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Truth Patrol: Digital TV Misinformation Abounds

December 11, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, the fact is that I could probably write every entry from now until February 17, 2009 finding errors in what's being written about the digital TV transisition. Some of the errors apparently are made out of ignorance, and some are cases of the writer over-simplifying. But the fact remains that there's a lot of misleading information out there, and it only adds to the confusion. When a media outlet...

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Truth Patrol: Wal-Mart Goof

June 12, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
You have to be careful reading the specifications in advertisements, and we have a case in point this week in the Father's Day flyer from Wal-Mart: So what's wrong with this picture? A 52" LCD TV sounds interesting, and the under-$1,700 price sounds more like a plasma price than an LCD,so that's news. The ad also says that it is a "Full HDTV". But then it also states "1366 x...

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Truth Patrol: Not All RP Is LCD

March 14, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
NBC 13 in Birmingham, Alabama, certainly had its heart in the right place when it published "The In's And Out's Of HDTV" on its Web site for its viewers, but it would have been better if they got their facts straight before they tried to explain these topics. The story has a number of glaring mistakes, but here is the one section that I'll pick on here: "If you want...

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Truth Patrol: It’s Not 1080p

November 23, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Today is Black Friday, the day we all get excited about incredible deals on all sorts on consumer electronics. But just because we get excited, it doesn't mean that we should let accuracy fly out the window. And that goes double if you're part of the technology media whose mission is to help separate fact from fiction for consumers who are confused enough already. So, you can imagine how I...

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Truth Patrol: EDTV is Analog?

October 10, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
I know I did a Truth Patrol entry last week, but this one is too good to pass up. The WCPO Channel 9 Web site ran a story from the E.W. Scripps Co. about what you can expect to pay for an HDTV. The piece was doing fine until it ran off the tracks at the end: However, be careful of flat screen TV's for much under $300: They may...

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Truth Patrol: Radioactive HDTVs?

October 4, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, maybe I shouldn't pick on the Nigerian press, especially after all that country has done to help make sure that everyone gets plenty of email. But when I received this item from Vanguard Online, I couldn't believe that someone would actually publish this: General Manager of [LG]’s Nigerian operation, Mr. Tae-Joon Park also noted that ... "Plasma displays were also said to have short life spans because of the...

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Truth Patrol: What This Ad Means

September 11, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
This weekend, I found an a sales circular from Target as I was compiling the data for my Weekly Intelligence Report. One item prompted me to single out Target on the wording of one of their items: The ad shows a 37" Magnavox listed as a "1080i LCD HDTV". Two out of three ain't bad in most arenas, but in consumer electronics, a miss is as good as a mile....

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Truth Patrol: Not All Digital TV is Wide

August 20, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
I hate to pick on National Public Radio (NPR) because they do such an excellent job of broad and deep reporting on a wide variety of subjects. Following a sequence of links, I came across a piece on their Web site that does a pretty good job of addressing the problem of the upcoming cut-off of analog TV over-the-air broadcasts, and how to make sure you're getting an HD picture...

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Truth Patrol: Are DVDs HD?

April 19, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Everyone knows that people are confused about HDTV. And lots of people are trying to help consumers understand this technology and the various choices; that's why the HDTV Almanac exists in the first place. These efforts are commendable. But sadly, many responsible individuals and companies spread confusion and misinformation rather than eliminate it. Under the Truth Patrol's spotlight this time is Crutchfield. The company's latest catalog has a "Televisions Shopping...

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Truth Patrol: More Digital TV Confusion

March 5, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
The headline on the BizBlog on the Idaho Business Review Web site screams "You need to buy an HDTV in the next 24 months". This proves that there is at least one more Chicken Little writing about television in the blogosphere. Here are the facts, folks. In February 2009, analog broadcast over the air will cease. Digital broadcast over the air will continue, as it is available now. If you...

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