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Category: Digital TV

See-Through TV?

April 6, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
News from Korea indicates that Samsung Electronics has started the commercial production of 22" transparent LCD panels. The panels are capable of 720p had images without scaling (they have 1,680 by 1,050 pixel resolution) but they are really intended for digital signage applications. Still, it's intriguing to think about what you could do with a transparent TV. It uses ambient light so you don't need a backlight, and as a...

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SMPTE Develops New HDTV Format

April 1, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It seems that as soon as we get settled with our 720p and 1080p HDTV displays, talk started up about even higher resolution images. Demonstrations of 2K and 4K display technologies have knocked viewers' virtual socks off. Is there a limit to how high "high definition" can become? One problem that doesn't get discussed much, however, is how to move all that high resolution data to the television screen. A...

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CEA Offers Individual Memberships

March 22, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The Consumer Electronics Association hosts a little event in Las Vegas every January called the "Consumer Electronics Show," better known by its initials: CES. The original intent was to hold a trade show for electronics dealers, such as home stereos and televisions. Then the corporate side of the computer market got boring and Comdex went away, so the slack was picked up by CES and it became the biggest personal...

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Recipe for More 3DTV Content: Small Cameras

March 17, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As I’ve written here repeatedly, the biggest factor to slow 3DTV sales is the lack of content. The extra cost of the sets and the annoyance of the glasses would be ignored if there were compelling content available in significant quantity. But it costs a small fortune to convert existing 2D content to 3D, and it costs far to shoot original footage in 3D than in 2D. If you’re working...

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15 Million 3DTVs by 2012

March 9, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Futuresource has announced a study that predicts an installed base of 15 million 3DTVs in the U.S. by the end of next year. They point to the increased content that is becoming available as the driving force behind this forecast. And other prognosticators are saying that this figure is way too high, especially when you consider how long it took HDTV to get traction. I take a different view. According...

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Samsung HDTV? There’s an App for That!

February 7, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Samsung's new Galaxy S smart phone and Galaxy Tab know how to play nice with their bigger siblings. According to news from Samsung, the company now offers apps for both of these devices that will let them control many of the 2010 HDTV models, using a WiFi connection. They can also control many of the 2011 model smart TVs. One attractive feature is that you can use the on-screen keyboard...

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HDTV Sets Turn Green

February 4, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
No, this is not an announcement of a major recall. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13" to 65" LCDs and 42" to 65" plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% from 2003 to 2010. Standby power use for LCDs dropped 87% from 2004 to 2010....

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TV Panel Prices Continue to Fall

January 27, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In the latest PriceWise report, DisplaySearch reports that large LCD television panels dropped another 1% to 2% for the wholesale price across a wide range of sizes in January. Some of the biggest movement was at the 42" size, with the typical panel dropping from $245 to $240. A 120Hz LED edge-lit 42" panel also dropped $5 from $335 to $330. Apparently, December sales did not measure up to expectations,...

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CES 2011: More Choices for Hurricane Kits

January 13, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Back when the digital transition was pending, I raised the question of battery-powered portable televisions for use in emergencies. The old analog sets that people had stored in their hurricane kits no longer work with the digital signals. At first, there were few choices. Now the market has responded and you've got more choices than in those early days of digital broadcasts. At CES 2011, however, I found some interesting...

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Concerns Continue Over HDTV Inventories

December 3, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A report this week from DisplaySearch showed that the growth of global television shipments slowed in the third quarter of 2010, compared with the same period in 2009. Last year's shipments over the prior year were up 26% for the third quarter, but this year, that figure shrank to just 9%. Weak sell-through at the retail level -- especially in North America -- has led to increased inventories. DisplaySearch also...

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