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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (April, 2012)

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Internet HD VideoSatellite HDTVGlobal & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Traffic Jam: Is the Internet Sky Falling?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2012, 1:00pm

An article by Stacey Higginbotham for GigaOM cites a fascinating statistic from the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report. According to last fall’s version of the report, half of all our Internet use is related to video. Netflix and YouTube alone account for more than 37% of the total traffic. And according to the recently released spring update to [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - IKEA Television: What Gives?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2012, 1:00pm

Have you seen the new IKEA Uppleva television? It apparently is designed to make it easy for consumers to choose a new HDTV that fits in with their Scandinavian decor. The set hasn’t been released in this country yet, so we don’t know what the price will be. Without this detail, it’s hard to assess [...]

BroadcastLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Death Spiral for Broadcast TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2012, 1:00pm

Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder. This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - 2nd Screen Future Is Bright, but Watch Those Shades!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2012, 1:00pm

We’re a society that is joined at the hip to our technology: literally. With smartphones in holsters and ebook readers and tablets in our shoulder bags, we now take our digital connections with us wherever we go. But you may be in for a shock when you try to read your indispensable device when you’re [...]

Blu-rayHTPCs & LaptopsInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - TV Connect Rates Still Growing

By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2012, 1:00pm

According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), 24% of U.S. households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010. By last year, this rose to 30%. LRG’s latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year. The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - NAB 2012: The Show It Is A-Changin’…

By Pete Putman • Apr 21 2012, 2:27am

This year's NAB looked more like a hybrid of CES and InfoComm than anything else.

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - It’s NOT a Hologram, Folks!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2012, 1:00pm

The legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made an appearance at Coachella in California last weekend, in spite of the fact that he’s been dead for more than 15 years. He performed on stage alongside Snoop Dogg, including a “live” shout-out to the Coachella audience. Putting aside the creepy factor of performing with dead singers, let’s talk [...]

Environment / Green

HDTV Almanac - Consumer Electronic Recycling Increases

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2012, 1:00pm

On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that participants in the eCycling Leadership Initiative managed to recycle 460 million pounds of consumer electronics in 2011. This number is even more impressive when you consider that this is more than one and a half times the 300 million pounds that was recycled in 2010. Drop-off locations [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Lists Stores to Close

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2012, 1:00pm

Two weeks ago, Best Buy announced that it was planning to close 50 stores as part of its cost-cutting moves designed to help reverse its recent financial losses. Over last weekend, the company released a list of the stores that will close. These stores are expected to close permanently by May 12. This obviously is [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Cable Services Dangle Bonuses

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2012, 1:00pm

If this keeps up, you’ll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription. Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz. The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. Wow, when [...]

Mobile HDTVSports

HDTV Almanac - Boys of Summer Go Mobile

By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2012, 1:00pm

If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are good that there’s a version of the MLB At Bat 12 app available for your device. And it appears that baseball fans are discovering the free program in unprecedented numbers. The free At Bat Lite version gives you scores, video highlights, news reports, and more. The full-featured [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - YouTube Expands Pay-Per-View

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2012, 1:00pm

When most people think of YouTube, they think of user-generated content (UGC) that focuses on cute cats and fan videos. The fact is that YouTube has had pay-per-view content for years, and now its movie rental library is filled with some appealing and current titles with something for just about everyone. But a recent post in [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - The Incredible Shrinking Sony

By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2012, 1:00pm

In 2000, Sony was worth an impressive $200 billion. Today, some estimate that it has lost 90% of that value and is worth just $20 billion. A report from Reuters indicates that the latest cost-cutting strategy will involve laying off about 6% of the company’s workforce, or about 10,000 jobs. It is planning to sell off some [...]

Politics & PolicySatellite HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Another Blackout Ends

By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2012, 1:00pm

It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees. Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal. The FCC won’t let the services use the same content [...]


HDTV Almanac - A Bookmark for Online Video

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2012, 1:00pm

Ever come across a great YouTube video but didn’t have time to watch it? It’s kinda hard sticking a Post-It note on your monitor that will help you get back to it later when you want to find it again. Fortunately, there’s a new solution that people are using. I’ve been spending a lot of [...]

3D HDTVBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Samsung Wrist-Slapped for 3DTV Ad Claims

By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2012, 1:00pm

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has issued a recommendation that Samsung stop making certain claims about its 3DTVs. In a release last week, the NAD made the following statement: Following its review of the evidence in the record, NAD concluded that the advertiser's substantiation was insufficient to provide [...]

Digital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Wall-Mounted Indoor DTV Antennas

By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2012, 4:47pm

It seems like everyone's got one these days. Do they really work? Are there any differences between models? You may be surprised at my test results.


HDTV Almanac - 3DTV: New Meaning for “Big Hair”

By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2012, 1:00pm

There’s a reason that more cartoons are in 3D than live action content. That’s because animated images typically are much simpler than real-world objects, which means that they can be manipulated more easily and precisely. This is important when you are trying to adjust the differences between the left and right views of a scene. [...]

GamingCable HDTVInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - Some Data Streams Are More Equal

By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2012, 1:00pm

Last week, Microsoft launched three (anticipated) new services on their Xbox Live system. Subscribers can now get Comcast’s XFINITY TV, HBO GO, and MLB.TV. You need to be a subscriber to each of these services in order to get it streamed to your Xbox (just as you have to have a Netflix subscription to access its [...]

MarketplaceCable HDTVSports

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Breaks More Bad News

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2012, 1:00pm

The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it’s a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters. So it was like the  Dust Bowl when Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss. This is not quite as [...]

Front ProjectionLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Optoma ML300 LED Projector – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Apr 3 2012, 8:24pm

It has Wide XGA resolution, weighs all of 1.4 pounds, and cranks out 200+ lumens. What else is there to say? (Oh yeah, it also has a Mini HDMI connection.)


HDTV Almanac - Game Consoles: Not Just for Blowing Up Stuff

By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2012, 1:00pm

Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices. We’ve gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like “meat puppets” that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world. The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide. [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Foxconn Buys into Sharp Gen10

By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2012, 1:00pm

Have you ever heard of Hon Hai? It’s the parent company of Foxconn, which in turn has been in the news a lot lately as the firm that assembles many of Apple’s products. Foxconn is a giant in its own right, assembling components for a wide range of manufacturers, large and small. And now it [...]

Mobile HDTV

Ed's View: Higher Definition?

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2012, 2:55pm

Of course! But it may not be the way one may think. Although we are certainly capable of producing TV in 4K/UHTV (2160p) or SHDTV (4320p) and reproducing the same, bandwidth limitations remain the real problem for distributing this level of quality. With 4G interactive personal communications gobbling up most of the usable spectrum and assuming most, if not all, local interconnections will be wireless, there is simply not enough air left for real-time UHDTV – unless one wants to watch Monday Night Football on Tuesday night.

So, what is needed is a whole new approach to reproducing television images that is relatively immune to bandwidth limitations. One approach that offers the most promise is...