HDTV news, Mark Schubin

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In response to a tumult of requests (i.e. one) I intend to post here a weekly message. It's written by Mark Schubin, industry guru in the US. Every week, he posts a collated message detailing the HDTV activity in the US and the rest of the world. It's a gold-mine of useful information and URLs.

Because his messages are rather big, I'd be very grateful if you make responses in other threads, otherwise this thread will get absolutely huge.

Of course, if you choose to ignore that, there's little I can do about it, but at least I tried.

For starters, here are the last two weeks' postings.

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
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Dated 2004/06/01

- Follow-ups:

- Over-the-air cable-like multicasting service - The Emmis-led
Broadcasters Initiative has reportedly more than doubled the number of
participating stations to 350 in 30 groups since the number announced at
the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in April:
http://www.tvweek.com/news/web052704.html#stations

- MPEG LA AVC license fees -
- I am told by someone who should know that the one-time
encoder fees are truly one-time, with no issue of renewal.
- That covers free broadcasts. Someone at a pay-TV company
had a different point of view in a message to me: "From my perspective,
MPEG-LA may have just killed AVC."

- Australian DTT set-top boxes - The list was updated on May 27.
There are now 36 models, just five of which are HD. The prices have not
changed:
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- DTT on mobile phones - There's a European Union project that has
made a multimillion-Euro grant:
http://www.eetuk.com/tech/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=21100319

- July 1 -
- There's exactly one month to go to the start of the
CableCARD and DTT-reception-circuitry mandates.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets:
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- JVC AV36AF54 36-inch flat-screen TV @ Ultimate $798.95
- Magnavox MS3652 36-inch TV @ Circuit City $449.99
- Sharp 36US50 36-inch TV @ Best Buy $449.99
- Toshiba 36-inch TV @ Sears $599.99
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Apex AT2708 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $179.99
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Magnavox 27MS343S 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $69.99
- Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $109.99
- Mystery brand 20-inch TV @ CompUSA $79.99 after rebate
- Mystery brand 20-inch TV @ Fry's $89
- Daewoo DV6T8748 DVD/VCR combo @ CompUSA $99.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $84.99 after rebate
- Sansui DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $94.99
- Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $129.99
- Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- LiteOn DVD+R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $199.99 after rebate
- Philips DVDR75 DVD+R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $299.99
- Pioneer DVR-225 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
- Replay TV RPTV5500 40-hour PVR @ Graffiti $129
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Sylvania 6313CD/CE 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Ultimate $98.95
- Toshiba MV13P2 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Action ACN5503 5-inch TV/AM/FM @ Circuit City $89.99
- jWIN JV-TV1010 5-inch TV/AM/FM @ Graffiti $17.88

- May 1 - Neither the NAB nor the Association of Public Television
Stations (APTS) has updated its lists this week, but the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) has (as of May 26):
- 1642 stations (97%) have received either construction
permits or licenses for DTT, and 1423 U.S. DTT stations are said to be
on the air (more than 200 more than the NAB lists):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the 40 top-10-market stations
due on the air May 1, 1999; 38 are fully licensed and two are operating
on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has been no change in the 79 market 11-30 stations due
on the air November 1, 1999; 72 are fully licensed and seven are
operating on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- The FCC says 263 non-commercial U.S. DTT stations are in
operation; APTS still lists only 246:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
- These are the 781 stations listed as operating on temporary
authority (at low power):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html
- These are the 642 said to be either fully licensed or
operating on program-test authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology says the FCC's CDBS database
listed 524 fully licensed U.S. DTT stations as of May 23:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=452

- More than seven years after it laid down a timetable for the DTT
transition, the FCC has finally decided to "seek comment on options for
minimizing the disruption to consumers when the switch-over to digital
broadcasting occurs. We are primarily concerned with those households
that rely exclusively on over-the-air broadcasting for their television
service, but we seek comment more broadly on minimizing the impact on
all consumers. First, we seek comment on the identity of those
consumers that rely on over-the-air television broadcasting and why they
do not subscribe to a pay television service. Second, we seek comment
on potential options for minimizing the impact on these and other
consumers when broadcasters are operating solely in digital." Comments
are due July 12 with replies due August 5:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-041497A1.doc
That's all reasonable except that the FCC is examining only TV
sets. Some consumers also "rely... on over-the-air broadcasting" for
their VCRs, PVRs, DVD recorders, computer tuner cards, and TV-band
radios. I use one of the last on most of the live shows on which I work.

- The May 2004 issue of The Standard from the Advanced Television
Systems Committee (ATSC) has come out. It has extensive information on
the E-AC-3 audio standard:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/newsletter/ATSC_Newsletter-15.pdf

- There's an interesting article by Karen Brown on 1080p in the online
version of the cable publication Communications Engineering Digest:
http://www.cedmagazine.com/ced/2004/0604/06e.htm

- International H/DTV news:

- Taiwan Television Enterprise was to have begun DTT broadcasts today:
http://www.taiwanglobe.com/p/95/45a5d4f1098c66.html?id=WNATa56bfc52b98fef6dd5c61cc980bb7c43

- The CableLabs newsletter has a story on video over DSL in Europe:
http://www.cablelabs.com/news/newsletter/SPECS/AprMay_2004/story7.html

- There's a report available on the ITU regional
radiocommunications conference on digital broadcasting:
http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2004/13.html

- A report on the latest Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) open
house mentions their UHDTV system, but there doesn't seem to be anything
new:
http://www.idg.com.sg/idgwww.nsf/0/BEEA22FE29B63CA248256EA6000DCA8F?OpenDocument

- Sony's 4k (horizontal-resolution) SXRD projector has gotten some press:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/31/technology/31projector.html
http://www.idg.com.sg/idgwww.nsf/0/FCCA751C6D13A12348256EA6000F464C?OpenDocument
But this article says the one to wait for is still their GLV system
(for which we've been waiting a LONG time):
http://www.arnnet.com.au/index.php?id=1835460307&fp=2&fpid=1

- Screen Digest's May issue notes more digital-projection theater
screens in Asia than in North America:
http://www.screendigest.com

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were down 68%
for the first 19 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003.
Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were UP 2%. My ten-week running average
for them was up 1.8%.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 19th
week were 56,907 units. For the first 19 weeks of the year, there were
1,394,576 units. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 14.8% of the
TVs (not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers so far
this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. Over 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold so far this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the Samsung at J&R.

- The ads - I think Best Buy's 27-inch Advent for $449.99 and Fry's
Samsung 27-inch might be new low prices for sets said to be HDTV. FYI,
not in the ads but according to a correspondent, Samsung's 26-inch
integrated HDTV is selling for $699 at both Best Buy and Target in
Plano, Texas. Best Buy once again advertised the Sanus Systems "Digital
TV Stand." J&R called the Panasonic TH-42PC25U/P and TH-50PX25U
monitors even though the ads noted that they included both ATSC and NTSC
"tuners."
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499.99
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999.99
- Samsung HLN-5065W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $649.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Sony KV32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $699.99
- Sony KV36FS100 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Toshiba 57H93 57-inch 16:9 CRT integrated proj. DTV $1999.99
- Big Screen Store (Washington Post, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi 73-inch 16:9 projection TV $2999
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Audiovox 15-inch direct-view LCD TV $429.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1529.99
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT-47WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX20U/P 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99
- Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Dell (various papers, no disclaimer):
- Dell 2200MP projector $899
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $630
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Brand Name" projection TV $1499
- Mitsubishi WS-55413 55-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1999
- Samsung 27-inch 4:3 direct-view TV $399
- Samsung HLN-5065 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS 65413 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1949
- Philips 42FD9935 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KV34HS510 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1699
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson PowerLite Home 10 projector
- JVC HM-DH4000U D-VHS recorder $649.99
- Panasonic TC-17LA1 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $749.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV
- Samsung SIR-T165 ATSC receiver/decoder $399.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Toshiba 30HF83 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99
- Toshiba TLP-ET1 projector $1044.99
- Zenith P42W34 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU-42PZ60 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3498
- LG DU52SZ61D 61-inch projection TV $3298
- LG RU-44SX61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1898
- Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2798
- Panasonic PT-60LC13 60-inch LCD projection TV $3998
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3998
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5998
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7998
- Sony KF-50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3298
- Sony KF-60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3998
- MyerEmco (Washington Post, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS48413 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $3999
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2999
- ViewSonic VPW450HD 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Provideo (Washington Post, no disclaimer):
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Sony 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299
- Sony 51-inch projection TV $1399
- Sears (no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54713 $1399.99
- Philips 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54333 $1699.99
- Samsung 26-inch 16:9 direct-view TV, Sears #45063 $569.99
- Samsung 43-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV, Sears #54073 $2849.99
- Ultimate Electronics (no disclaimer noticed):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $898.95**
- Hitachi 46F500 46-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1349.95
- JVC AV48WP74 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1198.95
- JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.95
- Mitsubishi WS48513 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1799.95
- Mitsubishi WS55813 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3149.95
- Mitsubishi WS65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2519.95
- Panasonic CT32HL43 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $898.95
- Samsung HPN5039 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999.95
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1499.95
- Sony KDP57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith P42W22B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95**
** price after mail-in rebate
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG MU50PZ90V 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4997
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2797
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3297
- Sony KDE50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8997

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 19 weeks of 2004 were up 2.7% over the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was up 1.3%.

- CompUSA had ads for DVD movies at 6 for $29.97 and DVD-R blank at
100 for $19.98. Fry's advertised DVD players for $29 without need of
rebate.

- The BBC is reportedly making its archive available on the Internet:
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,39020369,39156023,00.htm

- Here's the Government Accounting Office report on spectrum management:
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-04-666
Here are just the highlights:
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d04666high.pdf

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- June 3, Montgomery, Alabama, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/18_Montgomery.htm.
- June 4-6, Dallas Convention Center, HD Expo http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- June 5-11, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, InfoComm
http://infocomm03.expoexchange.com/.
- June 7, Tampa, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/19_Tampa.htm.
- June 9, Miami, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/20_Miami.htm.
- June 11, West Palm Beach, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/21_WPalm_Beach.htm.
- *June 11-13, Universal City Studios, Cine Gear Expo
http://www.cinegearexpo.com.
- June 14, Jacksonville, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/22_Jacksonville.htm.
- June 14, Panavision, Woodland Hills, California, ETC Charles
Poynton Seminar http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- June 14-18, Milwaukee Area Technical College, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/June2004/June2004.htm.
- June 15-18, Singapore Expo, Broadcast Asia 2004, Audio Technology
2004, CableSat 2004, ComGraphics & Animation 2004, CommunicAsia 2004,
EnterpriseIT 2004 http://www.broadcast-asia.com/.
- June 16, Atlanta, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/23_Atlanta.htm.
- June 18, Huntsville, Alabama, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/24_Huntsville.htm.
- June 21, Nashville, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/25_Nashville.htm.
- *June 21-24, RAI, Amsterdam, Cinema Expo http://www.cinemaexpo.com.
- June 23, Knoxville, Tennessee, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/26_Knoxville.htm.
- June 24-26, Toronto, Joint Technical Symposium (archiving and
preservation) http://www.jts2004.org/english/index_en.htm.
- June 25, Greenville, South Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/27_Greenville.htm.
- June 28, Charlotte, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/28_Charlotte.htm.
- June 30, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/29_Raleigh-Durham.htm.
- July 6, Baltimore-Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/30_Baltimore-Washington.htm.
- July 8, Philadelphia, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/31_Philadelphia.htm.
- July 12, New Haven, Connecticut, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/32_New_Haven.htm.
- July 14, Boston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/33_Boston.htm.
- July 16, Eastern New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/34_Up_State_NY.htm.
- July 19, Binghamton, New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/35_Binghamton.htm.
- July 19-23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
- July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm.
- July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm.
- July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm.
- July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm.
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm.
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government
Video Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo.
Next week's memo might be late. There will be no memo the week of June
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Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
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http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

Alan Roberts
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Dated 2004/06/08
Reminder: There will be no memo next week, and IF there's a memo the
following week, it will be very late.

- Follow-ups:

- Australian DTT set-top receivers - The latest list has six HD models
out of 37:
www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- Taiwan DTT - Five broadcasters have begun transmissions before the
official launch date, two offering programming to cars:
www.dtg.org.uk/news/world/-taiwan_jump_gun.htm

- Sony's 4k digital-cinema projector - This is typical of many stories,
that Sony's work is nice but TI doesn't think it will affect them much:
finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=41803063

- MPEG LA's license terms for AVC - The Technical Committee of the World
Broadcasting Unions is not impressed by the $2500 one-time encoder
payment. "Despite this concession, the WBU-TC has unanimously concluded
that the MPEG-4 AVC licensing terms remain extremely onerous for
free-to-air broadcasters. The WBU-TC suggests that free-to-air
broadcasters should be exempted from charges for use of MPEG-4 AVC. In
the absence of such an exemption, the WBU-TC may recommend that the
worlds major broadcasters should not use MPEG-4 AVC":
www.nabanet.com/WBU_TC_MPEG.pdf

- The Emmis-led Broadcasters Initiative and USDTV - The former might try
to acquire the latter:
www.cableworld.com/ct/archives/0604/0604_weather.html

- UHDV - Many media outlets are reporting on it now; Monday Memo readers
saw it reported long ago:
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/03/technology/circuits/03next.html?8cir

- July 1 - See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets:
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- Sharp 25-inch TV @ Fry's $119.99
- Daewoo DTQ2754FC 27-inch TV @ Target $169.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Toshiba 27-inch TV @ Fry's $199
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Sylvania 13-inch TV @ Sears $89.99
- Daewoo DTQ20U4SC 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $129.99
- Mystery brand 13-inch TV/DVD combo @ OfficeMax $99.99 after rebate
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $299.99
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Ultimate $298.95
- Philips DVD recorder @ Fry's $299
- DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- DVD/VCR combo @ OfficeMax $89.99
- GoVideo DVD/VCR combo @ Ultimate $98.95
- Polaroid DVC-2010 DVD/VCR combo @ Target $99
- Sylvania DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $89.98
- Sylvania DVC860E DVD/VCR combo @ amazon.com $99.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Daewoo DVQ-13H1FC 13-inch TV/VCR combo $99.99
- Mystery brand 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- Sylvania 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99

- May 1 -
- Neither the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the National
Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated their lists this week.
- The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) has updated its
list to 247 non-commercial U.S. DTT stations, still well below the FCC
figure of 263:
www.apts.org/html/digital/dtv/ptv_digitalstations.htm
- Doug Lung's RF Report says the FCC CDBS database listed 529 fully
licensed U.S. DTT stations as of June 6:
www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=466

- There are no H/DTV items on agenda of June 10 FCC meeting:
hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248013A1.pdf

- The House Telecommunications Subcommittee held a hearing on U.S. DTT
last week. Here are some reports on it:
bth.broadcastengineering.com/june_7/#
www.twice.com/article/CA422995?display=Breaking+News
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040602/pl_nm/congress_digitaltv_dc_2
www.tvweek.com/news/web060204.html#lawmakers
www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=461
www.twice.com/article/CA422995?display=Breaking+News
The big news was that Representative Joe Barton, who chairs the parent
House Energy and Commerce Committee, said it was so important to recover
the TV spectrum that Congress should consider buying receivers for those
who can't afford them, thereby keeping the 2006 analog cut-off date.
Only TV Technology reported that by the end of the hearing the only
representative who hadn't left the room was the subcommittee chair Fred
Upton:
www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2039
- Here's the NAB point of view:
www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/testimonies/FrittsDTV060204.asp
- Here's that of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association:
www.ncta.com/pdf_files/robert_sachs_testimony_6-02-04.pdf
- Here's the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). It's interesting in
that CEA is joining NAB in calling for cable and satellite to provide
full carriage of DTT (by January 2009):
www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10470

- Sinclair Broadcast Group praised Zenith's 5th-generation ATSC receiver
this week, saying that it seems to have solved indoor reception issues:
www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-08-2004/0002189302&EDATE=
I, too, am very impressed with the receiver, but I'd prefer to see it
tested in my apartment before saying it's solved indoor reception.

- Cox is adding local HD ads to its cable systems in Rhode Island:
www.cedmagazine.com/cedailydirect/2004/0604/cedaily040607.htm#1

- CBS has long been known for its HDTV; now it wants its affiliates to
do multicasting. The full stories require paid subscriptions, but the
abstracts may be sufficient:
www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA423590?verticalid=311&industry=Top+of+the+Week&industryid=1024
www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/television/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000525264
It may be worth noting that, depending on how it's done and how many
simultaneous streams are provided, multicasting can preclude HDTV.

- More free digital screenings at the Entertainment Technology Center's
Hollywood Pacific Theater lab: "Shrek 2" on Monday (June 14) and "The
Day After Tomorrow" on June 28. You must register first:
www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp

- Those attending the Joint Technical Symposium in Toronto get to go to
a free screening of the restored FILM print of "The Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly," with a discussion of the restoration process, on the 25th:
www.jts2004.org/english/schedule.html

- DisplaySearch has issued a call for papers for its HDTV Forum 2004, to
be held August 24-26. Abstracts are to be submitted by June 30 to
kendra@displaysearch.com

- David Pogue had a story on Voom in this week's "Circuits" section of
The New York Times. I couldn't help offering the opening paragraph
(which has essentially nothing to do with Voom):
"Let's face it: those $5,000 plasma screens are popular not just because
they're high-definition TV sets but also because they're status symbols.
Look at Gateway's 42-inch $3,000 plasma screen, a runaway hit even
though it can't actually display images in high definition. At this
rate, someone will surely come up with a $200 plasma screen that doesn't
even turn on. It would just hang on the wall and look cool":
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/03/technology/circuits/03stat.html

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were down
66.4% for the first 20 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in
2003. Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were UP 2.7%. My ten-week running
average for them was up 4.3%.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 20th week
were 60,443 units. For the first 20 weeks of the year, there were
1,455,019 units. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 14.7% of the
TVs (not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers so far
this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. Over 85% of the
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold so far this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the LG and Samsung at
J&R.

- The ads - My Los Angeles correspondent was out of town this week.
The DTT-reception premium at Ultimate for the Mitsubishi WS55613 over
the WS55313 was just $270 this week -- and there's a model in between.
Ultimate called an integrated set a monitor, but only at Ultimate did
there seem to be an increase in the number of integrated sets.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer):
- Toshiba 30HF83 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $799.99
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$400 gift card $3999.99
- Mystery brand plasma TV $2499.99
- Optoma EZPRO 732 projector $1199.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 TV w/$50 gift card $699.99
- Sharp 32F641 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $499.99
- Sharp LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD TV w/$400 gift card $3999.99
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $5999.99
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $7999.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$300 gift card $3299.99
- Sony KP57WS510 57-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$200 gift card $1999.99
- Toshiba 26HL83P 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$300 gift card $2999.99
- Toshiba 46H83 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 gift card $1899.99
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5399.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2969.99
- Hitachi 51F500A 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1529.99
- Hitachi 57F500A 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $939.99
- RCA HD61LPW42 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3509.99
- Samsung HLN507W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3149.99
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $584.99
- Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2519.99
- Samsung TXN3245FP 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $629.99
- Sharp LC15B4US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $674.99
- Sharp LC20B4US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1079.99
- Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1529.99
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1529.99
- Sony KV32HS510 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1169.99
- Sony KV34XBR910 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $2249.99
- Sony KV36HS510 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1619.99
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699
- Fry's (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS-55413 55-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699
- Philips 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2199.99
- Philips 60-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- RCA HD50LPW151 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2999
- Samsung HLN-5065W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Sony KV-32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $599
- Toshiba 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1699
- Home Theater Store (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer):
- LG 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- LG 60-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi 42-inch 16:9 TV $999
- Mitsubishi 48-inch 16:9 TV $1299
- Mitsubishi 65-inch 16:9 TV $1899
- Samsung 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Samsung 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Sony 42-inch LCD projection TV $2499
- Sony 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $449.99
- Panasonic TC-15LT1 15-inch 16:9 LCD TV
- Philips 20PF7835 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.99
- Samsung SIR-T165 ATSC receiver/decoder $379.99
- Sharp LC-37HV4U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $4599.99
- Toshiba 30HF83 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $499.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
- Sears (no disclaimers):
- Hitachi 50-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54759 $3299.99
- Philips 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54333 $1799.99
- Samsung 42-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54003 $999.99
- Sony 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54604 $1499.99
- Ultimate Electronics (no disclaimer):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3699.95
- Mitsubishi WS48313 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.95
- Mitsubishi WS55313 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1709.95
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1979.95
- Mitsubishi WS65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2519.95
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4049.95
- Panasonic CT32HL43 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $798.95
- Panasonic PT47WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999.85**
- Panasonic PT50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.95
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4084.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6174.95
- Sony KDP57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.95
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4249.95
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3099.95
- Zenith C34W37 34-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT cable/DTV $1619.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith L20V26 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $749.95
- Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1709.95
- Zenith P42W22B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2498.95
** price includes home theater sound package

- DVD news: According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for
the first 20 weeks of 2004 were up 4.2% over the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was flat.

- The Consumer Electronics Association has issued a call for speakers
for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES):
www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10482

- There's also a call for papers for the IEEE Consumer Communications
and Networking Conference, taking place just before CES
www.ieee-ccnc.org/

- Ed DiGiulio, involved in the development of Steadicam, Showscan, and
many other products, including an HD telecine, died on Friday. Memorial
services will be held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park
and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Avenue, Westwood Village, 310-474-1579, on
Saturday at 1 p.m.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- June 9, Miami, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/20_Miami.htm.
- June 11, West Palm Beach, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/21_WPalm_Beach.htm.
- June 11-13, Universal City Studios, Cine Gear Expo
www.cinegearexpo.com.
- June 14, Jacksonville, Florida, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/22_Jacksonville.htm.
- June 14, Panavision, Woodland Hills, California, ETC Charles Poynton
Seminar www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- June 14-18, Milwaukee Area Technical College, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings www.fibush.net/smpte/June2004/June2004.htm.
- June 15-18, Singapore Expo, Broadcast Asia 2004, Audio Technology
2004, CableSat 2004, ComGraphics & Animation 2004, CommunicAsia 2004,
EnterpriseIT 2004 www.broadcast-asia.com/.
- June 16, Atlanta, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/23_Atlanta.htm.
- June 18, Huntsville, Alabama, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/24_Huntsville.htm.
- June 21, Nashville, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/25_Nashville.htm.
- June 21-24, RAI, Amsterdam, Cinema Expo www.cinemaexpo.com.
- June 23, Knoxville, Tennessee, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/26_Knoxville.htm.
- June 24-26, Toronto, Joint Technical Symposium (archiving and
preservation) www.jts2004.org/english/index_en.htm.
- June 25, Greenville, South Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/27_Greenville.htm.
- June 28, Charlotte, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/28_Charlotte.htm.
- June 30, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/29_Raleigh-Durham.htm.
- July 6, Baltimore-Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/30_Baltimore-Washington.htm.
- July 8, Philadelphia, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/31_Philadelphia.htm.
- July 12, New Haven, Connecticut, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/32_New_Haven.htm.
- July 14, Boston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/33_Boston.htm.
- July 16, Eastern New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/34_Up_State_NY.htm.
- July 19, Binghamton, New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/35_Binghamton.htm.
- July 19-23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
- July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm.
- July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm.
- July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm.
- July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm.
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm.
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- *August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch HDTV
Forum 2004 www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting Convention
www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
bee.jesa.or.jp.
- *January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference on
Consumer Electronics www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

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- Follow-ups:

- USDTV boxes - Here is one user's report:
http://technology360.typepad.com/technology360/2004/06/usdigital_dtv_s_1.html

- Sinclair and the 5th-generation Zenith ATSC receiver - I spoke
extensively with Sinclair's Mark Aitken today, and he described how the
receiver worked in tough locations I had visited during the earlier
Sinclair tests. It certainly seems to him to have worked about as well
as the COFDM receivers used then.

- July 1 - See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated
sets:
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Magnavox 36-inch TV @ Fry's $399
- Magnavox MS3625 36-inch TV @ Circuit City $549.99
- Toshiba 36A43 36-inch TV w/stand @ Best Buy $599.99
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Apex AT2708 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $199.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Toshiba 27A34 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $229.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Apex AT1308 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $64.99
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20MS233S 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $109.99
- Daewoo DTQ20U4SC 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $129.99
- Magnavox 20MS3442 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $149.99
- Sylvania 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $119.99
- Daewoo DV6T874B DVD/VCR combo @ CompUSA $99.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $99.99
- Philips DVD750VR DVD/VCR combo @ CompUSA $119.99
- Sansui DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Toshiba SDV492 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $119.99
- Zenith XBV442 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- Zenith XBV443 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $109.99
- Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $279.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $269.99
- Panasonic DMR-E505 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ CompUSA $299.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Broksonic CTSGT9369T 19-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $159.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio GBOXTV980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Casio SY-4000 4-inch LCD TV @ J&R $179.99
- Curtis RT068 5-inch TV w/radio @ Best Buy $19.99
- Sony DNF400PSGR AM/FM/Weather/TV/CD portable @ Best Buy $79.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/Weather/TV/CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/Weather/TV/CD portable @ Circuit City $99.99
- Sony SRFM80V AM/FM/Weather/TV/stopwatch portable @ Best Buy
$49.99

- May 1 -
- Despite the long delay since the last memo, neither the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the National Association of
Broadcasters (NAB) has updated its lists.
- Doug Lung's RF Update in TV Technology reported 533 licensed
U.S. DTT stations listed in the FCC CDBS database as of June 19:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=481
- The Association of Public Television Stations now lists 263
non-commercial DTT stations operating in the U.S.:
http://www.apts.org/html/digital/dtv/ptv_digitalstations.htm

- There's a story on public-television datacasting in the
public-broadcasting publication Current:
http://www.current.org/dtv/dtv0410datacast.shtml

- Here's a story on the recent U.S. Senate hearing on DTT:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2056

- Many people contacted me about their being impressed with the
Panavision Genesis digital-cinematography camera shown at CineGear
Expo. Like ARRI's D20, it appears to use a 35-mm-frame-sized imager.
Reports say it has over 12 million pixels:
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/index.php?showtopic=1308&st=0
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/columns/tech_reporter_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000527425

- International H/DTV news:

- Britain's Sky satellite service plans to offer HDTV in 2006:
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds14675.html

- Sky also plans a free-to-view service said to have up to 200
channels or just 116 (compared to Freeview's 30):
[url=http://http://www.primezone.com/newsroom/news_releases.mhtml?d=58868
It's possible that it will cost something after two years:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3794443.stm
Roughly 97% of UK households are said to have access to the service
vs. 73% of UK households having access to all Freeview channels and
another 7% to some:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3793471.stm

- According to some reports, the UK Freeview DTT service is now in
four million UK households:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3815971.stm
The figure was reportedly disputed in the Guardian, but I don't
have a URL for that.

- Free DTT is to start in France on March 1 of next year with pay
channels following six months later:
http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/June7_11.htm#frenchdtt

- Australia's commercial broadcasters have differing plans for
their DTT channels IF they're allowed to implement them:
http://entertainment.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4459,9787380%255E10229%255E%255Enbv,00.html

- There are concerns in Australia about receiver quality:
http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9865260%255E15306,00.html

- Finland's commercial broadcasters are to start DTT in August and
September, by which time they should be serving 94% of the population:
http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/world/-finland_94percent.htm

- Auto-parts maker Visteon is offering mobile DTT receivers in Germany:
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-24-2004/0002199582&EDATE=

- On a street corner in Xi'an, China last week, I saw an ad for
some sort of "1080p" TV.

- The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has come up with a
recommended practice for receiver performance in areas of sensitivity,
overload, phase noise, selectivity, and multipath. It also suggests a
smart-antenna interface. The first URL is for the press release. The
second is for the 67-page recommended practice:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_Receiver_RP_June2004.htm
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_74.pdf
This next URL is a spreadsheet relating to success of demodulating
certain captured signals. Many were not:
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_74_RF_capture_spreadsheet.xls

- ATSC also has a candidate standard that will allow receivers to be
upgraded with downloaded software in the field. Again, the first URL is
the press release and the second the 16-page candidate standard:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_Download_CS.htm
http://www.atsc.org/standards/cs_documents/cs_97.pdf

- An article by Eric Taub in the New York Times "Circuits" section last
week suggests that there are still (at least before sales of the
5th-generation Zenith receiver) significant ATSC reception problems.
FYI, he contacted me, but I was out of town, so I contributed absolutely
nothing to the story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/24/technology/circuits/24hdtv.html?th

- Samsung says that if its receivers are not upgraded to include
"broadcast flag" software, users may have trouble getting even
"unprotected content":
http://www.samsungusa.com/stb_upgrade/
One posting on the OpenDTV Forum suggested problems are already
occurring:
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/06-2004/msg00255.html

- Sony has been sued for aspect-ratio burn-in:
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=42104003

- Proposals for papers for the IEEE Conference on Consumer Electronics
(ICCE) will be accepted until July 15:
http://www.icce.org/

- According to iSuppli/Stanford Resources, worldwide TV shipments in the
first quarter were 38.5 million, of which 1.6 million were LCD:
http://www.eetuk.com/mr/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=22101631

- NPD Intelect, which measures sales to consumers (except Wal-Mart,
catalogs, and Internet) reported 404,660 CRT-based projection TVs in the
first quarter and 56,623 microdisplay-based (DLP and different forms of
LCD) projection TVs. LCD 27-inch and up exceeded plasma. But CRT still
has a roughly 11 times more units sold than non-CRT:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA428356.html?verticalid=820&industry=Video&industryid=23099&pubdate=06/21/2004

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were down
64.8% for the first 21 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in
2003. Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were UP 4.1%. My ten-week running
average for them was up 6%. For the first 22 weeks it was -65.7%, 0.1%,
and -7.6%. For the first 23 weeks it was -64.5%, -0.5%, -7.5%.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 21st
week were 125,992 units, for the 22nd week 47,300 units, and for the
23rd week 51,182 units. For the first 23 weeks of the year, there were
1,679,493 units. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15% of the TVs
(not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers so far
this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 23rd week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I saw FOUR! And the prices of two of
them were $299.99.

- The ads - These are three weeks worth except only two weeks from
Minneapolis (by my request, to keep my inbox clear). With the scheduled
"tuner mandate" kicking in on Thursday, most of the advertised sets are
still not capable of DTT reception:
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Daewoo DP-42SM 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $949.99
- JVC LT23X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1804.99
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 gift card $3999.99
- Mitsubishi WS-48313 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99**
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499.99**
- Mystery brand 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
- Mystery brand 42-inch plasma TV w/$200 gift card $2499.99
- Panasonic CT-27HL14 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $526.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99**
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integ. plasma DTV w/$400 GC $5999.99
- Philips 17PF9936 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $899.99**
- Philips 30PF9946 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2849.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/stand $799.99
- Pioneer PDP4341HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6174.99
- Prima (Advent?) HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449.99
- RCA D52W15 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1234.99
- Samsung HLN-5065W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $569.99
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $649.99**
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99**
- Samsung SIR-TS360 ATSC/DirecTV receiver/decoder $299.99
- Sharp LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV w/$200 GC $2749.99***
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4749.99
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$400 gift card $5999.99
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $7999.99
- Sony KLV23HR1 23-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2184.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $3299.99**
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99**
- Sony KP57WS510 57-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1999.99
- Sony KP65WS510 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2499.99**
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 gift card $999.99
- Sony KV32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $664.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch direct-view CRT TV w/stand $999.99
- Sony KV36FS100 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $949.99
- Toshiba 26HL83P 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2699.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5224.99
- Toshiba 46H83 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99**
- Toshiba 57H93 57-inch 16:9 CRT integrated proj. DTV $1999.99
** price includes leather recliner and ottoman
*** price after mail-in rebate
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5399.99****
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2969.99
- Hitachi 51F500A 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1624.99
- Hitachi 57F500A 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Motorola HDT100/HDT101 set-top ATSC receiver/decoder $299.99
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1324.99
- Panasonic PT50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $1024.99
- Panasonic TH42PX20U/TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99****
- Philips 15PF9936 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $629.99
- RCA 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1424.99
- RCA HD61LPW42 61-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3509.99
- Samsung HLN507W/HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.99
- Samsung HLN617W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4049.99
- Samsung LTN1565 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Samsung TXN2775HF 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $539.99
- Samsung TXN3075WHF 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Samsung TXN3275HF 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $809.99
- Sharp LC13B4US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $499.99
- Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1624.99
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99****
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1624.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1424.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1529.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV32HS510 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $924.99
- Sony KV36HS510 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1424.99
**** price includes basic installation after rebate
- CompUSA (disclaimers one week):
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99
- Hitachi 51F500 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 gift card
$1799.99
- Panasonic PT-47WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.99*****
- Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 gift card
$2999.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX20U/P 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99*****
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3799.99*****
- Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99*****
- Sharp LC20B4US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$50 gift card $899.99
***** price includes DVD/VCR 5.1-channel home-theater sound system
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699
- Dell 2200MP projector $810
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS-55413 55-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Samsung HLN617W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Sony KDP-57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- JVC PD42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Philips 34PW9819 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1699##
- Philips 42FP9954 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Philips 50FD9955 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999
- Philips 55PL977S 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2699
- Samsung LTN226WX 22-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1199
- Sony KDP57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699##
- Sony KV30HS510 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999##
- ViewSonic N2700W 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $2499##
## price includes DVD portable
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P1 47-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3499
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3999
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3299
- Hitachi 60V500 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT-47WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Panasonic PT-53TW53 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599
- Panasonic PT53WX53 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599
- Panasonic PT56TW53 56-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799
- Panasonic PT60LC13 60-inch LCD projection TV $3299
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699
- Toshiba 46HX83 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399
- Toshiba 51HX83 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Toshiba 57HX83 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899
- Toshiba 65HX83 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2199
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC AV-20P475 20-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $229.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99
- Panasonic TC-15LT1 15-inch 16:9 LCD TV $699.99
- Panasonic TC-22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1699.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX20U 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6299.99
- Philips 36PT842H 36-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $1299.99
- Samsung 710MP 17-inch LCD TV $539.99***
- Samsung DVD-L1200 12-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo
- Samsung HLN507W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung HLN617W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung HPN5039 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Sharp LC-30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2999.99
- Sharp LC-37HV4U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $4299.99
- Toshiba 34HF83 34-inch (called "36") 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1499.00
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Toshiba DST3100 ATSC/DirecTV/NTSC receiver $499.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $699.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
*** price after mail-in rebate
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU-42PZ60 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3498
- LG DU-50PZ60 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6498
- LG RU-42PZ90 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2998
- LG RU-20LA61 20-inch direct-view LCD TV $998
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- LG RU-48SZ40 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $3498
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $3298
- Magnolia (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi PD4225S 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499
- Mitsubishi PD5030 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Mitsubishi WS-55413 55-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999
- Panasonic TH42PA20U 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Panasonic TH50PX20U 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Pioneer PDP-5030 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Samsung HLN437 43-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799
- Samsung HLN567 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WT-42311 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $985
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54713 $1399.99
- Hitachi 57-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54733 $1999.99
- Philips 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54333 $1799.99
- Samsung 43-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV, Sears #54073 $2999.99
- Sony 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54604 $1499.99
- Sony 51-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54623 $1699.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer noticed):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3699.95
- JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.95
- Mitsubishi WS55313 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1979.95
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1979.95
- Panasonic PT47WX53/34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1198.95
- Panasonic PT50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.95
- Panasonic 60-inch LCD projection TV $3499.95
- Panasonic TC17LA1 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $749.95
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1899.95
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4084.95
- Panasonic TH50PX20U 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6174.95
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3134.95
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799.95
- Samsung HPN5039 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999.95
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1499.95
- Sharp LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2999.95
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7599.95
- Sony KDP57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.95
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.95
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch direct-view CRT TV $899.95
- Zenith C34W37 34-inch 16:9 integ. direct-view CRT cable/DTV $1619.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith L20V26C 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $749.95
- Zenith P42W22B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2298.95
- Zenith P42W34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2159.95
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU42PZ60 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3497
- LG MU50PZ90 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5997
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2427
- Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $6997
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3997
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5497
- Sony KE-42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5997
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2797
- Sony SAT-HD300 ATSC/NTSC/DirecTV set-top receiver $397

- Tech-Notes #125 has come out:
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_125.pdf

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 21 weeks of 2004 were up 3.4% over the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was up 0.9%. For the first 22 weeks it was
DOWN 3.6% and down 18.5%. For the first 23 weeks, it was down 3% and
down 18%. It's the end of an era. Sigh.

- NPD Techworld reports that consumer DVD-player prices fell by
almost 10% last month:
http://www.npdtechworld.com/techServlet?nextpage=pr_body_it.html&content_id=1068

- The physical spec of HD DVD has been approved:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=QA3XDO3N1ZV1QQSNDBCSKHQ?articleID=22100666

- Hollywood, based on remarks at the recent Home Entertainment
Summit, seems to be in no rush for a prerecorded HD consumer disk system.
- "We're in no real hurry to align ourselves with one format,"
said Buena Vista's Bob Chapek. "We're comfortably on the fence," said
MGM's David Bishop. "We would all be doing ourselves a disservice if we
stepped on the growth curve of DVD," said Lion's Gate's Steve Beeks.
And, according to Fox's Mike Dunn, DVD "is still a sexy format":
http://www.uemedia.net/CPC/videography/article_8631.shtml

- EchoStar's DISH network has hit 10 million subscribers:
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/altavista/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040614005438&newsLang=en

- SBC is planning to deliver HD via its phone network using Microsoft
technology:
http://www.nypost.com/business/23541.htm

- The FCC has issued its notice of inquiry for its annual report on
competition in the multichannel vide programming marketplace. Comments
are due July 23, replies August 25:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-136A1.doc

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- June 30, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/29_Raleigh-Durham.htm
- July 6, Baltimore-Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/30_Baltimore-Washington.htm
- July 8, Philadelphia, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/31_Philadelphia.htm
- July 12, New Haven, Connecticut, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/32_New_Haven.htm
- July 14, Boston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/33_Boston.htm
- July 16, Eastern New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/34_Up_State_NY.htm
- July 19, Binghamton, New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/35_Binghamton.htm
- July 19-23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
- July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) [url=http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm>]">http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm>[/url]
- July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm
- July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm
- July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm
- August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm
- August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch
HDTV Forum 2004 http://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention http://www.ibc.org
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government
Video Technology Expo <[url]http://www.GVExpo.com>[/url].
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/
- November 4-7, W
estin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home Entertainment 2004 West
http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp
- *January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and
Networking Conference <[url]">http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/>[/url].
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo.
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Dated: July 12 2004

- Follow-ups:

- Mexico's DTT standard - It's that of the Advanced Television
Systems Committee (ATSC):
http://www.atscforum.org/pr/PR-040707-ATSC-Mexico.pdf

- South Korea's DTT standard - After much debate, they also
reaffirmed the choice of ATSC, though they are considering DVB for
mobile applications:
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200407/200407080021.html
Ministry of Information and Communications official Rha Bong-ha said
analog shut down would be in 2010, when 95% of households are expected
to be DTT-equipped:
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200407/kt2004070817121610230.htm

- CableCARDs and IEEE-1394 - It may be apocryphal, but one
correspondent says a friend of his found incomprehension at a cable
system but kept insisting that they were required by law to provide
Firewire outputs and was rewarded by receiving a fire extinguisher.
After repeatedly getting blank responses from my cable company, Time
Warner Cable of New York City, today I got a response to my question,
"How much does Time Warner get for a CableCARD?" It's $1.75/month here
(where a digital set-top box is $6.75).

- Other cable and H/DTV -
- On its HD-on-demand service, Comcast is reportedly offering
only two movies, "Antarctica HD" and "India: Kingdom of the Tiger":
http://www.tvpredictions.com/comcasthd070704.html
- The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
mid-year report lists just 382 U.S. DTT stations being carried on any
U.S. cable systems but 17 HD cable networks. It divides the U.S. total
multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) universe (97 million
households out of Nielsen's 108.4 million TV households) as of April as
follows:
- 73.3% - Cable
- 23.5% - DBS satellite
- 1.1% - Satellite master-antenna TV (SMATV)
- 0.4% - C-band satellite
- 0.2% - Multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS)
- 1.4% - Other:
http://www.ncta.com/pdf_files/Overview.pdf

- July 1 -
- According to a story in This Week in Consumer Electronics
(TWICE), sales of TV sets with integrated DTT reception had no growth
(or even negative growth) in the first quarter:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA435342.html?verticalid=820&industry=Video&industryid=23099&pubdate=07/12/2004

- For the second week, I saw no ads for inexpensive 36-inch TVs.
- In this week's ads, there were (if I counted right) 50 TVs
36-inch or larger, 12 of which were integrated with DTT reception.
- Here are the ads for inexpensive non-H/DTV sets. See also
the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets:
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Apex AT2708 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Sharp/Jensen 27-inch home-theater system @ Ultimate $297.90**
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Daewoo DTQ13V5FC 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $59.99
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20MS3442 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $149.99
- Sylvania 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $119.99
- Samsung DVDV4600 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $119.99
- Sensory Science SC104 DVD/VCR combo @ Ultimate $88.95
- Toshiba SDV392 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $119.99
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+RW recorder @ J&R $279.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+RW recorder @ Circuit City $249.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- SuperScan 19-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Sears $199.99
- Magnavox 27MDTR20/17 27-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Home Depot $279
** price after rebate

- May 1 - Only the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
updated its list this week. As of the 9th, they said there were 1233
U.S. DTT stations in operation in 207 markets. That's considerably less
than the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1424 (as of June 30)
reported here last week:
http://www.nab.org/newsroom/issues/digitaltv/dtvstations.asp

- There are no H/DTV items on the agenda of the FCC's Technological
Advisory Council meeting on the 28th:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2064A1.pdf

- The FCC is proposing that broadcasters retain recordings of their
broadcasts between 6 am and 10 pm for as long as 90 days to be checked
for obscenity, indecency, and profanity:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-145A1.pdf
At 19.4 Mbps for U.S. DTT stations, that comes to close to 13 terabytes
of storage -- or a bunch of D-VHS tapes; if it's 24 hours, make that
more like 20 TB.

- The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) has
joined the Digital Transition Coalition (of which EchoStar was already a
member).
http://www.twice.com/article/CA434777.html?display=Breaking+News
The Coalition has promoted the satellite industry plan to carry
broadcast HD programming to places where they can't currently do so:
http://www.digitaltransitioncoalition.com/digital/

- International H/DTV news:
- NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) reports shipments of over
a million DTT receivers in seven months:
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=4&id=304882
I haven't seen a recent Consumer Electronics Association report on
similar shipments here, but the time frame will be more like seven years.

- Hong Kong DTT has been delayed by a year (to 2007) to give China a
chance to pick a standard. If they don't by the end of 2006, Hong Kong
will go DVB-T:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200407/10/eng20040710_149123.html
China has reportedly tested five standards but wants to launch DTT
before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing:
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail_frame.cfm?articleid=49200&intcatid=1

- Australia's latest list of set-top DTT receivers shows 19
manufacturers offering 41 models, eight of them HDTV-capable. The least
expensive SD model is A$199 (about US$144). The least-expensive HD
model is A$599 (about US$435):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were down 64%
for the first 25 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003.
Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were down 0.2%. My ten-week running
average for them was down 7.6%. Interestingly, for the 25th week alone,
sales of TV/VCR combos were actually UP 7.9% over last year's 25th week.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 25th
week were 97,666 units. For the first 25 weeks of the year, there were
1,836,801 units. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15% of the TVs
(not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers so far
this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 25th week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
I've been saying that for a while, so some of you may be wondering
how much of the market plasma and LCD represent. Here are CEA figures
for unit TV sales to U.S. dealers this year through April:
- Non-H/DTV direct-view CRT - 6,274,842
- "Digital" direct-view CRT - 232,995
- CRT-based projection - 1,051,415
- Microdisplay projection - 172,047
- Plasma TVs - 158,324
- "Digital" LCD TVs* - 370,505
* - differentiated primarily from hand-held LCD TVs
For global shipments, here, again, is iSupply/Stanford Resources for
the first quarter of 2004 in thousands:
- Direct-view CRT TVs - 11,186
- CRT rear projection - 1,001
- Direct-view LCD TV - 365
- Plasma TV - 356
- Microdisplay projection TV - 265
- Home front projector - 106
http://www.twice.com/article/CA428356.html?verticalid=820&industry=Video&industryid=23099&pubdate=06/21/2004

To qualify 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. Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I saw none this week.

- The ads - Best Buy introduced a "Reward Zone" program with points and
certificates ($95 on a $2500 item), but, because they don't mention
certificate values for all items, I haven't included them. Ultimate
called the Mitsubishi WS55613 a monitor.
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Daewoo DP-42SM 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499.99
- RCA D52W15 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KV32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $599.99
- Sony KV36FS210 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $899.99
- Audiovox FP1500 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3099.99
- Hitachi 51F500A 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699.99
- Hitachi 57F500A 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1999.99
- Panasonic PT50LC13/PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Philips 26PW8402 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $599.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $649.99
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $999.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99***
- Samsung TXN3075WHF 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Sharp LC20B4US/LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $11998.99
- Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99***
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Sony KV34HS510 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1999.99
*** price includes basic installation
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Brand" 51-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499
- Philips 42FD9954 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Sony KDP-57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299
- Panasonic PT53X54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599
- Panasonic PT56TW53 56-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799
- Panasonic TH37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $3299
- Panasonic TH42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4099.99
- Philips 23PF9945 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Samsung TX-P2745P 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Toshiba 32AF44 32-inch direct-view CRT TV $499.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54124 $1804.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, one disclaimer):
- LG RU17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $809.95
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2519.95
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2498.95
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.95
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1709.95
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1979.95
- Mitsubishi WS55613 55-inch 16:9 integr. projection DTV - part of pkg.
- Mitsubishi WS65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2519.95
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1349.95
- Panasonic PT47WX34/WX53 47-inch 16:9 projection TV - part of package
- Panasonic PT50LC13 50-inch LCD projection TV $2499.95
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.95
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3419.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5399.95**
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3599.95
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $539.95
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3479.95
- Sharp LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2999.95
- Sony KDP57WS550 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.95
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4949.95
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2969.95
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.95
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.95
- Zenith C32V37 32-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $899.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
** price after rebate

- DVD news:
- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 25 weeks of 2004 were DOWN 1.2% from the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was down 12.3%.

- Next year's Academy Awards "screeners" may be encrypted DVDs
requiring a special player:
http://audiotechnologyupdate.broadcastengineering.com/july_9/#oscar

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- July 14, Boston, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/33_Boston.htm.
- July 16, Eastern New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/34_Up_State_NY.htm.
- July 19, Binghamton, New York, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/35_Binghamton.htm.
- July 19-23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
- July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm.
- July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm.
- July 22, Todd-AO Studios, Studio City, California, Entertainment
Technology Center demo of Fraunhofer Institute's Wave Field Synthesis
spatial audio technology, RSVP +1-213-743-1600 http://www.etcenter.org.
- *July 23-24, Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, HPA Summer School
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/forms/form.cfm?id=88.
- July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm.
- July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm.
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm.
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch
HDTV Forum 2004 http://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, W
estin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home Entertainment 2004 West
http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and
Networking Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo.
Next week's memo might be late and could be without ads. There will be
some loss of memos in August, but I'm not yet sure when that will be.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

Alan Roberts
Alan Roberts's picture
Offline
Joined: May 3 1999

Dated 20 July 2004
- Follow-ups:

- Australian DTT STB receiver prices - The prices include the 10%
Federal sales tax.

- Licensing AVC - MPEG LA announced the availability of its
H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 patent-portfolio license on the 15th:
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2004/jul/1057185.htm

- Cable and HDTV -
- Firewire - A correspondent tried to get a set-top box with
Firewire connection from his local cable operator and was told they
weren't available in his area. One day after he contacted his state
regulatory authority, they became available.
- Number of HDTV cable subscribers - INHD, alone, reports
reaching over a million. They, therefore, have committed to providing
no less than 100 hours of new programming per month:
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=SVBIZINK3.story&STORY=/www/story/07-19-2004/0002212830&EDATE=MON+Jul+19+2004,+10:44+AM

- Satellites and HDTV -
- DTT programming - DirecTV is providing some HD programming
from WCBS-DT in New York and KCBS-DT in Los Angeles to subscribers in
markets where CBS owns and operates stations. Another arrangement to
carry Fox HD programming to subscribers in markets where Fox owns
stations is expected:
http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/world/-directv_hd.htm
- A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Ensign
of Nevada and John McCain of Arizona, the "Satellite Home Viewer
Extension and Rural Consumer Access to Digital Television Act of 2004"
(an act only if passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the
President or veto-overridden) would allow such programming to be
delivered by satellite wherever local DTT signals can't be received
(which could be in cities of license). The Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA) approves of the bill:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10503
- Cablevision Systems won the bidding (with minimum bids) for
two orbital slots that could improve reception of Voom on the west coast:
http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-biz-bzvoom0715,0,1079568.story?coll=ny-business-headlines
FYI, despite reductions in standard-definition news coverage of them:
http://www.tvweek.com/news/web071904.html#cbs,
both Voom's High Definition News (HDN) and HDNet plan HD coverage of the
political conventions (a paid subscription is required for the full
article, but take my word for it):
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA436814?display=Breaking+News

- July 1 - I've been out of town and away from newspapers since
Wednesday (except Sunday's Denver Post), and my Minneapolis-area
correspondent is also away, so the pickings are meager this week. See
also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets.
Of what I've reported here and in the ads section below, I am aware
of ads for 39 TVs 36-inch or larger, of which seven had integrated
DTT-reception circuitry (there were also two sub-36-inch integrated sets
but many more advertised):
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony 36-inch TV @ Unitek $749
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ SoundTrack $168.95
- Toshiba 27A34 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $229.99
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $249.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $99.99
- Samsung DVDV4600A DVD/VCR combo @ SoundTrack $119.95
- Sensory Science SC104 DVD/VCR combo @ SoundTrack $98.95
- Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $199.99
- Sensory Science DVD recorder @ SoundTrack $248.95
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony DNF400PSGR AM/FM/CD/TV/weather portable @ Best Buy $79.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/CD/TV/weather portable @ SoundTrack $99.95

- May 1 - None of the lists I check weekly were updated this week.

- The June/July issue of the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB)
"Destination Digital TV" is now available online:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/Issues/digitaltv/DDTV/0604.pdf

- The U.S. House of Representatives' Commerce Committee is to hold a
hearing Wednesday on the completed transition from analog TV to DTT in
Berlin:
http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Hearings/07212004hearing1339/hearing.htm

- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) informal working group 4
(broadcasting and amateur issues) of the advisory committee for the 2007
World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC 07) will meet the morning of
August 10 at Shaw Pittman, LLP:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2149A1.doc

- Despite noting that it would result in a loss of analog-TV service,
the FCC allowed WRNN in Kingston, NY to transmit DTT only because,
"according to Nielsen Media Research, there was no reportable
over-the-air viewing for the station for the month of April 2004":
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2039A1.pdf

- A correspondent reports from a recent trip that WSTM-DT in Syracuse,
New York is carrying its own NBC signal on one sub-channel and WSTQ's
UPN on another. In Watertown, New York, WWNY-DT had its own CBS signal
on one sub-channel and WNYF's Fox on another. For some time, WNYW-DT in
New York City has been carrying its own Fox programming on one
sub-channel and WWOR's UPN on another. So the question is: What happens
when both sub-channels want to go HD? Fortunately, it's still early in
the transition.

