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By Alfred Poor • Sep 29 2010, 1:00pm
Ah, the brave new world of home entertainment.
Streaming video across high-speed broadband connections will cause legions of viewers to cut their cable cords (and satellite cords, except that satellites don’t have cords).
HDTVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, and even digital picture frames have wired and wireless connections to home networks, opening up a [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 28 2010, 1:00pm
It looks as though Comcast is actually going to take over NBC Universal, or at least the company is acting as though it is going to.
At the end of last week, Comcast announced that COO Steve Burke is going to take over as CEO of NBCU when the final deal goes through.
The current [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 27 2010, 1:00pm
CEDIA Expo is the annual show for the high-end home theater industry.
(CEDIA is easier to say than “Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association“.) It was held last week, and while many of the products are well out of range for the average home owner’s budget (such as the new Runco D-73d DLP front projector [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 24 2010, 1:00pm
Have you ever thought about where broadcast television signals come from? I’m not talking about the studio, I’m talking about the actual transmission tower.
You know, the thing you aim your rooftop antenna at to get the best signal.
In parts of the country where it’s really flat, a single tower can reach a circle [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 23 2010, 1:00pm
Is anyone surprised by this morning’s news that Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection? It has been rumored and discussed for months (years?).
Squeezed hard by Netflix’s mail service and the Redbox kiosks, it has become increasingly difficult for Blockbuster to compete in the movie rental business with their traditional brick-and-mortar approach.
By Alfred Poor • Sep 22 2010, 1:00pm
Along the Atlantic Coast of the U.S., this is the time of year when residents have a heightened interest in the weather off the Cape Verde islands, which is where hurricanes are born.
In addition to fresh water and flashlights, a good hurricane kit also includes a way to keep up on the news and [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 21 2010, 1:00pm
On June 19, 2009, all major terrestrial television broadcasters were required to switch from analog to digital transmissions (though many had already made the switch by that point).
People scrambled to get their rebate coupons from the FCC for digital conversion boxes, and there was more than a bit of grumbling when people discovered that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 20 2010, 1:00pm
I just can’t help it.
Sometimes, I hear about HDTV deals that just are too good to let go by without a mention.
I recently received an email from the PR firm that works for Westinghouse Digital, which is known for its low-priced LCD HDTV offerings.
So let’s play “The Price is Right” and see [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2010, 1:00pm
Epson has announced the new MovieMate 85HD, a 720p high definition projector that also includes a DVD player.
This gives you a complete home entertainment system in a single unit.
The projector uses three LCD panels, and is rated at 2,500 lumens for a bright image.
The projector does not have a tuner, but you can [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 16 2010, 1:00pm
FOX News has reported confirmation by Intel that the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) code has been cracked.
This code is designed to protect digital content such as high-definition Blu-ray movies, so that digitally-identical copies cannot be made from a commercial disc.
The HDMI digital connections include HDCP support, for example.
According to the reports, this [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 15 2010, 1:00pm
Okay, what would you pay to get live streaming content from a collection of broadcast television stations? We’re talking about the same content that you could get for free over the air in a major metropolitan area, but that instead you can access over the Internet, no matter where you are.
And even if you [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 14 2010, 1:00pm
DisplayLink is a clever company with some slick technology.
They can connect a TV or computer monitor to a USB port, and deliver the image across the connection.
Actually, they came up with the technology and the chips that do the magic, but then they let other companies build the computer monitors or adapter devices [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 13 2010, 1:00pm
Few people love to pay their cable bill.
Even fewer celebrate every time the monthly fee goes up again.
Still, we’re used to seeing a game of musical chairs when it comes to TV subscription services.
Someone gets fed up with their local cable, and decides to switch to satellite service.
Others are tired of [...]
By Pete Putman • Sep 12 2010, 9:20pm
Been into a discount warehouse lately? You’d be amazed at just how far TV and Blu-ray prices have fallen.
By Pete Putman • Sep 12 2010, 8:54pm
A just-released Nielsen study finds that 3D glasses are a turn-off for many potential customers.
By Pete Putman • Sep 12 2010, 8:30pm
I’ve been using a Samsung UN46C7000 3D LCD TV for a couple of days now.
Here are my first impressions of 3DTV in other than a retail or trade show viewing environment.
By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2010, 3:41pm
Epson has announced new reflective LCD imaging chips and a new pair of home theater projectors to go with them.
By Alfred Poor • Sep 10 2010, 1:00pm
I know, I know, you’ve heard that “sleeping giant” stuff too much lately.
China’s economy is becoming inexorably tied to that of the U.S., but there may be some ways that you haven’t considered yet.
For example, thanks to cheap manufacturing costs, many of our consumer electronics products are priced at just a fraction of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 9 2010, 1:00pm
I first mentioned XpanD’s plan to make “universal” 3D shutter glasses back in March.
At the IFA conference in Germany last week, the company unveiled the new glasses.
The X103 model sells for about $145 a pair.
The company also revealed a list of compatible sets on their Web Site.
This list includes models from Sony, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 8 2010, 1:00pm
I know that the economy is tough and lots of people are out of work.
Even more people are walking on eggshells, hoping that they get to keep their current job.
This is the point in the economic cycles where cash is king and bargains are to be had.
And that’s the case for HDTVs [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 7 2010, 1:00pm
You may recognize “Carl Zeiss” as the company that makes excellent optics for cameras and binoculars and telescopes, but the company also makes a head-mounted display system named “cinemizer“.
At the recent IFA show, the company revealed an upgraded model that uses OLED panels in the goggles to deliver the images.
Now, the downside is that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 6 2010, 1:00pm
On Sunday, Redbox announced that the company had rented its one billionth movie.
For those who care, the movie that put them over the top was “Clash of the Titans”.
The important point is that the first Redbox movie kiosk appeared just six years ago.
Now there are more than 24,000 of these convenient, [...]
By Pete Putman • Sep 3 2010, 9:36pm
Canon’s 2010 Imaging Expo: In a word, “wow!”
By Pete Putman • Sep 3 2010, 8:25pm
Blockbuster missed a multi-million bond repayment yesterday, and is reputedly in talks with studios about a pre-packaged bankruptcy.
By Alfred Poor • Sep 3 2010, 1:00pm
The Internet is buzzing with the news about Apple’s iTV.
At the very least, this is a refreshing change from it buzzing with rumors about iTV.
We all know that Steve Jobs is the master marketer of our time; he can turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse just by talking about it.
By Alfred Poor • Sep 2 2010, 1:00pm
In a press release, The Diffusion Group (TDG) announced its new report, “The Possibilities and Challenges for Mobile TV”.
In the release, TDG states that mobile TV subscription services are forecast to double their subscriber base by 2013.
This sounds exciting until you find out that this means increasing from 1.6 million this year to [...]
By Pete Putman • Sep 1 2010, 4:23pm
3D TV sales are off to a slow start.
And Panasonic says Samsung isn’t playing fair.
By Alfred Poor • Sep 1 2010, 1:00pm
What’s a Roku? It’s a media player that you connect to your home network, through which it accesses the Internet to get streaming content for your television.
It’s a whole lot easier than setting up a full-blown computer, and at about 5 by 5 by 2 inches, it’s a lot smaller too.
The box lets you [...]