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  • Why AT&T's Sub-Par HD Picture Is Good For HD Owners

    05/21/2011 3:16:55 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 27 replies ^ | May 20, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (May 20, 2011) -- HDTV owners this week got the best news they've had in months, perhaps years. The American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual ratings showed that AT&T's U-Verse's 'satisfaction score' had fallen from 72 in 2010 to 68 in 2011. Now that's not a major drop and normally might not even be worth more than a sentence or two in a round-up story on the study. However, the reason the American Customer Satisfaction Index gave for the decline is big news -- and should serve as a stern warning to all TV providers in the future. That...
  • TV Technology: The 10 Biggest Lies

    05/19/2011 2:07:39 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 23 replies ^ | May 18, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of, over the next several months I plan to publish a series of features honoring what I think represents the '10 Best' in the field of TV technologies. (And in some cases, '10 Worst' articles will expose companies and people who I think are failing to strive toward excellence, or, in some cases, not even making a serious effort to satisfy their customers.) Thus far, for example, I've published the 10 Dumbest Things I've Seen In The Last 10 Years of TV Technology and the '10...
  • Why DIRECTV Won't Add AMC, BBC In HD

    05/07/2011 2:44:28 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 46 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 5, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2011) -- DIRECTV yesterday angered many HD subscribers when it added Shorts HD to the satcaster's $4.99 a month 'HD Extra Pack' package. The obscure channel, which features short live action and animated movies, was hardly in great demand among HD owners. In fact, it's likely that few high-def viewers had even heard of Shorts HD before yesterday; several subscriber emails to referred to it as 'Sports HD.' So, then, why did DIRECTV add the niche channel when it could have instead added more popular alternatives such as AMC HD, BBC America HD, E! Entertainment...
  • Dish Network, TiVo Settle Patent Case For $500M

    05/03/2011 2:30:14 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 7 replies ^ | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2011) -- Dish Network has agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle a seven-year DVR patent lawsuit that has threaten to inflict substantial damage on both companies over the years. The companies made the disclosure this morning. The settlement calls for Dish to pay TiVo $300 million at first and then another $200 million in six annual installments between 2012 and 2017. The announcement ends the legal dispute once and for all. TiVo originally sued Dish and its sister company, EchoStar, back in 2004, charging a patent violation for its 'Time Warp' feature which allows...
  • Consumers not ready for 3-D TV

    04/27/2011 2:27:50 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | Apr 25, 2011 | Philip Hunter
    3-D TV is not yet winning over consumers. TV makers have naturally been talking up 3-D TV whenever they can because it creates a new top-end market for boxes at a time when prices of existing HD-ready stock continues to plummet. Vendors of network infrastructure equipment rather like 3-D as well because it will eat up bandwidth and boost demand for their products in the access network, content distribution networks and in fiber-based cores. But, operators are more ambivalent, because they are not convinced that consumers are taking to 3-D in the way they did to HDTV, which delivered a...
  • Discovery to Dump HD Theater

    04/16/2011 5:49:13 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 24 replies ^ | April 14, 2011 | Philip Swann
    This is a sad day for consumers who bought High-Definition TVs before they were cool. Discovery has announced that it's replacing Discovery HD Theater with a new channel called Velocity designed to appeal to wealthy men. Basic cable conglomerates switch channels all the time -- Discovery, in fact, earlier this year replaced Discovery Health with OWN, Oprah Winfrey's new network. However, Discovery HD Theater, which launched in June 2002, was the channel of choice for many early HD owners. The channel was one of the few available in high-def in the first few years of the decade and HD owners...
  • Report: Apple May Launch HDTV In 2011

    04/13/2011 6:43:19 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies ^ | April 13, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2011) -- Apple may launch a Net-connected HDTV by the end of this year, reports a Wall Street analyst. writes that Brian White, an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities, has informed his clients that he has been attending a Chinese electronics trade show this week and he has learned that Apple may launch a 'Smart TV' this year. Rumors of Apple entering the TV category have circulated for months. "Our research suggests this Smart TV would go well beyond the miniature $99 second-generation Apple TV that the company released last fall and provide a full-blown TV...
  • TV Tech: 10 Smartest Things I've Seen In 10 Years (By Philip Swann)

