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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (July, 2010)

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3D HDTVBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Shipment Forecasts Increase

By Alfred Poor • Jul 30 2010, 1:00pm

The market research firm DisplaySearch is now forecasting that about 3.4 million 3DTVs will be shipped in 20210, for about a 5% share of the total worldwide HDTV market. One of its competitors in the display market research business is iSupply, which now predicts that about 4.2 million 3DTVs will ship this year. DisplaySearch’s prediction [...]

Service & Repair

HDTV Almanac - A New Approach to Cord-Cutting

By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2010, 1:00pm

“Cutting the cord” is the term that analysts have given to the growing movement of consumers who have disconnected themselves from the traditional utilities. At first, it meant users who got rid of landline telephone service and rely instead solely on cell phones. Now it also applies to folks who are now watching so much [...]

3D HDTVFront Projection

HDTV Almanac - Table Top 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jul 28 2010, 1:00pm

At SID 2010 in Seattle, I saw a clever demonstration. Syndiant wanted to demonstrate how their pocket projector could be used to create a stereoscopic 3D image. So one of their engineers duct taped two of them together, put different polarizers across each lens, aligned the images, and voila! It was a very effective 3D [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Metalorganic Gasses in Short Supply: Who Cares?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 27 2010, 1:00pm

Yes, this is another supply chain story. Never heard of “metalorganic gases“? Don’t feel bad; few people outside of the semiconductor industry (and some Chemistry majors) know what they are. Apparently they are an essential component in the fabrication of certain types of semiconductors, and they are used to deposit thin films of different chemical [...]

Fiber/IPTV HDTV

HDTV Expert - FiOS is coming! (Yawn…)

By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2010, 3:45pm

After six years of waiting, Verizon is finally building out FiOS connections in my neighborhood. Hey - shouldn't I be more excited?

Deals & Discounts

HDTV Almanac - And for Great Deals on HDTVs, Shop Dell?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 26 2010, 1:00pm

Sure, anyone who works with computers is familar with Dell, the company that built an empire based on online shopping for desktops and notebooks. (They even managed to make us forget Gateway, with their spotted-cow shipping boxes, which is now part of Acer.) But would you think of Dell for your next HDTV?
You might consider [...]

3D HDTVBroadcastSatellite HDTVSports

HDTV Almanac - MLB Goes 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jul 23 2010, 1:00pm

Only a handful of early adopters got to see it, but Major League Baseball broadcast some experimental 3DTV early this month around the All-Star Game in Anaheim, California. Earlier in the week, Fox Sports shot two games in 3D from Seattle as the Mariners took on the Yankees. These were sponsored by Panasonic and DirecTV, [...]

3D HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Samsung’s 50″ 3DTV for $1K

By Alfred Poor • Jul 22 2010, 1:00pm

How can an analyst predict the future if the manufacturers accelerate time so much that the future is here before we can even finish our speculation?
That’s about what has happened in the 3D segment of the flat panel HDTV market. I’ve been saying that making a current set “3D capable” really does not add much [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - The Rest of the Story: Best buy vs. Ultimate

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2010, 1:00pm

Back in April, I wrote about a lawsuit between Best Buy and Ultimate. Ultimate was advertising that it comparison shops at Best Buy and Walmart every day, and that its prices were lower. Best Buy complained that this was not true, and that the Best Buy prices were sometimes lower than those advertised by Ultimate. [...]

MarketplaceBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Get Ready for Black Friday!

By Alfred Poor • Jul 20 2010, 1:00pm

Can’t you just hear that holiday mall music playing already? Be glad that you’re not running a consumer electronics retailer business, because those folks are already holed up in their war rooms, mapping out strategies for Black Friday sales for this year.
According to a report in TWICE, “manufacturers, retailers and buying groups are already planning [...]

Internet HD VideoService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Willing to Pay for Internet TV

By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2010, 1:00pm

As I wrote at the end of last month, the new Hulu Plus service for $9.95 a month stands to disrupt television viewing habits. It provides more content that does not expire, and it’s all offered in 720p high definition.
As it turns out, more and more people view this sort of offering as appealing. Some [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Making Cool High-Brightness LEDs

By Alfred Poor • Jul 16 2010, 1:00pm

Okay. You are probably more interested in reading about OLEDs than LEDs. OLEDs are the thin displays that look way better than LCDs and are used in high-end mobile phones and will be here “any day now” in HDTVs. LEDs are those little thingies that make power indicators light up.
But right now, LEDs are a [...]

3D HDTVPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Stylish 3D Glasses

By Alfred Poor • Jul 15 2010, 1:00pm

I wrote about a future I envision where people would were those “goofy 3D glasses” on a regular basis. Now it appears that I may have been a pessimist in my vision. Marchon Eyewear has announced that it has licensed RealD technology for use in a line of 3D-compatible sunglasses.

