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Panasonic Announces Long Life Plasma HDTVs

August 15, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Panasonic is "the Official HDTV of the Olympic Games", according to their press release in which they announce that their entire line of 1080p Viera plasma HDTV models for 2008 now have a lifetime rating of 100,000 hours. If you figure on the typical 6.5 hours of viewing a day, 365 days a year, that works out to about 42 years. In other words, buy one today and you can...

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Digital Transition: Border Wars

August 14, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
As reported here last spring, the impending transition to digital-only terrestrial television broadcasts (by full power stations) is creating a problem for stations in the United States along the border with Mexico. They have to compete with high-powered TV transmissions from Mexican stations that are serving the same markets on both sides of the border . And the Mexican stations are not obligated to switch to digital broadcasts in February...

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Mounting Advice

August 13, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Premier Mounts is... well... one of the premier companies making flat panel mounts. According to some reports, about three out of four flat panels in corporate settings get mounted, but only about one in four in homes. If you think you might want to be one of that 25%, Premier has just posted a short video -- under four minutes -- that gives you a good overview of selecting and...

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Canon Back on Track with SED

August 12, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
An appeals court ruled last week that Canon had not broken its license with Applied Nanotech Holdings for the company's SED -- surface-conduction electron-emitter display -- technology. SED is a novel flat panel display technology that puts tiny electron emitters behind each sub-pixel. The result is an extremely thin panel that produces an emissive image similar to that of a picture tube (CRT) television. Canon had partnered with Toshiba a...

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HDTV Alternative Technologies

August 11, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, LCD is the worst display technology except all the others that have been tried. The panels take many complex and precise steps to manufacturer using discrete sheets of glass substrates (instead of a more efficient roll of some material), and the finished product blocks about 95% of the light from the backlight even when it is showing a full white screen. And yet, the technology remains...

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Wal-Mart Sales Are Up

August 8, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Spurred in part by flat panel TV sales, Wal-Mart reported a 6.7% increase in sales for July compared with a year ago. Given the uncertainty of the economy, higher food and gas prices, and rising unemployment, it's interesting to see that flat panel sales continue to be strong at Wal-Mart. I have to wonder what the product mix is in these sales figures. Is it primarily smaller-size bargain brand models,...

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Reader Question: How Green is My HDTV?

August 7, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: Some weeks ago, I heard you mention thedifference in power consumption between LCD and plasma televisions on The Personal Computer Show. I have found that Crutchfield provides a comparison option which includes their own testing of TVs. When you have some time, could you compare the four 46" models I have listed below, using Crutchfield.com. From what I can determine there does not seem to be a great deal...

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Subscription Fees Lose Out to “Free”

August 6, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
My friend and colleague Steve Sechrist at Insight Media wrote a great piece in that company's free "Display Daily" newsletter about problems facing two subscription-based mobile TV services. Mobile Broadcasting Corp. in Japan will shut down next spring after failing to sign up enough subscribers in spite of 10 years of trying and Toyota's endorsement. In Germany, Mobile 3.0 is throwing in the towel as well. In both cases, free...

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Converter Coupons Go Unused

August 5, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
The federal government is providing rebate coupons to consumers who want to buy a converter for their analog-only television sets before the transition to all digital broadcasts next February. (See the HDTV Almanac entry for details about the coupon program.) The NTIA has issued about 20 million coupons so far. However, the coupons have a 90-day expiration, and of those that have passed that date, less than half have been...

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Olympic Coverage Includes Online

August 4, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
NBC is touting the fact that it will offer 1,400 hours of Olympic coverage on its various networks, including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, and Telemundo. It also will have 24/7 live and repeat HD coverage on Universal HD. If you want to check out what networks are available to you on your cable or satellite service, just enter your ZIP Code and service at http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv_and_online_listings/zone=ET/day=1/index.html to see what's available. But...

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