    03/17/2011 3:45:34 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 22 replies ^ | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of, over the next several months I plan to publish a series of features honoring what I think represents the '10 Best' in the field of TV technologies. (And in some cases, '10 Worst' articles will expose companies and people who I think are failing to strive toward excellence, or, in some cases, not even making a serious effort to satisfy their customers.) Last week, I wrote the 10 Dumbest Things I've Seen In The Last 10 Years of TV Technology.' Today, I present the '10...
  • TV Tech: 10 Dumbest Things I've Seen In 10 Years

    03/09/2011 4:05:04 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 27 replies ^ | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of, over the next several months I plan to publish a series of features honoring what I think represents the '10 Best' in the field of TV technologies. (And in some cases, '10 Worst' articles will expose companies and people who I think are failing to strive toward excellence, or, in some cases, not even making a serious effort to satisfy their customers.) So today, I offer the '10 Dumbest Things I've Seen In The Last 10 Years of TV Technology' In 10 years of covering...
  • Are Plasma HDTVs Making a Comeback?

    02/22/2011 1:24:45 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 47 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 20, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2011) -- Big screen Plasma HDTV were the big winners of this year's Super Bowl TV battle, according to The NPD Group. The research firm says unit sales of Plasma sets jumped 45 percent during the week leading up to this year's Super Bowl, which was played on February 6. (The increase is compared to last year's pre-Super Bowl week.) Actual revenue from Plasma set sales rose 11 percent this year compared to last year's Super Bowl week. In contrast, LCD unit sales rose just 1 percent for the 40-inch and above category, NPD reports. The...
  • Best Buy Kicks Off HDTV Super Bowl Sale (and other retailers)

    01/25/2011 3:20:28 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 23, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2011) -- Best Buy today kicked off a Super Bowl sale featuring 14 Sony High-Definition TVs. The sale is good from January 23 to January 29. The Super Bowl, which will be played this year on February 6 in Dallas, traditionally is a driver of big-screen TV sales with consumers looking to upgrade their sets for the big game. During the promotion, Best Buy is offering discounts on 14 different Sony sets, including a * Sony Bravia 60-inch, 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $1,998 ($1,001 off the regular price) * Sony Bravia 55-inch, 1080p 120Hz LED...
  • CES 2011: The Show That Wasn't

    01/11/2011 1:55:53 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 22 replies ^ | January 10, 2011 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2011) -- The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is over but the marketing messages will live on in TV campaigns, billboards, Internet message boards, smartphone texts, you name it. CE companies are just getting started in their efforts to persuade you that you can't live without their new wares. During the show, the products getting the most attention, at least in the consumer electronics category, were tablets (read: iPad imitators); 'Smart TVs,' which enable users to surf the Net and watch videos instantly; new (and maybe improved) 3D TVs; and the usual array of novelty items such...
  • Swanni's 2011 TV Predictions

    12/29/2010 6:32:23 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 35 replies · 4+ views ^ | December 29, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 29, 2010) -- Okay, now that I have confessed that my TV predictions for 2010 resulted in a few strike outs -- and some home runs and extra base hits, I think it's time to issue my forecast for 2011. (My first prediction is that I will never again write a lead paragraph with so many qualifiers and compound statements as the one that precedes this story; oh, well, just killed that prediction.) My predictions for 2011, which will be published over the next three days, will cover a number of subjects, from which TV provider will...
  • DIRECTV Could Lose 40 Local TV Stations

    12/27/2010 7:04:06 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 29 replies · 9+ views ^ | December 26, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 26, 2010) -- DIRECTV could lose the right to air as many as 40 Raycom-owned local TV stations at the end of the year due to a programming fee fight. The Raycom impasse is the latest carriage headache for DIRECTV as the year comes to a close. Hearst Television is warning that DIRECTV will lose the right to carry roughly 30 of its local stations on January 1 if the two companies don't reach a new programming pact by then. And DIRECTV is negotiating with the Comcast-owned Golf Channel to keep it on the air. The satcaster's...
  • DirecTV To Pay $14.25M, Plus Restitution, To Settle Complaints

    12/15/2010 2:09:26 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 10 replies ^ | 12/14/2010 | John Eggerton
    DirecTV has reached a settlement agreement with States Attorney Generals in all 50 states over consumer complaints about its advertising, customer service and third-party retailer policies. A DirecTV spokesperson said the settlement included $14.25 million for court costs in all 50 of those states, plus an as-yet undetermined amount for restitution to consumers. The complaints date back to January 2007, according to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray in an e-mailed release about the settlement, which stems from allegations of deceptive and unfair business practices. For example, Cordray said his offices had received 1,714 complaints over that time, including that DirceTV...
  • U.S. Distributors To Skate With CBC's 3D NHL Telecast Saturday Night

