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HDTV Expert - Are Pro Sports Leagues Killing The Golden Goose?

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 9:50pm

Are the rights for sports programming getting too expensive for everybody?

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HDTV Almanac - $4 Billion for Five Rings

By Alfred Poor • Jun 10 2011, 1:00pm

NBC has become known for its television coverage of the Olympics; the network has had the U.S rights every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Olympics since 2002. When the next four events came up for bid — 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 – a lot had changed at the network, however. It had [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Over the Air?

By Alfred Poor • May 13 2011, 1:00pm

ATSC stands for Advanced Television Systems Committee, and about 20 years ago, this group developed the standard that became the basis for our digital terrestrial TV broadcasts. (Remember all that confusion about the digital transition two years ago?) The standard is due for updating, and the group has been hard at work on ATSC 2.0 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Blu-ray Gets IP Clearinghouse

By Alfred Poor • May 6 2011, 1:00pm

Do you have an idea about how to make an insanely great Blu-ray player, or maybe something new that includes a Blu-ray player, such as an an ultimate mult-media bicycle? Before you go into production, make sure that you have all the necessary rights to build it. This means getting licenses for all the various [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Dominates Digital Downloads

By Alfred Poor • Mar 16 2011, 1:00pm

Market-tracking firm NPD has issued a press release on digital video based on its VideoWatch Digital service. One of the interesting results is that digital video — either downloaded or streamed — now accounts for one quarter of all video watched at home. That’s a pretty stunning share of the total.
Even more stunning are the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Limits Access to DVD Queue

By Alfred Poor • Jan 18 2011, 1:00pm

Bottom line: Netflix really wants out of the physical DVD business. And the company is doing its best to hasten its exit.
It has been widely reported that the company’s director of product management, Jamie Odell, announced that subscribers will no longer be able to add DVD titles to their queue using network media players, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2011: More Choices for Hurricane Kits

By Alfred Poor • Jan 13 2011, 1:00pm

Back when the digital transition was pending, I raised the question of battery-powered portable televisions for use in emergencies. The old analog sets that people had stored in their hurricane kits no longer work with the digital signals. At first, there were few choices.
Now the market has responded and you’ve got more choices than in [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Rovi to Acquire Sonic Solutions

By Alfred Poor • Dec 27 2010, 1:00pm

The story broke last week that Rovi will acquire Sonic Solutions for more than $700 million. And you are probably saying, “Who cares?”
It helps to know who these two companies are. Rovi used to be called Macrovision, and they are responsible for the copy protection schemes that prevent you from copying (or at least make [...]

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HDTV Almanac - FLO TV Spectrum Sold

By Alfred Poor • Dec 21 2010, 1:00pm

Qualcomm will sell its nationwide licenses for the 700 MHz broadcast spectrum as it pulls the plug on its FLO TV mobile television service. AT&T will pay nearly $2 billion for the rights to these radio waves. Along with this announcement came the news that Qualcomm will shut down the mobile television services that it [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Blockbuster Rolls “11″

By Alfred Poor • Sep 23 2010, 1:00pm

Is anyone surprised by this morning’s news that Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection? It has been rumored and discussed for months (years?). Squeezed hard by Netflix’s mail service and the Redbox kiosks, it has become increasingly difficult for Blockbuster to compete in the movie rental business with their traditional brick-and-mortar approach. As [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Digital TV Transition: It’s Not Over Yet

By Alfred Poor • Sep 21 2010, 1:00pm

On June 19, 2009, all major terrestrial television broadcasters were required to switch from analog to digital transmissions (though many had already made the switch by that point). People scrambled to get their rebate coupons from the FCC for digital conversion boxes, and there was more than a bit of grumbling when people discovered that [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDCP Code Cracked

By Alfred Poor • Sep 16 2010, 1:00pm

FOX News has reported confirmation by Intel that the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) code has been cracked. This code is designed to protect digital content such as high-definition Blu-ray movies, so that digitally-identical copies cannot be made from a commercial disc. The HDMI digital connections include HDCP support, for example.
According to the reports, this [...]

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HDTV Expert - Digital Downloads: The Great Gold Rush of ‘10

By Pete Putman • Aug 18 2010, 2:31pm

Best Buy announced recently it would make certain movies available for 99 cents per viewing through its Cinema Now digital download service.

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HDTV Expert - Fujifilm Debuts its Newset FinePix REAL 3D Digital Camcorder

By Pete Putman • Aug 18 2010, 2:18pm

According to Fujifilm representatives, this is the world’s first 3D digital camera that also records HD 3D clips.

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HDTV Expert - HBO, Showtime…and Netflix?

By Pete Putman • Aug 10 2010, 3:19pm

Epix and Netflix are close to signing a deal that would give the latter company exclusive online rights to films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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HDTV Expert - 2010 CEA Line Shows and Summer Digital Experience: A recap

By Pete Putman • Jun 24 2010, 4:31pm

The Line Shows weren’t quite as interesting as Digital Experience, but there were a few gems to be found here and there.

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HDTV Almanac - Apple Reveals iPhone 4G

By Alfred Poor • Jun 8 2010, 1:00pm

Yesterday, Apple announced a new digital camcorder that can take 720p high definition movies. The camera does not accept memory cards, but comes in 16 GB and 32 GB versions. It also serves double duty as a still digital camera, including flash and 5 megapixel resolution. It has an LCD viewing panel that is only [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Mobile DTV Test Launched in D.C.

By Alfred Poor • Jun 3 2010, 1:00pm

Late last month, the Mobile Digital Television Consumer Showcase kicked off in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This four month experiment by local television broadcasters is intended to introduce consumers (as well as federal lawmakers and administration officials) to the benefits and convenience of Mobile Digital Television (Mobile DTV).
Nine metropolitan stations are broadcasting more than [...]

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HDTV Almanac - FCC Orders Remote Kill Switch

By Alfred Poor • May 17 2010, 1:00pm

In an order last week, the FCC granted a limited authority to cable and satellite services that allows them to selectively disable ports on your set top box. This order grew out of an original petition by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 2008. The FCC prohibited the use of “selectable output control” [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #416: Cryptography, DRM and You

By The HT Guys • Mar 12 2010, 8:07am

We talk about DRM quite often. Technically it stands for Digital Rights Management, but we did have a listener recommend we try to change that to Digitally Restricted Media. The point of DRM is to protect digital media files from piracy. The actual result of DRM is a lot of frustration for those who just want to watch movies and listen to music.