Mark Schubin wrote: > - This story from Connected Home Media I liked for one > of the headlines. Did you know 2006 will be "The Year of > HDTV"? > <http://tinyurl.com/ctnro> I think what the paragraph actually describes is the year of 1080p. Which The Perfect Vision is also claiming. In which case, the interesting question (IMO) would be what looks better on a 1080 at 60p display? 720p upconverted, or 1080i deinterlaced? > <http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages_b/ces2006mmqb.html> > That last ends with this comment. "Missing in action: > Terrestrial DTV set-top receivers! Where'd they all go?" Great question. A related question is where are the 4th/5th gen products? DTT HDTV STBs seem to be the only CE products on this planet that have not been upgraded from last year -- same models *and* same prices! Even though they are one product that would benefit greatly from the latest technology, not to mention lower prices. I think the speed with which the Accurian STBs flew off store shelves at the $89 closeout price should not be lost to the bean counters out there. I also wonder why they were a best kept secret by Radio Shack and the TV industry in general. Related to this, we need DTT receiver spec measurement standards just as we have for, say, audio amplifiers or video monitors. So people know what the heck they are buying without having to rely on word of mouth. > - 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. Yes, except that in Europe, the move to AVC is virtually mandatory for migration to HDTV. Here it's not. It is quite possible here to provide a freeview system offering, say, well upwards of 20 program streams, which can be a mix of SD and HD channels, without making any changes. But not in Euro markets. Adding HDTV, as simulcast AVC streams, to allow existing sets to continue operating, would seriously cut into the number of channels a freeview system can offer, unless more spectrum is allocated. So without a wholesale migration to AVC, offering HDTV would mean diminishing greatly the appeal of Freeview. > - 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 weeks it was 13.1% and, for the ten-week running > average, 20.9%. For the first 51 weeks it was 13.2% and > 21.8% > Sales of so-called non-flat-panel "Digital Televisions" > to U.S. dealers 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 the 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. I think this shows that CRTs of all types are fading into the sunset. Which was easily predictable a year ago or even before that, what with all the announcements about new flat panel display production plants being revved up. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.