Month: April 2008

Samsung OLEDs on the Way

April 30, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
A report from Digitimes last week indicate that Samsung is proceeding with plans to build medium and large OLED panels suitable for notebook computers and televisions, starting next year in 2009. The article also cites a Samsung vice-president as saying that flexible OLED displays will start production in 2010. Samsung expects to ramp up production to 3 million units per year in 2009, about double the current capacity. Reportedly, this...

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Ready for Your Close Up?

April 29, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
When we talk about HDTV, we tend to focus on professionally-generated content that is commercially distributed one way or another. But this totally overlooks another important source of HD video: user-generated content. There's only one problem; most HDTV video cameras are extremely expensive. DXG USA has announced the DXG-569V HD camcorder. It comes in your choice of silver or black, and can record video at 1280 by 720 at 30...

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JVC Pulls Back Further

April 28, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The HDTV market continues to consolidate. The latest company to scale down operations and expectations is JVC. The company is ceasing production in Japan and Scotland, and will focus its manufacturing operations in other markets where it can make a larger profit. There had been reports that JVC was also going to stop selling TVs in Japan, which would have been a huge step. Instead, TWICE is now reporting that...

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Netflix Thinks Inside the Box

April 25, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Reuters reported this week that Netflix has expanded its partnerships with set-top box makers. In addition to their existing deal with LG Electronics, the company expects to announce three more partnerships that will let subscribers watch movies on their TVs, streamed directly from the Internet. The Netflix CEO stated that we can expect to see products from all four companies that incorporate the streaming functions before the end of this...

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Are You Spending Your Share?

April 24, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
A new report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates that the average U.S. household spent $1,405 on consumer electronics in the past year. The CEA is the cheerleader for the consumer electronics industry, so take this result with a grain of salt. But with the average life span of a cell phone now down to 1.5 years, plus the enormous growth in the use of MP3 players, digital cameras...

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Just What Did Blu-ray Win?

April 23, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The battle is over. Blu-ray is victorious over HD DVD as the high definition DVD storage format. To the victor go the spoils. But just what exactly has Blu-ray won? A new report by ABI Research makes some interesting points. ABI Research analyst says "The studios better hope that people are playing movies on their Playstations." Why? By the end of 2008, he expects that fully 85% of the Blu-ray...

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Digital TV Transition: Rough Terrain Ahead?

April 22, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Depending on who is keeping score, about 75% of Americans now admit to having at least heard something about the upcoming transition to digital terrestrial -- "over the air" -- broadcast of television signals, and the end of analog broadcasts on February 17, 2009. We'll ignore for the moment that this means at least one in four viewers is not aware of the pending change. But here's a detail that...

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“This Program Brought to You by…”

April 21, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
In the early days of radio, the corporate sponsor was closely affiliated with the program, such as the "General Motors Symphony", "Ford Sunday Evening Hour", "Chesterfield Hour", and the "Heinz Hall of Fame". Many early television programs followed the same model, which carries forward to today in the form of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (which happened to air a program last night). And now that content producers and broadcasters...

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Sony Bringing IPTV to PS3

April 18, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
As you may know by now, I'm a big proponent of video content delivered over the Internet, though I don't have a clear vision of just what method -- or methods -- will win out eventually. The big news from Sony comes from a posting on their Playstation.Blog that is attributed to Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, Marketing & PLAYSTATION Network. Here's what he wrote on Tuesday: “Many of you...

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3D TV Is Coming

April 17, 2008 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Back in the 50s, 3D movies with red/green glasses were a novelty that thrilled the horror film fans. 3D movies are much more than a novelty these days, however, with the amazing success of the "U2 3D" and"Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus" concert films. Disney and Pixar continue to generate animated 3D features, and are even converting "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" to 3D versions. As I've said before, it will...

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