[opendtv] 20060616 Free Friday Fragments (Mark's Monday Memo)

  • From: Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 11:31:11 -0400 (EDT)

     Here are some very efficient (low-administrative-cost) relief 
organizations (all have four-star ratings from CharityNavigator.org):
     Americans may also call the Red Cross at 800 HELP NOW (800 435-7669).

I haven't had time to enter all the ads yet.

Happy Bloomsday!

- Follow-ups:

     - U.S. HDTV households - According to Leichtman Research Group, 5.5 
million of the seven million who actually got HD at the end of 2005 got it via 
cable.  Cox Communications, a cable operator, reports adding 20,000 to 30,000 
more a month in the last six months:

     - Audience measurement in new media - Nielsen Media Research has unveiled 
an "Anytime Anywhere Media Measurement" initiative to cover TV, streaming 
video, mobile phones, etc.  They also plan to measure audience "engagement":
     A reader says Nielsen Media Research put U.S. DTT penetration at 13.8% in 

     - Mobile TV - The World Cup was supposed to be a glorious test of the 
technology, but these two stories (both by Junko Yoshida) suggest otherwise:

     - Consumer interfaces - HDMI 1.3 increases clock speed to 225 MHz, 
allowing 1080/60p with 36-bit RGB color or 1080/90p:

     - A-VSB - Here's more:

     - DTT multicast must-carry - It's the number one item on the agenda for 
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting on Wednesday, and it's 
expected to pass and then be challenged in court by the cable industry:
FCC meeting June 21, 1st item on the agenda is cable carriage of DTT

- With the last DTT-channel "use-it-or-lose-it" deadline fast approaching (July 
1), the FCC has issued a clarificaton:

- Silicon Optix has an even less-expensive chip for doing its HQV processing, 

- International news:

     - Warren Communications News reported Monday that the BBC is concerned 
that the government might close its DTT HDTV test if unauthorized receivers 
proliferate.  The story is no longer on their site:

     - It isn't just mobile TV.  World Cup HD coverage in Korea has led to a 
reported flood of complaints about picture quality due to multicast channel 

     - New Zealand has revealed its DTT plans, based on a 18-channel 
free-to-view service with an initial set-top box cost of NZ$200 (US$123), 
expected to drop quickly:

     - Due to anti-piracy concerns, New Zealand retailers are uncertain about 
what displays will continue to work in the future:

     - Digital Broadcasting Australia reports over 1.5 million DTT receivers 
sold to dealers and installers there as of the end of March.  The figure is 
based on reports from GfK Infomark, but, because not all brands provide data to 
them, the real number is probably higher:

- IEEE Spectrum has in its June issue an article on the effects of the Digital 
Millennium Copyright Act on consumer electronics:

- There are free digital screenings for industry members at the Entertainment 
Technology Center's Hollywood Pacific Theater of "Cars" on June 19 and "Mission 
Impossible III" on June 26.  Reservations are required:

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television sets 
for the first 21 weeks of 2006 were down 47.7% from the same period in 2005; my 
ten-week running average was down 56.8%.  Sales of so-called "Digital 
Televisions" to U.S. dealers for the 21st week were 589,782 units and for the 
first 21 weeks 6,279,853 (compared to 4,285,105 for sets not called "digital" 
by CEA), accounting for 59.4%.
     To qualify to CEA as a "Digital Television," a display need only be 
capable of dealing with at least 480p; it need not be capable of either 
receiving digital signals or displaying them, although now that the 100% "tuner 
mandate" has kicked in for sets 25-inch and larger, it would seem that most do 
have such capability.  CEA says about 82% of the "digital televisions" sold in 
2005 (when not all TVs 25-inch and up were supposed to have DTT-reception 
circuitry) were HDTV.

- DVD news:

     - According to CEA's figures, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the 
first 21 weeks of 2006 were up 9.1% from the same period in 2005; my ten-week 
running average was up 9.2%.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):
     - June 27-29, Javits Center, New York, Entertainment Technology Alliance 
     - September 27-29, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast 
Symposium <http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/sympo.html>.
     - October 3-5, Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium 
     - *October 4-6, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, Jackson Hole Tech 
Symposium <http://www.jhfestival.org/symposium2006/>.
     - October 18-21, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, SMPTE convention 
     - ***January 31-February 2, The Westin at Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage 
(Palm Springs area), California, ***HPA Technology Retreat*** 
     - April 14-19, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB convention 

* - new or revised listing


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