By Ed Milbourn • May 31 2011, 2:20pm
I normally don’t write product reviews, so this should not be considered one.
Rather I was more interested in relating my experiences from a consumer standpoint of the viability of ATSC Mobile/Handheld (M/H) service in general and that of a specific category – USB “stick” devices – in particular.
I had seen the various demonstrations of USB M/H devices at CES11 and was frankly unimpressed.
The reception conditions inside the LVCC were hostile to anything “portable” and, therefore, could not adequately replicate reasonable user experiences.
So, the Hauppauge people sent me an aero-m USB stick receiver to field test in anticipated consumer conditions...
By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2011, 1:00pm
At the NAB show last week, RCA demonstrated three new portable LCD TVs.
All run on battery or AC power, and both can pick up standard ATSC digital television broadcast signals.
What makes these two models particularly interesting is that they also can receive the new Mobile DTV signals (that I discussed last week).
Two models [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 15 2011, 4:22am
According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, Mobile Digital Television, or Mobile DTV, will be available in 71 million homes in the US in the next 12 months.
That equates to roughly two-thirds of all US households by this time next year.
With that almost instant market penetration, we’re bound to see some shifts in HDTV, home theater and certainly consumer electronics.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2011, 1:00pm
According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, 76 stations in 32 U.S.
markets are now on the air with Mobile DTV signals that let consumers receive station programming on mobile devices without needing to access the Internet through WiFi or data wireless broadband networks.
According to Anne Schelle, Executive Director of OMVC, “Mobile DTV will reach [...]
By The HT Guys • Mar 11 2011, 5:59am
Portable music players have been around since the 80?s.
Back then it was the Walkman, today its an iPod or a cellphone.
Regardless of what you use to listen to your music on the go you need headphones.
And depending on the quality of how your music is encoded, headphones can have a major impact on what you hear.
Today we are reviewing headphones that are designed with those who demand the highest quality sound in mind, the B&W P5 (Street Price $300)
By The HT Guys • Mar 4 2011, 7:35am
It seems like there was a lot going on in the news this week, so we have a bunch of current events to cover - everything from iPad 2 to AllRovi.com.
Then we go over some tips from an article at Electronic House called Acoustics Matter: Easy Home Theater Audio Tweaks.
The article has some good ideas for how to get the most out of your home theater audio equipment and configuration.
By Alfred Poor • Jan 21 2011, 1:00pm
Do you watch video on your smartphone? The odds are good that you don’t.
A study released by Bytemobile shows that only about 10% of users were responsible for 90% of the total mobile network traffic in 2010.
And of this total traffic, 40% is video.
The company forecasts that video will grow to be [...]
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 [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2011, 1:00pm
Take your iPod or iPad and plop it in a handy dock to recharge; that’s not unusual.
The dock has speakers so you can listen to your music with room-filling sound.
Also not so unusual.
But look at this:
The Cinemin Slice from WowWee is a docking station that includes a pico projector so you can [...]
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 [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 1 2010, 1:28pm
DISH Network L.L.C., today announced that DISH Remote Access, the free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops, is now available for the iPad™.
To enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on the iPad, DISH Network customers must have a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled™ device such as the Sling Adapter™ – a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP® 722 or 722k HD DVRs.
In addition to TV viewing, the DISH Remote Access app also gives DISH Network customers with compatible DVRs the ability to...
By Alfred Poor • Nov 11 2010, 1:00pm
More than half the U.S.
households — 56% — now have at least one HDTV installed, according to a new study by Nielson.
That’s not particularly surprising, since it’s getting increasingly difficult to buy a display that isn’t high definition (except for the iPad perhaps).
But here’s a statistic that might surprise you.
More than 80% [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 28 2010, 1:00pm
Want a battery-powered portable projector? Buy.com is selling the Eyeclops Portable Mini-Projector for just $39.99, and they’ll ship it for free! It uses a solid state LED light source, so you’ll never have to replace an expensive lamp, and it runs on just four D flashlight batteries.
Now, before you get too excited, this is not [...]
By Ed Milbourn • Oct 27 2010, 3:35pm
Unsubstantiated reports from various sources reflect a mixed message relative to the technical efficacy of the ATSC Mobile/Handheld (M/H) standard in actual practice.
As we know, last spring selected TV stations started extensive field testing of the system in several US markets under varying terrain, urban density and other related signal propagation parameters.
Prototype receiving units (none yet marketed) from several manufacturers and in various physical configurations are, of course, an integral part of the system’s tests.
Commercial applications considerations aside, technically, M/H works as advertised.
The question is...
By Alfred Poor • Oct 12 2010, 1:00pm
The question is whether or not consumers will pay for mobile television service.
The people have voted with their dollars, and now Qualcom’s subsidiary FLO TV has announced that it’s shutting down the service that it sells directly to subscribers, as reported by TWICE.
The company also announced that it will continue to support the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 4 2010, 1:00pm
Those who look for signs of hope in the OLED display market will now have one less place to look for them.
Toshiba has announced that it will not produce OLED panels at Toshiba Mobile Display as originally planned, and instead will focuse on LCD panels instead.
This comes after the company spent nearly $200 [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 22 2010, 1:36am
VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, announced today nationwide availability of their 7" Edge Lit Razor LED™ LCD Portable TV.
By expanding VIZIO TVs to portable models it enables consumers to enjoy TV and entertainment from almost anywhere.
With an 800x480 widescreen high resolution Razor LED panel, an integrated antenna, and a sleek design of less than 1" thick, consumers now have the perfect entertainment for tailgating, around the house, or away from home —anyplace you want to catch your favorite broadcast or pictures with a brilliant, LED high-resolution picture.
The Edge Lit Razor LED LCD Portable TV launch is the first terrestrial handheld sized TV to include...
By Alfred Poor • Sep 2 2010, 1:00pm
In a press release, The Diffusion Group (TDG) announced its new report, “The Possibilities and Challenges for Mobile TV”.
In the release, TDG states that mobile TV subscription services are forecast to double their subscriber base by 2013.
This sounds exciting until you find out that this means increasing from 1.6 million this year to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2010, 1:00pm
Last spring, I wrote about Netflix demo’ing its streaming service on a Windows Phone 7 operating system.
Now comes word that Netflix is releasing free applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch that will let subscribers access streaming content on these portable devices.
The free apps can access the streaming service across either a WiFi [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2010, 1:00pm
What is it about technology products and acronyms? It’s bad enough that products have deadpan model numbers; can you tell what the new Samsung product does if all you know is the “BD-C8000” model number? I know that I can’t guess.
Let me tell you what it is: a 3D BD HD player with WiFi, [...]