Archive | HDTV

Will IP Transform the Broadcast Industry?

It might be argued that the difference between new video-service providers and the old ones (broadcast via cable, satellite and terrestrial) is that the new ones are simply using a different pipe (Internet) to get content into homes and to personal devices. This is true to a point but, of course, overly simplistic. There are […]

How Will TV Makers Compete With VR?

At some point, VR will be a really big thing. Isn’t it big now, you ask? Not really. Sure, everyone in technology is talking about VR. But in terms of objective numbers such as hardware sales, content downloads and household penetration rates, VR isn’t anything more than anticipatory buzz at the moment. But, VR will […]

An Olympic Surprise

The Olympics is a chance for the world’s best athletes to test their mettle against their well-trained (and occasionally well-medicated) peers. But the games are more than a display of physical prowess; they’re a chance for the broadcast industry to flex its technological muscles as well. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil will be no […]

Why the UHD Transition is NOT the HDTV Transition

If you’re feeling some weird sense of déjà vu with the chicken-egg conundrum surrounding the production of 4K content/broadcasting and UHD TV sales, it’s because you have vague recollections of the introduction of HDTV back in the late 1990s. While there are definite similarities between these multi-million pixel TV transitions, there are several tipping-point differences […]

UHD’s Chicken-Egg Catch-22

New media technologies always present a chicken-egg conundrum. Usually, the Catch-22 is content v. hardware – why would anyone buy the hardware if there’s no content, but why would anyone produce content if no one is buying the new hardware? This was the content/hardware conundrum faced by HDTV, for instance. Broadcasters were hesitant to produce […]

Where’s My OLED HDTV?

For awhile, it seemed, we were free from 1980’s-style vaporware from major equipment manufacturers. Apparently not. At last year’s CES, Samsung and LG elbowed each other over “first-ever” recognition for their respective 55-inch, pencil-thin next-generation OLED HDTVs. Each company intimated, if not outright promised, we’d be knee-deep in OLED HDTVs before the end of this […]

The Importance of Being IFA

Since every tech reporter worth their microSD jack is writing about iPhone 5 this week, I’ll avoid the topic and address more of an industry issue – the increasing importance of the recently concluded IFA electronics show. IFA stands for…something German and unpronounceable (okay, it’s Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin). What it is is the European CES, […]

Where’s Apple HDTV?

The Web is alive with speculation concerning iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini, as well as pending new Kindle Fires from Amazon and maybe its first smartphone, along with lingering when-and-how-much questions about Microsoft’s Surface tablets and the varying Windows 8 editions and Office 2013, Nintendo’s long-awaited release of the Nintendo Wii U, Sony’s PlayStation 4, a […]