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iTunes Does Digital TV

October 17, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Apple’s announcement last week of a new iPod that can play video did not get my pulse racing; it’s been possible to watch video clips on all sorts of portable devices for years. The big news that got my attention, however, was the deal with Disney to make video content from ABC network shows available to consumers through Apple’s iTunes service. Yes, you can play these clips on one of...

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DLP Goes Mainstream

October 14, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
When it comes to propeller-beanie, techno-geeky, esoteric details, it’s tough to beat the micromechanical, digital micromirror device known as “DLP” (Digital Light Processing) from Texas Instruments (TI). (You can find out more about the details of DLP in Professor Poor’s HDTV Buying Guide.) This little chip is the heart of many front- and rear-projection displays, however, and has revolutionized the display industry. Still, it’s a bit of a surprise to...

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$300 DVD LCD Projector

October 10, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Okay, it's not HD. In fact, it's not even SD (Standard Definition) resolution. But Hasbro has announced the Zoombox, a DVD player with an integrated front projector. It's intended for kids, and is slated to be available in December for $299. The projector will only have 557 x 234 pixel resolution, which is about half that of Wide VGA and well below even standard television resolution. It is likely based...

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Samsung announces dual format HD DVD

October 6, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Since the HD DVD and BluRay camps don’t seem to be able to come to terms on a single format for the next generation of high-definition DVD drives, Samsung has already announced that the company will build a single drive that supports both HD DVD and BluRay formats. I think that this “superdrive” approach is an excellent solution for consumers, at least in the short term. It means that you...

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HDTV: Boggled by Big Screen Bucks

October 5, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Last month, I attended a press event hosted by Sharp, at which they unveiled their new 65-inch Aquos LCD 1080p HDTV: the LC-65D. It was gorgeous, and it will be available for a list price of about $21,000. As impressive as it was, the impact was reduced by the fact that I had just come from a Sony event where they announced new products, including a 60-inch rear-projection 1080p television...

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VOD: Video On Demand — The Future of HDTV?

September 29, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
VOD: that stands for Video On Demand, and is part of the brave new world of “television.” Already part of many digital cable services, this service allows you to choose what you want to watch, and when you want to watch it. It’s sort of like Tivo and other video recorders, in that you can start when you want and pause if you like. The difference is that the show...

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Google HDTV?

September 28, 2005 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Google — the juggernaut that defined the Web search market — appears poised to expand its reach. A job posting on the company Web site seeks candidates to “identify key market trends that are shaping user behavior when watching television.” Google has already discovered ways to make lots of money pairing advertisers with Web users who are looking for information on certain topics. This job posting could be an early...

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