[opendtv] 20060117 Mark's (Almost) Monday Memo

  • From: Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:40:39 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

     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:

     - $50 for LG's U.S. DTT box - My other correspondent was also extrapol=
ating the price from previous testimony.  He says no price was offered at C=
ES.

     - ***The Technology Retreat***, February 21-24 in Rancho Mirage -=20
          - Here's Charles Poynton's description of his Tuesday-afternoon, =
separate-admission-charge half-day seminar on "Video Display Technology, ci=
rca 2006" (note that I've changed his "colour" to "color"):
     "As recently as a decade ago, the vast majority of video displays -- b=
oth in the studio, and in consumers' premises -- were CRTs.  The last decad=
e has seen large-scale deployment of alternate display technologies, such a=
s direct-view LCDs, plasma display panels (PDPs), and projectors using both=
 LCD and DLP technology.  As new display technology supplants CRTs, studios=
 and broadcasters need to adapt their critical display viewing practices --=
 while CRTs remain by many accounts the best display technology for control=
 rooms, CRTs are no longer representative of the consumer's viewing experie=
nce.  Apart from all that, CRTs are not likely to be available for much lon=
ger!=20
     "Issues concerning display technology will be discussed at the 2006 Te=
chnology Retreat from a variety of perspectives.  As has become the custom,=
 Charles Poynton will present a 1/2-day seminar preceding the main Tech Ret=
reat sessions.  This year's seminar will deal with the physics, optics, ele=
ctronics, and signal processing associated with various display technologie=
s.=20
     "Challenges in signal and color processing are associated with the int=
roduction of new display technologies.  For the last 15 years, color reprod=
uction in television and computer graphics has been defined by the "Rec. 70=
9" color space.  However, that color space doesn't encompass all of the col=
ors of film, let alone the full range ("gamut") of colors that human vision=
 senses.  Recently the Digital Cinema Initiative promulgated a standard for=
 digital encoding of cinema.  That standard uses the CIE XYZ system, to enc=
ompass the entire range of colors of human vision -- the DCI color range en=
compasses the gamut of film and then some.  In a different forum, the IEC r=
ecently adopted a standard denoted xvYCC to enable wide-gamut television br=
oadcasting.  Charles will provide some technical detail behind these develo=
pments, and outline the challenges -- such as gamut mapping -- that the pos=
t-production industry will soon have to address."=20
          - Regarding the ATSC/SBE joint seminar on digital newsgathering t=
hat's concurrent with Poynton's seminar, attendees will receive credit towa=
rd Society of Broadcast Engineers recertification:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3644>
          - Here are some additions to the main program.  Howard Lukk, exec=
utive director of production technology at Walt Disney Pictures and Televis=
ion, will be discussing the 3-D technology used on "Chicken Little" at the =
3-D session.  Paul Saccone of Warner Bros. Global Digital Media Exchange an=
d Tetsuro Fujii of Nippon Telephone & Telegraph's Network Innovation Labs w=
ill cover 4K digital-cinema distribution in Japan.  And Professor Naohisa O=
hta of Keio University's Institute for Digital Media and Content (and co-au=
thor of "Super-High-Definition Images: Beyond HDTV) is joining the CineGrid=
 session.
          - In the breakfast roundtables, Tim Claman, Avid's director of po=
st solutions design, will discuss approaches to managing ancillary metadata=
 such as close-captioning, interactive data, aspect ratio, 3-line VITC, and=
 other information across SD, HD, and file-based editing workflows.  Did yo=
u miss the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year?  Or were you there wo=
ndering what you were missing?  Peter Putman will offer illustrated display=
 technology news from CES 2006.  You can check out the latest on digital in=
termediates at the roundtable moderated by Film & Video's executive editor =
Bryant Frazer.  Want to know how to handle digital distribution of HD syndi=
cated programming?  Ask Pathfire's chief technology officer Joe Fabiano.
     "As technology innovations expand and instantaneous access to films, t=
elevision shows, and broadcast news becomes a worldwide capability, concern=
s about digital rights management (DRM) continue to escalate for those deve=
loping and distributing the content," says Avid vp and chief technology off=
icer Mike Rockwell.  "But ask any editor, director, producer, Hollywood stu=
dio exec, or network broadcaster about how best to manage and protect the d=
igital assets they create, and you=E2=80=99ll likely get five different ans=
wers."  What to do?  Attend Mike's breakfast roundtable on DRM: Identifying=
 and Implementing Solutions. =20
     Were you aware that there's FREE software for the digital-intermediate=
 process?  There is!  It's called GraphicsMagick:
<http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/>
     Want to know more?  Attend the roundtables moderated by GraphicsMagick=
 maintainer Bob Friesenhahn on recent GraphicsMagick enhancements to suppor=
t the DI process, including support for the SMPTE DPX format and the Kodak =
Cineon format.  The existing features of GraphicsMagick will be discussed, =
as well as how these features may be applied to the DI process.
          - Some people are drooling over the possibility that some Radio S=
hack store somewhere might still have one Accurian DTT set-top receiver in =
stock.  But some lucky attendee at ***The Technology Retreat*** will be abl=
e to take one home FREE, thanks to Peter Putman of ROAM Consulting:
<//www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/01-2006/msg00075.html>
          - There's probably only a week or two left before we have to clos=
e registration because we've reached capacity.  There WILL be more addition=
s to the main program, the breakfast roundtables, and maybe the demo room. =
 If I could reveal them now, I would.  Don't hate yourself for the rest of =
your life.  Register NOW!
<http://www.hpaonline.com>

