[opendtv] 20050503 Mark's (almost) Monday Memo

  • From: Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 01:17:13 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

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- Follow-ups:

     - Blu-ray and HD DVD combination - 
          - Warren Communications News reported on Tuesday that there were 
internal battles at Toshiba over what to do.  The story is no longer on their 
site:
<http://www.warren-news.com/>
          - Electronic Engineering Times covers Panasonic's entry into the 
talks:
<http://www.eet.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=161601806>

     - Voom - EchoStar's DISH network is picking up 10 of the Voom HD channels: 
Animania HD, Equator HD, Gallery HD, Guy TV HD, HD News, Majestic HD, Monsters 
HD, Rave HD, RUSH HD, and Ultra HD:
<http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050429/295205.html?.v=1>
<http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=7743>

     - Informa's report on the digital world - Media Life's story adds that, 
after the UK, Hong Kong (49.9%) and the U.S. (47.4%) had the highest digital TV 
(all forms) penetration at the end of 2004.  Globally, it was 11.5%:
<http://tinyurl.com/8phjb>

     - The High-Tech DTV Coalition - As expected, they held their news 
conference on Wednesday, and, as expected, they called for a hard analog 
cut-off at the end of 2006:
<http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=7725>
     Meanwhile, separately, CEOs from the Computer Systems Policy Project 
(CSPP) wrote to Representative Joe Barton in support of his hard-cutoff 
proposed legislation.  This story is from Reuters:
<http://tinyurl.com/ajzp8>
     Dale Cripps in HDTV Magazine said, "The group has already disbanded":
<http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/blog/view.php?id=27871>
     Maybe that's so.  Certainly, their web site is pathetically out of date.  
It still lists Carly Fiorina as head of HP, Mark Hurd as head of NCR, etc.:
<http://www.cspp.org/aboutus.asp>
     The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) response to Congress says 
1497 U.S. DTT stations are on the air, six more than their list has:
<http://tinyurl.com/dwpll>
     Cripps has offered the heads of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) 
and the NAB blog space to discuss the issue:
<http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/blog/view.php?id=27907>

     - Must-carry - There's an interesting piece in CED by Jeffrey Krauss, 
president of Telecommunications & Technology Policy.  The PSIP issues, alone, 
are fascinating:
<ttp://www.cedmagazine.com/ced/2005/0505/05cc.htm>

     - HD and cable -
          - "Kagan's Economics of High Definition Cable Networks 2005" has the 
following findings:
               - There are more than 20 non-broadcast networks with daily HD.
               - More than 12 million HDTVs have been sold to U.S. consumers, 
and HD household penetration is 10%.
               - There are 1373 U.S. DTT stations (considerably fewer than the 
NAB lists) in 211 markets.
               - There were 672,000 satellite HD subscribers at the end of 2004.
<http://tinyurl.com/btnf2>
          - Television Week has a story on the difficulties of cable HD 
networks getting carriage:
<http://www.tvweek.com/article.cms?articleId=27889>

