[opendtv] Wolfsson's Wednesday Words (Mark's Monday Memo) 2004 March 31

- Follow-ups:

     - ***The Technology Retreat*** - The next one will be January 26-28
at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott near Palm Springs.  Mark your
calendars!

     - The "Broadcast Flag" certification process - Doug Lung's RF
Report in TV Technology has some information about what has been going
on:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=375>

    - Advanced codecs - There were two news releases from MPEG LA, the
licensing association, that I found fascinating:
          - One was about Japanese broadcasters choosing to use
AVC/H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 to send television to mobile phones.  That
wasn't as interesting to me as the fact that MPEG LA had agreed to a
one-time payment of $2500 per encoder rather than ongoing fees:
<http://www.mpegla.com/news/n_04-03-24_avc.html>
          - The other was MPEG LA announcing "a plan for providing fair,
reasonable, nondiscriminatory worldwide access to patents that are
essential to 'Proposed Standard VC-9 Submitted to SMPTE Technology
Committee C24' (2004-03-19), a/k/a 'Proposed SMPTE Standard for
Television: VC-9 Compressed Video Bitstream Format and Decoding Process,
as it may be amended ('VC-9 Specification')."  VC-9 is currently better
known as Windows Media 9's video codec, and the MPEG LA announcement
suggests that there may be those other than Microsoft claiming
intellectual-property rights:
<http://www.mpegla.com/news/n_04-03-26_vc9.html>

     - July 1 - Note the exceptionally low prices for 36-inch sets (even
some with dual-tuner picture-in-picture) with just three months to go
before half of them need DTT-reception circuitry:
       - TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting
2005:
         - Magnavox MS3652 36-inch TV @ Circuit City w/$50 gift card
$499.99
         - Sony 36S45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $328
         - Toshiba 36-inch TV @ Sears $529.99
         - Toshiba 36A43 36-inch TV @ Best Buy $539.99
         - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $278
       - TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting
2006:
         - Apex AT2708 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Circuit City $179.99
         - Sharp 25RS100 25-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
         - RCA 27R411T 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $189.99
         - Sharp 27US60 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $198.95
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $158
       - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
         - Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
         - Sylvania 13-inch TV @ Sears $59.99
         - Toshiba 13A23 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
         - "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
         - Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $109.99
         - Samsung TXN-2020 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
         - Apex DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $94.88
         - Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99
         - Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $129.99
         - Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+RW recorder @ J&R $259.00
       - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in
2007:
         - Sylvania 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99
         - Sylvania 6313 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Ultimate $98.95
         - Panasonic PVC2023 20-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $199.99

       - Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV
broadcasts:
         - Craig CD boombox with 5-inch TV @ Toys 'R' Us $29.99

     - May 1 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its
lists as of March 24.  1643 stations (97% of the April 1997 mandatory
group) have been granted either construction permits or licenses for
DTT.  129 of the 132 requests by non-commercial stations for second
extensions have been granted.  One is still pending.  1397 U.S. DTT
stations are said to be on the air one way or another:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html>
     The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) still lists only
1175:
<http://www.nab.org/newsroom/issues/digitaltv/dtvstations.asp>
          - There has been no change in status in the top ten markets,
where the ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC outlets were due on the air May 1,
1999.  38 are fully licensed; two are operating on temporary authority
at low power:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html>
          - In markets 11-30, there has been some improvement.  78 of 79
are on the air (the 80th is in Mexico), 72 licensed and six on temporary
authority:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html>
          - The FCC chart shows 258 non-commercial stations:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html>
     The Association of Public Television Stations still lists just 244:

<http://www.apts.org/html/digital/dtv/ptv_digitalstations.htm>
          - These are the 763 stations the FCC says are operating on
temporary authority at low power:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html>
          - These are the 634 stations the FCC says are operating at
high power either licensed or on program-test authority:
<http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html>
     Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology reports 506 licensed DTT
stations in the FCC's CDBS database as of March 28:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=388>
     The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
reports just 382 U.S. DTT stations being carried on any cable systems,
although 84 million U.S. households are said to be able to subscribe to
HD cable if they so choose:
<http://www.ncta.com/press/press.cfm?PRid=465&showArticles=ok>