     - U.S. analog cutoff - Have you been wondering why February 17?  Debor=
ah McAdams reveals as good a reason as any in this report on the transition=
.  Hint:  Glow-in-the-dark statues of St. Clare of Assisi, the patron saint=
 of television, have long been quiz prizes at ***The Technology Retreat***:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/features/news/n_2009_squeak-01.11.06.shtml>

     - CES - Here are a few more reports from the Consumer Electronics Show=
:
          - Want up to 2 Mbps high-speed internet service in a car travelin=
g through desert wastes?  Try RaySat's SpeedRay 3000:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=3D1127>
          - New York Times "Circuits" columnist David Pogue's CES wrap up i=
ncludes this tidbit about the over-100-inch plasma TVs.  "Neither screen is=
 for sale yet, but the plasma is on the wall: at this rate, it won't be lon=
g before home theater screens are bigger than real theater screens":
<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/12/technology/circuits/12pogue.html>
          - This story from Connected Home Media I liked for one of the hea=
dlines.  Did you know 2006 will be "The Year of HDTV"?
<http://tinyurl.com/ctnro>
          - This next report is well worth reading for a glimpse at what th=
e general public thinks of all of this gadgetry:
<http://advancedmediacommittee.typepad.com/emmyadvancedmedia/>
          - Here are more reports (the second and third have lots of pictur=
es; they're from Peter Putman, who will provide even more info at ***The Te=
chnology Retreat***.  BE THERE!):
<http://www.digitaltvdesignline.com/blogs/index.jhtml#175803638>
<http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages_b/ces2006.html>
<http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages_b/ces2006mmqb.html>
     That last ends with this comment.  "Missing in action:  Terrestrial DT=
V set-top receivers!  Where=E2=80=99d they all go?"  Want to know more?  As=
k Pete at ***The Technology Retreat***.  Yes, ***The Technology Retreat***:
<http://www.hpaonline.com>

     - Download economics - According to a study by Horowitz Associates and=
 Points North Group, 62% would rather get non-removable ads with video down=
loads instead of paying $1.99; 17% would rather pay, and the rest were unde=
cided.  For respondents 18-34, it was 68% in favor of ads and 26% in favor =
of paying:
<http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060113/tv_nm/downloads_dc>

     - Blu-ray vs. HD DVD - Warren Communications News reported last Tuesda=
y that Sony's Howard Stringer said Toshiba's $499 HD DVD deck was being "su=
bsidized."  I can't find the story anywhere else, and it's no longer on War=
ren's site:
<http://www.warren-news.com/>

