[opendtv] 060423 Schubin's Sunday Stuff (Mark's Monday Memo)

     Here are some very efficient (low-administrative-cost) relief 
organizations (all have four-star ratings from CharityNavigator.org):
<http://www.americares.org/>
<http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html>
<http://www.directrelief.org/index.html>
<http://www.hopeww.org/>
<http://www.mercycorps.org/splash/>
     Americans may also call the Red Cross at 800 HELP NOW (800 435-7669).

I still haven't caught up with everything, but the ads and sales figures here 
are up to date.

- Follow-ups:

     - California's DTT energy regulation - Here is the joint press release 
from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of 
Broadcasters (NAB):
<http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060411/20060411006076.html?.v=1>

     - Grass Valley's Infinity camcorder - The company showed six reportedly 
working units at their NAB press conference.
     I've been inundated with other NAB news, but one item seems interesting.  
Kulabyte seems to have a system that achieves the equivalent of multi-pass 
encoding for live streaming.  They'll be having a demo suite in the Venetian 
(512 853-9436, contact@xxxxxxxxxxxx):
<http://www.kulabyte.com/>

     - HD DVD - 
          - "Deep Throat" will be available on HD DVD:
<http://www.widescreenreview.com/news_detail.php?id=11199>
          - Los Angeles Times "Technopolis" columnist David Colker is less than 
thrilled with the system:
<http://tinyurl.com/m76vw>

     - USDTV's MPEG-4 - The company is providing an adapter for existing boxes, 
but it is not clear to me whether subscribers will have to pay for it:
<http://www.usdtv.com/about/press_releases/mpeg-release.pdf>

