By Alfred Poor • Dec 4 2009, 1:00pm
One detail that came up in the dust-up over the California Energy Commission’s new requirements that limit the energy consumption of flat panel TVs is that some existing models already meet the more stringent 2013 limits.
And according to DisplaySearch, all but one of these low-power HDTVs were LCDs with LED backlights.
LEDs are more efficient [...]
By Richard Fisher • Dec 1 2009, 5:56pm
The change in LCD display cabinet finishes along with the new LED lighting system was the game changing highlight of the show for me!
Regardless of manufacturer or backlighting technology, it appeared all LCDs displays received a facelift in the form of a new shiny glass-like screen throwing out the anti-glare screens of the past.
It’s some form of Plexiglas along with an added optical coating to improve contrast and naturally it works quite well.
Gone are the days of SSE (Silk Screen Effect) that we have been seeing on micro-display rear projection and LCD flat panels.
My first newbie question upon my first arrival at a manufacturer’s booth was...
By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 21 2009, 1:33am
3M’S Optical Systems Division today announced that it has launched a consumer awareness campaign in an effort to raise awareness of household TV energy consumption and what to consider when purchasing an energy efficient TV.
Specifically, the company is hoping to provide valuable information to consumers through the media to educate the public about energy efficient TVs and the issues surrounding TV power consumption in the home.
As TV sizes get larger and consumers watch more television, energy consumption in these household fixtures has increased dramatically.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 19 2009, 1:00pm
Yesterday, the California Energy Commission (CEC) made it official, and unanimously adopted new energy requirements for televisions sold in the state.
It sets electricity consumption limits for sets up to 58″ diagonal.
The first level takes effect January 2011, at which time one source indicates a 42″ must not consumer more than 183 watts.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2009, 1:00pm
The HDTV world is flat and turning green.
Plasma and LCD panels dominate, and now manufacturers are fighting over who can make the most environmentally-friendly televisions (since there are relatively few other meaningful differences among their features).
And one of the key focal points for these efforts is to use less power.
The good news [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 21 2009, 1:00pm
It used to be that a 35″ TV was about as big as you’d get for home use.
Now many people are buying rear-projection and flat panel displays that are much larger, and there are concerns that these sets are more power hungry than the TVs that they replace.
As is often the case, California [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 16 2009, 1:01am
Today, during a series of events held at local TV retail stores in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco, Californians for Smart Energy released the findings of a new statewide poll that found that 57 percent of Californian's oppose the California Energy Commission's (CEC's) proposal to regulate television electricity usage.
Conducted by Zogby International (see memo at: http://casmartenergy.com/in-the-news.php), other key findings included...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 11:44am
(NYSE:MOT) , today announced the latest additions to its Home & Networks Mobility business' VIP series IPTV set-top portfolio, introduced to help service providers and consumers lower their carbon footprint.
The flexible high definition (HD) set-tops are compliant with new US and EU initiatives for low-power consumption devices in the home, featuring next-generation power management capabilities for lower energy consumption.
In addition to delivering high-quality digital video products...
By Alfred Poor • Jun 5 2009, 1:00pm
“Tim the Toolman” may have only wanted more power, but for HDTV fanatics, what we really want is more color.
An extended color performance allows sets to provide more lifelike hues and create a wider range of shades of color.
But almost all LCD HDTVs are limited to the red, green, and blue light produced [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 14 2009, 4:42pm
Panasonic Corporation of North America, a market and technology leader in High Definition consumer and digital electronics products, announced today a major expansion of its Nationwide Recycling Program.
The expansion will initially add more than 30 drop-off sites to Panasonic's Nationwide Recycling Program in the Southeastern United States including...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 16 2009, 2:00pm
After I had sat through my fourth consecutive manufacturer’s press conference at CES 2009, I started making the shorthand notation in my notes: OGS (Obligatory Green Speech).
As I predicted last year, the environmentally friendly position gave a company an advantage last year, but it has become required just to stay competitive this year.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 7 2008, 1:00pm
Back in January, I singled out “green” issues as one of the key themes of the CES 2008 conference.
I was focused on the environmental issues — power consumption, hazardous materials, manufacturing pollution — but the power consumption issue seems to have taken the spotlight as consumers are also more conscious about saving “green” on [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 31 2008, 1:00pm
EnergyStar is the joint project by U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Energy that is designed to help consumers identifiy energy-efficient products before they make a buying decision.
The problem of rating flat panel televisions is that it is a moving target.
The average screen size is a lot larger than it [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 7 2008, 1:00pm
Q: Some weeks ago, I heard you mention thedifference in power consumption between LCD and plasma televisions on The Personal Computer Show.
I have found that Crutchfield provides a comparison option which includes their own testing of TVs.
When you have some time, could you compare the four 46″ models I have listed below, using [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 8 2008, 1:00pm
QPC Lasers, Inc.
announced last week that the company has received a contract for $3.5 million for red, green, and blue lasers to be used in a 3D projector system.
This is in addition to the $12 million contract to produce lasers for Laser TVs that was announced last December.
These are certainly some impressive [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2008, 1:00pm
Mitsubishi has announced that it will ship a 65″ LaserVue laser TV starting in the third quarter of this year, with a 73″ model to follow.
Now, the third quarter officially starts on Tuesday and ends on September 30th, but I’ll be stunned if we see any shipments before Labor Day.
This does imply that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 9 2008, 1:00pm
Almost all LCD HDTVs use fluorescent lights behind the the LCD panel to provide a backlight.
This is a relatively inexpensive solution, but has a number of shortcomings, not the least of which is the reliance on mercury that is an environmental hazard, which in turn makes it difficult to dispose of and recycle the [...]
By The HT Guys • Jun 3 2008, 7:50pm
Today we got into a discussion on a recent article from the CE Pro Magazine website.
It's about 17 "green" products installers can use to make their custom home theater or automation installations more eco-friendly.
We thought some of the products were pretty cool.
You can read the full article online.
And you really need to check out "The Ultimate Remote" if you haven't already.
It might give the Harmony One a run for its money.
By Alfred Poor • May 21 2008, 1:00pm
According to Paul Drzaic, President of the Society for Information Display (SID), consumers worldwide use tens of terrawatt hours of electricity each year, just to watch television (citing information from the Consumer Electronics Association in a free report).
That’s an enormous number, and if we can get each set to save only a little more [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 2:03am
The LCD TV Association, a global, not-for-profit, marketing trade association formed to help the entire LCD supply chain, retail channel and consumers, recently launched its GreenTV logo program to help focus LCD TV manufacturers and brands on reducing the power consumption of LCD TVs and raising consumer awareness.
The first step in the LCD TV Association's GreenTV Program is to work with major TV vendors to implement and promote...