     - July 1 - 
          - This week I've listed 127 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger.  Of 
those, 41 (32%) 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:
         - RCA 36E20 36-inch TV @ Broadway $259
         - Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
         - Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
         - Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Universal $519
         - Sony Wega 36fs100 36-inch TV @ Broadway $589
         - Sony Wega 36FS100 36-inch TV @ Center City $549.99
         - Sony Wega 36sf100 36-inch TV @ CEW $549
         - Toshiba 36455 36-inch TV @ Center City $249
         - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Broadway $269
         - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ CEW $269
         - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
         - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
         - RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
         - RCA 50929 50-inch projection TV @ Center City $399 SS
         - Toshiba 50-inch TV @ Broadway $469
         - Toshiba 50-inch TV @ CEW $449
         - Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
         - Zenith ZA50 50-inch projection TV @ Universal $409 DV
         - Sony 53-inch projection TV @ Broadway $549
         - Sony 53-inch projection TV @ CEW $498
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Center City $499 SS
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Universal $519
         - Zenith 53-inch projection TV @ CEW $449
         - RCA 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $649
         - Sony 61-inch projection TV @ Broadway $699
         - Sony 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $749
         - Sony 61S65 61-inch projection TV @ Center City $589 SS
         - Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
         - Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Universal $624 DV
         - Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
         - Zenith 61-inch projection TV @ Broadway $599
         - RCA 65-inch projection TV @ Broadway $789
         - Samsung 65-inch projection TV @ CEW $849
         - Sony 65-inch projection TV @ Broadway $899
         - Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $739
         - Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $769
         - Sony 65V75 65-inch projection TV @ Center City $699 SS
         - Toshiba 65-inch projection TV @ Center City $799 SS
         - Toshiba 65H65 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $689
         DV - price includes DVD player
         SS - price includes surround-sound system
       - TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
         - RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
         - JVC 27-inch TV @ hhgregg $197
         - Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ hhgregg $145
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Broadway $159
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Center City $132
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ CEW $159
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139
         - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch TV @ Royal $229
         - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch TV @ Universal $239
         - Sony Wega 27fs100 27-inch TV @ Broadway $239
         - Sony Wega 27FS100 27-inch TV @ Center City $229.99
         - Sony Wega 27sf100 27-inch TV @ CEW $219
         - Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
         - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV @ Center City $199
         - Zenith 32Z30 32-inch TV @ Broadway $169
       - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
         - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Broadway $49
         - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ CEW $49
         - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
         - "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
         - Toshiba 13-inch TV @ hhgregg $67
         - Daewoo DTQ14U5SC 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $99.99
         - "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Broadway $69
         - "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ CEW $69
         - "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
         - "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
         - Magnavox 20MS233S 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $99.99
         - "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $29.99
         - "Famous Maker" VCR @ Universal $29.98
         - Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $79.97
         - Toshiba DVD/VCR combo @ hhgregg $87
         - Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $129.99 AR
         - GoVideo R6740 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $179.99
         - Mystery brand VCR/DVD recorder @ Sears $249.99
         - Panasonic DMR-E65 DVD recorder @ Soho $199
         - Panasonic DMRES10S DVD recorder @ Circuit City $179.99
         - Philips DVDR77 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $199.99
         - Philips DVDR600VR VCR/DVD+R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $249.99
         - Samsung DVDR120 DVD-R/RAM/RW recorder @ Best Buy $199.99
         - Compaq 5000C series computer w/tuner @ Soho $699
         - Gateway 827GM/FPD1760/IP3000 computer w/tuner @ Circuit $989.99
         - HP Brio series computer w/tuner @ Soho $799
         - HP VS15 computer system w/tuner @ CompUSA $1129.98 AR
         - Sony Vaio 560X series computer w/tuner @ Soho $899
         - Sony computer w/tuner @ CEW $719
         - Sony computer w/tuner @ Universal $799
         AR - price after mail-in rebate
       - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - Toshiba MV13Q41 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ P.C. Richard $129.97
       - Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
         - Audiovox VE705 7-inch under-counter AM/FM TV @ Circuit $199.99
         - Audiovox 7-inch under-counter LCD TV @ Target $189.99
         - Coby 5-inch TV @ CVS $19.99
         - Dual XDVD8170 7-inch AM/FM/DVD car TV @ hhgregg $699
         - Sony CD555TV 7-inch AM/FM CD TV $399.99
         - Sony D-NS707F AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ J&R $79.99
         - Sony ICF-CD73V AM/FM/TV/weather CD @ J&R $69.99
         - Sony ICFCD543RMSIL AM/FM/TV/weather CD @ Best Buy $99.99
         - Sony ICF-CD555TVLIV2 7-inch AM/FM/CD TV @ Target $379.99
         - Sony ICFDC53 AM/FM/TV/weather CD @ Sears $99.99
         - Sony ICF-DVD57TV LCD clock radio @ Sony $599.99
          - 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) 
updated their lists this week.
          - Doug Lung's RF Report says 697 licensed U.S. DTT stations were 
listed in the FCC CDBS database as of April 24:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=847>

- The FCC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks comment 
on whether the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 
requires carriage of full DTT streams, including multicasts.  The first URL is 
for the press release; the second is for the full NPRM:
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258477A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-92A1.pdf>
     The FCC also issued a notice of inquiry about allowing satellite viewers 
to receive distant DTT signals:
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258480A1.pdf>

