By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2015, 6:17am
In the transition from High Definition Television to Ultra High Definition TV, we’ve seen the acronym dictionary go from bad to worse.
On the good side, HDTV was multiple video resolutions and display formats, like 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, while UHD is essentially just one.
Some call it 4K, some call it UHD, some call it 2160p, but it all really boils down to the same thing for the TVs we’ll buy as consumers - 4 times the resolution of 1080p.
By The HT Guys • May 2 2014, 8:13am
We recently reviewed the NuForce AVP-18 all-digital HT dedicated preamp/processor (MSRP $1095) paired with the NuForce MCA-20 multi-channel amplifier (MSRP $1995).
Our goal was to compare the performance of separates with the performance of a high quality AVR to see how they'd stack up.
We used to hold the position that for just about everyone, the AVR would be more than good enough...
By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:41pm
A lot of the display-related excitement at January’s CES 2014 related to 4K, multi-touch panels, and gesture-related system control.
A month later, and those same technologies were being featured in digital signage at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), also in Las Vegas.
It’s impressive how quickly 4K migrated from television to signage.
LG’s 105-inch Ultra […]
By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:29pm
After the close of Digital Signage Expo, my colleague Steve Sechrist and I had a dinner of expensive (but excellent) Las Vegas hamburgers and talked as we wandered around the Forum Shops.
We wound up at the Sony Store, nearly deserted late on a Thursday evening in early February.
We had leisurely conversations with the […]
By Pete Putman • Feb 20 2014, 8:00pm
I'm writing this while sitting in the third day of the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, which is one of the top technology conferences anywhere and which attracted well over 500 attendees this year to the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort in the Palm Springs area.
I've been attending the Retreat since 2002, and it […]
By Pete Putman • Feb 10 2014, 9:24pm
During winter storms, the terrestrial 'one serving many' digital TV broadcast model continues to chug along reliably, providing timely news and weather updates and helping us feel like we're not cut off from the rest of the world.
By The HT Guys • Jan 17 2014, 7:38am
CES has come and gone so today we talk about what others have deemed 'Best'.
We rundown winners (home theater related) from the Digital Trends, Engadget, and CES Innovations.
Follow the links for the complete list.
By Pete Putman • Dec 27 2013, 5:10pm
For those of us who focus on trends in display technology, trends in digital photography seem to be happening in another, parallel universe.
Yet, what happens in that universe has a very real impact in ours.
For the third year in a row, shipments and sales of digital cameras have declined worldwide — and the […]
By Pete Putman • Aug 9 2013, 3:11pm
Here's the latest Home Entertainment Report from the Digital Entertainment Group.
And it shows that the trend away from physical media to downloads and streaming is gaining strength.
By Ken Werner • Jun 21 2013, 10:45pm
At Pepcom’s Digital Experience event, held last night (June 20, 2013) at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, Marseille Networks introduced the VTV-122X family of video processing chips, which up-converts SD and HD 2D video to 4K resolution, and up-converts 3D video from legacy HDMI sources to 1080p.
Both Marseille and Technicolor, whose booth Marseille [...]
By Ken Werner • Jun 2 2013, 11:58pm
Manufacturers of large display panels don’t make much — or any — money on panels for television, so the rapidly growing market for digital signage is a bright spot.
SID Display Week — held May 19-24, 2013 in Vancouver, B.C.
— is a display technology show that is not known for a focus on digital signage, [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 25 2013, 11:27pm
HDTVexpert tests yet another box full of indoor digital TV antennas.
Read on to see which ones performed best!
By The HT Guys • Mar 15 2013, 7:09am
Media players have become the bridge to all our content.
Whether that content is located in the cloud or on a server somewhere on your local network, these media players turn the digital bits into hours of multimedia enjoyment.
We've looked a few devices over the years and they keep getting better and better.
The WD TV Play is the latest one we look at and at $70 (Buy Now) its priced in about the middle of the pack.
By Ken Werner • Mar 5 2013, 3:39am
Digital Signage Expo (DSE), running from February 26 to 28 this year in Las Vegas, had 22% more exhibitors this year than last, but the growth felt larger than that and the high energy level was palpable.
Exhibitors I questioned were pleased with their booth traffic, with some “complaining” of being too busy.
One exhibitor [...]
By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 8:35am
Inspired by an article of the same title written by Benj Edwards posted at TechHive.com, the HT Guys decided to do a little look back on the digital format that changed the music industry, and set the stage for other formats that would change the movie industry as well.
We knew back when it came out that the CD was going to be huge, we probably couldn't have guessed just how huge.
By Pete Putman • Aug 3 2012, 8:04pm
In a recent report, Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) tries hard to make the case that cord-cutting is not hurting the pay-TV market.
The company directs its report, 'North America Digital Television Forecast: 1H'12,' at the digital part of the market, and forecasts that digital subscriptions will increase from 114M in 2011 to 129M in 2016, for [...]
By Pete Putman • Aug 1 2012, 12:46am
Time for one more road trip to finish off an in-depth test of indoor DTV antennas.
You may be surprised at the results!
By The HT Guys • Jul 20 2012, 7:29am
There was a disturbance in the HT Guys force after our initial revue of the DTV Green Dish, a.k.a Dishtenna so we decided to post a little bit of an update to the original review.
We also discuss four very highly rated HDTVs you should consider if you're looking to buy a new one and ten technology trends that may change the way you live.
By The HT Guys • Jul 13 2012, 5:35am
The best way to cut the cord without giving up TV is to go the old fashioned route, put up an antenna and watch all the HDTV you want absolutely free.
It's amazing that the signals are still floating across the air free of charge, but they are.
But what do you do if you're too far away from the local broadcast tower to actually receive very many channels, if any? You may want to give the new DTV Green Dish, aka Dishtenna a try.
By Pete Putman • Jul 12 2012, 9:58pm
A court ruling means that Aereo can continue to provide over-the-air digital TV signals from New York City through Internet connections to subscribersâ?¦for nowâ?¦