234w ago - According to Yahoo news, TV stations began cutting their analog signals this morning, but many have opted to wait until the evening.
That being said, if you still own an analog TV set and wish to continue using it be sure to drop by www.DTV2009.gov to get a coupon for the now-required converter box.
There are also DTV FAQs available HERE and HERE for those interested.
The only part I dislike about going digital is that portable TVs (such as the Sony Watchman) are now a thing of the past.
To quote: Research firm SmithGeiger LLC said Thursday that about 2.2 million households were still unprepared around the beginning of June. Sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters, it surveyed 948 households that relied on antennas and found that 1 in 8 had not connected a digital TV or digital converter box.
"We know some viewers will wait until the very last minute, or even after June 12, until they take action," said Paul Karpowicz, second vice chair of the television board of the NAB.
Stations will start cutting their analog signals Friday morning,...
250w ago - Over the weekend the Simpsons first HDTV introduction aired and featured the Nintendo DS.
In the new introduction, two of Lisa's classmates are playing on their Nintendo DS consoles while the Simpson family seems to have a new LCD TV. Elsewhere, Bart is now praising HDTV on the school blackboard... check it out below for those who missed it.
The video's caption reads as follows, courtesy of FoxBroadcasting:
Don't miss the first ever HD episode of The Simpsons, this Sunday at 8/7c, only on FOX! For full episodes of The Simpsons visit: http://www.fox.com/fod
PS: This is also a test of our Site News backend system, which is now (hopefully) fixed
280w ago - Reports indicate that Sony, Samsung, Hitachi, Motrola and more specialists have teamed up to form a joint industry development body to bring out a Wireless Home Digital Interface.
What this will allow is secure encrypted HD video delivery through multiple rooms and then some with less than one millisecond latency.
One member commented "If you have a TV in the home, that TV will be able to access any source in the home, whether it's a set-top box in the living room, or the PlayStation in the bedroom, or a DVD player in another bedroom."
To quote: What the flip is WHDI? Well, according to the Israel-based Amimon company on whose technology the standard is to be based, "A key ingredient of WHDI technology is a revolutionary video-modem that operates in the 5GHz unlicensed band to enable robust wireless delivery of uncompressed HD video (including 1080p).
"WHDI allows secure, encrypted HD video delivery through multiple rooms and other potential signal obstructions, such as people and furniture, while maintaining superb quality and robustness with less than one-millisecond latency."
Sitting on the board of Amimon is Dr. David Lee, the founder of the HDMI standard, so this looks like more than hot air.
295w ago - BUYING an HDTV usually starts with research. You then may make a decision based on what it looks like in the store.
Take the set home and the picture may look slightly different. Some colors are brighter than others, and the contrast between dark and light colors is heightened.
Now you need to calibrate the TV. Photographers and graphic artists have been doing color calibrations for years on their monitors in order to ensure that colors on screen accurately match what will appear in print or on a Web site. But now, with more consumers owning high-definition TVs – where every pixel pops off the screen – calibration becomes more important than with the old cathode-ray tube TV.
The easiest way to do it is to ask the electronics store to adjust it for you. It may also be one of the most expensive options. Geek Squad, the service arm of Best Buy, charges about $300 for the in-home service. But other people may find satisfactory results either with software included on some DVDs or by buying a special disc that takes the viewer through calibration steps.
The manufacturers tweak red, green and blue settings a bit to make the colors pop. They intensify blue, causing red and green to overcompensate in the image. Some people may like that look. But it creates an HDTV that is not only...