     - July 1 -=20
          - This week I've listed 130 ads for TVs 36-inch or larger.  Of th=
ose, 91 (70%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.  As of July 1, 100%=
 of those manufactured in or imported to the U.S. and equipped with tuners =
were supposed to have integrated DTT-reception capability.  I've also liste=
d 63 ads for TVs between 25- and 35-inch.  Of those, 14 (22%) have integrat=
ed 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 integr=
ated 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 w/PIP @ Royal $579
         - Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $459
         - Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
         - Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $259
         - RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Royal $397
         - Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
         - Toshiba Da50 50-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $409 DV
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Royal $498
         - Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $479
         - Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Royal $598
         - Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
         - Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Royal $739
         - Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV w/PIP @ Universal $749
         DV - price includes DVD player
       - TV sets that required DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
         - RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
         - Insignia ISTV040924 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $219.99
         - Panasonic 27H45 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $109
         - RCA 27-inch TV @ Kmart $179.99
         - Samsung TXR2735 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $289.99
         - Sharp 27C241 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Royal $139
         - Sony 27S45 27-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $129
         - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch flat-tube TV w/PIP @ Royal $229
         - Sony Wega 27FS10 27-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $189
         - Sylvania 6727DF 27-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $289.99
         - Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $119
         - Magnavox 32MT3305 32-inch TV @ P.C. Richard $279.97
         - Philips 32PT5441/37 32-inch TV @ Best Buy $329.99
         - RCA 32V420T 32-inch TV @ Circuit City $259.99
         - Sharp 32F641 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $449.99
         - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV w/PIP @ Royal $239
         - Sony 32S45 32-inch TV w/PIP @ Universal $189
         - Sony KV32FS120 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Circuit City $514.99
         - Sony KV32FS120 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Sears $519.99
         - Sony Wega 32FS10 32-inch flat-tube TV w/PIP @ Royal $389
         - Sony Wega 32FS10 32-inch flat-tube TV @ Universal $309
         - Toshiba 32H50 32-inch TV @ Royal $239
         - Sony 35S45 35-inch TV w/PIP @ Royal $298
       - Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - Insignia ISTV040917 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $64.99
         - Konka 13-inch TV @ Universal $45
         - RCA 13-inch TV @ Kmart $59.99
         - Konka 19-inch TV @ Universal $59
         - Sansui TVM1916 19-inch TV @ Royal $68
         - Insignia ISTV040920 20-inch flat-tube TV @ Best Buy $119.99
         - Jensen TS2050J 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $93.99
         - Magnavox 20MS2331/17 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $99.99
         - GoVideo DV2150 DVD/VCR combo @ Royal $59
         - Insignia IS-DVD040924 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $79.99
         - RCA DRC6350N DVD/VCR combo @ Sixth Avenue $58 AR
         - Sansui VCR @ Universal $22
         - Sansui S35EV VCR @ Royal $29.99
         - Sansui DVD/VCR combo @ Universal $44
         - CyberHome DVR1600 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $99.99
         - CyberHome CHDVR1600 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $89.99
         - Humax DRT-400 TiVo/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $249.99 AR
         - Insignia IS-DVD100121 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $179.99 =
AR
         - Mystery brand DVR1600 DVD recorder @ CompUSA $79.99 AR
         - Panasonic DMRE20S DVD recorder @ Circuit City $149.99 AR
         - RCA DRC8060N DVD recorder @ Best Buy $169.99 AR
         - RCA DRC-8312 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Target $249.99
         - Samsung DVDR120 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $159.99 AR
         - Samsung DVDVR325 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Circuit City $299.99 A=
R
         - Sansui VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Universal $79
         - Sony RDR-GX315 DVD recorder @ J&R $186.99 AR
         - Sony computer w/TV tuner @ Universal $699
         - Sony VGC-VA10G computer w/TV tuner @ J&R $1849.99
         AR - price after mail-in rebate
       - Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
         - Magnavox 20MC4304 20-inch flat TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit City $278.99
       - Devices possibly not covered but receiving analog TV signals:
         - eton FR300 AM/FM/TV/weather/light/siren/crank/charger @ J&R $49.=
99
         - Sony DNF420PSBLU AM/FM/TV/weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $64.99
          - 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 -=20
          - Neither the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the Nat=
ional Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has updated its lists since the las=
t memo.  The FCC lists haven't been updated since November 15.
          - Doug Lung's RF Report says 837 fully licensed U.S. DTT stations=
 were in the FCC CDBS database as of January 9.  That's not yet half of the=
 analog stations:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=3D1130>

- The FCC meeting on Thursday is to be staff presentations, including the M=
edia Bureau:
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263203A1.pdf>
     TV Technology has a great list of other meetings and hearings in Washi=
ngton on matters of interest:
<http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3630>

- Wayne Bretl, Richard Citta, and Wayne Luplow, who worked on the developme=
nt of the U.S. DTT system, were awarded the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Elec=
tronics Award.  It's a prestigious award, and it is not restricted to U.S. =
recipients:
<http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060109/cgm017.html?.v=3D33>

- International news:

     - Here's a story about advanced compression likely making Freeview DTT=
 receivers in the UK obsolete:
<http://tinyurl.com/cc4k3>
     Of course, the same could be said of U.S. DTT receivers.

