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/> I understand the Red Cross web site is often busy. Americans may also= call 800 HELP NOW (800 435-7669). - Follow-ups: - LG's coming set-top boxes - The $50 price on the AV Science Forum wa= s extrapolated from old testimony; that price was NOT recently provided by = LG, according to the person who wrote that piece. At the same time, anothe= r correspondent who attended the LG demo at CES called it "their prototype = $50 ATSC converter box for the DTV transition." - H.265 - Some of the people working on the standard dispute the compl= etion date and quality improvement. One called it a "stretch." - ***The Technology Retreat***, February 21-24 in Rancho Mirage -=20 - So, if compression is complicated, what about uncompressed HD? = Can it be transmitted over an RF link? And why does someone from Boeing w= ant to tell you about it? You actually WON'T find out about this at ***The Technology Retreat***= . Not exactly, anyway. But, if you come to the joint seminar of the Advan= ced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Society of Broadcast Engineers = (SBE) the day before the main retreat starts (February 21), you WILL. Not = only will you learn about uncompressed HD over an RF link (and why Boeing i= s explaining it), but you'll also learn about the next-generation satellite= transmission standard and HD ENG. And that's not the HALF of it! Is ther= e a data-return link associated with DTT? If you don't need to go uncompre= ssed, which codec should you choose? What spectrum issues are involved? M= ight your wireless mic stop working? ALL broadcasters should attend this seminar on digital newsgathering, = not to mention anyone else involved in either news or signal transmission. = Uncompressed HD over an RF link? That doesn't sound like something associ= ated with digital cinema, does it? Hmm. Just in case you already know all there is to know about compression, = return data links, satellites, and HD, there's another, concurrent half-day= seminar that Tuesday, this time with guru Charles Poynton on display techn= ology. Do you understand the temporal relationship between a CCD camera an= d an LCD display? Let him talk you through it. Both of those seminars have separate admission charges. I think you'l= l find them WELL worth the price of admission. - There is yet another breakfast roundtable! Philippe Soeiro, of= Autodesk Media & Entertainment, will be moderating a roundtable on managin= g data complexity in film and television production. That makes 35 roundta= bles so far, with more expected. And there's room for more! If you are re= gistered for the event (hint), and you'd like to moderate a breakfast round= table on any subject, consider these three cautions: 1. They start at 7:30 am (but are nevertheless one of the most popula= r parts of the retreat; one year, someone checked himself out of the hospit= al in the middle of the night just to attend the breakfast roundtables). 2. A moderator can't attend any other roundtable that day. 3. Once you commit to moderate a roundtable, you can change topic or = find a substitute moderator up to the last minute, but you must cover the t= able. If all of that's agreeable, just let me know the day (Thursday and/or = Friday), the topic (brief as possible title and subject to truncation), and= your name and affiliation. You can enjoy instant confirmation. - Cine-tal, Clarity Image, Digital Vision, DVS, JVC, NVIDIA, NVis= ion, Snell & Wilcox, Sony, and Xytech are joining the 25 other companies in= the demo area, with probably more to come. What will they show? I'm swor= n to secrecy on the one thing I know about, but it might be worth noting th= at both Panasonic's Varicam and Sony's HDCAM SR were introduced at ***The T= echnology Retreat***. It's also where Evertz showed how to turn an old Gra= ss Valley Model 100 into an HD switcher, where Cobalt showed the 3-D rig th= at shot the Super Bowl, where Lucas Digital (ILM) showed the palmable camer= a attitude sensor used on "Star Wars: Episode 3," and where Cinea showed th= eir piracy-proof DVD players for Academy-award screeners, among other thing= s. - As for the main program, I have nothing new to say. There are = just sessions on displays, broadcasting, the video consumer marketplace, te= lco TV, TV for mobile devices (Modeo), an introduction to MovieLabs, a stat= us report on content protection, high-resolution and large-format acquisiti= on and processing, the latest developments at NHK and Olympus, 3-D acquisit= ion and post, digital cinema (and beyond) worldwide, a Washington update, n= ext-generation consumer disks, lip-sync, letterbox and pillarbox bars, 10 G= b networking, advanced compression, and audio metadata. Ho-hum. - You could ignore it all, or you could join all the major networ= ks, all the major Hollywood studios, the Department of Defense, National Se= curity Agency, consumer electronics and professional equipment manufacturer= s, academics, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and more at **= *The Technology Retreat***. What do they know that you don't? More import= ant, what will they find out that you won't? - Admission WILL be cut off when capacity is reached (I think we'= re somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of the way there). Don't regret not going= for the rest of your life. BE THERE! <http://www.hpaonline.com> - U.S. DTT reception - The owner of a cable system at the edge of the = Birmingham, Alabama market (about 50 miles from the transmitter) had to scr= amble to pick up a nearby Mississippi station to fill in for a station he c= ould no longer receive because the station switched from analog to digital.