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HDTV Almanac - Streaming Sports for Canadians

By Alfred Poor • Aug 4 2011, 1:00pm

There are many items that are unique in Canada, including the Toronto Blue Jays: the only Major League Baseball (MLB) team in the entire country. The team’s unique status has resulted in an unusual and perhaps unintended consequence. MLB treats all of Canada as the home market for Blue Jay games, and thus blacks out [...]

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HDTV Almanac - English Football Goes for Immersion

By Alfred Poor • Aug 3 2011, 1:00pm

The whole idea about a home theater – or a local cinema, for that matter — is to fill your field of vision and overwhelm your auditory system to produce a state of immersion: the sense that you’re really there. This is certainly not the only way to get to such a state; many of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jul 14 2011, 1:00pm

“They cost too much.” “There’s not enough content.” “I won’t get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses.” Two out of three ain’t bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough.
We’ve already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV: Here Comes the Content

By Alfred Poor • May 4 2011, 10:09pm

It is coming slowly, but it is coming. ESPN is working hard to figure out how to do live sports in stereoscopic 3D, and the movie studios keep churning out feature films. And now comes word that the kids are not going to be left out. 3net is a joint venture by Discovery, Sony, and [...]

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HDTV Almanac - The Subscriber Bowl?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, so we now have another spectacular Super Bowl in our rear view mirror. (I won’t make any mention of the favorable outcome.) But keep your eyes on the road ahead, because it may not be a smooth ride. I’m not just talking about the fact that the contract between the players and the National [...]

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Partners with Sony Network Entertainment to Deliver Celebrated Swimsuit Franchise in 3D Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:28am

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, the 60 million+ fans of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's iconic Swimsuit franchise can experience Swimsuit in 3D video thanks to a cutting-edge transactional licensing agreement around SI Swimsuit 2011 with Sony Network Entertainment. The offering aligns the most successful platform in publishing history with Sony's unique ability to combine technology, products, content and services.

Premiering on February 15, launch day for SI Swimsuit 2011, the 3D Swimsuit video (content will also be available in a 2D format) shot earlier this year will be exclusively available for rental or purchase on...

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HDTV Almanac - Sports Fans Like 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • Nov 9 2010, 1:00pm

ESPN has released a report about testing it conducted with sports fans and the viewing of sporting events on 3DTV. The study was conducted by ESPN Research + Analytics during the network’s 3D broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup last summer.
One of the results was that fan enjoyment of the event rose from 65% [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Look, Coach: No Ads!

By Alfred Poor • Nov 4 2010, 1:00pm

An article in GigaOm noted a curious detail about ESPN’s new TV Everywhere service that is now available to Time Warner subscribers. You can now access live and on-demand content from the sports network, but only if you are an authenticated subscriber to TW cable.
The curious detail is that the content is not accompanied by [...]

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Charlotte Motor Speedway and Panasonic Announce World's Largest HD Video Board

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 22 2010, 11:23am

Continuing a tradition of innovation and fabulous firsts, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (NYSE: TRK) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer O. Bruton Smith and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced a partnership with Panasonic to revolutionize the fan experience at motorsports events with the creation of the world's largest high-definition video board.

Panasonic will also become the founding sponsor of the video board and a Speedway Motorsports Inc. alliance partner around its broad portfolio of advanced technologies.

At an incredible length of...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #441: We can go bigger

By The HT Guys • Sep 3 2010, 6:48am

The term “Home Theater” has become pretty subjective. Years ago it meant exactly what it sounds like, and actual theater in your home. Typically reserved for only the super rich, it slowly grew more mainstream as prices fell and DIY solutions came to market. Eventually, the term has come to describe any home audio-visual setup that has surround sound and perhaps a larger than normal television.

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WFN: World Fishing Network to Launch In High Definition on Rogers Cable on September 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 1 2010, 12:13am

WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only 24-hour fishing and outdoor lifestyle network, announced today that WFN in High Definition will launch on Rogers Cable systems on September 2, 2010.