- Lyra Research's DTV View Report "Desperately Seeking Content: A Survey
of HDTV Users," based on an Internet survey of more than 500 existing
users of high-definition television sets, conducted in May and June
2004, found that movies were most desired to be in HDTV, followed by
sports. Commercials were least desired to be in HDTV, followed by
reality programming:
http://www.dtvview.com/dtvview.nsf/hdtv

- Most fascinating technical explanation of the week: The nominal
version of HDTV, 1080i, has 1080 x 1920 or roughly two million picture
elements (pixels) per frame, and NHK's UDTV has 16 times that many. But
a press release on a new sign in Times Square for JPMorgan Chase notes
that "It is the highest definition display in the world. The display
uses nearly 2 million pixels. That's ten times the resolution of the
average television and 3 times the resolution of top-of-the-line HDTV sets":
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-15-2004/0002211297&EDATE=

- International H/DTV news:

- Good news and bad news about watching TV on a cell phone in Korea:
"I had missed an episode of my favorite TV drama so I began watching it
using my phone [while fishing]," said Noh Eun Kyung. "The TV function
is fun and convenient but also very expensive. I only watched about 45
minutes and it cost me about $50":
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3880069.stm

- Possible illegal state aid related to DTT in Germany and Sweden
is being investigated by the European Commission:
http://www.dtg.org.uk/latest/latest_eu_investigation.htm
A story in Ireland's Business World suggests that the results of
the investigation "may block Government plans to launch a digital
television service that would compete with satellite and cable":
http://www.businessworld.ie/livenews.htm?a=957105;s=rollingnews.htm

- Digital rights management news:

- Broadcast Engineering's Strategic Content Management reports
dissention in the ranks of premium on-demand programming distributors
with regard to copying. HBO and Showtime, according to the report,
oppose ANY copying; Starz! prefers allowing copy-once:
http://assetmanagement.broadcastengineering.com/july_13_2004/#copying

- A Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Internet piracy
study of 3600 Internet users worldwide found that 24% "have downloaded a
movie" (58% in Korea). 80% of the respondents had broadband access:
http://www.mpaa.org/MPAAPress/

- Meanwhile, for theatrical exhibition, Broadcast Engineering's
Strategic Content Management reports that, under a bill introduced by
Senators John Cornyn and Dianne Feinstein, "those found guilty of
theater taping would face up to three years in prison for a first
offense, or five years if it was done for profit. Repeat offenders
could spend 10 years behind bars." A similar bill is moving through the
House of Representatives:
http://assetmanagement.broadcastengineering.com/july_13_2004/#Senate

- Warren Communications News reported last week that the "MPAA
gives thumbs up to Windows Media DRM for broadcast flag." The story is
no longer on their site, and I couldn't find any press releases about it
on either the Microsoft or MPAA sites:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- The big story of the week was about the Advanced Access Content
System (AACS) developed by Disney, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic,
Sony, Time Warner, and Toshiba, ostensibly for next-generation consumer
media:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/14/technology/14copyright.html
AACS is supposed to provide "flexible rules" that would allow users
to share content over home networks (up to ten devices, according to
someone who was briefed on the system) -- maybe even portable devices,
according to Richard Doherty of Envisioneering. At the same time, it
reportedly uses 128-bit AES encryption and renewable and revocable security
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=CLWR14BUFD2OWQSNDBCCKHQ?articleID=23900919
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5269286.html

- Broadcast Engineering's Strategic Content Management reports that
a coalition including the American Foundation for the Blind, the
American Library Association, BellSouth, the Computer and Communications
Industry Association, CEA, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers
Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Gateway, Intel, Philips,
Public Knowledge, Qwest, SBC, Sun Microsystems, the U.S. Telecom
Association, and Verizon are supporting a proposal by representative
Rick Boucher to rewrite the section of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act that bans distribution of descrambling systems. The rewrite would
allow them as long as no copyright infringement is taking place:
http://assetmanagement.broadcastengineering.com/july_13_2004/#DMCA

- CEA-2027 is the new expandable home theater (XHT) standard allowing
home networking of HDTV with Internet-protocol control:
http://news.designtechnica.com/article4681.html

- NPD's Consumer Electronics Price Watch for May shows these average prices:
- 42-inch ED plasma displays - $2736
- DVD recorders -------------- $ 353
- Portable DVD/LCD combos ---- $ 234
- 27-inch TVs ---------------- $ 335
- CRT-based projection TVs --- $1733
Interestingly, that last one (projection TVs) experienced the
lowest rate of price decline.
The story is not yet on the NPD site. Here's a URL to the reported
press release:
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=42584280

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were down
63.7% for the first 26 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in
2003. Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were down 5.4%. My ten-week
running average for them was down 20.5%. The 26th week of 2004 seems
anomalously bad and the 26th week of 2003 was anomalously good.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 26th
week were 89,522 units. For the first 26 weeks of the year, there were
1,926,353 units. "Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays
without DTT-reception capability) accounted for just over 15% of the TVs
(not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers so far
this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 26th week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of the Philips at J&R and
the LG at Video & Audio Centers, both new brands to be advertised for
that product.

- The ads - I've been out of town and away from newspapers since
Wednesday (except Sunday's Denver Post), and my Minneapolis-area
correspondent is also away, so the pickings are meager this week:
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- JVC LT23X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99**
- Mystery brand plasma TV $2499.99**
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.99**
- Philips 17PF9936 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $899.99
- Philips 34PW8502 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1299.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299.99**
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3299.99**
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.99**
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99**
- Toshiba TDP-S20U projector $999.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD projection TV $2299.99**
** price includes home-theater speaker system
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1280
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2240
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Philips 27PT830H 27-inch widescreen CRT direct-view TV $499
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3497
- Toshiba 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- JVC AV36DF74 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999
- JVC PD42WV74 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
- Philips 27PT8320 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $499
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2999
- Sharp LC37HV6U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $4499
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7499
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3299
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $3299
- Panasonic TH42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3799
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Philips FTR9955 ATSC set-top receiver/decoder $299.99 after rebate
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- SoundTrack (Denver Post, no disclaimer):
- LG RU17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $809.95
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2969.95
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2298.95
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1098.95
- Mitsubishi WS48315 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1439.95
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1979.95
- Panasonic 47-inch 16:9 projection TV as part of a package
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3419.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3599.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95***
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3419.95
- Samsung TXP2775HF 27-inch integrated direct-view CRT DTV $629.95
- Sharp LC30HV4U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2999.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.95
- Zenith C34W37 34-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT cable/DTV $1619.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith P42W34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2519.95
*** price after mail-in rebate
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sony PFM42B2/H 16:9 42-inch plasma TV $3799
- Sony PFM42V1/B 16:9 42-inch plasma TV $2789
- Sony PFM50C1 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5699
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG LSS3200 DirecTV/ATSC set-top receiver/decoder $297****
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3997
**** requires activation of DirecTV subscription

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 26 weeks of 2004 were down 4.6% from the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was down 19.6%.

- The average selling price of a "basic" DVD recorder in Taiwan is
said to be about $180 (U.S.) according to Taiwan's Market Intelligence
Center. Compare to NPD's $353 average in May (above the ads section):
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=42482968

- I have seen a July 12 document called "Liaison Statement to
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 on request for defining 4:2:0 8bit profile in
Amendment 1 to ISO/IEC 14496-10." It was sent by the Blu-ray disk
founders (BDF) to ask the Joint Video Team that developed
AVC/H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 compression "to define 4:2:0 / 8bit profile in
'FDAM 1 to ISO/IEC 14496-10 : AVC Fidelity Range Extensions' that is
planned to be fixed in July 2004." The document notes that MPEG-2 is
already part of the Blu-ray pre-recorded disk standard but that, "In
addition to MPEG-2, we started evaluating advanced video codec for
covering a range from low bit rate applications to high bit rate around
20Mbps to achieve near transparent quality. 'FPDAM 1 to ISO/IEC 14496-10
: AVC Fidelity Range Extensions' including the Study text discussed in
March 2004 (JVT-K047) is our first choice, because coding efficiency
especially for HD-movies meets our requirements."
Another document I have seen, JVT-L033, a report on subjective
testing of that same fidelity range extension (FRExt) just submitted,
indicated that original movie test material (including the difficult
Digital Cinema Initiatives Standard Evaluation Material, DCI StEM)
scored 4.03 on a quality scale, and the AVC/H.264 FRExt at 20 Mbps
scored 3.90 and 4.00 at 16 Mbps (no doubt a slight testing anomaly -- it
appears to have been essentially transparent).

- Yet another HD disk format: New Medium Enterprises announced a
15 GB multilayer disk prototype last week. It reportedly provides "150
minutes of High-Definition (1080i) Video Content in MPEG-2 format" using
red lasers:
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=200407151400_PZN_60821

- Patent-infringement litigation has forced Thomson to stop selling
the RCA ClearPlay DRC232N DVD player with parental control, which has
been carried by Kmart and Wal-Mart:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA436315?display=Breaking+News

- "On-Demand TV 2004: A Nationwide Study on VOD and DVRs," from
Leichtman Research Group, based on a telephone survey of 1350 U.S.
adults in June, found just over 3% have DVRs (PVRs) (but 74% knew about
them) and 10% of cable subscribers have used video-on-demand (45% of
those who have it available):
http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/071904release.html

- It looked like Siemens would smoothly take over BBC Technology, but
Broadcast Engineering's Beyond the Headlines reported today that the
Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union representing
more than 80% of BBC Technology staff has voted to go on strike over
Siemens's failure to meet their demands:
http://bth.broadcastengineering.com/july_19/#strike

- FCC chair Michael Powell's blog can be read here:
http://www.alwayson-network.com/comments.php?id=4921_0_3_0_C

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through July 23, Seattle, MPEG meetings.
- July 21, Cleveland, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/36_Cleveland.htm.
- July 22, Columbus, Ohio, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/37_Columbus.htm.
- July 22, Todd-AO Studios, Studio City, California, Entertainment
Technology Center demo of Fraunhofer Institute's Wave Field Synthesis
spatial audio technology, RSVP +1-213-743-1600 http://www.etcenter.org.
- July 23-24, Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, HPA Summer School
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/forms/form.cfm?id=88.
- July 26, Indianapolis, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indianapolis.htm.
- July 28, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Urbana-Champaign.htm.
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm.
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- *August 10, Shaw Pittman, Washington, D.C., informal working
group 4 (broadcasting and amateur issues) for FCC advisory committee on
WRC 07 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2149A1.doc.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch
HDTV Forum 2004 http://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government
Video Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- *October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global
Society for Asset Management G-SAM 2004
http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- *October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE
Technical Conference and Exhibition
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, W
estin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home Entertainment 2004 West
http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and
Networking Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

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Dated 26/07/2004

- Follow-ups:

- The DTT-reception breakthrough at "The Schubin Site" -
- First, here's a recap for those of you who missed the
Thursday special: Reliable DTT reception was achieved in my apartment
for the first time, on Thursday morning, using the 5th-generation LG
chip and either a simple rectangular loop antenna or the classic Radio
Shack dual bow-tie with reflector. Fancier antennas were less successful.
We were able to receive six local DTT stations quite reliably;
people could walk around the room during reception, and the antenna
could even be moved around and reoriented during reception with
virtually no ill effect (it WAS possible to find a location and
orientation that caused problems, but I had to really try). A seventh
station could be received with the antenna at the window (different
seventh stations for different antennas). In the eight years of DTT
testing here:
- This was the first time reception was possible with the
antenna atop my TV (as it is for my analog reception).
- This was the first time WNYW-DT (Fox) and any other
station could be received from the same antenna location, never mind
orientation.
- This was the first time that no care needed to be used
in orienting the antenna; haphazardly hanging the loop from a string was
fine.
- The stations received were WABC-DT, WCBS-DT, WFME-DT,
WNBC-DT, WNJN-DT, WNYW-DT (which carries WWOR as a subchannel), and
WPXN-DT. A station I had previously received during an earlier test was
off the air when we were testing on Thursday.
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) lists 19
stations as being in my market (they actually list one station just
eight miles away as being in the Philadelphia market, because it's a
satellite of another station):
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
As best I know, all of the other DTT stations listed for my market
were either operating at very low power, far away, both, or off the air
during the test on Thursday morning. I, therefore, consider the test to
have been completely successful. If some future receiver can pull in
even low-power signals, that will be a bonus.
- Here's a recap of the conditions in my apartment. The
apartment is in a pre-war 17-story building on a wide Manhattan cross
street. It is on the 4th floor. It faces north, with all DTT
transmitters to the south or southwest, so at least one bounce is
required for all reception. It is about two miles from the Empire State
Building and closer to the Conde Nast Building. It is probably less
than ten miles from all the New Jersey stations received. In other
words, it is in a relatively high signal strength area.
- The receiver was an LG LST-3100A, BUT that receiver is
normally shipped with the FOURTH-generation circuitry. The
4th-generation chip was replaced with a 5th-generation in the test
receiver. As best I know, no 5th-generation receivers have yet been
sold, but they are expected later this year (see USDTV story below).
- Sinclair says their results testing this receiver in
Baltimore were essentially the same as mine.
- Here was the sequence of events Thursday morning:
- People showed up.
- The equipment was unpacked.
- A Radio Shack dual bow-tie with reflector was set up in
front of and below the TV set, aimed roughly towards the window (no
critical aiming). Six stations were pulled in, WPXN not quite reliably.
- The antenna was moved to the set top (about two feet
higher); all six stations were reliably received.
- The antenna was moved to the window; a seventh station
(WFME) was pulled in, all reliably.
- The loop antenna was tried, with similar results.
- Other antennas were tried, with worse results.
- The loop antenna was moved around successfully during
reception on different channels.
- WPIX-DT (WB), which is transmitting at low power on VHF
channel 12, was sort of sniffed (the receiver paused a long time on
channel 12 during scanning) but never came in. We tried two
orientations of rabbit ears (and another indoor antenna that included
rabbit ears) but didn't get it. All of the other antennas were
optimized for UHF.
- Here is a rough history of the breakthroughs in DTT testing
here:
- The "first-generation" Panasonic TU-DST20 couldn't
receive anything off air with any antenna tried but got the 8-VSB then
used by Time Warner Cable of NYC well.
- The "second-generation" RCA DTC100 could, with certain
antennas (16 were tried, including some almost as long as the room),
pick up WCBS-DT relatively reliably from a number of locations but not
atop the TV nor on the floor. It could pick up WNYW-DT (transmitting
from the same Empire State Building) from the floor in the corner but
from nowhere else. Succeeding receivers had similar results.
- As more stations came on the air in New York, they,
too, were received, but never more than three (usually just one) from
any single antenna orientation, regardless of receiver or antenna.
WABC-DT, transmitting from the Conde Nast Building, was easiest to
receive until Thursday, but it could not be received from atop my TV nor
from the floor (where WNYW-DT could be received).
- I am prevented by non-disclosure agreement from revealing
all of the tests here, but you will be safe in assuming that what you
have just read represents the relevant information.
- One correspondent asked whether I thought the success of the
5th-generation LG chip in my apartment obviates the need for "smart"
antennas. I would point out again that I am in a high-signal-strength
urban area.
- Another correspondent asked whether the success of the
5th-generation LG chip obviates the need for the more-robust E-VSB
system and whether, because E-VSB uses up so much more of the channel,
anyone would ever use it. Again, I would point out that I am in a
high-signal-strength area, and, even here, in certain antenna positions,
certain stations (which might not be at full power) were received not
entirely reliably. I suggest that the use of E-VSB to carry
"bulletproof" audio (which would take a negligible amount of data rate
-- perhaps about 130 kbps -- from the channel) could mean the difference
between a "watchable" program and an "unwatchable" one.

- E-VSB - The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has
officially approved the E-VSB amendment to the A/53C standard:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_EVSB.htm
Here's the amended standard (the 37-page amendment replaces former
Annex D):
http://wwww.atsc.org/standards/a_53c_with_amend_1.pdf
A correspondent suggests that E-VSB is a way for LG/Zenith to
continue to receive intellectual-property fees after the expiration of
their rights to 8-VSB.

- USDTV -
- They have "announced a technology partnership with LG
Electronics and LG Innotek to supply fifth-generation 8-VSB chips and
ATSC tuners for use in USDTV's set-top boxes." Shipments are to begin
in the fourth quarter of this year:
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040720005736&newsLang=en
http://eet.com/semi/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=23903585
I've asked USDTV a number of questions about this, including the LG
deal's relationship to the Hisense deal and whether the new boxes would
have advanced-compression decoding. It's possible I will learn the
answers on Wednesday, but I told them I was in no rush.
- They have cut the cost of their receiver to $19.95, not
counting antenna ($29.95) or installation ($49.95), if either is needed:
http://www.usdtv.com/get_usdtv-subscription_details.php
- Warren Communications News reported today that the possible
deal between USDTV and the Emmis consortium has fallen through. By the
time you read this, the story will probably no longer be on their site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- Academy-Awards "Screeners" - Cinea will provide the 10,000 secure
DVD players at their own cost. The full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=upsell_article&articleID=VR1117907011&categoryID=1338&cs=1

- House Commerce Committee hearing on Berlin DTT transition -
- It occurred. Here are three reports:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2154
http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,64299,00.html?tw=rss.BIZ
http://bth.broadcastengineering.com/july_26/#
- Broadcasting & Cable's coverage concentrated on committee
chair Joe Barton's contention that it could cost the government $1
billion to pay for receivers but might allow a "hard" analog cutoff date
that would enrich the Treasury with payments for spectrum:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA438041?display=Breaking+News&promocode=SUPP
- The Government Accountability Office report was presented:
http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-04-926T
- Here are the highlights:
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d04926thigh.pdf
- Here's the complete report:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04926t.pdf
- Here's the testimony of broadcaster Greg Schmidt of LIN
Television:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/testimonies/Schmidttestimony072104.asp
- Here's the testimony of cabler Michael Willner of Insight
Communications:
http://www.ncta.com/pdf_files/Willner%20DTV%20Testimony.pdf
He noted that his company, with 1,297,900 subscribers, has 26,184
HD subscribers (even though 94% have access to HD).

- Other cable and H/DTV news - According to a story on the CED
website, a report from ABI Research says that the "Digital cable-ready
TV sets now hitting the market are costing between $80 and $120 more
than standard units":
http://www.cedmagazine.com/cedailydirect/2004/0704/cedaily040720.htm#2
I could not find those amazing figures in the press release on the
ABI Research site:
http://www.abiresearch.com/abiprdisplay2.jsp?pressid=299

- Digital rights management - The Washington Post reports that the
National Football League and Hollywood studios want the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent TiVo from introducing a way
for users to watch captured programming outside their homes:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A4042-2004Jul21

- July 1 -
- My Minneapolis-area correspondent is still out, so I have no
Sears or Ultimate Electronics ads this week.
- This week, I was aware of ads for 47 TVs with larger than
36-inch screens; seven had integrated DTT-reception circuitry. So far,
the biggest impact of the "tuner mandate" seems to have been the
(perhaps coincidental) virtual elimination of ads for non-HD 36-inch
direct-view TV sets.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $199.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Apex AT1308 13-inch TV @ J&R $69.99
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $99.99
- Daewoo DTQ20U4SC 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $129.99
- Apex ADV-3800 DVD/VHS combo @ J&R $89.99
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Zenith XBV442 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $189.99
- LiteOn LVW5005 DVD+R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $249.99 after rebate
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+RW rec. @ Circuit City $249.99 after rebate
- Mystery brand DVD+R/RW recorder @ Fry's $179
- Pioneer DVR-224 DVD-R/RW rec. w/$25 gift card @ Best Buy $299.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Toshiba MV20P2 20-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $179.99
- Broksonic SC20145 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Circuit City $249.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio SY-30 2.7-inch LCD TV @ J&R $99.99
- Sony D-NS707F AM/FM/Weather/TV/CD portable @ J&R $99.99

- May 1 -
- None of the lists I check (FCC, NAB, Association of Public
Television Stations) was updated this week.
- Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology notes just 536
licensed U.S. DTT stations listed in the FCC's CDBS database as of July
18, no change from the July 4 listing:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=512

- International H/DTV news:

- In the first four months they were on sale, 273,557 "interactive"
DTT receiver/decoders were reportedly sold in Italy:
http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200407231903-1221-RT1-CRO-0-NF11&page=0&id=agionline-eng.oggitalia

- The HD Euro1080 satellite channel reportedly has 10,000
"viewers." Getting the story requires filling out a questionnaire:
http://www.scri.com/sub/sc_newscur.html

- The UK analog-shutdown date has been put off by two years to 2012:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3917449.stm

- According to a story about a report in the Mail, commercial ITV
in the UK "is threatening to hand back its broadcasting licence and make
all its programmes available only to digital viewers." The issue is the
high cost of its government fees for an analog broadcasting, reportedly
UKP200 million (over $368 million) annually and costs to provide
public-service programming, UKP250 million (over $460 million) a year.
Like U.S. broadcasters giving back their analog licenses, ITV would
still be available on DTT, cable, and satellite:
http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/July19_23.htm#itvquit

- The UK DTT pay-TV Top Up TV is starting a campaign to get people
to buy the conditional-access modules (CAMs) necessary for their
service. The CAMs are to go for about UKP40 ($74), and the monthly fee
for ten channels will be about UKP8 ($15):
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds15127.html

- The latest list of set-top receiver decoders from Digital
Broadcasting Australia shows 42 boxes from 19 brands; 41 can receive
standard definition, of which the least expensive are A$199 (US$141);
eight can receive HD, of which the least expensive is A$599 (US$425):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- Korea's government Ministry of Information and Communications has
reportedly persuaded manufacturers to drop prices of "digital TVs." As
here in the U.S., the term has been used in Korea to represent displays
without DTT capability, so I don't know which these are. Samsung is
reportedly dropping the price of its 28-inch model from 1.29 million won
to 999,000 ($1110 to $858); LG is to match the lower figure. Daewoo's
29-inch set is dropping from 790,000 to 630,000 won ($680 to $542). All
three companies will sell 32-inch sets for 1.39 million won ($1196):
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/tech/200407/kt2004072318244711810.htm
Government agencies have been ordered to help the DTV industry:
http://www.yonhapnews.net/Engnews/20040723/300100000020040723160642E0.html

- The Hollywood all-studio Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) has
reportedly selected JPEG2000 as its desired compression system and has
asked SMPTE DC-28 to accept it. One reason for the selection was said
to be that it is royalty-free:
http://www.backstage.com/backstage/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000536521

- Scientific-Atlanta has established a web site to educate consumers
about HDTV:
http://www.exploreHD.com
http://www.scientificatlanta.com/products/hdtv.htm
One page notes the differences between an "HD-Ready Television"
(later called an "HD-Ready Monitor" and an "HD-Capable Monitor":
http://www.scientificatlanta.com/products/guidetoHDTV5.htm
Another page notes that optimum viewing distance maxes out at seven
feet:
http://www.scientificatlanta.com/products/guidetoHDTV6.htm
The Lechner fixed distance that people sit from TVs in the U.S. was
found to be nine feet; the Jackson distance in the UK was found to be
three meters.

- Warren Communications News reported today that Gateway is planning to
drop DLP projection TVs. By the time you read this, the story will
probaly no longer be on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- According to the Consumer Electronics Association, cumulative sales to
U.S. dealers of "digital televisions" through May were 11,128,360
units. The press release doesn't mention DTT-receivers:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10508

- Based on figures from CEA, sales of VCRs to U.S. dealers were still
down 63.7% for the first 27 weeks of 2004 compared to the same period in
2003. Non-H/DTV direct-view TV sets were down 4.8%. The improvement
over last week is due, in part, to huge sales of TV/VCR combos, up 230%
over the same week in 2003. My ten-week running average for non-H/DTV
direct-view TV sets was down 21.8%.
So-called "Digital Television" sales to U.S. dealers for the 27th
week were 51,912 units (TV/VCR combos were 38,843). For the first 27
weeks of the year, there were 1,978,265 units. "Digital Televisions"
(most of which are HDTV displays without DTT-reception capability)
accounted for 15.2% of the TVs (not counting plasma or direct-view LCD)
sold to U.S. dealers so far this year. It may be worth noting here what
that means. About 85% of the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold
through the 27th week this year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view
TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable
of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the Samsung at J&R.

- The ads - My Minneapolis-area correspondent is still out, so I have no
Sears or Ultimate Electronics ads this week. Best Buy listed a Sony
1280 x 768 LCD TV as HDTV but not a JVC of identical pixel count.
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499.99**
- Mystery brand L17M103 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99***
- Mystery brand plasma TV $2499.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99**
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99**
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $5499.99**
- Sony KLV23HR1 23-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1999.99**
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99**
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99**
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99***
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99**
- Toshiba 20DL74 20-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99**
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899.99**
** price includes DVD player and three DVDs
*** price includes three DVDs
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799.99****
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $489.99
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99****
- Panasonic PT50LC13/PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2699.99****
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3599.99****
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99****
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $499.99****
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99****
- Sharp LC20E1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799.99****
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3599.99****
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599.99****
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99****
**** price after mail-in rebate
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99*****
- Sharp LC15B4US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $549.99
- ViewSonic VPW425 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99*****
***** price includes DVD+R/RW recorder
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 2200MP projector $899
- Dell 3300MP projector $1399
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $630
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1280
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2240
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Brand" 51-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1299
- "Major Brand" 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Optoma 50-inch 16:9 projection TV $2997
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- "Famous Brand" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- JVC PD42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999
- Pioneer PRO530HDI 53-inch 16:9 projection TV $2199
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Sony KD34XBR960 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $2199
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Hewlett-Packard (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- HP F2304 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT-17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.00
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2099.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3599.99
- Optoma EzPro 731 projector $729.99 after mail-in rebate
- Philips 23PF9945 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.99
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung SIR-T165 ATSC receiver/decoder $379.99
- Samsung TX-P2745P 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Toshiba 14AF44 14-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $129.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1999.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3298
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3998
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $4498
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1898
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3798
- Magnolia (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA10US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Philips 17PF9945 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $799
- Philips 23PF9945 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1699
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sony PFM42B2/H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
- Sony PFM50C1 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5699

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 27 weeks of 2004 were down 3.8% from the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was down 21.1%.

- Lyra Research's DTV View Survey of HDTV Users, conducted in May
and June, found 47% owning more than 50 prerecorded DVDs and another 24%
owning between 21 and 50. There were 577 respondents. The URL is for a
July 15 report called "Dark Horse Winner of Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD Battle,"
which contains the information in a graph:
http://lyra6.lyra.com/DTVVIEW/Surprisewinner.html

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- *July 27, WFYI, Indianapolis, Road Showe -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/38_Indy.htm
- *July 28, John Wood Community College, Quincy, IL -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39_Quincy.htm.
- July 29, Madison, Wisconsin, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/40_Madison.htm.
- *July 31, Flint, Michigan, -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/39a_Michigan.htm.
- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- *August 2-6, Loew's Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California,
CEA Summer Technology and Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=STSF04.
- August 4, Omaha, Nebraska, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/42_Omaha.htm.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- *August 10, Shaw Pittman, Washington, D.C., informal working
group 4 (broadcasting and amateur issues) for FCC advisory committee on
WRC 07 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2149A1.doc.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- *August 11-13, Hilton Austin Downtown, Texas Association of
Broadcasters Convention http://www.tab.org/convention-session.php.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of
NAB" (not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not
NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch
HDTV Forum 2004 http://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting
Convention http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government
Video Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global
Society for Asset Management G-SAM 2004
http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- *October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE
Technical Conference and Exhibition
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- *November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California,
Electronic House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and
Networking Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. I
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change, there will be a memo next week; if not, I might try to send
something Saturday.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
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Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
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Gents, with my apologies for delays in posting these, I’m trying to catch up now.

Here’s the next in the series-

===============================================

I will be out of the country until the 17th. I'm not sure if there will
be any memo between now and the week of the 23rd.

Note to those of you on the OpenDTV Forum: I'll be dropping it as soon
as I send this until I return.

- Follow-ups:

- 5th-generation receiver test - I made a few errors last week:
- Eight years should have been five.
- The first generation Panasonic was the TU-DST50.
- One of the people who have tested here over the years sent a picture
of a Silver Sensor antenna atop my TV receiving WCBS-DT via a Samsung
SIR-T150. So it seems one or more of the following is true:
- My recollection was faulty,
- Reception wasn't reliable, or
- I wasn't there at the time.

- July 1 -
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets that are
HD and/or widescreen.
- Yet another week has gone by with no ad that I've seen for a non-H/DTV
36-inch set. That seems to have been the main result of the mandate so
far. This week's memo has meager offerings, but here is the summary of
the ads section down below. There are 28 sets listed with screen sizes
of 36-inch or above; of them, four have integrated DTT-reception
circuitry (and one of those wasn't advertised with it).
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $64.99
- RCA 14F400T 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Sylvania 6420FE 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $139.99
- GoVideo DV1040 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $99.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99
- Panasonic PVD4744S DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $129.99
- Coby DVD-R1000 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $189.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony DNF400 AM/FM/TV/Weather CD portable @ Circuit City $79.99
- Sony ICF-CD73V AM/FM/TV/Weather CD shower clock radio $79.99
- Sony MZNF520D FM/TV/Weather MD Walkman @ Circuit City $149.99

- May 1 -
- Neither the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) nor the
Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) updated their lists
this week.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its lists on July 28:
- They say 1658 U.S. TV stations have now been granted either a DTT
license or a construction permit, 96% of the original April 1997 total
(but there are now more analog stations on the air). According to the
FCC, there are now 1423 U.S. DTT stations transmitting sometimes at some
power levels:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
The NAB still lists just 1233:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
- The FCC lists 286 non-commercial U.S. DTT stations:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
APTS still lists just 263:
http://www.apts.org/html/digital/dtv/ptv_digitalstations.htm
- The FCC says 634 are either fully licensed or operating on
program-test authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
- The other 789 are all at low power on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html
- There has been no change in the 40 stations due on the air May 1,
1999; 38 are still fully licensed and two on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has also been no change in the 79 due on the air November 1,
1999; 72 are fully licensed and seven are on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html

- After missing many, DTT is finally back on the agenda (item 7) for
Wednesday's FCC meeting. "The Commission will consider a Report and
Order concerning the conversion of the nation s broadcast television
system from analog to digital television":
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250222A1.pdf

- Sign-of-good-faith? department: The following is from a letter sent by
NAB president Edward Fritts to National Cable and Telecommunications
Association president Robert Sachs. "Following up on Rep. Tauzin's
suggestion, I would like to propose a meeting as early as possible
between key broadcast and cable industry leaders. Our goal should be
simple: to set aside past policy differences, while doing what's best
for the viewing public":
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/072604lettertoSachs.asp

- Based on the previous auction the FCC has granted 154 licenses for
terrestrial service that shares DBS downlink frequencies:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2331A1.pdf

Teranex is now part of Silicon Optix.

- International H/DTV news: Freeview now has a seven-day electronic
program guide:
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds15128.html

- At the July 27 in Redmond, Washington, MPEG announced that the "Joint
Video Team (JVT) has completed its extension of AVC/H.264. Fidelity
Range Extension (FRExt), as it called, includes four new profiles that
broaden an already wide ranging set of applications that are well suited
to AVC/H.264. The new profiles are fully nested beginning with 'high'
profile (HP) for high definition content. Hi10P incorporates 10 bit
coding suitable for film material. Hi422 provides the video community
with the capabilities needed in broadcasting and editing. Lastly, Hi444
supports full RGB color resolution and 12 bit precision for professional
production and graphics environments. Demanding video production
environments are further supported with the ability of carry compressed
alpha channel data and the film industry now has the ability to analyze
and synthesize the representation of film grain for high quality
consumer applications."
The release also notes that "MPEG has produced version 1 of LASeR
(Lightweight Application Scene Representation). LASeR can be implemented
in as few as 30Kilobytes and leverages the functionality of industry
standards such as MPEG-4 BIFS, W3C SVG and Macromedia Flash. A fully
compatible W3C SVG T1.2 LASeR compressed SVG stream can deliver rich
graphic content in as little as 10kbps":
http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/meetings/redmond04/redmond_pr.htm

- I am not permitted to release week 28 CEA sales figures until August
2nd, so you'll have to wait for those or get them elsewhere.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the LG at J&R this
week (but I've seen no non-New York ads thus far).

- The ads -
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$200 gift card $3299.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 proj. TV w/$200 gift card $2499.99
- Mystery brand plasma TV with $200 gift card $2499.99
- Panasonic PT-43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 gift card $2799.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 gift card $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV w/$300 gift card $3999.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 gift card $2999.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$400 GC $5999.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $7999.99
- Philips 30PF9946 30-inch wide. direct-view LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$50 gift card $6999.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$200 GC $3199.99
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 gift card $3299.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$50 gift card $1099.99
- Sony KE42TS2B 42-inch plasma TV $4299.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$200 GC $2999.99
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1699.99
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 gift card $899.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 gift card $899.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$400 gift card $4999.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$50 gift card $1399.99
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1624.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Panasonic CT32HXC14 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $749.99
- Panasonic TC14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $549.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $1099.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated (?) plasma DTV $3899.99
- RCA HD61LPW42 61-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3599.99
- Sharp LC20B4US/LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $949.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2899.99
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2699.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1424.99
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $699.99
- Sony KV34HS420/KV34HS510 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1524.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT-17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.00
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- JVC LT-26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $599.99
- LG LST-3100A ATSC/QAM receiver $349.99
- Philips 23PF9945 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99
- Sharp LL-M17W1 17-inch LCD TV $469.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $649.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1999.99

- DVD news:

- Again, I'm not permitted to release CEA sales figures until August 2.

- There was a three-day "HD DVD Showcase" in Tokyo last week:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=25600557

- PVR news: I got a kick out of the Wired headline "Group Warns DVRs
Endangered" as there have been so many stories about DVRs (PVRs)
endangering commercial broadcasting:
http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,64309,00.html

- Satellite news: A joint Korean-Japanese service, to be launched in
October, might deliver TV to mobile phones. It's initially to offer
seven TV channels, 30 radio, and one date, all in 25 MHz. The video will
be 320x240, initially MPEG-4 (presumably Part 2) with H.264 under
consideration:
http://eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=NLGMJACT4WJQIQSNDBCSKHQ?articleID=26100562

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- August 2, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/41_Minn-StP.htm.
- August 2-6, Loew's Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California, CEA
Summer Technology and Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=STSF04.
- August 6, Riverton, Wyoming, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/43_Riverton.htm.
- August 9, Salt Lake City, Utah, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/44_SLC.htm.
- August 10, Shaw Pittman, Washington, D.C., informal working group 4
(broadcasting and amateur issues) for FCC advisory committee on WRC 07
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2149A1.doc.
- August 11, Bozeman, Montana, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/45_Bozeman.htm.
- August 11-13, Hilton Austin Downtown, Texas Association of
Broadcasters Convention http://www.tab.org/convention-session.php.
- August 13, Boise, Idaho, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/46_Boise.htm.
- *August 16, Hollywood Pacific Theater, ETC digital screening of "I,
Robot," registration required http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- August 16, Spokane, Washington, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/47_Spokane.htm.
- August 18, Washington State University, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB"
(not NAB affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/48_WSU.htm.
- August 20, Seattle, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB affiliated)
http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/49_Seattle.htm.
- *August 23, Hollywood Pacific Theater, ETC digital screening of "The
Bourne Supremacy," registration required
http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- August 24, Portland, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/50_Portland.htm.
- August 24-26, Westin Century Plaza, Los Angeles, DisplaySearch HDTV
Forum 2004 http://www.displaysearch.com/hdtvforum/.
- August 25, Eugene, Oregon, Road Show -- "A Taste of NAB" (not NAB
affiliated) http://www.tech-notes.tv/2004/51_Eugene.htm.
- *August 30, Hollywood Pacific Theater, ETC digital screening of
"Catwoman" registration required http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- August 30-September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment
Media Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting Convention
http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global Society
for Asset Management G-SAM 2004 http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE Technical
Conference and Exhibition http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference on
Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. There
will probably not be any memo the next two weeks (but, maybe, if I'm
inundated with Internet access, there will be). Look for the next one
the week of August 23.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

Alan Roberts
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Dated August 30

==============================================

Sorry about the big delay. I was more unavailable than I had expected.
Here's one tidbit from my travels that I found interesting. I read the
newspapers of four New Zealand cities. In each, ads for some TVs touted
the fact that they are high-definition. But there is no HDTV being
carried in New Zealand.

- Follow-ups:

- Sinclair and DTT - Now that they are happy with the performance of the
5th-generation LG/Zenith ATSC receiver, Sinclair appears to be beating
the drum louder than any other broadcaster promoting DTT. They have made
public-service announcements and established a web site:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2255
http://www.myfreehdtv.org/

- Number of U.S. TVs relying on off-air transmission - The comments
filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have come out.
The broadcaster filing, based on a survey by Knowledge Networks/SRI
earlier this year, found roughly one percent of U.S. households to have
DTT-reception capability, about a fifth relying exclusively on
antenna-based off-air reception, and many more with unwired second or
third sets (not to mention VCRs):
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/Filings/OTAComments81104.pdf

- E-VSB - An interesting tidbit about the standard for enhanced U.S. DTT
was noted on the OpenDTV Forum. Section 5.6.1 (page 100) restricts the
maximum robust stream "during premium programming times" to "3 Mbps out
of the total 19.4 Mbps channel capacity":
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_53c_with_amend_1.pdf
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/08-2004/msg00059.html

- The "broadcast flag" - The FCC has approved 13 technologies: the old
Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP), the old High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection (HDCP), four Sony MagicGate systems,
Thomson's SmartRight, the Hewlett-Packard/Philips Video Content
Protection System (VCPS, formerly called Vidi), something called Content
Protection recordable Media for Video Content, TiVo's TiVoGuard Digital
Output Protection Technology, RealNetworks' Helix DRM Trusted Recorder,
Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management, and JVC's D-VHS.
The first URL is the FCC press release, the second the order, and the
third commissioner Martin's concerns about DTCP licensing terms and
about TiVo's system (which some find insufficiently restrictive):
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250532A1.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-193A1.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-193A2.pdf
It's easy to see how a JVC DTT receiver might use its manufacturer's
approved technology to communicate with a D-VHS recorder or how a
Philips receiver might communicate with a Hewlett-Packard device. I'm
interested in seeing how the multiple systems will play out in the
marketplace. Licenses will be available, but will owners of approved
systems buy licenses from others? Will a Thomson receiver be able to
send HDTV to a Sony recorder?

- The FCC DTT-rules review - It includes a new channel "election"
process (stations deciding which of their two simulcast channels to keep
after analog shutdown) starting this December, a new way of dealing
power levels to match analog coverage, requirements for PSIP, closed
captioning, and V-chip information, allowing distributed transmission
(multiple-transmitter coverage), and eliminating the simulcasting
requirement. I find that last interesting, because some of the rationale
for using cable coverage as a justification for analog shutdown is based
on the fact that 100% simulcasting means analog cable carriage IS
carriage of DTT programming.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A1.pdf
Commissioners Copps and Adelstein expressed concern about a lack of
public-interest requirements:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A3.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A5.pdf
Commissioner Martin expressed concern about small broadcasters and
must-carry:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A4.pdf

- July 1 -
- Roughly two months after the order went into effect, of 152 advertised
sets 36-inch or larger listed in this memo, only 33 have integrated DTT
reception, and there has even been a return of ads for non-H/DTV 36-inch
sets. Gary Merson reports similar results in his HDTV Insider newsletter:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com
- The Late July edition of the HDTV Insider newsletter also reports that
Comcast, the largest U.S. cable operator, charges the same amount
monthly for either a CableCARD to be inserted in a digital-cable-ready
TV or an HDTV-capable cable set-top box ($5-7/month in either case).
Other cable operators charge less, the monthly CableCARD fees ranging
from $1.25 to $5:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com
- These listings represent all ads I've seen (in the U.S.) since the
last memo at the end of July. Wherever prices varied over the weeks, I
chose the lower. See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated
sets that are HD, progressive, and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- JVC 36-inch TV @ Sears $599.99
- Magnavox 36-inch TV @ Fry's $399
- Magnavox MS3652S 36-inch TV @ Circuit City $499.99
- RCA 36V430T 36-inch TV @ Best Buy $449.99
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Sharp 25C340 25-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Apex AT2708 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $179.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $199.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
- Sharp 27C241 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $179.99
- Sylvania 6427TE 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Toshiba 27-inch TV @ Fry's $199
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Daewoo DTQ13V5FC 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $49.99
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $69.99 after rebate
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99 after rebate
- Konka K2001UM 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $109.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Coby DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $229.99
- GoVideo DVD+R/RW recorder @ Fry's $149
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- LiteOn LVW5001 DVD+R/RW rec. @ CompUSA $199.99 after rebate
- LiteOn LVW5005 DVD+/-R/RW rec. @ CompUSA $279.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+R/RW rec. @ Circuit City $269.99 w/rebate
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Philips DVDR80 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Pioneer DVR-225 DVD-R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $269.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Sylvania 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $94.99
- Symphonic SC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Broksonic SC20145 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $269.99
- Sylvania 6719DE 19-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ amazon.com $249.99
- Broksonic SC20145 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $269.99
- Sylvania 6720FDE 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $249.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio TV980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Coby CX-TV1 5-inch TV/AM/FM @ J&R $9.99
- Sony DNF400 AM/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Circuit City $69.99
- Sony DNF400PSGR AM/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $79.99
- Sony DNS707F A[url]/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony MZ-NHF800 AM/FM/TV/Weather MiniDisc recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Sony SRFM AM/FM/TV/Weather portable @ Best Buy $49.99

- May 1 -
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated its list of
U.S. DTT broadcasters to 1273 on August 12 and to 1292 on August 16.
They list 18 in the not-very-large-geographically New York market, but
most of those would appear not to be on the air whenever I check with a
spectrum analyzer:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
FYI, a TV DXer in my market reports being able to get over 40 stations,
from as far as Boston and Washington, but cannot get three of the local
stations stably.
- The FCC updated its lists on August 25. They say 1655 stations (96% of
the original group) have been granted either construction permits or
licenses, and 1445 are on the air:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the 40 top-10 market stations due on the
air May 1, 1999; it's still 38 fully licensed and two on temporary
authority (due to 9/11):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has also been no change in the 79 market-11-30 stations due on
the air November 1, 1999; it's still 72 fully licensed and seven on
temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- These are the 651 stations said to be licensed or operating on
program-test authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology noted that the FCC CDBS database
listed 556 licensed U.S. DTT stations as of August 1:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=524
and 598 as of August 15:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=537
His next update is due tomorrow.
- These are the 794 stations the FCC says are operating on temporary
authority (at low power):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html
- The FCC summary chart now lists 1722 total DTT channel allocations
instead of the previous 1688 because they're now including
single-channel stations (new stations that opted to go straight to DTT
without analog). The summary also says there are 297 non-commercial U.S.
DTT stations on the air:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
The Association of Public Television Stations lists just
*************

- The FCC also just released its list of ANALOG TV stations as of June
30. There were 1747 full power and 7433 low power. Here's a breakdown:
- UHF Commercial 776
- VHF Commercial 589
- UHF Non-commercial 255
- VHF Non-commercial 127
- UHF Class A 497
- VHF Class A 112
- UHF LPTV 1601
- VHF LPTV 517
- UHF translators 2658
- VHF translators 2048
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-251120A1.pdf

- Voom reported close to 25,000 subscribers at the end of June:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA443959?display=Breaking+News

- Still undecided about the upcoming U.S. election? "The Kerry-Edwards
plan will complete the transition to digital television, and accelerate
the return of valuable spectrum that is currently being used for
broadcasting the 'analog' television signal. The plan will ensure that
Americans continue to enjoy free, over-the-air television, including
subsidies if necessary to ensure all Americans can make the transition."
So they say:
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=34772

- The August edition of the NAB's "Destination Digital TV" has come out.
It has more information than previous editions. It lists, for example,
44 ALL-digital markets (none of the top-10; Seattle is the highest). It
also has some statistics on consumer penetration, saying that, as of
their survey earlier this year 5.9% had "DTV" (presumably displays
because only 22.9% of those had DTT-reception capability):
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/Issues/digitaltv/DDTV/0804.pdf
CEA's recent DTT-reception-capability figures closely match NAB's, but
their figure for displays is much higher (9.5-million households):
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10511

- There have been many complaints about NBC's HD coverage of the Olympic
Games, ranging from delays to selected content to technical issues.
Here's one as an example:
http://www.nola.com/living/t-p/index.ssf?/base/living-3/1092732935296730.xml

- San Francisco broadcaster KRON is carrying HDNet programming:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/08/19/BUGAV8A83D1.DTL&type=business

- The Advanced Television Systems Committee has approved a
synchronization standard for distributed (multi-transmitter) DTT. The
first URL is for the press release; the second is for the standard:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_SFN_Aug_04.htm
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_110.pdf

- International H/DTV news:

- The European Commission wants to promote standards but won't impose
one on interactive digital TV -- at least not yet:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=5847644

- Digital Broadcasting Australia reports combined sales of DTT
set-top-box (STB) receivers and integrated TVs (to dealers, I think),
hit 409,000 at the end of June:
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?display=news&newsID=558
In their latest list of those STB receivers, there are 49 models listed,
of which nine are HD-capable. The least expensive model is A$169; the
least expensive HD model is A$599:
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- China currently has 280,000 digital-TV households (all cable, I
think). They want to hit 380 million. Wang Xiaojie, in charge of DTV at
the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, said, "We want
to phase out all analog and convert to digital by 2015. We are going to
have to fund some of the technology required." The plan is to start by
converting the 100 million urban cable households from analog to digital
at an expected cost of $7 billion for STBs.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2004/08/17/2003199112

- Four companies reportedly plan to compete with Texas Instruments in
digital micromirror-based displays:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=35300003

- This URL will take you to a story about computer manufacturers getting
involved in digital TV products:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,117552,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp

- Key Digital notes that its HD Hanna receives DTT and "scales the video
program to match your display's native resolution with a choice of
numerous output resolutions":
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/altavista/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040816005278&newsLang=en

- Shades-of-the-Tice-clock department: The Late July edition of Gary
Merson's HDTV Insider also noted that some consumer-electronics retail
salespeople he encountered said he should use a Monster power
conditioner for the best HD pictures. He quotes from the package:
"Monster Clean Power removes 'dirty' AC power for the best high
definition picture." Without it, "You’ll experience a lack of sharpness
and color detail from your high definition components." Merson sets the
record straight:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com

- Based on figures from CEA, here are the statistics for factory sales
to U.S. dealers since the last memo:
- First 28 weeks:
VCRs down 63.5%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 3.9% (largely due to TV/VCR combos), 10-week down 13.6%
28th-week "digital" 71,212, first 28 weeks 2,049,477, "digital" portion
15.1%
- First 29 weeks:
VCRs down 62.8%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 2.8%, 10-week running average down 11.3%
29th-week "digital" 85,382, first 29 weeks 2,134,859, "digital" portion
15.2%
- First 30 weeks:
VCRs down 62.6%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 2.6%, 10-week running average down 12.2%
30th-week "DTV" 147,681, first 30 weeks 2,282,540, "digital" portion 15.4%
- First 31 weeks:
VCRs down 63.2%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 4.6%, 10-week running average down 20.5%
31st-week "DTV" 49,039, first 31 weeks 2,323,113, "digital" portion 15.4%
The "digital" portion is the percentage of all TV sales represented by
the "DTV products." It does not include plasma or direct-view LCD. It
may be worth noting here what the 15% means. About 85% of the
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 31st week this year
were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of four since the last memo
-- the Hughes and Samsung at Best Buy, the Samsung at Circuit City, and
the Toshiba at J&R.

