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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (January, 2012)

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OLED HDTVs

HDTV Expert - You Can’t Believe Everything You Read On The Web

By Pete Putman • Jan 30 2012, 9:32pm

The Electronista Web site states that Samsung's 55-inch OLED TV could even be manufactured by LG Display. Someone didn't bother to do their homework.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Welcome Aboard!

By Pete Putman • Jan 30 2012, 6:29pm

Please welcome two new contributors to HDTVexpert.com for 2012!

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - We Call It “Television”

By Alfred Poor • Jan 30 2012, 1:00pm

There’s an interesting discussion going on in one of the LinkedIn Groups that I belong to, and I find that I’ve been thinking a lot about it for the past few days. The topic of the conversation is that the industry has not settled on what to call this new and rapidly developing technology landscape [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - Ken Werner at SID LA Chapter One-Day Symposium

By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2012, 11:25pm

Ken Werner will speak at the Society for Information Display Los Angeles Chapter’s One Day Symposium, “Emerging Display Technologies,” at the Costa Mesa Country Club on Friday, February 3.  He will discuss display technology trends as seen at CES 2012, and the status of oxide-TFT backplanes for liquid-crystal displays.  See http://www.sid.org/ConferencesExhibits/LAChapterEmergingDisplayTechConference/Program.aspx.

Business & InvestmentEvents & TradeshowsLCD HDTVs

HDTV Expert - 3M Wants to Expand Market for DBEF Reflective Polarizer, by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2012, 11:12pm

During CES 2012, 3M's Optical Systems Division set up a demonstration in the Sony Theater at the MGM Grand. Dave Lamb (Senior Physics Research Specialist) and Dave Iverson (Business Manager, LCD Television Business) discussed a consumer study sponsored by 3M and conducted by CBS Vision that bolstered 3M's contention that using the company's Vikuiti DBEF [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - NetFlix Posts Good News

By Alfred Poor • Jan 27 2012, 1:00pm

In a letter to shareholders about 4th Quarter 2011 results, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reported good news and bad news. As I read the letter, it looks to me that while the company may have made some very public missteps along the way, there is no question in my mind that the corporate change of [...]

Events & TradeshowsGlobal & WorldviewHTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Great Gift for Grandparents

By Alfred Poor • Jan 26 2012, 1:00pm

Okay, I think that this finally is my last CES 2012 post, at least for now. Today, I want to tell you about a product that won an an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award: TelyHD.

This is essentially a dedicated network media player that only has one application: Skype. It runs on Android, [...]

Internet HD VideoCable HDTVSatellite HDTVWireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Will DLNA Become Indispensable?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 25 2012, 1:00pm

Let’s review the trends. Televisions are becoming more “connected” to all sorts of content. Subscription television services such as cable and satellite are being battered by “over-the-top” streaming video on the Internet. Everything is going wireless now that we’ve had a taste of untethered computing and communications thanks to our smartphones and tablets. And these [...]

Events & TradeshowsInternet HD VideoLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Google TV Lives!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2012, 1:00pm

After last year’s disappearing act at CES 2011, Google TV came back strong at CES 2012. Google announced partnerships with major players including Sony, LG, VIZIO, and newcomer to the Smart TV market, Lenovo. (Logitech was conspicuously absent from the list.) Consumer demand for “over-the-top” streaming video over the Internet is growing by leaps and [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - CES 2012: Sleeper Subject of the Show

By Alfred Poor • Jan 23 2012, 1:00pm

No, I wasn’t at CES this year, but I followed the event closely and since a lot of companies thought I was going to attend, I got the usual flood of press releases and invitations. As a result, I’ve got sort of a 30,000 foot perspective on the show this year. While there was a [...]

3D HDTVDigital (DTV) TransitionEvents & TradeshowsPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - Another Passive 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 20 2012, 1:00pm

At CES 2012, Western Digital joined the ranks of manufacturers offering passive 3DTV technology, along with LG, Vizio, Panasonic, and Toshiba. The company announced that it plans to ship the 47″ W47S2TCD later this spring with a list price of $899, including four pairs of glasses. This means that this technology will now be available [...]

Events & TradeshowsSatellite HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Look, Ma! No Box!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 19 2012, 1:00pm

One of the most curious developments to come out of CES 2012 for the television industry was the announcement from DIRECTV and Samsung. The two companies are going to partner by building set-top box functionality into a line of Samsung Smart TVs. This becomes curiouser when you add the fact that Verizon and LG made [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2012: ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW

By Pete Putman • Jan 18 2012, 5:54pm

Attendance was up, aisles were crowded, and there were plenty of goodies to see in Las Vegas.

3D HDTVPC & Laptop TechnologyEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Glasses-Free 3D HDTV Coming This Year!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2012, 1:00pm

Okay, your wishes have been heard and the display gods are going to give you what you asked for. Just remember that when you get it, I told you so.
One of the big splashes at CES 2012 was the unveiling of Toshiba’s monster 55″ 3D HDTV, and to the breathless adoration of the technology press, [...]

