Here are some very efficient (low-administrative-cost) relief organiza= tions (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/> Sorry about the short size this week. I'm on the road, and my Los Angeles = correspondent didn't have those ads available yet (they'll be in next week'= s). - Follow-ups: - Telephone-company-provided TV - Broadcasting & Cable has a story. N= o subscription is required: <http://tinyurl.com/7729n> - Blu-ray and HD DVD combining - Lyra Research doesn't think it will h= appen: <http://lyra6.lyra.com/DTVVIEW/HiDefDiscsFullStory.html> - DISH subscribers - They added 325,000 net new subscribers in the fir= st quarter to end up with 11.23 million: <http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2005/05/05/ap2004515.html> In a somewhat-related story, Warren Communications News reported Tuesd= ay that DirecTV was planning a lease option for new PVR- and MPEG-4-equippe= d boxes. The story is no longer on their site: <http://www.warren-news.com/> - 5th-generation LG chip in non-LG receivers - There was another test = at my apartment this week. It was dramatically better than the last. One = participant characterized it as "4th-generation plus," and I won't dispute = that, but it didn't have the magical plug-&-play of the 5th-generation LG c= hip in the LG box. Notably, with a loop antenna, the receiver appeared to = be sensitive to people walking around the room. - U.S. analog shutdown - Multichannel News online reports that the Con= gressional Budget Office said, according to Senate Commerce Committee major= ity staff director Lisa Sutherland, "the later the digital transition occur= s, the more funding would be made available to the federal government throu= gh the auction process." The full story requires a paid subscription: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA529814.html?display=3DBreaking+News> - Standards for satellite delivery of distant DTT signals - The full t= ext of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notice of inquiry is now= available: <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-94A1.pdf> - "Broadcast flag" - The bombshell of the week was the U.S. Court of A= ppeals for the District of Columbia throwing out the FCC requirement less t= han two months after it was to go into effect. The unanimous ruling was ba= sed on the FCC's lack of jurisdiction. Here are two excerpts: "The All-Channel Receiver Act's limited and explicit grant of authorit= y to the Commission over receiver equipment clearly indicates that neither = Congress nor the Commission assumed that the agency could find this authori= ty in its jurisdiction." "Because the Commission exceeded the scope of its delegated authority,= we grant the petition for review, and reverse and vacate the Flag Order in= sofar as it requires demodulator products manufactured on or after July 1, = 2005 to recognize and give effect to the broadcast flag." <http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/docs/common/opinions/200505/04-1037b.pdf> Dan Glickman, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)= said, "This is a disappointing decision and could create a digital televis= ion divide by slowing or eliminating access to high quality digital program= ming for some consumers": <http://www.mpaa.org/MPAAPress/2005/2005_05_06.doc> Similarly, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) president Edward= Fritts said, "Without a 'broadcast flag,' consumers may lose access to the= very best programming offered on local television": <http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/Statements/050605BroadcastFlag.htm> The most comprehensive coverage is by Dale Cripps, who includes these = network reactions: - CBS - "We are disappointed in the ruling and we intend to do ev= erything we can to protect our content so that in the new digital era viewe= rs can continue to enjoy the same high quality over the air broadcast progr= amming they have today." - NBC - "Today's court ruling imposes crippling restraints on the= FCC's ability to effectively support the development of a safe, sustainabl= e marketplace for the creation and distribution of digital TV broadcasting.= " - ABC (Alex Wallau, network president) - "This was not a ruling a= gainst the concept of a broadcast flag, but against FCC jurisdiction to req= uire one. Legislation can reinstate this, but whether that happens or not = remains to be seen." Glickman made similar comments about the meaning of t= he ruling and Congress: <http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/blog/view.php?id=3D28111> So, what happens now? CBS threatened long ago to withdraw HD programm= ing unless there was a "broadcast-flag"-like order. Will they? Will MPAA = members withdraw movies? Meanwhile, the FCC has approved 14 content-protec= tion schemes associated with the flag, and some have already been appearing= in consumer products. This should be interesting. - July 1 -=20 - This week I've listed 119 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of= those, 33 (28%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. =20 - See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets th= at are HD and/or widescreen. - TV sets that required DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004: - 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 @ Center City $549 - Sony Wega 36sf100 36-inch TV @ CEW $549.99 - RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397 - Toshiba 36455 36-inch TV w/stand @ Center City $249 - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ CEW $269 - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298 - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279 - RCA 50929 50-inch projection TV @ Center City $399 SS - Toshiba 50-inch projection 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 @ CEW $498 - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Center City $499 DV 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 @ CEW $749 - Sony 61S65 61-inch projection TV @ Center City $589 DV 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 - Samsung 65-inch projection TV @ CEW 849 - 