     - July 1 - 
          - This week I've listed 221 ads for TVs 36-inch or larger.  Of those, 
192 (87%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.  As of July 1, 100% of 
those manufactured in or imported to the U.S. and equipped with tuners were 
supposed to have integrated DTT-reception capability.  Most of the 13% without 
DTT-reception capability are tunerless monitors that are not in violation of 
the mandate.  I've also listed 85 ads for TVs between 25- and 35-inch.  Of 
those, 55 (65%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.  As of July 1, 50% of 
those manufactured in or imported to the U.S. and equipped with tuners were 
supposed to have integrated DTT-reception capability.
          - See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets that 
are HD and/or widescreen.
       - TV sets that required DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
         - Sony 36S45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $289
         - Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $459
         - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $259
         - Toshiba Da50 50-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $409 DV
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $479
         - Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $749
         DV - price includes DVD player 
       - TV sets that required DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
         - Mystery brand 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $209.99
         - Panasonic 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $109
         - Sony 27S45 37-inch TV @ Universal $129
         - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $189
         - Sylvania 27-inch TV @ Kmart $179.99
         - Symphonic ST427FF 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $199.99
         - Trutech DW27TT 27-inch TV @ Target $144.22
         - RCA 32V520T 32-inch TV @ Circuit City $309.99
         - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV @ Universal $189
         - Sony Wega 32FS10 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $309
         - RCA 35V432T 35-inch TV @ Circuit City $399.99
         - RCA 35V432T 35-inch TV w/stand @ Circuit City $499.98
       - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - Mystery brand 7-inch TV/DVD/clock radio @ Radio Shack $149.99 AR
         - Konka 13-inch TV @ Universal $45
         - Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $83.99
         - Magnavox 14-inch flat-tube TV @ Kmart $89
         - Magnavox 14MS2331 14-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $97.99
         - Magnavox 14MS2331/17 14-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $84.99
         - Konka 19-inch TV @ Universal $59
         - Sylvania 19-inch TV @ Kmart $99
         - Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $87.99
         - Insignia ISTV040919 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
         - Insignia ISTV040920 20-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $119.99
         - Magnavox 20MS233S 20-inch TV @ Target $96
         - Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $99.99
         - Polaroid TTM2004R 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $94.99
         - JVC HR-XVC16B/17S DVD/VHS combo @ J&R $89.99
         - [Presidian PDC-3286] DVD/VCR combo @ Radio Shack $69.99 AR
         - Sansui DVD/VCR combo @ Universal $44
         - Toshiba SD-V394 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
         - Toshiba SD-V394 DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99
         - CyberHome DVR1600 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $89.99 AR
         - Insignia IS-DVD100121 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $189.99
         - LiteOn LVW-1105HC DVD recorder @ CompUSA $99.99
         - Mystery brand DVD recorder @ Circuit City $89.99
         - Mystery brand DVD recorder @ Radio Shack $99.99
         - Panasonic DMR-ES15S DVD recorder @ Best But $169.99
         - Panasonic DMR-ES35VS VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $269.99
         - Sansui VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Universal $79
         - Samsung DVDR120 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $149.99
         - Samsung DVD-R120 DVD recorder @ Target $144.22
         - Samsung DVD-R130 DVD recorder @ J&R $149.99
         - Samsung DVD-R130 DVD recorder @ Sears $149.99
         - Samsung DVD-VR320 VCR/DVD combo @ J&R $189.99
         - Sony RDRGX315 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $189.99 AR
         - Sony RDRGX315 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $199.99 AR
         - Sony RDR-GX315 DVD recorder @ J&R $149.99 AR
         - Sony RDRVX515 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Circuit City $299.99 AR
         - Sony RDR-VX515 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ J&R $249.99 AR
         - Sylvania DVR90VF VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Circuit City $149.99
         - Toshiba D-RW2 DVD recorder @ J&R $129.99
         - Toshiba D-VR4 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $249.99 AR
         - Zenith VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Radio Shack $179.99
         - Gateway GM5048 computer w/TV tuner pkg. @ Best Buy $1649.97
         - Hauppauge WinTV-PVRUSB 2.0 TV tuner @ CompUSA $99.99 AR
         - Hauppauge WinTV-PVR150 computer TV tuner @ Circuit City $59.99 AR
         - HP DV8235NR computer w/TV tuner @ Best Buy $1549.99
         - HP m7330n computer w/TV tuner @ J&R $849.99 AR
         - HP M7334N computer w/TV tuner pkg. @ Best Buy $929.98 AR
         - HP M7360N computer w/TV tuner pkg. @ Best Buy $1299.97
         - HP M7470N computer w/TV tuner pkg. @ Best Buy $1149.97
         - Sony computer w/TV tuner @ Universal $699
         - Sony VAIO XL1 computer w/TV tuner @ J&R $1699.99
         - Toshiba G35-AV600 computer w/TV tuner @ Best Buy $2249.99
         AR - price after mail-in rebate(s)
       - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - Magnavox 20MC4304 20-inch flat TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit $259.99
         - Sylvania 6719DF 19-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $199.99
         - Sylvania 6720FDE 20-inch flat TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $239.99
         - Symphonic SC724FDF 24-inch flat TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit City $289.99
       - Devices possibly not covered but receiving analog TV signals:
         - eton FR300 AM/FM/TV/weather/light/crank/charger/siren @ J&R $49.99
          - Readers have asked how to get hold of some of the non-national 
retailers, so look for their phone numbers at the bottom of the memo.

     - May 1 - 
          - Neither the NAB nor the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has 
updated their lists since the last memo.
          - Doug Lung's RF Report notes 883 licensed U.S. DTT stations in the 
FCC's CDBS database as of April 16, the same as the previous report:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1254>

- Here's the agenda for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) annual 
meeting on May 10:
<http://www.atsc.org/am2006/am2006_web/program_AMweb_2006.html>

- The March issue of ATSC's "The Standard" has come out:
<http://www.atsc.org/news_information/newsletter/ATSC06_Newsletter-22.pdf>

- Broadcasting & Cable lists the top 25 U.S. broadcast station owners.  Based 
on the FCC's weighted calculation of households, the top five are CBS (38.52%), 
Fox (37.98%), Ion (formerly Paxson - 31.3%), Tribune (29.98%), and NBC 
(29.77%).  Based on unweighted households, they are Ion (62.6%), Fox (44.62%), 
Univision (43.68%), CBS (42.35%), and Tribune (40.23%):
<http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6327137.html>
     Based on numbers of stations, they'd be different again.

