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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (December, 2007)

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Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Worst Cable TV Horror Story Will Win a 42" Plasma HDTV and Antenna from Antennas Direct™ Plus $1,000 for Stress Counseling

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 21 2007, 4:38am

As reported a few days ago by the Bridge Data Group, overall customer satisfaction with cable TV stands at only 58%. The 75 year-old hammer wielding grandmother who "attacked" a Comcast payment center in Virginia might be considered to be in the other 42%.

To that end, Antennas Direct is having a contest to find the ten worst cable TV horror stories. The best of the worst verified story teller will receive a 42" Plasma HDTV and a Terrestrial Digital™ Off-Air antenna, selected to allow them to receive the most...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

ESPN2 HD is Latest Addition to Cablevision's Leading High-Definition Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 21 2007, 4:33am

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC) and ESPN today announced the addition of ESPN2 HD to Cablevision's high-definition programming lineup, giving iO TV customers access to 45 high-definition programming services at no additional cost. Effective Friday, December 21, ESPN2 HD will be available across Cablevision's entire service area on iO TV channel 735.

ESPN2 HD is a 24-hour high-definition simulcast service of ESPN2, and features programming including...

Programming

DIRECTV to Carry Public Television Stations (PBS) in HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 19 2007, 8:10pm

Public Television stations across the country will soon be available in high-definition (HD) to DIRECTV customers through a landmark agreement reached today by DIRECTV, Inc., the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). DIRECTV viewers will have access to other Public Television content as well.

Continuing its unprecedented expansion of HD services, DIRECTV, the industry leader in HD programming, will include the local HD feeds of Public Television stations in its HD rollout plans beginning in 2008. DIRECTV currently offers local HD programming in...

Marketplace

VUDU Offers Free Boxes to Customers Who Purchase Select AQUOS 1080p High Definition LCD TVs Through Vudu.com

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 19 2007, 2:48pm

VUDU Inc., the company that brings instant access to video entertainment to the living room, announced today that they will offer a free VUDU box to customers who purchase select models of the AQUOS high definition televisions through Vudu.com over the holidays.

The free VUDU box will be offered through January 5, 2008 on purchases of Sharp AQUOS televisions with 42" or larger screens. (visit http://www.vudu.com/sharp.html for details)

Just last week, VUDU became the first service to offer...

Programming

National Survey Proves HDTV Gift Givers Need a Reminder: Don't Forget the HD Service!

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 18 2007, 11:27pm

For years, parents have trained themselves to avoid disappointment by remembering batteries on Christmas morning. This year, gift givers need to help friends and family find the best high-definition service to go along with their shiny new high-definition televisions (HDTVs), according to a new pre-holiday study commissioned by Comcast.

The survey showed that one in four consumers has a high-definition television (HDTV) on their holiday wish lists or shopping lists. However, 88 percent of the gift-givers are not thinking about including the HD service that these sets require as part of the gift. As a result...

Marketplace

Plasma Television Manufacturers Invest Now For the Future

By Dale Cripps • Dec 18 2007, 5:43pm

The Plasma Coalition sent out the following press release providing their take on the latest trends in flat panel._Dale

New York, NY, December 18, 2007 – As another record breaking year for television sales comes to a close, one thing is certain -- flat panel displays are the clear consumer choice, with Plasma HDTV sets dominating the...

High Definition ProductionEnvironment / GreenLED (LCD) HDTVs

Sony Announces TV Trade-Up Offer and Electronics Recycling Program

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 18 2007, 1:21pm

On the heels of its launch of the first national electronics recycling initiative, Sony Electronics today announced a program to further encourage consumers to recycle their old television sets.

Sony will be offering, until March 15, 2008, a $100 coupon towards the purchase of a new Sony BRAVIA high-definition TV at Sony Style stores, online at sonystyle.com and through Sony Style telesales at 1-877-865-SONY for every old set recycled through the Sony Take Back Recycling Program, which kicked off September 15.

To help consumers...

Programming

AT&T U-verse TV Expands HD Channel Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 17 2007, 2:36pm

Meeting the growing demand from TV viewers for quality High Definition (HD) programming, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the addition of eight HD channels to its AT&T U-verse(SM) TV channel lineup.

U-verse TV now offers Animal Planet HD, CNN HD, Discovery HD, Science Channel HD, Starz Kids & Family HD, Superstation WGN in HD, TLC HD, VERSUS and GOLF CHANNEL HD.

With these additions, AT&T U-verse TV subscribers with the HD service option have access to a lineup of more than...

