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By Alfred Poor • Jun 29 2010, 1:00pm
To paraphrase Will Rogers, I never metadata that I didn’t like.
And I like the new metadata system that THX has created.
Known primarily for their cinema sound certification, THX has also been very active in trying to make sure that the movie experience in the living room is as good as possible.
Their latest [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 28 2010, 2:47pm
Shopping for a 3D TV at Big Yellow? You might be underwhelmed by the retail experience.
(And so might TV manufacturers, if they stopped by for a visit!)
By Pete Putman • Jun 28 2010, 2:00pm
After my off-axis viewing tests on Sony's 3D TVs last week, I figured it was only fair to see just how well the competition performed in the same test.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2010, 1:00pm
At a trade show last week, I saw a fascinating new product.
It’s called the Immerz from Kor FX.
The device looks a lot like a pair of folding headphones, but the difference is that you wear them around your neck so that they rest just below your collarbone.
The devices are a pair of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 25 2010, 1:00pm
I’ve written about the Mobile Digital Television (Mobile DTV) that is currently undergoing a trial roll-out in the Washington DC market, with eight area stations broadcasting 23 different channels showing the same content as is broadcast on the stations’ regular broadcast channels.
My reservations still hold; I don’t think consumers will want to have to [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 24 2010, 4:31pm
The Line Shows weren’t quite as interesting as Digital Experience, but there were a few gems to be found here and there.
By Pete Putman • Jun 24 2010, 2:27pm
Thinking about buying a Bravia LCD 3D TV? Hold on! You might want to wait a while until they fix a serious crosstalk problem with their 3D glasses.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 24 2010, 1:00pm
With any new technology, the Law of Unintended Consequences is always lurking somewhere, waiting to bite you in the butt.
3DTV is no exception, and already the reports are beginning to show up, questioning whether or not 3DTV can be harmful to you in some way or another.
Perhaps the most dramatic is the set [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 23 2010, 1:00pm
Another specialty AV store chain is closing its doors.
Ken Crane’s, with 10 locations in southern California, is selling off its inventory and shutting down operations within the next two months.
The company was founded in 1948 as a Magnavox dealer, according to an article in TWICE.
Apparently, the current recession was apparently too deep [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2010, 1:00pm
You will soon be able to buy a 3D display that can convert 2D content to 3D on the fly and uses passive polarized glasses to view the stereoscopic images.
The display is WideXGA format — 1,366 by 768 pixels – so it can handle 720p high definition without scaling.
The whole thing weighs [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2010, 1:00pm
FLO TV had previously announced that it would ship a piggyback tuner for iPhone and iPod Touch in the first half of this year, then in late March said it would be ready within a month and a half, according to an article in TWICE.
The same article reports that now the company says the [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 18 2010, 3:43pm
In my previous post this week, I mentioned that it would be necessary for Comcast customers to upgrade to MPEG4-compatible set-top boxes in order to watch the World Cup 3D coverage.
This belief was reinforced by the list of ‘compatible’ set-tops found on the Comcast 3D FAQs Web page, which you can read here.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 18 2010, 1:00pm
Almost everyone has heard that the FIFA World Cup tournament is underway.
And just about everyone has heard the song of the vuvuzela, the noisemaker of choice for South African soccer fans.
The deafening din is drowning out sports commentators and giving TV viewers instant headaches.
While debates rage on about banning the horns from [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 17 2010, 1:00pm
In an article last week, Media Daily News cited Time Warner Cable CFO John Martin’s statement that he expects half of all pay-TV homes in the U.S.
will have the option of a TV Everywhere service to go along with their subscription.
Cable and satellite companies are moving rapidly to give their customers “any time, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 16 2010, 1:00pm
I know, everyone gets it that LCD HDTV prices are lower than they were.
But every once in a while, I see something that just makes me stop and go “hmmm….” Today it was an alert that Walmart is selling the 46″ Toshiba 46XV645U for $699.
