Month: April 2009

More on OLED TVs: Maybe Next Year?

April 30, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
I know that I just wrote about this, but here comes more information. MegaWhat.TV has posted a video report about a new Samsung 23" OLED monitor (which is really just a TV without a tuner, and if you're using a cable or satellite set top box, you don't need a tuner in your TV). According to the report, this monitor will be in production in 2010. It's only a bit...

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Radio Shack Survives on Converter Boxes

April 29, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, Radio Shack recently announced its first quarter financial report. In a time when most companies see good news as a smaller loss than expected , Radio Shack posted an 11% increase in income over last year. According to the article, if you take out the cell phone and digital TV converter box sales, however, the company would have showed a...

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LG Supports DivX

April 28, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
LG Electronics has a history of supporting DivX video compression dating back to 2007, and last week, renewed that support in a big way. The company announced that its latest line of TVs supports the new DivX HD technology. This brings the total to more than 200 LG TV models that have been DivX certified. What is DivX? It is a compression technology that is more efficient than others used...

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Comcast Cable TV on Your Computer

April 27, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Netflix gets it. iTunes gets it. And now it appears that Comcast, the leading cable TV provider in the country gets it. Traditional content delivery is going the way of the buggy whip. Consumers don't want to be tied to a disc of polycarbonate plastic or a coax wire coming through the wall in order to get their television, movie, or music entertainment content. According to a report in PC...

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TiVo Downloads from Amazon

April 24, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
In an announcement on Tuesday, TiVo announced that their customers can now download video and movie HD content from Amazon directly to their TiVo recorders. The supported models are the Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL digital video recorders (DVRs). High definition TV episodes can be purchased for about $3, and HD movies can be rented for $4 to $5. The content will be included in results using TiVo...

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More OLED TVs This Year?

April 23, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
After lots of backpedaling on promises to ship OLED TVs -- especially by Samsung -- some companies are starting to sing a different tune. A story from the Hindu Business Line this week has been widely quoted and has stirred up a bit of excitement. In the report, an executive from LG is quoted as saying that "OLED should be here by end of 2009." He also predicted that prices...

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LCD TV Production on the Rise

April 22, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a press release from DisplaySearch yesterday, March 2009 shipments of LCD TV panels rose 30% over February's number to total 9.9 million units. Even better is the news that this represents a 14% increase over the March 2008 numbers, which was before we ran headfirst into the brick wall of global recession and massive oversupply of LCD TVs. These strong indications are backed by other news from the...

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Hulu Growing

April 21, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a report by comScore, the Internet video site Hulu saw a 42% increase in viewership in February, serving up about 330 million videos. This was enough to push the service up to fourth place overall among Internet Video sites. (Google with its YouTube remains solidly in the top spot with more than 5.3 billion videos served up in February.) Hulu had nearly 35 million viewers for the month....

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FFC Sets Rules For DTV Help Centers

April 20, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Earlier this month, the FCC published the rules for DTV help centers. Most TVbroadcasters are required by the "DTV Delay Act" to create walk-in help centers for their markets. These new rules require that the centers be open at least from 4 to 8 PM (local) on Fridays, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. For the two weeks before the June 12 cut-off date for analog...

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The Norwegian Blue of HDTV

April 17, 2009 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Last week, Mitsubishi announced its lineup of premium TV models for 2009. In addition to a range of flat panel LCD HDTVs, the company also announced seven new rear projection DLP models which makes them the last major company to still emphasize DLP HDTVs. (It is interesting to note that the company's press release did not mention the term "rear projection" at all, and only mentioned "DLP" in the footnotes.)...

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