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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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | May 18, 2011 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TVPredictions.com, 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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 TVPredictions.com 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    broadcastengineering.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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. AppleInsider.com 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TVPredictions.com, 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2011) -- Editor's Note: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TVPredictions.com, 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    multichannel.com ^ | 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
    multichannel.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 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...