- The ads - This represents all ads I've seen (in the U.S.) since the
last memo at the end of July. Wherever prices varied over the weeks, I
chose the lower. Where the same model was offered at the same price with
different premiums of about the same value, I included only the first I saw.
Circuit City offered $100 towards HD cable on some Panasonic products.
Ultimate Electronics also offered a number of complete home-video
packages; I haven't listed their prices because I couldn't separate the
TV component.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer) - prices said to be "before on-site savings":
- Daewoo DSC-34W70N 34-inch 16:9 flat-screen CRT TV $1099.99
- Gateway 56-inch widescreen DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Olevia LT20HVK 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2399.99
- Philips 55PL9223/17 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3499.99
- Sharp LC-32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $3999.99
- Sharp LC-37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $5499.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- ViewSonic VPW450HD 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Hughes HT-LHD DirecTV/ATSC set-top DTV receiver w/dish $299.99
- Insignia I-LC23Q1 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$300 GC $4499.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99**
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1999.99
- LG RU-44SZ51D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch widescreen plasma TV w/$100 gift card $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.99
- Mits. WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DLP DTV w/$300 GC $4499.99
- Mitsubishi WS-48515 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.99**
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99**
- Mystery brand plasma TV $2499.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3999.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.99**
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-in. 16:9 integr. plas. DTV w/$400 GC $5499.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999.99****
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $2299.99**
- Philips 26PW6341 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99****
- Philips 34PW8502 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1299.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99***
- Pioneer PDP4341HD 43-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $5999.99** w/rebate
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $7999.99** w/rebate
- Polaroid LCD-1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $649.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$200 GC $3199.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199.99**
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99**
- Samsung SIR-TS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder w/dish $299.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 gift card $3299.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT DTV $899.98****
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $999.99#
- Samsung TX-P3271WH 32-inch 4:3 integr. CRT DTV w/$100 gift card $999.99
- Sansui LCDVD200 20-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $899.99****
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99***
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99##
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $6999.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99##
- Sony KV32FS320 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $649.99#
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1599.99
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99#
- Toshiba 20DL74 20-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99****
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV w/$50 GC $899.99
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99#
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99**
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99**
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99**
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV w/$100 GC $2299.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV GC $2299.99##
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99**
** price includes portable DVD/LCD combo
*** price includes basic installation
**** price includes upconverting DVD player
# price includes DVD player
## price includes XBOX video game system
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers) - some prices "before savings":
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Akai PT4298HD/PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Audiovox FP1500 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$50 gift card $2499.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $5999.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 gift card $3099.99
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 gift card $1699.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- Magnavox 20MF200V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $849.99
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $489.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1199.99
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Panasonic CT32HXC14 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $799.99
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1399.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TC14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $599.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $999.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3699.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $5999.99
- Philips 26PW8402 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $549.99
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $549.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- RCA HD61LPW42 61-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3199.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescr. direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung LTP1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $749.99
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899.99
- Samsung SIRTS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder w/dish $299.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 gift card $3299.99
- Samsung TXN3075WHF 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $849.99
- Samsung TXP2675WHD 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99
- Sharp LC13E1UB/LC13S1UB 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $399.99
- Sharp LC13B4US/LC13B6US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $429.99
- Sharp LC20E1UB/LC20S1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $849.99
- Sharp LC20B4US/LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$50 GC $949.99
- Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1299.99
- Sharp LC37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV w/$500 GC $5999.99
- Sony KDE32XBR950 32-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7749.99 w/rebate
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$400 gift card $3999.99
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 gift card $3299.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS510/KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $749.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99
- Sony KV36FS100/KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
- Panasonic PT-47WX54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- Panasonic PT-53WX54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1599.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung TXP2675WHD 26-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$300 GC $2799.99
- ViewSonic VPW425 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99###
### price includes DVD+R/RW recorder
- Dell (no disclaimer)
- Dell 2200MP projector $899
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $630
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2799
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $999
- "Major Name Brand" 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499
- "Major Name Brand" 60-inch 4:3 projection TV $1499
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4497
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Philips 27PT830H 27-inch widescreen CRT direct-view TV
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3497
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- "Brand Varies by Location" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
- Philips 32PT842H 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $599
- Philips 42FD9955 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Philips 55PL977S 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HPN4239X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Sony KV36HS510 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999
- ViewSonic N2700W 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1999
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P1 47-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3199
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3699
- Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999
- Panasonic TH42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199
- Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA30WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999 after rebate
- Loewe Spheros 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/stand $4499
- SharpVision LC20B4U 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH37PA20P 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Panasonic TH42PA20P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson PowerLite S1+ projector w/$100 gift card $999.99
- Humax L3040 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV $1499.99
- InFocus X2 projector w/$100 gift card999.99
- JVC HD-61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV
- JVC LT-17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.99
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- LG RU-42PZ90 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Panasonic CT32HL44 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Panasonic TC-20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV
- Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2399.99
- Philips 30PW9819 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Philips 32FD9954 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2199.99
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3799.99
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Samsung TX-P2745P 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Sony KDE-50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- Sony KF-50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Sony KF-60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Toshiba DST3100 ATSC/DirecTV/NTSC receiver $499.99
- Westinghouse W31501 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $429.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Zenith C32V28 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $849.99
- Zenith P42W46 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-15LA61 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $598
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3998
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Sharp LC-37HV6U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $4998
- Sony KF-50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3298
- Sony KF-60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3998
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 46-inch projection TV, Sears #54713 $1399.99
- JVC 56-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54814 $1699.99
- Mitsubishi 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54124 $1899.99
- Samsung 42-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54014 $1099.99
- Samsung 46-inch DLP projection TV, Sears #54058 $3039.99
- Samsung 47-inch projection TV, Sears #54084 $1199.99
- Samsung 50-inch DLP projection TV, Sears #54088 $3324.99
- Toshiba 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54434 $1399.99
- Toshiba 57-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54444 $1899.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer noted):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.95###
- LG RU17LZ22 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.95 "before savings"
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1995.95 "before savings"
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.95 "before savings"
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.95 "before savings"
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2298.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated proj. DLP DTV $3999.95###
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1849.95
- Mitsubishi WS65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2299.95###
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4162.95
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1387.95
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.95
- Panasonic PT47WX53/54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2774.95
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.95
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.95###
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95###
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.95###
- Panasonic TH42PX25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95###
- Philips 32PT8320 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $699.95
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3699.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.95####
- Pioneer PRO910HD 43-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $7499.95 "before sav."
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $999.95 "before sav."
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3299.95 "before savings"
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2312.95
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7399.95
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5087.95
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3052.95
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1572.95
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.95 "before savings"
- Zenith P42W34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2589.95
### price includes DVD recorder
#### price after rebate but "before savings"

- Tech-Notes #125.5 has come out. It's largely links (from Lee Wood's
board) to news stories):
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_125.5.pdf

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, here are the factory-to-dealer sales statistics
since the last memo:
First 28 weeks: down 3%, 10-week running average down 14.6%
First 29 weeks: down 1.8%, 10-week running average down 12.8%
First 30 weeks: down 0.6%, 10-week running average down 12%
First 31 weeks: down 3.3%, 10-week running average down 18.3%

- HDNet's Mark Cuban's blog has a story on hard drives (and flash
drives) vs. DVD for both SD and HD:
http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/7706137582525561/

- PVR news: TiVo reports 1.9 million subscribers, 288,000 of them added
in the second quarter of this year (225,000 of the 288,000 being DirecTV
subscribers):
http://a423.g.akamai.net/7/423/1788/57ae1f2ef76271/www.tivo.com/pdfs/reports/TiVo_Q204_final.pdf

- Satellite news:

- The FCC notes that Canada has requested frequency coordination for
some C-band earth stations:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-251275A1.pdf

- And the Los Angeles Times notes that it's illegal to RECEIVE Canadian
satellite signals here without government authorization:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-canada19aug19,1,339115.story?coll=la-headlines-business

- The CIE chromaticity diagrams are shaped sort of like an elongated,
rotated letter D. Connecting the dots of any three color primaries
creates a triangle rather than a D. An area of visible color typically
lost is in the saturated blue-greens. What can be done? Go to more than
three primaries, as this New York Times article reports:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/26/technology/circuits/26next.html?8cir
I still like the Land Retinex two-primary color TV. Visitors to the
Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Hall of Science in New York can
check out the principle in the "Green Tomatoes" exhibit.

- Nielsen has made the U.S. TV-household universe for the 2004-2005
season 109.6 million, up from 108.4 million in 2003-4 (which was up a
bigger jump from 106.7 million in 2002-3). The top five markets
represent almost 20%; the top ten almost 30%. Glendive, Montana remains
the last (210th) market:
http://www.nielsenmedia.com/

- ***It's that time of year again. If you're interested in doing a demo,
moderating a breakfast roundtable, or making a presentation at the
Hollywood Post Alliance ***Technology Retreat*** in the Palm Springs
area in January, please contact me.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment Media
Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting Convention
http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- *October 7-9, Embassy Suites Baltimore North, Hunt Valley, Maryland,
WEBE/SMPTE convention [url] [url="http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url]."]http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url].[/url]
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global Society
for Asset Management G-SAM 2004 http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE Technical
Conference and Exhibition http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- *December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference on
Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html
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- Follow-ups:

- Media-Tech 2004 - Some correspondents wanted a URL for my presentation, too. The slides may be found here:
http://www.media-tech.net/conference2004/pdf/02/2004_keynote_schubin.pdf

- Silicon Optix Realta - Here's a story on it:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA454450.html?verticalid=820&industry=Video&industryid=23099&pubdate=09/20/2004

- DCI - On September 8, the major-studios' Digital Cinema Initiatives announced completion of overall system requirements and specifications for digital cinema:
http://www.dcimovies.com/press/09-08-04.tt2

- January 1, 2009 -
- Representatives Rick Boucher of Virginia and Frank Pallone of New Jersey urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to plan to shut down analog TV then without congressional hearings about whether it meets the spirit of the exclusions in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997:
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6325
- Senator John McCain has reportedly introduced a bill that may be voted on in the Senate Commerce Committee as early as tomorrow (though it doesn't yet appear to be on the committee's web site). Called the "Spectrum AVailability for Emergency-response and Law-enforcement to Improve Vital Emergency Services" bill (which, with that capitalization, spells "SAVE LIVES"), it would assure the January 1, 2009 deadline by providing a $1 billion fund to help pay for either DTT set-top receivers or connections to cable, satellite, or other multichannel video programming distributor for those who might otherwise be disenfranchised. Another provision would require labels for analog-TV receivers sold after September of next year to warn buyers that they won't pick up TV signals after December 31, 2008 "without the purchase of additional equipment."
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reportedly opposes the bill because $1 billion isn't enough to cover every TV receiver that will need help. Here are some stories:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=industryNews&storyID=6274958
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6330
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=industryNews&storyID=6284771
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=televisionNews&storyID=6287098

- The "broadcast flag" - In a possible indication of things to come, STMicroelectronics has combined the functions of two chips into one that doesn't have an unsecure digital output:
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-14-2004/0002249630&EDATE=

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 89 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of those, 23 (25.8%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. It's nowhere near 50% yet, but the percentage IS growing.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets that are HD and/or widescreen.
- Another week went by with no ads of which I'm aware for 36-inch non-HD/widescreen/widescreen-capable sets.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
- Sylvania 64271E 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.00
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $74.99
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Philips DVDR80 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/TV/weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony SRFM80V AM/FM/TV/weather portable @ Best Buy $49.99

- May 1 - None of the lists I check were updated this week.

- International H/DTV news:

- There is concern in the UK Border (between Scotland and England) region that their analog cut-off will start in 2007 and that the poor there will lose TV reception as a result:
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=135857
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/24081.html
The Scotsman quotes the UK regulator Ofcom as saying: "The cost of digital switchover in terms of upgrading consumer equipment will inevitably fall disproportionately on those with the lowest incomes since they have the lowest level of digital penetration.
"Ofcom considers that the fact that alternatives to DTT are considerably more expensive for consumers presents an obstacle to ensuring that digital TV is affordable to all consumers. Some of these households may have to give up TV altogether were they unable to afford to switch to digital satellite":
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1095472004

- Ofcom reports 55% penetration (13,704,459) of some form of digital television delivery by the end of the second quarter (with another 4% getting multichannel analog service), up from 53% at the end of the first. The fastest growing segment is the DTT Freeview service, serving almost four million households (considerably more than analog and digital cable combined). Although Freeview's penetration grew more than 12% during the quarter, that's down from more than 18% the previous quarter. Sky's share fell from 55% to 53.5%. Here is a summary:
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media_office/latest_news/20040917a_nr?a=87101
Here is the full Ofcom uptake report:
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/research/industry_market_research/m_i_index/dtvu/dtu_2004_q2/?a=87101

- BT is launching "BT Freeview Plus," with a set-top box that can receive either DTT or broadband-delivered programming:
http://www.dtg.org.uk/latest/latest_bt_dtv.htm

- Sky Italia is reportedly considering both asking the Italian government for a subsidy for its satellite set-top boxes or complaining to the European Commission about existing subsidies for DTT boxes:
http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/world/-italy_subsidy_row.htm

- Moscow is to get DTT between the end of this year and 2007:
http://www.russiajournal.com/news/cnewswire.shtml?nw=45565#n45565

- The latest update of DTT set-top boxes on the Digital Broadcasting Australia web site lists 23 brands with 53 models, ten of them HD. The least expensive of the HD boxes is A$599 ($422); the least expensive of the standard-definition is A$169 ($119):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18
For integrated sets, the site lists five brands with 16 models, six of them HD (and four of those from LG). The least-expensive HD model is A$8999 ($6350); the least-expensive standard-definition model is A$2248 ($1586):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78

- Here's a headline that needs no further comment: "Aquavision Launches Industry's First Home Theatre, Waterproof, HDTVs For The Bathroom":
http://db.widescreenreview.com/webnews/FMPro?-db=webnewsearch.fp5&-format=record%5fdetail.htm&-lay=layout%20%231&-sortfield=year&-sortorder=descend&-sortfield=month&-sortorder=desc end&-sortfield=day&-sortorder=descend&Type=Web%20News&-op=eq&Year=2004&-op=eq&Month=09&-op=eq&Day=16&-max=2147483647&-recid=41951&-find=

- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced a standard (CEA-2027) for a home-networked user interface:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10554

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television sets for the first 35 weeks of 2004 were down 4.9% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week running average was down 15%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Television" for the 35th week were 87,631 units (even that was down almost 27% from the same week last year), for the first 35 weeks 2,469,711.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 14.5% of the TVs (not counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 35th week this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 35th week this year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable of receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the LG at Video & Audio Center.

- The ads - The Dell and Harvey ads are from last week; I missed them. Sears called the Panasonic "25" plasma TVs "monitor."
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- [Advent] HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3254.99
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4049.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $806.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3068.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV (part of package) $3733.98
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2161.99
- Mystery brand plasma TV $1879.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3440.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2349.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4949.99 OW
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U/P 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6749.99 OW
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3779.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $949.99
- Sansui LCDVD200 20-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $899.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1424.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1424.99
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2149.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1597.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1785.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD projection TV $1999.99
OW - price includes on-wall installation after rebate
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99 BS
- Hitachi 57F510 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1999.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- Magnavox 15MF170V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.99 BS
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99 BS
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99 BS
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3299.99
- Samsung TXP2775HD 27-inch integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99 BS
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799.99 BS
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3299.99 BS
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.99 BS
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 BS
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Hitachi 57F500 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1999.99 BS
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung SPN4235 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99 BI
- ViewSonic N2700W 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1599.99 AR
- ViewSonic VPW425 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99 BI
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BI - price includes basic installation
BS - price "before savings"
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Brand" 51-inch widescreen projection TV $1199
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4497
- Mitsubishi WS-65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499 BS
- Mystery brand 37-inch widescreen plasma TV $1397
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Panasonic TH-42PX25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- "Famous Brand" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $10,499 AR DVD
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $749
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799 DVD
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2699 DVD
- Mitsubishi WD62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4699 DVD
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1699 DVD
- Philips 26PW8402/37 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $649
- Philips 50FD9955 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999 DVD
- Philips 62PL9774/37 62-inch LCoS projection TV $4299 DVD
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499 DVD
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499 DVD
- Samsung TXP3075WHXF 30-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT DTV $999 DVD
- Sharp LC45GX6U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999 DVD
- Sony KD34XBR960 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $2199 DVD
- Sony KDE50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $9999 DVD
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499 DVD
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999 DVD
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799 DVD
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $499
AR - price after mail-in rebate
DVD - price includes "HD upconverting" DVD player
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Loewe Spheros 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499
- Samsung HLP5685W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4799
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1879.99
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Panasonic TC17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99
- Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU20LA61 20-inch direct-view LCD TV $998
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1798
- LG RU37LZ30 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4998
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2798
- LG RU44SZ80L 44-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2499
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3298
- Pacific Sales (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1997
- Sharp LC30HV2U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2497
- Sony KP57WS500 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1297
- Sony KV32FS100 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $467
- Toshiba 32A42 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $297
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2995
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer -- with REAL model #s!):
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.99
- Mitsubishi WD62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4499.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3699.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Sony [KP]46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony [KP]51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, appropriate disclaimer):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.95 BS
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1799.95
- Panasonic CT27HL14 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $949.90 PP
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1098.95
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.95 BS
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.95 BS
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.95 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.95 BS
- Philips 32PT8320 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $699.95
- Philips 42PF9976 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.95 BS
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799.95
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1298.95
- Sharp LC32GD6U 32-inch widescreen LCD integrated DTV $4999.95 BS
- Sharp XVZ10000 16:9 DLP projector $7999.95
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999.95 BS
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.95
- Philips 32PT8320 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $1499.95 BS
- Zenith P42W22B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
BS - price "before in-store savings"
PP - price is for complete home-theater package with sound system
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU50PZ60 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6497
- LG LST-3410A ATSC receiver/PVR $797
- LG MU60PZ90V 60-inch 16:9 plasma TV $11,997
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1797
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3979
- LG RU52SZ60 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2697
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2497
- Panasonic TH42PA20UP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2797
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2697
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3397

- Tech-Notes #126 has come out:
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_126.pdf

- DVD news: According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first 35 weeks of 2004 were down 4.5% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week running average was down 14%. VCR sales were down 63.2%.

- The latest edition of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "EFFector" has an article on the proposed "Induce Act," which some see as reversing the Supreme Court's 1984 Betamax decision (which authorized home video recording):
http://www.eff.org/effector/17/34.php

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- September 25, Plus8 Video Annex, Burbank, California, Cinematography's Digital Revolution Workshop with Roy Wagner, ASC http://www.welchintegrated.com/asc/enews_ACmag_RHW04.html.
- September 28, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C., MSTV 18th Annual Television Conference, "Broadcast Television: Meeting America's Digital Demand," http://mstv.org/evfall.html.
- October 5-7, Des Moines Marriott, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium 2004 http://www.iptv.org/dtv/2004/.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 7-9, Embassy Suites Baltimore North, Hunt Valley, Maryland, WEBE/SMPTE convention [url] [url="http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url]."]http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url].[/url]
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global Society for Asset Management G-SAM 2004 http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 19-20, Hudson Hotel, New York, 12th ETA Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- October 25-28, Orlando World Center Marriott, ShowEast http://www.showeast.com/filmgroup/showeast/index.jsp.
- November 2, Laemmle's Monica, Digital Studio Conference http://www.ihollywoodforum.com/.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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Dated 4 October 2004

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Sorry about the lack of memo last week. Things got too hectic.

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
- It's shaping up nicely. The major networks are committing to
be there for the broadcasters panel. Brad Hunt, senior vp and chief
technology officer of the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) will be doing a
"Digital Content Protection 2005 Status Report." Attorney Jim Burger will
provide another Washington update (and there should be plenty to be updated
on!). There will be a Wednesday morning compression tutorial (including
such not-strictly-technical items as licensing). We are expecting AAF and
ATSC tutorials on Tuesday.
- If you are interested in moderating a breakfast roundtable on
any TV/video/cinema-related subject on Thursday and/or Friday morning, just
let me know the topic(s) and day(s), and you're on.
- If you are interested in demonstrating any new technology, just
let me know, and you're on. We've had some pretty amazing stuff in the
past: 72-fps HDTV, 3-D football, a palmable pan/tilt/roll metadata sensor,
etc. And that's not counting the products that were introduced at the
retreat, such as Panasonic's Varicam and Sony's HDCAM SR. There is no fee
for exhibiting beyond the ordinary retreat admission. We provide power,
table(s), and space; you provide the exciting new stuff, the labor, and the
lack of corporate signage (this is NOT a trade show).
- If YOU are interested in doing a presentation in the main
program, then YOU should contact me. Please do NOT have your PR company
contact me. I can't guarantee inclusion in the main program at this point,
but it's not full yet. Presenters get discounted admission.
- It will be at the same place as in 2003, the Marriott Rancho
Las Palmas Resort, January 26-28 (with pre-retreat events to be announced
-- AAF and ATSC on the 25th). Mark your calendars NOW!
- Registration will be cut off this year when room capacity has
been reached -- no exceptions! Don't say you haven't been warned.
- There doesn't seem to be anything posted on the HPA web site
yet, but you can look up info on the 2003 and 2004 events. FYI, this is
the 10th year of the Technology Retreat:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

- CEDIA - Here's another review of the event:
http://www.dvhardware.net/review/3895

- Low-power stations and U.S. DTT - The full Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) order has been released:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-220A1.pdf

- Broadcast flag - The opposition comment window on DTCP closes
October 18, with replies due by October 28:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3086A1.pdf

- Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD) and H/DTV -
- Multichannel News reported today that there are consumer
problems with CableCARD TV sets. The full story requires a paid
subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA468337.html
- The National Cable & Telecommunications Association reports HD
cable from at least one operator in 177 U.S. markets (out of 210),
including all of the top-100, with 90 million households being passed by
one of the HD systems. Only 454 DTT broadcasters are being carried, but
there are 17 cable networks that are at least partially HD:
http://www.ncta.com/press/press.cfm?PRid=536&showArticles=ok
- USDTV's non-cable DTT-delivered "cable" service, still in only
three markets at the time of their press release, has passed the 10,000
subscriber point:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/040922/225397_1.html
- Viewers are complaining about picture quality after what they
say was a move by DirecTV to carry as many as three HD programs per
transponder:
http://www.widemovies.com/directvcomp.html
Bit rates for MPEG-2 HD are reported to be as low as 7.4 Mbps:
http://www.widemovies.com/dfwbitrate.html

- Digital rights management - Hewlett-Packard, Intertrust, Matsushita
(Panasonic), News Corp. (Fox), Philips, Samsung, and Sony announced the
Coral Consortium today to allow consumers to use digital content from all
sources on all devices within nine months:
http://www.itworld.com/Man/2683/041004drm/
[url]http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-drm4oct04,1,2961775.story?coll=la-h
eadlines-technology[/url]

- McCain "SAVE LIVES" - Much has happened since the bill was
introduced in the Senate Commerce Committee. In the committee, it was
modified so that only stations on channels 63, 64, 68, or 69 would have to
vacate their channels by 2008 and then only if public safety agencies
requested them and there wouldn't be "consumer disruption":
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6355
[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=televisionNews&storyID=631105
5[/url]
http://wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,65056,00.html?tw=wn_3polihead
Then, amazingly, the full Senate passed what seems to be the modified
bill last week. I haven't seen the full bill yet, so I don't know exactly
what's in it. As the amendment appeared to come from the broadcast
industry, I don't think it would have eliminated the labeling requirements,
and news reports say the money to subsidize DTT-reception is still in it.
Seventy-five stations are reportedly in the group that MIGHT have to shut
down by the end of 2007, and they are said to be disproportionately
Spanish-language:
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6416
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=industryNews&storyID=6370676

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 156 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 43 (28%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. The percentage
continues to grow slowly.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
- Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Sharp 25C340 25-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $229.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Sharp 27-inch TV @ Fry's $169
- Sylvania 6427TE 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
- Sylvania SRT2313A 13-inch TV @ Sears $59.99
- Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $99.99
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
- Memorex MT1194 19-inch TV @ Sears $99.99
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Broksonic DVD-R/RW/VCR combo @ Circuit City $279.99 after rebate
- Coby DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $199.99
- GoVideo R6740 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $199.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $249.99
- Mystery-brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99
- Sylvania SRD4900 DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $89.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Sansui VRD4005 VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ Sears $299.99
- Sylvania SRC2213W 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony MZ-NHF800 AM/FM/TV/weather MD recorder @ J&R

- May 1 -
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated its list
today to 1315 DTT stations operating in 209 U.S. markets:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
- The FCC has not yet posted any September list updates:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- Doug Lung reported the FCC CDBS database listing 618 licensed
U.S. DTT stations as of September 26:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=583

- The FCC "kicked off" a DTV education campaign today:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-252592A1.pdf
The content panel comprised the Association of Public Television
Stations (APTS), CBS, Discovery, ESPN, Fox, HBO, and Sinclair. The "How
consumers can take advantage" of the content panel comprised the Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA), Decisionmark, DirecTV, Emmis, Hearst-Argyle,
the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV), and NCTA:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-252835A1.pdf
Other than APTS, there were no public-interest groups represented,
though they wanted to be. That reportedly ticked off the Democratic
commissioners. The full story requires a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA468336.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]
The FCC proudly announced its effort today:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-252851A1.pdf
FCC chair Michael Powell reportedly was interviewed about it on ABC's
"Monday Night Football" tonight:
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6443
I tried out the associated web site. It seems to try to drive home
two points:
1. DTV is not the same as HDTV.
2. DTV includes digital cable and satellite as well as DTT.
Then the site does its best to confuse consumers about those points.
One button, for example, says "Look up DTV and HDTV programming." It sends
consumers to the new Decisionmark CheckHD site co-sponsored by ABC, CBS,
Fox, NBC, WB, UPN, Sinclair, CEA, LG, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic -- so far
-- also activated today. But, as its name suggests, it is about HD
programming on cable and satellite. The only hint of non-HD digital
programming is restricted to broadcast:
http://www.checkhd.com/
Then there's the FAQ question, "Can I see a big difference between
analog TV and DTV?" The answer is said to yes -- because of HDTV.
There are other strange items. Scientific-Atlanta is listed as a
broadcaster. It's listed but not Motorola. Showtime is listed but not HBO.
SDTV is said to provide 150-300,000 pixels. That's okay. It's sort of the
range between a half-bandwidth cable or satellite channel (168,960) and a
full-bandwidth one (345,600). But EDTV is said to range from 300-400,000
pixels.
Then there's the problem the FCC got itself into by calling its
DTT-reception mandate a "tuner" mandate. The site notes that devices
without tuners cannot receive DTT. Fair enough. But the Sears ad for
Sony's entry-level KE42M1 plasma TV boldly specifies that it includes a
tuner. It DOES! It's an NTSC tuner, and it won't provide DTT reception.
Those are just some first-glance issues:
http://www.dtv.gov/

- Here's a report on the annual MSTV DTT conference in Washington:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2346

- The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has approved a
recommended practice, A/111, for the "Design of Synchronized Multiple
Transmitter Networks":
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_111_SMTN_04.htm

- Here's a story on a lodging trade site about HDTV in hotels:
[url]http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4020692.search?query=hdtv+digi
tal+tv[/url]

- International H/DTV news:

- A survey by Decima Research reports that Canadians are happy with
analog cable:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Sep20_24.htm#cana
dianrest[/url]

- On a similar note, a story in Cableworld is headlined "HDTV: An
Uphill European Climb":
http://www.cableworld.com/ct/archives/0904/0904_optimize.htm
Here's another story on HD in Europe:
[url]http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/international/feature_display.jsp?vnu_
content_id=1000642977[/url]

- Malaysia plans DTT next year:
http://www.ctimes.com.my/Highlight/20040927102122/wartrevamp

- DTT is moving beyond Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo in Japan:
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/040930/kyodo/d85dui7o0.html

- One company, Advanced Digital Broadcast, claims to have shipped
half-a-million DTT receivers to retailers in Italy:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/040924/245126_1.html

- Chinese manufacturer Changhong has priced a 43-inch projection TV at
5999 yuan ($724):
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-09/30/content_379063.htm

- Korea's Ministry of Information and Communications is offering loans
to speed the DTT transition. Broadcasters will also be required to air
more programming:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20041001A3016.html

- I'm not quite sure what this story means, but Casema, a Netherlands
cable operator, is said to be offering free "additional" digital TV and
radio starting January 1:
http://www.telecom.paper.nl//site/news_ta.asp?type=abstract&id=52964

- CEA will hold HDTV update meetings in Newark, New Jersey tomorrow, San
Francisco October 20, Los Angeles October 21, and New York November 10:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10558

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 36 weeks of 2004 were down 4.7% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 3.2%. There was a revision of
these figures in the 37th week. For the revised figures, the first 37
weeks were down 5.2%, and my ten-week running average was down 4.5%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Television" for the 36th week were 77,904
units), for the 37th week 94,032, and for the first 37 weeks 2,641,647.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 14.6% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 36th
week this year and, given the 37th-week revision, 14.8% through the 37th
week. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of the
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 36th week this year
were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
Today CEA offered a glimpse at those LCD and plasma sales. The total
"digital television" sales to U.S. dealers for August were 328,838, but,
with LCD and plasma included, they were 514,065. So, if LCD and plasma
were counted along with the other CEA "digital televisions," the total
would represent about 21% of all the TVs sold in August; the percentage
with DTT-reception is much smaller. The figure including LCD and plasma
has not yet been posted on the CEA web site.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the Hughes at Video &
Audio Center and the LGs at Value.

- The ads - As usual when I combine weeks, I have selected the lower price
(if any) when a retailer offered the same model both weeks at different
prices. Where a higher price and gift-card combination was offered, I've
listed both (but I haven't listed the option of DVDs in lieu of discount).
Harvey also advertised a TV stand for $949, chairs starting at $995,
and a remote control starting at $1349 ("Does not include programming").
Sears appears to have called some integrated sets "monitor."
- Best Buy (mostly appropriate disclaimers):
- [Advent] HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $349.99
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$50 GC $1199.99
- Insignia I-LC23Q1 23-inch LCD TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99 BI
- LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch integrated direct-view LCD DTV $4999.99 BS
- LG RU-44SZ51D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2659.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3134.99
- Mits. WD-52525 52-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $3799.99
($3999.99/$300GC)
- Mits. WD-62525 62-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $4274.99
($4499.99/$400GC)
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 proj. TV $1785.99 ($1899.99/$100GC)
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2184.99
- Mystery-brand plasma TV $1999.99
- Panasonic PT-43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2849.99 WI
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BI
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $799.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV - part of a package
- Pioneer PDP4341HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5349.99
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6599.99 AR WI
- RCA HD61THW263 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $8099.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2975.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $4299.99
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV w/$500 GC $4999.99
- Samsung LT-P326W 32-inch direct-view LCD TV w/$200 GC $2999.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3134.99 WI
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $664.99
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $3799.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 proj. TV $1614.99 (or $1699.99 w/$100 GC)
- Sony KV32FS120 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $569.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $949.99
- Toshiba 20DL74 20-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $854.99
- Toshiba 23HLV84 23-inch LCD/DVD combo w/$100 GC $1799.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $854.99
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $899.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1899.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV w/$100 GC $2299.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BI - price includes basic installation after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
WI - price includes on-wall installation after mail-in rebate
- Circuit City (mostly appropriate disclaimers):
- Audiovox FPE2000 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $849.99 BS
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3099.99 BS
- Hitachi 50V810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.99 HT
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699.99 BS
- Hitachi 57F510 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899.99 HT
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99 HT
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99 BS
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.99 BS/HT
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99 HT
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 HT
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS/HT
- Philips 26PW8402 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $549.99
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $549.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199.99 BS
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 HT
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99 HT
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99 BS HT
- Samsung TXP2745FP 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 BS
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99 HT
- Sharp LC20S1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $899.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99 HT
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch LCD direct-view TV $3299.99 HT
- Sharp LC32GD4U 32-inch integrated LCD direct-view DTV $3799.99 HT
- Sharp LC37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99 HT
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2799.99 HT
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 HT
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 HT
BS - price "before savings"
HT - price includes home-theater sound system
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999.99
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699
- Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2299
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2125
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3699
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4199
- Mitsubishi WS-48613 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1799
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3199
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3119
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1999
- ViewSonic N3020W 30-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1997
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV (price confusion)
- Gateway GTWP42M303 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799
- Mitsubishi WD-62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4699
- Mitsubishi WS48513 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1299
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499
- Samsung HLP4663X 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199
- Samsung HPN5039X 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Samsung LTP1795X 17-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LTP266WX 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung TXP2675WHFX 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699
- Sharp LC26GD6U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999
- Sharp LC30HV6U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2999
- Sony KD34XBR960 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $2199
- Sony KDE55XBR950 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $12,999
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3999
- Sharp LC26G4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499
- Sharp LC26GD6U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P42HHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Fujitsu P42VHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Fujitsu P50XHA30WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $10,999AR
- Fujitsu P63XHA30WS 63-inch 16:9 plasma TV $24,999
- Loewe Articos 30 30-inch widescreen TV $1199
- Pioneer PRO920HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $9499
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- SharpVision LC13S2US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $499
- SharpVision LC15PX1U 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1299
- SharpVision LC15S2US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $649
- SharpVision LC20PX1U 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1799
- SharpVision LC20S2US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099
- SharpVision LC32GD6U 32-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4499
- SharpVision LC37GD6U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $5999
- SharpVision LC45GX6U 45-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $7999
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
- Sony KDE50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $9999
- Sony KDF60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $5499
- Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $6999
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5999
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $3299
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Humax L3040 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV $1599.99
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1299.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99
- Philips 55PL2524 [9524?] 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $714.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Westinghouse W31501 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $429.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $699.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-20LA61 20-inch direct-view LCD TV $998
- LG RU-23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1798
- LG RU-30LZ30 30-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3298
- LG RU-37LZ30 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4998
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2498
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- LG RU-44SZ80L 44-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2498
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3298
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3998
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2998
- Magnolia (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Pioneer PRO910HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6499
- Samsung HLN567 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2998
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Samsung LTP266 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2995
- Sears (no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 46F500 46-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1399.99
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Samsung HCP4241W 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- Samsung HCP4741W 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung SPP4231 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Sony KDP51WS655 51-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2099.99
- Sony KDP57WS655 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2099.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, appropriate disclaimer):
- Epson Home10Plus projector and screen $1299.95
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.95 BS
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4499.95 BS
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799.95 BS
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1198.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1499.95 BS
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.95
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2499.95 BS
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.95 BS
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.95 BS
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.95
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2849.95
- Panasonic TH42PX25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.95 BS
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Philips 42PF9976 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.95 BS
- Philips 55PL9774S 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3499.95 BS
- Pioneer PRO910HDI 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7499.95 BS
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799.95
- Sharp LC13S1US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $449.95
- Sharp LC15S1US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $549.95
- Sharp LC20S1US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $899.95
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1197.95
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.95
- Sharp LC32GD6U 32-inch widescreen LCD integrated DTV $3799.95 BS
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $1999.95 BS
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799.95
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Zenith C34W37 34-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT cable/DTV $1799.95
- Zenith P42W22B/P42W34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
BS - price "before savings"
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Planar PDP42BK 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Sony PFM-42X1/B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3659
- Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimers):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2675
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3449
- Value Electronics (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- LG 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95
- LG 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.95
- LG DU-30L730 [LZ30?] 30-inch integrated direct-view LCD DTV $2999.95
- LG DU-42P410X [PY10X?] 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $4499.95
- LG DU-60P410X [PY10X?] 60-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $12,999.95
- LG LST-3410A ATSC receiver/PVR $799.95
- LG LST-4200A ATSC/digital-cable set-top box $279.95
- LG MU-50P290 [PZ90?] 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.95
- LG RU-17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $899.95
- LG RU-23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.95
- LG RU-44S521D [SZ51D?] 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.95
- LG RU52S230 [SZ30?] 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2699.95
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.95
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Hughes HR10250 set-top ATSC/DirecTV receiver/PVR $999 BS
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3997 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25UP 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6996 BS
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2697
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2397
BS - price "before savings"

- Tech Notes number 126 has come out:
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_126.pdf

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
36 weeks of 2004 were UP 0.8% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was UP 14.2%. For the first 37 weeks, they were up 3.6%
and my ten-week running average was up 21.7%. WOW! DVD players are
getting a second wind (I've peeked at next week's figures)! VCR sales were
down 62.6% for the first 36 weeks and 62.7 for the first 37.

- DTS reports it has been selected as a mandatory audio format for
both Blu-ray and HD DVD players:
[url]http://www.dtsonline.com/company/press/press-article.php?ID=132784259&cID=1
&yID=2004[/url]

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through October 7, Des Moines Marriott, Iowa, Iowa DTV Symposium
2004 http://www.iptv.org/dtv/2004/.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- October 7-9, Embassy Suites Baltimore North, Hunt Valley, Maryland,
WEBE/SMPTE convention [url] [url="http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url]."]http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url].[/url]
- *October 7-9, PC&E Stages, Atlanta, HD Expo VariCamp
http://www.hdexpo.net/workshops/varicampHome.html.
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- *October 18, KAET, Phoenix, SBE Gary Sgrignoli 8-VSB seminar
tjharvey@asu.edu.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global
Society for Asset Management G-SAM 2004
http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 19-20, Hudson Hotel, New York, 12th ETA Summit
http://www.etaexpo.com/.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE
Technical Conference and Exhibition
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- October 25-28, Orlando World Center Marriott, ShowEast
http://www.showeast.com/filmgroup/showeast/index.jsp.
- November 2, Laemmle's Monica, Digital Studio Conference
http://www.ihollywoodforum.com/.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

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Mark's newsletter dated 11 10 2004

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Sorry about the big delay. I was more unavailable than I had expected.
Here's one tidbit from my travels that I found interesting. I read the
newspapers of four New Zealand cities. In each, ads for some TVs touted
the fact that they are high-definition. But there is no HDTV being
carried in New Zealand.

- Follow-ups:

- Sinclair and DTT - Now that they are happy with the performance of the
5th-generation LG/Zenith ATSC receiver, Sinclair appears to be beating
the drum louder than any other broadcaster promoting DTT. They have made
public-service announcements and established a web site:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2255
http://www.myfreehdtv.org/

- Number of U.S. TVs relying on off-air transmission - The comments
filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have come out.
The broadcaster filing, based on a survey by Knowledge Networks/SRI
earlier this year, found roughly one percent of U.S. households to have
DTT-reception capability, about a fifth relying exclusively on
antenna-based off-air reception, and many more with unwired second or
third sets (not to mention VCRs):
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/Filings/OTAComments81104.pdf

- E-VSB - An interesting tidbit about the standard for enhanced U.S. DTT
was noted on the OpenDTV Forum. Section 5.6.1 (page 100) restricts the
maximum robust stream "during premium programming times" to "3 Mbps out
of the total 19.4 Mbps channel capacity":
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_53c_with_amend_1.pdf
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/08-2004/msg00059.html

- The "broadcast flag" - The FCC has approved 13 technologies: the old
Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP), the old High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection (HDCP), four Sony MagicGate systems,
Thomson's SmartRight, the Hewlett-Packard/Philips Video Content
Protection System (VCPS, formerly called Vidi), something called Content
Protection recordable Media for Video Content, TiVo's TiVoGuard Digital
Output Protection Technology, RealNetworks' Helix DRM Trusted Recorder,
Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management, and JVC's D-VHS.
The first URL is the FCC press release, the second the order, and the
third commissioner Martin's concerns about DTCP licensing terms and
about TiVo's system (which some find insufficiently restrictive):
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250532A1.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-193A1.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-193A2.pdf
It's easy to see how a JVC DTT receiver might use its manufacturer's
approved technology to communicate with a D-VHS recorder or how a
Philips receiver might communicate with a Hewlett-Packard device. I'm
interested in seeing how the multiple systems will play out in the
marketplace. Licenses will be available, but will owners of approved
systems buy licenses from others? Will a Thomson receiver be able to
send HDTV to a Sony recorder?

- The FCC DTT-rules review - It includes a new channel "election"
process (stations deciding which of their two simulcast channels to keep
after analog shutdown) starting this December, a new way of dealing
power levels to match analog coverage, requirements for PSIP, closed
captioning, and V-chip information, allowing distributed transmission
(multiple-transmitter coverage), and eliminating the simulcasting
requirement. I find that last interesting, because some of the rationale
for using cable coverage as a justification for analog shutdown is based
on the fact that 100% simulcasting means analog cable carriage IS
carriage of DTT programming.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A1.pdf
Commissioners Copps and Adelstein expressed concern about a lack of
public-interest requirements:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A3.pdf
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A5.pdf
Commissioner Martin expressed concern about small broadcasters and
must-carry:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A4.pdf

- July 1 -
- Roughly two months after the order went into effect, of 152 advertised
sets 36-inch or larger listed in this memo, only 33 have integrated DTT
reception, and there has even been a return of ads for non-H/DTV 36-inch
sets. Gary Merson reports similar results in his HDTV Insider newsletter:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com
- The Late July edition of the HDTV Insider newsletter also reports that
Comcast, the largest U.S. cable operator, charges the same amount
monthly for either a CableCARD to be inserted in a digital-cable-ready
TV or an HDTV-capable cable set-top box ($5-7/month in either case).
Other cable operators charge less, the monthly CableCARD fees ranging
from $1.25 to $5:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com
- These listings represent all ads I've seen (in the U.S.) since the
last memo at the end of July. Wherever prices varied over the weeks, I
chose the lower. See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated
sets that are HD, progressive, and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- JVC 36-inch TV @ Sears $599.99
- Magnavox 36-inch TV @ Fry's $399
- Magnavox MS3652S 36-inch TV @ Circuit City $499.99
- RCA 36V430T 36-inch TV @ Best Buy $449.99
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Sharp 25C340 25-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Apex AT2708 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- Apex AT2708S 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $179.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $199.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
- Sharp 27C241 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $179.99
- Sylvania 6427TE 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $168.95
- Toshiba 27-inch TV @ Fry's $199
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Daewoo DTQ13V5FC 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $49.99
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $69.99 after rebate
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99 after rebate
- Konka K2001UM 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20MT133S 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $109.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $89.99
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Coby DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $229.99
- GoVideo DVD+R/RW recorder @ Fry's $149
- GoVideo R6640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- LiteOn LVW5001 DVD+R/RW rec. @ CompUSA $199.99 after rebate
- LiteOn LVW5005 DVD+/-R/RW rec. @ CompUSA $279.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 DVD+R/RW rec. @ Circuit City $269.99 w/rebate
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Philips DVDR80 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Pioneer DVR-225 DVD-R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $269.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Sylvania 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $94.99
- Symphonic SC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $89.99
- Broksonic SC20145 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $269.99
- Sylvania 6719DE 19-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ amazon.com $249.99
- Broksonic SC20145 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $269.99
- Sylvania 6720FDE 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $249.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio TV980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Coby CX-TV1 5-inch TV/AM/FM @ J&R $9.99
- Sony DNF400 AM/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Circuit City $69.99
- Sony DNF400PSGR AM/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $79.99
- Sony DNS707F A[url]/FM/TV/Weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony MZ-NHF800 AM/FM/TV/Weather MiniDisc recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Sony SRFM AM/FM/TV/Weather portable @ Best Buy $49.99

- May 1 -
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated its list of
U.S. DTT broadcasters to 1273 on August 12 and to 1292 on August 16.
They list 18 in the not-very-large-geographically New York market, but
most of those would appear not to be on the air whenever I check with a
spectrum analyzer:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
FYI, a TV DXer in my market reports being able to get over 40 stations,
from as far as Boston and Washington, but cannot get three of the local
stations stably.
- The FCC updated its lists on August 25. They say 1655 stations (96% of
the original group) have been granted either construction permits or
licenses, and 1445 are on the air:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the 40 top-10 market stations due on the
air May 1, 1999; it's still 38 fully licensed and two on temporary
authority (due to 9/11):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has also been no change in the 79 market-11-30 stations due on
the air November 1, 1999; it's still 72 fully licensed and seven on
temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- These are the 651 stations said to be licensed or operating on
program-test authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology noted that the FCC CDBS database
listed 556 licensed U.S. DTT stations as of August 1:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=524
and 598 as of August 15:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=537
His next update is due tomorrow.
- These are the 794 stations the FCC says are operating on temporary
authority (at low power):
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html
- The FCC summary chart now lists 1722 total DTT channel allocations
instead of the previous 1688 because they're now including
single-channel stations (new stations that opted to go straight to DTT
without analog). The summary also says there are 297 non-commercial U.S.
DTT stations on the air:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
The Association of Public Television Stations lists just
*************

- The FCC also just released its list of ANALOG TV stations as of June
30. There were 1747 full power and 7433 low power. Here's a breakdown:
- UHF Commercial 776
- VHF Commercial 589
- UHF Non-commercial 255
- VHF Non-commercial 127
- UHF Class A 497
- VHF Class A 112
- UHF LPTV 1601
- VHF LPTV 517
- UHF translators 2658
- VHF translators 2048
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-251120A1.pdf

- Voom reported close to 25,000 subscribers at the end of June:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA443959?display=Breaking+News

- Still undecided about the upcoming U.S. election? "The Kerry-Edwards
plan will complete the transition to digital television, and accelerate
the return of valuable spectrum that is currently being used for
broadcasting the 'analog' television signal. The plan will ensure that
Americans continue to enjoy free, over-the-air television, including
subsidies if necessary to ensure all Americans can make the transition."
So they say:
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=34772

- The August edition of the NAB's "Destination Digital TV" has come out.
It has more information than previous editions. It lists, for example,
44 ALL-digital markets (none of the top-10; Seattle is the highest). It
also has some statistics on consumer penetration, saying that, as of
their survey earlier this year 5.9% had "DTV" (presumably displays
because only 22.9% of those had DTT-reception capability):
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/Issues/digitaltv/DDTV/0804.pdf
CEA's recent DTT-reception-capability figures closely match NAB's, but
their figure for displays is much higher (9.5-million households):
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10511

- There have been many complaints about NBC's HD coverage of the Olympic
Games, ranging from delays to selected content to technical issues.
Here's one as an example:
http://www.nola.com/living/t-p/index.ssf?/base/living-3/1092732935296730.xml

- San Francisco broadcaster KRON is carrying HDNet programming:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/08/19/BUGAV8A83D1.DTL&type=business

- The Advanced Television Systems Committee has approved a
synchronization standard for distributed (multi-transmitter) DTT. The
first URL is for the press release; the second is for the standard:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_SFN_Aug_04.htm
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_110.pdf

- International H/DTV news:

- The European Commission wants to promote standards but won't impose
one on interactive digital TV -- at least not yet:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=5847644

- Digital Broadcasting Australia reports combined sales of DTT
set-top-box (STB) receivers and integrated TVs (to dealers, I think),
hit 409,000 at the end of June:
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?display=news&newsID=558
In their latest list of those STB receivers, there are 49 models listed,
of which nine are HD-capable. The least expensive model is A$169; the
least expensive HD model is A$599:
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- China currently has 280,000 digital-TV households (all cable, I
think). They want to hit 380 million. Wang Xiaojie, in charge of DTV at
the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, said, "We want
to phase out all analog and convert to digital by 2015. We are going to
have to fund some of the technology required." The plan is to start by
converting the 100 million urban cable households from analog to digital
at an expected cost of $7 billion for STBs.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2004/08/17/2003199112

- Four companies reportedly plan to compete with Texas Instruments in
digital micromirror-based displays:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=35300003

- This URL will take you to a story about computer manufacturers getting
involved in digital TV products:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,117552,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp

- Key Digital notes that its HD Hanna receives DTT and "scales the video
program to match your display's native resolution with a choice of
numerous output resolutions":
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/altavista/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040816005278&newsLang=en

- Shades-of-the-Tice-clock department: The Late July edition of Gary
Merson's HDTV Insider also noted that some consumer-electronics retail
salespeople he encountered said he should use a Monster power
conditioner for the best HD pictures. He quotes from the package:
"Monster Clean Power removes 'dirty' AC power for the best high
definition picture." Without it, "You’ll experience a lack of sharpness
and color detail from your high definition components." Merson sets the
record straight:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com

- Based on figures from CEA, here are the statistics for factory sales
to U.S. dealers since the last memo:
- First 28 weeks:
VCRs down 63.5%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 3.9% (largely due to TV/VCR combos), 10-week down 13.6%
28th-week "digital" 71,212, first 28 weeks 2,049,477, "digital" portion
15.1%
- First 29 weeks:
VCRs down 62.8%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 2.8%, 10-week running average down 11.3%
29th-week "digital" 85,382, first 29 weeks 2,134,859, "digital" portion
15.2%
- First 30 weeks:
VCRs down 62.6%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 2.6%, 10-week running average down 12.2%
30th-week "DTV" 147,681, first 30 weeks 2,282,540, "digital" portion 15.4%
- First 31 weeks:
VCRs down 63.2%
Non-H/DTV TVs down 4.6%, 10-week running average down 20.5%
31st-week "DTV" 49,039, first 31 weeks 2,323,113, "digital" portion 15.4%
The "digital" portion is the percentage of all TV sales represented by
the "DTV products." It does not include plasma or direct-view LCD. It
may be worth noting here what the 15% means. About 85% of the
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 31st week this year
were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
To qualify 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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals were still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of four since the last memo
-- the Hughes and Samsung at Best Buy, the Samsung at Circuit City, and
the Toshiba at J&R.

- The ads - This represents all ads I've seen (in the U.S.) since the
last memo at the end of July. Wherever prices varied over the weeks, I
chose the lower. Where the same model was offered at the same price with
different premiums of about the same value, I included only the first I saw.
Circuit City offered $100 towards HD cable on some Panasonic products.
Ultimate Electronics also offered a number of complete home-video
packages; I haven't listed their prices because I couldn't separate the
TV component.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer) - prices said to be "before on-site savings":
- Daewoo DSC-34W70N 34-inch 16:9 flat-screen CRT TV $1099.99
- Gateway 56-inch widescreen DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Olevia LT20HVK 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2399.99
- Philips 55PL9223/17 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3499.99
- Sharp LC-32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $3999.99
- Sharp LC-37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $5499.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- ViewSonic VPW450HD 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Hughes HT-LHD DirecTV/ATSC set-top DTV receiver w/dish $299.99
- Insignia I-LC23Q1 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$300 GC $4499.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99**
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1999.99
- LG RU-44SZ51D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch widescreen plasma TV w/$100 gift card $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.99
- Mits. WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DLP DTV w/$300 GC $4499.99
- Mitsubishi WS-48515 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.99**
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99**
- Mystery brand plasma TV $2499.99
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3999.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.99**
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-in. 16:9 integr. plas. DTV w/$400 GC $5499.99
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999.99****
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $2299.99**
- Philips 26PW6341 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99****
- Philips 34PW8502 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1299.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99***
- Pioneer PDP4341HD 43-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $5999.99** w/rebate
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $7999.99** w/rebate
- Polaroid LCD-1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $649.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$200 GC $3199.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199.99**
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99**
- Samsung SIR-TS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder w/dish $299.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 gift card $3299.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view CRT DTV $899.98****
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $999.99#
- Samsung TX-P3271WH 32-inch 4:3 integr. CRT DTV w/$100 gift card $999.99
- Sansui LCDVD200 20-inch widescreen LCD/DVD combo $899.99****
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99
- Sony KE37XS910 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99***
- Sony KE42XS910 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99##
- Sony KE50XS910 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $6999.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99##
- Sony KV32FS320 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $649.99#
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1599.99
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99#
- Toshiba 20DL74 20-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $999.99****
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV w/$50 GC $899.99
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99#
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99**
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99**
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99**
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV w/$100 GC $2299.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV GC $2299.99##
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99**
** price includes portable DVD/LCD combo
*** price includes basic installation
**** price includes upconverting DVD player
# price includes DVD player
## price includes XBOX video game system
- Circuit City (appropriate disclaimers) - some prices "before savings":
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Akai PT4298HD/PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Audiovox FP1500 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$50 gift card $2499.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 gift card $5999.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 gift card $3099.99
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 gift card $1699.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- Magnavox 20MF200V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $849.99
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $489.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1199.99
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Panasonic CT32HXC14 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $799.99
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1399.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TC14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $599.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $999.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3699.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $5999.99
- Philips 26PW8402 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $549.99
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $549.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- RCA HD61LPW42 61-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3199.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199.99
- Samsung LTN1535 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescr. direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung LTP1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $749.99
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899.99
- Samsung SIRTS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder w/dish $299.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 gift card $3299.99
- Samsung TXN3075WHF 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $849.99
- Samsung TXP2675WHD 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99
- Sharp LC13E1UB/LC13S1UB 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $399.99
- Sharp LC13B4US/LC13B6US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $429.99
- Sharp LC20E1UB/LC20S1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $849.99
- Sharp LC20B4US/LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$50 GC $949.99
- Sharp LC22SV2U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $1299.99
- Sharp LC37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV w/$500 GC $5999.99
- Sony KDE32XBR950 32-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7749.99 w/rebate
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$400 gift card $3999.99
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 gift card $3299.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 gift card $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS510/KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $749.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99
- Sony KV36FS100/KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
- Panasonic PT-47WX54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- Panasonic PT-53WX54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1599.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung TXP2675WHD 26-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$300 GC $2799.99
- ViewSonic VPW425 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99###
### price includes DVD+R/RW recorder
- Dell (no disclaimer)
- Dell 2200MP projector $899
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $630
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2799
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $999
- "Major Name Brand" 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1499
- "Major Name Brand" 60-inch 4:3 projection TV $1499
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4497
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Philips 27PT830H 27-inch widescreen CRT direct-view TV
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3497
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- "Brand Varies by Location" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
- Philips 32PT842H 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $599
- Philips 42FD9955 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Philips 55PL977S 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HPN4239X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Sony KV36HS510 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999
- ViewSonic N2700W 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1999
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P1 47-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3199
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $3699
- Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999
- Panasonic TH42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199
- Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3999
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA30WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999 after rebate
- Loewe Spheros 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/stand $4499
- SharpVision LC20B4U 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH37PA20P 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Panasonic TH42PA20P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson PowerLite S1+ projector w/$100 gift card $999.99
- Humax L3040 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV $1499.99
- InFocus X2 projector w/$100 gift card999.99
- JVC HD-61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV
- JVC LT-17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.99
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- LG RU-42PZ90 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Panasonic CT32HL44 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Panasonic TC-20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV
- Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2399.99
- Philips 30PW9819 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Philips 32FD9954 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2199.99
- Philips 37FD9954 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3799.99
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Samsung TX-P2745P 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- Sony KDE-50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- Sony KF-50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Sony KF-60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Toshiba DST3100 ATSC/DirecTV/NTSC receiver $499.99
- Westinghouse W31501 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $429.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Zenith C32V28 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $849.99
- Zenith P42W46 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-15LA61 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $598
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3998
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Sharp LC-37HV6U 37-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $4998
- Sony KF-50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3298
- Sony KF-60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3998
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 46-inch projection TV, Sears #54713 $1399.99
- JVC 56-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54814 $1699.99
- Mitsubishi 55-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54124 $1899.99
- Samsung 42-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54014 $1099.99
- Samsung 46-inch DLP projection TV, Sears #54058 $3039.99
- Samsung 47-inch projection TV, Sears #54084 $1199.99
- Samsung 50-inch DLP projection TV, Sears #54088 $3324.99
- Toshiba 46-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54434 $1399.99
- Toshiba 57-inch 16:9 projection TV, Sears #54444 $1899.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer noted):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.95###
- LG RU17LZ22 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.95 "before savings"
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1995.95 "before savings"
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2799.95 "before savings"
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.95 "before savings"
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2298.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated proj. DLP DTV $3999.95###
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1849.95
- Mitsubishi WS65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2299.95###
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4162.95
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1387.95
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.95
- Panasonic PT47WX53/54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2774.95
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899.95
- Panasonic TC22LH1 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.95###
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95###
- Panasonic TH42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.95###
- Panasonic TH42PX25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95###
- Philips 32PT8320 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $699.95
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $3699.95
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.95####
- Pioneer PRO910HD 43-inch 16:9 integr. plas. DTV $7499.95 "before sav."
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $999.95 "before sav."
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3299.95 "before savings"
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2312.95
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7399.95
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5087.95
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3052.95
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1572.95
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
- Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.95 "before savings"
- Zenith P42W34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2589.95
### price includes DVD recorder
#### price after rebate but "before savings"

- Tech-Notes #125.5 has come out. It's largely links (from Lee Wood's
board) to news stories):
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_125.5.pdf

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, here are the factory-to-dealer sales statistics
since the last memo:
First 28 weeks: down 3%, 10-week running average down 14.6%
First 29 weeks: down 1.8%, 10-week running average down 12.8%
First 30 weeks: down 0.6%, 10-week running average down 12%
First 31 weeks: down 3.3%, 10-week running average down 18.3%

- HDNet's Mark Cuban's blog has a story on hard drives (and flash
drives) vs. DVD for both SD and HD:
http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/7706137582525561/

- PVR news: TiVo reports 1.9 million subscribers, 288,000 of them added
in the second quarter of this year (225,000 of the 288,000 being DirecTV
subscribers):
http://a423.g.akamai.net/7/423/1788/57ae1f2ef76271/www.tivo.com/pdfs/reports/TiVo_Q204_final.pdf

- Satellite news:

- The FCC notes that Canada has requested frequency coordination for
some C-band earth stations:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-251275A1.pdf

- And the Los Angeles Times notes that it's illegal to RECEIVE Canadian
satellite signals here without government authorization:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-canada19aug19,1,339115.story?coll=la-headlines-business

- The CIE chromaticity diagrams are shaped sort of like an elongated,
rotated letter D. Connecting the dots of any three color primaries
creates a triangle rather than a D. An area of visible color typically
lost is in the saturated blue-greens. What can be done? Go to more than
three primaries, as this New York Times article reports:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/26/technology/circuits/26next.html?8cir
I still like the Land Retinex two-primary color TV. Visitors to the
Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Hall of Science in New York can
check out the principle in the "Green Tomatoes" exhibit.

