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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Wall-Mounted DTV Antennas Revisited

By Pete Putman • May 29 2012, 11:49pm

A re-test of Winegard's FlatWave antenna, combined with a newcomer (Antennas Direct Micron XG) = another visit to Turner Engineering!

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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HDTV Expert - Useful Gadgets: Wall-Mounted Indoor DTV Antennas

By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2012, 4:47pm

It seems like everyone's got one these days. Do they really work? Are there any differences between models? You may be surprised at my test results.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #525: Acer H6500 DLP projector

By The HT Guys • Apr 6 2012, 6:24am

When we started the podcast back in 2005, CRT projectors dominated home theater. As great as they looked, they were big, expensive and required routine maintenance to keep them in top form. Today there are a wide variety of digital options that are both inexpensive and very easy to install and maintain. One option for those interested in trying out a 100' or 120' TV in their home theater is the Acer H6500 DLP projector.

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HDTV Expert - Ken Werner at Digital Signge Expo 2012

By Pete Putman • Feb 22 2012, 8:17pm

Ken will be attending DSE in Las Vegas on March 7-8, 2012.

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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 - Another Passive 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • Jan 20 2012, 1:00pm

At CES 2012, Western Digital joined the ranks of manufacturers offering passive 3DTV technology, along with LG, Vizio, Panasonic, and Toshiba. The company announced that it plans to ship the 47″ W47S2TCD later this spring with a list price of $899, including four pairs of glasses. This means that this technology will now be available [...]

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HDTV Expert - Goodbye, Free Cable TV

By Pete Putman • Nov 30 2011, 1:06am

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow all cable system operators to encrypt every digital channel on a system — including free, over-the-air channels.

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HDTV Expert - Attention, All Cord-Cutters!

By Pete Putman • Sep 15 2011, 7:45pm

Want TiVo-like functionality in a dual DVR for terrestrial DTV only? Channel Master's got the ticket.

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HDTV Expert - Made For Each Other

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 10:27pm

TiVo and digital terrestrial TV, that is!

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HDTV Almanac - Westinghouse Lowers LED LCD HDTV Prices

By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2011, 1:00pm

You can scratch off another “premium” feature that no longer carries a premium price. According to the company’s press release, Westinghouse Digital has announced that it is shipping LCD HDTVs with LED backlights at prices that challenge the traditionally less-expensive cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight designs. Its 40″ LD-4070Z is on sale online now at [...]

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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 - Useful Gadgets: RCA DMT336R Mobile DTV/ATSC Pocket TV

By Pete Putman • Jul 28 2011, 10:00pm

The DMT336R is just one of many inexpensive pocket digital TVs that RCA is rolling out this summer.

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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 - 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 and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #486: Smell-o-Vision and Streaming Movies

By The HT Guys • Jul 8 2011, 8:15am

For TV manufacturers, the HDTV transition was a huge success. We all went out and bought new televisions, some of us even bought more than one. So far, the push for 3D televisions hasn't been quite as successful. Most of us have decided to sit this one out. So what would it take to get us all to run out and buy a new TV? What if your TV could actually produce the smells you see on screen? That might be a more immersive experience than 3D. Of course, that's a power you don't want falling into the wrong hands...

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HDTV Expert - InfoComm 2011, From The Rear view Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jul 6 2011, 4:26pm

Digital video was big at the show. So were higher brightness projectors, tiled displays, and lower prices!

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV No Longer a Premium

By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2011, 1:00pm

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47″ LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you’d expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The [...]