WFN HD will be available to Rogers Cable customers on channel...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #440: Vizio XVT553SV LCD HDTV Review

By The HT Guys • Aug 27 2010, 6:22am

With football season just around the corner you may be in the market for a new HDTV to watch your favorite team try and make it to the Superbowl. We’ve seen a few technologies come and go and each of them try to produce a picture that’s as good as plasma. The latest is LED. The Vizio XVT553SV will run you about $1900 for the 55 inch version and its loaded with all kinds of goodies that we can finally say that Plasma may have finally met its match.

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First Ever 3D Broadcasts of US Open Spearheaded by Panasonic and CBS Sports

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2010, 3:40am

The USTA today announced that consumer electronics giant Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the US Open in a new three-year agreement.

Working with CBS Sports, the USTA and Panasonic will spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the tournament. CBS Sports will produce 3D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in High Definition on Labor Day Weekend and on Finals Weekend, September 10-12. These matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV's exclusive dedicated 3D entertainment channel, "n|3D Powered by Panasonic" (DirecTV channel 103).

On-site at the 2010 US Open, Panasonic will have...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #439: Fall 2010 TV Schedule

By The HT Guys • Aug 20 2010, 5:37am

Pat yourself on the back, we did it again. We all made it through another Summer with nothing to watch on TV. Whether you had stored up a bunch of shows on your DVR to get you through the dry season, or relied heavily on Netflix and Hulu, you made it. And now it’s time to reap the reward. Football is back, and in just a few short weeks all your favorite shows will be back on, and perhaps a few new ones will make it to your favorites list.

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HDTV Almanac - Weekend in 3D

By Alfred Poor • Aug 19 2010, 1:00pm

Rather than spend it at Bernie’s, how about spending the weekend of September 10 through 12 at your local electronics store? The Consumer Electronics Association (hosts of the mammoth CES show in Las Vegas every January) and ESPN are joining forces to create “National 3D Demo Days“. ESPN will provide continuous 3D programming for those [...]

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National 3D Demo Days Powered By CEA and ESPN Coming to Local Retailers September 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 17 2010, 3:36am

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and ESPN announce a weekend of 3DTV programming events and demonstrations in retail locations nationwide. During National 3D Demo Days, September 10-12, 2010, knowledgeable sales staff will showcase the latest in 3DTV, as ESPN provides continual 3D programming from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

A recent study conducted by CEA found 64 percent of sales associates said shoppers are expressing a desire to experience sports in 3D (CEA's 3D at Retail, June 2010). ESPN will provide this desired content directly to stores...

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Verizon FiOS Scores First NFL Game on 3D TV: Giants-Patriots Preseason Match-Up on Sept. 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 11:09pm

Verizon is kicking off the football season with the production and broadcast of the first National Football League game in 3D on television for the company's FiOS TV customers in parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The game is the Sept. 2 preseason match-up between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Coverage begins at...

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SANYO Takes Underwater Full HD Video to a Whole New Level

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 6 2010, 2:19pm

SANYO VPC-CA102YLSANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), introduces a new waterproof Full HD (1920 x 1080) Dual Camera Xacti, model VPC-CA102YL, for active lifestyles. The new Dual Camera can be used to record over 480 minutes of 1080 Full HD video on a single 64GB SDXC memory card and 14MP photos from a depth of ten feet underwater. The camera will be available for purchase in August with an MSRP of $349.99.

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HDTV Almanac - ESPN 3D to Show 13 College Football Games

By Alfred Poor • Aug 4 2010, 1:00pm

ESPN 3D has announced that it will broadcast about 13 NCAA Division 1 football games this year. The network also has named the first three contests:
- Monday, September 6, 8 PM Eastern: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech
- Saturday, September 11, 3:40 PM Eastern: Ohio State vs. Miami
- Saturday, September 18, 7 PM Eastern: Clemson [...]

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DIRECTV Beefs Up Its Exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) Package with HD, Red Zone Channel, Game Mix and More at No Additional Cost

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 2 2010, 10:12pm

DIRECTV is making the best NFL viewing experience even better for fans in 2010 by adding every game in HD, the Game Mix channel, the popular Red Zone Channel and more to its exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) service at no additional cost.

And for fans who want to catch every minute of NFL SUNDAY TICKET no matter where they are, DIRECTV's online and mobile services...