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HDTV Almanac - Best Buy: $10 per Inch for 50″ LCD

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2012, 1:00pm

This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500. Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which … Continue reading →

Politics & PolicyPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Almanac - More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

By Alfred Poor • Jun 29 2012, 1:00pm

In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S. in support of his statement about the FCC auction … Continue reading →


HDTV Almanac - Google TV: Round 2

By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2012, 1:00pm

Google TV is back. After an abortive first attempt two years ago, the second generation is getting close to shipping. Both Sony and Vizio have announced network media players based on the Google software, and LG has a new LCD … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

By Alfred Poor • Jun 27 2012, 1:00pm

Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race? It … Continue reading →


HDTV Almanac - Sony and Panasonic: New Entrants in OLED TV Race

By Alfred Poor • Jun 26 2012, 1:00pm

This story has me scratching my head a bit; Sony and Panasonic will partner in developing OLED TVs. According to the press release, the two companies will pool their “core and printing technologies” to develop a “printing method-based next-generation OLED … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Strawberries and Cream Over the Top

By Alfred Poor • Jun 25 2012, 1:00pm

There is one type of content that makes “television” the most compelling entertainment media available: live sports. If streaming video — also known as “over the top” — is going to make serious inroads into the traditional linear television broadcasting … Continue reading →

Politics & Policy

HDTV Almanac - Supreme Court Throws Out FOX and ABC Sanctions

By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2012, 1:00pm

The FCC suffered a bit of an “enforcement malfunction” yesterday when the Supreme Court threw out sanctions against ABC and FOX. Disney had been hit with a $1.2 million penalty for nudity in an “NYPD Blue” episode on ABC, while … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Verizon Jacks Up the Speed

By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2012, 1:00pm

Verizon’s FiOS service has become very popular with some users for its outstanding broadband service speeds. It doesn’t seem that long ago that getting a couple Mbps over DSL was amazing; now FiOS service starts at 15 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. And Verizon has now raised the ante. Recognizing that broadband households are [...]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Online Video Gets More Product Placements

By Alfred Poor • Jun 20 2012, 1:00pm

If you’re a long-time reader of the HDTV Almanac, you know that one of my favorite hobbyhorses to ride is the question of “who is going to pay for the video content?” Advertisers have long been aware that we’re skipping their commercials with our DVRs, but they were at a loss about what to do instead. [...]


HDTV Almanac - Sharp Ships 90″ LCD HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 19 2012, 1:00pm

Imagine a television that is more than six and a half feet wide. Imagine that you could have one in your living room now if you want it. It’s not a pipedream; it’s the Sharp LC-90LE745U 90″ LCD HDTV, and the company announced yesterday that it is available now from select retailers in the U.S. [...]

Internet HD VideoService & Repair

HDTV Almanac - Amazon Adds MGM Movies

By Alfred Poor • Jun 18 2012, 1:00pm

Amazon Instant Video is the quiet third-place contender behind Netflix and Hulu, but the service keeps adding content to its catalog. Many of the titles are available for free streaming — some in high-definition — for customers who pay for an Amazon Prime membership at $79 per year. In addition to benefits such as free [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Net Neutrality: Justice Department Investigates Cable

By Alfred Poor • Jun 15 2012, 1:00pm

The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into cable television company practices, especially as they relate to streaming online video from sources such as Netflix and Hulu. One focus of the agency’s concerns is the fact that some cable companies are imposing data caps on subscriber usage of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Comcast, TiVo, and… PayPal?

By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2012, 1:00pm

Attention: QVC Shoppers! Open up those home equity credit lines because shopping online is about to get faster and easier! On Tuesday, Scott Dunlap, vice president of emerging opportunities with PayPal, announced a new partnership with Comcast and TiVo. What could a cable giant, a DVR maker, and an online payment processor possibly do together? Let [...]


HDTV Almanac - Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2012, 1:00pm

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and “direct LED” TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Redbox and Netflix Go Around Disney for “John Carter”

By Alfred Poor • Jun 12 2012, 1:00pm

In yet another attempt to put a genie back in the bottle, Disney has decided not to give Redbox or Netflix access to “John Carter” on DVD when the movie becomes available for retail customers, according to a story in the LA Times. Instead, the disc rental companies will have to wait at least 28 days [...]


HDTV Almanac - OLED HDTVs Are Really Coming… Maybe

By Alfred Poor • Jun 11 2012, 1:00pm

Okay, I have to start by waving the white flag of surrender. As many of you may have noticed, I went “dark” for an extended period last fall while I was working on some major projects. For the past month or so, I’ve been behind but I was struggling to catch up by back-dating my [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Comcast Partners with Skype

By Alfred Poor • May 21 2012, 1:00pm

In a joint announcement last week, Comcast and Skype unveiled plans to provide video chat service to Xfinity customers. By adding an adapter box to their set-top box and a “high-quality” video camera, subscribers will be able to send or receive instant messages or video calls to any Skype user worldwide, including smart phones, tablets, and [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Alone Together: Is Split Screen TV a Good Idea?

By Alfred Poor • May 18 2012, 1:00pm

Conventional wisdom has it that television remains a group activity. We are rapidly being assimilated by our personal mobile devices, and I often see two people together who are both busy texting or Facebooking or whatever on their smartphones. Then I read a blog entry by some DisplaySearch analysts that describe a new “smart dual [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Turn a Projector into 3D with SmartCrystal Pro

By Alfred Poor • May 17 2012, 1:00pm

My good friend, colleague, and sometimes co-author M. David Stone alerted me to a product that he recently reviewed for PC Magazine: the SmartCrystal Pro from Volfoni. This is a device that can turn any 3D-capable front projector into one that uses passive glasses for $1,500 (street price). Inexpensive 3D projectors require you to use bulky shutter [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Cable Loses; Telco Wins; SatTV Draws

By Alfred Poor • May 16 2012, 1:00pm

The Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011. The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010. The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S. cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011. The telco services (Verizon’s FiOS and [...]