    12/11/2010 1:57:27 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 4 replies ^ | 10Dec2010 | Mike Reynolds
    The CBC is presenting Hockey Night In Canada in 3D this Saturday and a number of U.S. distributors will be there when the puck drops on the enhanced telecast. In the first 3D National Hockey League telecast north of the border, CBC and Panasonic Canada will televise the Montreal Canadiens against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. (ET) from the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 11. The CBC feed, bolstered by views from Panasonic's professional full HD 3D cameras, is being made available in the States via NHL Network U.S At press time, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, DirecTV,...
  • Digital TV Antennas Find Frugal Young Fans

    12/06/2010 4:30:13 PM PST · by brityank · 44 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 5, 2010 | MATT RICHTEL and JENNA WORTHAM
    Rabbit Ears Perk Up for Free HDTV Julie and Anthony Bayerl of St. Paul, Minn., love watching prime-time shows on the sleek 50-inch television in their bedroom. They also love that they pay nothing for the programming. The only thing they do not love is how a low-flying plane, heavy rain or just a little too much movement in the room can wipe out the picture. “If someone is changing in there, it messes up your reception,” said Ms. Bayerl, a legislative assistant. “We try to stay very still when we watch television.” The Bayerls are using an old...
  • Can Dish Network Be Trusted?

    12/05/2010 2:47:53 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 41 replies ^ | December 5, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2010) -- Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen sometimes brags about his days as a Blackjack 'card counter' in the casinos of Las Vegas. In fact, the young Ergen was so good at skirting the Rules of the House that he was banned for life from playing in Sin City. As a reporter who has followed Ergen and Dish Network now for nearly two decades, I have to say that the wheeler-dealer still acts as if the rules don't always apply to him. Or at least his company does. Over the years, Dish has gotten entangled in...
  • Japan to Promote Ultra High-Def TV

    10/31/2010 5:41:05 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 81 replies ^ | October 28, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Japanese broadcaster NHK is planning public displays of its Ultra High-Definition TV system which supposedly offers a picture 16 times clearer than today's HDTVs. That's according to an article by The Hollywood Reporter. However, before you get too excited, the publication adds that it could be 2020 before you see UHDTV in anyone's living room. Still, NHK says it will shoot some of the 2012 London Olympics in the format and then transmit the images to public displays in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the ultra-clear picture delivers detail so precise that...
  • HDNet Goes Live For Final Discovery Launch (4:17 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 2)

    10/29/2010 4:12:03 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 29, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (October 29, 2010) -- HDNet, the 24-hour high-Definition network, will provide a live broadcast of the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Monday. (Update: The shuttle launch has been moved to 4:17 p.m. ET on Tuesday.) The launch is scheduled to take place at 4:40 p.m. ET from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. HDNet correspondent Greg Dobbs will anchor the HDNet coverage, which will begin at 4 p.m. ET. HDNet says that Discovery has been moved to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for its 39th mission, an 11 day trip to the International Space Station. On Discovery's...
  • Fox to Dish: You Got 3 Days Left

    09/28/2010 3:08:06 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 31 replies ^ | September 28, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2010) -- Fox is turning up the heat on Dish Network in the programming fee battle that threatens to force the satcaster to drop several Fox-owned channels by week's end. At a web site created to support its argument in the fight, Fox is now saying that Dish has just three days left to make a deal. Called, the site says unless a new programming agreement is reached between Fox and Dish by September 30, the satcaster will be forced to drop FX, National Geographic Channel, and 19 Fox regional sports networks on October 1....
  • Has HDTV Code Been Cracked? (Duh?)

    09/15/2010 7:29:58 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 14, 2010 | Blake Snow
    Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, the encryption that protects most high-definition video content may have just been cracked. Intel Corp. officials confirmed Tuesday to an investigation into a security breach, possibly a fundamental compromise of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) -- the digital rights management software that governs every device that plays high-def content.
  • Has HDTV Code Been Cracked?