- International news:

     - Brazil & Japan signed a memorandum of understanding about the former 
using the latter's ISDB-T for DTT;
<http://www.kiplingerforecasts.com/apnews/XmlStoryResult.php?storyid=176993>

     - Korea is said to have surprisingly poor DTV penetration (17.8%):
<http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117941505?categoryid=14&cs=1&nid=2566>

     - Digital Broadcasting Australia lists 93 models of DTT set-top receivers 
from 26 brands starting at A$99 (US$73).  Of those, 32 from 17 brands are HD, 
starting at A$299 (US$221):
<http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18>
     They also list 42 integrated sets from nine brands starting at A$1099 
(US$812).  Of those, 15 from four manufacturers are HD, starting at A$2799 
(US$2068):
<http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78>

     - Here's a story about DTT in Saudi Arabia:
<http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=1093109208>

- Radio Shack advertised a 1 GB SanDisk SD card this week for $39.99 after 
mail-in rebate.

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television sets 
for the first nine weeks of 2006 were down 34.4% from the same period in 2005; 
my ten-week running average was down 30.7.4%.  For the first ten weeks, they 
were down 39.3%.  For the first 11 weeks, they were down 41.7%; my ten-week 
running average was down 40%.  For the first 12 weeks, they were still down 
43.1%; my ten week running average was down 45.3%.  For the first 13 weeks, 
they were down 45%; my ten-week running average was down 50.6%.
     Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" to U.S. dealers for the ninth 
week were 151,728 units, for the tenth week 198,718 (exceeding "analog" for the 
first time), for the 11th week 203,575, for the 12th week 267,786, for the 13th 
week 437,300, and for the first 13 weeks 3,068,030 (compared to 2,866,419 for 
sets not called "digital" by CEA).  The digital-television figures have been 
revised by CEA again, so, if they don't seem to add up, that's probably why.
     Cumulative year-to-date sales to U.S. dealers of "Digital Televisions" 
first exceeded those of other TVs in the 13th week, when they accounted for 
51.7% of dealer sales.  That was the week ending March 31, more than four weeks 
after all new 25-inch or larger tuner-equipped TVs either imported to the U.S. 
or shipped interstate were required to have DTT-reception circuitry, so it's 
clear that the figures are not reflective of any consumer preferences for 
anything other than screen size.
     To qualify to CEA as a "Digital Television," a display need only be 
capable of dealing with at least 480p; it need not be capable of either 
receiving digital signals or displaying them, although now that the 100% "tuner 
mandate" has kicked in for sets 25-inch and larger, it would seem that most do 
have such capability.  CEA says about 82% of the "digital televisions" sold in 
2005 (when not all TVs 25-inch and up were supposed to have DTT-reception 
circuitry) were HDTV.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers:  I'm aware of the usual DirecTV offers at Best 
Buy, Circuit City, and Video & Audio Center.  J&R had a Samsung and a Humax, 
the latter the first unsubsidized unit I've seen advertised under $200 
($199.99).

- Ad confusions:  Dell listed the integrated W3706C as "HD ready" in its ad.