The glasses will be available through [...]

HTPCs & LaptopsInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Get JVC Stuff by Liking It

By Alfred Poor • Jul 14 2010, 1:00pm

I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing that you have a Facebook account. If you don’t, I still bet that you know what Facebook is. What started out as a way for students to keep in touch has become one of the keystones of “social media” on the Internet. And businesses have [...]

3D HDTV4K (Ultra HD)Environment / GreenLCD HDTVsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LG Creates “1-2-3D” Bundles

By Alfred Poor • Jul 13 2010, 1:00pm

LG has announced its LED-sidelit LCD 3DTVs. The LX9500 series and LX6500 series both offer local dimming for increased contrast and better energy efficiency, optional WiFi connectivity, and come in 47″ and 55″ models. The LX9500 series also features ultra-thin design and 480 Hz refresh rates, compared with the 240 Hz for the LX6500 models. [...]

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Almanac - Netgear NAS Plays Nice with TiVo

By Alfred Poor • Jul 12 2010, 1:00pm

Netgear has announced their new ReadyNAS Ultra storage devices. NAS stands for “network attached storage” which means that the data on its hard drives can be accessed by any device on your home network. This provides you with a powerful storage system that lets you share files and create backups of critical data – including [...]

Internet HD VideoService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Netflix to Stream Current Movies

By Alfred Poor • Jul 9 2010, 1:00pm

The Netflix instant streaming service is free to subscribers of the company’s disc rental service. Many customers love the streaming service, and some get more Netflix content from the Internet than from their mailbox. The one knock on the service is the fact that almost all of the content is , well, rather old. There [...]

Service & RepairCable HDTVBusiness & InvestmentHD DVD

HDTV Expert - Saturday mail delivery and DVDs: Six – no, make that two degrees of separation

By Pete Putman • Jul 8 2010, 10:06pm

With Blockbuster on the verge of bankruptcy and the Postal Service announcing a rate hike, it's not a good time to be in the DVD rental business.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - China to Become Top TV Market

By Alfred Poor • Jul 8 2010, 1:00pm

I remember as a kid debating with friends what would happen if every person in China stood on a chair and jumped down to the floor at the same instant. We never came up with a satisfying answer (are there any seismologists in the audience who’d care to chime in?), but we know now what [...]

Service & RepairMobile HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Does Qualcomm Want to Dump FLO TV?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 7 2010, 1:00pm

FLO TV is Qualcomm’s mobile television service, which it provides under branded names for AT&T and Verizon, as well as directly to consumers. The service essentially provides cable TV content delivered by cell phone services. According to statements by the company CEO reported by Light Reading Mobile, the company is willing to maintain the role [...]

Plasma HDTVs3D HDTVPC & Laptop TechnologyLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - 3D to Dominate Plasma by 2013

By Alfred Poor • Jul 6 2010, 1:00pm

A press release from Displaybank predicts that by 2013, more than 86% of all plasma HDTVs sold will be 3D-ready. As the press release points out, it’s easier for plasma to support 3D than it is for LCD technology, because plasma has an innate advantage with its much higher switching speed. The result is that [...]

HD DVDProgramming

HDTV Almanac - All That Glitters Is Not Silver

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2010, 1:00pm

You may have seen Swanni’s merciless roasting of TV and movie personalities who do not fare well under the high resolution HD cameras. It’s not just actors and actresses that have a problem with the new reality of HD programming however. It turns out that professional sports uniforms are not immune to the unintended effects [...]

Cable HDTVHD DVDDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - HDMI: the End is Nigh?

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2010, 1:00pm

HDMI, we hardly knew ye. Introduced in 2003, it held forth the promise of long cable runs, high-speed data exchange with enough bandwidth for HD video, digital audio included, as well as the ability to control multiple peripherals from one device. It has taken some time to deliver on all this potential, and we’ve just [...]

3D HDTV

HDTV Expert - Memo to 3D TV manufacturers: First, you build the highway. Then, you build the cars!

By Pete Putman • Jul 1 2010, 3:23pm

A recent 3D status report from the Consumer Electronics Association shows there is still plenty of confusion about 3D. And where’s the content?

DLP HDTVsLaser HDTV

HDTV Almanac - DLP Still Alive

By Alfred Poor • Jul 1 2010, 1:00pm

I have often said that you could take a rear projection television, dip it in batter, deep fry it, and cover it with powdered sugar and the average American consumer still would not buy it. So the news is that Mitsubishi still has not given up on rear-projection DLP televisions. Yes, their pricey LaserVue sets [...]