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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (March, 2012)

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HDTV Almanac - Reader Mail: The Future of Cable TV

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2012, 1:00pm

I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here. This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week’s post about “Online Streaming Grows“: You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Bye-bye, Polycarbonate Discs!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2012, 1:00pm

The writing is on the wall. Or perhaps it is just encoded in microscopic pits on a polycarbonate disc. But wherever you choose to read the signs, it is clear that physical distribution of entertainment media is on the way out. It has happened in the music industry, and we appear to be reaching a [...]

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HDTV Expert - Panasonic’s 2012 Home Entertainment Media Briefing – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 28 2012, 4:08pm

Panasonic's current TV lineup includes LCD, plasma, active shutter 3DTV, AND passive 3DTV in all sizes. So, what's the 2012 marketing strategy — something for everyone?

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - More Homes Are Hooked Up

By Alfred Poor • Mar 28 2012, 1:00pm

A new report from The Diffusion Group (TDG) updates the company’s research on broadband in U.S. homes. One interesting point is that about eight out of every 10 homes with broadband Internet connections now have home networks. This is presumably driven by the consumers’ interest in connecting more devices to the Internet than before. [Credit: TDG] Perhaps [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - My HDTV Buying Advice [a Slashdot video]

By Alfred Poor • Mar 27 2012, 1:00pm

Do you ever wonder what I tell people when they come up to me at a party and ask “What should I buy as my new television?” The website Slashdot wondered, and they commissioned a video interview of me that they call “HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to [...]

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Mitsubishi HC7800 3D DLP Home Theater Projector – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 27 2012, 1:05am

In a day and age of 'me too' projectors, Mit's HC7800 really stands out. But 'ouch,' those glasses!

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Online Streaming Grows

By Alfred Poor • Mar 26 2012, 1:00pm

As reported by Jim O’Neil in Fierce Online Video, the Roku CEO Anthony Wood gave a keynote address at the OTTCon in San Jose, California, last week. Wood is quoted as making several noteworthy remarks (and I recommend that you read the whole article), but the part that jumped out at me was this: As [...]

Cable HDTVService & RepairProgramming

HDTV Almanac - Competition Does Not Lower Cable Fees

By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2012, 1:00pm

The Federal Communications Commission released a report this month with the descriptive yet cumbersome title of “Report On Average Rates for Cable Programming Service And Equipment.” The results come from a study of cable television service fees in different markets. The data was divided into two groups: communities where there was no meaningful competition (aside [...]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - iPad 3: L.H.O.O.Q., by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Mar 22 2012, 9:35pm

In 1919, the French artist Marcel Duchamp took a cheap postcard reproduction of the Mona Lisa, and added a beard, moustache, and the letters 'L.H.O.O.Q.'  When pronounced in French, the letters sound like the sentence 'Elle a chaud au cul,' which can be translated as 'She has a hot ass.' My old art history teacher [...]

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HDTV Almanac - And Now, Live, on YouTube…

By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2012, 1:00pm

What are the hallmarks of a major television network? It distributes professionally-produced content from other sources such as movies. Check. It has millions of viewers. Check. It has its own original programming that is broadcast live daily. Check. Hmmm, it waddles, swims, and quacks like a duck, so I guess YouTube is now a duck. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sharp Ships Big HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 21 2012, 1:00pm

Sharp already announced its intention to focus just on big HDTVs, and they are making good on that promise. The company has announced that it has started shipping its 60″ LC-60LE745U and 70″ LC-70LE745U models from their new 2012 lineup. These have 3DTV support, LED edge-lighting, and Smart TV features including WiFi support. The sets [...]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Almanac - Who Gives You Your News?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 20 2012, 1:00pm

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” A.J. Liebling The Pew Research Center has released its “State of the News Media 2012″ annual report on American journalism. It provides some fascinating information and analysis, and is bound to make you go “hmmm” more than once. The part that had me [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Bed-Sized 3DTV in China

By Alfred Poor • Mar 19 2012, 1:00pm

How much is too much? If it’s possible to go too far with a television set’s specfications, this could be it. China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd is a subsidiary of the electronics giant, TCL Corporation, and earlier this month, the company announced a monster of a 3DTV. This behemoth measures 110″ diagonal. It also [...]

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HDTV Expert - The Rout Is On – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 16 2012, 4:52pm

Go back in time about 6-7 years and you'll see just how dramatically the TV landscape has changed, along with the reversal of fortunes for Korean and Japanese TV manufacturers.