= The analog station was low-band VHF and the digital UHF, and it's possibl= e the analog was also higher and more powerful, but, according to Demopolis= CATV owner Lynn Goldman, "The digital channels won't reach as far, which i= s why we couldn't carry FOX-6": <http://www.demopolistimes.com/articles/2006/01/06/news/news01.txt> - CES - I've been hearing from many correspondents about the Consumer = Electronics Show. All seem to agree on a few points: - LEDs are being used as illumination not only for LCD TVs and po= cket projectors but even for large projection TVs. When used as LCD backli= ghts, they were said to offer 2.5 times the brightness at the same power co= nsumption, and their fast on/off times offer other advantages: <http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20060107/tc_zd/168733> Find out more about ALL the display technologies at CES at ***The Tech= nology Retreat***. Don't say you weren't warned: <http://www.hpaonline.com> - There is a next-generation disk all-out war: - I really liked this report from someone at Pioneer's compa= rison of ordinary DVD with Blu-ray: "I thought that both looked good on th= e program material I saw, though the HD Blu-ray image was noticeably sharpe= r. =E2=80=94TJN": <http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ces2006/> - This New York Times story today thinks the war between Son= y's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox could determine the winner of the Blu-= ray/HD DVD battle: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/09/technology/09dvd.html> - There WILL be an enlightening session on next-generation d= isks at ***The Technology Retreat*** by the three authors who wrote the boo= k ("DVD Demystified"). BE THERE! <http://www.hpaonline.com> - My most engineering-oriented correspondents were extremely exci= ted about Genoa Technologies more-than-three-primaries display technologies= . They said the expanded color gamut -- even from a consumer camcorder sho= oting a scene right there -- was awesome: <http://www.genoacolor.com/ces2006.html> Will there be a surprise demonstration of Genoa's ColorPeak at ***The = Technology Retreat***? As Bugs Bunny would say, "Er, could be"" <http://www.hpaonline.com> - SED, which is supposed to be available as a 55-inch 1080p displ= ay later this year, was still being shown as a smaller 720p display, but al= l still agree it looks better than any other flat-panel technology: <http://engadget.com/2006/01/08/sed-up-close-and-personal/> - There were many projection TVs that were ten inches thick or le= ss. - There were beyond 1920 x 1080 consumer displays, like a Sanyo p= rojector. There was also Dell's 2560 x 1600 30-inch LCD: <http://tinyurl.com/7qtky> - Then there was BenQ's aromatherapy DLP projector: <http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/archives/001244.html> - There were almost no DTT set-top boxes, but a Chinese manufactu= rer in the Sands, Michley Electronics, had one said to be ready to be sold = at $100. - LG is suggesting the use of VSB (VSBnet) for home networking: <http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060106/cgf011.html?.v=3D37> - ZigBee's wireless networking is another option. This story is = from EE Times: <http://tinyurl.com/e32kc> - There was lots of stuff using OCAP, the OpenCable applications = protocol: <http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20060106/tc_pcworld/124250> <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6297860.html> There was also a demonstration of downloadable conditional access (eli= minating the need for a CableCARD or its slot) by Comcast, LG, and Nagravis= ion: <http://tinyurl.com/cn7lk> - "Location shift" (moving programming to small devices) was repo= rtedly a hot topic. Here's a New York Times story on home networking: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/08/business/yourmoney/08frenzy.html> - Video-on-demand/downloading: - It seems hot because people are already making money on it= : <http://www.tvweek.com/article.cms?articleId=3D29177> - Here's Google's entry: <http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=3D9138> <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6298015.html> - And here's Yahoo's: <http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=3D9130> <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6297870.html> It's