Your Complete Guide to Satellite HDTV

Learn more about satellite television and how it works.

HDCP Code Cracked

September 16, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
FOX News has reported confirmation by Intel that the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) code has been cracked. This code is designed to protect digital content such as high-definition Blu-ray movies, so that digitally-identical copies cannot be made from a commercial disc. The HDMI digital connections include HDCP support, for example. According to the reports, this development is not likely to result in an explosion of pirated BD movies hitting...

Continue Reading

Green Grows the ivi?

September 15, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, what would you pay to get live streaming content from a collection of broadcast television stations? We're talking about the same content that you could get for free over the air in a major metropolitan area, but that instead you can access over the Internet, no matter where you are. And even if you can't get a good digital broadcast signal where you are. What if I told you...

Continue Reading

Bye-bye HDMI and DVI?

September 14, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
DisplayLink is a clever company with some slick technology. They can connect a TV or computer monitor to a USB port, and deliver the image across the connection. Actually, they came up with the technology and the chips that do the magic, but then they let other companies build the computer monitors or adapter devices that can actually make the connection. You can find out more about these products at...

Continue Reading

Pay TV Market Shrinks in 10Q2

September 13, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
Few people love to pay their cable bill. Even fewer celebrate every time the monthly fee goes up again. Still, we're used to seeing a game of musical chairs when it comes to TV subscription services. Someone gets fed up with their local cable, and decides to switch to satellite service. Others are tired of the shortcomings of satellite, and switch to local cable. Still others are enamoured with the...

Continue Reading

Here Comes China!

September 10, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
I know, I know, you've heard that "sleeping giant" stuff too much lately. China's economy is becoming inexorably tied to that of the U.S., but there may be some ways that you haven't considered yet. For example, thanks to cheap manufacturing costs, many of our consumer electronics products are priced at just a fraction of what they were a few years ago, including HDTVs. Okay, maybe that's not news either....

Continue Reading

Universal 3D Glasses Are Here

September 9, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
I first mentioned XpanD's plan to make "universal" 3D shutter glasses back in March. At the IFA conference in Germany last week, the company unveiled the new glasses. The X103 model sells for about $145 a pair. The company also revealed a list of compatible sets on their Web Site. This list includes models from Sony, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, among others. Yes, the price is still high, but we...

Continue Reading

Good News for HDTV Buyers

September 8, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
I know that the economy is tough and lots of people are out of work. Even more people are walking on eggshells, hoping that they get to keep their current job. This is the point in the economic cycles where cash is king and bargains are to be had. And that's the case for HDTVs as well. There's a huge traffic jam in the inventory pipeline. The summer was even...

Continue Reading

OLED Screens from Carl Zeiss

September 7, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
You may recognize "Carl Zeiss" as the company that makes excellent optics for cameras and binoculars and telescopes, but the company also makes a head-mounted display system named "cinemizer". At the recent IFA show, the company revealed an upgraded model that uses OLED panels in the goggles to deliver the images. Now, the downside is that these goggles are limited to 640 by 480 resolution -- that's standard definition --...

Continue Reading

Redbox Hits Milestone

September 6, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
On Sunday, Redbox announced that the company had rented its one billionth movie. For those who care, the movie that put them over the top was "Clash of the Titans". Go figure. The important point is that the first Redbox movie kiosk appeared just six years ago. Now there are more than 24,000 of these convenient, unstaffed, automated little buggers. And the company has announced plans to add service at...

Continue Reading

iTV: iDon’t Get It

September 3, 2010 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Internet is buzzing with the news about Apple's iTV. At the very least, this is a refreshing change from it buzzing with rumors about iTV. We all know that Steve Jobs is the master marketer of our time; he can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse just by talking about it. The facts don't always support the assertions, however. (See my analysis of the claim that the...

Continue Reading