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 DV SS - Toshiba 65-inch projection TV @ Center City $799 DV 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 - Jensen TS2750 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99 - Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $161.99 - Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $199.99 - 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 $159 - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch TV @ Royal $229 - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch TV @ Universal $239 - Sony Wega 27FS100 27-inch TV @ Center City $229.99 - Sony Wega 27sf100 27-inch TV @ CEW $219 - Toshiba 27A34 27-inch TV @ Conn's $229.97 - Toshiba 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139 - Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139 - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV w/stand @ Center City $199 - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007: - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ CEW $49 - "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49 - "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58 - Mystery brand CTGV4563TCT 13-inch TV @ Conn's $59.99 - Memorex MT1134 13-inch TV @ Sears $64.88 - Sylvania 6413TE/SYM 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99 - "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ CEW $69 - "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65 - "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78 - Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99 - "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $29.99 - "Famous Maker" VCR @ Universal $29.98 - Mystery brand E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Conn's $69.99 - Samsung DVDV4600 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99 4D - Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $159.99 - Mystery brand VCR/DVD recorder @ Sears $249.88 - Philips DVDR77 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $199.99 - Samsung DVDR120 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $179.99 - Sharp DV-SR45U DVD recorder @ Fry's $177 - Compaq 5000C series computer w/tuner @ Soho $699 - Fry's FM7840 computer w/tuner @ Fry's $1199.79 - HP Brio series computer w/tuner @ Soho $799 - Sony computer w/tuner @ CEW $719 - Sony computer w/tuner @ Universal $799 - Sony 560X series computer w/tuner @ Soho $899 - Sony VS71G computer w/tuner @ Fry's $1797.99 - Toshiba QOSMIO notebook computer w/tuner @ Fry's $2299.99 4D - price includes four DVDs - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007: - Mystery brand CTSGT8118CTT 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Conn's $99.99 - Toshiba MV13Q41 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ P.C. Richard $129.97 - Mystery brand 20-inch TV/VCR combo @ Fry's $149 - Mystery brand SC20145 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Conn's $209.97 - Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts: - Audiovox VE705 7-inch LCD TV/AM/FM @ Circuit City $199.99=20 - Sony CD555TV 7-inch LCD TV/AM/FM/CD @ Sears $399.99 - Sony ICF-CD73V AM/FM/TV/weather CD shower radio @ J&R $69.99 - Sony ICF-CD555TV 7-inch LCD TV/AM/FM/CD @ J&R $329.99 - 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 FCC nor the NAB updated its lists this week. - DCinema Today has a great gallery of photos of the precursors of today's = digital cinema, starting with a 1926 GE system: <http://www.dcinematoday.com/gallery/start.htm> - International H/DTV news: Strategy Analytics has some interesting figure= s for "digital-television receiver" sales worldwide. The problem is: I don= 't know what's included in the figures. They say they cover both set-top b= oxes and integrated sets, but the figures are much too high to represent DT= T-receiver sales. Whatever they are, here are the figures for the last thr= ee years (I will not provide the projections): - 2002 - 28.0 million - 2003 - 32.8 million - 2004 - 49.3 million: <http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050504/45601.html?.v=3D1> - RCA plans new "For Dummies" books about H/DTV: <http://22.214.171.124/thomson/rca050305.html> Let's hope they're better than the last (which showed, among other things, = that 4:3 and 16:9 were the same shape, but the latter was bigger). - According to Pacific Media Associates, "the street price for 40-to-44-inc= h flat panel televisions dropped an average of 13% from 4Q2004 to 1Q2005. = Prices for 40=E2=80=93to-42-inch flat panel LCD televisions had the most dr= amatic decline, falling 18% during this period. Prices for 42-inch enhance= d-definition plasma televisions fell 12.6%, and 42-to-43-inch high-definiti= on plasma television prices dropped 8.6%." The story is not yet posted on = their site: <http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com/> - Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television = sets for the first 15 weeks of 2005 were down 10.7% from the same period in= 2004; my ten-week running average was down 7.8%. Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" to U.S. dealers for the 15th = week were 36,962 units and for the first 15 weeks 1,095,685. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without DTT-rec= eption capability) accounted for about 15.9% of the TVs (not counting plasm= a or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 15th week this year.