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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (June, 2010)

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General Interest

HDTV Almanac - THX System to Control HDTVs

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 [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - 3D TV at Best Buy: An afterthought?

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!)

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - Samsung and Panasonic 3D TVs: Any better than Sony?

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.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Personal Woofer

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 [...]

Mobile HDTVBroadcastDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - A Better Mobile TV

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 [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)Politics & Policy

HDTV Expert - 2010 CEA Line Shows and Summer Digital Experience: A recap

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.

3D HDTVLCD HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Sony 3D TV: Unwatchable!

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.

3D HDTVPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Is 3DTV Bad for You?

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 [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Ken Crane’s Closing

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 [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Almanac - 3D HDTV to Go

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 [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - FLO TV Goes Slow for iPhone

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 [...]

3D HDTVCable HDTVSports

HDTV Expert - More updates on Comcast / ESPN 3D

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. All [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Vuvuzela Must Die! (Here’s How!)

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 [...]

Cable HDTVService & RepairHTPCs & LaptopsSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - TV Everywhere Could Be Huge

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, [...]

LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Low Low Prices

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 [...]

HTPCs & LaptopsInternet HD VideoHD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - Latest WD TV Media Player Adds Netflix

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 [...]

3D HDTVDeals & Discounts

HDTV Expert - 3D TVs: Not Selling like Hotcakes?

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.

3D HDTVDLP HDTVsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Simpler 3D Shutter Glasses

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 [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Samsung NeTVs Learn New Tricks

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 [...]

Service & RepairProgramming

HDTV Almanac - V CAST Video for Verizon Android Phones

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 [...]

Satellite HDTVService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - TiVo Loses Latest Round

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 [...]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)LCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Apple Reveals iPhone 4G

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 [...]

ProgrammingInternet HD VideoSatellite HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - TV Everywhere is Here, North of the Border

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 [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - The DTV Transition: One Year Later

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?

Blu-rayEvents & TradeshowsHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Blu-ray Coming to Redbox

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 [...]

Mobile HDTVDigital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Almanac - Mobile DTV Test Launched in D.C.

By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2010, 1:00pm

Late last month, the Mobile Digital Television Consumer Showcase kicked off in the Washington, D.C. metro area. 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 [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - PC to HDTV via USB

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. The [...]

3D HDTVBlu-ray

HDTV Expert - 3D: All revved up, but nowhere to go!

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.

BroadcastInternet HD VideoProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Internet Tops Broadcast by 2020

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 [...]