- The ads - Readers have asked how to get hold of some of the non-national 
retailers, so look for their phone numbers at the bottom of the memo.
    Best Buy offered the Insignia NS-27RTV INTEGRATED 27-inch DTV for just 
$229.99; that's a lower price than that of most set-top boxes.
  - Bang & Olufsen (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4 42-inch 16:9 plasma monitor 
  - Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
    - DirecTV H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS
    - DirecTV HR10-250 ATSC/DirecTV receiver/PVR $399 AS
    - Insignia NS-27RTV 27-inch 4:3 integrated DTV $229.99
    - Insignia NS-30HTV 27-inch widescreen integrated DTV $549.99
    - JVC HD52G786/BP6 52-inch wide integr. D-ILA proj. DTV w/stand $2299.99
    - LG 30FS4D 30-inch widescreen integrated DTV $849.99
    - LG 32LC2D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1599.99
    - LG 37LC2D 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - LG 42LB1DR 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV/PVR w/stand $3324.99**
    - LG 42PC3D 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV w/stand $2184.99
    - LG 50PC1DR 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV/PVR $3999.99
    - LG 50PC3D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV w/stand $3324.99
    - Magnavox 42MF230A/37 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1699.99 LC
    - Maxent MX-42HPM20 42-inch widescreen plasma monitor $1409.99
    - Maxent MX-50X3 50-inch 16:9 plasma monitor $2599.99 LC
    - Mitsubishi WD-62527 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3149.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-62627 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999.99
    - MovieBeam downloading system $199.99 AR
    - Optoma EP716 DLP projector $629.99
    - Philips 27PT9051D/37 27-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $329.99
    - Philips 30PW9100D/37 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $699.99
    - Philips 42PF9630A/37 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2599.99
    - Philips 50PF9630A/37 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499.99
    - Pioneer PDP-4361HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3999.99 LC
    - RCA 32V524T 32-inch 4:3 integrated CRT DTV $349.99
    - Samsung 940MW 19-inch 8:5 LCD monitor $449.99
    - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1619.99
    - Samsung HLR5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1999.99
    - Samsung HLR5667W 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2199.99
    - Samsung HPR5052 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3499.99
    - Samsung LNR408D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2799.99 LC
    - Samsung TXR3079WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $799.99
    - Sharp 27SC260 27-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $249.99
    - Sharp 32SF560 32-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $469.99
    - Sharp LC26DA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99
    - Sharp LC37DB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1999.99
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.99
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2069.99
    - Sony KDL32S2000 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - Sony KDL40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2849.99
    - Sony KDLV32XBR1 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699.99
    - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3499.99 LC
    - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1139.99
    - Sony KLVS26A10 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1299.99
    - Toshiba 20HL85 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
    - Toshiba 26HF85/4 26-inch 16:9 flat CRT TV $449.99
    - Toshiba 27DF46 27-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $349.99
    - Toshiba 27HLV95 27-inch widescreen LCD DTV/DVD combo $1424.99
    - Toshiba 30HF85 30-inch 16:9 flat CRT TV $599.99
    - Toshiba 32HL95 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1799.99
    - Toshiba 42HP95 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2699.99
    - Toshiba 62HM95 62-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $2879.99
    - Toshiba TDP-T9U DLP projector $1099.99
    - Toshiba TDP-T99U DLP projector $1499
    - Westinghouse LTV-19W3 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $359.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-27W7 27-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $899.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-32W6 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1099.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-37W2 37-inch widescreen LCD TV $1614.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-40W1 40-inch wide integr. LCD DTV/DVD $2099.99
    ** also advertised without stand for $3199.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
    AS - price after mail-in rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV
    LC - includes Sylvania 6615LE 15-inch LCD TV if installation purchased
  - BJ's (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Audiovox 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.99 MC
    MC - member price with coupon in ad
  - Circuit City (HD IDs only):
    - DirecTV HD receiver $99.99 installed or $0 AS
    - DirecTV HD receiver/PVR $499.99 installed or $399 AS
    - Hitachi 42HDS52A 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $2499.99
    - Hitachi 55HDS52 55-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $3999.99
    - Hitachi 55VF820 55-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $1999.99
    - Hitachi 57F710A 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499.99
    - InFocus IN72 DLP projector $1249.99 AR
    - LG 23LX1RV 23-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $899.99
    - LG 32LX1D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1614.99
    - LG 37LC2D 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - LG 42PC3D 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2299.99
    - LG 50PC3D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3499.99
    - Magnavox 15MF605T 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $289.99
    - Magnavox 17MD255V 17-inch widescreen LCD TV/DVD combo $539.99
    - Panasonic PT61LCX65 61-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2799.99
    - Philips 23PF5320 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99
    - Philips 42PF7320A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1999.99
    - Philips 50PF9630A 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3419.99
    - Polaroid FLM2011 20-inch LCD TV $399.99
    - Polaroid FLM2632 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $749.99
    - Polaroid FLM3232 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99
    - Polaroid FLM3732 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1599.99
    - Samsung HLR5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2184.99