- DirecTV's Spaceway F1 was successfully launched.  It's the first of a series 
of Ka-band satellites intended to carry DTT-station signals, and it is to 
provide local-into-local DTT service in 12 markets representing almost 33% of 
U.S. TV households:
<http://www.convergedigest.com/DSL/lastmilearticle.asp?ID=14581>
     DirecTV added 505,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter of 2005 to 
end March with 14.45 million.  This URL is from Business Week:
<http://tinyurl.com/awgk2>
     DISH subscriber first-quarter figures should be released later this week:
<http://press.arrivenet.com/tec/article.php/625806.html>
     The European Telecommunications Standards Institute ratified the DVB-S2 
satellite standard being used by DirecTV.  It is said to work down to a 
carrier-to-noise level of -2 dB (yes, noise greater than signal):
<http://www.dvb.org/documents/press-releases/DVB_pr131NAB%20S2%20Final.pdf>

- Disney has temporarily shut down its analog-TV-delivered MovieBeam service in 
preparation for an upgraded "next phase":
<http://tinyurl.com/b7ca8>

- International H/DTV news:  

     - You may download a 150-page thesis on video on demand in Australia, 
Canada, the UK, and the US here:
<http://www.broadbandbananas.com/vod.html>

     - There were an estimated 777,0000 DTT receivers (integrated and set-top 
box) in Australia at the end of March.  At that time, they were selling at 
about 40,000 per month.  Penetration is said to be 12% "in areas with all 
digital services available":
<http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?display=news&newsID=650>
     There are 68 models of set-top DTT receivers from 25 brands starting at 
A$129 (US$100).  Of those, 19 from 14 brands offer HD starting at A$499 
(US$388):
<http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18>
     There are 21 integrated DTVs from seven brands starting at A$1299 
(US$1009).  Of those, five from two brands offer HD starting at A$6999 
(US$5436):
<http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78>

     - A survey of 1000 Canadian consumers commissioned by The Movie Network 
and conducted by Ipsos-Reid found:
          - 14% had HD sets.
          - Just over half of those had no HD-reception equipment.
          - 16% of those didn't know they needed it, leading the surveyors to 
conclude that group thought they were getting HD already.
     A different study by Convergence Consulting Group found there are 1.2 HD 
displays in Canadian homes.  This story is from the Globe & Mail:
<http://tinyurl.com/8cnar>

- Chi Mei Optoelectronics, a Taiwan company said to be the number-two supplier 
of LCD TV panels, shipped a million in the first quarter of 2005, up 40% from 
the last quarter of 2004.  In that last quarter of 2004, 23% of revenues were 
from panels 15-inch or smaller; in the first quarter of 2005, that was down to 
18%; over 30-inch grew from 13% to 17%:
<http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20050502A2005.html>

- Here are some reports from the Home Entertainment Show:
<http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/042805he/>
<http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/042905hesw/>
<http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/042905hetjn/>
<http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/043005he/>

- Two of HP's new Digital Media Center PCs include ATSC reception:
<http://www.twice.com/article/CA528996?display=Breaking+News>

- Thomson has officially launched its 27-inch, 4:3, non-HD, non-flat-faceplate, 
480i TV with ATSC DTT reception circuitry for $279:
<http://www.twice.com/article/CA528995?display=Breaking+News>
     That means that producers can now count on such viewers for DTT 
programming.

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television sets 
for the first 14 weeks of 2005 were down 10.9% from the same period in 2004; my 
ten-week running average was down 6.5%.
     Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" to U.S. dealers for the 14th week 
were 27,190 units and for the first 14 weeks 1,058,723.
     "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without 
DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 16.3% of the TVs (not 
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 14th week 
this year.  It may be worth noting here what that means.  About 83% of the 
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 14th week this year were 
still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.  The last time CEA 
released numbers allowing the LCD and plasma TVs to be included, they raised 
the "digital" percentage to about 25%; I suspect it is higher now.
     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.  Devices actually capable of 
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers:  I'm aware of only the DirecTV units at Best 
Buy, Circuit City, and Good Guys.