- Nielsen has made the U.S. TV-household universe for the 2004-2005
season 109.6 million, up from 108.4 million in 2003-4 (which was up a
bigger jump from 106.7 million in 2002-3). The top five markets
represent almost 20%; the top ten almost 30%. Glendive, Montana remains
the last (210th) market:
http://www.nielsenmedia.com/

- ***It's that time of year again. If you're interested in doing a demo,
moderating a breakfast roundtable, or making a presentation at the
Hollywood Post Alliance ***Technology Retreat*** in the Palm Springs
area in January, please contact me.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through September 1, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Entertainment Media
Expo http://www.media-tech.net/news/New_A.htm.
- September 1-3, Reading, UK, International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.isce.reading.ac.uk.
- September 9-14, RAI, Amsterdam, International Broadcasting Convention
http://www.ibc.org.
- September 16-19, Sony, Basingstoke, England, SMPTE Engineering
Committee meetings http://www.fibush.net/smpte/Sept2004/Sept2004.htm.
- October 6-7, Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Government Video
Technology Expo http://www.GVExpo.com.
- *October 7-9, Embassy Suites Baltimore North, Hunt Valley, Maryland,
WEBE/SMPTE convention [url] [url="http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url]."]http://www.webe.org/pages/convention.html[/url].[/url]
- October 13-15, Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C., IEEE Broadcast
Symposium http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/symposium.html.
- October 18-19, Pasadena Convention Center, California, Global Society
for Asset Management G-SAM 2004 http://www.g-sam.org/gsam2004/index.asp.
- October 18-20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE Technical
Conference and Exhibition http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- *December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference on
Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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- Follow-ups:

- The ads - Last week I mentioned that I saw the Samsung SIRTS360
set-top box in a Best Buy ad. I should have said Circuit City, as the
later listings indicated.

- Toshiba's hand-held digital TV receiver/display - There seems to be
a difference of opinion as to whether it has DTT reception or satellite.
Pace is reportedly offering a mobile PVR:
http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/scm/20041012/#Pace

- ***The Technology Retreat*** - Mike Strein of ABC is joining CBS,
Fox, PBS, Sinclair, and WB on the broadcasters panel, and
consumer-electronics industry consultant, journalist, and CEDIA board
member Mike Heiss is joining the consumer-marketplace panel. I should have
many more announcements soon related to digital cinema, wide-gamut capture
and display, PSIP, targeted commercials, 4K files, digital dailies, and
more. BE THERE! January 26-28 (with pre-retreat seminars on the 25th and
-- trade press take note -- possible other events before that):
http://www.hpaonline.com

- DTT legislation - The House of Representatives passed a non-binding
resolution calling for a hard analog cut-off at the end of 2006, which
should make the intelligence-reform bill conference interesting. The full
story requires a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA471489.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 85 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 26 (31%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. The percentage
continues to climb, though it's still well below half.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Toshiba 36H50 36-inch TV @ Broadway Computers $369
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- JVC AV27530 27-inch TV @ Sears $199.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $157.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Fry's $97
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy w/$5 "reward" $199.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Advent Q143A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $99.99
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Memorex MT1194 19-inch TV @ Sears $84.99
- Sylvania 6420FE 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $139.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $84.99
- Coby DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $179.99
- GoVideo R6740 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $189.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Sylvania SRC2213E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $89.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:

- May 1 - Neither the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated its lists this week.
The FCC has yet to release any September figures.
According to Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology, as of October 10,
the FCC CDBS database listed just 623 licensed U.S. DTT stations:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=602

- The FCC Technological Advisory Committee meeting next Wednesday will
feature a demonstration of multiband OFDM:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3237A1.pdf

- Rights news:
- The New York Times reported last Tuesday that entertainment-industry
interests have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision allowing
file-sharing software. I neglected to snag the URL, but it's past the
free-viewing point anyway. If you want to pay for the article, just go to:
http://www.nytimes.com
and enter "Betamax Zeller" in the search box.
- There's a strange story about someone in Canada effectively running
a free wireless-cable service, supposedly legal:
http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20040930.html
- Get the latest rights info straight from the experts, like Motion
Picture Association CTO Brad Hunt and Copy Protection Technical Working
Group member Jim Burger at ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Comcast is offering politics on demand in Colorado. Viewers with VOD can
get candidates statements on major issues at any time:
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=44336631

- International H/DTV news:

- Sales of "digital television sets" in Korea have reportedly FALLEN
the first eight months of this year:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/041019/3/r9ua.html

- A story about NEC selling DTT transmitters in China says
transmissions to mobile receivers in buses, taxis, and ferries have already
begun:
http://www.japancorp.net/Article.Asp?Art_ID=8567

- China is reportedly second only to the U.S. in number of digital-cinema
screens, with the possibility of passing us soon:
http://english.people.com.cn/200409/22/eng20040922_157910.html

- An LCD TV owned by a student in Oregon was shut by government order. It
was emitting the 121.5 MHz distress frequency:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/18/odd.television.reut/index.html

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 39 weeks of 2004 were down 6.5% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 11.8%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 39th week were
151,902 units and for the first 39 weeks 2,901,402.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15% of the TVs (not counting
plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 39th week this
year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of the
non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 39th week this year
were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only the DirecTV units at
Good Guys this week.

- The ads - The Los Angeles ads are for two weeks; where the same model
appeared with two prices, I've listed the lower. Remarkably for
mid-October 2004, the same-store, same-brand, same-size, same-resolution
premium for DTT reception was $500 for the Mitsubishi WS55515 over the
WS55513 at Ultimate Electronics, but there IS a model between them.
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$35 GC $1199.99 BS
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$100 GC $3299.99 BS
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch widescreen plasma TV $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $3799.99 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$130 GC $4499.99
BS
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$70 GC $2299.99 BS
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$75 GC $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-in. 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$90 GC $2999.99
BS
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$220 GC $7499.99 BS
- RCA HD50LPW162 50-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$80 GC $2999.99 BS
- RCA HD61LPW162 61-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $3499.99 BS
- RCA HD61THW263 61-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$260 GC $8999.99
BS
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$125 GC $4199.99 BS
- Samsung HP-P4261 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$145 GC $4999.99 BS
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$45 GC $1499.99 BS
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$30 GC $999.99 BS WS
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$50 GC $1699.99 BS
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$30 GC $999.99 BS WS
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD proj. TV w/$70 GC $2299.99 BS
BS - price is said to be "before savings"
GC - price includes "reward certificates" (gift card) in the amount
shown
WS - price includes stand
- Broadway Computers & Electronics (Metro NY, no disclaimer):
- JVC AV-52Z575 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $2699
- RCA 65HD65 65-inch projection TV $899
- Sharp LC-20B5US 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $749
- Sony KP[51]WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Sony KP[57]WS510 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399
- Circuit City (insufficient disclaimers):
- Hitachi 32HDL51 32-inch LCD TV $3999.99
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- Magnavox 20MF200V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1067.99
- Panasonic TC26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $799.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99
- Samsung TXN3075WHF/TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD proj. DTV $2799.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KV34HS520 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Audiovox FP-1520 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- Daewoo DTS 42 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $1999.99
- ViewSonic N2700W-B1 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1599.99 AR
AR - price after rebate
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $649
- Dell 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1249
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1649
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3699
- Mitsubishi WS-65513 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199
- Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1299
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- RCA HD50LPW42 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2499
- Samsung HL-P5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3899
- Toshiba 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- DirecTV/ATSC set-top receiver/decoder $299
- DirecTV HR10250 set-top receiver/decoder/PVR $999
- "Famous Brand" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- LG KU17WDVD 17-inch widescreen LCD TV w/DVD player $1199
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2699
- Mitsubishi PD5030 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799
- Mitsubishi WS48513 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1249
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
- Philips 17PF9946/37 17-inch 16:9 LCD TV $899
- Philips 30PW8402/37 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799
- Pioneer PRO730HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Samsung HLN467W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299
- Samsung HLP4663WX 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199
- Samsung HPP4261X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Samsung LTP266WX 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung TXP2675WHFX 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $2799
- Sony KDF60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $5499
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1299.99
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1879.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Panasonic TH-37PX25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV
- Philips 32PF9966 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2399.99
- Philips 44PL9523/17 44-inch widescreen LCoS projection TV $2299.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Toshiba SD-P7000 17-inch 16:9 LCD/DVD combo $799.99
- Westinghouse W31501 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $699.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Zenith L17W36 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$75 GC $799.99
GC - price includes gift card of the value shown
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2798
- Mitsubishi WD-52725 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3998
- Mitsubishi WS-55813 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic PT-50LCX64 50-inch integrated LCD projection DTV $3298
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD proj. DTV $2798
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS-55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1699.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2249.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer noted):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.95
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2399.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1499.95 BS
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.95 BS
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2499.95
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.95 BS
- Panasonic TH42PX25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95
- Philips 26PF9966 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699.95 BS
- Philips 30PF9946D 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.95
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Pioneer PRO1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999.95
- Samsung TXP2775HF 27-inch integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.95 BS
- Sharp LC20S1US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $899.95 BS
- Sharp XVZ200 16:9 DLP projector $3499.95
- Sharp XVZ10000 16:9 DLP projector $6999.95
- Zenith L27V46 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999.95
- Zenith P42W22B/34H 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
BS - price is said to be "before savings"
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Planar PDP-42BK 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Sony PFM-42V1/B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Sony PFM-42X1/B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3297 BS
- Mitsubishi WD 52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3997 BS
- Sharp LC30HV6U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2697
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2397
BS - price is said to be "before savings"

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
39 weeks of 2004 were up 4% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was up 9.6%. VCR sales were down 63.1% for the first 39
weeks.

- The plan to distribute secure DVD players to Academy members for
awards voting purposes has not yet been implemented, and the clock is
ticking:
[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/16/movies/MoviesFeatures/16dvd.html?oref=log
in&th[/url]

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through October 20, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CEA Industry
Forum http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=IF04.
- Through October 20, Hudson Hotel, New York, 12th ETA Summit
http://www.etaexpo.com/.
- October 20, VCA Fusion, 370 Seventh Avenue, New York, SMPTE NY
Section meeting on 24p post http://www.smpteny.org/smpteny/.
- October 20-23, Pasadena Convention Center, California, SMPTE
Technical Conference and Exhibition
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/146tech.cfm.
- October 25-28, Orlando World Center Marriott, ShowEast
http://www.showeast.com/filmgroup/showeast/index.jsp.
- October 26-29, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Cable and
Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia
http://www.casbaaconvention.com/.
- November 2, Laemmle's Monica, Digital Studio Conference
http://www.ihollywoodforum.com/.
- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. The
next two memos will almost certainly be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
- A couple of apologies: The name of the expert from Tandberg in
the compression seminar is Matthew Goldman, and on-line registration
probably won't be available until Monday. Sorry about that.
- We are overflowing with submissions for the main program --
many more than we can include. Unless you have something earth shattering,
please do not submit anything more for the main program.
- BUT there are PLENTY of breakfast roundtables available, and
there's still space in the demo area. If you'd like one or more breakfast
roundtables, please just let me know the topic(s) -- very short titles,
please -- the moderator(s), and the day(s) -- Thursday and/or Friday.
- So, wait until Monday, but then REGISTER! Don't say you
haven't been warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- CEA DTV Guide - More of the latest version of the Consumer
Electronics Association publication is now available online -
- Here's an overview:
http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/default.asp
- Here are just the product charts to which I referred last week:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/HDTV_Fal
l04_Product_Charts.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of seven PC DTT-tuner cards, starting at $199:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/DTV_Tune
r_Cards.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of recorders -- six D-VHS and 15 PVRs -- both
starting at $449:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/DTV_Vide
o_Recorders.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of 18 HD cable boxes:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/EDTV_Mon
itors.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of 27 set-top DTT receiver/decoders, starting at
$199 (just one at that price, from V, Inc.):
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/Set-Top_
Decoders.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of 32 EDTV monitors, of which 26 have no analog
NTSC tuners and are, therefore, not subject to the FCC DTT-circuitry
mandate:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/EDTV_Mon
itors.pdf[/url]
- Here's a chart of 286 HD monitors, of which 126 have no analog
NTSC tuner:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/HDTV_Mon
itors.pdf[/url]
- Combined with the 120 NTSC-tunerless flat-panel monitors I
noted last week, there are 272 NTSC-tunerless models listed, UP from 220 in
the previous version of the guide. Including the integrated sets from last
week, DTT set-top boxes, and PC DTT cards, there are 211 models DTT
receivers of any kind (with or without displays) listed and 696 models of
"digital televisions" listed with no capability to receive
digital-television broadcasts. It is now more than 7.5 years since the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its DTT rules.

- Ending analog TV broadcasts in the U.S. - The National Association
of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Association for Maximum Service Television
(MSTV) have come up with their own proposal, which they have submitted to
the FCC. Here are the main points:
- Cable systems need to carry all of a broadcaster's digital
transmissions and either offer analog conversion equipment to subscribers
or carry both digital and analog on the cable system to homes (small cable
operators can have some exemption).
- Cable systems must not "degrade" digital broadcasts.
- No new unlicensed devices should operate in the TV spectrum
until after the transition.
- The FCC should ensure sufficient spectrum for wireless mics and
cameras and other auxiliary broadcast gear.
Do all that, and "it could be possible to set a hard date for the
completion of the digital transition, except where the FCC grants waivers
due to factors beyond licensee's control, as in the case of New York City,
and where the issues may have technical consequences in neighboring markets
or other external circumstances."

http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/Filings/DTV102904.pdf
As might be expected, the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association (NCTA) was not impressed:
http://www.ncta.com/press/press.cfm?PRid=541&showArticles=ok

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 107 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 26 (24%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. Again, I have
not included non-H/DTV projection TVs advertised in AM New York (this time
at Royal Computers and Electronics). The lower percentage might be because
I included Dallas ad supplements this week.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- Sharp 25-inch TV @ Fry's $169
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $229.99 AR
- Durabrand DU2701/DWT2704 27-inch TV @ Wal*Mart $168.74
- Sylvania 6427TE 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $158.95
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- Mystery brand CTGV4563TCT 13-inch TV @ Conn's $59.99
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $69.99 AR
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Conn's $79.97
- Sylvania SRT2313 13-inch TV @ Sears $59.99
- Samsung 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Target $99
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Conn's $119.99
- "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $34.99
- Apex VCR/DVD/Picture CD/MP3/WMA combo @ OfficeMax $79.99
- Emerson EWD2204 VCR/DVD combo @ Wal*Mart $79.86
- ilo DVDR04 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Wal*Mart $149.67
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $199.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55K DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Fry's $269
- Samsung DVD-R100 DVD-R/RW/RAM recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Sony RDRGX7/B DVD+/-R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $299.99 AR
- Sharp DVRW340U VCR/DVD-recorder combo @ Best Buy $299.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Emerson REWC1303 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Conn's $79.99
- Sylvania 6313CE 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Ultimate $98.95
- Magnavox 19MDTR2017 19-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Target $198
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- GPX TV524 5-inch TV with AM/FM @ Academy $19.99
- Casio TV980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Sony DNF400 AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Circuit City $79.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate

- May 1 - Neither the NAB nor the FCC updated their lists recently.
It is now November, and the FCC has yet to release any September figures.
It has also been a long time since CEA released any DTT-receiver sales
figures.

- The FCC did, however, today release its analog station figures through
September 30:
- Full-power commercial VHF ------- 589
- Full-power commercial UHF ------- 777
- Full-power non-commercial VHF --- 127
- Full-power non-commercial UHF --- 255
- Class A (low-power) VHF --------- 110
- Class A (low-power) UHF --------- 492
- Low-power VHF ------------------- 496
- Low-power UHF ------------------ 1557
- VHF translators ---------------- 1905
- UHF translators ---------------- 2629
Total U.S. analog TV broadcast transmitters as of September 30 ---
8937:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253919A1.pdf
Licensed U.S. DTT stations in CDBS database as of October 24 --- 625:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=619

- There are no H/DTV items on the agenda for the FCC meeting next Tuesday:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253922A1.pdf

- There is yet another integrated-home standard. This one is called the
Universal Home Application Programmer Interface (UHAPI), and the UHAPI
Forum was formed by Access, the Digital TV Industry Alliance of China,
Hewlett-Packard, Philips, and Samsung:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/041101/16258_1.html

- Qualcomm has created a subsidiary, MediaFLO, to provide 700 MHz
"interactive multimedia services to consumers":
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041101/lam038a_1.html

- International H/DTV news:

- In Canada, cable operators seem to already be doing much of what the
NAB/MSTV plan calls for, delivering both analog and digital simultaneously:
http://www.cedmagazine.com/ced/2004/1104/11c.htm

- Here's an overview of HDTV in Canada:
http://www.torontofreepress.com/2004/bray102904.htm

- Still dealing with our neighbor to the north, a judge in Quebec has
ruled that Canadian federal restrictions on satellite reception infringe on
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so Canadians should be allowed to
receive U.S. DBS:
[url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041101/SAT
ELLITE01/TPNational/Canada[/url]

- According to the International Herald Tribune, Finland has the
world's highest DTT penetration, 17%:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/10/31/business/digitv01.html

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 41 weeks of 2004 were down 6.5% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 7.5%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 41st week were 95,767
units and for the first 41 weeks 3,018,476.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 15.3% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 41st
week this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 41st week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only the LG models at Best
Buy and Circuit City. Circuit City also advertised a DirecTV one-room
upgrade to HD for $299.99.

- The ads - Circuit City listed the KDF50WE655 as an alternate model for
the KF50WE610, but one is integrated and one isn't. Conn's advertised the
Mitsubishi WS55311, which is from two model cycles ago. They also noted
that the Hitachi 57S715 has an "HDTV tuner" (singular) but "2-Tuner PIP."
Ultimate had many older models, too. Wal*Mart had a Durabrand six-speaker
home-theater system for $49.73. J&R had the Westinghouse LTV-17v LCD TV
with a 5:4 (advertised!) aspect ratio.
The same-store, same-brand, same-size, same-shape, same-type,
same-resolution premium for DTT reception was $300 at Conn's for the
Hitachi 50V715 over the 50V500.
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499.99 LD
- JVC LT26X575 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99 LD
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99 LD
- NEC LT170 DLP projector $1499.99 AR
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $699.99
- RCA HD50LPW162 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2999.99 LD
- RCA HD61LPW162 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3499.99 LD
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 LD
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99 LD
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999.99 LD
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999.99 LD
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999.99
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99 LD
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Toshiba 23HL84 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599.99 LD
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99 LD
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 LD
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899.99 LD
AR - price after mail-in rebate
LD - price includes portable LCD/DVD combo
- Circuit City (insufficient disclaimers):
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99
- Audiovox FPE2000 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV w/$50 GC $699.99
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 GC $5999.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$400 GC $3999.99
- Hitachi 57F510 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1899.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1799.99
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3799.99
- LG RU42PZ71 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TC14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $549.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV w/$50 GC $899.99
- Panasonic TC26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $5499.99
- Philips 26PW8402 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $599.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$400 GC $4199.99
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 GC $7499.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 GC $2699.99
- Samsung TXP3264 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $799.99
- Sharp LC13S1UB 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $449.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV w/$100 GC $1099.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2199.99
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integr. direct-view DTV w/$200 GC $1999.99
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300 GC $3599.99
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1799.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $749.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
GC - price includes gift card of value shown
- Conn's (Dallas Morning News, insufficient disclaimers):
- Hitachi 42EDT41 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.97
- Hitachi 42V715 42-inch 16:9 integrated LCD DTV $2799.97
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2999.97
- Hitachi 50V715 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3299.97
- Hitachi 57S715 57-inch 16:9 integrated CRT projection DTV $2299.99
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799.97
- Mitsubishi WS55311 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.97
- Mystery brand 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $2299.97
- Mystery brand PT5598 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- Mystery brand 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection TV $2799.97
- Proview HV207 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.97
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.97
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.97
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $529.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $2799.97
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $3299.97
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.97
- Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999.97
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $799.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199.97
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699.97
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $629
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $999
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Fry's (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" [Philips?] 51PW9363 51-inch 16:9 projection TV
$1199
- "Major Name Brand" 60-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- "Major Name Brand" 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2999
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
- Optoma 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2497
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3399
- Philips 27PT830H 27-inch widescreen CRT direct-view TV $399
- Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1997
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4199
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3199
- Toshiba 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Loewe Aventos 30-inch widescreen direct-view TV $799
- Hewlett-Packard (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2199
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Toshiba 65H84 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2199
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2199.99
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Westinghouse W31501 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P1 47-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $1997 AR
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $2497 AR
- LG RU-44SZ80L 44-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2498
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1798
- Panasonic PT-50LCX64 50-inch integrated LCD projection DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Zenith D60WLCD 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2998
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2995
- Pep Boys (Dallas Morning News, no disclaimer):
- Real Digital LTD-1502 15-inch 4:3 LCD/DVD combo $399 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Samsung (no disclaimer):
- Samsung LT-P1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $699
- Samsung LT-P2045 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LT-P1795W 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Samsung LT-P266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung LT-P326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $4999
- Sears (no disclaimer):
- Samsung HCP4241W 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer noted):
- Akai PT4298HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $898.95
- Epson LS57P1 57-inch 16:9 projection TV/photo printer $2384.95
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2187.95
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1767.95
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.95 BS
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2298.95
- Mitsubishi LT2220 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1498.95
- Mitsubishi WS55513 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1697.95
- Mitsubishi WS55813 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2984.95
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1888.95
- Philips 30PF9946D 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.95 BS
- Philips 32PT8320 32-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $598.95
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $968.95
- Philips 42PF9976 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999.95 BS
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4976.95
- Pioneer PRO730/HDI 64-inch 16:9 projection TV $2977.95
- Samsung HCN5529WH 47-inch 16:9 CRT integrated projection DTV $1397.95
- Samsung HLN467 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2874.95
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3288.95
- Samsung HLN5039 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4684.95
- Samsung TXN2745FP 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $366.95
- Sharp LC20S1US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $899.95
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $998.95
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95 BS
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2497.95
- Sony KP46WT510 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1156.95
- Zenith L23V36 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1397.95
BS - price "before savings"
- Video and Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- Mitsubishi WS-55313 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1597
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2297
BS - price "before savings"

- DVD news: According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the
first 41 weeks of 2004 were up 1.8% from the same period in 2003. My
ten-week running average was up 16.2%. It's pretty amazing! VCR sales
were down 63.1% for the first 41 weeks.

- Satellite news:

- DirecTV added 484,000 net new subscribers in the third quarter out
of 1.08 million gross to end the quarter with 13.5 million:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA477358?display=Breaking+News

- Lyra Research's DTV View reports that weather-related reception
problems are DBS-viewers' most common complaint:
[url]http://www.dtvview.com/DTVViewReports.nsf/bbc0d6f4c78c142785256a23005932fa/
4526573d966793bf85256f1f005b5260?OpenDocument[/url]

- MPEG reports from its October meeting in Mallorca that it is evaluating
spatial audio coding, is close to a new standard for scalable video coding,
and is calling for evidence on multiple view (3D) coding. The press
release should be posted here soon:
http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/for_the_media.htm

- The MPEG Induistry Forum has announced a 30-company sixth round of
interoperability testing, which will include AVC and high-efficiency AAC:
http://www.m4if.org/public/documents/vault/mp-out-40056.php

- The National Center for Accessible Media is offering CaptionKeeper,
software to move video line-21 captions to streamed and file-based media in
QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player formats:
http://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/captionkeeper/

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- November 4, Los Angeles Center Studios, HD Expo
http://www.hdexpo.net/.
- November 4-7, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Home
Entertainment 2004 West http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/.
- November 9, Starz Encore, Englewood, Colorado, SMPTE HDTV boot camp
rchelsi@pinnaclesys.com Rome Chelsi, 303 670-3590.
- *November 10, Post Works, New York, NY SMPTE Section meeting "HDV
Unwrapped" http://www.smpteny.org.
- *November 12, WNET, New York, VSB seminar
http://www.zenith.com/digitalbroadcast/downloads/WNET_Seminar_Flyer.pdf.
- *November 15-16, Indiana Broadcasters Association convention
http://www.indianabroadcasters.org/information/brochure01.html
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- *November 20, UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, VSB
seminar
http://www.zenith.com/digitalbroadcast/downloads/UNC_Seminar_Flyer.pdf.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

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This one's dated 13.11.2004

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Sorry about the delay! I'm involved in a project that's been taking a lot
more time than I expected, but there's supposed to be a respite at the end
of next week.

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** - There have been many developments,
but I haven't had a chance to note them all. John Galt of Panavision will
present the Genesis camera. Pete Challinger will be doing a breakfast
roundtable on Thursday on tapeless (and filmless) color correction and one
on Friday on tools for worldwide deliverables. Most important, online
registration has now opened:
<[url]http://www.hpaonline.com>[/url]
More as soon as I get a chance.

- MPEG's recent meeting - I had a finger slip last week. I wrote that
they were "close to a new standard for scalable video coding." That should
have been "closer."

- Qualcomm's MediaFLO - Here's a bigger story:
<[url]">http://p2pnet.net/story/2943>[/url]

- The 5th-generation LG/Zenith DTT receiver - A posting on the AV
Science Forum indicates a delay:
<[url]">http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?postid=4535510#post4535510>[/url]

- July 1 -
- This was the headline on a Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) press release this week: "CEA And CERC Petition FCC For Expedited 100
Percent Digital Tuner Implementation." CERC is the Consumer Electronics
Retailers Coalition, and the headline makes it sound like they and CEA want
to speed up the "tuner" mandate. They do. They want to speed up the 100%
date for 25-inch and up from July 1, 2006 to March 1, 2006. But there's a
hidden quid pro quo. They want the 50% date of July 1, 2005 to go away.
Why? Their petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cites
this section of these memos to indicate how much hardship consumers buying
27-inch TVs would face if they had to get sets with today's relatively
expensive DTT receiver/decoder circuitry:
<[url]">http://www.ce.org/press_Room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10599>[/url]
TV Technology caught the hidden agenda. Their article, too, cites
this section of these memos:
<[url]">http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2475>[/url]
- This week I've listed 111 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 35 (32%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- ESA EF427E 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $249.99
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- Sylvania SRT2313B 13-inch TV @ Sears $59.99
- Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $99.99
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Memorex MT1194 19-inch TV @ Sears $89.99
- Samsung DVD-V4600A DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- Toshiba SDV392 DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $119.99
- Zenith XBV442 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99 w/movie
- LiteOn DVD+/-R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $249.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
- Pioneer DVR-320-S DVD recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Samsung DVD-R100 DVD+/-R/RW recorder @ J&R $299.99
- Sylvania DVR90DE DVD recorder @ amazon $189.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony DNF400PS AM/FM/TV/weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $74.99
- Sony ICF-CD73V AM/FM/TV/weather/CD shower radio @ J&R $79.99
- Sony ICF-S79 AM/FM/TV/weather shower radio @ J&R $49.99

- May 1 - Activity at last!
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated its list
on Wednesday to 1344 DTT stations operating in 211 U.S. markets:
<[url]">http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp>[/url]
- Having skipped September entirely, the FCC last week released
its October 27 update.
- They have increased the total number of DTT-station slots
to 1722 including single-channel stations. Of that number, 1669 (97%) have
been granted a construction permit or license, 1468 are broadcasting some
amount of DTT at some power, and 669 are authorized to transmit at full
power, either licensed or on program-test authority:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html>[/url]
- Here's the information in tabular form:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html>[/url]
- There has been no change in the top-ten-market stations
due on the air May 1, 1999:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html>[/url]
- There has also been no change in the market-11-30 stations
due on the air November 1, 1999:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html>[/url]
- These are the 799 stations operating on temporary
authority at low power:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html>[/url]
- These are the 669 that were either licensed or on
program-test authority as of October 27:
<[url]">http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html>[/url]
- According to Doug Lung's RF Report, 636 stations were listed as
licensed in the FCC database as of November 7:
<[url]">http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=640>[/url]

- International H/DTV news:

- Taiwan plans to cut its commodity tax on digital TV in half to help
speed the transition:
<[url]">http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2004/11/09/2003210344>[/url]

- The lowest priced of the 17 integrated DTT sets listed by Digital
Broadcasting Australia is a 26-inch Loewe direct-view CRT SDTV model for
A$2248 (about $1729):
<[url]">http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78>[/url]

- Canada's Star Choice satellite service now has nine HD channels:
<[url]">http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/041104/45036_1.html>[/url]

- France had been debating putting off DTT to wait for MPEG-4 coding:
<http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Nov1_5.htm#nopeac
e>
But MPEG-2 won, and the launch is still scheduled for March:
<[url]">http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/041108/323/f669m.html>[/url]

- DTT receiver prices in Italy have been dropping so rapidly (with
over three million sold so far) that the government is considering reducing
its subsidy from 150 euro to 70 or 80:
<http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200411051844-1187-RT1-CRO-0-NF82&page
=0&id=agionline-eng.italyonline>

- Here's an update on DTT in Germany:
<http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=26&story_id=1
3679&name=German+digital+TV+revolution+takes+hold+>

- A report from the Informa Group reportedly says the UK is lagging
behind Canada, Norway, Ireland, Finland, and the U.S. in the digital
transition. Really?
<[url]">http://www.thebusinessonline.com/modules/news/view.php?id=29141>[/url]

- A survey of Freeview homes by TNS Research in August and September
reportedly showed 29% having to pay 80-100 UKP to upgrade their antennas.
The government had been saying it was 10%:
<[url]">http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1346603,00.html>[/url]

- SCRI International's Digital Cinema Marketplace Report shows 39.4% of
producers already shooting feature movies electronically rather than on
film:
<[url]http://www.scri.com>[/url]

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 42 weeks of 2004 were down 5.9% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 7.1%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 42nd week were
125,926 units and for the first 42 weeks 3,240,169.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 15.4% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 42nd
week this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 85% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 42nd week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- The 85% figure doesn't seem to hold true for high-end retailers.
Tweeter's Mark Richardson says, "Somewhere in the neighborhood of 90% or
more of our TV sales are HD-ready TVs":
<[url]">http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/P87311.asp>[/url]

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only the LG at Circuit City
and the Hughes at Great Indoors.

- The ads - Best Buy's "savings" on the Mitsubishi WS-XX315 models worked
out so that the 65-inch model is more than $100 less than the 55-inch. I
suspect an error on the savings listed for the 65-inch. Best Buy also
offered a Samsung indoor TV antenna for $99.99 and a Terk for $149.99.
Circuit City offered 5% rewards (or 18 months of no interest
financing) on most models but listed the amount only for one Samsung model.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer):
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $599.99
- Toshiba 46HM84 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- Funai F42PDME 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- LG RU-44SZ51D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2659.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3134.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1804.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3514.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2374.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5224.99
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $4999.99 BS
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$50 GC $664.99
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $1899.99
- Sony KD36XS955 36-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view DTV $1614.99
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4274.99
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5224.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $2659.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $3134.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $4179.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $899.99 BS
- Toshiba 32HF73 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $854.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99 BS
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD projection TV $2184.99
BS - price "before savings"
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown (by mail)
- Circuit City (insufficient disclaimers):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.99 DX
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99 DX
- LG RU42PZ71 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99 DX
- LG RU44SZ63D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799.99 DX
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99 DX
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.99 WM
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 DX
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99 DX
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$210 RC $4199.99 DX
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7499.99 DX
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 WM
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99 WM
- Samsung LTP1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99 WM
- Samsung LTP2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899.99 WM
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99 DX
- Samsung TXP3264 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 ST
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99 WM
- Sharp LC20S1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $899.99 WM
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99 WM
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $1999.99 ST
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 DX
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2799.99 DX
- Sony KDP57WS655 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499.99 DX
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799.99 WM
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99 WM
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.99 WM
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 DX
- Sony KV34HS520 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99 ST
DX - price includes DVD player or "Xbox holiday bundle"
RC - price includes "reward certificate" of amount shown
ST - price includes stand
WM - price includes wall mount
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Daewoo DTS 42 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99
- Dell (no disclaimer):
- Dell 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $999
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" 60-inch 4:3 projection TV $1499
- Mitsubishi WS-65613 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499
- Mystery brand LCD TV $1097
- Mystery brand LCD TV $1597
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3699
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P42HHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $4999
- Fujitsu P42VHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3999
- Fujitsu P50XHA30WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$500 GC $5999
- JVC LT32X575 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$300 GC $3299
- Mitsubishi WD-62725 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$300 GC $4699
- Philips 26PW8402/37 26-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $649
- Pioneer PRO920HDI 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$500 GC $6999
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$500 GC $8999
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3499
- Samsung LTP-266WX 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC
$1999
- Samsung LTP-1795WX 17-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV w/$50 GC $899
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2799
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3999
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $1599
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 GC $2299
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Hughes HR10-250 DirecTV/ATSC/TiVo set-top receiver/PVR $999
- Sharp LC32GD6U 32-inch widescreen LCD integrated DTV $3999 DR
- Sony KDF-60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $4999
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $4999
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
DR - price includes DVD recorder
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2199
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699
- Toshiba 65H84 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2199
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1249.99
- JVC PD-42V485 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2599.99
- Panasonic PT50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Panasonic TC-22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1599.99
- Panasonic TH-37PX25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $6999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2799.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung HP-P3761 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Sharp LC15B6U 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $549.99
- Sharp LC-37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $3999.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3449.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Mitsubishi:
- Mitsubishi LT-2240 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV
- Mitsubishi LT-3050 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV
- Mitsubishi PD-5050 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4299
- Mitsubishi WS-48315 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- JVC AV56WP575 56-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3324.99
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3609.99
- Mitsubishi WD62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4274.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1804.99
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2279.99
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2184.99
- Mitsubishi WS65515 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2659.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2149.99
- Panasonic PT53X54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1519.99
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2374.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2849.99
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7124.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2849.99
- Samsung HP-P5031 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6174.99
- Samsung SPP4231 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2374.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2089.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $2659.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $3139.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3324.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, insufficient
disclaimers):
- Mitsubishi LT3050 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $4049.95
- Mitsubishi WD52725 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3599.95
- Mitsubishi WS48315 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1439.95
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2159.95
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3599.95
- Panasonic CT32HL44 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $854.95
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2249.95
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $809.95
- Panasonic TH50PX25 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6474.95
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1599.95 BS
- Philips 30PF9946D 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.95 BS
- Pioneer PRO1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999.95 BS
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95 BS
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1979.95
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5274.95
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $3329.95
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.95
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1424.95
- Zenith L15V26C 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
BS - price "before savings"
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU44SZ80L 44-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2497 BS
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2697
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2697
BS - price "before savings"

- Tech-Notes #127 has come out:
<[url]">http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_127.pdf>[/url]

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
42 weeks of 2004 were up 1.2% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was up 11%. It's pretty amazing that the high growth rate
has been sustained this long! VCR sales were down 63.2% for the first 42
weeks.

- Circuit City offered a DVD player this week for $29.99 (after
rebate) including a movie.

- Satellite news:

- EchoStar added 350,000 net new subscribers in the third quarter to
end with 10.5 million:
<[url]">http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2482>[/url]
Last week I reported that DirecTV had added 484,000 to 12.1 million.

- EchoStar is planning a change to MPEG-4, but it will be later than
originally planned -- probably sometime in 2006:
<[url]">http://www.twice.com/article/CA479247?display=Breaking+News>[/url]

- Voom, the HD-heavy service, ended September with fewer subscribers
(26,000) than at the end of August (28,700), and that was before October,
when they started cutting off viewers who hadn't paid:
<[url]">http://www.twice.com/article/CA479054?display=Breaking+News>[/url]

- PVR news:

- TiVo is sending code to its boxes to restrict some recording
capability: <[url]">http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.11/view.html?pg=3>[/url]

- 55% of advertising executives surveyed by the American Advertising
Federation felt that, despite PVRs, the "30-second spot will remain [the]
cornerstone of TV advertising.: Another 12% feel PVRs will be little or no
impact on ads:
<[url]">http://www.aaf.org/news/pdf/adtrends04.pdf>[/url]

- Here's a story on Internet TV:
<http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2004/11/07/internet_tv_t
ries_to_go_mainstream/>

- TV-B-Gone is a plastic $14.99 keychain fob that, as its slogan goes,
"turns off virtually any television!"
<[url]">http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/04/technology/circuits/04gone.html>[/url]

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- November 15-16, Indiana Broadcasters Association convention
<[url]">http://www.indianabroadcasters.org/information/brochure01.html>[/url]
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo <[url]">http://www.ehx2004.com/>[/url].
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
<[url]http://bee.jesa.or.jp>[/url].
- *November 18, Atlantic Video, Washington, SMPTE meeting on tapeless
television <[url]">http://www.smpte.org/sections/washdc/index.html>[/url].
- November 20, UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, VSB
seminar
<[url]">http://www.zenith.com/digitalbroadcast/downloads/UNC_Seminar_Flyer.pdf>[/url].
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar <[url]">http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm>[/url].
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference <[url]">http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/>[/url].
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
<[url]">http://www.cesweb.org/>[/url].
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics <[url]">http://www.icce.org/>[/url].
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference <[url]">http://et.scte.org/>[/url].
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** <[url]http://www.hpaonline.com>[/url].
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 <[url]">http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/>[/url].
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo will be late. Maybe I'll catch up by the following week.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
<[url]">http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html>[/url]

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Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

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This was dated 23/11/2004

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- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
- I've got pretty much the full schedule now, subject to some
possible changes. The main program is full, and there's a long waiting
list for cancellations, so please don't submit any more proposals (unless
they're earth-shattering, of course). BUT, there's still plenty of room
for breakfast roundtables, and there's still room in the demo space. If
you'd like either or both of those, please let me know. And attendee
registration will continue until we hit the fire-marshal's limit for the
room (which could happen sooner than you think). Don't delay! Register
today!
http://www.hpaonline.com
- Adam Goldberg of Sharp Laboratories will be offering a
consumer-electronics perspective in the compression session, which (we
hope) will take place in a theater across the street, rigged for digital
cinema, so we can see the JPEG2000 test results (we might also be able to
peek at some Panavision Genesis stuff). Hal Protter, senior-vp of
technology for The WB, will be joining the broadcasters panel. There will
be a tapeless-acquisition panel moderated by Avid Fellow Pete Fasciano
(speaking of Fellows, I think there will be more SMPTE Fellows speaking at
this event than at the SMPTE convention).
- There will be two digital-cinema sessions aside from the
theater event. Want to know why it'll be X'Y'Z' color space instead of
RGB? Want to learn what's involved in MXF packaging for digital cinema?
Want to find out about the European WorldScreen project? Need the
Hollywood studio perspective? Come to the TechnoTreat!
- Want to do digital-intermediate work on your laptop? How about
using Final Cut Pro with XML? Have you been following the MOS Group work
on a real-time device-control standard? What about the GFX standard? Come
and learn!
- At previous TechnoTreats, Belden's Steve Lampen has dazzled us
with such knowledge as the fact that evenly spaced cable ties can destroy
your signal. This year, he'll enlighten us about skew -- and get YOUR
input on color codes.
- We've got speakers coming from all around the world (I think
Wellington, New Zealand, where a large statue of a character from "Lord of
the Rings" sits atop the airport terminal, is the farthest). And, as
usual, we've got people representing every aspect of the television
industry, from Hollywood studios to home-theater installers, from lens
manufacturers to broadcasters, from standards makers to compression
breakers. As usual, whatever question you've got, someone will be there
who knows the answer.
- That's just a quick sampler. I'll be offering more in future
memos, and the full schedule should soon be posted at the HPA web site:
http://www.hpaonline.com
- Here are some practical details:
- The 2005 TechnoTreat (this will be the 10th anniversary!)
will be held at the same location as the 2003, the Marriott Rancho Las
Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs area).
- The main program starts this year with the Compression
Confabulation session on Wednesday MORNING January 26 and continues through
Friday evening January 28 (with the usual quizzes, softball game,
cocktails-in-the-demo-room, lunches, dinners, breakfast roundtables, etc.).
The day before (Tuesday, January 25) are the ATSC half-day seminar "Getting
PSIP Right" and Charles Poynton's all-new half-day seminar on wide-gamut
acquisition and display. Members of ATSC Transport Specialist Group T3/S8
will be meeting Tuesday morning, and those of you in the trade press should
check to see where your pre-NAB briefings will be taking place; you might
be surprised.
- This year's championship ball games will be at Fenway
Park, home of the world champions!
- As usual, don't say you haven't been warned. BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Cable carriage - The American Corn Growers Association and the
Soybean Producers of America have come out against a hard analog cutoff
date in the U.S. and in favor of full-carriage by cable of broadcast
signals. The full stories require paid subscriptions:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA480618.html?display=Breaking+News
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA481089.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]

- July 1 -
- Although this is being sent on Sunday, I've intentionally
omitted today's ads. They'll be in the next memo (which I hope to get out
by Tuesday night). These ads include last Sunday's.
- This week I've listed 110 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 50 (45%) have integrated DTT-reception capability. It's getting
there!
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch TV @ Sears $899.99
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $229.99 AR
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $159.99 AR
- RCA 27F530T 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Wal*Mart $247
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- RCA E13320 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99 BS
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- Toshiba 19A24 24-inch TV @ Sears $119.99
- Sanyo DS20930 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Wal*Mart $128.68
- Sylvania 6420FE 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $129.99
- GoVideo DV1040 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $99.99
- Samsung DVD/VCR combo @ Radio Shack $99.99
- Zenith XBV443 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- Broksonic DRVCR900 VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $279.99
- LG DVDR313 DVD recorder @ Video & Audio Center $297 BS
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $199.99
- Magnavox MRV64017 SVD+R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $229.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Circuit City $299.99
- Sharp DVRW340U VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $299.99
BS - price "before savings"
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Toshiba MV13P2 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- MTV STVG710 karaoke w/7-inch TV @ Circuit City $99.99
- Singing Machine STVG513 karaoke w/5-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Sony DNF400 AM/FM/TV/WX CD portable @ Circuit City $79.99
- Sony ICFCD855VSIL AM/FM/TV/WX/CD clock radio @ Circuit City
$79.99
WX - weather

- May 1 - Neither the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) nor
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated their lists this week.

- The FCC Consumer Advisory Committee meeting on Friday had as an agenda
item "Report & Recommendations of [the] BroadBand DTV Working Group,
chaired by Larry Goldberg of WGBH:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254282A1.pdf

- TrendWatch's "HD Use Report" says 81% of visual effects/dynamic media
studios/facilities are not currently using HD:
http://www.hdtvbuyer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=29115
Want to do your own survey? Come to ***The Technology Retreat***.
All the best studios and facilities will be there:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- SBC, one of the "Baby Bells," is planning to deliver TV (including HD)
over data circuits. They are reportedly paying Microsoft $400 million for
software:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/17/technology/17soft.html
They will reportedly deliver up to four streams of HD per subscriber
(not including the usual voice and Internet-access) and might serve 18
million:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,118584,00.asp

- There's a interesting report on improved "coding gain" by using the
Koetter-Vardy algorithm for error correction. It's said to work best on
Rayleighan channels:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=649

- Funai's STB400E DTT set-top box is to use ATI chips to offer
smart-antenna connections. Funai products are sold in the U.S. as Emerson,
Sylvania, and Symphonic. The box is expected here later this year.
http://www.ati.com/companyinfo/press/2004/4800.html

- The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has started filing
lawsuits against individuals they say are providing pirated copies of
movies. They'll also be offering a movie-sniffer program to help identify
miscreants:
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=45063818
Want the latest info? Ask MPAA chief technology officer Brad Hunt at
***The Technology Retreat***. He'll be offering a content-protection
update on January 26. BE THERE! Ignorance of the law is no excuse!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has made its
"Programming Metadata Communication Protocol Standard" available:
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_76.pdf
Needless to repeat (but I'll do so anyway), they'll also be offering
an outstanding seminar on getting PSIP right in conjunction with ***The
Technology Retreat*** on January 25:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- International H/DTV news:

- At the rate sales have been running (50,000 set-top boxes per week),
the Freeview DTT service will be in five million UK households before the
end of the year and will be in more homes than the Sky Digital satellite
service by the end of next year. The set-top boxes are available for as
little as 40 UKP ($74) each:
http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1352673,00.html
Just so you don't think it's the newspaper making the story up, here's
another version:
[url]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/11/19/cnfree19.
xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2004/11/19/ixcity.html[/url]

- There are 60 models of set-top DTT receivers in Australia from 27
brands, starting at A$169 (US$132). Of those, 14 models from 12 brands can
do HD, starting at A$599 (US$469):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18
There are 18 integrated DTT receiver/displays from six brands,
starting at A$2248 (US$1759). Of those, six models from two brands can
handle HDTV, starting at A$6999 (US$5477):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78

- None of the Engineering Emmy Awards given out this past week had any
specific connection to H/DTV, though the UHP lamps are important in
microdisplay projectors:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2522

- According to the New York Times, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
director of industry analysis Sean Wargo said 60% of the plasma TVs sold in
the U.S. this year are NOT HD. Two years ago, 70% WERE HD:
[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/18/technology/circuits/18tube.html?oref=logi
n[/url]
At what industry event has he presented his latest sales and
household-penetration figures? Right! ***The Technology Retreat***! It's
THE place to learn:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 43 weeks of 2004 were down 5.1% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 3.1%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 43rd week were
229,233 units and for the first 43 weeks 3,469,402.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15.7% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 43rd
week this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 84% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 43rd week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: Circuit City had both an LG and a
Samsung, but Good Guys had an amazing FOUR from LG, RCA, and Samsung.