    - Samsung HPR4252 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1999.99
    - Samsung HPR5052 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3499.99
    - Samsung LNR238W 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $809.99
    - Samsung LNR1550 15-inch LCD TV $379.99
    - Samsung LNR2050 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $549.99
    - Samsung LNS2651D 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1329.99
    - Samsung LNS3241D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1519.99
    - Samsung LNS3251D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1799.99
    - Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99
    - Samsung TXR2435 24-inch 4:3 flat-tube TV $229.99
    - Samsung TXR3079WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $799.99
    - Sharp LC13SH4U 13-inch 4:3 LCD TV $299.99
    - Sharp LC15SH4U 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $349.99
    - Sony KD27FS170 27-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $369.99
    - Sony KD32FS170 32-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $599.99
    - Sony KD34XBR970 34-inch 16:9 flat-tube integrated DTV $1099.99
    - Sony KD36FS130 36-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $809.99
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.99
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2299.99
    - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2599.99
    - Sony KDL40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2999.99
    - Sony KDLV32XBR1 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699.99
    - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3499.99
    - Sony KDSR50XBR1 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3499.99
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $4499.99
    - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
    - Sylvania 6432GG 32-inch 4:3 integrated DTV $299.99
    - Sylvania 6842PE 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1299.99
    - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2849.99
    AS - price after mail-in rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV
  - CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD-52526 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-52627 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-62526 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999.99
    - Zenith Z42PX2D 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1899.99
    - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
  - CompUSA w/Good Guys Inside (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
    - Akai PDP5016H 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899 AR
    - HP PL4200N 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma TV $2699
    - JVC HD56G886 56-inch widescreen integrated D-ILA projection DTV $2599
    - Mitsubishi 52-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $1699
    - Mitsubishi WD-52526 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
    - Mitsubishi WD-62526 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999
    - Mitsubishi WD-73727 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4999
    - [Syntax Olevia] LT20S 20-inch LCD TV $299 AR
    - Samsung HLP4664WXX/XAA 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $1399
    - Sharp LC20S4US 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $399
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $3699
    - Sony KLVS32A10 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
    - Zenith Z15LA7R 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $249 AR
    - Zenith Z37LZ5D 37-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
    - Zenith Z42PX2D 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1499
    AR - price after mail-in rebate(s)
  - Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $899
    - Dell 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2099
    - Dell 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3599
  - Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $899
    - Dell 1100MP projector $629
    - Dell 3400MP projector $1199
    - Dell W2306C 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $899
    - Dell W3706C 32-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $1999
    - Dell W4201C 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2799
    - Dell W5001C 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499
  - Fry's (Los Angeles Times, some HD IDs):
    - "Major Brand" 62-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $1997
    - Mitsubishi 52-inch widescreen projection TV $1297
    - Mitsubishi 62-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2299
    - Mystery brand 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2497
    - Panasonic 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2497
    - Panasonic 56-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $1497
    - Samsung 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1449
    - Samsung 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2297
    - Samsung 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1897
    - Samsung 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2997
    - Samsung 61-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $3499
    - Sharp 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1997
    - Sony 55-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2397
    - Sony KDL40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2797
    - Toshiba 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2497
    - Toshiba 56-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2297
    - ViewSonic 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $749 AR
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD-62827 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4799
    - Sharp LC32D6U 32-inch integrated LCD DTV $1899
    - Sony KDL-V40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3499
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $4499
    - Westinghouse LTV-27W2 27-inch 16:9 LCD TV $799
  - Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD52825 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
    - Mitsubishi WS73517 73-inch 16:9 CRT integrated proj. DTV $2499
    - Panasonic TH37PX60U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1999
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799
  - J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Elgato EyeTV500 HD PVR/ATSC receiver for Mac $299.99
    - JVC LT-40X776 40-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $2399.99
    - Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499.99
    - Sharp LD-23SH1U 23-inch LCD TV $699.99
    - Sony KLV-32U100M 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT27HVX 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $649.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT42HVi 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-19w3 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $349.99 AR
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Epson PowerLite S3 LCD projector $749.99
