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HDTV History

From the Archives - The Next Generation of Television

By Dale Cripps • Mar 24 2010, 3:34pm

Those of you who have been long-time readers of HDTV Magazine, know that we've been around since the beginning of the movement, quite literally. I began working with HDTV back in the 80's. We had the first newsletter on HDTV (The HDTV Newsletter) and the first website devoted to HDTV (HDTV Magazine, of course). I have penned many articles in the last 25 years on the subject, many of them "lost" in our archives. Well, it's time to bring them back and give them a permanent home.

The article below was written in 1994. It's quite a trip to read again now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

General Interest

Early HDTV Supporter Dies at 93

By Dale Cripps • May 8 2008, 7:03pm

Frances Cripps died yesterday, May 8th 2008, at high-noon in Corvallis, Oregon. She was 93 years old. She had suffered a long illness.

Why is this news in HDTV Magazine, you should rightly ask? Frances was one of many unsung heroes who played key roles in furthering HDTV. Always far-seeing and an engineer by nature, she...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Wins: A Bittersweet Celebration

By Dale Cripps • Mar 4 2008, 5:15pm

I suppose I should be jubilant with Toshiba's announcement saying the end of the high def DVD format war has come. If you have not yet heard, Toshiba has tossed in the towel on their HD DVD format.

Oddly enough, I am not all that thrilled. It's not that I miss the fist pounding, name calling, and back biting from the combatants, for I don't. My sadness, if it is that, is because both contenders were so well suited for the job they were vying for. It is just unfortunate to me that one had to fail in the public eye. It is, after all, a bit of a public humiliation. Neither candidate deserved that fate, but, then again, the consumers didn't deserve an industry knock down, drag out street fight either! Both formats had elegant-enough technology to support their candidacy. In the end, only the belief that...

Blu-ray

Is It My Choice, or Is It Yours?

By Dale Cripps • Nov 2 2007, 6:31pm

I wrote the piece (below) originally for High-Def.Org Magazine. It concerns the high-definition DVD format war High-Def.Org is a printed monthly magazine read by 20,000 professionals working in television and motion pictures. The article contains a highly personal view (certainly different from my partner Shane's) and one which I ask no one to follow...nor is it some official stand taking by HDTV Magazine. It would be misleading to say, however, that it was written without the hope of being an influence to putting to rest this dual format problem. How it falls is not too much of a concern for me (even if I push one way and it falls back to the other) but to end this "strike" a side must to be taken. I know some of you will think I am blindly biased for the side I did take and far too simplistic in my view while others will say that I finally see the light. The technology and arguments behind either format are challengingly good. But I have been in this predicting business for 25 years ...

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Preparing Consumers for the Digital Television Transition

By Dale Cripps • Jul 30 2007, 9:42pm

"We need to get the digital transition right." _Senator Daniel Inouye


The Senate Commerce Committee on Science and Transportation held yet another hearing last Thursday, (July 26, 2007), on the digital television transition. With only eighteen months remaining until shut off of all analog terrestrial broadcasting (switching to all-digital) there is a frightening recognition that the public has yet to be informed about it. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) opened the hearing with a fist full of "facts".

"Between 15 and 21 million households," he said, "rely exclusively on over-the-air television. Many more have second and third over-the-air sets in their homes. In February 2009, these Americans could see their televisions go dark, disconnecting them from news, public safety announcements, and their community unless they get a converter box and attach it to their television. Yet far too few of these consumers know that the transition ... is underway. "

Inouye ...

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Don't Let Your High Definition Productions Perish Like Figs In The Sun

By Dale Cripps • Apr 20 2007, 3:51am

Depending upon one's loyalty "your side" is winning the high definition DVD race, but it's still a horse race to everyone else.

What is making headway is 1080p-the golden hope of the 80s and 90s has arrived, though not without controversy over its necessity.

Many of you in the professional ranks will say...

Politics & Policy

Coalition Pledges to Alert Consumers About Transition

By Dale Cripps • Feb 28 2007, 11:27pm

The process of educating the public about the shut off of analog television in 2009 has begun in earnest. All analog TV broadcasting from terrestrial towers will come to an abrupt and permanent end on February 17, 2009. At the same time each broadcaster is federally mandated to deliver at least the equivalent digital signal as a replacement for the shut off analog. As you will see from the press release below there are upward of 20 million people who remain entirely dependent upon over-the-air analog television signals. Few of those dependents know anything about the transition. The goal of the coalition is to educate every one who is wholly or partially dependent and insure that they have the physical apparatus needed to receive and decode digital signals-something congress has provisioned for in the form of a converter box subsidy costing one and one half billion dollars.

