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More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

June 29, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S. in support of his statement about the FCC auction of part of the TV radio signal spectrum. According to his statement, the portion of U.S. television households that rely solely on free broadcasts has grown to almost 18%. In...

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Supreme Court Throws Out FOX and ABC Sanctions

June 22, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The FCC suffered a bit of an "enforcement malfunction" yesterday when the Supreme Court threw out sanctions against ABC and FOX. Disney had been hit with a $1.2 million penalty for nudity in an "NYPD Blue" episode on ABC, while FOX was warned about expletives that were uttered on the air during two live award show broadcasts. The Supreme Court decision did not address the overall issue concerning the constitionality...

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Verizon Jacks Up the Speed

June 21, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Verizon's FiOS service has become very popular with some users for its outstanding broadband service speeds. It doesn't seem that long ago that getting a couple Mbps over DSL was amazing; now FiOS service starts at 15 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. And Verizon has now raised the ante. Recognizing that broadband households are using more and more data from the Internet, Verizon has introduced "FiOS Quantum" service. This...

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Net Neutrality: Justice Department Investigates Cable

June 15, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into cable television company practices, especially as they relate to streaming online video from sources such as Netflix and Hulu. One focus of the agency's concerns is the fact that some cable companies are imposing data caps on subscriber usage of broadband network connections. In particular, the Justice Department is probing Comcast's preferential treatment of its...

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Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

June 13, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and "direct LED" TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. (David has invested a lot of time and effort to develop a pretty sophisticated "Skype...

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Cable Loses; Telco Wins; SatTV Draws

May 16, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011. The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010. The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S. cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011. The telco services (Verizon's FiOS and AT&T's U-verse) picked up the lion's share of the gains, splitting 1.5 million new video...

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Mobile DTV Stuck in the Mud?

May 15, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
I've gone on the record with my pessimism about Mobile DTV, and recent events have done nothing to change my view of the situation. TV Technology recently published an article about a discussion of Mobile TV at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in Washington that confirms my suspicions. Jay Adrick is Vice President for Broadcast Technology at Harris Broadcast, and he was involved in the development of the standard. According...

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Olympic Online Coverage Will Include Every Event

May 14, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online. Well, you probably can. The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC. But if you have a subscription, you'll be able to watch on your computer as well as many smartphones and tablets....

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Media Center, We Hardly Knew Ye!

May 9, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Microsoft initially added the Media Center feature to Windows XP. It let you watch broadcast television on your computer, as well as play DVDs, your digitized music collection, and a lot more. It was there in versions of Windows Vista and 7, but according to news reports, it will be MIA in Windows 8. Apparently, you'll be able to get it as an extra-cost option for some versions of the...

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Will Hulu Require a Cable Subscription?

May 7, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Hulu has made some sizeable waves in the television industry pond. The service makes "catch-up" episodes of current television shows available for free; all you have to do is sign up and endure a relatively few commercial interruptions during the show. (The service also has an extensive list of old show episodes and some mediocre movies, but those don't seem to get as much attention as the current shows.) The...

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