Global & WorldviewBroadcastCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - The World Watches Less TV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2012, 1:00pm

Brace yourself. According to a new report by Accenture, the number of consumers watching broadcast or cable TV in 2011 in an average week was just 48%. That number is down from 71% just two years earlier in 2009. (The survey includes an international sample, drawing data from the United States, France, Japan, China, and [...]

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion: A Belated Christmas Wish...

By Terry Paullin • Jan 16 2012, 3:38pm

I subscribe to almost every publication targeted at the Home Theatre arena, both on-line and hardcopies. The objective, obviously, is to try to stay current with new developments and maybe spot a trend or two, before the next guy. As I peruse late November material I can't help but spot an annual and apparently immutable trend to offer Christmas gift ideas to Home Theaterites (yes, I'm licensed to make up new words whenever I feel like it).

Ever the contrarian, and aware that this issue won't land on your coffee table or appear magically next to the ... uh, "throne" until after Christmas, I am pleased to offer -

10 THINGS I HOPE YOU DIDN'T GET FOR CHRISTMAS

Here we go, low hanging fruit first...

LED (LCD) HDTVsPC & Laptop TechnologyEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - A True LED HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 16 2012, 1:00pm

One of the most interesting stories to come out of CES 2012 is about a pair of technology demonstration displays that were tucked away in the Sony booth. Labeled “CrystalLED”, these 55″ HDTV panels were quite different from any other display that has been marketed as an “LED HDTV” in recent years. These panels actually [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - “Dragon TV” Will Let You Talk to Your HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 13 2012, 1:00pm

Okay, before I get to my point, I have to stage a little hissy fit that is related to the topic. The topic is the news that Nuance has announced “Dragon TV” which will let future televisions understand your spoken command. And an enormous number of my colleagues in the technical press have written about [...]

3D HDTVMarketplace

HDTV Almanac - Five Rings in 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2012, 1:00pm

Yup, sales of 3DTVs have been lower than what some people have predicted, or that what manufacturers had hoped for. The reason is not the goofy glasses or the high prices. You now pay little more to get 3D support in a television, and people are just fine with wearing the glasses in the local [...]

Events & TradeshowsHTPCs & LaptopsOLED HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - The OTHER 55″ OLED HDTV at CES 2012

By Alfred Poor • Jan 11 2012, 1:00pm

[Okay, I’m just warning you all. The flood of stories coming out of CES 2012 is likely to keep me busy for a while, long after the Las Vegas Convention Center has been hosed down and refilled with the next two or three conventions. So I’ll get to them eventually, but you’ll have to give [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyCable HDTVBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Running into a Burning Building?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 10 2012, 1:00pm

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. In yesterday’s Almanac entry, I told you about personal computer maker Lenovo’s surprising entry into the HDTV market. Today, it’s time for turnabout. If there’s a technology market that is worse than the HDTV business in terms of slim profit margins, cut throat competition, and distribution challenges, [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - HDTVs Get Smarter

By Alfred Poor • Jan 9 2012, 1:00pm

One of my public speaking topics in recent years was “Why Your Next Computer Will Be a Television.” Even without the network-connected “Smart TV” features that are commonplace now, HDTVs have long relied on powerful processors and other components that outperform the standard desktop computers of not-so-long ago. But even back when I gave this [...]

Global & WorldviewLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - LED TVs to Dominate World Market

By Alfred Poor • Jan 6 2012, 1:00pm

The worldwide economic downturn put a damper on consumer demand for televisions, according to NPD DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report. High inventory levels meant that shipments for 2011 are exepected to be flat compared with 2010. The good news is that there are signs of improvement, and the forecast is for a [...]

Internet HD VideoHTPCs & LaptopsProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Roku Sticks It to TVs

By Alfred Poor • Jan 5 2012, 1:00pm

Roku is probably one of the most successful network media players out there, and they seem to keep getting better. The boxes keep getting smaller and programming choices available through them keep growing. It’s a great way to make a dumb TV smart.
But now Roku has decided to think small again. The company has announced [...]

OLED HDTVsEvents & Tradeshows

HDTV Almanac - Big OLED TVs Coming…

By Alfred Poor • Jan 4 2012, 1:00pm

I know, I should be excited. I was hoping that maybe there’d be a viable 32″ OLED HDTV on the market sometime this year, but I wasn’t holding my breath. And here comes the news that LG will be showing a 55″ monster of an OLED HDTV at CES in Las Vegas next week.
Fifty-five freakin’ [...]

SportsBroadcast

HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Super-Flat Indoor TV Antennas – Do They Really Work?

By Pete Putman • Jan 4 2012, 1:03am

With the growing interest in 'cutting the cord,' finding an indoor TV antenna that actually works is not an easy job.

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Tablets Are Changing Television

By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2012, 1:00pm

A company named Ooyala released an interesting VideoMind Video Index report last fall (free sign-up required). The report has a lot of fascinating information about how much time people spend watching online video on various types of devices and what type of content they watch, but this is the chart that I found most interesting:

One [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Happy New Year!

By Alfred Poor • Jan 2 2012, 1:00pm

…and welcome back! We’ve thrown the light switches back on here and dusted the place to get ready to start the new year off with more HDTV Almanac entries. Just to recap, we were more than halfway to our second thousand posts last September when new projects got the better of me and I had [...]