- The ads - Although this is being sent on Sunday, I've intentionally
omitted today's ads. They'll be in the next memo. These include last
Sunday's.
Harvey called an integrated HDTV "HD-ready." Note the integrated
Sanyo 32-inch DTV at Wal*Mart for $697.
- Best Buy (appropriate disclaimers):
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3254.99
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4049.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.99
- JVC LT26X575 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2161.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4049.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3254.99
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3869.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1691.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2349.99
- Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5399.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$100 GC $949.99
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2349.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2789.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1503.99
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1139.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1597.99
BS - price "before savings"
GC - price includes gift card in the amount shown
- Circuit City (HD-only disclaimers):
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99
- Akai PT5299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $797.99 AR
- Apex AVL2776 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99 BS
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2999.99 BS
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3999.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99 BS
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- Magnavox 17MF200V 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $549.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2499.99
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- Samsung SIRTS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder $299.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $3299.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Daewoo DTS 42 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.99
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KDF-55WF655 55-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $3599.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Sony KLV32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.99
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $999
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Epson (no disclaimer):
- Epson Livingstation 47-inch wide proj. TV/photo printer $2699 AR
- Epson Livingstation 57-inch wide proj. TV/photo printer $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Brand Name" 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1299
- Mitsubishi WS-65613 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2599
- Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1097
- Mystery brand 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1497
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1699
- RCA HD50LPW42 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2299
- Samsung HLP 4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4499
- LG LST-3410A ATSC receiver/PVR $799
- LG LST-4200A ATSC receiver $279
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799
- Mitsubishi 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $5999
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999
- Mitsubishi WS65815 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4999
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1499
- RCA HR10250 ATSC/DirecTV/TiVo $999
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4199
- Samsung HLP5685WX 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4799
- Samsung SIRT360 DirecTV receiver/decoder $299
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4499
- Sony KE-42XS955 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499
- Sony KE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Bang & Olufsen Beovision 5 plasma TV
- Fujitsu P50XHA40US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30US 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $11,999
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Samsung DVDL1200 12-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo $999
- Samsung LTP326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- SharpVision LC45GX6U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
- Hewlett-Packard (no disclaimer):
- HP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Canon LV-X4 projector $1499.00
- Hitachi 55HDT51 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Humax L3040 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV $1499.99
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1249.99
- JVC LT26WX84 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- JVC LT-32X575 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2629.99
- JVC PD-42V485 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2599.99
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.99
- Panasonic TC-22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Panasonic TH37PD25U/P 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 30PF9975 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2199.99
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $6999.99
- Philips 50PF9966 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2799.99
- SVA EV-1703 17-inch 4:3 LC D TV $299.99
- Toshiba 42HP83P 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3449.99
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2999.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99
- Samsung HCP4241W 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD-only
differentiation):
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WD62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4499.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1349.95
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $949.95
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $809.95
- Panasonic TC26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2299.95 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95 BS
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1599.95 BS
- Philips 34PW850H 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2999.95
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999.95 BS
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95 BS
- Sharp LC13S1US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $449.95 BS
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.95 BS
- Sharp LC37GD6U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.95 BS
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.95 BS
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.95 BS
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $3299.95 BS
- Sony KDF60XBR950 60-inch 16:9 LCD integrated projection DTV $4999.95
BS
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.95 BS
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1424.95
BS - price "before savings"
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA40WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8997
- LG DU-60PY10 60-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $12,997 BS
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2997 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3797 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4697 BS
- Pioneer PRO-1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8997 BS
- Sharp LC32GD6U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3979 BS
- Sharp LC45GD6U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7997 BS
- Sony KDE-55XBR950 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $10,997 BS
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD proj. DTV $2497 BS
- Sony KE-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3497 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2297
BS - price "before savings"
- Wal*Mart (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD-only disclaimers):
- Magnavox 15MF150V/37 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $348
- Philips 30PW850H 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $696
- RCA D52W19 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1194
- Sanyo CLT1554 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $397
- Sanyo HT32744 32-inch 4:3 integrated CRT DTV $697

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
43 weeks of 2004 were up 2.2% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was in the double digits, but I moved ahead to the 44th
week, so I can't report it accurately. VCR sales were down 63.3% for the
first 43 weeks.

- Warren Communications News reported Monday that sales of DVD
recorders were falling short of expectations despite lower prices (down to
around $150). The story is no longer on their site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- PVR news:

- TiVo will reportedly soon be inserting ads visible during
fast-forwarding over other ads:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-et-tivo17nov17,0,3236496.story
There has been some explanation here:
[url]http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?postid=2373114#post2373
114[/url]

- Although that story scared some TiVo users, Don Kaplan offered a
scarier statement in the New York Post. "Congress is considering a law
that could one day make it illegal to fast-forward through the
commercials":
http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/34357.htm
Can this be true? What's it all about? Come to attorney Jim Burger's
Washington Update at ***The Technology Retreat*** to find out:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- CEA has come up with a Camera Phone Code of Conduct:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10610

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- November 15-16, Indiana Broadcasters Association convention
http://www.indianabroadcasters.org/information/brochure01.html
- November 15-18, Long Beach Convention Center, California, Electronic
House Expo http://www.ehx2004.com/.
- November 17-19, Makuhari Messe (Tokyo area), InterBEE
http://bee.jesa.or.jp.
- *November 18, Atlantic Video, Washington, SMPTE meeting on tapeless
television http://www.smpte.org/sections/washdc/index.html.
- November 20, UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, VSB
seminar
http://www.zenith.com/digitalbroadcast/downloads/UNC_Seminar_Flyer.pdf.
- *November 22, Entertainment Technology Center, Hollywood Pacific
Theater, "The Incredibles" http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- *December 3-4, Entertainment Technology Center, Hollywood Pacific
Theater, SMPTE seminar: "The New Digital Workflow: Case Studies from the
Edge" http://www.etcenter.org/Seminars.asp.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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- Follow-ups:

- DirecTV set-top box at Good Guys - A reader says it may have been a
Samsung rather than a Hughes.

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
- The schedule (updated periodically) has been posted on the
Hollywood Post Alliance web site:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- Courtesy of Peter Putman, the first 108 attendees at the
softball championship (players first) will get Topps baseball cards!
- Most of the schedule of the Advanced Television Systems
Committee (ATSC) half-day seminar on "Getting PSIP Right" on Tuesday,
January 25 is now available. It includes ATSC's Jerry Whitaker, Encoda's
Chris Lennon, the National Association of Broadcaster's (NAB's) Art
Allison, Sony's Mark Eyer, and Triveni Digital's Rich Chernock and Nandhu
Nandhakumar.
- There are a bunch of interesting breakfast roundtables
(starting at 7:30 am!). Wendy Aylsworth of Warner Bros. will moderate a
roundtable on digital-cinema standards and other issues. Mike Wade of sgi
will moderate one on improving security and watermarking in digital
workflow. Larry Thorpe of Canon will do recommendations for HD lens
testing. Eric Fankhauser and Joe Cirincione of Evertz will do fiber
facility connectivity (and Joe will do another on a new HD camera fiber
adapter). Pete Challinger will do tools for generating worldwide
deliverables. There are more. But there are also plenty of spaces
available. If you're attending the retreat and you'd like to moderate a
breakfast roundtable, just tell me the day(s) (Thursday and/or Friday), the
topic(s) (short titles, please), and your name, and I can instantly confirm
you. Disclaimer: There are two reasons why you might not want to moderate
a breakfast roundtable. They are the aforementioned 7:30 am starting time
and the inability of a moderator to sit in on someone else's.
- The demo area is rapidly filling up, with Apple, Canon,
Chrominance, Digital Vision, Iridas, JVC, Luma, Mindego, QuVIS, Teresis,
and Xytech committed thus far. There are sure to be surprises. In past
demo rooms participants saw the first demonstrations of HD plasma panels,
72 Hz HD cameras, Panasonic's Varicam, and Sony's HDCAM SR, among other
delights. This February, ILM/Lucas Digital showed their tiny
camera-attitude sensor, and Cobalt showed the 3-D camera rig used at the
Super Bowl (and 3-D footage). In 2003, I loved the Evertz gear that could
turn a Grass Valley Model 100 into a low-cost HDTV production switcher.
Some demo space is still available, but don't delay in letting us know your
interest.
- BE THERE! January 26-28 (with separate-admission half-day seminars
on the 25th) at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort in Rancho Mirage,
California:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Copy rights management - Other publications have had similar
stories, but I thought it interesting that a piece by Eric Hellweg in MIT's
Technology Review begins, "Do you like fast-forwarding through commercials
on a television program you've recorded? How much do you like it? Enough to
go to jail if you're caught doing it? If a new copyright and intellectual
property omnibus bill sitting on Congress's desk passes, that may be the
choice you'll face":
http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/04/11/wo_hellweg111904.asp?p=1
Is this real? What's the possibility of it happening? Ask MPAA chief
technology officer Brad Hunt and Copy Protection Technical Working Group
member attorney Jim Burger at ***The Technology Retreat***. Don't say you
haven't been warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- July 1 - Black-Friday ads included this week may have prices lower
than normal.
- This week I've listed 130 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 51 (39%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Magnavox 36-inch TV @ Fry's $399
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- "Major Name Brand" 25-inch TV @ Fry's $69
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $159.99 AR
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $127.99 AR
- Sansui TVS273 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $179.99 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Daewoo DTQ13V5FC 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $47.99 AR
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- Mystery brand 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $74.99 AR
- Konka K2001UM 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $68.99 AR
- Allegro ABV441 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $59.99 AR
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $64.99 AR
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $79.99 AR
- DVD/VHS combo @ Fry's $49
- DVD/VCR home theater sound system @ Circuit City $129.99 AR
- Aspire Digital AD-8091 DVD recorder @ amazon.com $179.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $129.99 AR
- CyberHome DVD+R/RW recorder @ Target $168
- GoVideo R6740 DVD recorder @ Good Guys $149 AR
- GoVideo VR3930 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ J&R $249.99
- LiteOn DVD+/-R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $169.99 AR
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD recorder @ Best Buy $199.99
- Sharp DVRW340U VCR/DVD recorder w/50 DVD-R @ Best Buy $299.99
- Sylvania DVR90VE VCR/DVD recorder at amazon.com $249.99
- DVD+R/RW recorder @ Fry's $129
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $109.99
- KLH KDT133UY 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $88.99
- Mystery brand 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Circuit City $199.99 AR
- Polaroid 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Target $239
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio TV-980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Best Buy $37.99 AR
- Casio TV-980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $44.99 AR
- Sony DNF400PS AM/FM/TV/weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $74.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/TV/weather/CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony SRFM80V AM/FM/TV/weather stopwatch portable @ Best Buy
$49.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate

- May 1 - Neither the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the
NAB updated their DTT station lists since the last memo.

- Toshiba has announced the support of New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures,
Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. for the HD DVD format:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA483426?display=Breaking+News
Video Business online reports that Universal plans to issue HD DVDs by
next year's holiday season, when the first players are due, and Paramount
will release them in 2006:
http://www.videobusiness.com/article.asp?articleID=9284&catType=NEWS
What does this mean? Why not ask the studio vice presidents at ***The
Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- International H/DTV news:

- Steve Dowdle, managing director of Sony UK, says the DTT transition
is being hampered there by broadcaster and government promotion of set-top
boxes instead of integrated DTVs. He told the Westminster Forum that
annual UK sales to August were 5.4 million analog TVs and 2.2 million
analog VCRs but "only" 2.5 million DTT set-top boxes:
http://www.mediaweek.co.uk/articles/2004/11/westminster-sony

- Providing financial assistance to the blind and people over 75 to
cover DTT reception could cost the UK government up to 400 million UKP:
http://www.ofcomconsumerpanel.org.uk/nr/241104.htm

- While other countries wonder when their analog cut-off dates will
be, Electronics Weekly in the UK has come up with a date, 2005, when the
announcement of the cut-off date "should" be made:
[url]http://www.electronicsweekly.co.uk/articles/article.asp?liArticleID=38128&l
iArticleTypeID=1&liCategoryID=4&liChannelID=2&liFlavourID=1&sSearch=&nPage=1
[/url]

- The Daily Yomiuri reports on the DTT transition in Japan. I think
something was lost in the translation, but I think they're trying to say
that when broadcasts began on December 1 of last year 12 million households
were in the coverage area. Now it's 18 million. Some 1.6 million set-top
receivers and integrated DTVs have been shipped:
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/newse/20041129wo62.htm

- New Zealand's Broadcasting Standards Authority will reportedly soon
set a DTT-transition date:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3111002a28,00.html

- Here's a story on DTT in India:
http://www.rediff.com/money/2004/nov/25trai.htm

- Taiwan is planning an analog cut-off date of 2010:
http://publish.gio.gov.tw/FCJ/current/04112652.html

- A story in today's New York Times is headlined "Signs of a Glut and Lower
Prices on Thin TV's":
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/29/technology/29lcd.html
Other stories, however, say that supply bottlenecks at Sony may be
preventing a glut:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/27/technology/27sony.html
[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=693037
8[/url]
Canon has also been experiencing LCD-manufacturing problems:
[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=691786
5[/url]
A somewhat-related story in The New York Times today notes that
Intel's holiday party next month will have a disco ball with mirrors
comprised of LCoS chips from the company's aborted venture into that field:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/29/technology/29intel.html

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 44 weeks of 2004 were down 6.6% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 11.7%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 44th week were 80,889
units and for the first 44 weeks 3,550,291.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 15.7% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 44th
week this year. It may be worth noting here what that means. About 84% of
the non-plasma, non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 44th week this
year were still plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
It's worth asking what percentage it is WITH LCD and plasma TVs. The
simple answer is, "I don't know." Today's New York Times has an article by
Eric Taub on flat-panel TVs:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/29/technology/29lcd.html
He says they will account for under 10% of the TVs sold this year. If
they were a full 10% and all of them were so-called digital TVs (which many
LCD TVs are not), then the "digital television" percentage would rise to
25.7%. FYI, Taub ays flat-panel TVs are running 73% LCD/27% plasma.
According to DisplaySearch, as reported in USA Today, not quite four
million flat-panel TVs will be sold WORLDWIDE this year:
[url]http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2004-11-29-recycle_x.ht
m[/url]
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- The same USA Today story says properly disposing of used CRT TVs could
cost $100 million per month:
[url]http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2004-11-29-recycle_x.ht
m[/url]

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of no such ads since the last
memo.

- Clear days in advertising department: I'm often asked why I make a point
of mentioning disclaimers and CEA's unusual definition of "digital
televisions." It's because the labeling is so inconsistent that consumers
face difficult choices. Is an "integrated" set ready to receive DTT or
not? How about an "HD-ready" set? How about an "HDTV"?
- One HP ad for the pl4245n, which calls it a "High Definition Ready
Plasma TV," says, "High-definition ready tuner makes any source look
remarkably like the real thing." Another calls the same model a "Plasma
HDTV." DigitalAdvisor.com says it has "Dual integrated NTSC tuners."
- amazon.com calls the Sharp LC-XXGD4U models, which include
integrated ATSC reception, "HDTV-Ready."
- Ken Crane's and Epson's ads said the Epson LS47P2 (and LS57P2) came
"with the included HDTV tuner." I checked Epson's web site. They call the
units "HDTV-ready" and say at one point that they have two NTSC tuners, but
they also say the RF inputs are "ATSC/NTSC" and at another point they say
they have an ATSC/NTSC tuner. I can't figure it out, but I've included
them in the integrated category this week.

- The ads - Circuit City had a "Black Friday" special on an NXX ESDVD1000
six-speaker home-theater sound system with DVD player for $67.88 after
rebate. My Minneapolis-St. Paul-area correspondent is out of town, so I
have nothing from Sears or Ultimate Electronics this week. The
DTT-reception premium on Dell's 42-inch plasma TV appears to be $500.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Sharp LC-32GD4U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4499.99 BS
- Sharp LC-37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99 BS
- Sharp LC-45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999.99 BS
- Toshiba 46HM84 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 BS
- Zenith L15V36 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99 BS
BS - price "before on-site savings"
- Best Buy (HD-only disclaimers and none for Black Friday):
- Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $349.99
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $888.88
- Insignia I-LC23Q1 23-inch LCD TV $1099.99
- Insignia I-LC26Q1 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1299.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $499.99
- JVC LT17X475 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $799.99
- JVC PD42V475 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99 EJ
- LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch integrated direct-view LCD DTV $4999.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1699.99 AR
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.99 EJ
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799.99 EJ
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3499.99 EJ
- Philips 30PF9946D/37 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2299.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99 EJ
- Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999.99 EJ
- Pioneer PDP-4341HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 EJ
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99 EJ
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $999.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099.99
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch LCD direct-view TV $3299.99
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999.99
- Sharp LC45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999.99
- Sony KD36XS955 36-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view DTV $1699.99
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99 EJ
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 EJ
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 EJ
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1299.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 EJ
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3699.99 EJ
AR - price after mail-in rebate
EJ - price includes DVD player and 4 Elton John concert DVDs
- Circuit City (HD-only disclaimers and none for Black Friday):
- Akai PDP4249G 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.99
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $699.99 AR
- Apex AVL2776 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99 (or $1199.99 DVD)
- Hitachi 32HDL51 32-inch integrated LCD photo-slot DTV $3799.99 HD
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 HD
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3699.99 HD
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1699.99 BS DVD
- Hitachi 57F510 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899.99 DVD
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $599.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 DVD
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99 HD
- LG RU42PZ71 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2799.99 BS HD
- LG RU44SZ63D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799.99 HD
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $479.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199.99 DVD
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 DVD
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299.99 HD
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99 DVD
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799.99 HD
- Panasonic TC17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.99 DVD
- Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.99 DVD
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99 HD
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 HD
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 HD
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 HD
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 DVD
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999.99 HD
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 DVD
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 BS
- Samsung TXP3264 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 DVD
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99 HD
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $1999.99 HD
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999.99
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 HD
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.99 BS HD
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99 HD
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $4099.99 HD
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99
- Sony KDP57WS655 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499.99 HD
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799.99 DVD
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499.99 DVD
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 DVD
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $749.99 DVD
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 DVD
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99 DVD
BS - price "before savings"
DVD - price includes DVD player
HD - price includes "HD" DVD player
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
- Audiovox FP-1520 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $299.99
- HP F2304 23-inch LCD $1999.99 AR
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Samsung 192MP 19-inch LCD TV $649.99 AR
- Samsung HLP4663WX/XAA 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung LT-P266WX 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $849
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499
- Epson (no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson LS47P2 47-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/printer w/stand $2699 AR
- Epson LS57P2 57-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/printer w/stand $3199 AR
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, HD disclaimers):
- "Major Name Brand" 50-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999
- "Major Name Brand" 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $799
- Mitsubishi WD-62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4299
- Mystery brand 27-inch LCD TV $799
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1449
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Toshiba 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1999
- Mitsubishi LT-3040 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi WS-48513 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1249
- Mitsubishi WS-65613 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
- Philips 34PW9819 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999
- Pioneer PDP-4330HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3499
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- SharpVision LC45GX6U 45-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $7999
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1899
- Toshiba 65H84 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2199
- HP (no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99
- GoVideo T1530 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $349.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Philips 50PF9966 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Toshiba 32HL84 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Westinghouse LTV-17v1 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $429.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P2 47-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/printer w/stand $2699 AR
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4498
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2498
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2998
- Mitsubishi LT-2240 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2498
- Mitsubishi LT-3050 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $3998
- Mitsubishi PD-4225 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3998
- Mitsubishi PD-5050 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6998
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD-52825 52-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/PVR $5498
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4299
- Mitsubishi WD-62825 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/PVR $5998
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1798
- Mitsubishi WS-65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2998
- Mystery brand 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $1997
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV PL
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV PL
- Pioneer PRO1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6998
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $2498
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch widescreen integr. LCD projection DTV $2998
AR - price after mail-in rebate
PL - price listed but unclear to me
- Magnolia (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P42VHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3498
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3498
- Panasonic PT-43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $1998
- Philips 26PF9966 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2849
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2998
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2495 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- PC Mall (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mystery brand 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Samsung (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $4999
- Samsung LT-P1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $699
- Samsung LT-P1795W 17-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LT-P2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Samsung LT-P266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung LT-P326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Sound Factor (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Planar PDP-42BK 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1699
- Sony PFM-42X1/B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Sony FWD50PX1/W 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4699
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA30US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5997
- LG DU50PY10 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6497 BS
- LG RM26LZ30 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1997 BS
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1497 BS
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU42PZ61D 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3797 BS
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2497 BS
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2997 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3497 BS
- Mitsubishi WS 65413 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2297
- Samsung HLN617W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3597
- Samsung HLP5685W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4797 BS
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1997 BS
- Sony KD36XS955 36-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view DTV $1697 BS
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6997 BS
- Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $6997 BS
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2297
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3497 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1997
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2697
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1497
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $997 BS
BS - price "before savings:

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
44 weeks of 2004 were DOWN 1.2% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was flat. VCR sales were down 64.1% for the first 44
weeks.

- A story in the UK edition of Electronic Engineering Times suggests
this may be the end of DVD sales growth, based on a report from
International Data Corp.:
http://www.eetuk.com/mr/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=54200511

- Black Friday prices hit amazing new lows. Fry's had a
"progressive-scan" DVD player for $14.99 after rebate. Warren News
reported a CyberHome DVD player at Strawberries for $14.99 with no mention
of a rebate (the story will be on their site until tomorrow morning):
http://www.warren-news.com/
Best Buy had Norcent players for $17.99 after rebate. Circuit City
also showed DVD players at $17.99. Best Buy offered five DVD movies for
$25; Circuit City offered DVD movies at $4.99 each. Best Buy offered a
50-pack of Dynex DVD+R disks for $2.99 after rebate! Circuit City offered
a Philips 50-pack for $9.99 with no rebate required.
Fry's had a DVD/VCR combo for $49 and a DVD recorder for $129. I've
listed seven DVD recorders priced under $200 in the "July 1" section above.

- PVR news:

- USA Today reports that DirecTV is considering dropping TiVo in favor
of an NDS product. According to the story, "More than 61% of TiVo's 2.3
million DVRs belong to DirecTV subscribers who pay an extra $5 a month to
get the TiVo service from the No. 1 satellite company." In the 3rd
quarter, 75% of new subscribers came from DirecTV:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2004-11-29-dvr_x.htm

- Another USA Today story deals with TV shows going beyond the normal
half-hour start/stop marks. This is said to screw up PVR users worse than
VCR users:
http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2004-11-28-tv-schedule_x.htm

- The Entertainment Technology Alliance seeks proposals for presentations
at their June summit:
http://www.etaexpo.com/proposal.html

- The SMPTE/USC seminar scheduled for December 4-5 has been postponed.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- *December 1, BAFTA, London, Digital TV: The Next Steps
http://www.tvconferences.com/.
- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- *January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- *January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE
Advanced Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- *March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- *April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- *April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- *May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- *June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- *June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

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This dated December 6 2004

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- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=289
- URGENT! Extended early registration ends this coming Friday
(the 10th), and the hotel is quickly running out of rooms for Tuesday night
(there IS a nearby backup hotel). Details follow, but first here's the
reason why Tuesday night has become so popular.
- It seems that, thanks to ***The Technology Retreat***, our
hotel is THE place to be the week of January 22. So, depending on your
affiliation, plan to spend even more time there.
The Technical Committee of the North American Broadcasters Association
(NABA) will be meeting at the hotel Tuesday, January 25 from 10:00 am to
3:00 pm. The AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) Association will be holding
its strategic planning sessions there Monday all day and Tuesday morning.
Their annual general meeting will be Tuesday afternoon. Grass Valley
Thomson will be holding their pre-NAB press briefing at the hotel Sunday
January 23 through Tuesday January 25. ATSC (Advanced Television Systems
Committee) specialist group T3/S8 will be meeting there Tuesday morning.
The half-day ATSC "Getting PSIP Right" seminar and newly renamed Charles
Poynton "HDTV and Digital-Cinema Camera Technology" seminar (details below)
will be conducted Tuesday afternoon. The main Technology Retreat runs
Wednesday through Friday. You can take Saturday off or use it to fly the
SMPTE Advanced Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans (starting Sunday the
30th in Atlanta):
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm
- Again, the schedule (updated periodically) has been posted on
the Hollywood Post Alliance web site:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- Here are some new additions: In the ATSC "Getting PSIP Right"
half-day seminar, Jean Macher of Thales will be presenting "Automating
PSIP: A Case History."
- In the main retreat program, DirecTV senior director of new
technologies Robert Plummer, Microsoft senior director of worldwide media
standards Pat Griffis, and NBC vp of technology Glenn Reitmeier will be
joining CEDIA board member Michael Heiss on the Consumer-Marketplace panel
(and we expect more to come on that panel). With the addition of NBC, the
broadcasters panel is now complete (with Mike Strein of ABC, Bob Seidel of
CBS and UPN, Jim DeFilippis of Fox, Jerry Butler of PBS, Mark Aitken of
Sinclair, and Hal Protter of The WB). Sony vp of technology Hugo Gaggioni
and Ikegami digital-news-gathering specialist Jose Rosado are joining
Panasonic's Phil Livingston and JVC's Bob Mueller on the Tapeless Camcorder
Acquisition panel moderated by Avid's Pete Fasciano.
- The intelligence community's view of video forensics will be
presented in a Friday-morning breakfast roundtable by Ed Grogan of the
Department of Defense at Ft. Meade and Dr. Nick Beser of the Applied
Physics Laboratory of Johns-Hopkins University. Oliver Morgan of Metaglue
will present a Thursday-morning breakfast roundtable on "Applications for
AAF & MXF Working Together." Brad Gilmer of the AAF Association will
present a breakfast roundtable Friday morning on AAF and XML. Chris Lennon
of Harris will moderate breakfast roundtables on Thursday and Friday on
implementation of the new ATSC Programming Metadata Communication Protocol
(PMCP) standard. We're also expecting an OmniTek breakfast roundtable on
test, measurement, and monitoring in the digital-intermediate realm, and we
might have one on unlicensed Wi-Fi devices in the TV spectrum.
Despite all of those (and the others already listed in the schedule),
there's still plenty of room for more breakfast roundtables on any subject.
If you'd like to moderate one (or more), just let me know the day(s)
(Thursday and/or Friday), the subject(s) (be as brief as possible, please),
and the moderator(s). Disclaimer: There are two reasons why you should
think twice about agreeing to moderate a breakfast roundtable:
1. They start at 7:30 am (but are well attended even at that hour).
2. If you commit to moderate a roundtable, you can't sit in on
someone else's that day.
- SMPTE-Gold-Medal-winner Charles Poynton has reworked his
Tuesday-afternoon half-day seminar. It's now called "HDTV and
Digital-Cinema Camera Technology," and here's the latest description of
this all-new educational event (he considers it a work-in-progress for his
next book):
"The 3-CCD 'beamsplitter' camera has ruled video for about a quarter
of a century. This is set to change. Single-sensor 'mosaic' cameras have
already been announced by at least three companies, and more are surely on
the way. This half-day seminar will start by reviewing optics and lens
design for HDTV and digital cinema cameras. It will then outline the task
of color separation with both the tried-and-true prism beam-splitter and
emergent color filter array (CFA) technology that originated in the digital
still camera world. 'Demosaicking" algorithms necessary to reconstruct
color in these cameras will be described. The optics, physics, and
electronics of CCD and CMOS image sensors will be covered, with particular
attention to the sources and treatment of noise. The seminar will conclude
with the emergent technologies of wide color gamut and high dynamic range
imaging."
- The AAF Association and its members will be showing in the demo
room early implementations of AAF-X, AAF to Windows Media XTL files, and
AAF to Adobe project files, possibly with some additional surprises.
Edifis Media Technologies, EtherGuide Systems, Filmlight, and MPro/OmniTek
are also joining the others in the demo room, and Sony will be showing off
its latest projection technology in a special demo room.
- By my count, we now have 17 SMPTE Fellows making presentations
at the retreat. I won't bother counting the Emmy awards, Oscars, gold
medals, doctorates, etc. (but any of the teams waiting for our softball
championship to end could nevertheless probably wipe us out on the playing
field).
- Again, the extended early registration deadline is THIS COMING
FRIDAY, December 10 -- no kidding! And the fire marshal rules! No matter
how much you're willing to pay, when the room capacity is hit, that's it
for admittance. So do yourself a favor and don't delay. FYI, as of today,
pre-registration is running four times faster than it did last year.
Here's the registration information, with a link to the online
registration form:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=290
- Don't forget to reserve a room at the hotel, too. The hotel's
deadline for offering the special rate of $149 a night (and 20% off golf
and spa fees) is January 10. BUT they might run out of rooms by then.
PLEASE don't wait!
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=290
If there's no room at the inn by the time you register (the Bob Hope
Classic is happening that week, too), you can try the Country Inn & Suites,
about two blocks away, where you can get the Hollywood Post Alliance
special rate of $126.65 (+1-888-319-3999, +1-760-340-5516). For other
hotels in the area (Rancho Mirage is relatively compact), try here:
[url]http://www.californiadeserts.worldweb.com/RanchoMirage/WheretoStay/HotelsMo
tels/[/url]
- Organizations committed to coming so far include the AAF
Association, ABC, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS),
Adobe, Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), All-Media Marketing,
Apple Computer, Ascent Media, Avid, Azcar, BAE, Baker Capital, Belden,
Breakpoint Digital, Canon, CBS, CEA, CEDIA, Chrominance, Company 3, CPTWG,
CUNY-TV, da Vinci Systems, Del Rey, Deluxe Digital Studios, Deluxe
Laboratories, Deluxe Toronto, Department of Defense, Digital Vision,
DirecTV, Discovery, Discreet, Disney, Dolby, Dow Lohnes, Edifis Media
Technologies, Encoda (Harris), Enders & Associates, the Entertainment
Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California (USC),
Entertainment Technology Consultants, EtherGuide Systems, Evertz, Exavio,
Filmlight, Flying Eye, Fox, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Harris, HDMG, Ikegami,
Imagica, Iridas, Johns-Hopkins University, JVC, Kagan Research, Karagosian
MacCalla, Kodak, Laser-Pacific, Luma, Matsushita, Merrill Weiss Group,
Metaglue, Metropolitan Opera, Microsoft, Mindego, Modern VideoFilm, MOS
Group, Motion Picture Association (MPAA), MPro, MPTV/MATC, MTI Film,
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NBC, North American
Broadcasters Association (NABA), Omneon Video Networks, OmniTek, Pacific
Interface, Panasonic, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, PBS, Pinnacle
Systems, Plus8 Digital, Post Blur, Psychofish, Quartz Electronics, QuVIS,
Ratheon, ROAM Consulting, Scripps Networks, sgi, Sharp Laboratories,
Silicon Optix, Sinclair Broadcast Group SMPTE, Snell & Wilcox, Sohonet,
Sony, Stark Raving Solutions, Starz Encore, Tandberg, Teranex, Teresis,
Texas Instruments, Thales, Thomson, Triveni Digital, Turner Broadcasting,
Twin Cities Public Television, Universal Pictures, University of Arizona,
Via Licensing, Video Post & Transfer, Virtual Katy Development, Warner
Bros., The WB, and Xytech
- Whatever question you have about digital-cinema, television, or
video technology, someone will be there who knows the answer. So, BE
THERE, too! Don't say you haven't been warned! January 26-28 (with
separate-admission half-day seminars on the 25th and all other events noted
above) at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort in Rancho Mirage,
California:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Nomenclature - Now it's getting serious. Maryland's chief
information officer is reportedly asking state residents to buy HDTVs in
the hope that such purchases will free 700-MHz spectrum for public-safety
purposes:
[url] [url="http://gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/28012-1.html[/url]"]http://gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/28012-1.html[/url][/url]
A DTT set-top box will work just as well for that purpose, and an HDTV
display without DTT-reception capability won't. When nomenclature starts
causing problems for public safety, isn't it time to get things straight?
Something I wrote a while back on the subject of "tuners" has been
posted on the Digital TV web site:
http://digitaltelevision.com/articles/article_833.shtml

- LCDs: Feast or Famine? - Warren Communications News reported Friday
that Corning said its LCD glass shipments "weakened" in November, leading
the company to project only 3% growth "at best" in 4th-quarter revenues.
The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- The latest U.S. DTT-transition plan - According to a story by Doug
Halonen in TV Week online, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2009
plan for analog cut-off "was put on indefinite hold last week." "I'm not
very married to a particular approach," said FCC head Michael Powell:
http://www.tvweek.com/article.cms?articleId=26610
Writing in the Kansas City Star today, Aaron Barnhart said, "Don't
worry: Plain old TV isn't going anywhere soon":
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/10334046.htm
The end of the version of the article on his TV Barn site includes my
suggestions for how to go shopping for an HDTV set. The term "failsafe" is
his, not mine:
http://www.tvbarn.com/ticker2004/archives/028058.shtml
Here are some other recent pronouncements in the news:
- Wilson Rothman in The New York Times on Thursday wrote, "Most
people don't realize this, but DVD's are far from high-def":
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/02/technology/circuits/02stat.html
- Fred Kaplan in Slate wrote, "EDTVs (enhanced-definition
televisions) may seem like a bargain, but they're a waste":
http://slate.msn.com/id/2110469/

- Off-time network programming - A reader who wrote in about other
issues related to that thread ended thus:
"Interesting thing about NBC is that most of the time the first minute
and a half of "ER" comes though on the digital channel as letterboxed on a
4X3 window. Abruptly at 10:00 PM the screen goes to full 1080i HD. [The
local NBC station's] feed is controlled out of 30 Rock by NBC, [so] you'd
think they could just start the HD feed at 9:58:30 PM, right?"

- Recent HDTV consumer studies - They're summed up in this
Broadcasting & Cable story (this one is free with no subscription
necessary):
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA485285.html?display=Feature&refe
rral=SUPP[/url]
Another study, conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates of 1251
consumers in October, found:
- 29% of consumers intending to buy a TV "will or are very likely to
buy an HDTV set" and another 17% are "somewhat likely." Eight percent
already owned an "HD set."
- But 40% could name only one HD network and only 28% could name at
least four:
http://www.magid.com/company_info/news_article.asp?articleID=736

- July 1 -
- My Minneapolis-St. Paul correspondent is still out of town.
- Since I've been doing this roundup of tuner-mandate ads, I've
noticed changes. There used to be many ads for 36-inch TVs; now there are
a similar number for 35-inch TVs. Another shift is starting in the next
mandate category. There used to be many ads for 25-inch TVs; now there are
a similar number for 24-inch. I wonder if we'll start seeing ads for
12-inch TVs instead of 13 around the 2007 deadline.
- This week I've listed 116 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 44 (38%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ CEW $269
- RCA 50-inch 4:3 projection TV @ CEW $449
- RCA 61-inch widescreen projection TV @ CEW $649
- Sony 61-inch widescreen projection TV @ CEW $749
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $199.99 AR
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $149.99 AR
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ CEW $159
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA E413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ CEW $49
- RCA 13V400T 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $54.99 AR
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $89.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ CEW $69
- GoVideo DV2140 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $89.99
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $79.99 AR
- Samsung DVD-V4600A/C DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- Zenith XBV442 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $99.99
- GoVideo RV4000 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ CompUSA $249.99
- GoVideo VR3950 VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $149.99 AR
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD-R/RAM rec. @ Circuit City w/$10 RC $224.99
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ CompUSA $249.99
- Philips DVDR615 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Sharp DVRW340U VCR/DVD recorder @ Best Buy w/$25 GC $299.99 3D
- Sylvania DVR90DE DVD recorder @ amazon.com $179.99
3D - price includes three DVDs
AR - price after mail-in rebate
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
RC - price includes "reward certificate" of amount shown
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Toshiba MV13P2 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Casio EV570C 2.5-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $99.99 AR
- 5-inch TV/AM/FM combo @ Toys"R"Us $17.99
- Audiovox 7-inch under-cabinet LCD TV/AM/FM @ Circuit City $299.99
- Sony ICFCD855VSIL AM/FM/TV/weather/CD combo @ Circuit City $79.99
- Sony ICF-S79V AM/FM/TV/weather shower radio @ J&R $49.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate

- May 1 -
- The NAB did not update its list this week.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its lists
on November 30:
- 1674 U.S. full-power TV stations (97.2% of the new total)
have received a DTT construction permit or license, and 1476 are
transmitting at least some DTT at some power level:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the 40 top-10-market ABC, CBS,
Fox, and NBC stations due on the air May 1, 1999. It's still 38 fully
licensed and two operating at low power on temporary authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has also been no change in the 79 market-11-30
stations due on the air November 1, 1999. It's still 72 fully licensed and
seven at low power on temporary authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- Here's a chart summarizing the status:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
- These are the 803 stations operating at low power on
temporary authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html
- These are the 673 stations fully licensed or on
program-test authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
Tomorrow, Doug Lung's RF Report will list the number of licensed U.S.
DTT stations in the FCC database. The two numbers are getting close.

- The front-page headline in the November issue of the ATSC publication The
Standard is "FCC Mandates PSIP":
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/newsletter/ATSC_Newsletter_17.pdf
Indeed, they have! The best way to learn about what you have to do is
probably to attend the ATSC half-day seminar "Getting PSIP Right" at ***The
Technology Retreat***, Tuesday January 25, at the Rancho Las Palmas
Marriott Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Then, for follow-up,
you can attend Chris Lennon of Harris's breakfast roundtables on the new
ATSC PMCP standard. BE THERE! Register today! The ATSC seminar (and
Charles Poynton's half-day camera-technology seminar) requires separate
registration:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Charlie Rhodes's report on the recent IEEE Broadcast Symposium is well
worth reading -- especially his comments on low-VHF impulse noise and basic
tuner performance. Now that multipath seems to be licked (in prototypes,
anyway) it's time to move on to other reception issues:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/features/digital_tv/Features_Rhodes.shtml

- According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable online, George W. Bush has
ordered the Commerce Department to create a non-government advisory
committee to help with the DTT transition as part of its Spectrum Policy
Initiative on Tuesday. The desired cut-off date is said to still be the
end of 2006:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA484757.html?display=Breaking+New
s&referral=SUPP[/url]
Media Post says the same:
[url]http://www.mediapost.com/dtls_dsp_news.cfm?SubMatter=Traditional&newsID=281
293[/url]
Broadcast Engineering's Beyond the Headlines, however, says, "the new
initiative did not specifically address the transition to digital
television":
http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/bth/20041206/

- The New York City DTT stations that were knocked off the air on 9/11
should soon be back on, sharing a CBS-developed joint DTT transmission
facility on the Empire State Building. They are WABC, WNBC, WNET (PBS),
WPIX (WB), and WWOR (UPN). The work has required shutting down WCBS-DT,
carried by DirecTV nationwide, at midnight daily. The full story requires
a paid subscription:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA485301.html?display=Technology

- The ATSC has released A/97, a standard for software data download service
(capable of upgrading receivers in the field). The first URL is for the
press release; the second is for the standard itself:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_SDDS_11_04.htm
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_97.pdf
Slightly earlier, ATSC released its standard on the Programming
Metadata Communication Protocol. You can learn about it from NAB's Art
Allison at the ATSC half-day seminar before ***The Technology Retreat***
and follow up with Harris's Chris Lennon's breakfast roundtables. Yes,
it's JUST that simple!
http://www.hpaonline.com.

- Panasonic joins Sony and Thomson in taking a 24p license from Filmlook:
http://www.filmlook.com/
What's involved in making a digital-cinematography camera? Come to
Charles Poynton's half-day seminar before ***The Technology Retreat*** and
find out. When you've finished that one, listen to John Galt of Panavision
explain their Genesis camera and Larry Thorpe of Canon explain what's
necessary is lenses.
Yes, ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Screen Digest's E-Cinema Report #143 this week was the last. According
to Patrick von Sychowski, "I will be leaving my position at Screen Digest
next week to join Unique Digital. I will be based in London and head up
Unique's effort to consolidate their position as the world's leading
provider of digital advertising solutions for cinemas -- their system is
already used in Norway, UK, Belgium, Spain and Portugal -- and their
transition to full blown, high-end digital cinema. There is a press
release about it on the site, for those who want more details":
http://www.uniquedigitalcinema.com/
His closing thought about digital cinema? "It's Not A Technology
Business." Amen.
Those wanting to reach him can use this e-mail address:
pvs@mailudc.com.

- Ingmar Bergman's latest movie, "Saraband," will reportedly be released
digital-only:
[url]http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/international/brief_display.jsp?vnu_co
ntent_id=1000727930[/url]

- International H/DTV news:

- DTT in Japan is expected to cover 80% of households by the end of
2006, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications:
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=4&id=320682

- One site lists 128 widescreen TVs from 15 brands in Australia,
starting at A$699 ($542). Eleven of those (from four brands) are said to
be integrated with DTT reception circuitry, starting at A$2248 ($1743).
Four of those are said to be SDTV, but only one, at A$8999 ($6976), has a
screen with HD resolution:
http://www.widescreentv.info/products.html
Another site lists 17 integrated sets from six brands (again starting
at A$2248). The discrepancy may be based on availability. Some of these
sets are not yet available. This list has six models said to be HD (from
two brands), starting at A$5999 ($4651):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=78
There are 63 set-top DTT receivers from 27 brands, starting at A$169
($131). Fourteen of those are HD (from 12 brands), starting at A$599
($465):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- Got a plan for a new service on Australian DTT? You have until
December 23 to let the government know what it is. The same story says
it's unlikely that analog TV will be switched off by the planned 2008 date:
[url]http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,11558797%5e15306%5e%5enbv%5
e,00.html[/url]

- A headline in Canada's National Post said, "HDTV lacks programs:
CRTC head worried broadcasters aren't keeping up." CRTC is roughly
equivalent to the U.S. FCC:
[url]http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=3bf
ba7e9-8316-4f0a-b7f7-1b87194c6804[/url]

- Canada's Globe and Mail reports on a Convergence Consulting Group
study that found about 1.2 million "HD-compatible TVs" already in Canadian
homes but only about 180,000 used to get HD programming:
[url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041206/RHD
TVMARKET06/Business/Idx[/url]

- Euro180 plans to launch a second HD satellite channel in June
concentrating on pay-per-view programming. They will plan to use MPEG-4
and have made distribution deals on multiple satellites and cable systems:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Dec6_Dec10.htm#eu
ro1080[/url]

- The two tiny Welsh villages that were to be converted to DTT with
free receivers have been. Depending on which report you read, it was
either 350 or 450 homes:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_west/4058069.stm
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/media/story/0,12123,1366311,00.html

- Unfortunately, a YouGov poll commissioned by the UK government
Digital Awareness Campaign "has found that, with digital television
providing more programme choices than ever, almost one in six families
predict they will have some form of disagreement over TV watching this
Christmas. However, help is at hand from leading psychologist Donna
Dawson, who has devised a three-step survival plan to ensure that families
make the most of the benefits offered by digital TV." Whew!
http://www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk/press/2004/multichannel_christmas.html

- According to the Financial Times, the BBC plans to do all of its
production in HD within six years:
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/8abd8e7c-44a1-11d9-9f6a-00000e2511c8.html

- DTT in France will be "pre-launched" from the Eiffel Tower on
January 15 to help antenna installers get ready:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Nov29_Dec3.htm#dt
tprelaunch[/url]

- Taiwan's government plans to revoke all analog-TV licenses by 2010
and require DTT reception in all new TVs 29-inch or larger as of 2006 and
all TVs "manufactured after 2008." But cable operators are unhappy:
[url]http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/variety/20041205/va_tv_ne/digital_
plan_irks_cablers_1[/url]

- The Fraunhofer Institute (a ***Technology Retreat*** attendee in the
past), inventor of MP3, has come up with a surround-sound version. Thomson
will license it.
http://eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;j?articleID=54201827
Free evaluation software may be downloaded. The encoder expires
December 31:
http://www.mp3surround-format.com
Interested in sound? Come to ***The Technology Retreat*** and hear
about John McKay's work on the sound editing of the "Lord of the Rings"
trilogy. BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Nikkei Electronics Asia online offers a report on the CEATEC
consumer-electronics exhibition. Highlights included:
- a Sharp 65-inch LCD TV,
- LED backlights for LCDs from Everlight, Rohm, and Sony yielding
greater-than-NTSC color range, and
- a 36-inch SED prototype from Canon and Toshiba with a claimed 8600:1
contrast ratio:
http://neasia.nikkeibp.com/nea/200412/techana_346605.html
Want to know what displays are introduced at January's Consumer
Electronics Show? Listen to Peter Putman at ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- NPD reports that "While 18 percent of respondents [in their consumer
panel] said they purchased electronics equipment for holiday gifts last
year, just twelve percent" planned to do so this year, at an average of
$231 ($317 for those 55-64 and $299 for those 18-24):
[url]http://www.npdtechworld.com/techServlet?nextpage=viewpoint_body.html&conten
t_id=2035[/url]

- Another NPD report indicates that the average retail price of plasma TVs
dropped $250 from August to $2467 in September. In the same month, 20-inch
LCD TVs were $857 and 17-inch $445:
[url]http://www.npdtechworld.com/techServlet?nextpage=pr_body_it.html&content_id
=2045[/url]

- What are the latest household-penetration and factory-sales figures for
H/DTV products? Come to ***The Technology Retreat*** and find out!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 45 weeks of 2004 were down 5.7% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 4.8%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 45th week were
109,092 units and for the first 45 weeks 3,659,383.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15.6% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 45th
week this year, a slight DROP from the previous two weeks. It may be worth
noting here what that means. About 84% of the non-plasma,
non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 45th week this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only the LG at Circuit City
and the Hughes at Good Guys.

- Ad confusions - This is just a sampling of the ads I saw personally:

- CompUSA (one of the only reliable sources of disclaimers these days)
said the Pioneer PDP4340HD was "HD-Ready" but also had a built-in ATSC
tuner.

- Harvey called the integrated Sony KDE42XBR950 and Pioneer PRO1120HD
"HD-Ready" but the SharpVision LC45GX6U an "HDTV."

- On streetprices.com, eight retailers were listed as carrying Sharp's
LC-45GD4U. Two called it a monitor, four called it a television or TV, and
only one called it an HDTV:
http://www.streetprices.com/Electronics/Consumer/TV/LCD/SP2462275.html

- The ads - My Minneapolis-St. Paul-area correspondent is still out of
town. Gracious Home offered an "Instant Fireplace" DVD to go with its LCD
TVs for $14.99. Bloomingdale's advertised a Sharp Aquos 15-inch LCD TV,
the first even vaguely H/DTV ad I've seen from them. As there was no model
number or indication that it could handle a progressive-scan input,
however, I have not listed it.
- amazon.com (no disclaimer):
- Olevia LT20HVK 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99 AR
- Philips 42PF9936D 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99 BS
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $899.99 BS
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before on-site savings"
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/$300 GC & $175 RC $2999.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$400 GC $4299.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$200 GC $1999.99
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $699.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $749.99
- Philips 34PW8502 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7499.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$400 GC $3999.99
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599.99
- Samsung TX-P2764X 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $499.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Toshiba 23HLV84 23-inch LCD/DVD combo $1799.99
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4499.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1399.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1299.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch wide LCD proj. TV w/$200 GC $1999.99
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
RC - price includes "reward certificates" of the amount shown
- Circuit City (HD disclaimers only):
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $3699.99
- Hitachi 57F510 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV w/$100 GC $1899.99
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3799.99
- LG RU42PZ71 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- LG RU44SZ63D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Magnavox 17MF200V 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $479.99
- Norcent LT2720 27-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 GC $1199.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2299.99
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1399.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV w/$50 GC $899.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $5499.99
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC $6999.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$200 GC $2699.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $799.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2199.99
- Sony KD34XS955 34-inch 16:9 integr. DTV w/$200 GC $1999.99
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $7999.99
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$500 GC $6999.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$400 GC $4099.99
- Sony KDP57WS655 57-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1799.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Sony KV27HS420 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $749.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV w/$100 GC $999.99
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Computers & Electronics Warehouse (am New York & Metro, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic 37-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
- HP F2304 23-inch LCD monitor $1999.99 AR
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799.99
- Panasonic TC-17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $1999.99
- Pioneer PDP4340HD 43-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99
- Samsung HLP5063WX/XAA 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Sharp LC15B6US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $599.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Sony KLV32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499.99
- ViewSonic N2700W-B1 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1799.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Dell (New York Times and Metro NY, no disclaimer):
- Dell 4200HD 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Dell W1700 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599
- Dell W1900 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $649
- Dell W2300 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $999
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Epson (no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sony KP-57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999 BS
- Toshiba 46HM83 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699 BS
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Hughes DirecTV/ATSC/TiVo set-top receiver/PVR $999
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4499
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2799
- Mitsubishi LT3040 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Samsung HLP4663WX 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLP-5685WX 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4599
- Samsung TXP3075WHFX 30-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV $999
- Sharp LC13B6US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $499
- Sharp LC15B6US 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $599
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099
- Sharp LC26GD6U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Gracious Home (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Sharp [LC]26GD4U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2699.99
- Sharp [LC]32GD4U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3799.99
- Sharp [LC]37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99
- Sharp [LC]45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999.99
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199 VD
- Sharp LC37GD6U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499 VD
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/stand $2999
VD - price includes DVD/VHS combo
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P50XHA40US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30US 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $10,499 AR
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Samsung LTP326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2999
- SharpVision LC45GX6U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7999
- Sony KDE42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299
- Panasonic PT-47X34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Panasonic PT-53X54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Panasonic TH37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2999
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KP-46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Sony KP-51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399
- Toshiba 46HM84 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699
- Toshiba 65H84 65-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $2199
- HP (no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Panasonic TC-17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2299.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung LT-P266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV
- Westinghouse LTV-17v1 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $449.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2498
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2498
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Pioneer PRO-810HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5998
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2998
- Magnolia (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P42VHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Philips 26PF-9966 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2995 ELN
ELN - price "even less now"
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4497 BS
- LG RM26LZ30 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1997 BS
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1497 BS
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2997 BS
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3497 BS
- Mitsubishi WS65413 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2297
- Samsung HLP5685W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4597 BS
- Samsung HLP6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3997 BS
- Sharp LC30HV6U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2597 ST
- Sony KDE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6997 BS
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2997 ST
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $6997 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2297 BS
- Sony KP51WS510 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1497
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $997 BS
BS - price "before savings"
ST - price "includes sales tax"

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
45 weeks of 2004 were down 2.2% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was down 3%. VCR sales were down 64.4% for the first 45
weeks.

- At Best Buy AFTER Black Friday, a 25-pack of Fuji DVD-R disks was
$8.99.

