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.
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.
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.
March 9, 2007 – Podcast #152 – Setting up a do-it-yourself video Server and home entertainment network based around the Mac Mini.
HT Guys Predictions:
Cost of HDTVs
Cost of Blu-ray
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!
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!
HT Guys Predictions
Black Friday Predictions:
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.
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.
Posted by The HT Guys, October 13, 2011 10:30 PM
About The HT GuysThe 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.