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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (February, 2011)

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Celebrates 1 Million Units

By Alfred Poor • Feb 25 2011, 1:00pm

Roku is throwing a party to celebrate the sale of the one millionth Roku box at the end of last year. The company has launched its “1 Million Fans Giveaway” promotion for this popular network media player.
You can enter the contest by uploading a picture that will become part of an online mosaic picture or [...]


HDTV Almanac - New Type of “Laser TV”

By Alfred Poor • Feb 24 2011, 1:00pm

Mitsubishi has developed yet another twist on the flat panel television, according to a report in Tech-On. Instead of using LEDs as a solid-state light source for an LCD panel, the design uses a red laser along with a special, high-brightness, cyan LED. The combination of the two light sources create a mixed white light [...]

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HDTV Almanac - ivi.tv Goes Down in Flames, for Now

By Alfred Poor • Feb 23 2011, 1:00pm

Well, you can’t fault them for trying, I guess. Cable companies can pay a fee to the Copyright Office and then capture over-the-air television broadcast signals for distribution over their cable network. Upstart ivi.tv plunked down its cash, and then started distributing the live broadcasts from the New York and Los Angeles markets (among others), [...]


Ed's View - ALL THREE WAYS: Free, Mobile and Quality

By Ed Milbourn • Feb 22 2011, 3:56pm

OK, suppose the national interest and economic forces dictate that must of the TV broadcast spectrum now devoted to over-the-air (OTA) TV be allocated to broadband services. With that premise being accepted, is there a way to preserve free TV, have mobile TV services and provide a quality experience for viewers? The answer is yes, there is! Several ideas proposed by various ATSC Mobile/Handheld (M/H) stakeholders could be combined into one comprehensive scheme that would deliver all three objectives.

The basis of this unified proposed plan is to ...

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HDTV Almanac - More 3D Channels

By Alfred Poor • Feb 22 2011, 1:00pm

Comcast has announced that it’s launching Xfinity 3D, a new 24/7 channel that will have nothing but stereoscopic 3D content. According to the press release, the channel will carry “concerts from top-tier artists, sporting events, more than a dozen movies and original 3D programming.” (Fans of the serial comma might notice that its use here [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy in Your Smartphone

By Alfred Poor • Feb 21 2011, 1:00pm

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in some store, looking at a beautiful new HDTV or other sparkly shiny electronics gear, and the price looks pretty attractive. But you can’t quite bring yourself to pull the trigger, because you haven’t comparison shopped the item yet. What if you could get it cheaper somewhere else? [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Tablet, Tablet, on the Wall…

By Alfred Poor • Feb 18 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, I’ll confess that I have not yet been caught up in the touch tablet frenzy. (I have never look at my notebook computer and said to myself, “Dang! I wish that sucker didn’t have a keyboard!“) But I get it that people love their tablets and they are using them for all sorts of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Banned at the Border

By Alfred Poor • Feb 17 2011, 1:00pm

HDMI Licensing is the organization charged with protecting the intellectual property pool for the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standard. This has become the first choice for digital high definition connections for home entertainment devices and accessories, and is supported by more than 1,000 companies who have licensed these patents.
Not all manufacturers have bothered to pay [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Boxee Box Gets Netflix, Finally

By Alfred Poor • Feb 16 2011, 1:00pm

From the Other Shoe Finally Drops Department, the Boxee Box now has Netflix. An announcement on the Boxee blog let the world know that the latest revision of the software has given users access to streaming content from Netflix. Now, to be fair, D-Link released the device last November. So it has just been a [...]


HDTV Almanac - Through a Glass, Brightly

By Alfred Poor • Feb 15 2011, 1:00pm

I have seen the future, and I like it. Corning is responsible for most of the glass used in LCD flat panel HDTVs, among other things, and naturally the company can be expected to have a rather “glassy-eyed” view of things, if you’ll pardon the expression. But I was not expecting anything like this. The [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV on DirecTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2011, 1:00pm

Last night, “3net” was scheduled to debut on DirecTV. (I can’t confirm that it did, because I don’t get DirecTV and I don’t have a 3DTV to test it with anyway.) This collaboration with Sony, Discovery, and IMAX will broadcast 3D programming 24/7, which is pretty cool. And the network has promised to premier new [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Cable Subsidies: “A Dumb Idea”

By Alfred Poor • Feb 11 2011, 1:00pm

If you’re not from the northeast, you may not be aware that New Jersey is in a serious financial bind. The state is facing a $2.2 billion deficit in the current fiscal year that ends in June, and forecasts for next year’s budget predict a staggering $11 billion deficit. So it should come as no [...]

Global & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Sue Me, Sue You

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2011, 1:00pm

I figure I could probably write exclusively about lawsuits in the display and consumer electronics industry, but frankly, I get tired of the stories and I suspect you do too. This one is worth mentioning, however, when you consider the two parties and the venue.
LG has announced that it is suing Sony with an International [...]


HDTV Almanac - The Subscriber Bowl?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, so we now have another spectacular Super Bowl in our rear view mirror. (I won’t make any mention of the favorable outcome.) But keep your eyes on the road ahead, because it may not be a smooth ride. I’m not just talking about the fact that the contract between the players and the National [...]


HDTV Almanac - Tough Times for CE Retailers

By Alfred Poor • Feb 8 2011, 1:00pm

Some chains are expanding, some are standing still, some are pulling back, and some are just plain going away.
In the last category, the final shoe has dropped and Ultimate Electronics has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to throw in the towel. The company has not been able to secure credit for new inventory, and [...]


HDTV Expert - Such a Deal!

By Pete Putman • Feb 7 2011, 10:59pm

Best Buys’ future-proof Buy Back Program sounds great. That is, if you think getting 10 cents back on the dollar is great…

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Samsung HDTV? There’s an App for That!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2011, 1:00pm

Samsung’s new Galaxy S smart phone and Galaxy Tab know how to play nice with their bigger siblings. According to news from Samsung, the company now offers apps for both of these devices that will let them control many of the 2010 HDTV models, using a WiFi connection. They can also control many of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDTV Sets Turn Green

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2011, 1:00pm

No, this is not an announcement of a major recall. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13″ to 65″ LCDs and 42″ to 65″ plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Jon’s Back on Hulu!

By Alfred Poor • Feb 3 2011, 1:00pm

There is happiness and rejoicing throughout the land. All the 20-somethings can now get their daily dose of news presented with a spoonful of sugar, for free, now that Viacom and Hulu have made peace. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is one of several Comedy Central shows that are back on Hulu with complete [...]

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HDTV Almanac - NeTV Sales to Grow

By Alfred Poor • Feb 2 2011, 1:00pm

Parks Associates estimates that about a quarter of the new TVs sold in 2010 were able to connect to the Internet. The same group forecasts that this will reach 76% by 2015. These predictions make sense to me, though it’s not all about streaming content from Web sites.
I expect that a lot of these sales [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Tops 20 Million

By Alfred Poor • Feb 1 2011, 1:00pm

Netflix has announced that it added 3.1 million net subscribers in the last quarter of 2010, bringing it up to just over 20 million total. If it were a cable company, it would now be in second place behind only Comcast, which has just under 24 million subscribers. Some additional statistics make this comparison even [...]