- Satellite news:

- Warren Communications News reported Wednesday that EchoStar can't
provide local emergency alerts due to insurmountable costs. The story is
no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- Intelsat reported permanent loss of the Americas-7 satellite last
week
[url]http://www.intelsat.com/aboutus/press/release_details.aspx?year=2004&art=20
041129_01_EN.xml&lang=en&footer=80[/url]
On Friday, they regained control:
[url]http://www.intelsat.com/aboutus/press/release_details.aspx?year=2004&art=20
041203_01_EN.xml&lang=en&footer=82[/url]

- In an unusual show of unity, broadcasters (NAB, the Association for
Maximum Service Television, Pappas Telecasting, and the Association of
Public Television Stations) AND the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association (NCTA) all opposed FCC plans to allow unlicensed Wi-Fi on
vacant TV channels:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA484384.html?display=Breaking+New
s&referral=SUPP[/url]
Yes, there IS a proposed breakfast on unlicensed Wi-Fi on vacant TV
channels at ***The Technology Retreat*** (pending some scheduling issues).
We're always ahead of the news. BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- December 7, Radisson Barcello Hotel, Washington, D.C., ATSC ACAP
seminar http://www.atsc.org/seminars/2004_ACAP/acap_04.htm.
- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- *January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- *January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- *February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- *February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- *February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- *March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- *May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- *May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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This epistle dated December 13 2004

==============================================

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- There are MANY additions in the main program (I have no idea
how we squeeze them all in):
- The three moderators for the panel at the compression
session Wednesday morning have been selected. Charles Swartz, head of the
Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California,
will be taking the digital-cinema viewpoint. Art Allison, director of
advanced engineering for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB),
will be taking the broadcasters' point of view. Glenn Reitmeier, NBC
Universal vp of technology, formerly of the Sarnoff Labs, will be covering
consumer and other viewpoints.
- Brian Markwalter, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
vp of technology, will be doing a consumer-electronics update session
Wednesday afternoon before joining the consumer video marketplace panel.
- Another addition to that panel is Jon Cody, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) chief of staff to chairman Powell.
- Juan Martinez, JVC's director of strategic technical
alliances, will be joining the tapeless camcorder acquisition panel on
Thursday morning.
- Thursday afternoon's digital-cinema session has been
modified to squeeze in even more. It still begins with Loren Nielsen of
Entertainment Technology Consultants on optimizing displays for digital
dailies followed by Glenn Kennel of Texas Instruments on the X'Y'Z' color
space for digital cinema. Next will be Kevin Wines of Laser Pacific on MXF
packaging for digital cinema, followed by the first discussion panel, with
all of those, moderated by Walt Ordway, chief technology officer of the
all-studio Digital Cinema Initiatives. Then Mike Christmann of Flying Eye
in Germany, the technical chair of the European WorldScreen project, will
offer a presentation on that topic and digital cinema in Europe. Next,
Laurin Herr, president of Pacific Interface, will provide a view of digital
cinema in Japan. Then, for a studio perspective, Chris Carey, senior-vp of
studio new technology at Walt Disney Studios will be joined by Howard Lukk,
executive director of production technology at the same studio. All of
them and Walt Ordway will be on the second discussion panel, moderated by
Charles Swartz of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC. Whew!
- I think (and hope) that just about does it for the main
program (though there might be another panelist or two on the video
consumer marketplace panel). Again, the schedule (updated periodically)
has been posted on the Hollywood Post Alliance web site:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- There have been many additions to the demo area, too:
- Belden will be using its demo space backwards, trying to
get information FROM participants about what color codes they'd like to see
in the digital era.
- Other newly announced participants in the demo area (there
are now 27) include AJA, DVEO, DVS, eCinema Systems, Evertz, MTI Film
Systems, Nucoda, Panasonic, and Ross Video.
- There are at least two more breakfast roundtables. They will
be on digital archiving for motion pictures. The one on Thursday will be
moderated by Mike Christmann of Flying Eye; the one on Friday will be
moderated by Laurin Herr of Pacific Interface.
Again, there is still room for more breakfast roundtables on any
subject. If you're registered for the retreat and you'd like to moderate
one (or two), just contact me, and I can confirm instantly. Again, here
are the only two cautions:
1. The breakfast roundtables start at 7:30 am (but tend to be well
attended even at that hour).
2. If you commit to moderating a roundtable, you can't sit in on
anyone else's breakfast roundtable that day.
- There are new quiz prizes! But don't worry; the
glow-in-the-dark statue of the official patron saint of television IS
returning.
- Got an announcement you'd like to make? Press registered so
far represent British Cinematographer, Broadcast Engineering, Compressed
News, Digital TV, Eizo Shimbun, Film & Video, Film Festival Reporter,
Government Video, High Definition Magazine, Shoot, Sports TV Production, TV
Technology, and Videography. Here's a recent blurb:
http://www.filmandvideomagazine.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=29553
- Don't hate yourself forever for missing this once-in-a-lifetime
event. Don't let your competitors destroy your business. Don't be on the
wrong side in the global war against ignorance. BE THERE!
You have been warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- The U.S. DTT transition -
- Six southern Democratic Representatives asked FCC head Michael
Powell to delay any vote on the analog shutdown. "Surely there can be
several months of congressional debate and input on this critical matter
during the first quarter of next year," they wrote. The full story
requires a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA485726.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]
- The Intelligence-Reform Bill finally passed both houses of
Congress, and it includes a non-binding "Sense of Congress" resolution.
- Broadcasting & Cable reported that it required the return
of analog channels "as early as" the end of 2006. The full story requires
a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA486122.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]
- If it were truly "as early as," the date could be anytime
from the end of 2006 onward. But that's not the language I found in the
bill: "Sense of Congress- Now, therefore, it is the sense of Congress that
section 309(j)(14) of the Communications Act of 1934 should be amended to
eliminate the 85-percent penetration test and to require broadcasters to
cease analog transmissions at the close of December 31, 2006, so that the
spectrum can be returned and repurposed for important public-safety and
advanced commercial uses":
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c108:3:./temp/~c108NCuWin:e690053:
- That's a hard date, but, again, it's non-binding. Here's
TV Technology's take on it: "The venerable 'Sense of Congress' is not
merely a pun but a maneuver used to make it appear is if something is
happening when indeed it is not. The resolution carries no legal weight
whatsoever":
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2564
- Nevertheless, Jon Cody, Powell's chief of staff at the
FCC, took note of the congressional action. "With the substantial benefits
that will flow to the public with the end of the DTV transition, including
more spectrum for public safety and broadband deployment and billions of
dollars to the U.S. Treasury, it is no surprise that Congress agrees that
setting a firm deadline for the end of the transition is a priority." The
full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA487312.html?display=Top+Stories
Does that mean the FCC will act soon? Why not ask Cody yourself at
***The Technology Retreat***, January 26, at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott
Resort in Rancho Mirage, California? BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com
- How many will lose TV reception when the analog plug is
pulled? That depends on how many what? In ascending order, there are TV
households, census households, postal households, and TV sets. Today's New
York Times offered some startling new figures on the last from Nielsen
Media Research. The proportion of census households that are TV households
has remained a steady 98% for many years. But the proportion of households
with four or more TV sets has jumped in just the last year by 19% to 23%
(25.2 million). Despite a growth in the number of households, the number
with just one TV set dropped from 26.4 million in 2003 to 23 million in
2004:
[url]http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2004/12/13/business/media/20041213mostwan
ted.html[/url]
- The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
said in a letter to Powell last Thursday that the cost to the cable
industry of implementing the NAB plan for the transition could run to $28
billion. Again, the full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA487230.html?display=Breaking+News
In a somewhat related story, Multichannel News reported today that
NCTA president Robert Sachs has also been lobbying Powell to get the FCC to
drop its requirement that cable systems cease providing "integrated"
(channel navigation with conditional-access control) set-top boxes as of
July 2006. Once again, the full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA487462.html?display=Breaking+News

- U.S. DTT reception issues - ATI has demonstrated that two of their
DTT-reception chips meet ATSC guidelines for multipath, overload, phase
noise, selectivity, and sensitivity:
http://eet.com/semi/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55300593
How did the Advanced Television Systems Committee come up with the
guidelines? Why not ask ATSC vp of standards development Jerry Whitaker at
the ATSC half-day seminar at ***The Technology Retreat***, January 25, at
the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort in Rancho Mirage, California. Yes,
***The Technology Retreat." Don't say we didn't warn you:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Blu-ray vs. HD DVD -
- Disney announced Wednesday that it would support the Blu-ray
standard (keeping its options open about HD DVD) and joined the Blu-ray
board:
[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;?type=technologyNews&storyID=70353
77[/url]
- Fox, although it hasn't yet committed, is already on the
Blu-ray board:
http://eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55300632
- But Thomson, already a Blu-ray board member, said it would
manufacture and sell HD DVD disks and players next fall:
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55300947
Warren Communications News reported Friday that Thomson would sell the
HD DVD decks but NOT Blu-ray. That story, unfortunately, is no longer on
their site:
http://www.warren-news.com/
It appears that they WILL still support Blu-ray, but, as owners of the
major disk replicator Technicolor, couldn't afford to offend the Hollywood
studios supporting HD DVD:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA487362?display=Breaking+News
What does it all mean? You can find out from the studios, Thomson,
and others at ***The Technology Retreat***, the place where all the elite
meet and greet. It's neat! Rest your feet. Learn the latest on your beat
-- while you eat! And beat the sleet! I acknowledge poetic defeat.
http://www.hpaonline.com
- One more item: Toshiba and Memory-Tech have reportedly come up
with a dual-layer version of HD DVD said to be compatible with both
blue-laser HD DVD players AND ordinary red-laser DVD:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/japan_toshiba_dvds

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 126 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 41 (33%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Magnavox MS3652S 36-inch TV @ P.C. Richard & Son $388.97
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Universal $599
- Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- Zenith ZA50 50-inch projection TV @ Universal $409 DVD
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Universal $519
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Universal $624 DVD
- Toshiba 61H60 projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 projection TV @ Royal $849
- Sony 65S75 projection TV @ Universal $769
- Toshiba 65H65 projection TV @ Universal $689
DVD - price includes DVD player
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- ESA EF427 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $229.99
- Philips 27PT543S 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $179.99 AR
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
- Sharp 27F540 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Ultimate $198.95
- Sony 27FS10 27-inch TV @ Royal $229
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $159
- Sylvania 6427TE 27-inch TV @ Ultimate $148.95
- Sylvania SRT4127W 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $229.99
- Toshiba 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- Little Tykes 13-inch TV @ Toys 'R' Us $99.99
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
- Konka K2001UM 20-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20-inch TV @ Radio Shack $114.99
- Sylvania SRT2420 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $99.99
- "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $34.99
- "Famous Maker" VCR @ Universal $29.99
- "Famous Maker" DVD/VCR combo @ Universal $79.99
- GoVideo DV2140 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $89.99
- Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- Apex DRX-9200 DVD recorder @ amazon.com $149.99 AR
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $161.99
- Coby DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $169.99
- GoVideo VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $249.99
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $199.99
- Philips DVDR615 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Toshiba DR2 DVD-R/RAM/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Symphonic SC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $79.99 AR
- Toshiba MV13P2 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Best Buy $119.99
- Sylvania SRC2419 19-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $129.99
- Toshiba MW20FP1 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ amazon.com $299.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Radio Shack 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Radio Shack $59.99
- Manor 516R 5.5-inch TV/AM/FM combo @ Best Buy $9.99 AR
- MTV STVG710 7-inch TV/karaoke @ Circuit City $99.99 AR
- Sony AM/FM/TV/weather clock radio @ Gracious Home $79.99
- Sony DNF400PS AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Best Buy $74.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99
- Sony ICF-CD5557V 7-inch LCD TV @ J&R $349.99
- Sony SRFM80V AM/FM/TV/weather portable @ Best Buy $49.99

- May 1 -
- Neither the FCC nor the NAB updated their lists this week.
- Doug Lung's RF report notes that the FCC CDBS database listed
635 licensed U.S. DTT stations as of December 5, no change from his last
report two weeks ago:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=671

- As expected, there are no H/DTV items on the agenda of Wednesday's FCC
meeting:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255155A1.pdf

- Nextel received FCC permission to use spectrum in TV channels 54, 59, 62
to 64, and 67 to 69 for "test and development of communications systems" in
New York (Manhattan) and Queens (New York City):
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254919A1.pdf

- Robert Rast, longtime attendee (and frequent quiz winner) of ***The
Technology Retreat***, has been elected to chair the 2005 ATSC board. The
outgoing chair and ongoing board member Phil Livingston as well as board
members Glenn Reitmeier and Peter Symes will also be speaking at ***The
Technology Retreat***:
http://www.atsc.org/news_information/press/2004/PR_ATSC%20Board_2005.htm

- DigitalTelevision.com is carrying an article called "Now That I Have To
Do PSIP, What Do I Do?" by Chris Lennon of Harris:
http://digitaltelevision.com/articles/article_834.shtml
Need more info? Ask Chris at ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Florida Atlantic University's Imaging Technology Space Center is using
Accom's WSD/HDi disk recorder to capture images with four times HD
resolution:
http://www.hdtvbuyer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=29495
Last year, participants at ***The Technology Retreat*** learned about
cameras with 16 times HD resolution. Panavision is working on the Florida
project. And where will you find Panavision's John Galt at the end of
January? Why, at ***The Technology Retreat***, of course! BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Texas Instruments has shipped its five-millionth DLP subassembly:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041213/nym088_1.html

- International H/DTV news:

- Private Maltese station Smash TV is the first station in that
country to transmit DTT:
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2004/12/05/t4.html

- Digital Broadcasting Australia updated its list of DTT-reception
boxes on Thursday. There are 63 boxes from 27 brands, starting at A$149
($113). Of those, 14 are HD (from 12 brands), starting at A$499 ($379):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- Those in them are complaining about holes in UK DTT reception:
http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/viewarticle.asp?id=161583

- Spain has reportedly increased its number of potential DTT stations
(from 1064 to 1124) and has postponed analog cut-off to 2008:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Dec6_Dec10.htm#sp
angov[/url]

- The opening story in the December 9 issue of Canada's Broadcast
Dialogue newsletter is more about the U.S. transition than Canada's:
http://www.broadcastdialogue.com/newsletter.asp

- By the end of November, both Samsung and LG Philips had EACH reportedly
shipped more than three million LCD panels larger than ten-inch:
[url]http://english.etnews.co.kr/news/detail_top.html?id=200412030001&art_grad=9
[/url]

- In an escalation of the plasma war between Korea and Japan, on Monday
Korea banned the import of Matsushita (Panasonic) plasma panels:
http://investmentsmagazine.com/managearticle.asp?C=120&A=9967

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 46 weeks of 2004 were still down 5.7% from the same
period in 2003. My ten-week running average was down 4.5%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 46th week were
117,378 units and for the first 46 weeks 3,776,761.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) still accounted for about 15.6% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 46th
week this year, a slight DROP from the previous two weeks. It may be worth
noting here what that means. About 84% of the non-plasma,
non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 46th week this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes. See below for comments
on including LCD and plasma.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- CEA announced that total factory-to-dealer "DTV" sales (INCLUDING plasma
and LCD) were 968,394 units in October and that 290,000 of those were LCD:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10628
My figures for non-LCD, non-plasma "DTV" sales for weeks 40-43 of this
year (including all business days in October except Friday, the 1st) come
to 568,000 units, roughly 59% of the CEA total. On that basis, if the
proportions were to apply to the whole year, then "DTV" factory sales would
represent 26.6% of all TV factory sales. There were lower numbers earlier
in the year, so it's safe to say that at least 3/4 of the factory TV sales
this year have still been plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture
tubes.
Based on the above calculations, 110,394 plasma TVs were sold in
October.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: Good Guys had a full page with the
DirecTV, LG, and Samsung models, but I'm not aware of any others.

- The ads - Wherever Epson's LS47P2 and LS57P2 appear, I have referred to
them as integrated even though the ads don't.
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- LG RU-52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP proj. TV w/$300 GC & $165 RC $2849.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1709.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $3324.99
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2184.99
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1614.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2549.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2564.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $664.99
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999.99 BS
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4274.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $949.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1804.99
BS - price "before savings"
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
RC - price includes "reward certificates" of the amount shown
- Circuit City (HD disclaimers only):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Apex AVL2776 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99 BS
- Audiovox FP1500 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99 BS
- Audiovox FPE2000 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99 BS
- Hitachi 32HDL51 32-inch integrated LCD photo-slot DTV $3799.99 BS
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799.99 BS
- Magnavox 30MF200V 30-inch LCD TV $1899.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299.99 BS
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799.99 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 BS
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999.99 BS
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung TXP3264 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 BS
- Sony KDE50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 BS
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99 BS
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Daewoo DTS 42 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$150 GC $1799.99
- HP F2304 23-inch LCD TV $1999.99 AR
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$300 GC $3499.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell W1900 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $849
- Epson (no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $2699 AR SC
- Epson 57-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $3199 AR SC
AR - price after mail-in rebate
SC - price includes stand and external CD burner
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3299
- Sony KP-57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- "Brand Varies" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1,799
- DirecTV HR10250 DirecTV/ATSC receiver/PVR $999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $10,499 AR
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3499
- LG LST-3410A ATSC receiver/PVR $799
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3799
- LG RU52SZ51D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
- Mitsubishi LT3040 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD62825 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV/PVR $5999
- Mitsubishi WT-42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8999
- Samsung HLP5663WX 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Samsung SIRTS360 DirecTV receiver/decoder $299
- Sharp LC37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4999
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KDF-55WE655 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3699
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sharp LC13S1US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $449
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/stand $2999
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3699
- Westinghouse LTV-17v1 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $499
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1299
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799
- HP (no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
- GoVideo T1530 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $349.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Optima EP739 projector with screen $1499.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2299.99
- Philips 62PL9774/37 62-inch LCoS projection TV w/stand $2599.99
- Sony KDE-50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV
- Sony KDL-32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV
- Toshiba 32HL84 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1049.99
- Westinghouse LTV-17v1 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $429.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS47P2 47-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/printer w/stand $2698 AR
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4498
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2498
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2498
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2998
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3498
- Mystery brand 44-inch widescreen projection TV $1997
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2498
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Pioneer PRO-1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6998
- Sony KDF-55WF655 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3298
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Lord & Taylor (New York Times, no disclaimer)
- Initial 17-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo $699.99
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $2995 EL
EL - price "even less"
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3299.99
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3324.99
- Mitsubishi WD62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4084.99
- Panasonic PT53X54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1519.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2374.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2849.99
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2089.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3324.99
- Sony KP-51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Sony KP-57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD disclaimer only):
- Epson LS57P2 57-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV/printer/CD-R $3199.95 AR WS
- LG RU17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $899.95 BS
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WD62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4499.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS48315 48-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WS65813 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95 BS
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.95 BS
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299.95 BS
- Panasonic TC26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2299.95 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.95 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.95 BS
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1599.95 BS
- Philips 30PF9946D 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV
- Philips 42PF9976 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $$4999.95 BS
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV w/stand $2498.95
- Pioneer PRO1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999.95 BS
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.95 BS
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95
- Samsung TXP2775HF 27-inch integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.95 BS
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $2999.95 BS
- Sony KDP57WS655 57-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2399.95 BS
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.95 BS
- Zenith L15V26C/D 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $498.95
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
WS - price with stand
- Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- "Famous Makers" 42-inch plasma TV $1799
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2675
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3449
- Panasonic PT50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2399
- Panasonic PT60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV $2599
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2597
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1597 BS
BS - price "before savings"

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
46 weeks of 2004 were down 2.5% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was down 7.8%. VCR sales were down 63.7% for the first 46
weeks.

- The satellite portion of the finally passed appropriations bill may be
found here:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.4818.ENR:

- Broadcasting & Cable lists the top-25 U.S. networks by 2004 revenue. NBC
is number one, followed by CBS. But three is QVC, followed by ABC. Five
is ESPN, followed by Fox. The WB is 19, just ahead of Fox News (CNN is
15). Univision is 24. Pax, Telemundo and UPN didn't make the top 25 (but
all the networks at ***The Technology Retreat*** did). This full story
does NOT require a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA487193.html?display=Special+Repo
rt&referral=SUPP[/url]

- Wired has a story called "The End of TV as We Know It," based on Internet
delivery of programming:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/start.html?pg=7

- Phone-company-delivered TV is running into local franchising issues:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/telecom/2004-12-08-ipcable_x.htm
Multichannel News reported, however, that the FCC will take another 90
days to review SBS Communications' request not to have to comply with
cable-TV regulations. The full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA486566.html?display=Breaking+News

- PVR news:

- There has been much discussion lately of the 1984 Supreme Court
Betamax decision. But, if I recall correctly, it did NOT authorize
recording of pay-TV programming. According to this story, HBO is trying to
work out recording restrictions for their PVRs with cable operators:
[url]http://www.allyourtv.com/0405season/news/november/11282004transitional.html
[/url]

- TiVo is finally trying to protect its name from becoming a generic
noun or verb:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/13/technology/13tivo.html?oref=login

- Speaking of names, beginning in January, outside of Japan, Matsushita is
becoming Panasonic:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA486559?display=Breaking+News
I was reminded of that by Peter Fannon, Matsushita/Panasonic vp of
technology policy and regulatory affairs and long-time moderator of the
video consumer marketplace panel at ***The Technology Retreat***. BE
THERE! This is your very last warning of the week:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- One more name story: CEA's Distributed Audio Subdivision is changing its
name to the Multi Room Audio Video Council (MRAV):
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10629

- Here's Dilbert on video compression:
[url]http://www.comics.com/comics/dilbert/archive/images/dilbert2004152561209.gi
f[/url]

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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This issue dated December 20 2004

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Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- I am delighted to announce that there have been NO CHANGES to
the main program in the last week. So, here's a quickie recap:
- Wednesday morning covers the latest issues associated with
compression (bit-rate reduction), with top talent from Del Rey, Dolby, the
Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern
California (USC), Harmonic, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB),
NBC Universal, Panasonic Labs, Sharp Labs, Tandberg Television, the
University of Arizona, Via Licensing, and Warner Bros. covering everything
you need to know (and THEN some) about the technology, market, and
licensing of AVC (H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10), JPEG2000, and VC-1.
- Wednesday afternoon covers consumer video media, with the
annual technology-year in review, top talent from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS,
Sinclair, and the WB on the networks/broadcasters panel, an update on the
marketplace from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), an update on
content protection from the Motion Picture Association (MPAA), and top
talent from CEA, CEDIA, DirecTV, the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), Microsoft, and NBC Universal on the video marketplace panel.
- Thursday morning will cover digital acquisition: tapeless
camcorders, uncompressed HD recording, "control dailies," film transfer for
digital intermediates, lenses, and the latest digital-cinematography
product, Panavision's Genesis.
- Thursday afternoon will cover digital cinema in America,
Europe, and Japan and from such details as optimizing dailies, X'Y'Z' color
space, and MXF packaging to a broad studio perspective. And, with the
recently announced 102-inch plasma panel (see story later in the memo), the
session will close with a consumer-display update so participants can get
an idea of how close the home experience is getting to the theatrical.
- Friday morning delves into the nitty-gritty of post
production, beginning with a Washington update and an explanation of
extended content-control information. Then learn about the sound-editing
workflow on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, how to do digital-intermediate
work on a laptop, and much, much more.
- Friday afternoon will cover standards (SMPTE, MOS, GFX),
signal processing, and file access -- both within a facility and globally.
It will also feature another jaw-dropping presentation on what you didn't
know about wire and cable (the 2004 presentation on why neatly spaced cable
ties might be the worst possible thing you could do for high-data-rate
signals is STILL boggling minds).
- Tuesday afternoon (pre-retreat) offers a choice of two
superb separate-admission half-day seminars: the Advanced Television
Systems Committee (ATSC) "Getting PSIP Right" (just in time for the FCC
PSIP deadline) and Charles Poynton's all-new HDTV & Digital-Cinema Camera
Technology.
Of course, I haven't mentioned the breakfast roundtables, the demo
sessions, or other events. The complete schedule, including more detail on
all of the above, is available here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- There are some more breakfast roundtables:
- Loren Nielsen of Entertainment Technology Consultants and
Cynthia Wisehart of Millimeter Magazine will co-moderate a roundtable on
Thursday morning on digital-cinema terminology, preparatory to the
publication of a glossary. They invite suggestions of confusing and
improperly used terms as well as definitions.
- Both Thursday and Friday, Mike Hodson, managing director
of OmniTek in the UK, will moderate roundtables on HDTV, 2K, and dual-link
signal monitoring.
- We now have 23 breakfast roundtables scheduled. I'd like
twice as many (those of you who haven't yet been to a ***Technology
Retreat*** should trust me on this). So, if there's any subject you've
been wanting to spout off on -- or learn about -- consider moderating a
roundtable. Moderators can ask questions instead of answering them -- or
do both. It's EASY! But I do offer the usual two cautions:
1. They start at 7:30 am (but are likely to be well attended from the
start).
2. If you commit to moderating a roundtable, you can change topic up
to the last minute, but, unless you get someone to sub for you, you can't
sit in on anyone else's roundtable the same day.
Those are the only disclaimers. If you're registered for the retreat
and would like a roundtable, just let me know, and I'll confirm instantly.
There is absolutely no restriction of topic (though I'll truncate long
titles), and moderators may be as commercial or non-commercial as they'd
like.
- Speaking of registration, REGISTER! That applies to EVERYONE
-- speakers, panelists, moderators, demonstrators, press, and attendees.
Don't be surprised to find your demo space request rejected because you
failed to register. Recent registrations include representatives of Bose,
Brooklyn College, Fox Technology Group, Ligos, National TeleConsultants,
Quantel, Technicolor Complete Post, THX, Tribune Broadcasting, and Triveni
Digital.
You want networks? We've got ABC, CBS, CTV, CUNY, Discovery, Fox, MTV
Networks, NBC, PBS, Scripps, Starz, Turner, and the WB. You want studios?
We've got Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony/Columbia, Universal, and Warner
Bros. You want broadcasters? We've got (not counting the network-owned
stations) Milwaukee Public Television, Sinclair, Tribune, and Twin Cities
Public Television. You want organizations? We've got AAF, AMPAS, ATSC,
CEA, CEDIA, CPTWG, DoD, FCC, HPA, NAB, NABA, and SMPTE. I'm sure I'm
leaving a bunch out. You want post facilities? Manufacturers?
Universities? Check out the participants here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=312
Everyone except press can register here:
https://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=95
Press (recent registration additions include Film & Video Magazine,
Kagan Digital Television, and The New York Times) can register here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=92
- We've also got two more additions to the demo area: IDX and
Ligos. It MAY already be too late if you'd like demo space, but contact
John Luff at Azcar IMMEDIATELY if you do. Space will be allocated
first-come first-served based on the return of demo-space request forms:
John.Luff@Azcar.com
- Personally, I think that learning about the latest in
fiber-optic technology (and the awesome Los Angeles Department of Power and
Water fiber network) is reason enough to stay to the very end of the
retreat, but, in case you don't, DVDO has donated an Anchor Bay DVDO iScan
HD multi-input video processor and scaler with the latest software
upgrades, PLUS all associated video and audio cables -- around a $1500
package:
http://www.dvdo.com/pro/pro_ishd.html
Some lucky person who stays to the end will go home with this. You DO
have to be present to win. Many thanks to DVDO and to Peter Putman for
arranging this.
For the rest of you, there are the quizzes. I don't want to reveal
the new top prize just yet, but if you think all-powerful control and soft
& cuddly, you might get an idea. With six half-day sessions this year,
there will be SIX quizzes instead of the previous five.
- The Rancho Las Palmas hotel has sold out for Monday and Tuesday
nights, and they are getting close on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If
you haven't made your hotel reservation yet, do so IMMEDIATELY! It's not
just room availability. Once the hotel sells out of the HPA block of
rooms, they're under no obligation to honor the HPA rate, promotion code
TR2005 (their cheapest non-HPA rate seems to be about $269 a night). There
IS a backup hotel within walking distance. You can find info here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=290
- Weather report: There were subfreezing temperatures this
morning from Maine down to central Florida and as far west as Washington
State. In parts of the northeast, the HIGH temperature today never got out
of the single digits (Fahrenheit), and in Montreal today that would have
been considered warm. I won't even mention the sleet, freezing rain, and
wet snow. Meanwhile, in Rancho Mirage, California, it was a lovely, sunny
70 degrees, with 0% chance of precipitation. Need I say more?
[url]http://www.w3.weather.com/activities/other/other/weather/tenday.html?locid=
USCA0912[/url]
- If you need any more info, you can probably find it here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=289
- You have been warned! BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Number of TVs in homes - This appeared in the Sunday Business
section of The New York Times: "Saturation is probably the number of rooms
in the home, maybe subtracting the bathroom -- but not necessarily," Joseph
Turow, professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the
University of Pennsylvania. There doesn't seem to be a URL, but that's the
full quote.
You could find out more by asking at the CEA Update session at ***The
Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Surveys -
- A Comcast survey of 750 TV households conducted by
International Communications Research between November 17 and November 22
found that 49% said "HDTV would be a critical component of their ULTIMATE
home entertainment experience" (which means 51% didn't), and 43% "said they
do not expect to ever buy a standard television again" (which means 57% do):
[url]http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-1
5-2004/0002633885&EDATE=[/url]
- A Harris Interactive/Witeck-Combs Communications study of 828
non-gay and 243 "self-identified gay, lesbian and bisexual adults" found
the latter group twice as likely to own an HDTV and more likely to buy one:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041215/nyw139_1.html
- A CEA survey of 1000 teens (13-17) found 98% watched TV in the
past 30 days but only 87% used a desktop computer in the same period:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10634
- An IDC survey of more than 1200 likely TV buyers found that
they want "a 42-inch HD flat TV priced at less than $2,000 from a major
consumer electronics (CE) vendor purchased at a familiar CE retail store --
but they could live with alternatives in several of those categories":
http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=pr2004_11_22_142951
Is it possible for them to get what they want? Ask Roam Consulting's
Peter Putman at ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- The $28 billion cost to cable for implementing the NAB plan -
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) president Robert
Sachs explained in a letter to FCC chair Michael Powell that it was because
an estimated 141 million analog TV sets currently connected to cable
without a box would need one costing between $50 and $200 each:
http://www.ncta.com/pdf_files/DTVexparte12.15.04.pdf
In a somewhat related story, Gary Arlen in TV Technology discusses
NCTA's report to the FCC on problems with CableCARD-slot-equipped TV sets.
In one, "the pins in the CableCARD slot inside the TV bend when you try to
insert a CableCARD, due to a solder-temperature error in the manufacture of
the TV set," but the manufacturer had "no plans for a recall of this DTV,
so the issue has to be handled by a technician in the field":
http://www.tvtechnology.com/features/tuning_in/Feature_Arlen.shtml
FYI, NCTA's 33-page year-end overview on the state of cable is
available. Figures are generally for the end of the third quarter of 2004.
It shows broadband data service available to 91% of homes that could (or
do) subscribe to cable ("homes passed") and 19.4 million cable-modem
subscribers. There were 24.3 digital-cable subscribers. It notes 17 HD
cable networks out of a whopping 390:
http://www.ncta.com/pdf_files/NCTAYearEndOverview04.pdf

- Telephone-line video - The December 19 issue of the SCRI Insider
Report has a long story on the subject from Thomson Financial/Dialog.
Access requires filling out a survey:
http://www.scri.com/sub/sc_newscur.html
I can't reveal too much at the moment, but don't be surprised if you
can hear all about this, too, straight from the horse's mouth, at ***The
Technology Retreat***. BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 118 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 37 (31%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- RCA 36V430T 36-inch TV @ Best Buy $399.99
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $199.99 AR
- JVC AV27530 27-inch TV @ Sears $199.99
- Magnavox 27-inch TV @ Radio Shack $199.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $159.99 AR
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Toshiba 27A34 27-inch TV @ Target $199.99
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA ET413E 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $59.99
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $84.99 AR
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Sylvania 6420FE 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- Symphonic ST423E 23-inch TV @ Best Buy $99.99 AR
- "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $34.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Radio Shack $79.99 AR
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $71.99
- GoVideo DV2140 DVD/VHS combo @ J&R $89.99
- Mystery brand DVD/VCR combo @ Radio Shack $79.99 AR
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VHS combo @ Best Buy $79.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $149.99
- Cony DVD-R1100 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $169.99
- GoVideo VR3939 DVD-R/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
- Magnavox MRV640 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $179.99
- Mystery brand RV4000 VCR/DVD recorder combo @ CompUSA $199.99 AR
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD recorder @ Circuit City w/$15 GC $249.99 BS
- Samsung DVD-R100 DVD-R/RAM/RW recorder @ J&R
- Toshiba DR2 DVD-R/RAM/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- SuperScan SSF420DR 20-inch TV/VCR/DVD combo @ Sears $229.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Mystery brand 3-inch LCD TV @ Radio Shack $99.99
- Casio EV570C 2.5-inch LCD TV @ Circuit City $99.99 AR
- Casio TV-980 2.3-inch LCD TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- Memorex MKS8502 5-in. TV/AM/FM/CD karaoke @ Circuit City $79.99
- Mystery brand 3-inch LCD TV @ Radio Shack $99.99
- Singing Machine STVG513 5-in. TV/AM/FM/CD karaoke @ Circuit
$79.99
- Sony D-FJ200 AM/FM/TV/weather/CD Walkman @ DataVision $69 AR
- Sony D-NF400 AM/FM/TV/weather/CD Walkman @ DataVision $74
- Sony D-NF600 AM/FM/TV/weather/CD Walkman @ DataVision $129
- Sony D-NS707F AM/FM/TV/weather CD Walkman @ DataVision $99
- SuperSonic TV/CD/AM/FM boombox @ Macy*s $15 w/$60 fragrance buy
AR - price after rebate

- The IEEE Broadcast Symposium - Doug Lung discusses it in TV
Technology and quotes from a paper by Charles Einolf and Victor Tawil that
"It is possible that impulse noise, in many locations, may render the
low-VHF channels undesirable for digital television":
http://www.tvtechnology.com/features/On-RF/Feature_Lung.shtml

- May 1 -
- The FCC did not update its lists this week.
- The NAB's list of stations has not been updated and still has
1344 stations in 211 markets:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
The November/December issue of NAB's "Destination Digital TV,"
however, lists 1356 stations in 211 markets as of December 5:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/Issues/digitaltv/DDTV/1204.pdf

- Here are some major upcoming U.S. DTT-transition dates:
- 2005 February 1 - Fully implement PSIP (come to the ATSC seminar at
***The Technology Retreat*** to learn how)
- 2005 July 1 -
- 100% of TVs 36-inch and larger with analog tuners require
DTT-reception circuitry
- 50% of TVs 25- to 35-inch with analog tuners require
DTT-reception circuitry
- "Broadcast-flag" restrictions go into effect
- ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC stations in the top-100 markets must
transmit full-power DTT
- 2006 July 1 -
- 100% of TVs 25-inch and larger with analog tuners require
DTT-reception circuitry
- All stations must transmit full-power DTT
- 2006 December 31 (as of now) - Last day of analog TV broadcasting

- Three out of four programs on the PBS HD channel are reportedly
upconverted standard-definition:
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/12-2004/msg00272.html

- Electronic Engineering Times has a story on the head start that AVC is
gaining over VC-1 if only based on shipping products:
http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=54800092
To find out anything you'd care to know about AVC, VC-1, the
standards, the licensing, and the products, come to the compression and
standards sessions at ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- According to a story in today's New York Times, domestic theatrical
cinema attendance fell by 2.25 percent this year after dropping 3.8 percent
in 2003:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/movies/20box.html?oref=login

- International H/DTV news:

- There were just under four million Freeview households in the UK as
of September 30:
[url]http://www.revolutionmagazine.com/News/index.cfm?fuseaction=ViewNewsArticle
&ID=230583[/url]
More than a million UK households have more than one Freeview receiver
(and almost 25% of the 660,000 receivers sold between July and September
were to homes that already had one). Analog switch-off is now said to be
in 2012:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4094931.stm
Freeview reportedly grew 13.3% in the third quarter; Sky grew 0.8%:
[url]http://money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/12/15/cnfreev
15.xml[/url]

- BSkyB will reportedly support both 720- and 1080-line HDTV:
http://informitv.com/articles/2004/12/14/skyhdtvplans/index.shtml

- New York Times "Circuits"-section columnist David Pogue would like to say
how far people should sit from HDTVs:
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/technology/circuits.html
He welcomes comments here:
[url]http://forums.nytimes.com/top/opinion/readersopinions/forums/technology/dav
idpoguescolumns/index.html[/url]

- Samsung has a 102-inch 1920 x 1080 plasma panel:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55800804

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 47 weeks of 2004 were still down 5.6% from the same
period in 2003. My ten-week running average was down 5.2%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 47th week were
149,205 units and for the first 47 weeks 3,925,966.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15.7% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 47th
week this year, a slight DROP from the previous two weeks. It may be worth
noting here what that means. About 84% of the non-plasma,
non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 47th week this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes. Even with LCD and
plasma, about three of every four TVs being sold are plain non-H/DTV
direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the two DirecTV-brand
models at Good Guys.

- The ads - DataVision's ad said they offered instant rebates "on any
plasma or LCD TV," but the rebate was mentioned on only two models, so I've
included it on only those models. The Epson integrated TVs were referred
to as "fully HDTV compatible" in the Ken Crane's ad.
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $379.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$300 GC $3499.99
EJ
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-in. 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$400 GC $4299.99
EJ
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV w/$200 GC $2799.99 EJ
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV w/$300 GC $3499.99 EJ
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $749.99 EJ
- Philips 30PF9946D/37 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99 EJ
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $2999.99 EJ
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$400 GC $3799.99 EJ
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 EJ
- Samsung TX-P2764X 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $449.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$100 GC $999.99 EJ
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 EJ
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99 EJ
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1399.99 EJ
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $999.99 AR EJ
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 EJ
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch wide LCD proj. TV w/$200 GC $1999.99 EJ
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
AR - price after rebate
EJ - price includes Elton John 4-DVD set
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
- Circuit City (HD disclaimers only):
- Audiovox FP1500 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99 BS
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV 1999.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3699.99 BS
- Hitachi 60VS810 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $4399.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99 BS
- Panasonic CT27HL14 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $549.99
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 BS
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3299.99 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 BS
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $499.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99 BS
- Samsung HPP5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6499.99 BS
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999.99 BS
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 BS
- Sharp LC13S1UB 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $449.99 BS
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch wide integrated LCD projection DTV $3299.99 BS
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499.99 BS
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 BS
BS - price before savings
- DataVision (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- BenQ PB6100 DLP projector $999
- BenQ PB7220 DLP projector $2199
- Canon LV-S3 LCD projector $999
- Canon SX50 projector
- Kreisen LT-30FMP 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Mitsubishi HC3 projector $1499 AR
- Mitsubishi SL4U LCD projector $1199 AR
- NEC VT47 projector $995
- NextVision 3020 30-inch TV
- Optoma 732H DLP projector $1099
- Optoma H30 DLP projector $1299
- Optoma RD50 50-inch widescreen DLP projection TV $1999
- Panasonic PT-50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV
- Panasonic TC-14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499
- Panasonic TC-17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV
- Panasonic TC-20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $899
- Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499
- Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Panasonic TH-50PX25U/P 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Pioneer PDP-5045HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Samsung DVD-L1200 12-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299
- Samsung HL-P5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Samsung HL-P5685W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4599
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3999
- Samsung HP-P5071 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Samsung LTN-406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV
- Samsung LTP-227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499
- Samsung LTP-266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung LTP326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV
- Samsung LTP-468W 46-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV
- Samsung LTP-1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $599
- Samsung LTP-1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $699
- Samsung LTP-1795W 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung LTP-2045 20-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $899
- Samsung SP-P4231 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699
- Sharp LC-15B6U6 [sic] 15-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $599
- Sharp LC-20SH1U 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799
- Sharp LC-26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799
- Sharp LC-30HV6U 30-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $2399
- Sony KD-30XS955 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view DTV $1399
- Sony KD-36XS955 36-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view DTV $1699
- Sony K[D]E-37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499
- Sony K[D]E-42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499
- Sony K[D]E-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999
- Sony KDE-55XBR950 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KDE-61XBR950 61-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV
- Sony KDF-60WE655 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Sony KDL-32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV
- Sony KDL-42XBR950 42-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV
- Sony KE-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Sony KLV-21SR2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Sony KLV-23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1799 VD
- Sony KLV-26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2499 VD
- Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3499 IN
- Sony KV-32HS510 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1299
- Sony KV-34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599
- Sony KV-34HS510 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1999
- Sony KV-34XBR910 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $2499
- Sony VPL-HS51 LCD projector $3499
- Syntax TV-LT27HV 27-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1249
- Syntax TV-LT30HV 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499 AR
- Toshiba TDP-S20U projector $999
- ViewSonic N2000 20-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $599 AR
- ViewSonic N2700 27-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $1299 AR
- ViewSonic M3020 30-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV
AR - price after mail-in rebate
IN - price includes installation
VD - price includes VCR/DVD combo
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell W1900 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $849
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1520
- Sony PFM-42X1/B 42-inch plasma TV $3240
- Epson (no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch widescreen integrated proj. DTV/printer $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, some HD disclaimers):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3299
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $899
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3399
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- DirecTV satellite/ATSC receiver/decoder $299
- DirecTV HR10-250 satellite/ATSC receiver/decoder/TiVo PVR $999
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $4499
- LG KU17WDVD 17-inch widescreen LCD TV w/DVD player $1099
- Mitsubishi 50-inch plasma TV
- Mitsubishi LT3040 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $2999
- Mitsubishi WD 52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD 62825 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV/PVR $5999
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799
- Samsung HLP4663WX 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299 BS
- Samsung LTP266WX 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1999
- Samsung TXP3075WHXF 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $999
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1099
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV $3299
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999
- Sony KLV-21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $499
BS - price "before in store savings"
- Gracious Home (New York Times, maybe no disclaimer necessary):
- Sharp 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $1099.99
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- SharpVision LC26GD4U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2299
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- HP (no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- Epson PowerLite S1+ projector
- Optoma H30 projector w/screen $999.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999.99
- Philips 50PF9966 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5499.99
- Philips 62PL9774/37 62-inch LCoS projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV
- Sony KDL-32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV
- Toshiba 32HL84 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2699.99
- ViewSonic PJ501 LCD projector $769.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer):
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Epson LS-47P2 47-inch 16:9 integr. proj. TV/printer w/CD-R/RW $2698 AR
- Epson LS-57P2 57-inch 16:9 integr. proj. TV/printer w/CD-R/RW $3198 AR
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4498
- Mitsubishi 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection TV $3498
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1798
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2995 ELN
ELN - price "even less now"
- Radio Shack (no disclaimer):
- Magnavox 17-inch LCD $699.99
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD identifications
only):
- Apex AVL2076 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $498.95 AR
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499.95
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $1999.95
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- Panasonic TC26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999.95
- Panasonic TH42PX25 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.95
- Philips 23PF9966 23-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV w/stand $2499.95
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.95
- Zenith P42W46XH 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.95
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU 15LA61 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $597 BS
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1497 BS
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3797
- LG RU50PZ61 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5997 BS
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2397
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2197
BS - price "before savings"

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
47 weeks of 2004 were down 3.3% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was down 10.2%. I guess it's real -- DVD-player sales have
peaked. VCR sales were down 63.9% for the first 47 weeks.

- Circuit City advertised DVD movies this week for $4.99 each.

- Sunday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section took an interesting
perspective on piracy; it rated the quality of bootleg DVDs:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/19/movies/19lee.html
The story quotes Darcy Antonellis, senior vice president of worldwide
antipiracy operations for Warner Brothers. Guess where she's been heard.
Right! At ***The Technology Retreat***! BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Satellite news: Multichannel News has a report on the three "mosaic
channels" to be launched by DirecTV. One will have five or six news
channels on screen at once, with viewers able to select audio or fill the
screen with just one. The full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA488965.html?display=Breaking+News
To get more information you COULD subscribe to Multichannel News. Or
you could ask DirecTV's Bob Plummer about it at ***The Technology
Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- PVR news: According to the latest DTV View report from Lyra Research,
"Hooked Up: A Cable-TV User Survey," a higher proportion of Time Warner
Cable subscribers (21%) use PVRs than do any other cable subscribers -- AND
a higher proportion of those PVR users use cable-provided PVRs instead of
stand alone (76%). Number two in using PVRs are Adelphia subscribers
(14%). Number two in the proportion of PVR users using
cable-company-provided PVRs is Comcast (50%):
[url]http://www.dtvview.com/DTVPress.nsf/a6df7dce4a0ca65f85256d160061e4eb/67d41b
a24bdffd8285256f660068cd92?OpenDocument[/url]

- End-of-an-era department: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and
the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) today announced that they have
reached agreement to end their formal affiliation and that CEA has decided
to withdraw from its sector affiliation with EIA, effective Jan. 1, 2005:
http://www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10638
Want to ask about CEA or its predecessors (CEMA, RETMA, RMA)? Try CEA
vp Brian Markwalter at ***The Technology Retreat***:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- *January 26-28, RAI, Amsterdam, Integrated Systems Europe
http://www.iseurope.org/. Go only if you can't possibly make it to
***The Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com. Then you can go
to the Systems Integration Expo in Orlando March 7-12
http://www.nscaexpo.org.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- *March 7-12, Orange County Convention Center, Systems Integration
Expo http://www.nscaexpo.org/.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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Dated 28.12.2004
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- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- In the main program, Digital Vision AB algorithm specialist
Fredrik Lidberg is coming from Sweden to join Digital Vision (US) president
Hugh Heinsohn in their presentation on "Using Motion Compensation to
improve the performance of Grain & Noise Reduction & Image Enhancement
Algorithms."
- The demo area appears to have grown by at least Assimilate,
Cinea, and Scalable Displays.
- There are a few breakfast roundtable ideas being kicked around
regarding CableCARD issues, UWB issues, HD-perception issues, and use of
Varicam, but I have nothing firm to report at the moment. I welcome more
requests to moderate breakfast roundtables. If you're willing to start at
7:30 am and to forego sitting in on a different roundtable that day, I can
confirm you instantly.
- The complete schedule is available here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- Why such a small blurb this week? The retreat is almost sold
out. So, if you're thinking of attending, REGISTER IMMEDIATELY! Don't say
you haven't been warned. And don't forget the separate registrations for
the stellar ATSC half-day seminar on getting PSIP right and Charles
Poynton's sure-to-be-enlightening all-new seminar on image acquisition,
both on Tuesday, January 25. Thank you. Happy New Year!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- How far to sit from an HDTV display - As expected, David Pogue got
quite a bit of response to his question in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/23/technology/circuits/23POGUE-EMAIL.html
Maybe that will be the subject of one of the breakfast roundtables at
***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Consumer surveys - Leading plasma-TV manufacturer Panasonic got Penn
Schoen & Berland to survey a thousand U.S. adults and found "the great
majority of consumers opted for plasma over LCD television." The survey
also found:
- 51% are confused.
- 60%, "after being educated," said they would choose plasma.
- 62% would host people at their homes for "special TV events" if
they had a plasma HDTV, and about half "felt their friends would be over
all the time if they owned one."
- More men than women want plasma TVs. 57% of married men said
they would let their wives "chose all vacation destinations for a year,
while 50% would let their in-laws visit as often as they wanted and 36%
would do all the household chores for a year" if their wives let them get a
plasma TV:
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?1003189
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041221/nytu029_1.html
Speaking of plasma TVs, Nihon Keizai Shimbun has been reporting that
Sony will leave the plasma business as soon as this coming spring.
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=55801305
Sony says it "has absolutely no intention of abandoning our plasma
television business in the U.S. in 2005 or the foreseeable future." The
U.S. spokesperson could not comment on Sony plans outside the U.S. Some
reports say Sony is the number-two plasma TV maker (with 10% of the
market), behind Panasonic, but at least one report says Sony "has to source
all of its plasma panels from outside manufacturers":
[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=716576
2[/url]
Meanwhile, although sales of LCD TVs are growing wildly, prices are
falling so rapidly that Taiwan's manufacturers are losing money on them:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20041221A2004.html
Back to surveys, find out the latest figures on household penetration
of HDTVs and the like from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at
***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Separating navigation from security in cable boxes - The National
Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) wants the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to delay or eliminate the rule prohibiting
integrated digital boxes after June 2006; CEA wants it to stay. According
to what NCTA has told the FCC, the number of [presumably CableCARDs]
deployed has gone from zero to 10,000 recently. The FCC had said it would
rule on the issue by New Year's Day, but that seems unlikely at this point:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2608
[url]http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20041223/tc_washpost/a211
37_2004dec22[/url]
The latest issue of Gary Merson's HDTV Insider Newsletter notes some
problems recording premium cable programming via CableCARD but no such
problems on the same cable system with a cable-operator-supplied set-top
box:
http://www.hdtvinsider.com

- The court order for the FCC to explain why it hasn't ruled on
Paxson's request for reconsideration of digital must carry - The FCC said
it already told broadcasters no, and Paxson hasn't shown why the court
should get involved. Paxson plans to provide an "enlightening" response.
The complete story requires a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA489815.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]
Want to learn the latest about all Washington doings affecting our
industries -- congressional, FCC, court, etc? Come to attorney Jim
Burger's annual Washington update at ***The Technology Retreat***, January
28:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Blu-ray vs. HD DVD - After the HD DVD camp announced a single disk
that can combine red-laser DVD-player-readable material with blue-laser HD
DVD, JVC has announced the same for Blu-ray -- a single disk with a Blu-ray
layer and TWO DVD layers. JVC expects to be able to demonstrate two
Blu-ray layers and two DVD layers on the same disk:
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=56200401

- July 1 - I lost some of my notes for this week's ads, so I might be
missing a few items, especially from Gracious Home.
- This week I've listed 164 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 38 (23%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- Sorry about the strange model numbers from some of the New York
stores. I suspect gray-market merchandise. All of the stores list NYC
Department of Consumer Affairs license numbers in their ads. Despite those
stores skewing the non-integrated percentage, there also seem to be more
non-integrated sets being advertised at the major retailers. It may be
year-end inventory clearance.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Empire $549
- Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Universal $599
- Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
- Toshiba 36-inch TV @ Empire $259
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Broadway $269
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ CEW $269
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- RCA 50929 50-inch projection TV @ Empire $399
- Toshiba 50-inch projection TV @ Broadway $449
- Toshiba 50-inch projection TV @ CEW $449
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Zenith ZA50 50-inch projection TV @ Universal $409 DVD
- Samsung 5225N 52-inch projection TV @ Empire $999
- Sony 53-inch projection TV @ Broadway $498
- Sony 53-inch projection TV @ CEW $498
- Sony 53S65 projection TV @ Empire $499
- Sony 53S65 projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 53S65 projection TV @ Universal $519
- RCA 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $649
- Sony 61-inch projection TV @ Broadway $749
- Sony 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $749
- Sony 61S65 61-inch projection TV @ Empire $589
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Universal $624 DVD
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- RCA 65-inch projection TV @ Broadway $789
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Empire $799
- Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $769
- Toshiba 65H65 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $689
- Toshiba 65HS50 65-inch projection TV @ Empire $649
DVD - price includes DVD player
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $149.99
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Broadway $159
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ CEW $159
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Empire $142
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $159
- Toshiba 27H10 27-inch TV @ Empire $129
- Toshiba 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Panasonic CT32G19 32-inch TV @ Circuit City $237.99 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Broadway $49
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ CEW $49
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
- KLH KDT133UY 13-inch TV/DVD combo @ Best Buy $89.99 AR
- Sylvania 13-inch TV @ Fry's $49
- Toshiba 13A23/4 13-inch TV @ Best Buy $79.99
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Broadway $69
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ CEW $69
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Apex AT2008 20-inch TV @ CompUSA $79.99
- "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $34.99
- Allegro ABV411/DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $59.99 AR
- Emerson EWD2004/2204 DVD/VCR combo @ Wal*Mart $79
- ESA DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $79.99 AR
- GoVideo DV2140 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $89.99
- Magnavox MDV-560 DVD/VCR combo @ Target $99.99
- Sansui VRDVD4100A DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $89.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $179.99 BS
- GoVideo R6740 DVD recorder @ Good Guys $149 AR
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Circuit City $249.99 BS
- Sylvania SRDV495 VCR/DVD-recorder combo @ Sears $279.99
- Toshiba DR2 DVD-R/RAM/RW recorder @ J&R $249.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC720E 20-inch flat-screen TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit $269.99
- Sylvania SRC2213W 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Sears $99.99
- There's a story by Chris Buckley in today's New York Times
about problems between California-based Apex and its supplier in China,
Changhong. I thought these two sentences deserved mention in the July 1
section:
"Changhong's once close relationship with Apex apparently soured after
Apex announced it would no longer sell cathode-tube televisions 25 inches
or larger. It did so to avoid new Federal Communications Commission
requirements that larger televisions carry receivers for digital
broadcasts":
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/28/business/worldbusiness/28tele.html

- May 1 -
- Neither the FCC nor the National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) updated their lists this week.
- According to Doug Lung's RF Report, as of December 19 the FCC's
CDBS database listed 640 licensed U.S. DTT stations:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=689

- The FCC sent out a press release, not on its own site but via PR
Newswire. It says, "DTV is a revolutionary technology that is transforming
television as we know it. It is to our old TVs what CDs are to the old 45s
-- or what the microwave is to the conventional oven. DTV is movie quality
picture and sound plus loads of interactive capabilities. It's not just
television, it's much much more."
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041221/nytu103_1.html
So, does that mean DTV is the same as HDTV? Is DTV DTT? The FCC does
not require any DTT broadcaster to transmit resolution beyond that
comparable to what it is currently transmitting on its analog NTSC station.
Do you want to ask FCC-head Michael Powell's chief of staff about this?
You can -- at ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26 at Rancho Las Palmas
Resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Department of Shouldn't-This-Have-Happened-Already: Almost ten years
after the U.S. standard for digital television was approved, MPEG LA, the
licensing association, has issued a call for patents essential to that
standard:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2612
They're also calling for patents essential to the European DVB-H
standard for transmission to mobile devices:
[url]http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-content=GENERIC
&newsId=20041222005573&ndmHsc=v2*A1103731200000*B1103843667000*C110381760000
0*DgroupByDate*J1*N1000001&newsLang=en&beanID=1802668732&viewID=news_view[/url]
What does MPEG LA competitor Via Licensing think of this? Why not ask
them at ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26 at Rancho Las Palmas
Resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- DirecTV is adding Fox's east- and west-coast HD feeds. Subscribers to
the local-channels package in the 26 markets where there are Fox-owned
stations will get one of them free:
http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=direct1222

- WRAL, the first U.S. TV station to transmit a DTT signal, is now offering
its news, traffic, and weather to Sprint mobile-phone subscribers for a fee:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2613

- The latest SCRI Insider Report offers a report on the HD activities at DV
Expo. Gaining access requires filling out a survey:
http://www.scri.com/sub/sc_newscur.html

- There's an interesting thread on the OpenDTV Forum about problems with
some U.S. DTT receivers when some stations tried to comply (perhaps
unsuccessfully) with new PID numbers. This URL is to the first message in
the thread (from someone who is an MPEG expert):
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/12-2004/msg00344.html
What are stations doing about this? Ask them at ***The Technology
Retreat***, January 26 at the Rancho Las Palmas resort:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology today offers his year-end take on
the DTV transition:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=692
He also comments on what may or may not happen with EVSB:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=694
And he comments on what he headlines "spectrum threats." "I believe
the big interference story in 2005 won't be BPL [broadband over power
lines] or unlicensed devices, but interference between TV stations as
stations increase DTV power to meet the July 2005 and July 2006 deadlines":
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=695

- The New York Times' Circuits section on Thursday offers details on MTV's
44-foot Mitsubishi LED-based HD billboard in Times Square:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/23/technology/circuits/23howw.html

- International H/DTV news:

- It's not clear what is meant by "digital TVs," but, according to
South Korea's Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy, 15% of the
households in that country have them. Of those not planning to buy one,
56% were satisfied with their analog sets. 75% said analog could be shut
down when 75% could get digital-TV signals, which they estimated to be
around 2010:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/041221/3/s9u2.html

- Flat-panel TVs "are outstripping regular TV sales in the UK":
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2004/news_archive_2004/Dec20_Dec24.htm#f
lat[/url]

- The latest list of Australian widescreen TVs shows 131 models from
15 brands starting at A$699 (US$544). Of those, 64 from 11 brands are HD,
starting at A$1599 (US$1244). Only 11 from four brands have DTT-reception
capability, starting at A$2248 (US$1749). Just one set was an HD DTT
model; it costs A$8999 (US$7003):
http://www.widescreentv.info/products.html

- Fudan Unversity in Shanghai says it has created China's first DTT
chip. It's for China's DMB-T standard:
http://digitaltelevision.com/articles/article_860.shtml

- Need I point out that ***Technology Retreat*** participants come
from all over the world? Learn about European and Japanese digital cinema.
See what the Swedes have come up with for motion compensation. Find out
about the sound post production for "Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand. BE
THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Warren Communications News reported Thursday that 1080p DLP TVs from
Samsung and Toshiba are to cost $700 more than comparable 720p sets. The
story is no longer on their site:
http://www.warren-news.com/
Learn the latest on consumer displays -- including everything shown at
next week's Consumer Electronics Show -- from consultant and writer Peter
Putman at ***The Technology Retreat***, January 27. You have been warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Based on figures from CEA, sales to U.S. dealers of non-H/DTV television
sets for the first 48 weeks of 2004 were down 7.2% from the same period in
2003. My ten-week running average was down 12.5%.
Sales of so-called "Digital Televisions" for the 48th week were
128,849 units and for the first 48 weeks 4,054,815.
"Digital Televisions" (most of which are HDTV displays without
DTT-reception capability) accounted for about 15.8% of the TVs (not
counting plasma or direct-view LCD) sold to U.S. dealers through the 48th
week this year, a slight DROP from the previous two weeks. It may be worth
noting here what that means. About 84% of the non-plasma,
non-direct-view-LCD TVs sold through the 48th week this year were still
plain non-H/DTV direct-view TVs with picture tubes.
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. Devices actually capable of
receiving DTT signals are still a small fraction of those numbers.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only the one LG model at
Circuit City.