The Fed's provision for the educational component is a paltry $5,000,000--something you can easily blow before ...

Politics & Policy

DTV Transition Still in a Vacuum

By Dale Cripps • Feb 1 2007, 4:01pm

The following press release contains some disturbing information about the transition to all digital terrestrial TV. There are still far too many over-the-air viewers who know nothing of what is coming upon them (shut off of analog on February 17, 2009). We, who already have these digital services, need to think of how we can individually advance the understanding of the transition to those who still have not a clue. It is important work and we thank you in advance for doing what you can for the cause. The nation needs the spectrum back to be then reissued by the FCC to Homeland Security first responders, among other things. There is a coupon subsidy program for ATSC decoder boxes designed to help those who simply cannot afford to make the transition, so no one is being led into a blind corner. The solutions are there for those dependent upon over-the-air services but the education needed to successfully engage those solutions is not._Dale


APTS Survey Finds Majority of Americ ...

Politics & Policy

Bill Introduced To Ensure Education of Consumers

By Dale Cripps • Jan 23 2007, 1:30am

January 20, 2007 - Alsea, OR -- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) alerted the press today that legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to deal with the educational efforts related to the February 18, 2009 "hard date" shut off of...

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Still a Mystery...

By Dale Cripps • Dec 4 2006, 8:55pm

Still a mystery ...

USA Today said last week that a Frank N. Magid Associates' Report confirmed that consumers are still "confused over what HDTV is and whether it costs extra to get programming" (in the HD format). The study found that 47% of consumers buying an HD set now planned to watch TV programs in HD, versus 63% two years ago. Moreover, 30% of HDTV owners have yet to add HD service through their cable or satellite provider, and those that have, complain that HD stations tend to occupy the farthest reaches of the channel range (Channels 800 and up, etc.).

Commentary ...

The success of DTV has always depended upon a voluntary cooperative between government, consumers, the consumer electronics industry, broadcasters, cablers, satellite operators, and retailing with each faction pulling their own weight at just the right time. If the confusion that is cited in the Magid report is left unchecked...

Is the 800 lb Gorilla Coming?

By Dale Cripps • Oct 9 2006, 6:55pm

Kagan Research recently published their future view of pre-recorded media. They note with certainty that the halcyon days of double digit growth in rentals of DVD disks is over and the luxury of sell-through is past. Kagan characterizes the two high-definition DVD formats (HD DVD and Blu ray) as the only contest in town, but other technologies threaten to zip right past these old dowagers. One might be the likes of holographic technology.

"Holography breaks through the density limits of conventional storage by going beyond recording only on the surface, to recording through the full depth of the medium. Unlike other technologies that record one data bit at a time, holography allows a million bits of data to be written and read in parallel with a single flash of light. This enables transfer rates significantly higher than current optical storage devices." For more information: http://www.inphase-technologies.com/tech ...

Business & Investment

The HDTV Expo Sets Out To Solve Customer Confusion About HDTV

By Dale Cripps • Sep 16 2006, 7:20pm

Dear Readers:

As most know, we have been at the forefront of the HDTV movement for more than 22 years. From the inception it was recognized by me and a slew of others that the end of the transition to digital television would be more difficult than its start. My hope is that our long-standing dedication and attention to this view can now pay dividends. The press release below is being distributed widely. The ambition of the release is to initiate a spirit of unity in a sustained cross-industry supported educational campaign of American consumers about HDTV and the digital transition. I look forward to any comments you may have. By no means have we concluded just how this educational campaign will be fully fleshed out, nor should we be so set at this stage. For now any preconceived notions that go beyond the essential concept should be set aside in order to make room for the most advanced thinking that can be applied to the mission. - Dale Cripps


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Broadcast

Broadcast TV Profitability Still Wows

By Dale Cripps • Sep 7 2006, 11:51pm

Did you ever wonder why fierce battles take place within the broadcast crowd? Does the margin in your business stack up with that of broadcasting?

Yes, the Internet is siphoning away chunks of the free TV audience according to the generally reliable Paul Kagan organization. "Advertising sales in the broadcast network upfront ad sales market fell 0.4% in Spring, the second consecutive annual decline. Despite those woes...

Programming

When Is Network News Coming In HDTV?