    09/14/2010 8:21:55 PM PDT · by Doogle · 30 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/14/10 | Blake Snow
    Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, the encryption that protects most high-definition video content may have just been cracked. Intel Corp. officials confirmed Tuesday to an investigation into a security breach, possibly a fundamental compromise of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) -- the digital rights management software that governs every device that plays high-def content.
  • 2010 HDTV Selling Season Begins

    09/05/2010 1:52:14 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 15 replies ^ | August 29th, 2010 | unknown
    (August 29, 2010) The start of the football season traditionally marks the beginning of the TV selling season. With the economic slowdown continuing HDTV sales have not been up to set makersÂ’ optimistic projections, resulting in swollen inventories. This is great news for consumers. Dealers are offering dramatic price drops aided by factory sponsored deals to try to get sales back on target. Looking back at our 2009 selling season article, sale prices this year are 20%-25% lower than last yearÂ’s equivalent models, with the 2010s offering better performance (such as higher contrast ratios) and more features. We have scoured...
  • ESPN to Hold 3D TV Demo at Retailers (Sears, BestBuy, & others)

    09/02/2010 2:16:04 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 7 replies ^ | September 2, 2010 | Philip Swann
    ESPN and the Consumer Electronics Association will sponsor 3D HDTV demonstrations next weekend at CE retailers nationwide. The demonstration will take place from Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12. ESPN 3D will provide continuous 3D programming to the retail outlets, including live coverage of the Miami vs. Ohio State football game on September 11 at 3:40 p.m. EST. The sports channel will also show highlights from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, X Games 16, and the Boise State vs. Virginia Tech game from Sept. 6. Retailers participating in the demonstration include Best Buy and Sears. To find the 3D...
  • Toshiba to Sell Glasses-Free 3D TVs

    08/26/2010 2:39:58 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies ^ | August 25, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Toshiba says it will introduce 3D TVs by year's end that would not require viewers to wear special glasses. That's according to an article by the Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, as reported by UPI. Toshiba said the 3D sets will display images at different angles, which will create the 3D effect without the glasses. Current 3D sets require 3D glasses because the images are directed at the left or right eye, creating a separation of the images. UPI writes that the new 3D technology will be compatible with existing disc formats, such as Blu-ray. However, it's unclear if the...
  • HP Working on 'Triple Wide' HDTV

    08/24/2010 6:17:01 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 24 replies ^ | August 23, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Hewlett-Packard is developing a new TV screen that will be so wide that it can display an entire basketball court. That's according to an article by ZDNet. The web site notes that HP CTO Phil McKinney recently told the DisplaySearch Emerging Display Technologies Conference that the screen would be "triple wide" compared to today's flat-screen sets. He described the screen as offering a view similar to what Jack Nicholson would see sitting courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball games. (The actor can often be seen sitting in the front row during Lakers game broadcasts.) In Europe, Philips last year...
  • BBB Flooded With Complaints About DIRECTV, Dish Network (Cancellation fees $$$)

    08/06/2010 1:56:07 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 66 replies · 1+ views ^ | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2010) -- The Better Business Bureau reports that more than 53,000 consumers have filed complaints about their satellite TV service in the past three years. According to the BBB, 39,000 of the complaints were filed against DIRECTV while 13,000 were against Dish Network. Many of the complaints, the consumer group said, stemmed from fees and terms in the satcasters' customer agreements. The companies often invoke penalties if customers cancel their service before their agreements expire; the agreements are usually two years in length. “Many complaints to BBB about satellite providers stem from steep cancellation fees,” Stephen...
  • NASA to Launch HD Channel

    07/17/2010 3:16:31 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 16, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2010) -- NASA TV next week will launch a full-time High-Definition channel featuring news and coverage of agency missions and programs. The HD channel, which will be launched on Monday, will include live launch coverage of space shuttles and other spacecraft, a daily program covering the activities of the International Space Station crew and 'Video of the Earth' shots by the station crew. NASA said the channel will also deliver video file news feeds for local stations, media conferences and lectures on space-related subjects. NASA TV HD will be offered in the MPEG-2 format. The agency...
  • Dish Sues FCC Over Noncom Mandate: DBS Provider Says It Can't Meet Carriage Deadline Requirements

    07/13/2010 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies ^ | 7/2/2010 | John Eggerton
    Dish Network has taken the Federal Communication Commission to court over the congressional mandate to deliver noncommercial stations' HD signals by next year. The suit was filed in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas Thursday, where the satellite operator is incorporated. DISH is seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction against the FCC from enforcing the congressional mandate, which the company argues violates its First Amendment right to chose its own programming. "This is not a case about whether PBS provides important and worthwhile programming or should receive funding from the Government,: saidthe company. "DISH highly values PBS programming,...
  • Netflix-Relativity Deal: Another Nail in Blu-ray's Coffin