- The ads - Again, I lost some of my notes for this week's ads, so I might
be missing a few items, notably Dell's New York ads and Gracious Home.
Again, sorry about the strange model numbers from some of the New York
stores. I suspect gray-market merchandise. All of the stores list NYC
Department of Consumer Affairs license numbers in their ads.
Harvey had the JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS for just $399 but a BDI TV stand
for $795. A number of the models advertised this week were from earlier
years. There have been some amazing decreases in LCD prices. The Sharp
LC20B6US at Good Guys this week was at about half the price of last week.
Ken Crane's offered no sales tax on all non-Mitsubishi TVs.
- Best Buy (some HD disclaimers only):
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3899.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2199.99
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7199.99
- RCA HD50LPW162 50-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $2599.99
- RCA HD61LPW162 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $3099.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2599.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV w/$100 GC $649.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1049.99
- Sharp LC45GD4U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7699.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.99
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2099.99
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299.99
- Westinghouse LTV-17VL 17-inch 5:4 LCD TV $449.99
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Broadway Computers & Electronics (am NY, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic 42-inch plasma TV $1899
- Sony 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/Memory Stick slot $1699
- Circuit City (HD disclaimers only):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Apex AVL2776 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
- Hitachi 32HDL51 32-inch integrated LCD photo-slot DTV $3799.99 IN
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99 IN
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2599.99
- LG LST-3510A ATSC receiver/DVD player $399.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1399.99
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99 IN
- LG RU42PZ71 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2599.99 IN
- LG RU44SZ63D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99
- Magnavox 15MF170V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $449.99
- Magnavox 30MF200V 30-inch LCD TV $1799.99
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2999.99 IN
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2299.99 IN
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99 IN
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6499.99 IN
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $712.49
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3599.99
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1399.99
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99 IN
- Sony KDE42XS955 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2299.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2699.99
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $3699.99
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1399.99
IN - price includes on-wall installation after mail-in rebate
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Audiovox FP-1520 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $299.99
- Hitachi 42HDT50 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Computers & Electronics Warehouse (Metro NY, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic 42-inch plasma TV $1899
- Sony 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/Memory Stick slot $1699
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Empire Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2299
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3299
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $899
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3399
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- Mitsubishi WS65613 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1799
- Philips 34PW9819 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999
- Pioneer PDP4330HD 43-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3299
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $599
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2699
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4499
- Samsung HLN5063WX 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3699
- Harvey (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Beovision 4 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $9999
- Beovision Avant 30-inch TV $5899
- Fujitsu P42HHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Fujitsu P42VHA30WS 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Fujitsu P50XHA30WS 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6999
- Fujitsu P50XHA40US 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $7999
- Fujitsu P55XHA30WS 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $9299 AR
- JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS recorder $399
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499
- Loewe Articos 55 55-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/stand $5999
- Marantz VP-12S3 DLP projector $9499
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $8099
- Runco PL50C 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4999
- Samsung HLN567W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLP5685 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $4599
- Samsung HPN6339 63-inch 16:9 plasma TV $11,999
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $4999
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2429
- Sharp LC22SV6U 22-inch 16:9 LCD direct-view TV $899
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch LCD direct-view TV $2969
- Sony KDE50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $9999
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- HP (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- Epson PowerLite S1 projector
- GoVideo T1530 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $349.99
- Optoma EP739 projector and screen $1499.99
- Philips 15PF9945 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $499.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6499.99
- Philips 62PL9774 62-inch LCoS projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- Sharp LC-26GD4U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2199.99
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Toshiba SD-P7000 17-inch 16:9 LCD/DVD combo $799.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1099.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- J&R (Village Voice NY, no disclaimer necessary):
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3999.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3798
- LG RU-44Z661D [?] 44-inch widescreen projection TV $2498
- Mitsubishi WD52327 [?] 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $2998
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1798
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2998
- Panasonic TH-42PX25UP 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5498 VD
- Pioneer PRO-1010HD 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $6998
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2998
- Zenith P42W34B 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998
VD - price includes VCR/DVD recorder
- Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3324.99
- Mitsubishi WD62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4084.99
- Panasonic PT53X54 53-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1519.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2374.99
- Panasonic TH-42PD25UP 42-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2849.99
- Samsung HCP4241W 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099.99
- Samsung LTP1745 17-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $664.99
- Soho Electric (New York Press, disclaimer for one model):
- Hitachi CMP-4202 42-inch plasma TV $2199
- Hitachi CMP-5202 50-inch plasma TV $4699
- Panasonic TH-42PW6 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2099
- Panasonic TH-42PW7 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- Panasonic TH-50PW7 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4899.99
- Pioneer PDP-503CMX 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung PPM-42S3 42-inch plasma TV $2499.99
- Sony KDE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5899.99
- Sony KF-42WE655 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2099
- Sony KF-50WE655 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2599.99
- Sony KF-60WE655 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3199.99
- Sony KLV-26HR1 26-inch direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Sony PFM-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- SVA 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- SVA HD4208UII-PDP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD IDs only):
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1988.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3499.95
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.95
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1499.95
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $798.95
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $1988.95
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $988.95
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.95
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $488.95
- Philips 55PL9774 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499.95
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95 BS
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1988.95
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1348.95
BS - price "before savings"
- Universal Computers & Electronics (Metro NY, no disclaimer):
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1229
- "Famous Makers" 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Panasonic PT50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2399
- Panasonic PT60LC14 60-inch widescreen LCD projection TV $2599
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU-60PY10 60-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $12,997 BS
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- LG RU52SZ30 52-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2197
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2997 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3497
- Sharp LC-26GD6U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2697 BS
- Sharp LC-37GD6U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5497 BS
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2497 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $1997
BS - price "before savings"
- Wal*Mart (Minneapolis Star Tribune, appropriate disclaimer):
- RCA D52W19 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1194

- DVD news:

- According to CEA, sales of DVD players to U.S. dealers for the first
48 weeks of 2004 were down 6.1% from the same period in 2003. My ten-week
running average was down 17.7%. VCR sales were down 64% for the first 48
weeks.

- Circuit City was advertising DVD movies for $4.99 each this week.

- Is DVD-purchasing taking over from traditional video rentals? A new
Adams Media Research report covers the issue. On the one hand, it finds
that video rentals have dropped more than 20% from their peak in 2001 --
15% in 2004, alone. On the other hand, traditional video rentals still
account for more than theatrical box office, pay-per-view, video-on-demand,
and sales of videocassettes and DVDs combined:
http://www.adamsmediaresearch.com/Video%20Rental%202004.htm

- The Hong Kong Consumer Electronics Chapter of the IEEE has issued a call
for papers for the International Symposium on Consumer Electronics in Macau
June 14-16. For information eersbrad@cityu.edu.hk.

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- January 3-6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking
Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- *April 14-16, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, PBS Technology Conference
https://secure.connect.pbs.org/conferences/technology/2005/.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- *June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.ieee.org.hk/
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

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Dated 03.01.2005

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There are hungry, homeless, ailing, and oppressed people all over the
world, so please make your usual charitable contributions. Then please
provide some extra help for the tsunami victims. If that means you can't
make it to ***The Technology Retreat***, well, this is more important.
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/
If you prefer to contribute materials, and you have some way of
getting them there, here's what Indonesia needs:
http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/aceh/PR%20-%20relief2.pdf

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- There are some more breakfast roundtables:
- On Thursday morning, Motion Picture Association (MPAA)
chief technology officer Brad Hunt will moderate a roundtable on digital
content protection developments at which he will probably also discuss the
latest developments with regard to the "broadcast flag" and digital-cable
plug-&-play.
- Both Thursday and Friday, JVC assistant vp Larry Librach
will moderate roundtables on affordable HD, with regard not only to the
low-cost HDV camcorders but also to such issues as MPEG microwave coding.
- Also both Thursday and Friday, Per Sjofors, vp for media &
entertainment of Exanet (subject of recent media reports), will be
moderating roundtables on networked HD storage.
- There are irons in the fire for roundtables on HD
perception, the state of the DTT and HDTV transitions, shooting with
Varicam, unlicensed-transmission issues, and CableCARDs, but there's still
plenty of room for more breakfast roundtables on ANY subject. If you're
registered for the retreat, willing to get up early enough to start at 7:30
am, and willing to forego other roundtables that day, contact me, and I can
confirm your roundtable instantly.
- Exanet will also have something in the demonstration room, as
will Scalable Display Technologies (which I can hardly wait to see).
- Don't forget the two separate-admission half-day seminars on
Tuesday, January 25:
- The Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) "Getting
PSIP Right" should provide all the info necessary to meet next month's
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deadline.
- Charles Poynton's all-new "HDTV & Digital-Cinema Camera
Technology" is a BRAND-NEW Poynton seminar that's intended to form the
basis of a new book. What do Bayer filters REALLY do to resolution? Why
are stripe filters different? Why don't most digital-cinematography
cameras use prisms like TV cameras? How do you get wider color gamut and
dynamic range? Come and find out!
- Then there's the main retreat program:
- Wednesday morning's all-star compression session
- Wednesday afternoon's all-star consumer-media session
- Thursday morning's acquisition
- Thursday afternoon's digital-cinema
- Friday morning's rules, rights, and random-access
- Friday afternoon's standards & skew, files & fiber, noise
& networking
- The complete schedule is still available here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- And, of course, there's the championship at Fenway Park, the
quizzes (with new, all-powerful -- but still cheap -- prizes), the dinners,
the lunches, the drinks, and the extraordinary Palm Springs Follies -- so
newsworthy that they made the front page of yesterday's "Styles" section of
The New York Times (YOU should look so good when you're that old!):
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/02/fashion/02FOLL.html
- Here's another weather report. This past week:
- It SNOWED (with accumulation) for the first time in the
United Arab Emirates:
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2004-12-30-uae-snow_x.htm
- It rained 5.55 inches in Los Angeles on Tuesday, alone,
and there were floods in Arizona:
[url]http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2004/12/31/news/regional/c77ddeda
1fd2c23987256f790073991d.txt[/url]
- The week of January 22-28, Palm Springs is due to have
high temperatures of 71-72 degrees (Fahrenheit) under sunny skies:
http://www.w3.weather.com/weather/monthly/USCA0912?from=search
- So, unless you're flat broke because you've sent all of your
money for tsunami relief, BE THERE! You have been warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- WRAL programming on mobile phones - A reader asked me to make it
clear that the transmission scheme for this has nothing to do with DTT.

- JVC's Blu-ray/DVD hybrid - According to a report on Warren
Communications News's site on Wednesday, JVC "concedes" that replication of
the hybrid "isn't easy" and that Toshiba (which will have no desire to see
it succeed) may have patent claims. The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- CableCARD - It was the subject of David Pogue's column in the
"Circuits" section of Thursday's New York Times. Although the column was
largely favorable to the technology, it DID point out features it couldn't
provide and noted that different TVs (Panasonic and Sharp) reacted very
differently with it:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/30/technology/circuits/30stat.html
In a somewhat related story, the Associated Press reported that Cox
Communications told a family whose house in Wardville, Louisiana burned
down on Christmas that they had to pay $500 to replace the set-top boxes
the fire had consumed. The complete story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA490608.html?display=Breaking+News

- Surveys -
- Pacific Media Associates surveyed 300 consumers about the
reasons why they WOULDN'T buy an advanced TV. The answers were divided
into plasma (P), LCD (L), and rear projection (R). The higher the
percentage, the LESS a consumer likes the technology for that
characteristic:
- Price too high: P-65%, L-44%, R-20%
- Unreliable: P-25%, L-12%, R-7%
- Bad picture quality: P-8%, L-20%, R-25%
- Screen too small: P-8%, L-16%, R-7%
- Set too big: P-3%, L-6%, R-24%
http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com
- A recent Yankee Group survey found that people with digital
cable tended to rank cable channels highest in their viewing choices, but
those with HDTVs ranked CBS highly:
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?1003197

- Satellites and HDTV -
- DirecTV has added ABC HD for subscribers in the markets where
ABC owns stations. They already offer CBS, Fox, and NBC HD in markets
where those networks own stations:
http://www.tvpredictions.com/directvabc010205.html
- Voom is dividing its movie library among another 11
genre-specific HD movie channels. The full story requires a paid
subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA490383.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 77 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 20 (26%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ CEW $269
- Toshiba 50-inch projection TV @ CEW $449
- Sony 53-inch projection TV @ CEW $498
- Zenith 53-inch projection TV @ CEW $449
- RCA 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $649
- Sony 61-inch projection TV @ CEW $749
- Samsung 65-inch projection TV @ CEW $899
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- ESA EF427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $179.99 AR
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $199.99
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $159.99
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ CEW $159
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ CEW $49
- Memorex MT1134 13-inch TV @ Sears $59.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ CEW $69
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Sears $119.99
- Sylvania 6420FE 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $129.99
- Apex ADV-3800 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $94.99
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $80.99
- Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- GoVideo R6740 DVD+R/RW recorder @ J&R $179.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Best Buy $249.99 2MV
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $229.99
- Sharp DVRW340U VCR/DVD recorder combo @ Best Buy $279.99 2MV
2MV - price includes two movies
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- SuperScan SSF420TR 20-inch TV/DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $249.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony D-NF400 AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ J&R $64.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Best Buy $89.99

- May 1 - Neither the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) nor
the FCC updated their lists this week. The lack of an FCC update means
they have now skipped a second month.

- Transitions-Take-Time Department: The stock that has been traded longer
at the New York Stock Exchange than any other started out as the New York
Gas Light Company. Today it is known as Con Edison, New York City's
electricity company. A story in the City section of The New York Times
yesterday notes that, if all goes well, December 31 of this year will be
the last day Con Edison supplies DC to customers:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/02/nyregion/thecity/02acdc.html

- International H/DTV news:

- Spain finally plans to offer (this year) the spectrum that was
assigned to the dead Quiero TV DTT system to others. Their analog cutoff
date is planned to be 2010:
http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/050103/323/f9jqo.html

- Warren Communications News reported Wednesday that HDTV
interoperability would be the topic of a European Commission workshop on
January 21. The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/
FYI, that leaves plenty of time to fly to Palm Springs for ***The
Technology Retreat*** to learn the TRUTH about HDTV interoperability from
the interoperators themselves:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- HDTV in Europe reportedly currently consists primarily of the
Euro1080 programming carried by 16 or so cable operators and seen by
consumers with 600-Euro (US$808) set-top boxes. Three more HD programming
channels are expected to launch in Europe this year and another next year:
http://www.cablelabs.com/news/newsletter/SPECS/OctNovDec_2004/story9.html

- The first of these stories is called "DTV Intrigue in China":
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2620
- The other suggests that manufacturers are getting tired of waiting
for China to come up with its own DTT transmission system:
[url]http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/Govt-control-affecting-digital-TV-appea
ls/2004/12/27/1103996468299.html[/url]

- Was H/DTV a hot item this past retail holiday season? According to
Overstock.com's Patrick Byrne, manufacturers believed the hype that it
would be, resulting in his company's being offered lots of excess HD
inventory to sell:
http://money.cnn.com/2005/01/03/news/economy/holiday_surplus/

- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has not yet sent me any
figures for factory sales past the 48th week of 2004. They're busy with
this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). They HAVE sent me the
consensus estimates for the year, which have some surprises, but I'm not
allowed to release the information until tomorrow.
There will be a report from CES and plenty of CEA market-research and
household penetration figures at ***The Technology Retreat*** (as well as
CEA vp Brian Markwalter). BE THERE!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm not aware of any this week. Between
no set-top boxes and fewer ads for integrated sets, it has not been a good
week for DTT in the U.S.

- The ads - My Minneapolis-area correspondent received no Ultimate
Electronics ad supplement this week. Video & Audio Center had a long list
of what my Los Angeles correspondent thought were demo models.
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$90 RC $2849.99
- JVC HD61Z575 61-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3609.99
- JVC LT26X575 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV w/$60 RC $1899.99
- LG DU-42PY10X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$140 RC $4274.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Panasonic PT-60LC14 60-inch LCD projection TV w/$110 RC $3324.99
- Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$185 RC $5699.99
- RCA HD50LPW162 50-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$85 RC $2659.99
- Samsung 192MP 19-inch 5:4 LCD TV $549.99 AR
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$85 RC $2564.99
- Samsung HP-P4261 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4499.99
- Samsung LT-P326W 32-inch wide direct-view LCD TV w/$90 RC $2849.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$85 RC $2564.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $949.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$50 RC $1614.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$40 RC $1329.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
RC - price includes "reward certificates" of the amount shown
- Circuit City (HD identification only):
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Hitachi 50V500 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2799.99 BS
- Magnavox 20MF200V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99 BS
- Mystery brand 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99 BS
- Panasonic CT27HL14 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $549.99
- Panasonic CT30WX54 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 BS
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1399.99 BS
- Panasonic TC14LA2 14-inch 4:3 LCD TV $549.99
- Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1799.99 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2999.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799.99 BS
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $2199.99 BS
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2499.99 BS
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD projection DTV $2999.99 BS
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 BS
- Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1999.99 BS
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 BS
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- HP F2304 23-inch LCD monitor $1999.99 AR
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1849.99
- Samsung LTP326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2699.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Computers & Electronics Warehouse (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- Sony 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699
- Dell (Los Angeles Times):
- Dell 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $799
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1899
- Dell 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2299
- Dell 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999
- Epson (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, some HD IDs):
- JVC HD-52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3299
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3199
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Panasonic PT-47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2697
- Sharp LC45GD6U 45-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $7499
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WT-42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $999
- Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Sylvania 6842PE 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1499
- J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung TX-P2745P 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $379.99
- J&R (New York Times, disclaimer on only one model):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1099.99
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- GoVideo T1530 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $349.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2099.99
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $6499.99
- Samsung DVD-L1200 12-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo $699.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung TX-P2775H 27-inch integrated direct-view CRT DTV $549.99
- Sharp LC-20B6U-S 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799.99
- Sony KLV-21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer necessary):
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $5999.99
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch widescreen DLP projection TV $2995
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2495 ELN
ELN - price "even less now"
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- JVC AV56WP575 56-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2374.99
- Soho Electric (NY Press, disclaimer on one model):
- Hitachi CMP-4202 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2199
- Hitachi CMP-5202 [?] 50-inch plasma TV $4699
- Panasonic TH-42PW6 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2099
- Panasonic TH-42PWD7 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- Panasonic TH-50PWD7 [?] 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4899.99
- Pioneer PDP-503CMX 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung PPM-42S3 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2499.99
- Sony KDE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5899.99
- Sony KF-42WE655 [?] 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2099
- Sony KF-50WE655 [?] 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2599.99
- Sony KF-60WE655 [?] 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3199.99
- Sony KLV-26HR1 26-inch direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Sony PFM-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- SVA 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- SVA HD4280UII-PDP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- Unitek (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Planar PDP42BK 42-inch 16:9 plasma panel $1799
- Sony PFM-42V1/B 42-inch 16:9 plasma panel $1939
- Sony PFM42X1/S 42-inch 16:9 plasma panel $3099
- Sony FWD50PX1 50-inch 16:9 plasma panel $4469
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Sony KF60WE610 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2597

- TiVo today launched TiVoToGo, which will allow those equipped with Series
2 boxes to transfer recorded TV programming to computers IF it's not
flagged with any copy restrictions. DVD, pay-per-view, and video-on-demand
programming is said to be off limits, and users will not initially be able
to record to DVD (but are supposed to be able to do so at some point):
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=6988
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=45952209

- According to a study by the Stanford Institute for the Qualitative Study
of Society, Internet users watch TV an average of an hour and 42 minutes a
day, just 18 minutes less than the national average:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/30/technology/30internet.html

- The National Association of Television Program Executives is seeking a
computer and mobile-phone [TV-] programming executive for its board of
directors. The full story requires a paid subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA490694.html?display=Breaking+New
s[/url]

- The first 2005 meeting of the Engineering Achievements Committee of the
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be February 8 in New
York. The committee may recommend Emmy Awards for technologies that
already "materially have affected" television (including non-broadcast
forms) and has no reverse time limit. For its initial votes, the committee
can consider only technologies (not products, companies, organizations, or
individuals). Technologies that make it through those votes are
investigated. Those found Emmy worthy have another voting stage to
determine award winners. For more information, contact the committee's
chair, Charles Jablonski:
charlesj@visibleworld.com
FYI, many of the committee members will be at ***The Technology
Retreat***, January 26-28 (with pre-retreat seminars on the 25th) at the
Rancho Las Palmas Resort in sunny, warm Rancho Mirage, California:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- It's JANUARY! If you haven't yet made travel arrangements for ***The
Technology Retreat*** do so IMMEDIATELY!
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through January 6, Las Vegas, IEEE Consumer Communications and
Networking Conference http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/.
- January 6-9, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.cesweb.org/.
- January 8-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International Conference
on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 14-16, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, PBS Technology Conference
https://secure.connect.pbs.org/conferences/technology/2005/.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.ieee.org.hk/
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

Confused about something in the memo? Please first check out the second
post-script to the January 5 memo here:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02052.html

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Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

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Dated 11.01.05, sorry for the delay, been a bit busy lately.

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The U.S. government will allow its citizens an extension to the end of the
month to claim charitable contributions for tsunami relief:
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-quake-usa.html
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/

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- In the main program, on Thursday morning, JVC vp Robert Harris
is joining the tapeless-camcorder acquisition panel.
What do LED backlights do for LCD TVs? What does a surface-conducting
electron-emitting display (SED) look like? What is a "pocket projector"?
Why might rear-projection TVs suddenly look better? How low can flat-panel
TV prices go? Find out everything you missed about displays at the
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week when you attend Peter Putman's
session Thursday afternoon.
Lighting Media president Steve Buchsbaum is joining Teresis president
Keri DeWitt in the "Solving Real Unscripted-TV Post Problems" session
Friday morning.
- Thursday's breakfast roundtables now include one from Telecast
Fiber chief technology officer Eugene Baker on using fiber to attach a
pared-down camera head capturing "4:4:4" HD signals to control and
recording equipment elsewhere. Outgoing Advanced Television Systems
Committee (ATSC) chair Phil Livingston will moderate a Thursday breakfast
roundtable on unlicensed TV channel devices. Will they provide the
expected bandwidth? Will they screw up home and cable-TV reception? What
happens to wireless mics? Is channel "sniffing" practical? Come and find
out. Or go to Peter Putman's Thursday-morning breakfast roundtable on
CableCARD issues and answers. He has extensive data on the use of
CableCARDs in "digital-cable-ready" products from LG, Mitsubishi,
Panasonic, RCA, and Sharp -- and they're all different!
Friday's breakfast roundtables include one from Kodak vp of
entertainment imaging Leon Silverman on post production and the new digital
workflow. More interested in production? Telecast Fiber product manager
Jim Hurwitz will moderate a roundtable on carrying all signals to and from
a set on a single fiber cable. More interested in self-contained
acquisition? Phil Livingston, this time as Panasonic vp and technical
liaison, will continue Thursday morning's discussion of tapeless
acquisition.
There's still plenty of room for more breakfast roundtables, so, if
you're registered and want to moderate one, just contact me. If you're not
yet registered, you'd better do so IMMEDIATELY:
https://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=95
- Don't forget Tuesday afternoon's half-day seminars. They
require a separate admission, but they'll be worth every penny. Are you a
broadcaster? Do you work with broadcasters? Would you LIKE to work with
broadcasters? Would you like broadcasters to do nice things for you with
the data they carry? Come to the ATSC seminar "Getting PSIP Right" and
learn what's necessary before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
starts chasing people with axes. They've really put together an
outstanding program:
http://www.atsc.org/psip.html
- If you think you have no involvement in transmitted data, then
you must surely be interested in moving-image acquisition. In that case,
you should attend Charles Poynton's ALL-NEW seminar on HDTV and Digital
Cinema Camera Technlogy. Do you know how to achieve wider dynamic range
and color gamut? Do you know the different effects of color prisms,
stripes, and Bayer filters? Do you know how they got those projectors
small enough to fit in a pocket? SMPTE Gold Medal winner Charles Poynton
does. Come to his seminar, and maybe you'll end up in his next book:
http://www.poynton.com/notes/events/20050125_PSP_HPA.html
What ELSE are you going to do on the 25th? Stand in Los Angeles
getting rained on? Freeze in Chicago?
- To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure WHO will be in the demo
area. It is now officially full with a waiting list. But before our
Dictator of Demos started slashing latecomers, these additional company
names passed through my inbox: Globalstor Data, Inlet Technologies, JVC
(showing how HD gets from the Goodyear airship via microwave), Linear
Acoustics, Telecast Fiber, and Zetools. Who made the cut? Find out --
with a free drink in your hand -- at the demo-area cocktail party the
evening of Wednesday the 26th.
- The complete schedule is still available here:
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
- And, guess what! This may be the last ***Technology Retreat***
promotion you read this year. We are on the verge of being fire-marshal
sold out. So, if you think you might want to stroll in on the 26th, maybe
you'd better register immediately:
https://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=95
See you there!
http://www.hpaonline.com
One final tidbit: Want to see an 87-year-old (and good looking)
showgirl do a split? No, she won't be at ***The Technology Retreat***.
But she WILL be at the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, just down the road
from the brain food:
http://www.psfollies.com/

- TiVoToGo - David Pogue had an interesting comment in his column in
the Circuits section of Thursday's New York Times. "...copying shows takes
a long time -- longer, in fact, than the running time of the shows
themselves. At high quality (the second-best of TiVo's four recording
settings), a half-hour show weighs in at 800 megabytes, which takes 50
minutes to copy across a wireless network":
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/06/technology/circuits/06stat.html

- The burned cable boxes - Cox withdrew its demand for $500 after
learning that the family whose home burned down on Christmas with the cable
boxes in it had no insurance:
http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=2750154&nav=EyAzUhYZ

- HD consumer disks -
- Warren Communications News reported Thursday that Toshiba plans
to ship its HD DVD recorder by the end of the year and plans to have a
terabyte of storage (leapfrogging Blu-ray) by next year. The story is no
longer on their site, but there are plenty of reports on Blu-ray and HD DVD
from CES:
http://www.warren-news.com/
- Will Blu-ray's capacity and consortium win the day? Will HD
DVD's ease of replication? Or is there another factor? According to
Reuters, pornography is the key:
[url]http://olympics.reuters.com/audi/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&stor
yID=7274001[/url]

- HD via satellite - DirecTV plans to deliver local HD channels in 12
markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San
Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Tampa, and
Washington, D.C.) later this year, but, because they're using advanced
compression, customers will need new receivers:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050106/65719_1.html

- Consumer dislikes regarding display technologies - Pacific Media
Associates has now posted the press release:
[url]http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com/Press_releases/press_release.htm#pres
s30[/url]

- CableCARD -
- There are two stories on its progress (and that of the two-way
agreement) in TWICE. In the one from CableLabs, it was noted that "By the
holiday selling season of 2004, an estimated 1 million CableCARD-equipped
devices were scheduled to be 'in the pipeline' toward consumers":
http://www.twice.com/article/CA492453.html
- In the other, it was noted that "As of November, 4,200
CableCARDs (one-way) had been deployed, while two-way talks continue":
http://www.twice.com/article/CA492495.html
- Samsung has been working out its own two-way agreements, the
latest with Charter and Time Warner:
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57300192
- LG is starting on the same path:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050106/65665_1.html
In a somewhat related story, it has been reported that LG, contrary to
previous announcements, does not plan to issue its 5th-generation ATSC
receiver (the only one to conquer my apartment) in a set-top box:
[url]http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=4950708#post4950708
[/url]

- July 1 -
- The "tuner" mandate made it to The New York Times this week.
The article said it "will add several hundred dollars in cost, at least at
first, to sets so small that they cannot display high- definition signals
effectively":
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/04/business/worldbusiness/04tele.html
- The trade publication TWICE (This Week In Consumer Electronics)
had a similar "$300 premium asked for the new tuning technology, which many
will never use":
http://www.twice.com/article/CA492512.html
- This week I've listed 82 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger (my
Los Angeles correspondent was at CES). Of those, 23 (28%) have integrated
DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- ESA EF427E 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $229.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $159.99
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- ESA ET419E 19-inch TV @ Circuit City $79.99
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Toshiba 19A24 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $119.99
- GoVideo DV2140 DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $89.99
- Philips DVP620VR DVD/VCR combo @ J&R $119.99
- Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR combo w/$20 GC @ Best Buy $119.99
- Zenith XBV442 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $99.99
- LiteOn DVD+/-R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $169.99 AR
- Panasonic DMR-E50S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ CompUSA $249.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $229.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Magnavox 20MC4304 20-inch flat-scr. TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit $299.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Jensen VM9510 7-inch car TV AM/FM/CD/DVD @ Best Buy $899.99
- Sony D-NF400 AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ J&R $69.99
- Sony SRFM80V AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Best Buy $49.99

- May 1 -
- Neither the FCC nor the National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) updated their lists this week.
- Doug Lung's RF Report lists 646 licensed U.S. DTT stations in
the FCC's CDBS data base as of January 3:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=702

- Despite the NAB list still saying there are 1344 U.S. DTT stations
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
NAB president Edward Fritts keeps referring to 1400 (sometimes "over
1400"). He also says 57 markets "now have fully completed the transition
to digital and high-definition TV":
http://www.twice.com/article/CA492456.html

- Similarly Warren Communications News said today that the transition is
"said to be going faster than expected":
http://www.warren-news.com/
Does that mean analog can be shut off BEFORE the end of 2006? The
story will be on their site until tomorrow morning.

- There are no specific H/DTV issues on the agenda of Thursday's FCC
meeting, but there will be presentations from the Office of Strategic
Planning & Policy Analysis, the Office of Engineering & Technology, and the
Media Bureau:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255929A1.pdf

- Here are some reports from CES:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2632
http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/010705ces1/
http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/010805ces2/
- There is to be a 27-inch RCA integrated DTV for $269 this year:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA492512.html
- LED backlights have reportedly dramatically improved LCD imagery
(and sequential LEDs eliminate the need for a color wheel in those
pocket-sized projectors):
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050107/nyf031_1.html
- Wireless technologies (or at least those without interconnection
wires) are being used to carry HDTV around homes. There's ultra-wideband:
http://www.commsdesign.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57300025
powerline:
http://www.physorg.com/news2604.html
and 802.11g
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?story=45981924
- DirecTV demonstrated the H.264 coding it will use to carry those
local HD signals:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050106/65712_1.html
- Mitsubishi's WD-62825 (already in the ads covered in these memos)
was touted for its built-in DVR. Might that be so it doesn't need to deal
with "broadcast flag" issues?
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050106/65365_1.html
- Warren Communications News reported today that "Broadcast flag
bypass hardware [is] already on [the] market" and that "Panelists
acknowledge[d that the] flag will be broken."
They also reported that JVC demonstrated the Blu-ray/DVD hybrid disk
reported here, that Toshiba and Canon demonstrated SED technology (in a
36-inch display that my correspondents report was absolutely gorgeous) and
that there's new interest in picture-tube based TVs due to low prices and
new, thinner designs. The stories will be on the site until tomorrow
morning:
http://www.warren-news.com/
FCC head Michael Powell said the commission would set a firm date for
shutting down NTSC transmission by the end of this year. He also
questioned whether Congress's 85% figure applies to homes or TVs. And he
said, "When a customer goes into a store and has a choice between a $300
analog TV and a $3,000 digital and asked the salesman, 'When do I have to
have this?' I'm always disheartened when the guy says 'I have no idea
really, but it's probably a long way off'":
http://www.twice.com/article/CA493289?display=Breaking+News
http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57300324
- I liked these adjacent headlines in Electronic Engineering Times UK.
One refers to Intel CEO Craig Barrett, the other to Microsoft chair Bill
Gates:
"Intel's Barrett says IT, consumer electronics gap bridged":
http://www.eetuk.com/tech/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57300304
"Oops: Blue Screen Of Death interrupts Gates' CES pitch":
http://www.eetuk.com/bus/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57300306
- I've probably mentioned this before. The 71-inch plasma display
(there were also 80-inch and 102-inch at the show) was priced at $75,000 --
a little over $1000 an inch:
http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/010505ces/

- International H/DTV news:

- Spain says the analog cutoff will be at the beginning of 2010:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2005/news_archive_2005/Jan5_7.htm#spainn
a[/url]

- France has made some controversial decisions about who gets to use
MPEG-2 and who gets more advanced compression coding:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2005/news_archive_2005/Jan5_7.htm#french
d[/url]

- A store called HDTV Warehouse has opened in Connecticut:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050105/nyw013_1.html

- The Consumer Electronics Association's Winter 2005 HDTV Guide has come
out. In it, CEA president Gary Shapiro defines "Digital TV" in a way that
has nothing to do with CEA's definition of "digital TV products."
Those products are listed, with data as of November 19:
- There are 199 models of integrated DTVs, starting at $699.
- There are 29 models of microdisplay-based non-integrated projection
TVs, starting at $2299. Three have no NTSC (analog) tuner.
- There are 232 models of flat-panel non-integrated HD displays,
starting at $499; 83 have no NTSC tuner.
- There are 90 models of flat-panel non-integrated EDTVs, starting at
$450, 26 without NTSC tuners.
- There's also a list of networks with their hours per week of HD
programming:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/HDTV_Guide_Winter
_05.pdf[/url]
The guide continues online. This is the introduction:
http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/default.asp
This list has only 122 U.S. broadcasters:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/Broadcas
ters_Fall04.pdf[/url]
Here's a list of retailers:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/HDTV_Ret
ailers_winter_04.htm[/url]
And here are more products:
- Seven PC tuner cards, starting at $199:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/DTV_Tune
r_Cards.pdf[/url]
- Six D-VHS recorders and 15 HD PVRs, both starting at $449:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/DTV_Vide
o_Recorders.pdf[/url]
- 27 EDTV monitors on the first of two pages (the second page didn't
load), starting at $549.99, 23 without NTSC tuners:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/EDTV_Mon
itors.pdf[/url]
- 14 HD cable boxes, one listed at $299:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/Cable_Bo
xes.pdf[/url]
- 21 DTT STBs, starting at $199:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/Set-Top_
Decoders.pdf[/url]
- 249 HD monitors, starting at $449, 128 without NTSC tuners:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/HDTV_Mon
itors.pdf[/url]
That's 263 models without NTSC tuners (and, therefore, not subject to
the FCC "tuner" mandate), not counting however many there might be on the
second page of EDTV monitors (the first page was over 85% tunerless).
There's also another list of HD programming:
[url]http://www.ce.org/publications/books_references/dtv_guide/listings/HDTV_Pro
gramming.pdf[/url]

- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) 2005 consensus report on
factory sales and household penetration was released on Tuesday.

- The list of U.S. household penetrations was interesting even before
the first figures. Previous versions said they were simply "Based on
Telephone Surveys Conducted by CEA." The 2005 version says "Based on Sales
Tracking Data and Telephone Surveys Conducted by CEA." Why? As attendees
at last year's ***Technology Retreat*** learned, telephone surveys are no
longer accurate when it comes to high-tech consumer-electronics products
because owners don't really know what they have. Far more people said they
owned digital televisions, for example, than had been manufactured.
Given that grain of salt to take them with, here are some of the
latest penetration figures (as of January of each year):
2002 2003 2004 2005
- TV and color TV 98% 98% 98% 98%
- VCR 94% 92% 91% 88%
- DVD player 25% 35% 60% 75%
- TV with stereo sound 70% 70% 71% 73%
- Computer 60% 62% 66% 70%
- Modem 58% 60% 64% 64%
- Camcorder 42% 49% 54% 54%
- Monochrome TV 40% 39% 37% 33%
- Home theater sound system 25% 28% 32% 33%
- TV/VCR combo 22% 23% 27% 30%
- Direct-to-home satellite 18% 21% 24% 25%
- Projection TV 15% 18% 19% 20%
- All LCD TV 12% 13% 14% 17%
- DTV (DTT and/or 480p and up) 2% 4% 8% 12%

- Here are some of the figures for factory sales to dealers (the 2004
figures are estimated because the report was prepared a while back):
- Direct-view color (excluding LCD, projection, combos, and
"digital") sold 19.9 million units in 2004, down from 20.8 million in 2003.
The average wholesale price was $176, down from $152.
- Total "digital" TVs (including direct-view, flat-panel, and
projection, integrated or not) sold 7.3 million, up from 4.1 million. The
average price was $1458 down from $1590.
- "Digital Direct-View Receivers" sold one million, up from 0.7
million in 2003. That difference seems too small to me, given the start of
the "tuner" mandate in July, if "digital... receiver" means display
integrated with DTT-reception circuitry, so take this with a grain of salt,
too. The average price was $754 down from $957.
- "Digital" projection TV sold 3.3 million, up from 2.4 million.
The average price was $1609, UP from $1505.
- "Analog" projection TV (the difference from "digital" seems
based only on horizontal scan rate) sold 97 thousand, down from 276
thousand. The average price was $876, down from $1062. The manufacturers
participating in the consensus report project that there will still be tens
of thousands of these sold in 2005.
- Monochrome TV (not counting LCD) sold 150 thousand units, down
from 200 thousand. The average price was $5 (yes, five dollars --
wholesale), down from $9.
- All forms of LCD TV sold 2.6 million units, up from 1.3
million. The average price was $783, UP from $530, which reflects the
increase in sales of larger, more-expensive models.
- Plasma TV sold 853 thousand, up from 342 thousand. The average
price was $2952, down from $4649. That huge drop probably reflects the
fact that a much greater proportion of plasma TVs sold in 2004 were NOT
HDTV than in 2003.
- Analog TV combos (TV/VCR, TV/DVD, and TV/VCR/DVD) sold 3.6
million, down from 4.4 million. The average price was $186, UP from $178,
probably reflecting an increased percentage of tri-combos.
- Videocassette players sold 40 thousand, down from 45 thousand.
The average price was $38, down from $52.
- ALL of the VCRs sold to dealers in 2004, 2.3 million, were
stereo. That's down from 4 million stereo decks in 2003 or 6.4 million
total. The average price was $58, down from $67 for stereo or $63 for all.
- Camcorders sold 5.6 million units, a tiny bit less than in
2003. The average price was $305, down from $356.
- DBS receivers sold 16.9 million, up from 10.5 million. The
average price was $112, down from $141.
- PVRs (both stand-alone and integrated into cable or satellite
set-top boxes but not including sales to cable operators) sold 1.9 million,
up from 0.5 million. The average price was $279, down from $343.
- DVD players sold 22.1 million units, up from 22 million. The
average price was $111, down from $123.
- TV set-top internet-access devices sold 285 thousand, down from
500 thousand. The average price was $110, down from $125.
- Home theater sound systems sold 4.9 million units, up from 3.6
million. The average price was $200, down from $265.
- Just for perspective, 80 million wireless phones were sold to
U.S. dealers at an average price of $132. Nothing else came close to that
number of units. They penetrate 70% of U.S. households.

- I still don't have figures from CEA for the last few weeks of 2004. They
were busy with CES.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of none this week.

- The ads - My Los Angeles correspondent was at CES.
- Bang & Olufsen (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- BeoVision 5 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $19,900
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$135 RC $4099.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 proj. TV w/$200 GC & $50 RC $1799.99
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$75 RC $2299.9
- Philips 30PF9946D/37 30-inch wide LCD TV w/$65 RC $1999.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$145 RC $4499.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$95 RC $2999.99
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799.99
- Samsung TX-P2670WH 26-inch 16:9 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $699.99
- Samsung TX-P3271H 32-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $899.99
- Sharp LC45GD4U 45-inch wide integrated LCD DTV w/$265 RC $7999.99
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV w/$145 RC $4499.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$80 RC $2499.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KV36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Toshiba 23HL84 23-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$45 RC $1499.99
- Toshiba 26HL84 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$65 RC $1999.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV w/$25 RC $899.99
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$130 RC $3999.99
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$45 RC $1399.99
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$55 RC $1699.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$95 RC $2999.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Toshiba SDP4000 14-inch LCD/DVD combo w/$15 RC $599.99
- Westinghouse W32701 27-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV w/$65 RC $1099.99
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$65 RC $1999.99
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
RC - price includes reward certificates of amount shown
- Circuit City (HD IDs only):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- ESA PDP4294LVI 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999.99
- Hitachi 32HDL51 32-inch integrated LCD photo-slot DTV $3499.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3699.99 BS
- Magnavox 15MF170V 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $449.99
- Magnavox 30MF200V 30-inch LCD TV $1999.99 BS
- Mystery brand 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV (called "HD Ready") $599.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch LCD TV (called "HD Ready") $1199.99 BS
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $3299.99 BS
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PD25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2999.99 BS
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5499.99 BS
- Panasonic TH50PX25U 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6999.99 BS
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699.99 BS
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99 BS
- Samsung LTP227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1499.99 BS
- Samsung TXP2675WHD 26-inch 16:9 integr. CRT DTV $699.99 BS
- Samsung TXP3264 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99 BS
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.99 BS
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99 BS
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99 BS
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99 BS
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $999.99 BS
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1599.99 BS
BS - price "before savings"
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3299.99
- Samsung HLP4663WX/XAA 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung HLP5063WX/XAA 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3499.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KLV-23M1 23-inch wide direct-view LCD TV $1599.99
- Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch wide direct-view LCD TV $$2999.99
- Syntax Olevia 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.99 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebates
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1615
- Dell W1900 19-inch widescreen LCD TV $849
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1899
- Dell W4200 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- Epson (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- HP (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Samsung HP-P4261 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3699.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $999.99
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1699.99
- Epson PowerLite S1+ projector
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Philips 15PF9945 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $479.99
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV $5999.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- Samsung TX-P2775H 27-inch 4:3 integrated direct-view CRT DTV $599.99
- Sharp LC-20B6U-S 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799.99
- Sony KDF60WF655 60-inch widescreen integrated LCD projection DTV
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer necessary):
- Hitachi 55HDT51 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7499.00
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $5999.99
- Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.99
- Samsung HL[P]4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Soho Electric (NY Press, disclaimer on one model):
- Hitachi CMP-4202 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2199
- Hitachi CMP-5202 [?] 50-inch plasma TV $4699
- Panasonic TH-42PW6 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2099
- Panasonic TH-42PWD7 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- Panasonic TH-50PWD7 [?] 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4899.99
- Pioneer PDP-503CMX 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung PPM-42S3 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2499.99
- Sony KDE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5899.99
- Sony KF-42WE655 [?] 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2099
- Sony KF-50WE655 [?] 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2599.99
- Sony KF-60WE655 [?] 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3199.99
- Sony KLV-26HR1 26-inch direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Sony PFM-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- SVA 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399
- SVA HD4280UII-PDP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD IDs only):
- Mitsubishi WS48515 48-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1999.95
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.95
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499.95

- DVD news:

- I still don't have CEA figures for the last few weeks of 2004. They
were busy at CES.

- The New York Times reported Wednesday that a major opera CD
recording might be the last because DVDs are less expensive to make:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/05/arts/music/05tris.html

- IEEE Spectrum has a story on the Advanced Access Content System in
which it is compared favorably to DVD's CSS:
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/publicfeature/jan05/0105ldvd.html

- Warren Communications News reported Thursday that it is adopting the
DVD+R format for home decks. The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- Sirius Satellite Radio plans to offer several channels of VIDEO
programming by the end of next year:
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=7002

- The FCC has issued a report by economists in the Media and International
bureaus called "Competition between Cable Television and Direct Broadcast
Satellite - It's More Complicated than You Think":
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255869A1.pdf

- Quantegy, the last U.S. manufacturer of audio tape, isn't anymore:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4259503

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- Through January 12, Las Vegas Convention Center, International
Conference on Consumer Electronics http://www.icce.org/.
- January 11-13, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, California,
SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference http://et.scte.org/.
- January 15, KABC, Los Angeles, STE VSB seminar
http://www.ste-ca.org/.
- *January 20-22, MPS Studios, Dallas, HD Expo VariCamp Workshop
http://www.hdexpo.net/workshops/varicampHome.html.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 14-16, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, PBS Technology Conference
https://secure.connect.pbs.org/conferences/technology/2005/.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.ieee.org.hk/
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be late.

PPS I apologize for the size of this next postscript, but I figured I'd
run it once a year and hope it answers most new-reader questions.

FAQs about Mark's Monday Memo
-----------------------------

- What is the memo? It is my compilation of the TV technical news of the
week that I deem worth noting. I do not run predictions. I do not run
most business or employment news. I do not run most programming or
production news.
The memo was started around 1997 as a way of generating traffic for an
e-mail reflector called ITS Mail, which was run by the International
Teleproduction Society. ITS is no more. ITS Mail has become the Post
list, administered by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Their web site offers a
link to join Post (free). It's usually a fairly low-traffic list. Most
weeks the memo is the only traffic:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- Who am I? I'm an engineering consultant working in television and
related fields. I've had a monthly column in Videography magazine since
April 1976 and currently also write the "Final Thoughts" column in Digital
TV magazine. I have worked on many HDTV shows, including the first
regularly scheduled one in Japan in 1989. I first panned an 1125 (total)
line HDTV camera in 1973. I have served on the ATSC Implementation
Subcommittee and T3/S6 working group. I've also served on standardization
committees of the IEEE, SMPTE, and the Exchange Carriers Standards
Association.
None of the above prevents me from being human and making mistakes.
As soon as I learn of (or realize) a mistake in a memo, the correction is
posted at the top of the next one.

- Is there a memo distribution list? No. You can join Post (or one of the
other reflectors carrying the memos) or you can get them off the web from
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/
or one of the other web sites that carry the memo. Some of these sites
archive the memos back to the start. The suppressed multiple addresses in
the address field are to get the memo to the various reflectors and web
sites.

