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Today’s Show:

A Look Back at 500 Episodes of HDTV Talk and Topics

It is hard to believe we’ve done 500 episodes of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast.  So much has changed in the almost 7 years we’ve been doing this, and so much has stayed the same.  It’s been a great time; we’ve enjoyed sharing it with our listeners and are looking forward to 500 more.

2005:

March 30, 2005 – Inaugural Podcast – Introductions: “In this weeks podcast we define and discuss basic HDTV terms and what it all means. During the primer section we will provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions and not buy into the sales hype.”

Voom, the all-HD satellite service, shows some great stuff at CES, then quickly gets sold off to Dish/Echostar.  Dish eventually killed the Voom channels in 2008.

Anyone remember Brillian TVs?  They were a high end LCOS TV company that merged with LCD maker Syntax in Nov 2005, sold TVs under the Olevia name and eventually folded.

September 19, 2005 – Podcast #28 – The most awesome home theater you have ever seen!  We visited one of the most amazing Home Theaters we’ve ever been in, and have never been the same since.

Televisions:

  • Tube TVs are a dominant force
    • Philips 30″ Widescreen Flat-Tube HDTV $799.99
    • Sony FD Trinitron WEGA 30″ Widescreen HDTV Tube $999.99
    • Toshiba 30″ Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Tube TV $799.99
  • 1080p TVs start to come to market
    • Samsung 50” 1080p DLP $5000

2006:

March 2006 – News Corp. executive says his company can get away with charging $25-30 to watch a single HDTV movie.

Canon and Toshiba show SED televisions at CES to rave reviews.  The technology was stifled by legal and manufacturing issues and never materialized.

With the introduction of HD-DVD and Blu-ray, we’re also introduced to new high definition audio formats from Dolby and DTS.

Dish Network and DirecTV closed out the year fighting over who has more HD channels, with the grand total being in the 35-40 channel range.

Predictions:

  • BluRay and HD DVDs will finally hit the market with much fanfare, but at a very steep price. While the early adopters will all grab on to a format, most consumers will ignore this until there is more HD content available.

2007:

March 9, 2007 – Podcast #152 – Setting up a do-it-yourself video Server and home entertainment network based around the Mac Mini.

Predictions:

  • DIRECTV Will Become the HDTV Leader.
  • Several Basic Cable Channels Will Go HDTV In Mid-Year

HT Guys Predictions:

  1. HDTV adoption will skyrocket.
  2. HDTV content will boom (We will see at least 15 new national HDTV channels by the end of 2007)
  3. 50″ HDTVs will be under $1000
  4. The Next generation format war will drag on for one more year.
  5. HD downloads and VOD will take off
  6. Wireless technology will start to make its way into the living room.
  7. Apple computer will enter the world of HD

Cost of HDTVs

  • Tube (CRT): $500 – $1000 for 30” – 34”
  • Flat Panel: $1500 – $2500 for 37” – 42”
  • Projection: $1000 – $2000 for 40” – 50”

Cost of Blu-ray

  • The newest high definition DVD players can cost more than $1000. High definition DVDs cost $25 and up.

HD Guru writes a story about Your New Disposable Flat Panel TV

Polaroid’s HDTVs, which sell mainly through Circuit City, would seem to be bargain-priced compared to the “name brand” competitors. Polaroid’s 1080p 42” LCD Model number PLD 4241TLXB, for example, sells for $1149.99 at Circuit City, while Toshiba’s 42HL167 goes for $1699.99.

The Polaroid set seems like a good deal until you find out what the Circuit City and Polaroid websites fail to disclose, which is that Polaroid HDTVs cannot be repaired after the warranty period expires!

2008:

January 22, 2008 – Podcast #243 – The Death of Rear Projection TVs: We witnessed the death of CRT a few years ago when we searched high and low all over the CES show floor for somebody showing anything resembling a tube TV and came up empty. This year, if you don’t count the Texas Instruments DLP booth, we saw only three rear projection sets at the entire show.

August 5, 2008 – Podcast #299 – Good news for Blu-ray early adopters, so far BD-Live is pointless — Guess what? BD-Live is still pointless in 2011!

Predictions:

  • HDTV ‘Arms Race’ Between Cable & Satellite Will Escalate
  • Local HD News Becomes Ratings Weapon
  • Peace Comes to the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD War

HT Guys Predictions

  1. HD-DVD and Blu-ray will not unify.
  2. Microsoft will make a huge push into the living room.
  3. Stand-alone Blu-ray player prices fall.
  4. VUDU will gain momentum and make big strides in 2008.
  5. Portable HD-DVD players hit the market.
  6. Apple will redo the Apple TV as a true media center device.
  7. Wireless HDMI will come to market.
  8. LCD HDTV sales will skyrocket.
  9. Reality shows will go high def.
  10. HDMI-CEC will take hold.

Black Friday Predictions:

  • Blu-ray player for the low, low price of $149
  • Blu-ray player and movies bundle for $199
  • Blu-ray movies for $9.99
  • 46 inch to 47 inch 1080p LCD for $799
  • 52 inch 1080p LCD for $1,199
  • 50 inch 720p plasma for $699

2009:

  • Sharp AQUOS DX first and probably last LCD TV with built in Blu-ray player
  • CNET calls Pioneer Kuro Elite Best flat panel TV ever!

The “biggest change to television broadcasting since the advent of color” was set to occur on Tuesday, February 17, when all broadcasters would start sending a digital signal and cut off their analog transmissions.  This date was postponed to June 12 and became the biggest non-event since Y2K.

Ara’s Predictions

  1. Netbooks will become popular as portable A/V devices
  2. Movie Download services will Blossom
  3. Blu Ray Movie Prices will be on par with their DVD counterparts
  4. Digital Transition will go smoothly
  5. DirecTV and/or Dish Network will start transmitting Dolby Digital Plus Audio Tracks on some channels

Braden’s Predictions

  1. New release downloads will go “all you can eat”
  2. Portable Blu-ray players will hit the shelves
  3. A true iPhone alternative will emerge
  4. Blu-ray prices will fall to be the same as DVD
  5. Something really exciting will happen in TV technology

2010:

  • Fifty-inch HDTVs for as little as $550? 32-inch LCD HDTVs for under $200? Blu-ray players for $70 or less?
  • 3D TVs start rolling out.
  • Between 8 and 9 million Blu-ray players are sold in 2010
  • 42 inch Panasonic Plasma was available for $300 during Black Friday Sales

The HT Guys and Dolby “Ultimate Home Entertainment” contest wrapped up in December.  The video submissions were awesome and the winner stills makes us laugh.

Ara’s Predictions

  1. Apple will change the TV industry
  2. 3D Will be Forced Upon All of Us
  3. OLED will break the 11 inch barrier for a commercially available model
  4. Plasma will hold on to market share if not get a little stronger

Braden’s Predictions

  1. Netflix will make some new releases available via streaming
  2. Blockbuster will make the transition to kiosk
  3. High Definition streaming will become a reality
  4. 3D in the home will flop
  5. 4K TV will emerge as the “next big thing”

2011:

  • stay tuned!

Download Episode #500


Posted by The HT Guys, October 13, 2011 10:30 PM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.