     - A Freeview DTT receiver in Portsmouth sent out an emergency distress=
 call, leading to a helicopter rescue flight:
<http://tinyurl.com/bj3nj>
     The two main distress frequencies, 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz, are both har=
monics of the globally accepted sampling rate for digital video, 13.5 MHz.

     - A recent test of mobile TV in the UK found that 2/3 of BT's wireless=
 customers would be willing to pay UKP8 per month (about US$14) for Movio v=
ideo service:
<http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=3Dcountries&subclass=3D193&id=3D=
1405>

     - A DTT trial in Malaysia is to start in September:
<http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news_lite.php?id=3D175313>

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television =
sets for the first 49 weeks of 2005 were down 12.4% from the same period in=
 2004; my ten-week running average was also down 16.3%.  For the first 50 w=
eeks it was 13.1% and, for the ten-week running average, 20.9%.  For the fi=
rst 51 weeks it was 13.2% and 21.8%
     Sales of so-called non-flat-panel "Digital Televisions" to U.S. dealer=
s for the 49th week were 84,086 units, for the 50th week 83,343 units, for =
the 51st week 78,795, and for the first 51 weeks 4,134,921 (compared to 19,=
997,895 for non-flat-panel sets not called "digital" by CEA).  For 24 of th=
e last 27 weeks, the number of non-flat-panel "digital televisions" sold to=
 U.S. dealers was lower than in the same period last year.
     "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without DTT-rec=
eption capability) accounted for about 17.1% of the non-flat-panel TVs sold=
 to U.S. dealers through the 51st week this year.  Based on CEA's report of=
 unit sales through the end of June including flat-panel displays, the tota=
l "digital" percentage (assuming no flat-panel non-"digital" TVs) would be =
32.6%.  It may be worth noting here what that means.  About 67% of the TVs =
sold through the 50th week this year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view=
 TVs with picture tubes, and that percentage is still increasing slightly.
     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.  CEA says tha=
t, through June, about 85% of "digital televisions" were HDTV.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers:  I'm aware of only the DirecTV units at Be=
st Buy and Circuit City this week.

- Ad confusions:  On a Circuit City ad page labeled "The HD experience, onl=
y two of the seven TVs listed were HD.