    07/07/2010 1:48:37 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 59 replies ^ | Jul 6, 2010 | Jeff Bertolucci
    Tuesday's announcement of a content-streaming deal between Netflix and Relativity Media, the latter a Hollywood production company that makes mainstream flicks such as "Get Him to the Greek," "Grown Ups," and "Robin Hood," is welcome news for subscribers of the movie-rental service. It means that Netflix members will be able to stream Relativity titles to their TVs and computers sooner than before. Rather than waiting (in some cases) years after a movie's DVD release before they can watch the title online, members will only have to wait months. OK, if you're the instant gratification type, that's still a long wait....
  • DirecTV, Panasonic Bow 3D TV Suite (HD 3DTV)

    07/03/2010 6:22:49 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/1/2010 | Greg Tarr
    Panasonic Consumer Electronics North American president Shiro Kitajima (left)and Steven Roberts, DirecTV senior VP, celebrate the launch of DirecTV's three-channel 3D HDTV channel suite that went live Thursday. ______________________________________________ New York - DirecTV and sponsoring partner Panasonic formally threw the switch here Thursday on the satellite-TV provider's first 3D TV channel suite including "n3D", which is a 24/7 linear non-anaglyph 3D channel. As the exclusive sponsoring partner for the 3D channels, Powered by Panasonic is featured prominently in the new 3D service's branding. Panasonic is using the sponsorship to play up its "end-to-end" 3D efforts ranging from new Panasonic professional...
  • Mitsubishi Unveils 75-Inch LaserVue 3D TV

    06/25/2010 1:35:00 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2010) -- Mitsubishi is introducing a 75-inch LaserVue 3D HDTV that will retail for $5,999. The company said the set will be available on a limited basis in specialty stores across the nation. Mitsubishi will also sell a $399 3D Starter Pack which will contain two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, a 3D emitter, a 3D adapter with remote and a Disney 3D Blu-ray disc featuring 3D trailers of A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story 3. The Starter Pack, which comes with the 75-inch set, will be available in July. “Our new...
  • Vizio To Demo 2 3D Systems At Line Shows

    06/16/2010 2:12:59 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 3 replies · 169+ views ^ | 6/15/2010 | Greg Tarr
    New York - Vizio said Tuesday that it plans to make its first appearance at the Consumer Electronics Association Line Shows here next week a showcase for its two approaches to 3D HDTV presentation, among other things. The company will show a variety of HD LCD TVs and wireless 3D Blu-ray Disc players using two different 3D TV techniques, the active-shutter technique using Bluetooth wireless technology instead of the standard IR system used by most competitors, and a system based on the same passive polarized glasses system used in most commercial movie theaters. Vizio said it will showcase two 3D...
  • Is the Industry Souring On 3D TV?

    05/26/2010 4:26:32 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 31 replies · 529+ views ^ | May 26, 2010 | Philip Swann
    In recent days, more TV executives and industry analysts are expressing doubt that 3D and 3D TV will be a big hit. BBC chief Danielle Nagler told an industry conference in London that it may be years before 3D TV overcomes certain technological hurdles. She added that she's not ready to commit her network to producing 3D programming until she learns more. “We are excited about the developments of 3D but we need to see what the long term benefits of 3D to broadcasters is, before we commit”, Nagler said, according to the web site, News In Tech. “We are...
  • Mag: Best Buy, Amazon Tops For HDTV Shoppers

    05/25/2010 2:12:05 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 459+ views ^ | May 24, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Best Buy and are the best places to buy a new High-Definition TV, according to a new report from PC World magazine. The publication analyzed 10 retailers who sell HDTVs:, Best Buy, CDW, Newegg, RadioShack, Sears, Staples, Target,, and Walmart. PC World said Best Buy was the highest-ranked national retailer because of a wide range of available models and well informed salespeople. was the top online-only retailer in PC World's analysis, "thanks in large part ot having the best, most diverse selection of models and manufacturers." The publication also said Amazon's web site is "easy to...
  • Francis Ford Coppola: 3D is ‘Tiresome’

