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HDTV Magazine Columns Archive (February, 2013)

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General Interest

HDTV Expert - 4k In The Desert

By Pete Putman • Feb 26 2013, 5:12pm

The annual Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat is more popular than ever, attracting over 500 attendees to this year's conclave in Indian Wells, CA.

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HDTV Expert - OLED-TV, Where are You?

By Pete Putman • Feb 21 2013, 9:20pm

By my count, LG missed three promised deadlines last year for the commercial introduction of its 55-inch OLED-TV set. Samsung, apparently never happy with the idea of bringing OLED-TVs to market before their time, grudgingly said it, too, would introduce a 55-inch OLED-TV in 2012, but when LG missed its final deadline of the year [...]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Apple Must Become Phabulous

By Pete Putman • Feb 19 2013, 12:27am

Despite sitting on a $140-billion Mount Everest of cash, Apple has been the target of slings and arrows from many technical analysts (including yours truly) and financial analysts. Last week, our friend Jamie Townsend, Managing Partner for Strategy & Research at TownHall Research (www.townhallresearch.com), issued a client newsletter with the headline “Lack of a Phablet [...]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - In The Wake of CES 2013: Thoughts and Afterthoughts

By Pete Putman • Feb 14 2013, 11:39pm

Sometimes you need a breather to appreciate how topsy-turvy the world of consumer electronics has become.

Events & Tradeshows

One Installer's Opinion: The Perfect Storm

By Terry Paullin • Feb 9 2013, 4:00am

Ahh ... C.E.S. (Consumer Electronics Show) - That immutable bastion of ultra-hype for what's happening sometime next year - maybe .... set in the perfect confluence of fantasy, caprice and wishful thinking ... Las Vegas.

As I stood in the Central Hall of the L.V. Convention Center, I found myself in front of a scene that made me laugh out loud, and was remindful of the ever increasing spin all around us. The displays in front of me had signage that heralded "The future of TV" (4K of course) coming soon (2nd qtr.) - and up and to the left was an even bigger sign from a different manufacturer that informed "8K - The future of TV". We have obsoleted ourselves before we even hit the street. God bless the Marketing Department.

I wish I could put a finger on it, but I can't. It has happened with such regularity that it can't be coincidence. Every time the next new thing comes along...

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Technicolor and Portrait Displays Move to Standardize Color on Smaller Screens — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Feb 7 2013, 10:22pm

A new color specification for automatic calibration and tuning of smaller color displays could reduce returns of products purchased on-line, provide product differentiation, and improve customer satisfaction.

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion: Times, They are a Changin' - Part Deux

By Terry Paullin • Feb 5 2013, 3:20pm

Some time ago, maybe three or four years back, I penned the first of the above titled reviews - something about "digital is in/analog is out", I think. To no one's surprise, things continue to change in our amusing little A/V world and in my opinion (see Column Title) at an ever increasing rate. Here's an update, as I see it...

General Interest

One Installer's Opinion: What?! ... Better than Home Theater?

By Terry Paullin • Feb 4 2013, 3:15pm

From time-to-time most of us get confronted with an allegation from this direction or that, from one manufacturer or another proclaiming "This changes everything ..." or "Sets a new standard for ..." or "An experience like never before ..." - each hoping to keep our attention just long enough to finish the paragraph. Lucky me, as a journalist, I get piles of press releases, even from companies who can't spell Home Theatre (... that IS how you spell Home Theatre, isn't it?) claiming this uber status for their latest and greatest. Most can be quickly discounted as someone trying to reinvent the wheel and call it "visionary". The thought that a few of these might actually be something new under the sun can similarly be dispelled with a Google search or two.

But on that odd, rare occasion, the real deal comes along. This month's column is about one such game changer...

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HDTV Expert - ISE 2013: Oh, It’s ON! – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Feb 2 2013, 12:11am

At the recently-concluded Integrated Systems Europe show, projector manufacturers showed concern about the impact of super-sized, inexpensive LCD displays. And they're fighting back.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Ebook Readers At The Crossroads – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Feb 1 2013, 10:17pm

Recent articles in the New York Times and other national publications indicate the demand for ebooks has slackened — and the demise of traditional bookstores may be to blame.