     - Cable/DTT must-carry - It is traditional for broadcasters to want
it and for cable to oppose it, but Entravision, a broadcaster, told the
FCC it opposed full must-carry for DTT because the bit-rates required
could squeeze its stations off cable:
<http://www.freepress.net/news/article.php?id=2840>

     - 2007 analog cut off -
          - Some congressional representatives told the FCC they're
concerned about the leaked plan to count cable and satellite analog
subscribers towards the more than 85% required by the Balanced Budget
Act of 1997:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=381>
          - At Monday's DTT Summit in Washington, D.C., a few speakers
reportedly mention 2012 as a better date.  Representative Fred Upton,
who chairs the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, reportedly
mentioned 2020:
<http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1557916,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532>

- There appears to be some movement on the possibility of the Hollywood
studios helping to finance the installation of digital-cinema packages
in theaters:
<http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=40927027>

- International H/DTV news:

     - There are now reportedly 230,000 DTT "customers" in Sweden:
<http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/march29_april2.htm#box>

     - According to a press release from the ATSC Forum, Mexico adopted
the ATSC DTT standard last week:
<http://www.atscforum.org/pr/PR-040327-ATSCMexico.pdf>

     - There are now SCART to HDMI adapters:
<http://www.vnunet.com/Features/1153799>

     - A German correspondent wrote that "even in the Greater Berlin
area analogue service continues."  I'm not sure whether that means
outside the MABB-controlled area.

- Public Knowledge has released the not-unbiased "What Every Citizen
Should Know About DRM a.k.a. 'Digital Rights Management," a 42-page
primer
<http://www.publicknowledge.org/content/overviews/citizens-guide-to-drm/view>

- For the fifth week in a row, the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) has reported no factory-to-U.S.-dealer sales of (supposedly)
non-H/DTV projection TVs; when it hits 10 weeks, I'll assume the
category is dead and stop reporting it.  VCRs were down 68.5% for the
first 10 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003.  Direct-view
was UP 1.2%.
     So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the tenth
week were 67,949 units.  For the first 10 weeks of the year, they were
719,041 units.  "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 14.7% of the TVs
(not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through
the eighth week of the year.  It may be worth noting here what that
means.  Over 85% of the TVs sold so far this year were still plain
non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
     To qualify 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.  Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers:
     - I'm aware of the LG at Harvey and the Samsung at J&R.  I'm not
sure whether the DirecTV unit at Good Guys includes ATSC reception.

- The ads - Harvey advertised integrated DTVs as "HD-Ready."  Howard's
Los Angeles Times ad offered the Toshiba 42H83 for $100 less than its
Orange County Register ad (and there were many more models in the Orange
County Register ad).  Once again, there were a number of older models
advertised (indicating that sales to dealers don't equate with sales to
consumers):
  - Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
    - Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449.99
    - Daewoo DP-42SM 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2249.99
    - JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2429.99
    - JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4049.99
    - Mitsubishi WS-65313 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2249.99
    - Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1349.99
    - RCA D52W15 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1169.99
    - Samsung HLN-5065W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3149.99
    - "Samsung LCD-1700" 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $629.99
    - Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $539.99
    - Sharp LC20B4US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1079.99
    - Sony KDP51WS550 51-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2069.99
    - Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4949.99
    - Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1439.99
    - Sony KV32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $629.99
    - Sony KV36HS510 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1619.99
    - Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
    - Toshiba 42H83 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1259.99
  - Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
    - Akai PDP4247 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$50 gift card $2499.99
    - Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $5999.99
    - Hitachi 51S500 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$200 GC $2099.99
    - Panasonic PT53TW53 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$200 GC
$1999.99
    - Philips 15PF7835 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV w/$50 gift card $599.99
    - Samsung HCN4226W 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1399.99