    - Hitachi 32HDL52 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV
    - Hitachi 42HDM12 42-inch 16:9 plasma monitor $1849.99
    - Hitachi 42HDS52 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2199.99
    - Hitachi 42HDT52 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
    - Hitachi 55HDT52 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV 
    - HP LC3200N 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1299.99
    - HP LC3700N 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - Humax HFA100 ATSC set-top receiver $199.99
    - InFocus LP640 projector
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 61 md10 61-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/PIP $2599.99
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 projector $999.00 AR
    - JVC LT-37X776 37-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $2099.99
    - JVC LT-40X776 40-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $2499.99
    - Optoma EzPro 719 DLP projector $999.99
    - Panasonic PT-56DLX25 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $1899.99
    - Panasonic TC-23LX50 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99 AR
    - Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
    - Philips 32PF7320A 32-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1299.99
    - Philips 42PF7320A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1849.99
    - Philips 42PF9630A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2099.99
    - Philips 50PF9630A 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
    - Pioneer PDP-42A3HD 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2099.99
    - Pioneer PDP-4360HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
    - Samsung 710MP 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $309.99
    - Samsung HL-R4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1399.99
    - Samsung HL-R5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1649.99
    - Samsung HL-R5668W 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2499.99
    - Samsung HL-R6767W 67-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2699.99
    - Samsung LN-S2651D 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV 
    - Samsung LN-S4051D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2399.99
    - Samsung SIR-T451 ATSC receiver/decoder $229.99
    - Samsung TX-R3080WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $699.99
    - Sharp 56DR650 56-inch widescreen integrated DLP projection DTV $2099.99
    - Sharp LC-20B8U-S 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $569.99
    - Sharp LC26D6U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99
    - Sharp LC-32D4U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1499.99
    - Sharp LC-37D4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1999.99
    - Sharp LC-37DB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1849.99
    - Sony KDF-E42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1499.99
    - Sony KDF-E55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1999.99
    - Sony KDF-E60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2299.99
    - Sony KDL-32S2000 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV 
    - Sony KDL-40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV 
    - Sony KDL-V40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV 
    - Sony KLV-32U100M 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399.99
    - Sony KV-34HS420N 34-inch 16:9 CRT TV $899.99
    - Sony MFM-HT75W 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $499.99
    - Sony PMB50HX1 50-inch 16:9 plasma monitor $3199.99
    - Sony VAIO XL2 computer w/ATSC reception $2699.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT37HVS 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1399.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT42HVi 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - Toshiba 23HLV85 23-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $899.99
    - Toshiba 42HP66 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV 
    - ViewSonic N3260w 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99 AR
    - ViewSonic N3760w 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1299.99 AR
    - Westinghouse LTV-19w3 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $349.99 AR
    - Westinghouse LTV-27w6 27-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV 
    - Westinghouse LTV-30w2 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-32w3 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99 AR
    - Westinghouse LTV-37w4 HDC 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV/DVD 
    - Westinghouse LTV-37w2 37-inch wide integr. LCD DTV w/$150GC $1699
    - West. LTV-40w1 HDC 40" wide integr. LCD DTV/DVD w/$100GC $1899.00 AR
    - Westinghouse LVM-42w2 42-inch widescreen LCD monitor 
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
    GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
  - J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer):
    - Sharp LC26D6U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99
    - Sharp LD-23SH1U 16:9 23-inch LCD TV $679.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT42HVi 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1899.99
    - ViewSonic N3260w 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $999.99 AR
    - Westinghouse LTV-30w2 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - HP MD5820 58-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2298
    - HP PE4200 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma TV $1898
    - HP PL4200N 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma TV $2998
    - LG 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3798 BS
    - LG 15LC1RB 15-inch widescreen LCD TV $499
    - LG 15LW1R 15-inch widescreen LCD TV $998 BS
    - LG 42PC3DV 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1798
    - LG 42PX5D 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2197
    - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2697
    - Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1998
    - Mitsubishi WD-52527 52-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/stand $2198
    - Mitsubishi WD-62527 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/stand $2998
    - Mitsubishi WD-62827 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/160GB PVR $4798
    - Mitsubishi WD-62827 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/250GB PVR $5498 2T
    - Mitsubishi WD-73727 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $5498
    - Mitsubishi WD-73827 73-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/160GB PVR $6798
    - Mitsubishi WD-73927 73-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $7498
    - Panasonic TH-37PX60U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1998
    - Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2298
    - Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3498
    - Samsung HP-R4252 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2498