- 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.
     The model numbers are so hard to make out in the Center City ad that I 
might have gotten them wrong (but I'm pretty sure they got at least one wrong, 
too).
  - Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
    - Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
    - DirecTV H10 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $299.99
    - LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$125RC $3799.99
    - Magnavox 15MF605T/1 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $299.99
    - Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1799.99
    - Philips 23PF8946/1 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV w/$30RC $949.99
    - Philips 34PW8502 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
    - Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$155RC $4749.99
    - Samsung HP-P4261 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$110RC $3324.99
    - Samsung LT-P1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
    - Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $664.99
    - Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$50RC $1614.99
    - Sharp LC45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV w/$220RC $6649.99
    - Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$85RC $2659.99
    - Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$95RC $2944.99
    - Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
    - Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$45RC $1424.99
    - Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1614.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-30W2 30-inch wide LCD monitor w/$35RC $1099.99 AR
    - Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD projection TV w/$60RC $1899.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
    RC - price includes "reward certificates" of amount shown
  - Broadway Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
    - Sony 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $649
  - Center City Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $1699
    - Samsung 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
    - Sony 61Z577 [?] 60-inch 16:9 LCD [projection] TV $2599
    - Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1999
  - Circuit City (HD IDs only):
    - Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $849.99
    - DirecTV H10 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $299.99
    - ESA PDP4294LVI 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
    - Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3999.99
    - Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2969.99
    - Hitachi 51F510/51F510S 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1529.99
    - LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2969.99
    - Magnavox 17MD255V 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99
    - Magnavox 20MF605T 20-inch LCD TV $599.99
    - Magnavox 26MF605W 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $989.99
    - Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1259.99
    - Panasonic TH42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2249.99
    - Pioneer PDP5050HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6299.99
    - Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2519.99
    - Sharp LC13SH4U 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $349.99
    - Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1529.99
    - Sharp LC32GA5U 32-inch LCD direct-view TV $2249.99
    - Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$315RC $6299.99
    - Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2249.99
    - Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $2789.99
    - Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
    - Zenith Z23LZ5R 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.99
    RC - price includes "rewards certificate" of amount shown
  - CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
    - HP integrated digital entertainment center $1699.99
    - HP F2304 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99 AR
    - Magnavox 15MF170V37 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $369.99
    - Mystery brand LCT50HV 50-inch widescreen projection TV $1299.99 AR
    - Norwood Micro AP-3020 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebates
  - Computers & Electronics Warehouse (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
    - Samsung 42-inch plasma TV $1599
  - Dell (Los Angeles Times, HD IDs only):
    - Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
    - Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1749
    - Dell 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2999
  - Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Dell 3300MP projector $1280
    - Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
    - Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499 (yes, lower)
  - Fry's (Los Angeles Times, HD IDs only):
    - Mitsubishi WT-42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $999
    - Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
    - Mystery brand 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $997
    - Panasonic TH-42PX50U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3498
  - Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
    - DirecTV set-top receiver/decoder $299
    - DirecTV set-top receiver/decoder/PVR $999
    - HP LC2640N 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
    - HP LC3040N 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699
    - JVC AVS2552 52-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2699
    - LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3299
    - LG DU60PY10 60-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $11,999
    - Mitsubishi WD52327 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499
    - Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
    - Samsung HLP5663WX 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799
    - Sharp LC32GA5U 32-inch LCD direct-view TV $2499
    - Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499
    - Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2499
    - Sony KDF60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3999
    - ViewSonic N2750W 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $999 AR
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Samsung SP-R4232 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499
  - hhgregg (Columbus Dispatch, no disclaimer):
    - Hitachi 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $2497 EL
    - JVC 30-inch widescreen TV $345
    - Mystery brand projection TV $597
    - Olevia 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $997 EL
    - RCA 52-inch widescreen projection TV $997
    - Sharp 13-inch LCD TV $397
    - Sharp 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2497
    - Sony 51-inch widescreen projection TV $1497
    - Sony 50-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2799 BS
    - Sony 55-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3099 BS
    - Sony 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3299 BS
    - Toshiba 57-inch widescreen projection TV $1697
    BS - price "before savings"
    EL - "priced even lower" than price shown
  - HP (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
    - HP lc3040n 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
    - HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3699
  - J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
    - Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799.99
    - Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $4499.99
    - Samsung HL-R5087W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $2999.99
    - Samsung SP-R4232 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1999.99
    - Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1099.99
  - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - InFocus LP540 projector $1199.99
    - JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2649.99
    - Panasonic TH-42PX50U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799.99
    - Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $499.99
    - Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $4499.99
    - Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99
    - Sharp LC-13B6U-S 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $399.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-27w2 27-inch 16:9 LCD monitor $999.99
    - Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $499.99
    - Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1099.99
  - Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Epson LS47P2 47-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/photo printer $2698 AR
    - Epson LS57P2 57-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/photo printer [$3198] AR
    - LG DU42PX12 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3298
    - Mitsubishi WD52327 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $2498
    - Mystery brand 52-inch widescreen DLP projection TV $1997
    - Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2498
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $2495
    - Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2495
  - Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Mystery brand 42-inch flat-panel TV $1699
  - Sears (no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1499.99
    - Samsung HL-R5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $2799.99
    - Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.99
    - Sony KLV23A10 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1299.99
    - Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999.99
    - Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
  - Soho Electric (New York Press, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic [?] PDP-503 50-inch widescreen plasma TV $3599
    - Panasonic TH-50PHD 50-inch widescreen plasma TV $3999
    - Sharp LC-20B4U 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $699
    - Sharp LC-37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1999
  - Sony (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Sony KLV-S23A10 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1299.99
  - Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic 37-inch flat-panel TV $1599
    - Samsung 42-inch flat-panel TV $1499
    - Sony 42-inch flat-panel TV $1899
  - Value Electronics (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - LG DU30LZ30 30-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2699
    - LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $3999
    - LG DU-60PY10 60-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $11,999
    - LG KU17WDVD 17-inch widescreen LCD TV w/DVD player $899
    - LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
    - LG RU-42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
    - LG RU-50PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
  - Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mystery brand 52-inch DLP projection TV $1897 
    - Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2797 BS
    - Zenith 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2297 BS
    BS - price "before savings"
  - Wal*Mart (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
    - Magnavox 15MF500T/17 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $288

