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HDTV Almanac - Epson HD Projector with DVD

By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2010, 1:00pm

Epson has announced the new MovieMate 85HD, a 720p high definition projector that also includes a DVD player. This gives you a complete home entertainment system in a single unit. The projector uses three LCD panels, and is rated at 2,500 lumens for a bright image.
The projector does not have a tuner, but you can [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #438: Crestron

By The HT Guys • Aug 13 2010, 5:53am

In the continuation of our ongoing series on home automation we discuss Crestron. Perhaps the biggest name in home automation, Crestron is the standard by which other automation products are measured. Crestron solutions are found in the home, corporations, hospitals, education and more. Like other solutions, Crestron home automation packages give you control over your lighting, climate, and entertainment. Here is a little of what Crestron supports.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #434: Life|ware

By The HT Guys • Jul 16 2010, 5:57am

Today as part of our ongoing series on home automation we discuss Life|ware. Life|ware? is software developed by Exceptional Innovation that allows you to seamlessly merge control of your home along with your world of digital entertainment.

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HDTV Almanac - The Fat Lady is About to Sing

By Alfred Poor • May 11 2010, 1:00pm

You don’t have to spend the weekend in New York City to see live performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Thanks to the Live in HD program, you can watch the performances live in more than 1,200 movie theaters across the country and around the world. In the 2009-2010 season, the series sold more than 2.2 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - HDTVs: Is that Model Available in Mauve?

By Alfred Poor • Mar 30 2010, 1:00pm

Runco continues to be the high-end home entertainment display company that defies gravity and demonstrates that there is still room for an exclusive home theater company. The company has announced a new program called “ColourPallette”, which lets customers order the full line of Runco home theater projectors and flat panel displays in any of 13 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Deathwatch: Blockbuster

By Alfred Poor • Mar 11 2010, 1:00pm

Blockbuster has gone to the top of my list of home entertainment companies that may not be around a year from now. It has already closed more than 500 of its 7,000 stores (including our neighborhood store), and could close another 300 or more this year. It posted a net loss of $558 million for [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Broadcast Battle

By Alfred Poor • Dec 24 2009, 1:00pm

You can’t see them. You can’t hear them. You can’t touch them. Yet they are responsible for an enormous amount of our communication and entertainment. Most people would use the general term “radio waves” to refer to that part of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelengths longer than visible light, but these are also used for [...]

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Hollywood Theaters to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Projectors Across Its Circuit

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 26 2009, 5:28pm

Hollywood Theaters is installing Sony Electronics' 4K digital cinema technology across its circuit. The Portland, Ore.-based exhibitor will begin its digital conversion by equipping 13 of its U.S. locations (167 screens) with Sony® projectors over the next few months.

The 4K roll-out will also include...

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HDTV Almanac - It's Not a TV, But...

By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2009, 1:00pm

Okay, they don’t have tuners. Their Wide VGA (800 by 640 pixel) screen is not HDTV resolution. But the new DreamScreens from HP fill an interesting hole in the home entertainment landscape. The HP product manager doesn’t like it when I say it, but these are the next logical step up from an LCD photo [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Video in Your Magazine

By Alfred Poor • Aug 21 2009, 1:00pm

And now for something completely different. When subscribers to “Entertainment Weekly” open up their copies of the September 18 issue (if they live in New York or Los Angeles), they will find an ad from CBS promoting the network’s new lineup for Monday nights this fall. That’s no so amazing, until you find that you [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #381 - Movie Download Roundup

By The HT Guys • Jul 10 2009, 5:53am

There are a few movie download services vying for a spot in your entertainment cabinet. They all have their pros and cons, so we thought we'd look at four of the big dogs to see how they stack up. We chose to look at services that offer both the movies and a piece of home theater equipment to watch them with. There a ton of other options if you want to connect a computer to your TV, but since most people aren't doing that, we've decided to omit them from the discussion.

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HDTV Almanac - Broadband Growing at High Speed

By Alfred Poor • Jul 8 2009, 1:00pm

The communication world is changing rapidly, and this has enormous implications for everything from how we get our news to who pays for our entertainment programming. And key to this change is the growth of broadband Internet connections to the home. Now that we’ve graduated from slow dial-up connections to always-on high-speed broadband over wireless [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Walmart: I Beg to Differ

By Alfred Poor • Jun 24 2009, 1:00pm

TWICE published a story yesterday that quotes an interview with Gary Severson, senior VP/general merchandise manager of Walmart. The whole article is worth a read, but there was one part that leaped out at me.
The Walmart executive, who is not only responsible for CE but also toys and entertainment software, advised suppliers in the audience [...]

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HDTV Almanac - New HDMI Spec on the Way

By Alfred Poor • May 28 2009, 1:00pm

HDMI has become the first choice in making the connection between HDTVs and other components in a home entertainment system; the installed base includes more than a billion connections. The single cable carries video and audio, which helps eliminate the rat’s nest of wires that often accompanies electronic equipment. The high speed digital connection provides [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Really High-Def Cinemas

By Alfred Poor • Apr 7 2009, 1:00pm

There’s an entertainment arms race that’s been underway just about as long as there has been television. The challenge has been for the movies to offer a better experience than you can get in your living room, in order to entice you to part with your cash in order to watch a movie at your [...]

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HDTV Almanac - High-End Home Theater Sales Decline

By Alfred Poor • Feb 6 2009, 2:00pm

A lot of U.S. consumers would balk at spending $5,000 for a home entertainment system. There’s a segment of the market, however, for whom the game doesn’t start until you get up to $50,000. These folks want a home theater system that would rival — or beat — anything you’d find at your local cineplex. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CES 2009: Is That a Projector in Your Pocket?

By Alfred Poor • Jan 13 2009, 2:00pm

Front projectors are big and noisy and heavy and they put you right to sleep with then conference lights dim and the first PowerPoint slide appears on the screen. Right? Well, front projectors are poised to make a huge impact on both the business and entertainment segments with the new pico projectors. These tiny devices [...]

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HDTV Almanac - More on Broadcast 3D

By Alfred Poor • Dec 4 2008, 2:00pm

It has been widely reported that Fox announced plans to broadcast the college football BCS championship game in 3D at select movie theaters in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. The plans were announced this week by Fox Sports CEO David Hill at the 3-D Entertainment Summit.
Perhaps more important were the comments made by Hill [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Seniors to Get DTV Help

By Alfred Poor • Nov 24 2008, 2:00pm

As I’ve mentioned here frequently, the elderly are one major segment of the US population who are most likely to be adversely affected by the upcoming transition to digital television broadcasts. They are least likely to be technology-savvy, and most likely to depend on television broadcasts for their entertainment and information. Add the fact that [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Shop for Tunes on YouTube

By Alfred Poor • Oct 15 2008, 1:00pm

One of my favorite refrains is “Who will pay for video entertainment on the Web?” I’ve accused the various publishers of throwing spaghetti on the walls of cyberspace to see what sticks. Well, look out because here comes another flung strand of pasta.
In a blog entry last week, Google announced “Today, we’re taking our first [...]