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By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2010, 1:00pm
Runco continues to be the high-end home entertainment display company that defies gravity and demonstrates that there is still room for an exclusive home theater company.
The company has announced a new program called “ColourPallette”, which lets customers order the full line of Runco home theater projectors and flat panel displays in any of 13 [...]
By Ed Milbourn • Mar 29 2010, 3:38pm
Hidden in the backwater of all the 3D hoopla at CES 2010 was the Panasonic 152" Viera Plasma 4K (4096 x 2160) display that has been showcased for the last couple of years.
Arguably, the big Viera display was the most striking TV image at the show.
There may have been other such Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) direct view displays at the LVCC complex this year, but I didn't see them.
But NHD's idea of UHDTV promises to be even better!
From the start of serious HDTV research in the late 1970's, Japan's NHK has been "pushing the envelope" of ever increasing television picture resolution – not just related to displays, but...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2010, 1:00pm
A group of subscription television providers — both cable and satellite – have petitioned the FCC for some protection against networks pulling the plug on their program as part of licensing negotiations.
The most recent round of brinkmanship was between Cablevision and Disney leading up to the Academy Awards coverage, but we’ve also seen other [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 26 2010, 1:00pm
Ah, the Law of Unintended Consequences is always hiding around the corner, waiting to bite you in the butt.
I’ve been writing a lot about watching movies and video content over the Internet, and this has prompted some readers to question whether or not the Internet can stand up to the load of all this increased [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 25 2010, 1:00pm
According to a press release from DisplaySearch for a new research report, TV unit sales rose 32% in 2009, and are projected to rise another 24% in 2010.
LCD TVs are expected to make up 180 million of the total 228 million units forecast for 2010, as it continues to expand its domination of the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 24 2010, 1:00pm
According to a report in Multichannel News, NBC racked up more than 190 million Americans who watched at least some of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
In spite of the nail-biter men’s hockey final that pitted the U.S.
against host Canada in an overtime gold medal game, the audience count still came up with [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2010, 1:00pm
You are likely one of the many who helped push Avatar into the record books, grossing more than $2.6 billion worldwide (and still counting!) So you may be anxiously awaiting the release of the high definition Blu-ray version of the movie so you can enjoy it all over again at home.
(It will also be [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2010, 1:00pm
Netflix has a hit on its hands with its streaming service, which allows anyone with an unlimited Netflix subscription to watch movies and TV episodes for free on the Internet.
So it should come as little surprise that the service is looking to expand its coverage.
It has been widely reported that Netflix demo’ed streaming [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 19 2010, 1:00pm
With some consumers willing to spend hundreds of dollars per seat to attend some sporting events, it should come as little surprise that live 3DTV programming is going to begin with sports coverage.
The press is still writing pages about the first 3D-capable sets from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic — many of which have not [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 17 2010, 1:00pm
It has been widely reported that Dell sued five LCD panel manufacturers for price fixing last week.
The companies named in the suit are Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi, Epson, and HannStar.
Sharp and Hitachi have already made plea agreements with the U.S.
Justice Department for price fixing.
In 2008, Sharp agreed to pay $120 million in fines, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2010, 7:21pm
One of the complaints about 3DTV that is often repeated in the press is that “there are no standards“.
I may be the only one who does not see that as a major obstacle.
After all, there are a lot of different digital image file formats out there, yet programs like Microsoft Word or most [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2010, 1:00pm
WARNING: You can waste a lot of time if you read this.
I stumbled across a great project call “FedFlix” in which volunteers are taking digitized video and film content from the National Archives and making them available on the Internet.
One of the repositories for this content is the Internet Archive, which includes sections for [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2010, 1:00pm
While we’re distracted by the tussles over the radio spectrum for mobile services and broadcast television and cell phones and a zillion other applications, keep your eye on the prize.
Broadband means big data pipes delivered right to your door (or basement or apartment to be more precise).
Phone companies like Verizon and AT&T got [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 12 2010, 1:00pm
My friend and colleague Peter Putman calls the new network-ready HDTVs “NeTVs” which I think is an apt name.
It eliminates the need for another set top box or even a desktop computer parked next to the screen, but there are plenty of people who are happy to use such extra hardware.
A new study [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 11 2010, 1:00pm
Blockbuster has gone to the top of my list of home entertainment companies that may not be around a year from now.
It has already closed more than 500 of its 7,000 stores (including our neighborhood store), and could close another 300 or more this year.
It posted a net loss of $558 million for [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 10 2010, 1:00pm
The 7000 and 8000 series of LED-backlit Samsung LCD HDTVs are getting a new feature.
In addition to their network connectivity, these sets will also offer Skype video call functionality.
As I wrote in my CES coverage, I believe that this is likely to sell a lot more TVs in the next two years than [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 9 2010, 1:00pm
If you’ve never been to Wilmington, NC, you should plan a trip because it’s a wonderful town close great ocean beaches with lots to do.
And now there’s something new to do there: connect to the Internet using “white space” wireless connections.
This is a “Smart City” experiment coordinated by TV Band Service of Wilmington and [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2010, 1:00pm
I got notice today that Best Buy is selling an HD camcorder for $80.
Normally $130, this 720p camera with a 3″ LCD screen is marked down an extra $50.
With the Best Buy “Insignia” house brand, it has digital image stabilization, 90 MB internal capacity, and an SD memory card slot.
It also has [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 5 2010, 1:00pm
Sunday night, millions of TV viewers across the nation and around the world will be watching the Academy Awards ceremonies, with the possible exception of Cablevision subscribers in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester County.
The problem is that the ABC network (and its parent company Disney) want [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 4 2010, 1:00pm
Last month, two giants held forth the prospect of faster broadband Internet connections to the home.
First, Google announced that it was going to build a trial fiber network designed to deliver 1 Gbps bandwidth to subscribers, about 100 times faster than most broadband services.
Then the Financial Times reported that Cisco was also developing [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 3 2010, 1:00pm
If you can’t agree with your housemates about what to watch, a deathgrip on the remote control may no longer be a winning strategy.
Verizon has announced that FiOS customers who have a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio cell phone can download an app that lets them control their FiOS television set top box using [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2010, 1:00pm
Two weeks ago, the Academy Board of Governors gave the 2009 Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) to four of the people who helped develop the color accuracy for DLP Cinema projectors.
The Texas Instruments technology has become an important part of digital cinema, with installations at more than 17,000 screens worldwide.
IMAX digital projection [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2010, 1:00pm
I don’t know about you, but there are too many similar names floating around in our business.
Look, I realize that it’s difficult to come up with an original and compelling name for a new company or service, but now we’ve got Vudu, Hulu, Roku, and Lulu.
Is it any wonder that people get confused? [...]