at the retailers’ Web sites, you can also check out the various Black Friday sites or monitor the year-’round bargain aggregators such as [...]

Environment / GreenCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - California Choose Stick Over Carrot

By Alfred Poor • Nov 19 2009, 1:00pm

Yesterday, the California Energy Commission (CEC) made it official, and unanimously adopted new energy requirements for televisions sold in the state. It sets electricity consumption limits for sets up to 58″ diagonal. The first level takes effect January 2011, at which time one source indicates a 42″ must not consumer more than 183 watts. In [...]

Cable HDTVBlu-ray

HDTV Almanac - New Lamps for Old!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 18 2009, 1:00pm

An evil sorcerer tricked Aladdin’s wife into giving him the magic lamp by offer to swap new lamps for old. It’s no trick this time around, however, as Warner Brothers has launched a campaign that lets you trade in your old WB DVDs in exchange for the same titles in Blu-ray format. They have set [...]

Environment / GreenPlasma HDTVsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 3M Promotes Energy Star for HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2009, 1:00pm

The HDTV world is flat and turning green. Plasma and LCD panels dominate, and now manufacturers are fighting over who can make the most environmentally-friendly televisions (since there are relatively few other meaningful differences among their features). And one of the key focal points for these efforts is to use less power. The good news [...]

Service & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Bugged, But It Could Be Good

By Alfred Poor • Nov 16 2009, 1:00pm

My entry last Friday about advertising on television shows streamed over the Web hit a few nerves over on HDTV Magazine where the Almanac is republished every day. It generated a long string of comments that covered a wide range of issues, from how much people pay for television service in their homes, to how [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - How Much Can You Stand?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 13 2009, 1:00pm

I watch Hulu. Do you? If you do, you know that most shows are interrupted several times for advertisements. These typically run 15 to 30 seconds, and aren’t long enough to get to the kitchen for a snack; you’ll have to put the show on pause before making a raid on the refrigerator.
Content providers worry [...]

HD DVDBlu-rayDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - More on DVD Killers

By Alfred Poor • Nov 12 2009, 1:00pm

On Monday, I wrote about the evidence that the DVD market is fading (and taking Blu-ray’s hopes with it). So of course, I immediately found one more bit of evidence that adds more weight to the conclusion.

NCR and MOD Systems announced on Monday that they were launching a new line of digital movie kiosks that [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Wrong-Way Corrigan Works for Sony?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 11 2009, 1:00pm

“Wrong-Way” Corrigan made history by flying across the Atlantic when he was supposed to fly coast to coast across the U.S. (History indicates that it was a case of “accidently on purpose” because he couldn’t get clearance for the trans-oceanic flight.) But his spirit apparently lives on at Sony.
I’m the first to agree that an [...]


HDTV Almanac - Is 3DTV in the Cloud?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 10 2009, 1:00pm

Friend and colleague Jon Peddie is one of the leading analysts and experts in the area of graphics processing and related display concepts. In his blog yesterday, he mused about the role of cloud computing in various applications. He pointed out that lots of server farms have idle CPU cycles, and just as we rely [...]

Blu-rayCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Where Are the DVDs?

By Alfred Poor • Nov 9 2009, 1:00pm

So you think DVDs are doing just fine, and that Blu-ray is getting poised to be the high definition replacement for them in due time. Well, here are some news items that might cause you to think again.
Best Buy and Sonic Solutions announced last week that they are forming a partnership to promote the Roxio [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Walmart Joins Early Sales Trend

By Alfred Poor • Nov 6 2009, 1:00pm

Early Black Friday sales are popping up all over, and Walmart is holding a one-day in-store sale tomorrow, Saturday November 7, starting at 8 AM. Quantities are limited, and you can’t buy more than two of some items, but here are some of the items that might get your attention. The 46″ 1080p plasma HDTV [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Looks Like Last Year

By Alfred Poor • Nov 5 2009, 1:00pm

Last month, the NPD Group came out with the results of their annual survey of consumers, trying to find out what their holiday shopping plans are. And the results look very familiar. 11% of those polled indicated that they intend to spend more than they did last year, which is the same number as last [...]

Service & RepairMobile HDTVProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Go with the Flo

By Alfred Poor • Nov 4 2009, 1:00pm

I’ve mentioned Qualcomm’s Flo TV before, but now you have a new way that you can get television programming as you go about your daily routine. Chrysler announced last week that it will be offering this mobile TV service as an option in most of its cars, starting next month. For $629 (plus dealer installation [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Comcast Close to Buying NBC

By Alfred Poor • Nov 3 2009, 1:00pm

It seems a little like a gasoline company buying General Motors, but it looks like the rumors about Comcast wanting to buy NBC Universal have some fire behind the smoke. In an article published Sunday by the New York Times, General Electric may be on the verge of reaching a deal with Comcast. According to [...]


HDTV Almanac - DIY Big Antenna

By Alfred Poor • Nov 2 2009, 1:00pm

I still get TV broadcasts over the air, but I’m not happy with the antenna I’ve got in one of our buildings. So I’ve been poking around the Web lately, looking at ideas for a do-it-yourself TV antenna. And then I found a site that has plans for a monster, designed for fringe reception. I [...]