- DVD news:  

     - According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first 14 
weeks of 2005 were down 36.4% from the same period in 2004; my ten-week running 
average was down 26.9%.  VCR sales were down 43.3%.

     - A French court has ruled that DVD copy protection that prevents tape 
copies violates privacy rights and has ordered "Mulholland Drive" pulled from 
stores there:
<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7645680/>

- The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act is now law.  On the one hand, it 
makes unauthorized camcorder use in a movie theater a federal crime.  On the 
other, it allows movies to be chopped up by third parties to remove the naughty 
bits.  This story is from the Hollywood Reporter:
<http://tinyurl.com/dax7z>

- The Early Television Convention was a huge success.  Among other things, 
attendees got to learn about a palm-sized digital standards converter that can 
go from NTSC or PAL to 25 different output formats including 819-line 25 fps, 
30-line 12.5 fps, 405-line 24 fps CBS color, and 45-line 15 fps triple 
interlace.  It can also handle scanning from top, bottom, left, or right and 
can deal with phonic wheel sync, among others.  They also got to see modern 
mechanical TV sets with LED light sources and precision motor controls that 
never lose sync or framing (in both scanning-disk and mirror-screw versions).  
There was an astonishing range of camera tubes (including a image dissectors 
and a tiny, amateur iconoscope (all in addition to the usual Early Television 
Museum collection).
     Among the many interesting tidbits in the presentations were that the 
intermediate-film system used in the 1936 Berlin Olympics had about a 
two-minute latency but Baird's 1936 system got the latency under a minute by 
using hot developer and cyanide-based fixer, Emitron-camera viewfinders offered 
inverted images, the UK National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television 
has a mirror drum from 1882 (two years before Nipkow's patent application), the 
term "floor manager" came from the supine position such cuers had in a 
flying-spot announce studio, and the BBC's second TV program was a re-run.
     A wonderful time was had by all:
<http://www.earlytelevision.org/2005_convention.html>