    05/15/2010 3:01:07 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 23 replies · 604+ views ^ | May 11, 2010 | Jason Knott
    Don’t count Francis Ford Coppola as a fan of 3D ... at least not yet. The Academy Award-winning director of “The Godfather,” “The Godfather II,” and “Apocalypse Now” says 3D does not enhance movies and cites the need to wear glasses as a major drawback. While admitting digital technology is well suited for 3D filmmaking and that the new technology has improved, Coppola believes 3D today is “no different from the 1950s” because of the need for glasses. “I feel that until you can watch 3D without glasses, it's the same thing we know," he says. "I personally do not...
  • Quixel: Plasma Sales Rose 14% Over Last Year (HDTV)

    05/13/2010 2:01:19 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 509+ views ^ | 12May2010 | Greg Tarr
    By Greg Tarr -- TWICE, 5/12/2010 Portland, Or. - Plasma TV shipments rose 14 percent between Q1'09 and Q1'10 according to a new study release Wednesday by Quixel Research. The firm's Q1 2010 USA Large Area Display Report revealed that unit sales of 40-inch-plus plasma TVs registered a larger volume increase than the 40-inch and larger LCD TVs in the period. "Plasma TV sales are still strong because they provide a great value, and when consumers do a little homework, they understand that Plasma TVs offer picture quality that is just as good and sometimes better than LCDTVs," stated Tamaryn...
  • Sony Responds to SXRD TV Owners’ “Bait and Switch” Claims

    05/01/2010 5:42:11 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies · 582+ views
    (April 30, 2010) Recently, six HD Guru readers complained that Sony reneged on its offer to replace their defective SXRD rear projection HDTVs with a new 55″ KDL55HX701 for $550. Our original article (link) and comments attached to it explains the saga. The SXRD owners claim Sony made a replacement offer, charged their credit card, waited until they received the mailed in serial number tag and then, days later, reneged on the original offer, instead offering a less expensive, smaller screen size substitute for the same $550, offered on a “take it or leave it” basis! The replacement offer...
  • HDTV: 10 More Things That Don't Make Sense

    04/24/2010 4:32:13 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 45 replies · 1,423+ views ^ | April 22, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    During the course of a day, I read dozens of news articles about High-Definition TV. But the articles often leave me asking more questions than answering them. Last month, I recorded my concerns in an article entitled, "10 Things That Don't Make Sense."The commentary was well received so I thought I would do another one -- God knows, there are still many unanswered questions out there about high-def. It's not the fault of the writers (well, not always). Usually, it's the TV executives who are quoted in the stories. They purposely leave things vague or sometimes tell outright falsehoods in...
  • Samsung: 3D TV Can Make You Sick

    04/15/2010 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 45 replies · 1,082+ views ^ | April 14, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2010) -- Samsung has posted a warning on its Australian web site that watching 3D HDTV could be harmful to young children, pregnant women, the elderly and others, even the drunk. The company apparently is reacting to reports that watching the reality-alerting images has left some people with headaches and a feeling of dizziness. Samsung, which last month launched two 3D HDTV models in the U.S., says in the warning that "children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images." But...
  • The HD 'Arms Race' Is Over (Swanni's commentary)

    04/07/2010 4:07:52 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 23 replies · 545+ views ^ | April 7, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    In early 2007, I predicted here that cable and satellite TV providers would soon engage in what I dubbed an 'HD arms race.' Comparing it to the U.S./Soviet Union battle to outdo each other in weapons building during the 1960s, I said that TV providers would try to generate new subscribers by rapidly escalating their high-def lineups. Well, at the time of my forecast, most TV providers carried less than 20 HD channels; DIRECTV had just nine HD channels. But now, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T and Cablevision all offer more than 100 HD channels in at least...
  • DIRECTV to Launch ESPN 3D in June

    03/29/2010 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies · 379+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2010) -- DIRECTV announced today that it will launch the new ESPN 3D HD channel in June. The sports channel will give the satcaster four different 3D channels in June. DIRECTV earlier said it would launch three dedicated channels for 3D programming in June. The three channels will include a 24-hour 3-D channel which will feature movies and documentaries. Another 3-D channel will provide Video on Demand programming while a third 3-D channel will be a "sampler demo channel" that will feature a variety of content. The sampler channel will be free. The ESPN 3D channel...
  • Samsung, Panasonic start selling 3-D TVs this week

