August 12, 2010
Portable 3D Blu-ray Player
This is pretty crazy - from Tech News World:
The Blu-ray of Happiness
Samsung claims a world's first with its BD-C8000 portable Blu-ray player. It can play full 1080p HD video, enable 3D playback when connected to a 3D-capable TV set and used with 3D glasses, and has a 10.1-inch screen.
Pricing stands at about $500.
. . .
All I know is this: My 1996 Plymouth Voyager van will now be transformed into a MULITIDIMENSIONAL FAT-DEF MAKEOUT SHUTTLE.
But wait... it has to be plugged into a 3D TV? Then it's not really portable 3D, is it?
December 11, 2008
New DTV blog advertiser: Qwest
Qwest Digital TV Service is now an advertiser on the DTV blog. Thanks for their support!
May 07, 2005
So Long, Broadcast Flag
Good news for consumers. For now, you can still control how content is stored and used in your home:
The flag was intended to prevent people from recording digitally broadcast shows on their personal computers and then uploading them to online file-sharing services. The American Library Association joined with Public Knowledge and eight other organizations to challenge the broadcast flag order. The groups argued that the FCC lacked the authority to regulate what happens to digital television transmissions once they reach the home.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed. The court said Friday that the FCC overstepped its authority by imposing technology mandates on consumer electronic devices.
``We can find nothing in the statute, its legislative history, the applicable case law, or agency practice indicating that Congress meant to provide the sweeping authority the FCC now claims over receiver apparatus,'' the court wrote.
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 12, 2005
C|Net has a great site on the current state of television-in-flux called Me TV: Television of the future.
New technologies, from on-demand programming to TiVo offshoots to flat screens to HDTV, are radically changing the benign concept of traditional television. Viewers are now gaining control over the mass medium, creating interactive communities and installing custom-made home media networks. As entire industries are redefined, how are networks, content providers and advertisers adjusting their strategies?
Speaking of media-in-flux, keep an eye on Open Media Network, a "free public service designed to help you enjoy a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer's copyrights." The service will be powered by Kontiki, a commercial BitTorrent-like shared downloading scheme that the BBC used to deliver prime-time TV via the internet.
April 07, 2005
Digital TV: Not Just for TVs Anymore
You might think digital television would require some sort of settop box and, you know, a television. Nope. Digital television is arguably expanding to include video content delivered digitally, whether through the internet or even formats like Windows Media High Definition Video which can be downloaded or served up on a DVD.
EXHIBIT A: Music Television - no longer on your television.
EXHIBIT B: ABC News smartly distributes video content through new media.
Now, all it has to do is find someone actually willing to put it on television.
ABC's ambitious plan takes the unusual approach of making its programming available to new media outlets even before it completes a plan to get it on TV.
EXHIBIT C: Indie producers don't need no stinking television.
more info for all the details, but the gist is that you will shortly be able to upload your content into Prodigem, name your selling price and then have Prodigem collect your revenue while controlling access to the torrent.
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.
SunBrite All-Weather LCD TV
Finally, I can spray a hose on my widescreen television!
Here's one for you folks that live in your outdoor pool: SunBriteTV All-Weather Outdoor LCD:
Designed for permanent outdoor residential and commercial installation, SunBriteTV allows you to enjoy TV and video entertainment in the comfort of your own backyard and at other outdoor venues, regardless of the weather!
Super-bright high-resolution 20.1" LCD display All-weather enclosure protects internal components from extreme weather conditions, rain, dirt, insects, and scratches
Now, if they could only protect it from my darn kids! [fake laughter, followed by applause] [via TV Snob]
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.
April 01, 2005
Liberate Digital Television!
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Television Front of Digital Liberation wants you to exercise your freedom of content. Acquire or build your own PVRs and HDTV tuners, before the FCC/Hollywood-mandated "broadcast flag" goes into effect in 90 days - dooming your content to their DRM lockbox.
We at EFF want to do our part to advance the DTV transition -- and the public's rights to receive and manipulate DTV broadcasts with technologies they choose.
We want to keep the right to time- and space-shift that the VCR has given us (against Hollywood's protest). We want to keep the fair use rights that let us excerpt clips from press conferences or make our own "Daily Show" from the evening news. That's why we're encouraging people to buy HDTV tuner cards now and build multi-function receivers and recorders around them.
Panasonic AG-HVX200: Prepare to Drool
I just knew we'd be seeing some fancy diskless HD cameras, and here it is. This is, essentially, the motherload. 1080 at 24p. Translation: 1080 lines of resolution, recorded at 24 frames/sec (film rate), "p" for progressive frame. Progressive frame means recording the entire image in every frame like film does, instead of "i" for interlaced, which is how our lowly analog TVs work. Far out of my budget, but I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of films made with this camera. HD for Indies and Gizmodo have more.