said to be optimized for Intel's new ViiV chip: <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6297868.html> This story is from EE Times: <http://tinyurl.com/8d82k> This one, also from EE Times, ties Google to ViiV, too: <http://tinyurl.com/dqvnm> And this one, also EE Times, is about Intel's latest push into the ent= ertainment business: <http://tinyurl.com/86ser> - And here's The New York Times on both Google and Yahoo: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/06/technology/06online.html> - This New York Times story is on generic TV via the Interne= t. It mentions HD at 6 Mbps: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/technology/07video.html> - The New York Times also had an editorial on the problems of the= new technology, citing the reports of half of HDTV owners not getting HD: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/opinion/07sat4.html> - This New York Times attendee liked Sharp's LCD display that all= ows two viewers to watch two different shows on the same screen at the same= time without either seeing what the other is watching: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/09/technology/09screen.html> - These stories cover satellite developments at CES: <http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/01/07/dish_network_dual-signal_hd_receiver/> <http://thomashawk.com/2006/01/ces-day-three-dish-network-reigning.html> - These stories are on FCC chair Kevin Martin's speech. The last= is from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The first, from TWICE, show just ho= w confused everyone is about the U.S. DTT transition. It discusses the FCC= 's work on auctioning analog TV's "VHF spectrum" post transition (the core = U.S. DTT spectrum includes all VHF TV channels, 2-13): <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6297869.html> <http://www.eet.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=3D175802469> <http://tinyurl.com/89q9v> - These are some other reports from the show: <http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles/2006/01/ces_-_day_1.php> <http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles/2006/01/ces_-_day_2.php> <http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles/2006/01/ces_-_day_3.php> <http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles/2006/01/ces_-_day_4.php> <http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ces2006/> <http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article.asp?section_id=3D7&article_id=3D1= 195> <http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article.asp?section_id=3D7&article_id=3D1= 164> <http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/010506ces1/> <http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/010606ces2/> <http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/010706ces3/> <http://www.physorg.com/news9668.html> <http://blog.nam.org/archives/2006/01/ces_show_day_3_1.php> <http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/1933/my_first_day> <http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,69977-0.html?tw=3Dwn_tophead_1> - This one, from Engadget, is mostly links to speeches and other = coverage: <http://tinyurl.com/cm6qh> - What can I say? CES is a BIG show. If you think it's too big = or if you just missed it and want to learn what was there, consider ***The = Technology Retreat***. It's nice and compact. There's no trouble getting = a cab. Nothing (except the breakfast roundtables) is concurrent. There's = more food, and it's tastier. The weather's at least as good. CES doesn't = have a softball championship at Fenway Park. Take a vacation in Palm Sprin= gs, but be sure to register first, so you can write it off: <http://www.hpaonline.com> - July 1 -=20 - This week I've listed 58 ads for TVs 36-inch or larger. Of tho= se, 40 (69%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. As of July 1, 100% = of those manufactured in or imported to the U.S. and equipped with tuners w= ere supposed to have integrated DTT-reception capability. I've also listed= 42 ads for TVs between 25- and 35-inch. Of those, 5 (12%) have integrate= d DTT-reception capability. As of July 1, 50% of those manufactured in or = imported to the U.S. and equipped with tuners were supposed to have integra= ted DTT-reception capability. - 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 w/PIP @ Universal $289 - Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $459 - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $259 - Toshiba Da50 50-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $409 DV - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $479 - Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $749 DV - price includes DVD player - TV sets that required DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005: - Insignia ISTV040923 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99 - Jensen TS2750J 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $174.99 - Panasonic 