Your Complete Guide to Satellite HDTV

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LCD TVs: From Desktop to Den

October 19, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
By all accounts — including the numbers from Pacific Media Associates where I’m a Senior Research Associate — the LCD TV market is growing rapidly, especially for screens 30-inches and smaller. Lots of companies have been making LCD displays in this size range for years for the desktop computer monitor market. That market is crowded and margins are tight, so it should be no surprise that some established brands are...

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Dude! I’m Watching a Dell HDTV!

October 18, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
This changes everything. Dell is a juggernaut that has grown to dominate the desktop and laptop computer markets. And now the company is setting its sights on the living room with its new large flat panel TV offerings. In addition to smaller sets, the company now offers a 37-inch LCD HDTV and a 50-inch plasma HDTV. (You can learn more about the differences between LCD and plasma in Professor Poor's...

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iTunes Does Digital TV

October 17, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
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: Ibex Marketing
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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Networks for HDTV?

October 13, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The Digital Delivery Group is a consortium of consumer electronics distributors, working with the custom-installation home theater segment. The group sees a major sea change in how home entertainment systems are structured. In the past, everything connected to the television. The new concept is that everything is connected to the network. This makes the display one more component of the entire system, and the focus is on the data —...

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HDTV Lies, Damned Lies, and Specifications

October 12, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The HDTV display manufacturers and retailers are in danger of turning specifications into a waste of the paper that they're printed on. Specifications can be important to buyers who want to comparison shop, but they are dangerous for if you don't know what's being measured and what difference it might make. Too often, people make decisions based on which model has the highest numbers. And the problem is that in...

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HDTV on DVD: Will blue lasers be too late?

October 11, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
WARNING: there are acronyms in this item. There's no way to avoid it when discussing technical standards, but it's an important story, so hang with me on this one. Last month, Nero and KiSS announced that they will create a DVD recorder capable of recording and playing back content using MPEG-4 compression. This is a relatively new standard that is up to 4 times more efficient than the MPEG-2 encoding...

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$300 DVD LCD Projector

October 10, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
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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Recordable DVD Dilemma

October 7, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I want to replace my old DVD player with a DVD recorder so that I can record TV shows to watch later, but I'm confused by all the different formats. What's the difference between recording onto DVD-RAM disks and using DVD-RW disks? Also, I see that there's a DVD-R and DVD+R????? and DVD-RW and DVD+RW. Is any of this important? Rebecca S., San Francisco DVD (and DVD video) are mass-produced,...

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Samsung announces dual format HD DVD

October 6, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
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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