    - Samsung HLN437W 43-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
    - Samsung LTN1565 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV w/$50 GC $649.99
    - Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV w/$50 GC $799.99
    - Samsung TXN2775HF 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $699.99
    - Samsung TXN3245FP 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $699.99
    - Sharp LC20E1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$100 GC $1099.99
    - Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV w/$200 GC $1999.99
    - Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card
$1599.99
    - Sony KV34HS510 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$200 GC $1999.99
  - CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
    - Samsung SPN4235X/XAA 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
  - Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699
    - Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
    - Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2799
  - Fry?s (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
   - Mitsubishi WS-65313 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2699
  - Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
    - DirecTV four-tuner HDTV receiver with TiVo $999
    - Epson LS47P1 47-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3499
    - Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/digital camera $14,999

    - JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/digital still camera $4499
    - Mitsubishi PD5030 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999
    - Mitsubishi WS65411 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
    - Philips 32PT842H 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $999
    - Philips 55PL977S 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $4299
    - Philips 60PP9753 60-inch 16:9 CRT projection DTV $1699
    - Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/digital camera $6499**
    - Samsung TXN2670WHFX 26-inch widescreen direct-view TV $649
    - Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1699
    - Sony KV34XBR 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/stand $2499
    ** price after rebate
  - Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Fujitsu P42HHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
    - Fujitsu P50XHA30US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $9999
    - Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $14,999
    - LG LST-3410A ATSC receiver/PVR $999.95
    - LG MU-50PZ90V 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999.95
    - LG MU-60PZ90V 60-inch 16:9 plasma TV $14,999.95
    - LG RU-17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1199.95
    - LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299
    - LG RU-42PZ90 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.95
    - LG RU-48SZ30 48-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.95
    - LG RU-52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2999.95
    - LG RU-60SZ30 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3499.95
    - Loewe Articos 55P 55-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $6999/$7499
    - Loewe Spheros 42HD 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8999/$9999
    - Pioneer PRO910HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999
    - Pioneer PRO1110HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $10,499
    - Runco CW50MC 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $12,995
    - Samsung HLN467 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
    - Samsung HLN567 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
    - Samsung HPN6339 63-inch 16:9 plasma TV $17,999
    - Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
    - SharpVision LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $3999
    - SharpVision LC30HV6U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $3999
    - SharpVision LC37HV6U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $5999
    - Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
    - Sony KDE50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $9999
    - Sony KDF60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 LCD integrated projection DTV $5499
    - Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $6999
  - Howard's (Orange County Register, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic PT47WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
    - Panasonic PT51HX42 51-inch 4:3 CRT projection TV $1299
    - Panasonic PT53WX53 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699
    - Panasonic PT56WX53 56-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1999
    - Sony KP43HT20 43-inch 4:3 CRT projection TV $1399
    - Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
    - Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799
    - Sony KP57WS510 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $2199
    - Sony KP65WS510 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2599
    - Toshiba 42H83 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1399
    - Toshiba 51HX83 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
    - Toshiba 57HX83 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2199
    - Toshiba 65HX83 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2799
  - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - JVC AV-34WP84 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV
    - JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
    - Panasonic TC-15LT1 15-inch 16:9 LCD TV $699.99
    - Panasonic TC-20LA1 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $999.99
    - Philips 55PL9773 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV
    - Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV
    - Samsung SIR-T165 ATSC receiver/decoder
    - Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
    - Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
    - Sony KP-65WV600 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV
  - Ken Crane?s (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi VS-60111 60-inch 4:3 projection TV $1798
    - Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2998
    - Panasonic PT-60LC13 60-inch LCD projection TV $3998
    - Panasonic TH-50PX20UP 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7998***
    - Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3998
    - Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5998
    - Sony KF-42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2798
    - Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3998
    *** price includes DVD player
  - Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
    - Hitachi 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV, Sears #75743 $5339.99
    - Philips 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54353 $1789.99
    - Toshiba 51-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54433 $1599.99
  - Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer
noticed):
    - Akai PT4298 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
    - Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3999.95
    - Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5099.95
    - Mitsubishi WS48513 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2099.95