= It may be worth noting here what that means. About 84% of the non-plasma= , non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 15th week this year were still p= lain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes. The last time CEA relea= sed 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 ca= pable of dealing with at least 480p; it need not be capable of either recei= ving digital signals or displaying them. Devices actually capable of recei= ving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers. - Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the Humax at Fry's. - Ad confusions: Soho Electric noted that the Pioneer PDP-503 plasma TV had= "60,000 hours of lamp life." - 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 wr= ong, too). I think the free gift with the Magnavox 32MF605W is supposed to be the = DVD recorder rather than the LCD TV. Target had three more LCD TVs (all under $650) that others would charac= terize as ED or HD, but, because there was nothing in the ad to call attent= ion to that, I haven't listed them. The one I did list is based only on th= e visible screen shape in the photo. - Best Buy (HD disclaimers only): - LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch 16:9 integr. LCD DTV w/$300GC/$120RC $3999.99 - Magnavox 17MF200V/1 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $479.99 - Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1799.99 - Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 proj. TV w/$100GC/$45RC $1499.99 - Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100GC $1999.99=20 - Philips 30PF9946D/37 30-inch wide LCD TV w/$100GC/$55RC $1799.99 - Philips 30PW9100D/37 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV w/$50GC $799.99 - Pioneer PDP-4351HD 43" 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500GC/$165RC $5499.= 99 - Pioneer PDP-5051HD 50" 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500GC/$215RC $6999.= 99 - Samsung LNR268W 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100GC/$50RC $1699.99 - Samsung SPR4232 42" 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$200GC/$75RC $2499.99 - Sharp 32F641 32-inch 4:3 flat-screen TV $479.99 - Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$50GC/$30RC $1099.99 - Sony KDF42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$500GC $5499.99 - Sony KDF55XS955 55" 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300GC $3699.99 - Sony KDF60XS955 60" 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300GC/$125RC $4099.= 99 - Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch wide LCD TV w/$100GC/$60RC $1999.99 - Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50GC $999.99 - Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300GC/$105RC $3499.99 - Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/$200GC/$75RC $2499.99 - Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch wide LCD proj. TV w/$100GC/$55RC $1799.99 - Zenith M52W56LCD 52-inch wide LCD proj. TV w/$100GC $1999.99 GC - price includes gift card of amount shown RC - price includes "reward certificates" of amount shown - Center City Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer): - Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $1699 DV - Samsung 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499 DV - Sony 61Z577 [?] 60-inch 16:9 LCD [projection] TV $2599 DV - Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1999 DV DV - price includes DVD player - Circuit City (HD IDs only): - ESA PDP4294LVI 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99 - JVC AV56[W]P575 56-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 DR - LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3299.99 LC - Magnavox 20MF605T 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99 - Magnavox 32MF605W 32-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$80RC $1599 LC - Panasonic TH42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.99 DR - Polaroid FLM2601 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.99 - Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2199.99 DR - Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 LC - Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2799.99 D= R - Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $3099.99 LC - Sony KLV32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999.99 LC - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1299.99 - Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 DR - Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 - Sony MFMH175W 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99 DR - price includes DVD recorder LC - price includes 15-inch LCD TV RC - price includes "rewards certificate" of amount shown - Computers & Electronics Warehouse (am New York, no disclaimer): - Panasonic 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499 - Samsung 42-inch plasma TV $1599 - Conn's (Dallas Morning News, HD disclaimers only): - Hitachi 42EDT41 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.97 - Hitachi 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection TV $2499.99 - Mitsubishi 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.97 BD - Mitsubishi 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.97 BD - Mitsubishi WS315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.97 - Mystery brand PT4231 42-inch plasma TV $1699.99 - ProView HV207 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99 - ProView HX263 26-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1199.97 - RCA 56-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99 - RCA 61-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 - Samsung HLP5663W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2899.97 - Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2199.97 - Sharp LCD32D5U 32-inch integrated LCD DTV $2499.99 - Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2499.97 B= D - Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2999.97 B= D - Sony KDF60WF655 60-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3599.97 B= D - Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.97 - Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.97 - Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999.97 BD - Toshiba 14DL74 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $349.99 - Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.97 - Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $799.97 - Toshiba 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99 - Toshiba 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599.99 - Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.97 BD BD - price "before discount" - Dell (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer): - Dell W4200 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999 - Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer): - Dell 26-inch LCD TV $1599 - Dell W1900 