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Can You Trust User Ratings?

September 16, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
You're shopping for a new HDTV (or anything else for that matter), and you do some research on the Web where you find lots of user ratings for various products. It's hard not to be influenced by a lot of positive ratings, but be careful. User ratings are not always reliable. I've written about this before, and it has been covered elsewhere. There's the problem that people are emotionally invested...

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2010: Year of 3DTV?

September 15, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Hannah Montana and U2 proved it. Chicken Little and UP! proved it. 3D movies are a big hit for Hollywood, and becoming a key part of the industry's strategic plans. In spite of being available at far fewer cinema screens than traditional 2D movies, the 3D versions consistently pull in more revenue than their flat versions. Clearly, consumers are willing to pay extra to see a movie in 3D. And...

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End of the Draft!

September 14, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Last Friday, the IEEE finally ratified the 802.11n specification. You may find this to be a big yawner, but it really has some important implications for HDTV. 802.11n is the latest in the varients of the 802.11 specifications, which are commonly known as WiFi. 802.11b was the original and most common. 802.11a and 802.11g are about five times faster than 802.11b, but only 802.11g uses the same radio spectrum and...

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Quake Breaks Glass Supply

September 11, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Did you notice the news reports last month about an earthquake in Japan? You may not have paid much attention, figuring that it didn’t have any direct impact on you. Well, if you’re in the market for an LCD HDTV before the end of this year, that quake could have had more impact than you thought. As it turns out, Corning has an LCD glass production facility in Shizuoka that...

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Torrent HDMI Cables Get Distribution

September 10, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
I first wrote about Torrent's Sureconnect HDMI cables back in June. These cables have a feature that makes the connection more secure, and the plug less likely to pull out of the connector by accident. They also have a clever feature in that an LED lights up to indicate that you've got a solid connection. In the past few weeks, the company has made a couple of noteworthy announcements. Their...

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HDTV and Video Phones

September 9, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Dick Tracy had his two-way wrist video communicators, and I don't know about you, but I believed that we'd all be using them by now. The idea of video phone calls has had a strong appeal for decades, but many efforts have failed to make them a practical reality. But maybe that's changing at last. All the pieces are falling into place to make this commonplace, however. We've got HDTVs...

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Vudu Scores Twice

September 8, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Vudu is an online service that provides streaming access to rental movies and other content. Two of the key attributes of the service are 1080p resolution and instant streaming (provided you have sufficient bandwidth). As a measure of the growing interest in broadband-delivered video content, two major HDTV manufacturers have recently announced plans to support Vudu directly in their sets. Mitsubishi is now shipping two Diamond Unisen LCD HDTVs --...

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No Labor Day

September 7, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
I hope that you're getting the chance to enjoy some time off today. I am. When you read this, I may be tucked away in a shady spot enjoying a cold beverage, or I may be preparing to fire up the grill for a traditional attempt at charring dinner. But in any case, I'm not working on the Almanac today. I do want to thank you for your interest and...

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YouFlix?

September 4, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Many sources have published reports that Google is negotiating with Hollywood studios for deals to offer streaming movie rentals on YouTube. The service already has permission to stream some full length movies for free, but these are older titles from the back catalog with limited appeal. YouTube wants to offer the latest movies, and if possible, on the same day as the DVD release. Hollywood already makes its movies available...

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HDMI 1.4: What Is It Good For?

September 3, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
My good friend and colleague Ken Werner of Nutmeg Consultants sent me a link to an interesting white paper on the Key Digital site. The article provides a comparison of all the versions of HDMI from 1.0 to 1.4, listing the different features supported by each version. What sets this apart from other similar comparisons is that the author then analyzes the significance of each of the features, with special...

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