    - Mitsubishi WS55313 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.95
    - Mitsubishi WS65411 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $
    - Panasonic TC17LA1 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $749.95
    - Panasonic TH42PX20 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/ATSC receiver $6099.95

    - Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6099.95**
    - Samsung HCN4226W 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1199.95
    - Samsung HLN437W 43-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.95
    - Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3399.95
    - Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1699.95
    - Zenith C32V37 32-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $949.95
    - Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1899.95
    - Zenith P42W22B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2998.95
    ** price after mail-in rebate
  - Universal Computer & Electronics (AM New York, no disclaimer):
    - Mystery brand 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $2499
    - Philips 34PW9819 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV
    - RCA 65HS65 65-inch projection TV $699
    - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV $538
    - Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV $629
    - Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV $799
    - Toshiba 65H65 65-inch projection TV $699
    - Zenith ZA50 50-inch widescreen projection TV w/DVD player $428

- DVD news:

    - According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first ten weeks of 2004 were up 16.8% over the same period in 2003.

    - Warren Communications News reported Wednesday that "Blu-ray VS.
HD-DVD replication is debated at IRMA [International Recording Media
Association] summit.  The story is no longer on the site:
<http://www.warren-news.com/>

     - The SCRI Insider Report said today that the Blu-ray group
announced an introduction delay to the end of the year.  The story
requires a password, but that is obtainable by filling out a survey:
<http://www.scri.com/sub/sc_newscur.html>

     - Best Buy had DVD movies for $5.99 each.

- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Engineering
Achievement Awards committee has selected 12 technologies to investigate
for possible Emmy awards.  The fact that a technology has been selected
does not guarantee an award; it is also possible for a single technology
to yield multiple awards.  Here is the scope of the awards:
     "An award to an individual, a company, or a scientific or technical
organization for developments and/or standardization involved in
engineering technologies which either represent so extensive an
improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they
materially have affected the transmission, recording, or reception of
television."
     These, in abbreviated terms, are the technologies being
investigated and the investigative subcommittee chairs and co-chairs:
     - Direct-view LCD screens - Jim Burns <jimburns@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Spencer Knisely <Spencer.Knisely@xxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Pioneering developments for scaling for fixed-pixel displays -
Larry Sayer <Larry.Sayer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Chuck Dages
<chuck.dages@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - UHP lamps - Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Mike Tsinberg
<mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Advanced Video Codecs - Chris Taylor
<christopher.taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Craig Cuttner
<Craig.Cuttner@xxxxxxx>, John Luff <john.luff@xxxxxxxxx>, Seth Haberman
<sethh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Video on demand - Wendell Bailey <wbailey@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Seth
Haberman <sethh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Development and standardization of file formats for audio and
video - Michael Wilke <wilke_michael@xxxxxxx>, Bruce Ross
<bruce2sail@xxxxxxx>
     - Development of MXF - Michael Wilke <wilke_michael@xxxxxxx>, Bruce
Ross <bruce2sail@xxxxxxx>
     - Pioneering developments of spot-beam satellites for DTH - Marty
Stein <mstein@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Ed Hobson <edward.hobson@xxxxxxx>
     - Development of MPEG-2 encoders for consumer products - Jed Deame
<Jed@xxxxxxxxx>, Diane Tryneski <Diane_Tryneski@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Josh
Kairoff <josh@xxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Pioneering development of the Telestrator - Tom McGowan
<tmcgowan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Bill Jarr <wjarr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Pioneering development of IP store and forward for local
broadcast - Marty Faubell <mfaubell@xxxxxxxxxx>, Jeremy Rosenberg
<jrosenberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     - Plug-in architecture for audio workstations - David Robinson
<dpr@xxxxxxxxx>, Peter Symes <Peter.Symes@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Pete Challinger
<petec@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Skip Pizzi <skippiz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
     If these appear to be the wrong people, that's intentional.  People
whose organizations have a possibility of getting an award for a
technology may not investigate that technology.  That's where YOU come
in.
     HELP!
     If you have any information about whether these technologies
deserve Emmy recognition, and, if so, to whom the award(s) should go,
please contact the subcommittee members directly (and as soon as
possible).
     Thanks!