That’s not an entry level model, either; the 1080p [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 15 2010, 1:00pm
Western Digital has come out with another version of its media player that adds network connectivity features to any HDTV.
The new WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player now adds Netflix to its list of supported Internet sources for audio and video content.
It also streams content from YouTube, Flickr, Pandora, Live365, and the [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 14 2010, 5:07pm
A quick glance at last Sunday’s fliers revealed some deep discounts on 3D TV packages…and the race to 3D has barely started.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2010, 1:00pm
Last week, XpanD began shipping its second-generation X102 DLP-link glasses for 3D television.
Unlike most active shutter glasses, these don’t need to have a separate emitter in order to sync with the 3D television.
These glasses support 3D-ready HDTVs and projectors that use DLP technology.
The display will flash a signal to the glasses to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 11 2010, 1:00pm
One of the great features of the new breed of Internet-connected NeTVs is that they can learn new tricks as if by magic.
You can download new applications and widgets to your set, and presto changeo! Your HDTV can now do something new.
Samsung just announced that it has added two new applications to is Samsung [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 10 2010, 1:00pm
This week, Verizon announced that it was adding V CAST Video service for its Android cell phones.
This service offers on-demand content including episodes of popular television shows from major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, A&E, Lifetime, and more.
There are 81 channels of programming from which to choose.
The service also includes live [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 9 2010, 1:00pm
TiVo and the satellite TV service Dish Network (and its parent company, EchoStar) have been embroiled in a series of legal actions over TiVo’s claims of patent infringement.
Last year, TiVo won a $200 million judgment against Dish, but a federal appeals court recently decided that it will review that decision and the claim that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 8 2010, 1:00pm
Yesterday, Apple announced a new digital camcorder that can take 720p high definition movies.
The camera does not accept memory cards, but comes in 16 GB and 32 GB versions.
It also serves double duty as a still digital camera, including flash and 5 megapixel resolution.
It has an LCD viewing panel that is only [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 7 2010, 1:00pm
“TV Everywhere” is the moniker given to a new initiative by subscription-based TV services (cable, satellite, and telco).
The idea is that when you’re away from home and your set top box, you can “call in” over the Internet to watch the programming you could have watched if you were home.
Think of it as [...]
By Pete Putman • Jun 4 2010, 10:47pm
Wow, has it been a year since the digital TV transition? How'd it work out for you?
By Alfred Poor • Jun 4 2010, 1:00pm
At a conference yesterday, Redbox president Mitch Lowe announced that the company will start renting Blu-ray titles from its kiosks for $1.50 a night, according to a report published in Home Media Magazine.
The discs should start appearing in the next few months, though it the Redbox site already has Blu-ray titles listed as being [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2010, 1:00pm
Late last month, the Mobile Digital Television Consumer Showcase kicked off in the Washington, D.C.
This four month experiment by local television broadcasters is intended to introduce consumers (as well as federal lawmakers and administration officials) to the benefits and convenience of Mobile Digital Television (Mobile DTV).
Nine metropolitan stations are broadcasting more than [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 2 2010, 1:00pm
Okay, I just used my entire quota of acronyms in the title, and I haven’t even started the entry.
But this is pretty clever news.
Gefen has created a “USB DVI Adapter” — oops, more acronyms — that lets you connect a computer to an HDTV.
And it only uses a standard USB port.
By Pete Putman • Jun 1 2010, 4:33pm
Ready to buy a 3D TV? There are plenty of models available, but good luck finding any 3D Blu-ray movies to watch on them.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 1 2010, 1:00pm
The Diffusion Group has released a report that predicts Internet video will surpass broadcast TV programming by 2020.
The market research firm points out that broadcast television has remained fairly stable in recent years, while Internet video watching has increased by 84% from 2008 to 2009.
The company forecasts a rapidly increasing rate of growth, coming [...]