April 23, 2005
VIDEO FROM NAB
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.
April 22, 2005
PLAYSTATION 3: NETWORKED HD GAMING
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:
I predict games that will actually make your head explode.
April 13, 2005
JVC 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.
April 12, 2005
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.
April 07, 2005
Digital TV: Not Just for TVs Anymore
You 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.
EXHIBIT B: ABC News smartly distributes video content through new media.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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]
April 04, 2005
DirecTV's HD TiVo a No-Go?
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.
April 03, 2005
CONSUMER ACCEPTANCE OF HDTV ON THE RISE
Aren't we good little consumers? Yes, yes we are.
Consumer Electronics Association press release: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.
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.