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April 23, 2005


Head over to the DV eStore Theater for a bunch of short interviews on the NAB floor. Hear stright from the horse's mouth about Final Cut Pro 5, the new JVC ProHD camera, Jan Crittenden on the Panasonic AG-HVX200, and more.

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April 22, 2005


Great, another reason to lust after high-def televisions. Perhaps the best reason? Ireland's siliconrepublic.com reports on a recent speech by Sony Europe president Chris Deering:

Deering offered a rare insight into the forthcoming PS3 reckoned by many to be launching this Christmas. While he wouldn’t elaborate on a date, Deering said networking will be key to the PS3 and that with the cell chip included, it will be 1,000 times more powerful than the PlayStation 2. “Imagine 256 billion floating point calculations — that’s your engine room. The graphics will be fantastic if you have a HDTV. We will pioneer a new realm of HD gaming. It’s exciting and it’s coming your way.

I predict games that will actually make your head explode.

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April 13, 2005


JvcprohdJVC is ready to give the Sony HDV-based cameras a run for their money. The JVC GY-HD100 ups the ante for filmmakers with true 24p and the higher resolution ProHD format. Not to mention superior audio features, and much more.

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  • VideoSystems review
  • eventDV.net review
  • CanopusHDV Education site helps video professionals who are considering the move from standard definition to the new HDV format.
  • Camcorderinfo.net: Panasonic Teases $3,000 Flash Media HD Camcorder

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    April 12, 2005

    Me TV

    C|Net has a great site on the current state of television-in-flux called Me TV: Television of the future.

    New technologies, from on-demand programming to TiVo offshoots to flat screens to HDTV, are radically changing the benign concept of traditional television. Viewers are now gaining control over the mass medium, creating interactive communities and installing custom-made home media networks. As entire industries are redefined, how are networks, content providers and advertisers adjusting their strategies?

    Speaking of media-in-flux, keep an eye on Open Media Network, a "free public service designed to help you enjoy a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer's copyrights." The service will be powered by Kontiki, a commercial BitTorrent-like shared downloading scheme that the BBC used to deliver prime-time TV via the internet.

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    April 07, 2005

    Digital TV: Not Just for TVs Anymore

    TorrentocracyYou might think digital television would require some sort of settop box and, you know, a television. Nope. Digital television is arguably expanding to include video content delivered digitally, whether through the internet or even formats like Windows Media High Definition Video which can be downloaded or served up on a DVD.

    EXHIBIT A: Music Television - no longer on your television.

    MTV Overdrive brings you the latest news, music, live performances, short form shows and music videos directly to your PC.

    EXHIBIT B: ABC News smartly distributes video content through new media.

    ABC News on Monday said it would launch an expanded suite of video news products available on the Internet, wireless devices, and someday, maybe even on cable television.

    Now, all it has to do is find someone actually willing to put it on television.

    ABC's ambitious plan takes the unusual approach of making its programming available to new media outlets even before it completes a plan to get it on TV.

    EXHIBIT C: Indie producers don't need no stinking television.

    Interested in helping to weave together a new marketplace for the independent media producer? Prodigem has just launched a new part of its service that allows you to sell your content. Check out more info for all the details, but the gist is that you will shortly be able to upload your content into Prodigem, name your selling price and then have Prodigem collect your revenue while controlling access to the torrent.

    If that last one is confusing, I recommend reading this explanation of BitTorrent and a very important article on the importance of diverse, independent media, The Long Tail.

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    April 05, 2005

    HDMI: High Definition Multimedia Interface

    Hey, let's take a little lingo break shall we? HDMI. You see it in all kinds of devices: HDTV-ready TVs, cheap and expensive DVD players, home theater receivers and projectors... everywhere. Yeah, but what the hell is it?

    Nikkei Electronics Asia has a nice little article explaining everything you'd ever want to know:

    Today, the display information coming from a STB, a DVD player, a video game machine or a PC, is basically digital (MPEG2 data stream or computer-generated graphics) and is processed digitally. So the question which inevitably rises is, if the display is in essence needing digital data to display, why should we go on using analog cable connections in our audio video system?

    Digital interfaces solve most of the problems encountered with analog: additional unnecessary conversions from and to digital, easy loss of image quality of the analog signal depending on cables length and quality, the number of cables needed to transport analog video and audio at optimum quality, and lack of adequate data protection.

    Never mind that last one. You don't really hear consumers complaining of a "lack of adequate data protection," do you? Screaming for more data freedom is more like it.

    It's perhaps only a matter of time before wireless uncompressed HD signal transmissions eliminate the need for any cables at all.

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    SunBrite All-Weather LCD TV

    Finally, I can spray a hose on my widescreen television!

    Here's one for you folks that live in your outdoor pool: SunBriteTV All-Weather Outdoor LCD:

    Designed for permanent outdoor residential and commercial installation, SunBriteTV allows you to enjoy TV and video entertainment in the comfort of your own backyard and at other outdoor venues, regardless of the weather!

  • Super-bright high-resolution 20.1" LCD display
  • All-weather enclosure protects internal components from extreme weather conditions, rain, dirt, insects, and scratches
  • Now, if they could only protect it from my darn kids! [fake laughter, followed by applause] [via TV Snob]

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    April 04, 2005

    DirecTV's HD TiVo a No-Go?

    Should you get DirecTV's high-definition TiVo [CNet video] to go with your new HDTV? This Washington post article urges caution:

    Maybe not just yet. That $999, TiVo-based "DirecTV HD DVR" won't be able to tune in the high-definition network broadcasts DirecTV plans to offer by the end of this year. The company will transmit those sharper versions of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and their ilk in a more efficient video format that, in turn, will require new receivers.

    Price to upgrade to the new receivers: Unknown.

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    April 03, 2005


    Aren't we good little consumers? Yes, yes we are.

    Nearly half of all consumers plan to make their next television purchase a high-definition (HDTV) television set, according to a new consumer survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today. The survey results reinforce CEA's market research projection that total digital television (DTV) unit shipments will surpass analog television sales for the first time in 2005, based on the "digital tuner mandate" issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    So, you lustful HD-geeks, check out the CNet reviews of hot new televisions debuted at CES. Hide your daughters from the Samsung HPR8072 80-inch plasma screen. I don't even have a wall that wide.

    Possibly more exciting is the LG 60PY2DR 60-inch plasma TV with a built-in 160GB DVR for recording high-definition content and CableCard, eliminating a couple of settop boxes. (CableCard F.A.Q. and why you might not want this) If a generic DVR isn't good enough, you'll probably be wanting the new High-Definition, Digital Cable Ready TiVo.

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    April 01, 2005

    Liberate Digital Television!


    The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Television Front of Digital Liberation wants you to exercise your freedom of content. Acquire or build your own PVRs and HDTV tuners, before the FCC/Hollywood-mandated "broadcast flag" goes into effect in 90 days - dooming your content to their DRM lockbox.

    We at EFF want to do our part to advance the DTV transition -- and the public's rights to receive and manipulate DTV broadcasts with technologies they choose.

    We want to keep the right to time- and space-shift that the VCR has given us (against Hollywood's protest). We want to keep the fair use rights that let us excerpt clips from press conferences or make our own "Daily Show" from the evening news. That's why we're encouraging people to buy HDTV tuner cards now and build multi-function receivers and recorders around them.

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