Month: June 2006

Blu-ray Arrives! Almost…

June 16, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The first Blu-ray high-definition DVD player was launched in the U.S. last night, with an event at the Samsung Experience showcase store in the Time Warner Center in New York City. Actually, first shipments to dealers won't be made until June 25th. The drive will support 1080p output through the digital HDMI connector, but only through 720p and 1080i through analog component connections. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has also announced...

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HDTV in the Palm of Your Hand

June 15, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
At the Society for Information Display conference in San Francisco last week, Symbol showed a prototype of their pocket projector engine, which only takes up 4.3 cubic inches (without its heatsink). Think of a deck of cards; now think half that size. That's small. At this point, the projector only puts out 10 lumens of light, which is only enough to make a small, personal image. You won't fill a...

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The Next Gen for LCD HDTV

June 14, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
LCD fabrication lines have been designed to handle larger and larger sheets of glass. Each time a plant is built to handle a larger size, the manufacturers refer to that as the next generation. Gen 5 plants handle glass that is more than one yard long on each side. This is impressive until you realize that Gen 7 plants -- operating today -- handle sheets with nearly three times the...

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Really Big HDTV

June 13, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
At the Society for Information Display conference in San Francisco last week, manufacturers were showing off some big displays. I mean really big! A 100-inch LCD HDTV from LG.Philips A 102-inch plasma HDTV from Samsung These are certainly impressive displays, but why do they build them? Certainly, they aren't commercial products (though I've been told that a few people in places like Southern California have offered to pay whatever it...

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Flashing Lights for Better LCD HDTV

June 12, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One of the most dramatic improvements for LCD HDTV I saw last week at the Society for Information Display conference in San Francisco was a technology demonstration by a company called Brightside. Like many other companies, they have replaced the typical fluorescent backlights for an LCD panel with LEDs. The big difference, however, is that the Brightview backlight changes the brightness level of each LED depending on the image displayed...

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New Approach to OLED HDTVs

June 9, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The dominant technologies for HDTV are LCD and plasma flat panels. Other novel technologies are under development, but none are close to becoming commercial products any time soon. One of the most promising approaches is organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. These have the promise of an emissive screen that looks like a standard CRT -- or better -- with a panel that is much thinner and lighter than LCD or...

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3D HDTV

June 8, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Just when you thought you had HDTV figured out, here comes another wrinkle. Many companies at the Society for Information Display conference in San Francisco this week were showing panels that can display 3D images. Some were like the ColorLink designs that use polarized light and required special glasses to see the 3D image. Others used parallax barriers to present a different image to the left eye than the right,...

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Taiwan Takes Over

June 7, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
For years, Japan dominated LCD production. Then Korea took the top spot, on the strength of two juggernauts: Samsung and LG.Philips. Now, according to at least two market tracking services, Taiwanese companies have overtaken Korea, and produce more LCD panels -- larger than 10 inches diagonal -- than any other country. Almost all the major LCD companies have been pouring billions of dollars into new fabrication lines, capable of handling...

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1,600 Movies for $10 a Month

June 6, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The Starz channel is a familiar component of many cable services, but the company has also been beta testing a new Internet-based service since January. The Vongo service offers subscribers access to more than 1,600 movies and other programming content for $9.95, which can be viewed on a computer, television, or portable media device. You also get access to the Starz channel as streaming content. We're clearly into the Balkanization...

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Welcome to San Francisco!

June 5, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It's a busy week in HDTV this week. On the East Coast, in Orlando, Florida, the annual InfoComm conference is happening, where all the major display vendors show what is happening in the HDTV industry. But if you want to know what's going to happen in the future, you need to be on the West Coast this week, where the Society for Information Display annual meeting is being held in...

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