More details on Panasonic P2 camera on this Creative Cow Forum and updated Panasonic info indicating more about the AG-HVX2000:
-3 1/3" CCD chips
-1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p30, 720p60, 720p24, 720p30, 480i60, 480p24, 480p30p
-DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO25, DV
March 31, 2005
France Goes Digital
Digital television is booming in Europe. Satellite and cable are losing share to terrestrial in the UK, with 60% of homes receiving digital television (Full report). U.S. digital TV penetration is expected to hit 60% by the end of 2007 (Full report). Now the French are up to speed.
High-Definition DVD Format War
Good news! High-definition video discs are on the way, crystal-clear snuggle buddies for your HD television. Bad news: You may have to decide between HD-DVD, Blu-Ray (that sounds cool), and FVD. Why does every new technology need to have a format war? Oh yeah: Greed.
The Salt Lake Tribune: DVD format war is brewing - will consumers dive for cover?Now there's new techno-babble to worry about: HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray. Both are formats for high definition DVDs, the next step in home video. The first high-definition players could hit store shelves in the U.S. by the end of this year.
In one corner is a format of high definition DVDs called Blu-ray, which is backed by Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and a few other electronics companies. In the other corner is HD-DVD, supported by Toshiba, NEC and others.
But good news may be on the horizon, thanks to consumer efforts like the One Format Only Campaign.
MacWorld.com: Top Sony exec hints at Blu-ray, HD-DVD detenteAfter more than a year of touting Blu-ray as the best technology to replace DVD for storing high-definition video and winning proponents including Apple, a top executive at Sony Corp., one of Blu-ray's major backers, has opened the door to the possibility of unifying the format with its arch rival, HD-DVD.
"Listening to the voice of the consumers, having two rival formats is disappointing and we haven't totally given up on the possibility of integration or compromise."
- DVD Town's Latest News on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray
- Engadget's HD-DVD article archive
- Softpedia News: Taiwan's FVD (forward versatile disc) is comparable to HD-DVD but a fraction of the price.
- "T2: High Definition": complete theatrical version in Microsoft Windows Media 9, playable in high resolution and 5.1 sound directly from your PC's DVD-ROM
- DVD players that upconvert to HD: Samsung DVD-HD841, Toshiba SD-5970, Sony DVP-NS975V, Zenith DVB318 1080i Progressive-Scan
- HD-ready flat panel TVs: Sharp LC-37GD6U 37" AQUOS LCD with Built-In HDTV Tuner, Panasonic TC-32LX20 32" WideScreen LCD, Philips 32PF9966 32" Widescreen LCD
March 30, 2005
Sony HDR-FX1: Indie Filmmaker's Delight?
I'm seriously considering selling my trusty Sony VX2000 and upgrading to the Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition Camcorder. At $3300, it's a whole lotta camera for the price. My chief concern is how well it fakes 24P, and if I can handle editing HD on my current dual-G4 system. If anyone has any experience with this camera, please leave a comment.
HD-CHANNEL, a German web site, has posted high-def video clips from the FX-1.
From Amazon.com:Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high-definition camcorder: the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440×1080 for professional-quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants. The HDR-FX1 features the Real-Time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG-2 video compression, and a 14-bit HD DXP (digital extended processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on a three-chip advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other systems. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12× optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. Features:
- Play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440×1080 for professional-quality video.
- Three 1/3-inch wide-aspect-ratio advanced HAD CCD imagers for enhanced color quality.
- Professional-level MPEG2 video compression with the real-time HD Codec Engine.
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12× optical zoom.
- Record at either 30 frames per second or, for a film-like feel, at 24 frames per second.
MORE ARTICLES AND REVIEWS:
How the Sony HDV cameras fake 24, 25, and 30 frames-per-second (FPS). The Cineframe shooting modes in the Sony HDV HDR-FX1 let you simulate the look-and-feel of progressive-scanned images, but the camera section itself is still running at its normal, interlaced field rate.
New York Times review of the Sony HDRFX1: “All right, go ahead, ask it: In whose twisted opinion does a US$3,300 price tag make this a consumer camcorder? Let's put it this way: the next-least-expensive three-chip, high-definition camcorder costs about US$40,000. The significance of the FX1 is that it blows open the world of high-quality, professional-looking wide-screen video to anyone with talent and a valid credit card. For independent moviemakers, wedding videographers, corporate filmmakers and video freaks of any ilk, this is a big, big deal.”
- CNet Review: 7.9 out of 10
- Toms' Hardware Guide Review - very thorough examination of features and performance
- CamcorderInfo.com Review
August 31, 2004
HDTV, DVD, Hard Drives and the future
Could hard drives replace DVDs in the near future? Mark Cuban, owner of HDnet, sees the plummeting costs and growing capacity of hard drives outpacing DVDs. Read the article