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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  • Camcorderinfo.net: Panasonic Teases $3,000 Flash Media HD Camcorder

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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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    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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