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Category: HDTV LCDs

VESA Hangs Up Bigger HDTVs

March 16, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association, came into being to solve some thorny compatibility problems in the computer display business. Over the years, the group has managed to create standards -- and make them stick -- in a variety of areas from resolutions to cable connectors to flat panel testing. One quiet standard is the FPMI: Flat Display Mounting Interface standard. This is the common denominator that has made it...

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You Can Be Sure…

March 2, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

...if you can complete this sales slogan that you're showing your age. The Westinghouse banner in the TV market is being carried by Westinghouse Digital, a company with close ties to Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), a leading Taiwanese LCD manufacturer. A recent report by a market research firm puts two Westinghouse models in the list of the top five best-selling LCD TVs. This is another instance where a familiar brand...

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Reader Question: HDTV Viewing Distances

February 20, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: I bought your book and read the section on how far to sit from an HDTV. According to your example, I should sit closer to a 53-inch HDTV than the distance recommended by another site suggests. I realize that you take the resolution of the HDTV into account and the others don't. Does that explain the difference between your recommendations and theirs? Mark R. A: First, let me say...

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Alfred Poor at TCF ’06

February 16, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I'll be the Featured Technical Speaker at the Trenton Computer Festival on April 22, 2006, at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, New Jersey. The show started in 1976, making this the oldest computer show in the country. There are two days of programs and an enormous computer and electronic flea market that has to be seen to be believed. My topic is "Will Your Next Computer Be...

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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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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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Satellite Built-In?

January 31, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Earlier this month, Humax announced its intention to develop a line of LCD TVs that will include tuners compatible with the DirecTV digital satellite service. This means that these TVs will not require a separate "set-top box" in order to receive the satellite service signal. The compact displays will open up new opportunities for DirecTV subscribers. Humax plans to have a 20-inch SD model in the first half of 2006,...

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