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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (February, 2006)

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Programming

DirecTV Announces Next 24 Markets to Receive HD Locals

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 22 2006, 8:58pm

Continuing to widely expand its local high-definition (HD) programming services, DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE: DTV), the nation's leading digital television service provider, today named the next 24 U.S. markets that will receive local HD programming.

Programming

Dish Launches Chicago HD Locals

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 16 2006, 12:18pm

Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service announced today it will launch local high definition TV channels via its satellite TV service to customers in Chicago and the surrounding counties. The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 7 (WLS), CBS Ch. 2 (WBBM), NBC Ch. 5 (WMAQ) and FOX Ch. 32 (WFLD).

Marketplace

1080p Sales Propelled the MD RPTV Category Forward in 2005

By Dale Cripps • Feb 9 2006, 5:55pm

ALSEA, OR - February 9, 2005. 1080p content or not, many consumers decided to take the "future proofing" route when selecting an MD RPTV in the Q4 2005, providing the momentum for another annual increase in sales for 2005. This trend represents a distinct reversal of the one expressed at the DisplaySearch conference held last year in Beverly Hills. At that time most manufacturers were writing off the rear projector business. Quixel Research's MicroDisplay Rear Projection Market Review for the fourth quarter 2005 reports, however, that 1080p resolution MD RPTVs accounted for...

Programming

NBC Universal, DISH Network Team to Deliver Dynamic Interactive and HD 2006 Olympic Winter Games Coverage; Multiple Channels on One Screen Let Viewers Quickly Select the NBC Universal Channel They Want to Watch

By Dale Cripps • Feb 6 2006, 6:02pm

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service is teaming for the second year with NBC Olympics to create the NBC Interactive TV (ITV) mosaic, a multiple picture-in-picture showcase designed to deliver an array of NBC Universal's network assets, including the channels that will carry the 2006 Olympic Winter Games coverage from Feb. 10 through Feb. 26.

New to this year's mosaic is the NBC Olympics Showcase, providing viewers with access to information such as medal counts, updated television listings and select athlete biographies. DISH Network also announced today that it will broadcast the NBC Olympic coverage in high definition available to all DISH Network HD viewers.

Marketplace

Sales to dealers rose 35 percent

By Dale Cripps • Feb 6 2006, 5:18pm

November and December 2005 digital television sales to dealers rose 35 percent to 2.3 million units over the same period in 2004, according to figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Marketplace

Pacific Media Reports Flat Panel TV Sales More than Double over December 2004

By Dale Cripps • Feb 6 2006, 4:55pm

Menlo Park, California - February 6, 2006. Pacific Media Associates (PMA), the global market information experts on large-screen displays, reports that December 2005 sales for flat panel televisions in North America rose 22% from the prior month's levels, and 112% compared with December 2004's sales. Their Flat Panel Display Tracking Service also shows that revenues rose 17% compared with November, while the average street price fell 4%. Compared with the previous December, 2005 showed a revenue increase of 57%, along with a dramatic 26% decline in average street price.

Programming

Winter Olympics on Universal HD This February and Other Things

By Dale Cripps • Feb 1 2006, 8:46pm

"Olympic Ice" debuts on Universal HD providing a daily all-access pass inside the Olympic Winter Games' most popular sport - figure skating


Burbank, CA, February 1, 2006 - NBC Universal Cable will be featuring over 100 hours of the Winter Olympics from Torino, beginning Friday, February 10th and airing through Sunday February 26th. Universal HD will feature Men's and Women's Ice Hockey coverage and "Olympic Ice" - all in High Definition and 5.1 Dolby surround sound.