- 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.  Agai=
n, the different prices at J&R in different publications probably reflect t=
he dates of the ads.
  - Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
    - DirecTV H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS
    - JVC HD52G786/BP6 52-inch wide integr. D-ILA proj. DTV w/stand $2499.9=
9
    - LG 50PX4DR 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV/PVR $4749.99
    - Magnavox 17MF200V/17 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $449.99
    - Magnavox 30MW5405/17 30-inch widescreen TV $549.99
    - Magnavox 50ML8105D/17 50-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $1799.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-52527 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2299.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-62527 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3199.99
    - Mitsubishi WD-62627 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.99
    - Philips 30PW9100D/37 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $699.99
    - Philips 42PF9630A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2799.99
    - RCA HD50LPW175 50-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$200GC $1899.99
    - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1799.99
    - Samsung LNR238W 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $999.99
    - Samsung LNR408D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2799.99
    - Samsung TXR2779H 27-inch 4:3 integrated CRT DTV $549.99
    - Samsung TXR3079WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $849.99
    - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2799.99
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $4999.99
    - Sony KDP51WS655 51-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1599.99
    - Sony KLVS26A10 26-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
    - Toshiba 32HL95 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1799.99
    - Toshiba 42HP95 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2849.99
    - Westinghouse LVM-37W1 37-inch widescreen LCD monitor $1699.99
    - Zenith Z50PX2D 50-inch wide integrated plasma DTV w/$85RC $2599.99 AR
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
    AS - price after rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV
    GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
    RC - price includes "reward certificates" of amount shown
  - Circuit City (HD IDs only):
    - DirecTV H10/H20 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/decoder $0 AS
    - DirecTV HR10250 ATSC/DirecTV receiver/PVR $399 AS
    - Hitachi 55VF820 55-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2564.99
    - LG 23LX1RV 23-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $999.99
    - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3609.99
    - Panasonic PT44LCX65 44-inch wide integrated LCD proj. DTV $1799.99
    - Panasonic TC20LA5 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99 AR
    - Panasonic TC26LX50 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99
    - Panasonic TC32LX50 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699.99
    - Polaroid FLM1511 15-inch LCD TV $279.99
    - Polaroid FLM2601 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
    - Polaroid FLM3701 37-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599.99
    - RCA HD52W59 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $999.99
    - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1709.99
    - Samsung HLR5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2184.99
    - Samsung HPR4252 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2849.99
    - Samsung SPR4232 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2089.99
    - Samsung TXR2779H 27-inch 4:3 integrated CRT DTV $549.99
    - Sharp LC37D4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2659.99
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2374.99
    - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2659.99
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $4749.99
    - Sony KLVS32A10 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.99
    - Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 CRT TV $939.99
    - Zenith Z20LA7R 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
    AS - price after rebate requiring subscription to DirecTV
  - CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
    - Akai PDP5016H 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT26HVE 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $499.99 AR
    - Syntax Olevia LT42HVI 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2499.99 =
AR
  - CompUSA w/Good Guys Inside (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
    - Akai PDP5016H 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
    - HP LC2600N 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1299
    - JVC HD56G886 56-inch widescreen integrated D-ILA projection DTV $2429
    - LG 50PX4DR 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV/PVR $4049
    - Mitsubishi WD-62628 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3959
    - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1799
    - Samsung HLR6178W 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3149
    - Sharp LC37DB5U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2249
    - Sony KLVS23A10 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1049
    - Syntax Olevia LT42HVI 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2499.99 =
AR
    - Zenith Z37LZ5D 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1799 HT
    HT - price includes home-theater sound system
  - Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Dell 3201C 32-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799
    - Dell W3706C 32-inch 16:9 integrated [?] LCD DTV $2299
    - Dell W4201C 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2799
    - Dell W5001C 50-inch 16:9 integrated [?] plasma DTV $3799
  - Fry's (Los Angeles Times, some HD IDs only):
    - "Major Name Brand" 52-inch widescreen projection TV $1499
    - Mystery brand 37-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199
    - Sharp Aquos 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4499
    - Sony Bravia 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3199
  - Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD-62827 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $5299
    - Mitsubishi WD-73827 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $6799
    - Sharp LC32D6U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1999
    - Sharp LC37D6U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2899
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1999
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2499
    - Sony KDLV32XBR1 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699
    - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3499
  - Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Mitsubishi WD-52527 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499
    - Mitsubishi WS-48515 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1299
    - Mitsubishi WS-65815 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
    - Panasonic TC32LX50 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699
    - Panasonic TH42PD42UP [?] 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $18=
99
    - Philips 50PF7320 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499
    - Sony KDFE-42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1899
    - Sony KLVS-32A10 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
    - Toshiba 52HMX95 52-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $2499
  - HP (no disclaimer necessary):
    - HP z556 digital entertainment center w/ATSC reception=20
  - J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - HP LC2600N 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $899.99
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 61 md10 61-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/PIP $2599.99
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 projector $999.00 AR [?]
    - JVC LT-37X776 37-inch widescreen LCD DTV $2099.99
    - Sony KD-30XS955 30-inch 16:9 integrated DTV $699.99
    - Westinghouse LVM-37w1 37-inch widescreen LCD monitor $1499.99
  - J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
    - Epson PowerLite S3 LCD projector $749.99
    - Hitachi CMP4211 42-inch plasma monitor $2199.99
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 61 md10 61-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/PIP $2599.99
    - InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 projector $999.00 AR
    - HP MD5020 50-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $1899.99
    - JVC LT-37X776 37-inch widescreen LCD DTV $2199.99
    - JVC LT-40X776 40-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $2499.99
    - Philips 42PF7320A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2399.99
    - Philips 42PF9630A 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2599.99
    - Samsung HL-R5688W 56-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3499.99
    - Samsung LN-R408D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2499.99
    - Syntax Olevia LT27HVX 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99 AR
    - Sharp LC-26DA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD DTV $999.99
    - Sony KD-30XS955 30-inch 16:9 integrated DTV $699.99
    - Sony PMB50HX1 50-inch 16:9 plasma monitor $3699.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-32w1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1049.99
    AR - price after mail-in rebate
  - J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer):
    - Hitachi CMP4211 42-inch plasma monitor $2099.99
    - Westinghouse LTV-32w1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
  - Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - HP MD5820 58-inch widescreen integrated projection DTV $2798
    - LG 15LA6R 15-inch widescreen LCD TV $448
    - LG 26LX2D 26-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $1448
    - LG 32LP1D 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2398
    - LG 37LP1D 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3098
    - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3398
    - LG 50PX5D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4098
    - Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1998
    - Mitsubishi WD-62527 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3198
    - Mitsubishi WD-62628 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4398
    - Panasonic TC-26LX50 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1398
    - Panasonic TC-32LX50 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1898
    - Sony KDF-E50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2398
    - Sony KDF-E60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3298
  - P.C. Richard & Son ([Bergen] Record, appropriate disclaimers):
    - Samsung HCR5245W 47-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $999.97
    - Samsung HLR4266W 42-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1599.97
    - Samsung HLR4667W 46-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1799.97
    - Samsung HLR5067W 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $1999.97
    - Samsung HLR6167W 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2699.97
    - Samsung HPR4252 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $2299.97
    - Samsung HPR5052 50-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3299.97
    - Samsung LNR268W 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1088.97
    - Samsung LNR328W 32-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.97
    - Samsung LNR408D 40-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2499.97
    - Sharp LC45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3499.97
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1477.97
    - 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
    - Sony KLVS32A10 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699.97
  - Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic TH42P[?]50U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1099
    - Samsung SPN3215K 32-inch [widescreen plasma] TV $749
    - Samsung SPN4215K 42-inch [widescreen plasma] TV $999
    - Sony KLV270 [?] 27-inch TV $499
  - Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, appropriate disclaimer):
    - Hitachi 42HDM12 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1979.99
    - Sharp LC37D4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2519.99
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1799.99
  - Sixth Avenue Electronics ([Bergen] Record, no disclaimer):
    - Hitachi 51G500 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $988
  - Star Club (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Panasonic TH50PHD8UK 50-inch widescreen plasma monitor $3349
  - 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
  - Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
    - Fujitsu P50XHA40US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5497 TG
    - LG 50PX1D 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3797 TG
    - Mitsubishi WD73727 73-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $5497 TG
    - Pioneer PRO1130HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5497 TG
    - Sharp LC32DA5U 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $1397
    - Sony KDFE42A10 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $1797 TG
    - Sony KDFE50A10 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2397 TG
    - Sony KDFE55A20 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2797 TG
    - Sony KDFE60A20 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3297 TG
    - Sony KDLV40XBR1 40-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3497 TG
    - Sony KDSR60XBR1 60-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $4497 TG
    - Zenith Z42PX2D 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $1797 IT
    IT - price includes 8.75% sales tax
    TG - price includes 8.75% sales tax and a gift card of unknown value

