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HDTV Expert - EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

By Ken Werner • Feb 27 2015, 4:07pm

There is a company you’ve probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world’s largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #633: Use an AVR for Pre/Pro or a PreAmp?

By The HT Guys • May 2 2014, 8:13am

We recently reviewed the NuForce AVP-18 all-digital HT dedicated preamp/processor (MSRP $1095) paired with the NuForce MCA-20 multi-channel amplifier (MSRP $1995). Our goal was to compare the performance of separates with the performance of a high quality AVR to see how they'd stack up. We used to hold the position that for just about everyone, the AVR would be more than good enough...

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HDTV Expert - Deconstructing Aereo

By Pete Putman • Apr 18 2014, 7:54pm

On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Aereo case. Broadcasters want the company's unique 'antenna to IP' service shut down, claiming it is avoiding retransmission fees by a clever legal/engineering system, and operates in violation of copyright laws. Aereo and many other amicus briefs argue that Aereo is within its rights […]

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HDTV Expert - January’s TV is February’s Digital Sign

By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:41pm

A lot of the display-related excitement at January’s CES 2014 related to 4K, multi-touch panels, and gesture-related system control. A month later, and those same technologies were being featured in digital signage at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), also in Las Vegas. It’s impressive how quickly 4K migrated from television to signage. LG’s 105-inch Ultra […]

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HDTV Expert - Thursday Evening at a Sony Store

By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:29pm

After the close of Digital Signage Expo, my colleague Steve Sechrist and I had a dinner of expensive (but excellent) Las Vegas hamburgers and talked as we wandered around the Forum Shops. We wound up at the Sony Store, nearly deserted late on a Thursday evening in early February. We had leisurely conversations with the […]

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HDTV Expert - Digital In The Desert: The 2014 HPA Tech Retreat

By Pete Putman • Feb 20 2014, 8:00pm

I'm writing this while sitting in the third day of the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, which is one of the top technology conferences anywhere and which attracted well over 500 attendees this year to the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort in the Palm Springs area. I've been attending the Retreat since 2002, and it […]

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HDTV Expert - “Antenna” Digital TV: When All Else Fails…

By Pete Putman • Feb 10 2014, 9:24pm

During winter storms, the terrestrial 'one serving many' digital TV broadcast model continues to chug along reliably, providing timely news and weather updates and helping us feel like we're not cut off from the rest of the world.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #618: Best of CES 2014 and Top Tech to Watch this Year

By The HT Guys • Jan 17 2014, 7:38am

CES has come and gone so today we talk about what others have deemed 'Best'. We rundown winners (home theater related) from the Digital Trends, Engadget, and CES Innovations. Follow the links for the complete list.

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HDTV Expert - Smartphones vs. Digital Cameras: The Death Knell?

By Pete Putman • Dec 27 2013, 5:10pm

For those of us who focus on trends in display technology, trends in digital photography seem to be happening in another, parallel universe. Yet, what happens in that universe has a very real impact in ours. For the third year in a row, shipments and sales of digital cameras have declined worldwide — and the […]

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HDTV Expert - E Ink Raises the Electrophoretic Bar

By Ken Werner • Sep 16 2013, 5:29pm

E Ink recently announced the availability of Carta, its new electrophoretic imaging film, which will be the face of Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite eReader. The Paperwhite can be pre-ordered now and will ship on September 30.
What Carta does, said E Ink Product Management Director Giovanni Mancini in an exclusive phone conversation on September 10, is [...]

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HDTV Expert - DEG: Here’s The Rest of the Story

By Pete Putman • Aug 9 2013, 3:11pm

Here's the latest Home Entertainment Report from the Digital Entertainment Group. And it shows that the trend away from physical media to downloads and streaming is gaining strength.

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HDTV Expert - Marseille’s Spectacular 4K Up-Converting Chips

By Ken Werner • Jun 21 2013, 10:45pm

At Pepcom’s Digital Experience event, held last night (June 20, 2013) at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, Marseille Networks introduced the VTV-122X family of video processing chips, which up-converts SD and HD 2D video to 4K resolution, and up-converts 3D video from legacy HDMI sources to 1080p. Both Marseille and Technicolor, whose booth Marseille [...]

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HDTV Expert - Digital Signage at SID 2013

By Ken Werner • Jun 2 2013, 11:58pm

Manufacturers of large display panels don’t make much — or any — money on panels for television, so the rapidly growing market for digital signage is a bright spot.
SID Display Week — held May 19-24, 2013 in Vancouver, B.C. — is a display technology show that is not known for a focus on digital signage, [...]

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HDTV Expert - Once More, Back to the – Window??

By Pete Putman • Mar 25 2013, 11:27pm

HDTVexpert tests yet another box full of indoor digital TV antennas. Read on to see which ones performed best!

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #574: WD TV Play and Projector vs Large Format TV

By The HT Guys • Mar 15 2013, 7:09am

Media players have become the bridge to all our content. Whether that content is located in the cloud or on a server somewhere on your local network, these media players turn the digital bits into hours of multimedia enjoyment. We've looked a few devices over the years and they keep getting better and better. The WD TV Play is the latest one we look at and at $70 (Buy Now) its priced in about the middle of the pack.

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HDTV Expert - Digital Signage Expo Grows in Size and Energy

By Ken Werner • Mar 5 2013, 3:39am

Digital Signage Expo (DSE), running from February 26 to 28 this year in Las Vegas, had 22% more exhibitors this year than last, but the growth felt larger than that and the high energy level was palpable. Exhibitors I questioned were pleased with their booth traffic, with some “complaining” of being too busy. One exhibitor [...]

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HDTV Expert - 4K: HDTV Redux? – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Nov 20 2012, 5:18pm

If the recent flurry of news about 4K TV gives you a sense of déjà vu, you're not alone.

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HDTV Expert - Is Cord-cutting Hurting the Pay TV Market? — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Aug 3 2012, 8:04pm

In a recent report, Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) tries hard to make the case that cord-cutting is not hurting the pay-TV market. The company directs its report, 'North America Digital Television Forecast: 1H'12,' at the digital part of the market, and forecasts that digital subscriptions will increase from 114M in 2011 to 129M in 2016, for [...]

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HDTV Expert - Dish Network Hops Over the Top, by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Feb 22 2012, 8:09pm

In World War I, going 'over the top' of your trench into often-withering machine-gun fire took tremendous courage — and ended the lives of millions of soldiers.  The consequences are not as dire for the new management team at troubled Dish Network, and the company is light-heartedly hopping over the top with the help of [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Retransmission Fees: Who Is Winning?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 13 2012, 1:00pm

As I have mentioned recently, one of the big topics for 2012 will be the dispute over retransmission fees. Cable and satellite service providers complain that the content producers are holding their customers hostage in order to extort larger fees for the rights to rebroadcast their copyrighted programming. The result has been blackouts of channels [...]