27H45 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $109 - Panasonic CT27SL15 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $309.99 - Panasonic PVDF2735 27-inch flat TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit City $449.9= 9 - Sharp 27F541 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $239.99 - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $129 - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $189 - Sony Wega KV27FS120 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $329.99 - Sony Wega KV27FS120 27-inch flat-tube TV @ P.C. Richard $288.97 - Toshiba 27AF45 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $329.99 - JVC AV32F476 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $447.99 - Magnavox 32MT3305 32-inch TV @ Circuit City $279.99 - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $189 - Sony Wega 32FS10 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $309 - Sony Wega KV32FS120 32-inch flat-tube TV @ P.C. Richard $499.97 - Toshiba 32A35 32-inch TV @ Best Buy $329.99 - Toshiba 32AF45 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $499.99 - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007: - Konka 13-inch TV @ Universal $45 - Symphonic ST413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99 - Konka 19-inch TV @ Universal $59 - Insignia ISTV040919 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $94.99 - "Famous Makers" VCR @ Universal $22 - Allegro DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $69.99 - "Famous Makers" DVD/VCR combo @ Universal $44 - Toshiba SD-V393 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy w/$10GC $99.99 - CyberHome DVR1600 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $89.99 AR - Panaasonic DMR-ES20S DVD recorder @ Best Buy $199.99 - Panasonic DMR-ES40VS VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $299.99 - Samsung DVDR120 DVD recorder w/$30GC @ Circuit City $149.99 - Sansui VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Universal $79 - Sharp DVRW550U VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Circuit City $199.99 - Sony computer w/TV tuner @ Universal $699 - Sony VGC-VA10G computer w/TV tuner @ J&R $1849.99 AR - price after mail-in rebate GC - price includes gift card of amount shown - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007: - Sylvania 6720FDE 20-inch flat-tube TV/DVD/VCR @ Best Buy $239.9= 9 - Devices possibly not covered but receiving analog TV signals: - eton FR300 AM/FM/TV/WX/light/siren/crank/charger @ J&R $49.99 WX - weather Best Buy also advertised an RF modulator for $21.99. - 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 - None of the lists I check have been updated since the last m= emo. - Doug Lung offers a 2005 DTT year in review: <http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=3D1120> - A study by Frank N. Magid Associates says 40% of HD homes have PVRs, and = they use them frequently. The full story requires a paid subscription: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6297544.html?display=3DSpecial+Repor= t> FYI, another Magid study shows 32% of Americans never watch what they = record: <http://tinyurl.com/7byq6> - CableWorld had a roundtable on HD: <http://tinyurl.com/c5tv6> - International H/DTV news:=20 - BBC director-general Mark Thompson says the Internet will be "the mo= st important medium we operate in": <http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=3Dcountries&subclass=3D193&id=3D= 1393> Here's information on the BBC's Internet media player: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/imp/index.shtml> - Spain's Telefonica phone company has exceeded its target of 200,000 = subscribers to its hybrid IPTV/DTT service, Imagenio: <http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=3Dcountries&subclass=3D0&id=3D13= 84> - Still no post-week-48 dealer sales figures from the Consumer Electronics = Association (CEA), but they've been busy with CES. - Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the DirecTV units at Bes= t Buy and Circuit City and the Sony PVR at J&R. - Ad confusions: Best Buy listed the integrated JVC HD56G786 and Zenith Z5= 0PX2D as requiring a digital receiver sold separately. - The ads - Readers have asked how to get hold of some of the non-national = retailers, so look for their phone numbers at the bottom of the memo. - Best Buy (HD disclaimers only): - DirecTV H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS - DirecTV HR10-250 ATSC/DirecTV receiver/PVR $399.99 AS - Insignia IS-TVHD30 30-inch widescreen TV $499.99 - JVC HD56G786/HD56BP6 56-inch wide integr. D-ILA proj. DTV $2699.99 ST - LG 23LX1RV 23-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $1099.99 - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799.99 - Maxent MX-42VM11 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1499.99 - Maxent MX-42XM11 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1899.99 - Panasonic PT-61LCX65 61-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2699.9= 