By Dale Cripps • Sep 6 2006, 5:31pm

Katie Couric, the $15 million a year news anchor, did her best last night to earn her keep and launch a new era in CBS network news. The reviews for the highly anticipated effort have been decidedly mixed. But how, I ask, could a new era in network news be declared without the addition of HDTV? Why didn't CBS add HDTV to their network news at this most auspicious time?

"My goal," said CBS's Vice President, Advanced Technology/Engineering, Robert Seidel to HDTV Magazine, "has always been ...

General Interest

In The Eye of The Beholder

By Dale Cripps • Jul 11 2006, 5:23pm

One of the more reliable sources in television technology information and history is Mark Schubin. From his perch in New York City this renowned television engineer and historian administers a number of important consulting and advisory assignments here and abroad. His much sought-after views and wisdom can also be found in numerous publications, including his own e-mail distributed "Mark's Monday Memo" (while generally available his "memo" is directed to the professional ranks).

Technology

HD DVD Research Summary

By Dale Cripps • Jul 11 2006, 5:13pm

While all market studies can be skewed to produce a "desired outcome" it does no good to ignore even the most blatant of them. Below is a summary of the latest consumer survey from one of the key market trend spotters in the nation. They say HD DVD is the value winner in the format war between it and Blu-Ray. This report comes on the heals of the formation of the HD DVD Promotion Association, a group vitally interested in the success of the HD DVD format. As a new owner of a true 1080 X 1920 display (Sony's SXRD 60" rear projector) I can attest to the fact that the old DVD format is now past its useful life.

Marketplace

DisplaySearch Reports Global LCD TV Shipments Rise 135% in Q1

By Dale Cripps • May 25 2006, 12:25am

DisplaySearch has released Q1'06 worldwide LCD TV shipments and revenues by brand, region, size and resolution for over 40 different LCD TV brands as part of its Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.

LCD TV shipments jumped...

Politics & Policy

California Monkey Wrench

By Dale Cripps • Apr 12 2006, 5:49am

I had planned on bringing you the details of the new Mitsubishi line tonight but this story (see below) broke today and it is important enough to preempt the product discussions. I am working on an expanded version of this press release which will be posted on our site tomorrow. The reason that this story is important is not because they consumer electronics industry cannot meet the demands, but the trade offs for doing so can backfire in several ways. First, the people needing these final transition boxes may be unhappy with the performance of lower power schemes and secondly the clock it ticking. It is hard to redesign and bring to market in time to accommodate the February 17, 2009 deadline for bringing an end to analog broadcasting. So, tomorrow, all things willing, I will bring you both my comments and research done on this story and then a discussion of the products from Mitsubishi. _Dale Cripps

Marketplace

It's a Big, Big Mitsubishi World

By Dale Cripps • Apr 11 2006, 1:30am

Mitsubishi Electric Digital Television presented their annual "line show" for the press who cover consumer electronics. The event this year fell on the 7th of April and was held at the elegantly appointed Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort and Conference Center in Orange County, California. It was tough duty but I was there for you! The Mitsubishi dealers gathered the following day for the same presentation.

Our afternoon led off with a brief economic report: "We will end this year with $31 billion in global sales," said Cayce Blanchard, VP of Corporate Communications. "The company," she emphasized," is in good financial health." Indeed, they posted a nifty $819 million net profit (Gee, just inching ahead of HDTV Magazine!!)

Following on the heals of that report a "simulated" broadcast of the new MTV HD channel was cued up-a channel which Mitsubishi is co-sponsoring. It's clearly not your grandfather's TV any more. Nor will pops admit to watching the bare midriff programming. Th ...

Entertainment

Looking Ahead

By Dale Cripps • Mar 25 2006, 6:41am

THAT'S WHEN I DISCOVERED WWW.YOUTUBE.COM

Without notice my HDTV died. What is there to do but turn misfortune into good so I decided that I would bite the bullet and 'YIPPY YAHOOO!' get a new HDTV with all those new goodies, like HDMI (and a bigger screen)and 1080p. I'm excited again!

So, I went shopping ... on the net. I soon tired from the confusions that all consumers now face and for relief punched up the news. After the usual disheartening reports about Iraq I sought refuge and went to www.movies.com to see what was showing locally. Nothing tempted me so I extended my search for some light entertainment on the net.

That's when I discovered www.Youtube.com.

Now we are not talking HDTV here, but the future for HDTV programming is more than likely incubating there. So, it's more than a worthy side trip that I hope you will take with me in this piece.