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 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.
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.