- DVD news:

     - According to CEA's figures, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for=
 the first 49 weeks of 2005 were down 20.4% from the same period in 2004; m=
y ten-week running average was down 10%.  For the first 50 weeks they were =
down 20.3%, and my ten-week running average was down 8.9%.  For the first 5=
1 weeks, they were down 19.6%, and my ten-week running average was down 9.5=
%.  For the 51st week, alone, DVD player sales were actually UP 70% over th=
e same week in 2004.  VCR sales were down 42% for the first 49 weeks, 41.3%=
 for the first 50, and 40.7 for the first 51.

     - For Your Entertainment (f.y.e.) offered a large selection of DVD mov=
ies for $5.99 each.  Best Buy offered a smaller selection at two for $10.

- TelecomNEXT (formerly SuperCOMM), the convention of the United States Tel=
ecom Association, in Las Vegas, March 19-23, will have Disney, Starz!, and =
the Game Show Network.  The complete Broadcasting & Cable story requires a =
paid subscription:
<http://tinyurl.com/cjtk3>

- Latency Department:  Previously, according to today's New York Times, Nie=
lsen counted as "live" anything that appeared within as much as six seconds=
 after transmission.  Now, with all of the codecs involved (including in PV=
Rs being watched "live"), they've had to increase that to eight seconds:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/16/business/media/16delay.html>

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):
     - 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 9, Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, HD Expo <http://w=
ww.hdexpo.net/>.
     - 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 17, Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, Chicago, HD Expo <http:/=
/www.hdexpo.net/>.
     - 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 will 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
- P.C. Richard: +1-212-979-2600
- Royal Computers and Electronics: +1-718-646-2100
- Sixth Avenue Electronics: +1-973-467-3905, 877-684-2831
- Star Club: +1-310-390-6631
- 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>


 
 
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