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Hulu Redesigns Viewing Screen

By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2012, 1:00pm

Yesterday, Hulu announced that it has upgraded its viewing screen. The biggest news is that the viewing window is now 55% larger, and it’s displayed with a drop shadow against a nice, neutral gray background. (Apparently that is called a “video matte” in the trade; who knew?) Video details appear below the viewing window, and [...]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Don’t Look Now; Here Comes Amazon

By Alfred Poor • Mar 15 2012, 1:00pm

Netflix. YouTube. Hulu. Anyone who streams video content from the Internet probably is aware of these big three sources of television shows and movies. But a lot of people don’t think of Amazon quite as quickly. The company has steadily been beefing up its streaming capabilities and building its content library. And yesterday, Amazon made [...]

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HDTV Expert - A Niche Too Small – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 14 2012, 8:07pm

Philips' 21:9 aspect ratio LCD TV was a clever idea, but never caught on.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Samsung’s New TVs Point to the Future

By Alfred Poor • Mar 14 2012, 1:00pm

Last week, Samsung announced that its 2012 HDTVs will start shipping this month. While their “fifth generation” Smart TVs have more processing power than ever, what caught my eye were four interface features. If you’ve followed my writing elsewhere (including this GigaOM Pro report), you may have noticed that I’m very interested in how we [...]

Business & Investment

HDTV Almanac - What is Apple up to with Its TV Plans?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 13 2012, 1:00pm

Who is Henry Blodget? According to the “Business Insider” website, he is “co-founder, CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider, a former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, [and] the host of Yahoo Daily  Ticker, a Yahoo Finance video show viewed by several million people a  month.  He is often a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and [...]

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HDTV Almanac - March Madness Online: No More Free Ride!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 12 2012, 1:00pm

The NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournement launches on Wednesday, and like last year, you can watch all 67 games online. But you can’t watch them for free this time. The March Madness streaming video has grown to be an enormous success over the past few years, and this year you’re asking to pay for [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Oh Boy! A New iPad!

By Alfred Poor • Mar 9 2012, 1:00pm

You may have noticed that there has not been a lot of coverage of the new iPad 3 here over the preceding six months. While many members of the new era media were working themselves into a speculative frenzy over what the unannounced and unspecified product would be, I was content to wait for the [...]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Samsung 2012 Spring Showcase – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 8 2012, 9:42pm

Samsung's spring 2012 TV showcase was a markedly lower-key affair than previous events, and placed a heavy emphasis on 'smart' TV connectivity and control.

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HDTV Almanac - YouTube: Free Movies

By Alfred Poor • Mar 8 2012, 1:00pm

If you’re not aware of this yet, you might want to know that YouTube is much more than cute kittens and pop music videos. The service has been renting full length movies for a long time. But did you know that you can watch some full-length movies on YouTube for free? Okay, I’ll be the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Smack-Down for Aereo?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2012, 1:00pm

I recently wrote about the new Aereo service scheduled to launch in New York City this month. Other systems that have tried to provide broadcast content over the Internet have been smacked down in the courts, but Aereo and its backers believe that it has a model that will hold up to challenges. And it [...]

Business & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Barely Video

By Alfred Poor • Mar 6 2012, 1:00pm

Okay, I don’t know exactly how I can justify this as an HDTV Almanac entry, except that it’s just too cool and it is a demonstration of how online business video can be so much more than just a TV commercial. This piece is from Mercedes about it’s “invisible” demonstration car that promotes its hydrogen [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - YouTube: An Hour per Second

By Alfred Poor • Mar 5 2012, 1:00pm

Last month, YouTube updated its stats again. The site now is getting new video content uploaded at the rate of one hour of video every second of every day. That’s 60 hours of content every minute. I find that astounding.
You might think that all this content is just falling into a black hole in the [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - After Midnight: More Retransmission Disputes

By Alfred Poor • Mar 2 2012, 1:00pm

The retransmission agreements between New Young Broadcasting and Time Warner Cable (TWC) for Young’s ABC affiliate stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Albany, New York expired Wednesday night, February 29. At the eleventh hour, the two sides were not able to come to terms. Rather than force a black-out as has often been the case in [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - We Control the Channel! (Well, We’re Trying)

By Alfred Poor • Mar 1 2012, 1:00pm

Are you old enough to remember the opening sequence of “The Outer Limits”?
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it [...]