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

     - Today, Hometown Buffet, Clovis (Fresno), California, Taste of NAB Road 
Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/04-Fresno.htm>.
     - May 5, Los Angeles, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/05-Los_Angeles.htm>.
     - May 9, San Diego, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/06-San_Diego.htm>
     - May 10-12, Olympia, London, Mediacast <http://www.mediacast.net/>.
     - May 11, Audio Video Resources, Phoenix, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/07-Phoenix.htm>
     - May 13, KNME, Albuquerque, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/08-Albuquerque.htm>.
     - May 16, El Paso, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/09-El_Paso.htm>.
     - May 17-20, COEX, Seoul, KOBA 2005 <www.koba.or.kr>.
     - May 18, Oklahoma City, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/10-Oklahoma_City.htm>.
     - May 19, Clear Channel Event Center, Tulsa, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/11-Tulsa.htm>
     - May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International Symposium 
2005 <http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html>.
     - May 23, Wichita State University, Kansas, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/12-Wichita.htm>.
     - May 26, Dallas, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/13-Dallas.htm>.
     - May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention 
<http://www.aes.org/events/118/>.
     - May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, 
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar <wayne.watson@xxxxxxx> 
<http://www.wabe.ca/>.
     - May 31, Austin, Texas, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/14-Austin-.htm>
     - June 1-3, Earls Court 2, London, Broadcast Production Show 
<http://www.productionshow.com/>.
     - June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005 
<http://infocomm05.expoexchange.com/>.
     - June 6, Weslaco, Texas, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/16-Weslaco.htm>.
     - June 7-8, Universal City (Los Angeles), Digital Media Summit 2005 
<http://www.ihollywoodforum.com/digitalmediasummit2005.htm>.
     - June 8, Corpus Christi, Texas, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/17-Corpus%20Christi.htm>.
     - June 10, Houston, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/18-Houston.htm>.
     - June 13, Lamar State College, Port Arthur, Texas (Beaumont/Lake 
Charles), Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/19-Beaumont_%20Lake%20Charles.htm>.
     - June 13-17, Singapore Expo, BroadcastAsia 2005 (including SMPTE DC28 
meeting) <http://www.broadcast-asia.com/Conference.html>.
     - June 14, Courtyard Marriott, Shreveport, Louisiana, Taste of NAB Road 
Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/20-Shreveport.htm>.
     - June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics 
<http://www.ieee.org.hk/>
     - June 17, Jackson, Mississippi, Taste of NAB Road Show, 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/21-Jackson.htm>.
     - June 20, New Orleans, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/22-New%20Orleans.htm>.
     - June 22, Colonial Financial Center, Montgomery, Alabama, Taste of NAB 
Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/23-Montgomrty.htm>.
     - June 24, Jacksonville, Florida, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/24-Jacksonville.htm>.
     - June 27, Orlando, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/25-Orlando.htm>.
     - June 27-30, Amsterdam RAI, Cinema Expo 
<http://www.vnufilmgroup.com/filmgroup/cinemaexpo/index.jsp>.
     - June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment Technology 
Alliance Summit <http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html>.
     - June 29, Tampa, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/26-Tampa.htm>.
     - July 1, Cinema Trevi, Roma, SMPTE International Conference 
<http://www.smpte.org/conferences/>.
     - July 5, Miami, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/27-Miami.htm>.
     - July 6, West Palm Beach, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/28-West_Palm_Beach.htm>.
     - July 11, Atlanta, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/29-Atlanta.htm>.
     - July 13, Huntsville, Alabama, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/30-Huntsville.htm>.
     - July 14, Shop at Home Network, Antioch (Nashville), Tennessee, Taste of 
NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/31-Nashville.htm>.
     - July 18, Knoxville, Tennessee, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/32-Knoxville.htm>.
     - July 19-21, Sydney Convention Centre, SMPTE 2005 
<http://www.smpte.com.au/home.php>.
     - July 20, Greenville, South Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show, 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/33-Greenville.htm>.
     - July 21, Columbia, South Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/34-Columbia.htm>.
     - July 25, Charlotte, North Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/35-Charlotte.htm>.
     - July 27, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/36-Raleigh.htm>.
     - July 29, WDBJ, Roanoke, Virginia, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/37-Roanoke.htm>.