    03/09/2010 9:27:42 AM PST · by traumer · 62 replies · 373+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung and Panasonic will start selling 3-D TVs in U.S. stores this week, inaugurating what TV makers hope is the era of 3-D viewing in the living room. Samsung Electronics Co. announced Tuesday that it is selling two 3-D sets. Combined with the required glasses and a 3-D Blu-ray player, the prices start at about $3,000 for a 46-inch screen. Panasonic Corp. has said it will sell its first 3-D set Wednesday. The push into the living room comes as moviegoers have shown considerable enthusiasm for the latest wave of 3-D fare in the theater. This...
  • 3D details: Samsung prices TVs, Blu-ray gear

    03/09/2010 8:02:31 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 148+ views
    CNET ^ | March 9, 2010 | David Katzmaier
    The 3D TV hype machine begun at CES in January rolls on today as Samsung, the world's biggest TV maker, officially announced pricing and availability of its 2010 3D-capable HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theater gear. The initial wave of televisions that can handle the new 3D TV Blu-ray and TV formats won't be cheap. The company's first 3D TV, the UNC7000 series, has been available for the last few days and is currently going for around $2350 at Amazon for the 46-inch model ($2600 MSRP). That's a $350 premium compared to Amazon's price for Samsung's closest 2009 non-3D equivalent,...
  • 100Mbps broadband may be closer than you think

    03/08/2010 10:26:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 326+ views
    CNET ^ | March 8, 2010 4:00 AM PST | by Marguerite Reardon
    If you're looking forward to a future of streaming movies, gargantuan Internet file exchanges, and other high-bandwidth activities, cheer up.Broadband service providers in most of the major markets around the country will soon be able to deliver 100Mbps broadband service with no problem. That's enough to download a music album in as little as 5 seconds, an hour-long TV show in about 30 seconds, and a high-definition movie in roughly 7 minutes, 25 seconds. But it's going to cost you. This should make the Federal Communications Commission's goal of getting 100Mbps service to 100 million homes by 2020 an easily...
  • Panasonic sued over plasma TV picture quality

    03/06/2010 2:53:56 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 52 replies · 2,264+ views ^ | March 2, 2010 | David Katzmaier
    A class action lawsuit against Panasonic was filed February 12, claiming an increase in the brightness of black levels, as well as a corresponding decrease in contrast ratio that is detrimental to picture quality. The suit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, alleges that "the television is no longer producing the same image quality that [Panasonic] represented it would produce." We first learned of the suit when we contacted a Panasonic representative while seeking comment regarding our most recent test results on black-level performance. That test did find worse performance in two aged 2009 Panasonic plasma TVs. The company...
  • Tech Question "This program is not recordable in +VR mode. E 45" DVD Recording Errors. What is it?

    02/16/2010 7:28:23 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 7 replies · 519+ views
    From the Real World ^ | 2/16/2010 | Dallas59
    Have a Philips DVD recorder and DirecTV HD. Been getting ALOT of these errors lately when trying to record certain programs. Have tried using all DVD formats +RW, -RW and so on with no luck. Been having to resort to VHS on some programs. Any ideas?
  • Now in the market for 40"-42" flat-panel HDTV.

    02/15/2010 9:18:24 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 100 replies · 1,813+ views
    Vanity | February 15, 2010 | RayChuang88
    I am right now seriously in the market to get a new 40" to 42" flat-panel HDTV to replace my old 27" Mitsubishi CRT television set. Right now, my primary choice is the new 40" Sony KDL-40EX500 (I had considered the 40" KDL-40VE5 but most places wanted US$200 more for the set). From what I've read online, most people like it, and the suggested retail price of US$899 is quite attractive, especially since the KDL-40EX500 has 120 Hz refresh rate. I would like to hear suggestions on alternatives from LG, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba that I should consider (I'm willing...
  • Panasonic Begins Booking 3D Business (Takes orders for $21,000 camcorder,unveils 3D monitor)

    02/13/2010 3:21:29 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 490+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | 12Feb2010 | Glen Dickson
    Panasonic, which made a big splash at the Consumer Electronics Show last month by demonstrating a $21,000, dual-lens 3D camcorder alongside consumer 3D HD sets, announced Thursday (Feb. 11) that it is now ready to take orders. Starting Thursday, interested buyers can place a non-refundable $1,000 deposit with Panasonic Broadcast to reserve one of the AG-3DA1 units, which begin shipping in September. The camera weighs less than 6.6 pounds and records the left- and right-eye images necessary for 3D on separate SDHC/SD solid-state memory cards using AVCHD compression. It also features dual HD-SDI uncompressed outputs, suitable for feeding into...