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Mobile HDTVDigital (DTV) TransitionPC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcast

HDTV Almanac - Mobile DTV Stuck in the Mud?

By Alfred Poor • May 15 2012, 1:00pm

I’ve gone on the record with my pessimism about Mobile DTV, and recent events have done nothing to change my view of the situation. TV Technology recently published an article about a discussion of Mobile TV at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in Washington that confirms my suspicions. Jay Adrick is Vice President for Broadcast [...]

SportsService & RepairSatellite HDTVCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Olympic Online Coverage Will Include Every Event

By Alfred Poor • May 14 2012, 1:00pm

NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online. Well, you probably can. The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC. But if you have a subscription, [...]

Cable HDTVBlu-rayDigital (DTV) TransitionHD DVDPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - DVD and Blu-Ray: Exit Slowly, Stage Left

By Alfred Poor • May 11 2012, 1:00pm

There was a time when DVDs enjoyed the fastest new technology adoption of all time. The transition from the clumsy, snowy VHS tapes to the sleek little polycarbonate discs was driven by the fact that the digital image looked terrific even on standard definition picture tube televisions. And they look even better on flat panel [...]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - What Is a “Direct LED” TV?

By Alfred Poor • May 10 2012, 1:00pm

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new term creeping into the television industry lexicon: Direct LED TVs. And as is so often the case, the new term has created all sorts of new confusion. Here’s a quick overview of what this means. First and foremost, this does not refer to a TV where the image [...]

HTPCs & LaptopsBroadcast

HDTV Almanac - Media Center, We Hardly Knew Ye!

By Alfred Poor • May 9 2012, 1:00pm

Microsoft initially added the Media Center feature to Windows XP. It let you watch broadcast television on your computer, as well as play DVDs, your digitized music collection, and a lot more. It was there in versions of Windows Vista and 7, but according to news reports, it will be MIA in Windows 8. Apparently, [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - The Return of Google TV!

By Alfred Poor • May 8 2012, 1:00pm

According to a Reuters report, LG is going to start shipping televisions based on the Google TV platform before the end of May. Manufacturing of the sets is slated to begin May 17 in Mexico. This is Round 2 for Google TV which drew a lot of interest before it put on the brakes and [...]

Service & RepairInternet HD VideoCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Will Hulu Require a Cable Subscription?

By Alfred Poor • May 7 2012, 1:00pm

Hulu has made some sizeable waves in the television industry pond. The service makes “catch-up” episodes of current television shows available for free; all you have to do is sign up and endure a relatively few commercial interruptions during the show. (The service also has an extensive list of old show episodes and some mediocre [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Look, Ma! No Wires!

By Alfred Poor • May 4 2012, 1:00pm

You’ve got a beautiful, big flat screen television. It’s so thin that you’ve put it on a wall mount and it just seems to float in space. Maybe it will just float away! Wait a minute; no, that can’t happen because it’s tied solidly to the ground by a mass of cables that should be [...]

Internet HD VideoCable HDTVEntertainment

HDTV Almanac - More Streaming Time on U.S. TVs

By Alfred Poor • May 3 2012, 1:00pm

A new white paper from Parks Associates reports on the shifting trends in home entertainment. One of the most telling statistics in this document is that the average broadband user in U.S. households now watches 1.6 hours a weeek of Internet video on their television. Not on their notebook or smartphone or tablet or desktop [...]

Plasma HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Dozen-Foot Diagonal Display

By Alfred Poor • May 2 2012, 1:00pm

Once again, Panasonic has move the goalposts in the “Mine Is Bigger than Yours” contest. The latest is a 145-inch diagonal plasma television; that’s more than 12 feet from corner to corner. According to a news report by Tech-On, the behemoth was a joint effort with NHK (Japan Broadcasting System) and was produced in one [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Pay for Online Purchases with Cash

By Alfred Poor • May 1 2012, 1:00pm

From the What Will They Think of Next Department: Do you enjoy the convenience of shopping in your BVDs at any hour of the day or night, but still feel a little queasy about sharing your credit card information on the Interwebs? Are you the type who thinks that “left pocket, right pocket” is all [...]

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Stations Must Reveal Political Television Ad Data

By Alfred Poor • Apr 30 2012, 1:00pm

Are you curious about how your local television station charges for political advertising? If the FCC has its way, you won’t need to guess much longer. On Friday, the commission passed new rules that require stations to post the information on a public website. At first blush, this may seem to be a strong blow [...]

Internet HD VideoSatellite HDTVGlobal & Worldview

HDTV Almanac - Traffic Jam: Is the Internet Sky Falling?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2012, 1:00pm

An article by Stacey Higginbotham for GigaOM cites a fascinating statistic from the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report. According to last fall’s version of the report, half of all our Internet use is related to video. Netflix and YouTube alone account for more than 37% of the total traffic. And according to the recently released spring update to [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - IKEA Television: What Gives?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2012, 1:00pm

Have you seen the new IKEA Uppleva television? It apparently is designed to make it easy for consumers to choose a new HDTV that fits in with their Scandinavian decor. The set hasn’t been released in this country yet, so we don’t know what the price will be. Without this detail, it’s hard to assess [...]

BroadcastLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Death Spiral for Broadcast TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2012, 1:00pm

Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder. This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than [...]

PC & Laptop TechnologyDigital (DTV) Transition

HDTV Almanac - 2nd Screen Future Is Bright, but Watch Those Shades!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2012, 1:00pm

We’re a society that is joined at the hip to our technology: literally. With smartphones in holsters and ebook readers and tablets in our shoulder bags, we now take our digital connections with us wherever we go. But you may be in for a shock when you try to read your indispensable device when you’re [...]

Blu-rayHTPCs & LaptopsInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - TV Connect Rates Still Growing

By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2012, 1:00pm

According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), 24% of U.S. households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010. By last year, this rose to 30%. LRG’s latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year. The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - It’s NOT a Hologram, Folks!

By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2012, 1:00pm

The legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made an appearance at Coachella in California last weekend, in spite of the fact that he’s been dead for more than 15 years. He performed on stage alongside Snoop Dogg, including a “live” shout-out to the Coachella audience. Putting aside the creepy factor of performing with dead singers, let’s talk [...]

Environment / Green

HDTV Almanac - Consumer Electronic Recycling Increases

By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2012, 1:00pm

On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that participants in the eCycling Leadership Initiative managed to recycle 460 million pounds of consumer electronics in 2011. This number is even more impressive when you consider that this is more than one and a half times the 300 million pounds that was recycled in 2010. Drop-off locations [...]

General Interest

HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Lists Stores to Close

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2012, 1:00pm

Two weeks ago, Best Buy announced that it was planning to close 50 stores as part of its cost-cutting moves designed to help reverse its recent financial losses. Over last weekend, the company released a list of the stores that will close. These stores are expected to close permanently by May 12. This obviously is [...]