Marketplace

Pacific Media Reports 1080p LCD HDTV Outsold Lower Priced Plasma Models

By Dale Cripps • Dec 13 2007, 9:56pm

Menlo Park, California, USA - December 13, 2007. Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on large-screen displays, reports that in the hotly contested 50" to 54" HDTV market segment, 1080p LCD models outsold 1080p plasma models nearly...

Blu-ray

Addonics Announces Optical Solution that Bridges Blu-ray and HD DVD Formats

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 13 2007, 3:06pm

Addonics Technologies today announced its Zebra Blu-ray / HD DVD Player an optical storage solution that allows your PC to play Blu-ray and HD DVD movies from the same tray.

The Zebra Blu-ray / HD DVD Player also plays standard DVDs and CDs in various file formats and burns DVD±R/RW and CDRW media, which makes it one of the most flexible optical drives available. Users can turn their laptop or desktop computer into a high definition movie player and enjoy high definition video quality of 1080p format at 1920x1080 resolution and the dynamic 7.1-channel audio output that comes with the Blu-ray or HD DVD format.

Addonics has...

Blu-ray

Microsoft Releases Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator to Help Speed Content Production and Lower Development Costs

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 13 2007, 2:34pm

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator, enabling film studios and disc authoring companies to model the behavior of HD DVD disc content, including encoded video and HDi interactivity, in a virtual environment before committing to burning a single HD DVD disc. This comprehensive tool is among the first commercially available, software-based solutions of its kind, eliminating the need for expensive hardware or time-consuming and costly trial-and-error processes for testing HD DVD titles, helping to ensure that titles ship error-free.

The enhanced content and rich interactive capabilities of HD DVD increase the need for an efficient way to troubleshoot coding to maintain the highest-quality consumer experiences. The emulator uses...

Programming

WealthTV HD VOD: WealthTV Brings Its High Def Lineup on Demand to Charter Customers Nationwide

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 13 2007, 2:01pm

WealthTV, the premier lifestyle and entertainment network, recently announced that its high definition programming lineup is now available to Charter Communications, Inc. customers on demand nationwide. Charter customers can now enjoy a robust lineup from WealthTV's numerous original series when they want. WealthTV features compelling series on exotic travel, fine cuisine, automotives, health, finance, gadgets and fashion.

In addition to enjoying WealthTV's HD VOD nationwide, Charter customers can enjoy...

Satellite HDTVHD DVD

New DIRECTV Survey Gives Holiday Shoppers the Inside Scoop on What Looks Best on Their New HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 13 2007, 1:57pm

With the many decisions plaguing shoppers this holiday season, DIRECTV wants to give HD buyers a sneak preview of what they will enjoy once they take the HD plunge.

In a recent survey commissioned by DIRECTV, 400 HDTV owners were asked to reveal their favorite reasons for choosing HD. Some of the more unique findings included...

Marketplace

LCD TVs, GPS, Digital Picture Frames, Camera Accessories and D-SLR Among Top Selling Items for Black Friday

By Dale Cripps • Dec 12 2007, 7:48pm

AUSTIN, TEXAS, December 12, 2007-TVs, next-generation DVD formats, notebook PCs and other consumer electronic devices were highlighted in last week's Black Friday Webinar held by DisplaySearch. Featuring an analysis of holiday sales results for consumer electronics through Thanksgiving weekend, expert analysts from DisplaySearch, The NPD Group and Current Analysis West provided a closer look at the results for the first week of the 2007 holiday shopping season and how this activity will translate into...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV Delivers Local HD Programming To Customers in Tucson, Ariz.

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2007, 7:20pm

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, is now offering local HD programming to customers in the Tucson, Ariz. designated market area. The following broadcast networks are available in HD: KGUN/ABC, KOLD/CBS, KMSB/FOX and KVOA/NBC. DIRECTV hopes to add additional stations as they become available. With the addition of Tucson, DIRECTV now offers local HD broadcast channels in 68 cities, representing more than 72.6 percent of U.S. TV households.

DIRECTV's roll out of local HD channels in Tucson is part of a nationwide expansion of HD programming that includes...

Plasma HDTVsPC & Laptop Technology

Plasma TVs Have Bright Cost Reduction and Performance Improvement

By Dale Cripps • Dec 12 2007, 7:00pm

AUSTIN, TEXAS, December 12, 2007-DisplaySearch believes the outlook for plasma TV cost reductions and performance improvements are closely tied to improvements in luminous efficacy as outlined in its recently introduced 2007 PDP Technology Report. Luminous efficacy can be simply expressed as...