     - August 1, Charleston, West Virginia, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/38-WestVirginia.htm>.
     - August 3, Richmond, Virginia, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/39-Richmond.htm>.
     - August 4, central Pennsylvania, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/40-Central%20Pennsylvania.htm>.
     - August 5, Philadelphia, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/41-Philadelphia.htm>.
     - August 10, northeastern Pennsylvania, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/42-N.E.PA.htm>.
     - August 13, Connecticut Valley, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/43-Connecticut%20Valley.htm>.
     - August 15, Boston, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/44-Boston.htm>.
     - August 17, New Hampshire, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/45-New_Hampshire.htm>.
     - August 19, Albany, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/46-Albany.htm>.
     - August 22, Binghamton, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/47-Binghamton.htm>.
     - August 24, Syracuse, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/48-Syracuse.htm>.
     - August 25, Rochester, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/49-Rochester.htm>
     - August 25-28, China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, BIRTV2005 
<http://www.birtv.com/english/about.asp>.
     - August 29, Buffalo, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/50-Buffalo.htm>.
     - August 31, Clear Channel Radio, Youngstown, Ohio, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/51-Youngstown.htm>.
     - September 6, Pittsburgh, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/52-Pittsburg.htm>.
     - September 8, Evansville, Indiana, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/53-Evansville.htm>.
     - September 8-13, RAI, Amsterdam, IBC 2005 <http://www.ibc.org/>.
     - September 12, Indianapolis, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/54-Indy.htm>.
     - September 14, Dayton, Ohio, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/55-Dayton.htm>.
     - September 16, Detroit, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/56-Detroit.htm>.
     - September 19, Lansing, Michigan, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/57-Lansing.htm>.
     - September 21, WGVU, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/58-Grand%20Rapids.htm>.
     - September 23, South Bend, Indiana, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/59-South_Bend.htm>.
     - September 26, Rockford, Illinois, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/60-Rockford.htm>.
     - September 28, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/61-Milwaukee.htm>.
     - September 29-October 1, Vicenza Fair, Sat Expo 
<http://www.satexpo.it/en/>.
     - September 30, Fox Valley (Green Bay), Wisconsin, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/62-Fox%20Valley.htm>.
     - October 3, western Wisconsin, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/63-Western%20Wisconsin.htm>.
     - October 5, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/64-Minneapolis-St.%20Paul.htm>.
     - October 7, Des Moines, Iowa, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/65-Des%20Moines.htm>.
     - October 10, Kansas City, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/66-Kansas_City.htm>.
     - October 12, Omaha, Nebraska, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/67-Omaha.htm>.
     - October 14, Riverton, Wyoming, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/68-Riverton.htm>.
     - October 17, Bozeman, Montana, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/69-Bozeman.htm>.
     - October 19, Spokane, Washington, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/70-Spokane.htm>.
     - October 20, Pullman, Washington, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/71-Pullman.htm>.
     - October 24, KLSR/KEVU, Eugene, Oregon, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/72-Eugene.htm>.
     - October 24-27, Orlando World Center Marriott, ShowEast 
<http://www.vnufilmgroup.com/filmgroup/showeast/index.jsp>.
     - October 25, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Taste of NAB Road Show 
<http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/73-Portland.htm>.
     - November 9-12, New York Hilton, SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition 
<http://www.smpte.org/conferences/>.
     - November 16-18, Makuhari Messe, InterBEE 2005 
<http://bee.jesa.or.jp/en/index.html>.
* - 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):
- Broadway Computers & Electronics: +1-212-567-4300
- Center City Computers & Electronics: +1-718-272-6474
- Computers & Electronics Warehouse: +1-718-205-2288
- J&R: +1-212-238-9000, 800-221-8180
- Paul's: +1-714-529-2314
- P.C. Richard: +1-212-979-2600
- Royal Computers and Electronics: +1-718-646-2100
- Soho Electric: +1-212-941-8533, 888-726-9324
- Universal Computers & Electronics: +1-718-784-8000
- Value Electronics: +1-914-723-3344, 800-789-5050

Have a question about the memo?  Before contacting me, please try the FAQs and 
glossary in the second postscript to the January 10 memo:
<http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02163.html>


 
 
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