    - Samsung HP-R5052 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3498
    - Samsung LN-S2651D 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1398
    - Sharp LC-32D6U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1898
    - Sharp LC-37D6U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2798
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2198
    - Sony KDF-E55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2798
    - Sony KDF-E60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3298
    - Sony KDL-32S2000 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1898
    - Sony KDL-40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2998
    - Sony KD-LV32XBR1 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2698
    - Sony KDSR50XBR1 50-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $3498
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $4498
    2T - This model is said to have two digital "tuners"
    BS - price "before savings"
  - Kmart (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
    - Magnavox 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $279.99
  - Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic TH-42PA25 [?] 42-inch 16:9 [integrated?] plasma TV $1895
    - Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3495
  - Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD disclaimers only):
    - Hitachi 42HDF52 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $1999.99
    - Hitachi 42HDM12 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99 DV
    - Magnavox 26MF605 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99
    - Magnavox 32MF605 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1149.99
    - Mitsubishi WD62527 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2899.99 DV
    - Panasonic TH-42PX60 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.99
    - Protron PLTV26 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99 DV
    - Protron PLTV37 37-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99
    - Samsung TXR3079 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $899.99 DV
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.99 DV
    - Sony KDF-E50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2069.99
    - Sony KDLV32XBR1 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699.99 
    - Sony KDLV40XBR 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3149.99 
    - Sony KDS-R50XBR1 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3499.99
    - Sony KLV23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99
    - Sylvania 6842PE 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1399.99
    - Toshiba 32DF46 32-inch 4:3 flat-tube integrated DTV $549.99
    - Toshiba 56HM195 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2699.99
    DV - price includes upconverting DVD player
  - Star Club (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Samsung HLR6178 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3999 BS
    - Samsung HPR6372 63-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $8999
    - Samsung LNS4051 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2799
    BS - price "before savings"
  - Target (no disclaimer):
    - Sony KLV-S15G10 15-inch LCD TV $397.22
  - Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, appropriate IDs):
    - Audiovox FPE1505DV 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV/DVD combo $399.95 BS
    - LG 50PX5D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4049.95
    - LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2519.95
    - Mitsubishi WD52527 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2069.95
    - Mitsubishi WD62628 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3779.95
    - Mitsubishi WD73727 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4949.95
    - Mitsubishi WD73927 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV/PVR $6799.95
    - Panasonic PT44LCX65 44-inch wide integrated LCD proj. DTV $1499.95
    - Samsung HLR6178W 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3599.95
    - Samsung HPR4272 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2879.95
    - Sharp LC26DA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1109.95
    - Sharp LC45GD7U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4499.95
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.95
    - Sony KDFE60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2789.95
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $4049.95
    - Sylvania 6615LF4 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $248.95
    - Toshiba 20HLV85 20-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $829.95
    - Toshiba 27HLV95 27-inch wide integrated LCD DTV/DVD combo $1569.95
    - Toshiba 32HLX95 32-inch wide integrated LCD DTV/DVD combo $2069.95
    - Toshiba 37HLX95 37-inch wide integrated LCD DTV/DVD combo $2699.95
    - Toshiba 42HPX95 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3149.95
    - Toshiba 52HM95 52-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2067.95
    BS - price "before savings"
  - Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic [?] Lc2632 26-inch widescreen TV $449
    - Panasonic [?] HPP3298PP 32-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $699
    - Panasonic TH42PE506 [?] 42-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $1149
    - Philips 42-inch widescreen TV $1049
    - Samsung SPA4285 [?] 42-inch widescreen TV $849
    - Samsung HLD5020 [?] 50-inch TV w/PIP $1029
    - Sony KED4235 [?] 42-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $1399
    - Sony KDF55B25 [?] 55-inch LCD [projection?] TV $1029
  - Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - DirecTV H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS
    - LG 32LC2D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1597 IT
    - LG 42PX4D 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2397 IT
    - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2897 IT
    - LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2297
    - Mitsubishi WD73727 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $5497 IT
    - Sharp LC37D4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2297 IT
    - Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $4497 BS
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1797 IT
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2297 IT
    - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2597 IT
    - Sony KDFE60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3097 IT
    - Sony KDL40S2000 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2997 IT
    - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3497 IT
    - Sony KDSR50XBR1 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3497 IT
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $4497 IT
    AS - price after mail-in rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV
    BS - price "before savings"
    IT - price includes sales tax
  - Wal-Mart (Minneapolis Star Tribune
    - ilo ilo-32HD 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $867

