Here are some very efficient (low-administrative-cost) relief organizations (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/> Americans may also call the Red Cross at 800 HELP NOW (800 435-7669). Sorry for the delay in getting a memo out. I was overseas for a while, and I'm still digging out. I'll do ads and CEA sales figures next time (I also haven't yet checked all of my usual news sources). - Follow-ups: - CableCARDs - - Warren Communications News reported that the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) says 141,000 have been deployed. The story is no longer on their site: <http://www.warren-news.com> - Scientific-Atlanta has received approval of a multi-stream CableCARD. This story is from Broadcasting & Cable: <http://tinyurl.com/oh24d> - Advanced Compression - The Society of Motion-Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has standardized VC-1: <http://www.smpte.org/news/press%5Freleases/003_06.cfm> - Reduced-resolution analog outputs from next-generation disk players - Universal has joined the other major studios (except Warner) in rejecting initial use of the image constraint token: <http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/03/27/universal_reverses_stand_on_ict/> - Introduction of HD DVD - Toshiba has delayed the launch. This story is from Informatics Online: <http://tinyurl.com/l98zk> - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Entertainment Technology Policy Summit - Podcasts are available: <http://www.ce.org/Press/CurrentNews/press_release_detail.asp?id=10981> - U.S. analog-TV cutoff - Acting assistant head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration John Kneuer said, "We are at the beginning and we're going to need lots and lots of help...." He asked Federal Trade Commissioner Jonathan Leibowitz if continued sales of analog TVs represent illegal deception of consumers. Leibowitz replied, "I don't think so." This story is from Broadcasting & Cable: <http://tinyurl.com/le5jy> - USDTV - The DTT multichannel service is moving to AVC compression to offer more pay-per-view movies. It is unclear what happens to existing receivers. This story is from Broadcasting & Cable: <http://tinyurl.com/qb82d> - CEA and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have joined forces to prevent DTT receivers from falling under strict California energy-consumption restrictions: <http://www.twice.com/article/CA6324280.html> - May 1 - - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its figures on March 24: - 1698 stations (98.6% of what the FCC currently uses as the DTT full-power total) have been granted DTT licenses or construction permits, and 1566 are on the air at least sometimes at some power level: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html> - There has been no change in the 40 stations due on the air May 1, 1999; 38 are licensed, and two are said to still be operating on temporary authority: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html> - There has also been no change in the 79 stations due on the air November 1, 1999; 74 are licensed and five are said to still be operating on temporary authority: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html> - More than half of the stations are, for the first time, licensed or on program-test authority: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html> - These are those 887: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html> - These are the 679 said to still be operating on temporary authority: <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html> - Doug Lung's RF Report noted 878 licensed DTT stations (more than half of the 1750 full-power analog stations as of the end of 2005) in the FCC CDBS database as of March 20: <http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1221> It noted 883 as of April 2: <http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1240> - Reports from NCTA's National Show: - Switched video (one channel at a time) was reportedly a hot topic. The second URL is for a story from Broadcasting & Cable: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6323677.html?display=Breaking+News> <http://tinyurl.com/hw9u4> - Legal ramifications of some recording and distribution technologies were discussed: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6323916.html?display=Breaking+News> - There was a call for more free video on demand: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6324236.html?display=Breaking+News> - Internet downloads of TV programming were also a hot topic: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6324095.html?display=Breaking+News> And a Time Warner Cable executive questioned why cable should have to pay for retransmission consent when ABC was offering its hot shows free on the Internet: <http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6324189.html?display=Breaking+News> - International news: - Informa Telecoms & Media offers this list of DTT in selected European countries: Country DTT began Analog cutoff planned Austria 2006 2012 Belgium 2003 2010 Denmark 2005 2009 Finland 2002 2007 France 2005 2010 Germany 2003 2010 Italy 2004 2008 Norway 2006 2008 Spain 2005 2010 Sweden 1999 2008 UK 2002 [?] 2012 <http://www.netimperative.com/2006/03/21/Euro_dtv> I'd put the UK start date at 1998. - The European Information and Communications Technology Association (EICTA) has come up with an "HDTV" logo that means able to "receive and process" HD. The previous (January 2005) "HD Ready" logo was for devices "capable of processing and displaying" HD, but this story notes that the two logos have differing requirements for analog and digital connections: <http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03/20/eicta_hdtv_logo/> - According to Screen Digest, there were two million HD ready households in Europe at the end of 2005, 6.7 million (14%) in Japan, and 19 million (17%) in the U.S.: <http://hiddenwires.co.uk/resourcesnews2006/news20060324-06.html> - "Azerbaijan," according to this headline, "Plans to be First South Caucasus DTV Broadcaster": <http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1237> - China has reportedly decided to come up with its own DTT standard: <http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-03/21/content_4326416.htm> - According to Pacific Media Associates, the 30- to 35-inch size range was the top seller in flat panel TVs in North America in 2005 (1.4 million units), with 40- to 45-inch second (1.2 million): <http://svconline.com/news/pacific_media_flat_panel_shipments_03242006/> - CEA is seeking participation for final review of its CEA-2014 standard for digital TVs controlling other devices: <http://www.ce.org/Press/CurrentNews/press_release_detail.asp?id=10985> - DisplaySearch's first quarterly TV Electronics Report found de-interlacing and scaling to be the top category (21.8 million units shipped in 2005). Only 1.8 million "merchant MPEG Video Processors" were shipped; tunerless TVs are said to be at least partly to blame: <http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060403/20060403005315.html?.v=1> - Warren Communications News reported that year-to-date "DTV" shipments have exceeded direct-view analog sets. The story is no longer on their site: <http://www.warren-news.com/> It's bound to happen sometime this year, but I haven't crunched those numbers yet, and it's possible they're not counting analog combos (I do). - Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV): - April 22-27, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB2006 <http://www.nabshow.com/>. - April 28-30, Early Television Museum, Hilliard, Ohio, 2006 Early Television 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 5-9, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, WABE/SAIT Broadcast Training Seminar <wayne.watson@xxxxxxx>. - June 7-9, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Infocomm <http://www.infocomm.org/>. - June 27-29, Javits Center, New York, Entertainment Technology Alliance <http://www.etaexpo.com/>. - October 3-5, Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium <http://www.iptv.org/dtv/2005/>. * - new or revised listing TTFN, Mark PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. 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