By Pete Putman • Mar 21 2014, 3:16pm
Yesterday, Samsung held its annual home entertainment press event to show off its 2014 line of televisions.
Not surprisingly, the emphasis was on curved screens, so Samsung chose an appropriate venue for the event — the striking, spiraling Guggenheim Museum on 88th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York.
At the International CES a few […]
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.
By The HT Guys • May 17 2013, 7:11am
We're willing to admit, and we probably aren't the only ones, that 3D simply is not the next big thing in home entertainment.
Sure it sounded cool on paper, but in reality 3D at home just doesn't provide the immersive 3D experience you get in a theater.
Couple that with eye fatigue, headaches and seizures and 3D hasn't delivered.
Of the two options vying for the title of next big thing, OLED and 4K, which one has a better chance of claiming the throne?
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 →
By Alfred Poor • May 3 2012, 1:00pm
A new white paper from Parks Associates reports on the shifting trends in home entertainment.
One of the most telling statistics in this document is that the average broadband user in U.S.
households now watches 1.6 hours a weeek of Internet video on their television.
Not on their notebook or smartphone or tablet or desktop [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2012, 1:00pm
Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices.
We’ve gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like “meat puppets” that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world.
The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 29 2012, 1:00pm
The writing is on the wall.
Or perhaps it is just encoded in microscopic pits on a polycarbonate disc.
But wherever you choose to read the signs, it is clear that physical distribution of entertainment media is on the way out.
It has happened in the music industry, and we appear to be reaching a [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 28 2012, 4:08pm
Panasonic's current TV lineup includes LCD, plasma, active shutter 3DTV, AND passive 3DTV in all sizes.
So, what's the 2012 marketing strategy — something for everyone?
By Alfred Poor • Feb 20 2012, 1:00pm
What do people really watch when they watch the SuperBowl? Thanks to the new world of connected entertainment systems, TiVo has a very good idea.
By monitoring an anonymous sample of 41,666 households equipped with TiVo DVRs, the company can compile a map of “live and same-day” viewing of content that was watched at “play” [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2012, 1:00pm
Touch is transforming our entertainment experience.
Second-screen tablets and smartphones are programming our DVR services, delivering supplementary and interactive social content to linear programming, and becoming content delivery platforms in their own right.
And while there still is a place for keyboard in this brave new world, touch interfaces are playing an increasingly-important role in [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2011, 1:00pm
Are people unhappy with their pay TV subscriptions? Is the bad economy wiping out the money that people are willing to spend on television entertainment? According to the second quarter earnings reports, the cable and satellite television services lost a net of 553,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year.
Only DirecTV picked up [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2011, 1:00pm
I suspect that many of the readers of this column don’t remember the sinking feeling of arriving at someone’s home in response to a dinner invitation, only to find a Kodak Carousel slide projector set up on the living room coffee table.
It meant that you were in for hours of post-meal “entertainment” of reviewing [...]
By Pete Putman • May 30 2011, 7:16pm
A recent study commissioned by the Digital Entertainment Group says consumers are “tremendously satisfied” with the home 3D experience.
Did you expect to hear otherwise?
By Alfred Poor • May 27 2011, 1:00pm
[I have not run out of material about SID Display Week 2011, but it’s time to get back to some of the other news in the HDTV Almanac world of large screens and home entertainment.]
One of my favorite hobbyhorses is the concept that content as a service will eventually become separated from the data pipes [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 17 2011, 1:00pm
HDMI Licensing is the organization charged with protecting the intellectual property pool for the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standard.
This has become the first choice for digital high definition connections for home entertainment devices and accessories, and is supported by more than 1,000 companies who have licensed these patents.
Not all manufacturers have bothered to pay [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2011, 1:00pm
I apologize in advance for starting the new year off with a rant; I usually try to keep my posts upbeat and focused on the optimistic side of HDTV and home entertainment news and technology.
But I want to start off the new year with a message for everyone who is waiting for a wonderful, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Dec 31 2010, 1:00pm
It’s a time to look back and look ahead.
It’s been a busy year in the HDTV and home entertainment world, and next year promises to be even busier!
I want to take a quiet moment to thank you for your support of HDTV Almanac.
I’m glad to know that so many of you find the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Dec 20 2010, 1:00pm
Last year, HDTV Almanac was honored with a “Golden Retrevo Award” for 2010 for its coverage of HDTV and home entertainment technology topics.
As 2010 draws to a close, Retrevo is getting ready to choose the winners for 2011.
And once again, HDTV Almanac has been nominated for the award.
This year, they are asking readers [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 5 2010, 1:00pm
While some people are mounting their flat panel HDTVs on the wall, many still have their sets placed in an entertainment center or sitting on a low table.
And these pose a significant safety risk to small children.
One study showed that in 2007, almost 17,000 children were admitted to emergency rooms after having furniture [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 29 2010, 1:00pm
Ah, the brave new world of home entertainment.
Streaming video across high-speed broadband connections will cause legions of viewers to cut their cable cords (and satellite cords, except that satellites don’t have cords).
HDTVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, and even digital picture frames have wired and wireless connections to home networks, opening up a [...]