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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (December, 2012)

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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Goodbye, 2012. Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Dec 21 2012, 11:38pm

Out with the old, and bring in the new!

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Tablets They Are A-Changin’ – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Dec 21 2012, 10:50pm

Tablet computers are the 'hot' item for the 2012 holiday selling season. And you can even make them into a mini-notebook computer.


HDTV Expert - Plasma Totters; OLED Delayed – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 20 2012, 11:53pm

Panasonic may be abandoning plasma faster than many analysts anticipated, and Samsung and LG may be pushing 4Kx2K next year at the expense of OLED.

PC & Laptop TechnologyLCD HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Sharp to Manufacture Pixtronix Displays – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 7 2012, 6:40pm

Qualcomm is giving Sharp a much-needed cash infusion so the Japanese panel-maker can can combine its IGZO backplane technology with the front-plane technology developed by Qualcomm's Pixtronix subsidiary. The goal is a display with LCD-like image quality and lower power consumption.

4K (Ultra HD)

Ed's View: Ultra HD - Diminishing Returns?

By Ed Milbourn • Dec 6 2012, 2:59pm

No doubt the exhibition “star” at this coming (2013) CES will be Ultra High Definition Television (Ultra HD) featuring at least four times the number of pixels per frame as conventional HDTV. This means the viewer can be positioned proportionally closer to the screen without seeing any pixel grain. But the increased picture detail improvement effected by the increased pixel density is not lost by those viewing from greater distances either. In fact significant image enhancement is noticeable as much as ten times the picture height from the display (assuming 20/20 visual acuity). To the normal human eye, the roll-off of the image improvement relative to distance is, of course, gradual and dependent on a number of image variables such as contrast, brightness motion content, etc.

The bottom line is...


HDTV Expert - ‘Black Friday’ takes on a whole new meaning – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 11:14pm

With recent trends in retail consumer electronics sales, 'Black Friday' is starting to have more in common with the infamous 'Black Tuesday' of 1929.


HDTV Expert - End of the Road for RPTV - by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 10:26pm

It's official: Rear-projection televisions are now history.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Visual Scientists Point the Way to Higher Video Compression – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 7:32pm

Viewers pay much more attention to some parts of an image than they do to others. Predict which parts they won't look at, and you can compress those portions heavily without compromising the viewer's perception of image quality.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - 4K Presto Change-O!

By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 3:24pm

Two recent 4K product announcements show just how a couple of major Japanese CE brands are deflecting attention away from their declining television businesses, using a classic magician's trick: Misdirection.