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

     - *April 1, Tweeter, Rockville, Maryland, SMPTE DC Section meeting
on "Issues Facing Today's High Definition Retailers"
<http://www.smpte.org/sections_chapters/washdc/dcmeeting.html>.
     - April 6-7, Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles, Entertainment Technology
Alliance Summit <http://www.etaexpo.com/>.
     - April 17-22, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2004
<http://www.nab.org/conventions/nab2004/>.
     - April 26, Medford, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/01_Medford.htm>
     - April 28, San Francisco, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/02_San_Francisco.htm>
     - April 29, Sacramento, California, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/03_Sacramento.htm>
     - May 1, Napa Valley Community College, California, Road Show -- "A
Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/04_Napa_ValleyCC.htm>
     - May 3, Reno, Nevada, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/05_Reno.htm>
     - May 5, Fresno, California, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/06_Fresno.htm>
     - May 7, Los Angeles, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/07_Los_Angeles.htm>
     - May 10, San Diego, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/08_San_Diego.htm>
     - May 12, Phoenix, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/09_Phoenix.htm>
     - May 14, Albuquerque, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/10_Albuquerque.htm>
     - May 17, El Paso, Texas, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/11_El_Paso.htm>
     - May 19, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/12_Tulsa.htm>
     - *May 20-23, New York Hilton, Home Entertainment 2004 East
<http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/>.
     - May 21, Dallas, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/13_Dallas.htm>
     - May 24, Houston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/14_Houston.htm>
     - May 26, Lafayette, Louisiana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/15_Lafayette.htm>
     - May 28, New Oreans, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/16_New_Orleans.htm>
     - June 1, Jackson, Mississippi, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/17_Jackson.htm>
     - June 3, Montgomery, Alabama, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/18_Montgomery.htm>
     - June 5-11, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, InfoComm
<http://infocomm03.expoexchange.com/>.
     - June 7, Tampa, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/19_Tampa.htm>
     - June 9, Miami, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/20_Miami.htm>
     - June 11, West Palm Beach, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/21_WPalm_Beach.htm>
     - June 14, Jacksonville, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/22_Jacksonville.htm>

     - June 15-18, Singapore Expo, Broadcast Asia 2004, Audio Technology
2004, CableSat 2004, ComGraphics & Animation 2004, CommunicAsia 2004,
EnterpriseIT 2004 <http://www.broadcast-asia.com/>.
     - June 16, Atlanta, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/23_Atlanta.htm>
     - June 18, Huntsville, Alabama, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/24_Huntsville.htm>
     - June 21, Nashville, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/25_Nashville.htm>
     - June 23, Knoxville, Tennessee, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/26_Knoxville.htm>
     - June 25, Greenville, South Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/27_Greenville.htm>
     - June 28, Charlotte, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/28_Charlotte.htm>
     - June 30, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/29_Raleigh-Durham.htm>
     - July 6, Baltimore-Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/30_Baltimore-Washington.htm>
     - July 8, Philadelphia, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/31_Philadelphia.htm>
     - July 12, New Haven, Connecticut, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/32_New_Haven.htm>
     - July 14, Boston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/33_Boston.htm>
     - July 16, Eastern New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/34_Up_State_NY.htm>
     - July 19, Binghamton, New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/35_Binghamton.htm>
     - July 19-23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
     - July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm>
     - July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm>
     - July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm>
     - July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm>
     - July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm>
     - August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm>
     - August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm>
     - August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm>
     - August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm>
     - August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm>
     - August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm>
     - August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm>
     - August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm>
     - August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm>
     - August 24, Portland, Orgegon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm>
     - August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm>
     - August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo <http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm>.
     - September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics <http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk>.
     - September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention <http://www.ibc.org>.
     - October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government
Video Technology Expo <http://www.GVExpo.com>
     - October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium <http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html>.

     - *November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West <http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/>.
     - ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** <http://www.hpaonline.com>.

* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

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