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General Interest

HDTV Expert - What Will Apple Do Next?

By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2015, 6:10pm

Whenever I hear this question, my curmudgeonly inclination is to answer, “Who cares?” Perhaps a better question is “What revolutionary new product would allow Apple to continue earning profit margins far larger than the industry average?” In fact, it’s very hard to imagine Apple coming up with such a product. iWatch, iBust. The financial analyst […]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Display Interfacing: Welcome to Babylon

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 5:53pm

HDMI, DisplayPort, superMHL – all competing standards that promise faster connections with the advent of UHD. Is it time to re-think the way we switch and distribute video and audio?

General Interest

HDTV Expert - 4K, Collapsing Prices, and the Declining Importance of Hardware

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 4:24pm

There are tectonic shifts happening in the worlds of consumer and professional electronics – and most of us aren’t even aware of them.

Service & Repair

HDTV Expert - xFinity: “The Future of Awesome” Is Looking A Bit Less Confusing…

By Pete Putman • Sep 9 2015, 10:09pm

After repeated service outages, phone calls, and emails to Comcast’s executive office, everything is working as it should be…three months later.

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Are the Folks at QD Vision Worried?

By Ken Werner • Sep 9 2015, 4:03pm

Although QD Vision’s message at Display Week in San Jose was bullish, if I worked there I’d be worried. Why is that? TV set architecture is progressing along two parallel paths: 1) Very thin sets with LED edge lighting, and 2) somewhat thicker sets with direct backlighting. Initially, QD Vision’s Color IQ linear quantum-dot optical […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - A Trend Is A Trend – Until It Isn’t

By Pete Putman • Aug 26 2015, 6:23pm

Rumors of the demise of laptops are slightly exaggerated. At least in their present form.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - We’re Not Having Fun Anymore…

By Pete Putman • Aug 4 2015, 8:49pm

Two news items from the past week illustrate clearly that, in many ways, the once-profitable days of consumer electronics manufacturing in Japan are drawing swiftly to a close.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - “The Only Disruptive Technology at Display Week”

By Ken Werner • Jul 30 2015, 3:35pm

At SID Display Week, in an aisle on the show floor, I had a brief conversation with Candice Brown-Elliott, Nouvoyance CEO and creator of the Pentile Matrix pixel configuration widely used in Samsung OLED displays. She said that micro LED was the only disruptive technology she saw at Display Week. In addition to being a […]

Cable HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - How Sharp Makes Its “Free-form” Displays

By Ken Werner • Jul 22 2015, 8:50pm

For some time Sharp has been showing examples of its “free-form” displays, which do both the “row” and “column” driving through the same edge of the display, leaving the rest of the display to be cut in curves or other unusual shapes. But Sharp had not been willing to describe in detail how it distributed […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Wires Remain The Same. Only the Format Has Been Changed (to Confuse the Innocent)

By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 9:18pm

AV-over-IP…HDBaseT…BlueRiverNT…There’s something going on here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear…

Marketplace4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - The Dog Days of Summer…and UHDTV

By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 8:01pm

This is one of the slowest times of the year to sell TVs. But you wouldn’t know it from the Sunday sales fliers.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Sharp Makes a Big Play for Ultra HDTV

By Pete Putman • Jun 12 2015, 9:50pm

Last Wednesday, Sharp held a TV showcase in Lower Manhattan and showed that they’re still committed to the North American television market. Said commitment came in the form of nine models of Ultra HD (3840×2160) sets, ranging in size from 43 inches to a wall-sized 80-inch model. Some background is useful before I proceed. Nine […]

Service & RepairInternet HD Video

HDTV Expert - Xfinity: The Future Of Confusion (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Tried To get Along With Comcast)

By Pete Putman • Jun 8 2015, 9:27pm

It all started innocently enough a couple of weeks ago, when I started experiencing issues with Internet connectivity. And it turned into a circus of confusion. First, some background: I’ve had Comcast service at my home address for close to 18 years now, and there have definitely been some ups and downs in my relationship […]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Waiting for Godot

By Ken Werner • May 29 2015, 9:45pm

It takes a long time to develop novel display technologies. As a result, product designers sometimes express a desire for display characteristics that the industry cannot supply — at least not yet, and maybe never. It can work the other way, though. Candice Brown Elliott’s brilliant Pentile Display architecture was initially developed to improve efficiency, […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Amazing, Shrinking LED Pixel Pitch

By Ken Werner • May 20 2015, 6:37pm

Not many years ago, if you went out to buy an LED sign you could choose between a pixel pitch of 6 mm (for viewing at large distances) and a pixel pitch of 12 mm (for viewing at very large distances). But over the the last few years, as seen at trades shows such as […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Ultra HD Blu-ray: Getting Closer

By Pete Putman • May 19 2015, 8:56pm

On May 12, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced it had completed the specifications for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and concurrently released a new logo to go with the format. UHD BD supports a maximum image resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, refreshed at a variety of frame rates (including 60 Hz) with a maximum of 10 bits […]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Expert - OLED TV: Second Wind?

By Ken Werner • May 14 2015, 8:04pm

A combination of company announcements, seemingly reliable reporting, and just plain rumors make it reasonable to believe that OLED Television is finally getting its second wind. The reliable reporting centers on LG Display increasing its panel production, with LG Electronics modestly decreasing some set prices. The rumors center on Samsung re-entering the OLED-TV business, but […]

Service & RepairInternet HD Video

HDTV Expert - USEFUL GADGETS: Three Antennas and a Preamplifier for Cord-Cutters

By Pete Putman • May 5 2015, 4:59pm

While Internet service is the key part of cord-cutting, free over-the-air television still pays an important part. To get it, you only need some sort of antenna to connect to your television or receiver/DVR. Here are three such antennas for your consideration, plus a handy VHF/UHF signal amplifier.

Cable HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - NAB In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Apr 25 2015, 1:28am

It’s been over a week since I got back from Las Vegas and edited all of my photos and videos. But once again, NAB scored big numbers with attendance and there were enough goodies to be found in all three exhibit halls, if you were willing to put in the time to pound the pavement. […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Cruelest Month, Indeed…

By Pete Putman • Apr 9 2015, 10:37pm

In T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land, he opens with this verse: “April is the cruelest month…” For many Japanese manufacturers, those words couldn’t ring more true. One in particular is Sharp, who has been struggling with profitability ever since the Great Recession. In a recent news story from TWICE, the company confirmed it […]