Gaming

Spike TV and GameTrailers.com to Launch Hi-Definition Show for Gamers - On-Air and Online

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2007, 3:24pm

Spike TV and GameTrailers.com (GT), both divisions of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) MTVN Entertainment Group, announced today an unprecedented multi-platform integration with the launch of "GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley." This weekly, entertaining and informative magazine-style show for gamers will be available in high- definition on-air and online beginning Friday, January 25, 2008. Produced and created by GameTrailers.com, "GameTrailers TV" marks the first time an MTVN Entertainment Group digital property has fully executed a half-hour show for linear television. Taking Spike TV's "Game Head" to the next level, "GameTrailers TV" will provide viewers with expanded editorial content and an all-new level of interaction online at GameTrailers.com.

"GameTrailers TV" is hosted and executive produced by industry veteran...

Programming

THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER to Broadcast in High-Definition Format Beginning Monday, December 17, 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 11 2007, 5:26pm

The program's commitment to depth and clarity takes on new dimension as it launches a high-definition broadcast beginning on Monday, December 17, 2007. The new format will deliver superb video resolution and higher-quality audio, and will result in a richer experience for the increasing number of viewers who watch the program on an HD television set.

The transition of the NEWSHOUR to a high-definition digital broadcast furthers the goal of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to deliver...

Blu-ray

HDTV Intenders to Significantly Impact High-Def DVD Battle

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 11 2007, 3:53am

According to research from The Diffusion Group, close to one-third of non-HDTV households are interested in purchasing a new HDTV in the next six months - a very encouraging sign for HDTV manufacturers and, by relation, high-def DVD manufacturers. More interesting, perhaps, is that the same research found that the characteristics of these "HDTV Intenders" vary widely from that of current HDTV owners. HDTV Intenders tend to be younger, single, more ethnically diverse, and have lower annual household incomes than current HDTV owners - in many respects more characteristic of mainstream consumers than the early adopters who today own an HDTV.

While this trend could in theory benefit either Blu-ray or HD DVD, the data suggests otherwise. Among HDTV Intenders who are likely to purchase a new high-def DVD player in the next six months, 43% prefer...

Blu-ray

LG's 2nd Generation 'Super Blu' High-Definition Disc Player Now Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 10 2007, 4:10pm

LG Electronics' second-generation LG Super Blu(TM) Player (model BH200) is now available nationally at leading consumer electronics dealers. This advanced multi-format disc player (suggested retail price $999) lets consumers choose from the widest variety of high-def video content as it is the only player capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.

The Super Blu Player offers consumers increased HDTV entertainment choices because it provides access to between 50 and 70 percent more high-def movie titles than any single-format player.

The multi-format combination ensures users of the BH200 the latest technology available from both high-def disc formats. The LG Super Blu Player features...

Blu-ray

Wal-mart Specials for Tomorrow: $298 Toshiba HD-A3 and $399 40GB PS3

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 6 2007, 6:07pm

Wal-mart has revealed their Secret In-Store Specials for tomorrow. Among them are: Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player with 12 FREE HD DVDs, 40GB PS3 with FREE $50 gift card.

New Products & EquipmentGaming

Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 6 2007, 4:02pm

Sharp, a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display Televisions (LCD TV), is introducing a second generation widescreen 32-inch (LC-32GP3U) Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV, created specifically for gamers. Built with the needs of gamers in mind, the new GP3U model handles the highest frame rates of even the most challenging video games and is equipped with special features that enhance the gaming experience.

Available in three glossy finish colors, black (LC-32GP3U-B), a unique dark wine red (LC-32GP3U-R) and white (LC-32GP3U-W), the new gaming series sports a striking new slim-line design, with a significantly smaller footprint, as well as...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV to Deliver Local HD Programming In 76 Markets by Mid-2008

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 5 2007, 6:26pm

Continuing its momentum for delivering the best quality HD programming available, DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) will offer local HD broadcast networks in 76 markets, representing more than 75 percent of U.S. TV households, when it rolls out 11 additional local HD markets by mid-2008. DIRECTV began the rollout with the launch of HD local channels in the Flint, Mich. and Waco, Texas designated market areas last week.

The 11 local markets to receive HD programming from DIRECTV include...

Blu-ray

Web Communities Flourish with New HD DVD Titles

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 4 2007, 1:18pm

Fans of summer smash hits and groundbreaking TV series are tapping into the web-enabled communities offered by HD DVD. "Transformers" from Paramount Home Entertainment and "Heroes: Season One" from Universal Home Entertainment are among the titles that saw significant online usage of the web-connected features.

Made possible through Microsoft's HDi™ technology, web-connected features are supported in every HD DVD player due to the mandatory hardware requirements inherent in the HD DVD specifications. The specifications include...