9 - Panasonic TH-37PX50U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.99 - Samsung HLR5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2069.99 - Samsung LNR268W 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399.99 - Samsung LNR328W 32-inch 16:9 LCD TV w/$55RC $1799.99 - Samsung LNR408D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $3099.99 - Sharp LC37DB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2299.99 - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.99 - Sony KDLV26XBR1 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1999.99 - Sony KV32FS120 32-inch 4:3 flat-tube TV $499.99 - Toshiba 26HF84 26-inch widescreen TV $549.99 - Toshiba 27HLV95 27-inch widescreen LCD DTV/DVD combo $1699.99 - Toshiba 30HF85 30-inch 16:9 flat CRT TV $749.99 - Toshiba 34HF85 34-inch 16:9 CRT TV $949.99 - Toshiba 46HM95 46-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $1999.99 - Toshiba 50HP95 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799.99 - Toshiba 51HC85 51-inch widescreen projection TV $1169.99 - Toshiba 52HM95 52-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2499.99 - Toshiba 62HM95 62-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $3199.99 - Westinghouse LTV-27W2 27-inch 16:9 LCD TV $799.99 - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 AS - price after rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV RC - price includes "reward certificates" of amount shown ST - price includes stand - Circuit City (HD IDs only): - DirecTV H10/H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS - Hitachi 42HDF52 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $2499.99 - Hitachi 55VF820 55-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2564.99 - InFocus ScreenPlay 4805 projector $999.99 AR - LG 50PX4DR 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV/PVR $4499.99 - Magnavox 15MF605T 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $289.99 - Magnavox 17MD255V 17-inch widescreen LCD TV/DVD combo $539.99 - Panasonic PT44LCX65 44-inch wide integrated LCD proj. DTV $1799.99 - Panasonic PT61LCX65 61-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2849.99 - Panasonic TC32LX50 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699.99 - Polaroid FLM2011 20-inch LCD TV $474.99 - Polaroid FLM2601 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99 - Polaroid FLM3201 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99 - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1709.99 - Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $617.99 - Samsung SPR4232 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1999.99 - Samsung TXR3079WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $849.99 - Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1139.99 - Sharp XR10X projector $899.99 AR - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2374.99 - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3324.99 - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $4749.99 - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99 - Sylvania 6842PE 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1399.99 - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 AR - price after mail-in rebate AS - price after rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV - CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers): - HP LC3200N 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1699.99 - [Optoma] MovieTime DV10 projector w/screen $1299.99 - Syntax Olevia LT26HVE 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $499.99 AR - Syntax Olevia LT37HVS 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1399.99 = AR - ViewSonic N3250W 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99 AR - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3199.99 AP AP - ambiguous price -- might be $3099.99 -- both listed in same ad AR - price after mail-in rebate - J&R (am New York, no disclaimer): - Philips 42PF7320A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2399.99 - Sony KD-30XS955 30-inch 16:9 integrated DTV $699.99 - Westinghouse LTV-32w1 32-inch widescreen LCD monitor $1049.99 - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer): - InFocus LP 640 projector $1299.99 AR - InFocus ScreenPlay 61 md10 61-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/PIP $2599.99 - JVC LT-40X776 40-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $2499.99 - Philips 42PF9630A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2599.99 - Samsung HL-R5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1699.99 - Samsung HL-R5688W 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3499.99 - Samsung HL-R6767W 67-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3399.99 - Samsung HP-R4252 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2399.99 - Samsung LN-R328W 32-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1399.99 - Samsung TX-R3079 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $699.99 - Sharp