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Month: February 2006

First HD-DVD Movies Scheduled

February 14, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Warner Home Video has announced that it's taking orders for the first three titles to be released in HD-DVD format: Batman Begins, Million Dollar Baby, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These are slated to ship at the end of March and early April. Pricing has not been announced, as far as I know, and the Amazon entries don't show any pricing yet. It is worth noting that...

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HDTV to Go!

February 13, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

A number of sources have reported that Toshiba will start shipping the new Qosmio G30 notebook computer this month. It appears that it will initially ship in Japan, but German sources indicate that it will be sold there with a promotion that includes a pair of FIFA World Cup tickets. The notebook has a 1,900 by 1,200 pixel 17" LCD display that can produce 1080p images in native resolution. High...

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Learn to Test HDTVs Like the Pros

February 10, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced last week that it will be offering a "short course" on how to measure flat panel displays. The courses are three-days long, and will be held in Boulder, Colorado. The fee is $2,000. Why do I mention this? The first point is that it is difficult to do detailed, reliable, and meaningful testing of displays. You need a lot of knowledge...

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1080p Plasma HDTV

February 9, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

1080p is the higher resolution for HDTV (with 720p being the other choice), and is my pick for future-proofing your HDTV purchase. Most content is already in 1080i format already, which should show better on 1080p displays than 720p if the data is handled properly. Most HDTV plasma panels are only 720p resolution (or worse, such as the 1024 by 768 "XGA" format with a widescreen aspect ratio, that can't...

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Is IPTV for Real?

February 8, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Verizon is making news by rolling out its Fios TV service in various test markets around the country. But many people don't realize that IPTV -- television over the Internet -- is already well-established in some places. "now Broadband" is a service based in Hong Kong that serves more than 500,000 subscribers, mostly in southeast Asia. The service offers more than 80 channels, including CNN, HBO, Disney Channel, CNBC, ESPN,...

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Speedbump for OLEDs

February 7, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Organic LEDs -- OLEDs -- hold the promise for inexpensive, thin, low-power displays that are emissive and fast, so you get an image like a CRT with no viewing angle or response limitations. The technical hurdles are not small, however. Blue-emitting materials don't last as long as red or green, so displays shift toward yellow shades as they age. And the panel must be tightly sealed so that no oxygen...

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Reader Question: Satellite in TV a Bad Idea?

February 6, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Steve Berger has been a TV technician for 34 years, so when he wrote to respond to my article last week about "Satellite Built-In?", I listened. I've condensed his remarks here: I noticed you thought that including a satellite receiver inside a TV was a good idea. Adding decryption hardware to a TV makes the set almost impossible to repair. The only cost-effective fix is to throw out the expensive,...

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The Light Side of HDTV Cables

February 3, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Interference from other devices can be a problem with electronics, including HDTVs. When you run a varying electrical current through a wire or circuit, it can make radio waves. (Just hold a transistor AM radio near a computer if you want proof.) And these waves can create electrical currents when they hit other wires. This can be good -- as in when you want to receive broadcast radio signals --...

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Networked HDTV

February 2, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I recently wrote about televisions that will have satellite service receivers built-in. A company named Digitrex is taking a different approach, and one that I think may ultimately be more successful. They are building network support into their LCD HDTVs. They come ready to connect to both wired and wireless (802.11b/g WiFi) networks. They are Microsoft "Plays for sure" certified, which means that they will automatically find Windows Media PCs...

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HDTV Guide Ships!

February 1, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

To paraphrase the wine ads of many years ago, we will serve no books before their time. But at last, our next publication is ready. As of today, Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV is available! This ebook is for sale online, and you can download it immediately after buying it. We're even offering some extra bonuses is if you buy now. The book is more than 100 pages long...

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