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $680 - Dell W4200 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999 - Fry's (Dallas Morning News, some HD IDs): - Humax HFA100 set-top ATSC receiver/decoder $229 - JVC HD-70G886 70-inch 16:9 D-ILA integrated projection DTV $5499 - JVC LT-32X575 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499 - JVC PD-42X795 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3999 - Mitsubishi 42-inch widescreen projection TV $899 - Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499 - Mitsubishi WS-48515 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1599 - Mystery brand 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $349 - Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $777 - Mystery brand 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $997 - NEC LCD2335WXM 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99 AR=20 - Panasonic PT-47XD64 47-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $899 - Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2249 - Panasonic TH-50PX50U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4997 - Samsung DLP projection TV $1999 - Sharp LC-26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1299 - Sony KDE-37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3999 - Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $2599 - Toshiba projector $999.99 - ViewSonic 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99 AR - price after mail-in rebate - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer): - Coby TF-TV1703 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $349.99 - JVC HD-61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV - Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799.99 - Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $4499.99 - Philips 50PF9966 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5199.99 - Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99 - Samsung LN-R328W 32-inch 16:9 LCD TV=20 - Sharp LC-13B6U-S 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $399.99 - Sharp LC-37GB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3299.99 - Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $2499.99 - Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $1999.99 - Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2599.99 - Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $499.99 - Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1099.99 - Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer): - Mystery brand 42-inch flat-panel TV $1699 - Sears (no disclaimer): - JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2599.99 - Memorex MT1701 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.88 - Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499.88 - Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.99 - Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 - Sony KV32HS520 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV - Soho Electric (New York Press, no disclaimer): - Champion 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499 - Panasonic TH-42PW5 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1699 - Panasonic TH-50PHD 50-inch widescreen plasma TV $3799 - Pioneer PDP-503 50-inch widescreen plasma TV $3599 - Target (no disclaimer): - Magnavox 17MD250V 17-inch widescreen LCD TV/DVD combo $649.99 - Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD IDs only): - LG 17LX1R 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $649.95 BS - Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1698.95 - Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.95 BS - Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1479.95 - Panasonic TH42PD50 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2312.95 - Philips 26PF9966 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1498.95 - Philips 42PF9976 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4162.95 - Sharp LC32D7U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2867.95 - Zenith L15V26D 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $398.95 BS - price "before savings" - 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 - DVD news: =20 - According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first= 15 weeks of 2005 were down 35.7% from the same period in 2004; my ten-week= running average was down 29.7%. VCR sales were down 44%. - New Medium Enterprises has announced its version of the next-generat= ion disk, the VMD (versatile multilayer disc). It's a see-through, red-las= er, multilayer technology. Initially, with four layers, it offers 20 GB ca= pacity (with a 19.4 Mbps average transfer rate), but greater capacities (to= at least 40 GB) are said to be forthcoming shortly as well as consumer rec= ordability. The outermost layer is said to be completely compatible with o= rdinary DVD players, but the company doesn't (presently) seem to be interes= ted in offering a standard DVD layer with the HD to avoid dual inventories.= Manufacturing is said to require only minor "adjustments" to a DVD-9 line= . They're aligning themselves initially with Bollywood instead of Hollywoo= d. I can confirm seeing playback from the disk in something that looked li= ke a consumer DVD player (but with an outboard HD decoder): <http://news.designtechnica.com/article7294.html> - Another use for broadcast TV - This story in the San Jose Mercury News sa= ys TV signals can be used to track things where GPS signals don't go. And = the CIA is an investor. So maybe analog shutdown will be delayed: <http://tinyurl.com/74q29> - "The American Bird Conservancy and the Forest Conservation Council filed = suit against the FCC to get environmental compliance in communications towe= rs. The court is the same one that vacated the "broadcast flag": <http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2005/2005-05-03-02.asp> - Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV): - 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 11-13, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (Burlingame), Connec= tions <http://www.parksassociates.com/events/conn2005/home.htm>. - May 13, KNME, Albuquerque, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-n= otes.tv/2005/08-Albuquerque.htm>. - May 16, El Paso, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/20= 05/09-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 <h= ttp://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/11-Tulsa.htm> - May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International Sympos= ium 2005 <http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html>. - May 23, Wichita State University, Kansas, Taste of NAB Road Show <ht= tp://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/12-Wichita.htm>. - May 26, Dallas, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/200= 5/13-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, SA= IT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar <wayne.watson@xxxxxxx> <http://www.wabe.