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Month: October 2006

Testing 1080p HDTV Processing

October 16, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Long-time readers may realize that I avoid links and references to posts on other sites; I feel that you deserve some original research and original thought when you take the time to read the HDTV Almanac. But today, I'm breaking that rule to make you aware of some outstanding work that has been done by Gary Merson for Home Theater. Earlier this year, he tested 54 1080p HDTV sets to...

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Beyond HDTV

October 13, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Lots of sites have picked up on the fact that Sharp demonstrated an "ultra high-definition" display at the CEATAC show in Japan last week. Yes, the 4,096 by 2,160 pixel display looks impressive with incredibly fine detail; Westinghouse demoed a display with the same resolution at CES last January. Some folks are getting all excited about how this is the future of HDTV. Well, it may be the future, but...

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Slow Start for High-Def DVD

October 12, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

How can you tell who the pioneers are? They are the ones with the arrows sticking out of their backs. Let's face it, the arrival of new technology is rarely easy, and when you have a conflict such as the one between HD DVD and Blu-ray, it gets tougher still. So it should come as little surprise when Warner Brothers -- who backs both formats -- announced last week that...

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A Perfect Match

October 11, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, by know you've probably heard about Google's purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion. Yes, that's a lot of money, especially for a company that apparently has yet to make a profit, and really especially while the excesses and failures of the DotCom Bust are still fresh in the minds of so many investors. Sure, YouTube delivers more video on the Internet than any other site, but what about all...

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50 GB Blu-ray Discs Today

October 10, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that the company is releasing three new Blu-ray discs today: Click, Black Hawk Down, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The significance of the announcement is that the discs can hold up to 50GB, which is enough capacity to hold all the "bonus" material that is often found on standard DVD movie discs. For example, the Click disc includes audio commentary by the...

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OTA HDTV: Not Always Best

October 9, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I'm a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I'm also a fan of "free". So I was thrilled last week when the local ABC affiliate broadcast Monday Night Football over the air, because I don't have cable or satellite service so I don't get ESPN. The local station also broadcast the game in HDTV on their digital channel. Unfortunately, reports from a number of sources -- including my friend Peter Putman -- indicate...

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Avast, Ye Scurvy Pirates!

October 6, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

"Piracy" is such an ugly word, but it seems more romantic than "stealing". The fact is illegal copies of electronic information -- audio CDs, DVDs, and computer software -- are churned out by the millions every year. I'm the first to admit that not every recipient of an illegal copy would pay the full price for the products if they couldn't get them cheap or for free, but that still...

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SED: Never Jam Today

October 5, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Have you heard about SED? It's the new display technology developed by Toshiba and Canon that has all the image quality and viewing angle of a CRT in a panel that is thinner than an LCD. Prototypes have been demonstrated at shows over the years, and the ones shown at CES last January had people drooling all over the aisles. One of the questions I'm often asked is "should I...

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In Search of a Problem

October 4, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

3D displays capture the imagination of a lot of people, but do not seem to capture many dollars from consumer pockets. But that doesn't keep manufacturers from trying. Years ago, Sharp developed an LCD technology that could present a different image to each of your eyes to create a three-dimensional image without goggles or special glasses. The principle is very similar to those plastic baseball cards that you could tilt...

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HDTV Brands: New and Improved?

October 3, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

News item: Ausustek is the company that makes Asus motherboards, which are a familiar staple among the DIY personal computer set. The company has just launched a 42" LCD TV in Taiwan, hoping to expand sales into China and Europe in 2007. We're still in an expansion stage for HDTV brands. Companies are buying up existing names -- Polaroid, Westinghouse, Maganavox, Sylvania -- or creating new ones on an almost...

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