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HDTV Almanac - Smack-Down for Aereo?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 7 2012, 1:00pm

I recently wrote about the new Aereo service scheduled to launch in New York City this month. Other systems that have tried to provide broadcast content over the Internet have been smacked down in the courts, but Aereo and its backers believe that it has a model that will hold up to challenges. And it [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #518: Cord Cutting – A Financial Analysis

By The HT Guys • Feb 17 2012, 7:18am

Cord cutting has been in the news quite a bit lately. A week doesn't go by when we don't receive an email from a listener telling us about how they have cut the cord and couldn't be happier. Every email prompts us to consider a life without cable bills but inevitably there is something that keeps us from taking the plunge. A recent email from Van in Odenton Maryland got us thinking. Could we combine OTA with a Tivo Box and iTunes and a AppleTV and essentially eliminate our Pay TV bill altogether? For this paper study we will use Ara's TV usage as the base.

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HDTV Almanac - Shed Some Light on Sports Blackouts

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2012, 1:00pm

Last Thanksgiving weekend, the NFL Cleveland Browns travelled in-state to play the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was not a sell-out, and under FCC rules, the Bengals exercised their option to blackout the over-the-air broadcast of the game on local television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lexington. This decision raised the ire of thousands of Bengal [...]

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HDTV Almanac - How Much Time-Shifting Do We Really Do?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2012, 1:00pm

The good old VHS recorder started something that Tivo took to a higher level, and the result has shaken the video broadcast industry to its very foundations.
Or has it?
Conventional wisdom says that U.S. television viewing households hate commercials. It says that they use digital video recorders (DVRs) so that they can skip over the advertisements. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - The World Watches Less TV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 17 2012, 1:00pm

Brace yourself. According to a new report by Accenture, the number of consumers watching broadcast or cable TV in 2011 in an average week was just 48%. That number is down from 71% just two years earlier in 2009. (The survey includes an international sample, drawing data from the United States, France, Japan, China, and [...]

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Super-Flat Indoor TV Antennas – Do They Really Work?

By Pete Putman • Jan 4 2012, 1:03am

With the growing interest in 'cutting the cord,' finding an indoor TV antenna that actually works is not an easy job.

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HDTV Expert - Put Up, Or Shut Up

By Pete Putman • Nov 7 2011, 6:43pm

The Consumer Electronics Association continues to push the notion of a wireless spectrum crisis, but isn't providing any detailed facts and/or research to support their claim.

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HDTV Expert - Biting The Hand That Feeds You

By Pete Putman • Oct 28 2011, 8:10pm

According to antenna manufacturer Mohu, Time Warner Cable won't carry its advertisement for the Mohu leaf antenna. Gee, I wonder whyâ?¦..

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HDTV Almanac - DISH on the Road

By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2011, 1:00pm

Satellite TV subscriptions are great, especially if you live out past where the sidewalks end, beyond the reach of cable services. But it’s not so great when you want to go somewhere else. You can’t exactly bring down your dish antenna and take it with you. At least you couldn’t until now. DISH Network is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Bye-Bye Channel 51?

By Alfred Poor • Aug 29 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, the FCC announced a procedural decision to freeze all pending applications for new low-power or full-power television broadcast stations on channel 51. The announcement also permits any of these pending applications to be modified within the next 60 days to request assignment to a lower channel.
Any discussion of television channels is complicated by [...]

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HDTV Almanac - NFL on PS3: It’s More than Just Madden

By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, here’s how I see it. Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors. All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites. But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #489: MOHU Paper Thin HDTV Antenna

By The HT Guys • Jul 29 2011, 6:58am

We've been talking about cutting the cord quite a bit lately. One of the primary components required is a TV antenna so you can pick up all the free digital goodness flying through the airways. If you are those lucky enough to live within 30 miles of your TV Transmitters then we have discovered probably the best thing you'll ever plug into your HDTV. Its the paper thin HDTV antenna made by MOHU and it goes for $44 (Buy Now) and its made in the USA.

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HDTV Expert - To the Federal Communications Commission: STOP! Enough, already!

By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2011, 4:09pm

The FCC, once a respected arbiter of the nation's spectrum, has become little more than a pawn of the CTIA - The Wireless Association and apparently wants to do away with free digital TV and HDTV.

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HDTV Almanac - Zediva: Rent-a-DVD-Player Service under Fire

By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2011, 1:00pm

If you haven’t heard about Zediva yet, you may want to check it out quickly. Like iviTV and FilmOn, this company thinks that it has figured out a way to game the system to provide video content over the Internet. Where iviTV and FilmOn provided broadcast television programming, however, Zediva is renting DVD movies.
The wrinkle [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Dyle-ing Mobile TV with a New Brand

By Alfred Poor • Jul 20 2011, 1:00pm

New wine in a new bottle, already. Mobile DTV was the name for the broadcast television for mobile devices that has started to roll out in markets across the country. There aren’t many devices available yet that can receive these signals, but the industry hopes that it will be supported by a wide range of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Closed-Captions Coming to the Internet

By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2011, 1:00pm

With all the interest and excitement about streaming video over the Internet, one detail is often overlooked. Some individuals with disabilities — particularly those with limited hearing – are closed out from this video content because it does not include closed captioning. Broadcast television provides it and most movie DVDs offer English sub-titles, but not [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Is Broadcast TV Going Away?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 23 2011, 1:00pm

I mentioned topic this in passing during my discussion of the dustup over wireless broadband vs. GPS, but I think the time has come to officially recognize this as a subject of interest.
Here’s the situation as I see it in a nutshell. Some 8% to 15% of the U.S. population relies on the free terrestrial [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #483: Over the Air TV Signals – Are They Still Needed?

By The HT Guys • Jun 17 2011, 5:05am

On the last two shows we discussed an initiative by the Consumer Electronics Association to eliminate over the air (OTA) broadcasts of television signals. In CEAs findings they stated that only 8% of the US population receives their signals through the air. We feel that this number is artificially stated as low. The survey polled 1,256 adults but it did not say where the respondents were located. If the survey was done in rural communities that number may be as high as 25%.

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HDTV Almanac - Here We Go Again: Broadcast TV on the Internet

By Alfred Poor • Jun 7 2011, 1:00pm

I think I’ve seen this movie before; it’s the one where a company thinks it has a legal way to capture over-the-air broadcast signals and then make them available to customers to stream the live content over the Internet. This story ended badly for Ivi and FilmOn within the past year, but here comes another [...]

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HDTV Almanac - What the BLEEP Did He Say?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2011, 1:00pm

Call me old fashioned, but I’m still amazed at what can pass as acceptable content for broadcast television these days. I’m not saying that I think Rob and Laura Petrie should still be sleeping in seperate twin beds, but there’s some pretty steamy dialog and scenes that occurs even in the “family hour” of 8 [...]