LC-37DB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2199.99 - Sharp LD-23SH1U 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $699.99 - Sony DHG-HDD500 HD PVR $679.99 - Sony KDF-E42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1599.99 - Westinghouse LVM-37w1 37-inch widescreen LCD monitor $1499.99 AR - price after mail-in rebate - P.C. Richard & Son (am New York, appropriate disclaimers): - Mitsubishi WD52527 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.97 - Mitsubishi WD52627 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999.97 - Mitsubishi WS55517 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499.97 - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2199.97 - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.97 - Sony KLVS26A10 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1299.97 - Sixth Avenue Electronics (Record - Akai PT5250A 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $888 - Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer): - Panasonic TH42PE506 42-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $1149 - Panasonic [?] HPP3298PP 32-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $749 - Philips 42-inch widescreen TV $1049 - Samsung 42-inch widescreen TV $899 - Samsung HLD5020 50-inch TV w/PIP $1029 - Sony KED4235 42-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $1399 - Sony KDF55B25 55-inch LCD [projection?] TV $1399 - DVD news: Again, I haven't yet received post-week-48 figures from CEA. - In the U.S. TV season that just ended (September 19 to December 18), the = average American watched four hours and 39 minutes a day, UP from 4:35 last= year, according to Nielsen. The New York Times story on it suggests the i= ncrease is from news: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/09/business/09drill.html> See how important news is? Better attend the joint ATSC/SBE half-day = seminar on digital newsgathering on February 21 at ***The Technology Retrea= t***. BE THERE! <http://www.hpaonline.com> - In a somewhat related story, Nielsen has released its first figures on PV= R viewing. According to this Broadcasting & Cable story, the full text of = which requires a paid subscription, the increased viewing can be measured i= n single and double digits. That's not percentages; it's viewers: <http://tinyurl.com/d4fqp> - Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV): - January 10, Millennium Maxwell House, Nashville, SBE Nashville Ennes= Workshop <http://www.sbe.org/documents/2006NashvilleEnnes.pdf>. - January 29-February 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, SMPTE Advanced M= otion Imaging Conference and VSF VidTrans <http://www.smpte.org/conferences= /vidsmcfp.cfm>. - February 16, BAFTA, London, 3rd European HDTV Summit <http://www.tvc= onferences.com/>.=20 - ***February 21, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage (Palm Spri= ngs area), California, pre-Technology Retreat seminars <http://www.hpaonlin= e.com>. - ***February 22-24, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage (Palm S= prings area), California, HPA's 12th-annual Technology Retreat <http://www.= hpaonline.com>. - February 26-28, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CableLabs Winter Co= nference <http://www.cablelabs.com/conferences_public/>. - February 27-28, Park Central Hotel, New York, Collaborative Communic= ations Summit <http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/>. - February 28, Dorchester Hotel, London, Collaborative Conferencing Su= mmit <http://sites.securemc.com/folder22719/>. - March 21-23, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, DisplaySearch fla= t-panel display conference <http://www.displaysearch.com/usfpd2006/>. - April 6-7, Las Vegas, IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Mult= imedia Systems and Broadcasting <http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/= bt/index.html>. - April 9-11, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, the National Sho= w (NCTA2006) <http://www.thenationalshow.com/?ref=3DnctaMenu>. - April 22-27, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB2006 <http://www.nabsho= w.com/>. - April 28-30, Early Television Museum, Hilliard, Ohio, 2006 Early Tel= evision Convention <http://www.earlytelevision.org/2006_convention.html>. - May 20-23, Porte de Versailles, Paris, 120th AES convention <http://= www.aes.org/events/120/>. - June 7-9, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Infocomm <http:/= /www.infocomm.org/>. - June 27-29, Javits Center, New York, Entertainment Technology Allian= ce <http://www.etaexpo.com/>. * - new or revised listing 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): - J&R: +1-212-238-9000, 800-221-8180 - Universal Computers & Electronics: +1-718-784-8000 Have a question about the memo? Before contacting me, please try the FAQs = and glossary in the second postscript to the January 5 memo: <http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02213.html> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.