= ca/>. - May 31-June 2, Long Beach Convention Center, ISCe 2005 Satellite & C= ommunications <http://www.isce.com/>. - 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://w= ww.productionshow.com/>. - June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005 <http://infoco= mm05.expoexchange.com/>. - June 6, Weslaco, Texas, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-note= s.tv/2005/16-Weslaco.htm>. - June 7-8, Universal City (Los Angeles), Digital Media Summit 2005 <h= ttp://www.ihollywoodforum.com/digitalmediasummit2005.htm>. - June 8, Corpus Christi, Texas, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.te= ch-notes.tv/2005/17-Corpus%20Christi.htm>. - June 10, Houston, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2= 005/18-Houston.htm>. - June 13, Lamar State College, Port Arthur, Texas (Beaumont/Lake Char= les), Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/19-Beaumont_%20= Lake%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 Roa= d Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/20-Shreveport.htm>. - June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electron= ics <http://www.ieee.org.hk/> - June 17, Jackson, Mississippi, Taste of NAB Road Show, <http://www.t= ech-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 NA= B Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/23-Montgomrty.htm>. - June 24, Jacksonville, Florida, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.t= ech-notes.tv/2005/24-Jacksonville.htm>. - June 27, Orlando, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2= 005/25-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 Techno= logy Alliance Summit <http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html>. - June 29, Tampa, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/200= 5/26-Tampa.htm>. - July 1, Cinema Trevi, Roma, SMPTE International Conference <http://w= ww.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-not= es.tv/2005/28-West_Palm_Beach.htm>. - July 11, Atlanta, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2= 005/29-Atlanta.htm>. - July 13, Huntsville, Alabama, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tec= h-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.te= ch-notes.tv/2005/32-Knoxville.htm>. - July 19-21, Sydney Convention Centre, SMPTE 2005 <http://www.smpte.c= om.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://ww= w.tech-notes.tv/2005/34-Columbia.htm>. - July 25, Charlotte, North Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://w= ww.tech-notes.tv/2005/35-Charlotte.htm>. - *July 25-29, JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, CEA Summer Technolo= gy and Standards Forum <http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eve= ntID=3DSTSF05>. - July 27, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Taste of NAB Road Show <htt= p://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.tec= h-notes.tv/2005/39-Richmond.htm>. - August 4, central Pennsylvania, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.t= ech-notes.tv/2005/40-Central%20Pennsylvania.htm>. - August 5, Philadelphia, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tech-note= s.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.te= ch-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-no= tes.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 23-24, Beverly Hilton, DisplaySearch HDTV Conference 2005 <h= ttp://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvconference/>. - August 24, Syracuse, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.te= ch-notes.tv/2005/48-Syracuse.htm>. - August 25, Rochester, New York, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.t= ech-notes.tv/2005/49-Rochester.htm> - August 25-28, China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, BIRTV2= 005 <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-not= es.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://ww= w.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://w= ww.tech-notes.tv/2005/61-Milwaukee.htm>. - September 29-October 1, Vicenza Fair, Sat Expo <http://www.satexpo.i= t/en/>. - September 30, Fox Valley (Green Bay), Wisconsin, Taste of NAB Road S= how <http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/62-Fox%20Valley.htm>. - October 3, western Wisconsin, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tec= h-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-not= es.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.te= ch-notes.tv/2005/68-Riverton.htm>. - October 17, Bozeman, Montana, Taste of NAB Road Show <http://www.tec= h-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.v= nufilmgroup.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 & Exhibit= ion <http://www.smpte.org/conferences/>. - November 16-18, Makuhari Messe, InterBEE 2005 <http://bee.jesa.or.jp= /en/index.html>. * - new or revised listing - *January 5-8, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show <http://www.ceswe= b.org/default_flash.asp> TTFN, Mark PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next w= eek's memo might be late. Phone numbers of some retailers mentioned (the ones starting +1 will work f= rom 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 - 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> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.