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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (June, 2011)

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HDTV Almanac - A 3D Apple for the Teacher

By Alfred Poor • Jun 29 2011, 1:00pm

“There’s not enough 3D content available!” That’s the main complaint from consumers, and is one of the main reasons for the slow uptake on 3DTV-capable sets. (The other is price, but that difference is going away.) But lack of content is not just a problem for consumers; it also affects teachers.
XPAND is coming to the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Large Screen Photo Album

By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2011, 1:00pm

I suspect that many of the readers of this column don’t remember the sinking feeling of arriving at someone’s home in response to a dinner invitation, only to find a Kodak Carousel slide projector set up on the living room coffee table. It meant that you were in for hours of post-meal “entertainment” of reviewing [...]


HDTV Almanac - Does Passive Glasses 3DTV Add Cost?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2011, 1:00pm

Up until Vizio’s stunning announcement at the end of last year, I was convinced that we would not see 3DTV flat screen TVs that use passive glasses any time soon. My reasoning was that the patterned polarizing retarder required to make this work was an added material expense, and panel makers are fighting to reduce [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Cisco: Video is the Killer App

By Alfred Poor • Jun 24 2011, 1:00pm

Cisco has released its Visual Networking Index and it has some interesting data about video and the Internet. For example, video accounted for 40% of all the consumer data traffic on the Internet in 2010, and is forecast to reach 50% in 2012. When you consider all the emails, all the music downloads, and all [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Is Broadcast TV Going Away?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 23 2011, 1:00pm

I mentioned topic this in passing during my discussion of the dustup over wireless broadband vs. GPS, but I think the time has come to officially recognize this as a subject of interest.
Here’s the situation as I see it in a nutshell. Some 8% to 15% of the U.S. population relies on the free terrestrial [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV No Longer a Premium

By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2011, 1:00pm

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47″ LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you’d expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Hide in Plain Sight

By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2011, 1:00pm

One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing an HDTV is that they get one that is too small for the viewing distance. Insufficient budget for a larger one is certainly a good reason for going with a smaller model, but too often I hear people complain that they don’t want a [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Hello Comcast, Skype is Calling

By Alfred Poor • Jun 20 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, Comcast and Skype announced a partnership that will make Skype’s video calling available to Comcast customers. Subscribers will be able to make and receive video calls through their television with other Skype users. This means that you’ll be able to connect for free with other televisions, computers, tablets, or even smartphones. The plan [...]


HDTV Almanac - China Passes Japan in LCD Production

By Alfred Poor • Jun 17 2011, 1:00pm

Korea is first (thanks to LG and Samsung), and Taiwan is second in terms of producing LCD panels, including those used in LCD HDTVs. Now comes word from Displaybank that China has taken over as the third largest producer of LCD panels, pushing Japan out of the money and into fourth place. This is in [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Trouble Brewing for Wireless Broadband

By Alfred Poor • Jun 16 2011, 1:00pm

Let me start by explaining how this relates to HDTV. A growing number of U.S. consumers are turning to the Internet for some or all of their video content. Consumers are also becoming accustomed to getting the content they want, where they want, when they want. This means that we are growing to expect broadband [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Thin HDMI Cables Are Smart

By Alfred Poor • Jun 15 2011, 1:00pm

When you just need an HDMI cable to connect your big flat screen HDTV to a Blu-ray player or other device, pretty much all you need is one that is long enough. The problem is that HDMI is now used in all sorts of devices, and you may have good reason to want to take [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Hurts Subscription TV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2011, 1:00pm

This should not come as much of a surprise, but The Diffusion Group (TDG) has done the legwork to back it up. People who stream video content from Netflix over the Internet are twice as likely to cut back on their cable or satellite service than they were a year ago. According to a [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2011, 1:00pm

From the “How’s That Again?” Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie [...]

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HDTV Almanac - $4 Billion for Five Rings

By Alfred Poor • Jun 10 2011, 1:00pm

NBC has become known for its television coverage of the Olympics; the network has had the U.S rights every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Olympics since 2002. When the next four events came up for bid — 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 – a lot had changed at the network, however. It had [...]

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HDTV Expert - It’s Just Not That Complicated!

By Pete Putman • Jun 9 2011, 9:43pm

A new global study from DisplaySearch shows that most people buy a new TV simply because they just want a newer, bigger, and better performing TV – and Internet connectivity and 3D have little to do with their purchase decision.

Global & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Rivers Are Low in China: So What!

By Alfred Poor • Jun 9 2011, 1:00pm

If you still need proof that we live in a global economy, you need look no further than the consumer electronics market for HDTVs and other devices. In this case, the important factor is an ongoing drought in the Yangtsu River basin in China. A big yawn, right? Well, consider this. The Yangtsu River is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - The Civil Shoe Drops

By Alfred Poor • Jun 8 2011, 1:00pm

It should come as little surprise that a retailer has sued 15 LCD panel makers for losses due to price fixing. The first one to file is BrandsMart, a Florida-based electronics retailer. The list of defendants includes Samsumg, LG, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Epson, and NEC, along with other major companies in the display manufacturing business. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Here We Go Again: Broadcast TV on the Internet

By Alfred Poor • Jun 7 2011, 1:00pm

I think I’ve seen this movie before; it’s the one where a company thinks it has a legal way to capture over-the-air broadcast signals and then make them available to customers to stream the live content over the Internet. This story ended badly for Ivi and FilmOn within the past year, but here comes another [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 6 2011, 1:00pm

Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year.
According to NPD’s figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales [...]


HDTV Almanac - What the BLEEP Did He Say?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2011, 1:00pm

Call me old fashioned, but I’m still amazed at what can pass as acceptable content for broadcast television these days. I’m not saying that I think Rob and Laura Petrie should still be sleeping in seperate twin beds, but there’s some pretty steamy dialog and scenes that occurs even in the “family hour” of 8 [...]

Service & Repair

HDTV Expert - Cord-cutting: Yet More Perspectives

By Pete Putman • Jun 2 2011, 4:47pm

Another study of TV viewing habits has been released, and shows that Generation Y is more likely to drop pay TV service.

Satellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Satellite Shouldn’t Count

By Alfred Poor • Jun 2 2011, 1:00pm

I was sitting in a restaurant lounge the other day, waiting for a take-out order to be prepared, and I was watching a sports channel on their flat screen televisions. Actually, I mostly watched text images that announced that the signal had been lost (which was probably caused by the massive thunderstorm that was going [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - Reading Between The Lines

By Pete Putman • Jun 1 2011, 11:27pm

What do small businesses and over-the-air digital TV have to do with each other? You'd be surprised.


HDTV Almanac - Samsung Connects with 3D Content

By Alfred Poor • Jun 1 2011, 1:00pm

So you think there’s not enough 3DTV content available yet? Samsung wants to sell more 3DTVs, so they are making it easier for you to find the content to watch on their sets. One of the apps available for their connected models is Explore 3D. According to a company press release, this gives you access [...]