- Tech Notes #134 has come out:
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_134.pdf>

- DVD news:

     - According to CEA's figures, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the 
first nine weeks of 2006 were UP 16.1% from the same period in 2005; my 
ten-week running average was up 13.7%.  For the first ten weeks, they were up 
10%.  For the first 11 weeks, they were up 9.1%; my ten-week running average 
was up 8.1%.  For the first 12 weeks, they were up 5.2%; my ten-week running 
average was up 3.9%.  For the first 13 weeks, they were up 7.5%; my ten-week 
running average was up 4.2%.
     - In one of Radio Shack's ads, a 25-pack of DVD blank media was $7.99; for 
the same price one could get a 30-pack of blank CD media (a later ad made it 
50).  Circuit City offered 25 blank DVDs for $5.99 and prerecorded DVD movies 
at either two for $10 or three for $15, depending on the week.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):
     - Through April 27, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB2006 
<http://www.nabshow.com/>.
     - April 28-30, Early Television Museum, Hilliard, Ohio, 2006 Early 
Television Convention <http://www.earlytelevision.org/2006_convention.html>.
     - May 17, Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, Chicago, HD Expo 
<http://www.hdexpo.net/>.
     - May 20-23, Porte de Versailles, Paris, 120th AES convention 
<http://www.aes.org/events/120/>.
     - June 5-9, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, 
Canada, WABE/SAIT Broadcast Training Seminar <wayne.watson@xxxxxxx>.
     - June 7-9, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Infocomm 
<http://www.infocomm.org/>.
     - June 27-29, Javits Center, New York, Entertainment Technology Alliance 
<http://www.etaexpo.com/>.
     - October 3-5, Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium 
<http://www.iptv.org/dtv/2005/>.

* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS  Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo.  Next 
week's memo might be late.

Phone numbers of some retailers mentioned (the ones starting +1 will work from 
outside the United States):
- J&R: +1-212-238-9000, 800-221-8180
- Paul's: +1-714-529-2314
- Star Club: +1-310-390-6631
- Universal Computers & Electronics: +1-718-784-8000

Have a question about the memo?  Before contacting me, please try the FAQs and 
glossary in the second postscript to the January 5 memo:
<http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02213.html>


 
 
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