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). - Follow-ups: - CableCARD - - Less than 3% of digital-cable-ready (DCR) TVs reportedly have CableCARDs. Perhaps as a result, there are reportedly 80% fewer DCR TV models this year than in 2005: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/03/technology/03cable.html> - Here's more on the cable and consumer-electronics industries blaming each other for compatibility problems: <http://www.cabledigitalnews.com/weekly_analysis/07062006_01.html> - Motorola recently joined Scientific-Atlanta in getting a multi-stream CableCARD approved by CableLabs. The multi-stream cards reportedly support video on demand, picture-in-picture, and "other interactive services and applications": <http://www.cedmagazine.com/article/CA6350049.html> - In a related story, the Association of Public Television Stations and cable competitor RCN have joined Comcast in asking the FCC to allow low-cost digital cable boxes integrating security and navigation functions after next July 1. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Microsoft question the need for a waiver: <http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6349710.html> - Unlicensed devices - Here's a story on the Association for Maximum Service Television's letter to the leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee about "unintended consequences" of the planned deployment of more wireless broadband systems: <http://broadcastengineering.com/RF/MSTV-congress-act-20060706/> - July 1 - I'm getting a little closer on catching up on the ads, but not yet. - May 1 - Neither the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) nor the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has updated their lists of U.S. DTT stations for quite some time. - So there are high-definition churches and a high-definition life. Why not high-definition fireworks? Here's a story on pleasing the stay-at-home crowd: <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13688199/> - International news: - There were at least 321,393 subscribers to HD cable or satellite in Canada as of this spring. That includes only companies with at least 20,000 subscribers. That represents less than 3% of households: <http://www.digitalhomecanada.com/content/view/1367/51/> - Warren Communications News reported Monday that France has set a 2011 analog cut-off date. The story is no longer on their site: <http://www.warren-news.com/> - The first country to drop analog, however, may be the Netherlands: <http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?id=1779> - According to the UK Energy Saving Trust, the switch to DTT there will be the main reason for doubled electricity use by 2010: <http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060703-125628-5903r> - I have not yet received sales data from CEA for anything past the 23rd week of 2006. - I am sad to report the untimely deaths of two fine gentlemen with whom I had the pleasure to work: - Christian Tremblay, president of Algolith, a founder of Miranda, and formerly of CDL, died in a road accident on June 29: <http://www.algolith.com/index.php?id=63&no_cache=1> Here are details of his memorial service this Sunday: <http://www.algolith.com/christian/index.html> - John Luff provided the following: "Marty Skoff, Manager of Installation Services for AZCAR USA, died suddenly on June 26th. He was employed by TPC Communications as a colorist, and later by STI (later AZCAR) as the manager of all installation crews. His positive approach to problem solving was always appreciated by customers. He was an avid sportsman who seldom missed a chance to be in the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Jan and son Dan." - Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV): - September 27-29, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast Symposium <http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/sympo.html>. - October 3-5, Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium <http://www.iptv.org/dtv/2005/>. - October 4-6, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, Jackson Hole Tech Symposium <http://www.jhfestival.org/symposium2006/>. - October 18-21, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, SMPTE convention <http://www.smpte.org/conferences/148cfp.cfm>. - ***January 31-February 2, The Westin at Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs area), California, ***HPA Technology Retreat*** <http://www.hpaonline.com>. - April 14-19, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB convention <http://www.nabshow.com/>. - April 18-21, Atlanta Convention Center, Satellite Expo 2007 with C-band Pioneers Reunion <http://www.bobcooper.tv/c-band-reunion.htm>. * - new or revised listing TTFN, Mark PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. 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