- Why don't I use HTML to shrink the links, and why do I put angle brackets
around the links? Long time readers have asked me to do it this way. If
you want to reformat the memos and post them on your site, feel free. I'll
even announce a link to your site at least once, if you let me know about
it.

- Why all the stuff about ***The Technology Retreat*** (in memos between
roughly September and February)? I work on the program for the retreat, so
I shamelessly promote it. It's an outstanding event -- the only one I know
of that intentionally tries to bring together ALL aspects of the
television, video, and electronic-imaging fields, from military
surveillance to forensic analysis, from cinematographers to
consumer-electronics manufacturers, from chip makers to digital-cinema
theaters, from Hollywood studios to non-commercial broadcasters, from
accessible-media specialists to retailers:
http://www.hpaonline.com

- What do I mean by "May 1," "July 1," and the like? See the glossary
below.

- Glossary:

- 1.33:1 - Aspect ratio of ordinary television, also called 4:3

- 1.78:1 - Aspect ratio standard for widescreen television, also
called 16:9

- 3:1:1 - A way to describe the form of HDTV recorded by HDCAM: 3/4 of
the number of active luma samples per line (1440 instead of 1920) and
one-third as many active color samples per line (480), with color samples
on each line

- 4:1:1 - A way to describe the form of SDTV recorded by professional
DV-based recorders (and U.S.-type consumer ones): 720 active luma samples
per line and 180 for color, with color samples on each line

- 4:2:0 - A way to describe the form of SDTV or HDTV typically
compressed by MPEG: 720 or 704 (SDTV) or 1920 (HDTV) active luma samples
per line, half as many for color, and half the number of samples vertically
as there are active scanning lines

- 4:2:2 - A way to describe the form of SDTV or HDTV typically used in
studios: 720 or 704 (SDTV) or 1920 (HDTV) active luma samples per line,
half as many for color, with color samples on each line

- 4:3 - Aspect ratio of ordinary television, 1.33:1

- 5C - A five-company-proposed content-protection system, DTCP

- 8-VSB - Eight-level vestigial sideband, the form of modulation used
in ATSC digital television

- 16:9 - Aspect ratio of HDTV, 1.78:1

- 16-QAM - 16-point quadrature amplitude modulation, used in some COFDM

- 16-VSB - 16-level vestigial sideband, a form of modulation developed
for (but not used by) cable television

- 24p - 24 frames per second, progressively scanned, used with the
intention of transfer to film or for a more film-like look

- 64-QAM - 64-point quadrature amplitude modulation, used in digital
cable and some COFDM

- 100 Hz - A form of enhanced display offering 100 images per second
instead of 50, raising the rate above the flicker threshold even for large,
bright screens

- 256-QAM - 256-point quadrature amplitude modulation, used in digital
cable

- 352 - Number of active samples per line in half-resolution images
sometimes used on cable or satellite

- 480 - Nominal number of active scanning lines in an NTSC picture
(483.5 in the original standard)

- 480i - 480 active lines interlaced (525 total), nominal ordinary
NTSC television

- 480p - 480 active lines progressively scanned, typically called EDTV

- 525 - Number of total scanning lines associated with 480 active

- 544 - Number of active samples is 3/4-resolution images sometimes
used on cable or satellite

- 576 - Nominal number of active lines for ordinary analog television
in 25-frame-per-second countries

- 601 - See BT.601

- 625 - Number of total lines associated with 576 active

- 700 MHz - A range of UHF frequencies used by some television
channels in the U.S. as this is written and desired for public-safety
communications

- 704 - Maximum number of active samples per line allowed in SDTV in
the ATSC DTT standard intended for the U.S. (A/53)

- 720h - Number of active samples per line in digital SDTV (the "h" is
to distinguish it from 720-line systems)

- 720p - Form of HDTV with 1280 active pixels by 720 active lines (750
total), progressively scanned

- 750 - Number of total lines associated with 720 active

- 1035i - Older form of HDTV with 1035 active lines (1125 total),
interlaced

- 1080i - Form of HDTV with 1920 active pixels by 1080 active lines
(1250 or 1125 total), interlaced

- 1080p - Like 1080i but progressively scanned

- 1125 - Number of total lines usually associated with 1035 or 1080
active (or even the older 1045 and 1052 active)

- 1152 - Nominal number of active lines proposed for 1250-total line
HDTV systems

- 1250 - Number of total lines for older 1152-active systems,
sometimes used with 1080-active systems to make them 625 friendly

- 1280 - Number of active samples per line specified for 720p HDTV

- 1394 - IEEE-1394, a standard for data interconnection, sometimes
called Firewire or i.Link, used for compressed video

- 1920 - Number of active samples per line specified in some 1035- and
1080-active-line HDTV standards

- A/53 - The ATSC DTT standard intended for the U.S. This URL is for
the latest version as this glossary is being written:
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_53c_with_amend_1.pdf

- A/54 - Guide to the ATSC U.S. DTT standard:
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_54a.pdf

- A/63 - The ATSC DTT standard intended for countries with
25-frame-per-second television. It allows 720 active pixels per line in
SDTV:
http://www.atsc.org/standards/a_63.pdf

- AC-3 - The audio bit-rate reduction system used in U.S. DTT

- Active - Picture-carrying

- Ads - These are only newspaper ads. I see the ones in the New York
Times and some other New York newspapers (and others when I travel) myself.
A correspondent scans and sends me the ads from the Minneapolis Star
Tribune. Another correspondent sends me the data from the ads in the Los
Angeles Times. The Best Buy, Circuit City, and CompUSA ads I see seem to
be the same elsewhere in the country, so I do not attribute them to the New
York Times.
In the ads section, I include only devices advertised in print by the
retailers (not those sales noted only in the stores) that have at least one
of these words or phrases (or similar): 16:9, 480p, 720p, 768, 1080i, ATSC,
digital tuner, EDTV, HDTV, or progressive scan (except DVD players). I
make no representation that any of these are HDTV. I include computer
products only when they specifically mention TV or something similar.
Sometimes one retailer will use one of the key words or phrases and another
will not. I go by the printed ads.
When the price shown is after a mail-in rebate, I note that. I do not
note "instant rebates." If a retailer provides a means for me to calculate
a discount or "savings" (and I notice it) I do so. I note offers included
in the price (gift cards, DVD players, stands, chairs, etc.) except
delivery and/or payment terms. When the same model is offered by the same
store more than once during the week at different prices, I use the lowest.
When model numbers appear strange to me, I often append "[?]" When I
store offers a small number of older models, I probably won't comment on
it, but when it offers a large number I often do.

- ADSL - Asymmetric DSL, with higher speed towards the subscriber than
from

- AES - Audio Engineering Society:
http://www.aes.org

- APTS - The U.S. Association of Public Television Stations (sometimes
called America's Public Television Stations):
http://www.apts.org

- AR - The abbreviation I use to note that an advertised item's price
is AFTER a mail-in REBATE. In cinematography, AR is a common abbreviation
for aspect ratio.

- Artifacts - In terms of imaging and compression, perceptually
undesirable results of processing (e.g. blocks appearing in the picture
that weren't in the original)

- Aspect ratio - Ratio of picture width to height, typically wider for
HDTV than for ordinary television

- ATSC - Advanced Television Systems Committee, a standards
organization created by other industry groups and standards organizations.
Although it is the source of (and is used synonymously with) the U.S.
digital television standard, the first ATSC standard was actually related
to ghost reduction for analog NTSC. The ATSC Forum, a different
organization, promotes the ATSC digital television standard around the
world. As this is being written, the ATSC standard has been adopted by
Mexico and is in use in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea:
http://www.atsc.org

- AVC - Advanced video codec, a bit-rate-reduction scheme also known
as H.264 (ITU) and MPEG-4 Part 10 (IEC/ISO).

- Blanking Interval - The time period during which electron beams in
picture tubes return for right to left (horizontal blanking interval) or
bottom to top (vertical blanking interval)

- Berlin - The first market in the world to have completed the
transition from analog television broadcasting to digital; the transition
took four months for commercial broadcasters and nine months for
non-commercial.

- Broadcast flag - A retransmission control descriptor, also the FCC
order relating to it involving signal security issues

- BRR - Bit-rate reduction, commonly called compression

- BS - The abbreviation I use to note that an advertised price is
BEFORE unspecified in-store SAVINGS. There is, of course, another meaning
often used for the abbreviation; it's not my intention to refer to it.

- BT.601 - The basic standard-definition digital video standard of the
ITU

- CableCARD - A security module supplied by a cable system to be
inserted into a subscriber's plug-&-play TV to handle conditional-access
security

- CARS - Community Antenna Relay Service, microwave paths used for
cable TV

- CATV - Community-antenna television, cable television

- CBA - Community Broadcasters Association, representing low-power
TV stations:
http://www.communitybroadcasters.com/

- CEA - The U.S. Consumer Electronics Association:
http://www.ce.org

- Census households - Number of homes based on population census
(smaller number than postal households)

- CES - The U.S. Consumer Electronics Show:
http://www.cesweb.org/

- CHILA - CableCARD-Host Interface Licensing Agreement (formerly PHILA
when a CableCARD was called a POD)

- Class A - LPTV stations with "permanent" status

- CNR - Carrier-to-noise ratio

- COFDM - Coded orthogonal frequency-division multiplex, the form of
transmission used in DVB-T

- Component - In signal terms, video carried as three signals,
typically luma and two color-difference signals (separate red, green, and
blue signals are also possible)

- Composite - A single video signal carrying both luma and color

- Compression - Term commonly used to describe bit-rate reduction
achieved through more efficient coding of pictures and sounds; when it is
perfectly reversible, it is called lossless; when it isn't perfectly
reversible but no one would notice, it's called perceptually lossless;
otherwise, it's lossy and generates what are called artifacts.

- CRT - Cathode-ray tube, such as a picture tube or video-projection
tube

- Currencies - I try to do currency conversions just before I send the
memo. The symbol $ by itself indicates U.S. dollars. A$ is Australian
dollars. C$ is Canadian dollars. UKP is United Kingdom pounds.

- DBS - Direct broadcast(ing by) satellite

- dialnorm - A parameter of the U.S. DTT signal allowing dialogue
levels to be normalized across channels and programs; broadcasters are
required to adjust it appropriately

- Digital television - A vague term I try to avoid

- D-ILA - Digital image light amplifier, a JVC projection-display
technology in the LCoS category

- Disclaimer - A notice in a retailer's advertisement that indicates
that something called "digital," "EDTV," or "HDTV" that doesn't include
DTT-reception circuitry requires an additional device to receive DTT
broadcasts

- DLP - Digital light processing, Texas Instruments' trademark for
projection systems based on their micro-mirror chips

- DSL - Digital subscriber line, a phone-company line carrying
high-speed data

- DTCP - Digital transmission content protection, also sometimes
called 5C, intended for use with 1394

- DTH - Direct-to-home, same as DBS

- DTT - Digital terrestrial television broadcasting

- DTV - Digital television, a term I use only in the ads to indicate
an integrated display/DTT receiver

- DV - Both a recording format using 1/4-inch tape in a cassette
(commonly called MiniDV) and the compression system used in DV recorders
(but also in other recorders)

- DVB - Digital Video Broadcasting group, based in Europe
http://www.dvb.org

- DVB-C - The cable standard of DVB

- DVB-H - The mobile standard of DVB

- DVB-S - The satellite standard of DVB

- DVB-T - The terrestrial-broadcasting standard of DVB

- DVD-R, DVD+R - Different forms of record-once DVD-recording systems

- DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW - Different forms of re-recordable DVD
recording systems; I sometimes use a slash to indicate combinations (e.g.,
DVD-R/RW).

- DVI - Digital visual interface, a high-data-rate connection scheme
used for monitors, two versions of which also include analog component video

- DVI-A - An analog-only version of DVI

- DVI-CE - HDMI

- DVI-D - The basic DVI digital connection

- DVI-I - A version of DVI with both digital and analog connections

- D-VHS - Data VHS, able to record compressed television signals,
usually via 1394 connection

- DVR - Digital video recorder, sometimes used as a synonym for PVR

- EDTV - Extended-definition (or enhanced-definition) television,
generally meaning 480p.

- EFP - Electronic field production, ENG with higher production values

- ENG - Electronic news gathering, sometimes used as shorthand for a
professional camcorder

- EPG - Electronic program guide

- E-VSB - A robust version of 8-VSB sacrificing data rate

- FCC - The U.S. Federal Communication Commission:
http://www.fcc.gov

- Flat panel - A TV display screen that is both thin and flat, as in
plasma and direct-view LCD

- Flat screen - A TV display screen (including CRT) that is not convex

- Follow-ups - New information (or corrections) to relatively recent
memos; longer-term follow-ups are sometimes listed as such

- Freeview - Current UK DTT system, which, as the name implies, is
free to view

- GLV - Grating light valve, a laser projection-display technology

- Gray-market/grey-market - Designation for products not originally
intended to be sold in the U.S.

- H.264 - ITU designation of AVC

- HD - High definition

- HDCP - High-bandwidth digital content protection, intended for use
with DVI and HDMI connections

- HDMI - High-definition multimedia interface, originally called
DVI-CE, similar to DVI, but with smaller connectors and optionally
including audio and remote-control functions

- HDTV - High-definition television, defined by CEA to be at least
720p or 1080i, even if displayed on a 4:3 screen, as long as the image may
be shrunk on that screen to a 16:9 shape

- HDV - High-definition video, systems for recording HD on a DV
cassette

- Homes passed - Existing cable-TV subscribers and those who could
subscribe if they so chose

- Household - Roughly synonymous with "home," but see also Census
households, Postal households, and TV households

- IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission

- IEEE - The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:
http://www.ieee.org

- Integer frame rate - Typically 24.0, 30.0, or 60.0 per second (25 is
always integer)

- Integrated - A picture display with built-in DTT receiver

- Interlaced - With each frame divided into two sections, one carrying
the odd-numbered scanning lines and the other the even, the two sections
transmitted (or captured or displayed) sequentially (opposite of
progressive)

- International Bureau - The branch of the FCC dealing with satellite
issues, including domestic satellite

- IPPV - Impulse PPV, PPV that can be ordered from a remote control at
the spur of the moment

- ISDB-T - Integrated-services digital broadcasting - terrestrial, the
form of DTT used in Japan

- ISO - International Standardization Organization

- ITFS - Instructional Television Fixed Service, educational
television microwave similar to MDS

- ITU - International Telecommunications Union

- ITV Digital - Renamed onDigital, predecessor of Freeview, named for
the Independent Television companies that owned it

- July 1 - Under the FCC's phased-in schedule, as of July 1, 2004, 50%
of 36-inch and larger TV sets equipped with analog NTSC tuners were also to
have had DTT-reception circuitry. As of July 1, 2005, it's 100% of those
and 50% of those 25- to 35-inch. As of July 1, 2006, it's 100% of those.
As of July 1, 2007, it's all NTSC-tuner-equipped TVs 13-inch and larger as
well as other NTSC-tuner-equipped devices, such as VCRs, DVD recorders,
computer tuner cards, and the like. Manufacturers may either add
DTT-reception circuitry or remove analog NTSC-reception circuitry to comply
with the rule.
In this section, I note some of the lowest prices I saw in newspaper
ads during the week for devices that would require the DTT-reception
circuitry at the appropriate July 1 date.
I also note in this section other issues related to July 1 mandates,
such as CableCARD (July 1, 2004 mandatory availability).

- LCD - Liquid crystal display

- LCoS - Liquid-crystal on silicon, a microdisplay used for projection

- LED - Light-emitting diode

- Lines - Either scanning lines (active or total) or lines of
resolution, hypothetical vertical alternating white and black lines
representing the finest detail that can be carried

- Lip-sync - Matched audio and video timing, which can be a problem in
DTT

- LPTV - Low-power television station

- Luma - The portion of a video signal containing black-&-white
information

- MATV - Master-antenna television

- May 1 - Under the phased-in schedule for the advent of DTT in the
U.S., most deadlines were on May 1. As of May 1, 1999, the ABC, CBS, Fox,
and NBC outlets in the top-ten markets were due to begin DTT broadcasting.
As of November 1, 1999, it was those outlets in markets 11-30. As of May
1, 2002, all full-power U.S. commercial stations on the air as of the rule
onset were to have begun DTT broadcasting. As of May 1, even full-power
non-commercial stations were to have begun DTT broadcasting. Not all
stations made their deadlines.
I check and report on two sets of lists weekly: the FCC and NAB
figures. When they are available, I report Doug Lung's
licensed-DTT-stations figures taken from the FCC CDBS database. In
addition to licensed stations, there are those operating on program-test
authority (full-power) and special and experimental temporary authorities
(low-power).

- Mbps - Million bits per second

- MDS - Multipoint Distribution Service, microwave television
broadcasting

- MDU - Multiple-dwelling unit (apartment house)

- MHz - Megahertz, million cycles per second

- Microdisplay - A chip-sized display system, such as DLP or LCoS,
used in projection systems

- MMDS - Multichannel MDS

- Monochrome - In typical use, black-&-white

- MPAA - Motion Picture Association of America; the international
version is the Motion Picture Association:
http://www.mpaa.org

- MPEG - Moving Picture Experts Group, a committee that has come up
with a number of compression schemes and related standards:
http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/index.htm

- MSTV - The Association for Maximum Service Television:
http://www.mstv.org

- MTF - Modulation transfer function, the energy (contrast ratio) that
can pass through a system at different finenesses of detail.

- Multipath - The arrival at a receiver of signals from a single
transmitter that have taken different paths (and, therefore, different
amounts of time to arrive); in analog television, this condition is seen as
ghosts.

- MVDDS - Multichannel video and data distribution service, sharing
DBS downlink frequencies for terrestrial transmissions

- MVDS - Multipoint Video Distribution Systems, microwave
broadcasting, like MMDS outside the U.S.

- NAB - The U.S. National Association of Broadcasters and its annual
convention and equipment exhibition:
http://www.nab.org

- NCTA - The U.S. National Cable & Telecommunications Association:
http://www.ncta.com

- Non-integer frame rate - Typically 23.976, 29.97, or 59.94 used in
NTSC countries

- NTSC - National Television System Committee, the first of which
standardized the U.S. 525 (total) line/30 frame system and the second of
which added compatible composite color; NTSC is sometimes used in the U.S.
to refer to analog television.

- NVOD - Near VOD, a multichannel service approximating VOD

- onDigital - Original UK subscription DTT service (coexisting with
some free-to-view channels)

- Pixel - Picture element, the smallest part of a picture captured,
transmitted, or displayed

- Plug-&-Play - The agreement between the U.S. cable and
consumer-electronics industries and the subsequent FCC order regarding the
circuitry necessary to allow "digital-cable-ready" TV sets to be plugged
directly into cable systems without need for a set-top box. A CableCARD
handles conditional-access security. One-way plug-&-play devices might not
be able to handle EPG, IPPV, or VOD functions.

- POD - Point-of-deployment cable conditional-access security module,
now called a CableCARD

- Postal households - A number larger than that of census households,
including vacation homes and the like

- PPV - Pay per view

- Progressive - With all scanning lines of a frame occurring
sequentially (opposite of interlaced), sometimes called sequential

- PSIP - Program and system-information protocol, an ATSC standard
covering such non-program data as an electronic program guide

- PVR - Personal video recorder, such as ReplayTV or TiVo

- Robust - Either a description of a DTT signal that is easier to
receive than a non-robust signal or a description of the signal security in
a broadcast-flag-related device

- Sample - A moment in time, the smallest picture element in a digital
video signal

- Schubin site - My Manhattan apartment, where many people have tested
DTT reception, both officially (it was test-site NYC300 for the Advanced
Television Technology Center) and unofficially

- SCTE - The Society of Cable & Telecommunications Engineers:
http://www.scte.org

- SD - Standard definition

- SDTV - Standard-definition television, a term sometimes used to
refer to ordinary television and sometimes to the component-digital form of
ordinary television (720 x 483 in NTSC countries)

- Sharpness - A psychophysical function found to be proportional to
the square of the area under a curve plotting contrast ratio against detail
resolution

- SMATV - Satellite-fed MATV

- SMPTE - Society of Motion-Picture and Television Engineers:
http://www.smpte.org

- SNR - Signal-to-noise ratio

- STB - Set-top box

- SVOD - Subscription VOD

- Total - With reference to scanning lines or pixels, both the active
and those in the blanking interval

- TVHH or TV households - That portion of census households with TV
sets (a very stable 98% in the U.S.)

- VC-1 - A SMPTE standardized advanced video compression system based,
in part, on WMV-9

- VDSL - Very-high-speed DSL

- VOD - Video on demand

- Widescreen - Description of wider-than-normal TV aspect ratio,
usually 16:9 but not in some LCD displays (which may be 5:3)

- WMV9 - Windows Media Video 9, a bit-rate-reduction scheme

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Date 17.01.05, sorry for the delay.

U.S. taxpayers have until the end of the month to claim 2004 tax deductions
for contributions to tsunami relief:
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-quake-usa.html?oref=login
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/

- Follow-ups:

- The Consensus Report - I reported last week of direct-view "analog"
color TV sales in 2004 vs. 2003 in the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) document that "The average wholesale price was $176, down from $152."
Obviously, that's wrong. I accidentally pulled the $152 from the projected
2005 figure. The 2003 figure was $229, so there WAS a very significant
price drop.

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- I'll bet you never expected to see this: The main retreat is
SOLD OUT! Online registration is closed. There will be no on-site
registration. Don't say you weren't warned:
http://www.hpaonline.com
- BUT it is still possible to register to attend one of the
half-day pre-retreat seminars next Tuesday. They both seem to me to be
outstanding. Broadcasters, cable operators, regulators,
broadcast-equipment manufacturers, those interested in how to get their
programming listed in broadcast schedules, those interested in datacasting,
and the like REALLY should attend the Advanced Television Systems Committee
(ATSC) seminar on "Getting PSIP Right." Even just the networking with the
speakers is worth every penny:
- Jerry Whitaker of the ATSC, with an introduction and wrapup
- Mark Eyer of Sony on PSIP fundamentals -- including MPEG-2
and cable-TV
- Rich Chernock of Triveni Digital on figuring out the PSIP
tables ("It's easier than you might think")
- Art Allison of the National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) on what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules will
require (starting right after the Technology Retreat) and on the new PMCP
metadata communications standard (something for those distributing
programming to be aware of?)
- Chris Lennon of Harris on complying with those rules (and
other ways of getting started)
- Nandhu Nandhakumar of Triveni Digital on managing the
end-to-end PSIP chain (which you may be part of)
http://www.atsc.org/psip.html
If you're NOT interested in PSIP (or even if you ARE), you MUST be
interested in moving imagery, in which case you should attend SMPTE
gold-medal winner Charles Poynton's all-new half-day seminar on "HDTV and
Digital Cinema Camera Technology." Become a part of his historic next
book! Learn the difference between Bayer filters and Bayer aspirin -- or,
better yet, between Bayer filters and stripe filters and prism cameras
without filters. Learn how to expand dynamic range and color gamut.
EVERYONE learns at a Poynton seminar! Hear the latest gems that the author
of "The Gamma Sutra" has to offer:
http://www.poynton.com/notes/events/20050125_PSP_HPA.html
You do not have to be registered for ***The Technology Retreat*** to
attend these Tuesday-afternoon seminars. Register for them here:
https://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=98
- It's also still possible to register guests for the Wednesday
night dinner and the Thursday night softball championship (retreat
registrants are automatically registered for these events). The softball
is quite a bargain, especially when you consider the food, the beer, the
field (Fenway Park, home of the World Champions!), the blood, the
ambulance, etc.:
https://www.hpaonline.com/custom/forms/form.cfm?id=98
- Not that you can do anything about it now, but there have been
some additions to the main program. Gary Mandle, a ***Technology
Retreat*** veteran and Sony's SXRD marketing manager, will be representing
that 4K projector on the digital-cinema discussion panel on Thursday
afternoon. On Friday afternoon, Patrick Gregston of The Picture Works (and
the board of directors of the Motion Picture Editors Guild) will explain
"What Hollywood Can Learn from the Digital Identity World."
There are also three new breakfast roundtables each on Thursday and
Friday mornings. On Thursday, Steve Strassberg, vp of Linear Acoustic,
will moderate a roundtable on making multichannel audio work in the real
world, "DTV Sound: Lighting the Blue Light." Sony's Dan Perry will
moderate one on "Shooting 1080/60P for 'Live' TV Production," and Sony's
Wayne Desmond will moderate one on archiving issues, "Digital HD Media
Longevity and Reliability."
On Friday, Azcar senior vp (and ***Technology Retreat*** Dictator of
Demos) John Luff will offer pitfalls and practical successes of "Real-World
HD Implementation Experience." Sony's Rick Harding will moderate a
roundtable on "RGB/4:4:4 Workflow Review," and Sony's Gary Mandle will
moderate a roundtable on an "SXRD 4K-Projector Development Update."
Thursday is getting pretty full, but we could still squeeze in more
roundtables then -- and CERTAINLY on Friday -- if anyone wants one. Again,
here's the latest full schedule of the main program and the roundtables.
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
The demo area is still in flux. We got some additional space but
maybe not enough to accommodate all requests. It should be very
interesting.
I hope to see a few hundred of you there. As for the rest of you,
well, you WERE warned.

- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -
- Here are some more overviews (all different). The first is
from Peter Putman, who will bring his photos and more to ***The Technology
Retreat***:
http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages/ces2005.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,119225,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=494251
http://www.scri.com/sub/sc_newscur.html
- These pictures relate to the LG 5th-generation receiver
circuitry. One shows subassemblies (from LG, Sanyo, Thomson, and Xuguang)
to be incorporated into integrated receiver/displays. LG no longer plans
to release the circuitry in a stand-alone (set-top) receiver/decoder:
[url]http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=1c0e6ebb1fd2cbd163eed21db44
754f3&threadid=495941[/url]
Here is a story on ATSC-reception-circuitry developments at CES:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=710
It doesn't mention Oren:
[url]http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_vi
ew&newsId=20050114005145&newsLang=en[/url]

- Consumer polls - Yet another conducted by ICR/International
Communications Research on behalf of Comcast is intended to show how
important HD is for men watching the Super Bowl. But it actually shows
they're considerably more interested in the food available while they watch:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050114/phf008_1.html

- Cable & HD - First it was Cox wanting payment for cable boxes
destroyed when a home burned down. Now it appears that Comcast wants a
subscriber to return an HD PVR because, under their new policy, he's not
entitled to it unless he subscribes to their digital package (he DOES
subscribe to HD, which, under their previous policy, entitled him to the
PVR):
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/01-2005/msg00503.html

- Voom - The reports of its imminent demise may be exaggerated.
According to a story in Warren Communications News on Tuesday, the company
is accepting bids on second-generation receivers and is launching promotion
campaigns in 12 markets. The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- TiVoToGo - Here's a (somewhat negative) user report:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11103-2005Jan14.html

- Non-decodable ATSC broadcasts - The OpenDTV Forum has had a couple
of threads recently about broadcasters transmitting non-Table 3 video
formats (both were lower resolution) and causing some decoding problems as
a result. These URLs are not just for two different messages; they're in
two different threads:
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/01-2005/msg00291.html
http://www.freelists.org/archives/opendtv/01-2005/msg00498.html

- Glitches during demos - In the interest of fairness, as I pointed
out Bill Gates's problems at CES, I should note that Mac-in-touch reported
a screen freeze during Steve Jobs's demo at Macworld:
http://macintouch.com/mwsf2005keynote.html

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 116 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 35 (30%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- RCA ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Daewoo DTQ27U4SC 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $229.99
- JVC AV27530 27-inch TV @ Sears $219.99
- Magnavox 27MS3404 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $189.99
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- Sansui TVS2746 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $169.99
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Sony Wega 27-inch TV @ Royal $229
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Daewoo DTQ14U5SC 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Sears $109.99
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Symphonic ST419E 19-inch TV @ Best Buy $89.99
- Magnavox 20MS3442 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $149.99
- Magnavox 20MS3442 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $139.99
- ESA DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $79.99
- "Famous Brand" VCR @ Royal $34.99
- GoVideo DV1040 DVD/VCR combo @ P.C. Richard $88.97
- Samsung DVD-V4600C DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- Broksonic DRVCR900 VCR/DVD-R/RW recorder @ Circuit City $242.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $161.99
- Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-R/RAM recorder @ J&R $229.99
- Panasonic DMRE55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ Circuit City $249.99 BS
- Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD-R/RAM recorder @ CompUSA $249.99
- Philips DVDR615 DVD+R/RW recorder @ CompUSA $249.99 AR
- WinBook PowerSpec MCE410 computer @ WinBook $999 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
BS - price "before savings"
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- Magnavox 20MC4304 20-inch flat-screen TV/DVD/VCR @ Circuit
$299.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Sony D-NF400 AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ J&R $69.99
- Sony DNS707F AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ Best Buy $99.99

- The FCC meeting last week - Here's a link to all of the
presentations in either PowerPoint or Acrobat files. I think only the
Enforcement Bureau, Office of Workplace Diversity, and Wireline Competition
Bureau didn't have some reference to DTT or TV frequencies, but only the
Media Bureau presentation (above) had anything new:
http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/presentations/2005/011305/
In the Media Bureau presentation, slide 7, using figures from the CEA
for their "DTV products" (which need not be any more digital than their
"analog" television) notes 12 million U.S. DTV households:
http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/presentations/2005/011305/mb.ppt
Too bad most of them don't get DTT or even HDTV via cable or satellite.

- May 1 -
- As it has for a long time, the NAB web site, with today's date
on it, lists 1344 U.S. DTT stations:
http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp
The January issue of the NAB's "Destination Digital TV," however, says
there were 1358 as of January 5:
http://www.nab.org/newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DDTV/0105.pdf
- The FCC, after skipping December, updated its lists as of the
5th:
- 1676 stations (97.3% of the new total) have been granted
licenses or construction permits, and 1481 have been the air at some power
level for some period:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the top-10-market stations due
on the air May 1, 1999; 38 are fully licensed, and two are said to be
operating at low power on temporary authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- In the market-11-to-30 stations due on the air November 1,
1999, 72 are fully licensed, and seven are said to be operating on
temporary authorization at low power:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- Here's a chart of the transition status:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonairsum.html
- These are the 679 stations said to be either fully
licensed or operating on program-test authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html
- These are the 802 stations said to be operating at low
power on temporary authority:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstas.html

- The latest FCC transition plan is said to have been completed by staff
but has not yet been presented to the commissioners. A paid subscription
is required for the full story:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA496089.html?display=Breaking+News

- The NAB will be offering "DTV Lessons" to its members Friday 11:30 am to
noon EST on Galaxy 3 transponder 7 (3840 MHz horizontal), with 6.2 & 6.8
MHz audio channels:
http://www.nab.org/newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DDTV/0105.pdf

- Someone has been stealing cable-TV amplifiers IN OPERATION in south
Florida, causing blackouts of cable service. Over the course of a few
weeks, Adelphia lost 20 amplifiers in Miami-Dade county and Comcast lost 75
in Miami-Dade and Broward counties:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/10631089.htm
Why note that here? If the FCC is planning on counting cable
subscribers towards the congressional over-85% capable of receiving digital
programming from each station in their markets, it may be worth noting that
sometimes cable subscribers need to rely on off-air broadcasts.
Satellite is not immune to problems. Here's an old story of satellite
signal piracy in 1986:
http://www.signaltonoise.net/library/captmidn.htm

- INHD has been making presentations on HD to the advertising community.
Here's an interesting point: HD households are said to have an average of
3.5 TVs compared to 2.7 in typical cable households:
[url]http://www.multichannel.com/index.asp?layout=nocclamp&doc_id=1340002974&cac
he=FALSE&preview=TRUE[/url]
Farther down in the same site is a story on SBC's and Verizon's plans
to deliver TV programming by phone line.

- International H/DTV news:

- The Freeview DTT service is said to have penetrated five million UK
households, a quarter of them with more than one DTT receiver:
[url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/01_january/16/f
reeview.shtml[/url]

- That's at least in part due to low prices of receivers -- too low
for manufacturer Pace Micro Technology, which is pulling out of the
Freeview-box market:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/business/articles/timid396979?source=

- Planning to watch TV on your cell phone or computer in the UK? You
will, nevertheless, have to buy a TV license:
http://www.thebusinessonline.com/modules/news/view.php?id=32437&s=3&

- TPS Star plans to be the first to broadcast DTT in MPEG-4, starting
in May in France:
[url]http://www.advanced-television.com/2005/news_archive_2005/Jan10_14.htm#tpsm
[/url]

- Sales boost for U.S. DTT set-top boxes - The Electronic Frontier
Foundation is urging everyone to buy them before broadcast-flag circuitry
is introduced:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/002188.php

- CEA still hasn't released to me any factory sales figures since the 48th
week of 2004.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I'm aware of only the DirecTV HR10-250 at
Best Buy.

- Ad confusions - J&R said the HP PE4240N plasma TV was "HD-ready;" they
also said it was 852 x 480. Of Toshiba's 32AF44 4:3 TV, they noted it had
a "16:9 aspect ratio."

- The ads -
- Bang & Olufsen (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- BeoVision 5 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $19,900
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- DirecTV HR10-250 dual-ATSC HD DVR w/$65 RC $999.99
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$50 GC $999.99
- JVC AV30W475 30-inch widescreen CRT TV $499.99
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV w/$200 GC $2999.99
- LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch integrated direct-view LCD DTV w/$500 GC $4999.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/$100 GC $1799.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52" 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$200 GC $3499.99 BIR
- Panasonic TC-26LX20 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42" 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC & $365
RC $5499.99
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$50 GC $699.99
- Pioneer PDP-4341HD 43-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$400 GC $4499.99
- Pioneer PDP5041HD 50" 16:9 integr. plasma DTV w/$500 GC & $295 RC
$4999.99 AR
- RCA HD50LPW162 50-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2799.99
- RCA HD61LPW162 61-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV $3299.99
- RCA HD61THW263 61-inch 16:9 integr. DLP proj. DTV w/$500 GC $6999.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$200 GC $2699.99
- Sharp 32F641 32-inch 4:3 TV $499.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$300 GC $4099.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1599.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$100 GC $1699.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV w/$50 GC $999.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
BIR - price "before instant rebate" ($200?)
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
RC - price includes "reward certificates" of the amount shown
- Circuit City (HD identifications only):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $899.99
- Apex AVL2776 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $989.99
- Audiovox FP1520 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $399.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1788.99
- ESA PDP4294LV/I 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899.99
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1399.99
- LG RU44SZ63D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2299.99
- Magnavox 27MS5402 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $414.99
- Magnavox 51MP392H 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $987.99
- Panasonic CT34WX54 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1299.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2099.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2599.99
- Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Philips 20PF8946 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $854.99
- Samsung 192MP 19-inch 5:4 LCD TV $549.99 AR
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $719.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2249.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2699.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $3699.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599.99
- Sony KP57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1399.99
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimer except one model):
- Mystery brand HD42PV4 42-inch plasma TV w/$150 GC $1699.99 AR
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$300 GC $3299.99
- Samsung HLP4663WX/XAA 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$250 GC
$2699.99
- Samsung LTP266WX 26-inch wide direct-view LCD TV w/$150 GC $1999.99
- Samsung LTP326WX 32-inch wide direct-view LCD TV w/$250 GC $2999.99
- Sharp LC26G4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$150 GC $1999.99
- Sharp LC32G4U 32-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$250 GC $2999.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV w/$200 GC $2499.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$150 GC $1599.99
- Sony KLV32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$250 GC $2999.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1615
- Dell 2200MP projector $765
- Epson (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, some HD IDs):
- Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2499
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- RCA HD61THW263 61-inch 16:9 integrated DLP projection DTV $6799
- ViewSonic VPW425 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2799
- Zenith C27V36 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $3499
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV $4299
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3399
- Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P 42-inch 16:9 integr. plasma DTV $2999
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2199
- Sharp LC32D6U 32-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3799
- Sharp LC37GD6 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $5499
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3699
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT-43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2299
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Panasonic TH37PD25UP 37-inch integr. 16:9 plasma DTV $2499
- Philips 26PF9969 [?] 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1699
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299
- Sony KDF-42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499
- Sony KDF-50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999
- Sony KE-32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Toshiba 42HP84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4299
- Toshiba 46H84 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399
- Toshiba 46HM84 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2599
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1799
- HP (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- HP PE4240N 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Philips 15PF9945 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $479.99
- Philips 17PF8946 17-inch widescreen LCD TV $599.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- Sharp LC-20B6U-S 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $799.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1199.99
- Toshiba 32AF44 32-inch direct-view CRT TV $449.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Toshiba SD-P7000 17-inch 16:9 LCD/DVD combo $799.99
- J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer):
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1699.99
- Philips 55PL9524 55-inch 16:9 LCoS projection TV $2499.99
- Sony KDF-60WF655 60-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU42PZ61 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV w/stand, speakers, & $200 GC $3799
- P.C. Richard & Son (am New York, disclaimer on one model):
- Panasonic TC20LA2 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $799.97
- ProView HV207 20-inch 4:3 LCD TV $695.97
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2388.97
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.97
- Sony KV27FS120 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $395.97
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1299.97
- P.C. Richard & Son (West Side Spirit, disclaimers on three models):
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1488.97
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $988.97
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499.97
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2388.97
- Sharp LC26GD4U 26-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $1999.97 AR
- Sony KDF60WF655 60-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $3299.97
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3995.97
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Mystery brand 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- Hitachi 50V500A 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2659.99
- Hitachi 60V500A 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3324.99
- Mitsubishi [WS55315] 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1709.99
- Mitsubishi WS65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2184.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2184.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2659.99
- Samsung HCP4741W 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2849.99
- Samsung HLP6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3609.99
- Samsung TXP3064W 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2374.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2849.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Sony KP-57WS520 57-inch 16:9 projection TV $1899.99
- Toshiba [46H84] 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1329.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1804.99
- Staples (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Sharp PG-B10S projector $699.99 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD IDs only):
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3149.96
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1979.96
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2249.96
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.95
- Sharp LC20S1US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $719.96
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.96
- Sylvania 6615LD 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $348.95
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-52325 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2797 BS
- Sony KF42WE610 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2197
BS - price "before savings"
- WinBook (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- WinBook 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV $999 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate

- DVD news:

- Again, CEA has not yet released to me any factory sales figures
since the 48th week of 2004.

- Cory Doctorow, in the January issue of Popular Science, asks, "What
features won't your next-generation DVD device have?" He answers, "It
won't have a button for making a backup copy of the DVD you just bought, or
for sending the movie to any portable video player. And if you put one of
these long-awaited new discs in your PC, you won't have the option to rip
it to your hard drive the way you do when you insert a CD":
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/computers/article/0,20967,1006968,00.html

- DVDs titled "Stop Snitching," aimed at witness intimidation, have
started to appear:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/national/16gangs.html?oref=login&th

- The Entertainment Technology Alliance seeks speaker proposals for its
conference June 28-30 in New York:
http://www.etaexpo.com/proposal.html

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- January 20-22, MPS Studios, Dallas, HD Expo VariCamp Workshop
http://www.hdexpo.net/workshops/varicampHome.html.
- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 14-16, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, PBS Technology Conference
https://secure.connect.pbs.org/conferences/technology/2005/.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.ieee.org.hk/
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. I'm
not sure when the next memo will come out or what I'll be able to put in
it. The one after that may be late, too. I hope to see many of you at
***The Technology Retreat***.

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U.S. taxpayers have until the end of the month to claim 2004 tax deductions
for contributions to tsunami relief:
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-quake-usa.html?oref=login
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/

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat***, January 26-28 (with a number of
earlier pre-retreat events), at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort,
Rancho Mirage, California -
- The main retreat is still sold out (kindly discard those plots
of kidnapping or worse), BUT it is still possible to register to attend one
of the half-day pre-retreat seminars tomorrow (Tuesday):
- The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) "Getting
PSIP Right":
http://www.atsc.org/psip.html
- Charles Poynton's "HDTV and Digital Cinema Camera
Technology":
http://www.poynton.com/notes/events/20050125_PSP_HPA.html
Both will be outstanding (and timely), and both start at 2 pm, so
there's time even for east-coasters (now that flights are taking off again)
to fly in and make it. And -- who knows? -- maybe someone will die and
there will be an opening to get into the main retreat.
- Speaking of the main retreat:
- It's possible there will be yet another presenter at the
compression session (I have no idea how we'll fit him in).
- Consultant John Hurst will be presenting an "Introduction
to Packaging for Digital Cinema" on Thursday afternoon.
- There are also two new breakfast roundtables on Friday
morning:
- System therapist (and HD production engineer
extraordinaire) C. R. Caillouet will moderate "Film-Style Shooting with
Varicam," and Fujinon's Chuck Lee will moderate "HD Lens Design/Production
Requirements."
This latest additions might not appear on the printed schedule, but
they're on the website schedule (along with all the latest on the demos --
which have now expanded into a second room):
http://www.hpaonline.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=304
Even at this late date, it is possible to add roundtables. If you're
registered, and you want one, find me.

- Voom - Pending regulatory approval, the only U.S. HD-centric
satellite service, was sold to EchoStar. The sale seems to have been for
EchoStar to get Voom's facilities and frequencies:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/21/business/media/21voom.html
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050120/205895_1.html

- Skinny picture tubes - There was a good piece in The New York Times
on the 125-degree deflection systems. It quotes Dave Arland of RCA as
saying, "In today's environment, a CRT television is the best all-around
product":
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/20/technology/circuits/20tube.html

- Consumer surveys -
- Several are shown in this story:
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?1003226
- According to Kagan Research, 3.7 million could get HD (by any
means) as of the end of 2004:
[url]http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20050124/bs_prweb/prweb20007
9_1[/url]
- Yet another Panasonic-sponsored survey, conducted by Penn
Schoen & Berland, found that 46 percent of women would throw a Super Bowl
or sports-related party if they had a plasma TV:
[url]http://www.hoovers.com/free/news/detail.xhtml?ArticleID=NR200501241680.2_aa
c2003e3dcc67c6[/url]
- Tom Barry's fourth-annual poll on the AV Science Forum of how
people get their (which had only 233 respondents this year vs. 405 last
year, albeit with a shorter response window) showed the following breakdown:
Primary HD source 2005 2004
- DirecTV set-top box 40% 44%
- EchoStar STB 6% 10%
- Voom STB 5% 2%
- other satellite STB 1% 1%
- cable STB 22% 15%
- off-air-only STB 15% 15%
- integrated off-air 3% 2%
- integrated cable 3% 1%
- computer card 5% 5%
- other 1% 4%
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=490078

- DirecTV's plan to offer local HD - EchoStar says the idea of using
Ka-band satellites for the purpose is a bad one due to rain-fade. The
complete story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA497246.html?display=Breaking+News

- Content protection - Broadcast Engineering's Beyond the Headlines
reports that the Marlin Joint Development Association includes Intertrust,
Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, and Sony. Although all devices meeting the
standard can interpret the rules, "Marlin JDA alone does not guarantee
across-the-board interoperability":
http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/bth/20050123/#ce

- Companies leaving the plasma business - The latest reported is
plasma pioneer Fujitsu:
[url]http://www.eet.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=SHHCXMUIOGCGCQSNDB
ESKHA?articleId=57702864[/url]

- Patent licenses -
- MPEG LA today announced a "revised DVB-T Patent Portfolio
License":
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050124/235014_1.html
- Warren Communications News reported Friday that Funai has
licensed Thomson's DTT patents. The story is no longer on the site:
http://www.warren-news.com/

- July 1 -
- This week I've listed 202 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 55 (27%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
- Sony Wega 36-inch TV @ Royal $549
- Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Empire $549
- Sony Wega 36FS10 36-inch TV @ Universal $519
- Toshiba 36E60 36-inch TV @ Royal $298
- Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
- Toshiba 36H50 36-inch TV @ Empire $259
- Zenith ZA46 46-inch projection TV @ Royal $397
- RCA 50929 50-inch projection TV @ Empire $399
- Toshiba 50A60 50-inch projection TV @ Royal $428
- Zenith ZA50 50-inch projection TV w/DVD player @ Universal $409
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Empire $499
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Royal $498
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Universal $519
- Sony 61S65 61-inch projection TV @ Empire $589
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $598
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV w/DVD player @ Universal $624
- Toshiba 61H60 61-inch projection TV @ Royal $618
- Sony 65S65 65-inch projection TV @ Royal $849
- Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Empire $749
- Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $769
- Toshiba 65H65 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $689
- Toshiba 65HS50 65-inch projection TV @ Empire $649
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- RCA 25-inch TV @ Royal $98
- ESA ET427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $159.99
- Sansui TVS273 27-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $229.99
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Empire $142
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Royal $144
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $159
- Toshiba 27H10 27-inch TV @ Empire $129
- Toshiba 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139
- Toshiba 27H50 27-inch TV @ Royal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
- "Famous Maker" 13-inch TV @ Royal $58
- Mystery-brand 13-inch TV/DVD combo @ Pep Boys $139
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
- "Famous Maker" 19-inch TV @ Royal $78
- Memorex MT1194 19-inch TV @ Sears $99.99
- ESA EF420E 20-inch TV @ Circuit City $119.99
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $79.99
- "Famous Maker" VCR @ Universal $29.99
- Mystery brand DV6T955B DVD/VCR combo @ CompUSA $79.99
- Sylvania DVC845E DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $74.99
- Sylvania SRD4900 DVD/VCR combo @ Sears $79.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City $159.99
- LiteOn LVW5007 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Sears $169.99
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $99.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:
- Mystery brand 516R 5-inch TV/AM/FM combo @ Best Buy $12.99
- Sony D-NF400 AM/FM/TV/weather CD portable @ J&R $64.99

- May 1 -
- Neither the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nor the
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) updated their lists this week.
- According to Doug Lung's RF Report in TV Technology, there were
654 licensed U.S. DTT stations in the FCC's CDBS database as of January 16"
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=723

- FCC head Michael Powell announced his resignation Friday:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256206A1.pdf
He will be leaving in March, but the commission could vote on
mandatory cable carriage of DTT multicasts (which Powell opposes) as early
as February 10, before he leaves:
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=7140
Powell has been claiming credit for strange things:
- "If [consumers] take the battery out of their cell phone and look on
the back, and there's an FCC stamp," he says, "they'll know that's me, too."
[url]http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20050124/bs_usatoday/visi
onaryfordigitalshiftorambitiousderegulator[/url]
- On the FCC web site, he is given credit for increasing the number of
U.S. DTT stations from 75 in 2001 to 1445 now:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256206A2.pdf
That suggests the 1997 FCC schedule requiring all commercial stations
to transmit DTT by May 1, 2002 and even non-commercial stations by May 1,
2003 had nothing to do with the increase. The site also lists digital sets
sold during his tenure, based on the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
figures, most of which reflect TVs with no digital-reception capability,
and, therefore, having nothing to do with any FCC rules, regulations, or
policies.
The Reed Business publications Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel
News both reported today that FCC Media Bureau chief Kenneth Ferree will
also be leaving in March. He reportedly supports the mandatory multicast
carriage. The full story requires a paid subscription:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA498602.html?display=Breaking+News

- The NAB will be running a "model" "DTV" station during its convention in
Las Vegas April 16-19:
http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/hd_tech/20050119/#model
I've seen some of the plans. It's not clear to me whether it will
have any DTT transmissions.

- International H/DTV news:

- The European Information & Communications Technology Industry
Association has announced a standard for HD Ready labeling of TVs, plasma
screens and other HD displays:
- Minimum native display resolution is 720 lines in wide mode.
- Analog Y/Pb/Pr AND DVI or HDMI HD inputs are required.
- Those inputs must accept 1280 x 720 at 50p and 60p and 1920 x
1080 at 50i and 60i.
- The DVI or HDMI input must support HDCP content protection.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds18570.html

- The largest single component of the six or seven billion pounds that
the DTT switchover in the UK is expected to cost over the next 20 years,
according to Enders Analysis, is 3.5 billion pounds in increased electric
bills due to set-top boxes:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050121/175/faso7.html

- For three euros, Italians can buy a card from retailers all over the
country allowing them to watch a DTT football match:
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/f8ab0086-68f5-11d9-9183-00000e2511c8.html

- The listing of Australia widescreen TVs updated January 17 shows 135
models from 15 brands, starting at A$699 (US$538). Of those, 69 from 11
brands are HDTV (though not necessarily matching the new European
definition), starting at A$1599 (US$1230). There are 11 models with
integrated DTT reception circuitry from four brands, starting at A$2248
(US$1730). There is exactly one DTT HD model; it costs A$8999 (US$6924):
http://www.widescreentv.info/products.html
There are 59 DTT set-top boxes from 25 brands, starting at A$149
(US$115). Of those, 13 from 11 brands are HD, starting at A$499 (US$384):
http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18

- The New York Times "Circuits" section on Thursday had an article on the
techno-political issues associated with Blu-ray, HD DVD, and DivX:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/20/technology/circuits/20blue.html

- CEA has not yet sent me any factory sales figures for any period since
the 48th week of 2004.

- Ads for set-top DTT receivers: I am aware of only a DirecTV model at
Best Buy and an LG at Value Electronics.

- Ad confusions - Again, J&R referred to the HP PE4240N plasma TV as an
"EDTV monitor" but also "HD-ready." There seems to be some confusion at
Ken Crane's about which LG models are integrated. When I checked on one of
the model numbers, I found a web site (Teletime) that said a model was a
"monitor" even though it had both ATSC and NTSC "tuners." Sears noted that
the Sony KE42M1 has the "all-in-one convenience of a built-in tuner;" the
tuner happens to be NTSC.

- The ads - Fry's has a $300 premium for digital cable readiness in the
Mitsubishi WD-52525 over the WD-52327.
- Best Buy (HD disclaimers only):
- Advent HT2751A 27-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $399.99
- DirecTV H10S ATSC/DirecTV receiver/decoder $299.99
- GE D52GW12 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $999.99
- Maxent MX-42VM10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1709.99
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2849.99
- Mitsubishi WD-62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3799.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV w/$200 GC $1709.99
- Mitsubishi WS-65315 65-inch 16:9 projection TV $2184.99
- Philips 15PF8946 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $521.99
- Philips 30PF9946D/37 30-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1899.99
- Philips 30PW8402 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $759.99
- Philips 42PF9966 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4274.99
- Philips 50PF9956 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5699.99
- Samsung HL-P4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2374.99
- Samsung HL-P5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2659.99
- Samsung HLP5085W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3514.99
- Samsung LTN406W 40-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $3799.99
- Samsung LT-P227W 22-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1234.99
- Samsung LT-P326W 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2864.99
- Samsung LT-P1545 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $519.99
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2549.99
- Samsung TX-P3071WH 30-inch 16:9 integrated CRT DTV $949.99
- Sharp LC20B6US 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $1044.99
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4749.99
- Sony KDE37XS955 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4274.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $3894.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1614.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $949.99
- Toshiba 52HM84 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2849.99
- Zenith E44W46LCD 44-inch widescreen LCD projection TV $1799.99
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2184.99
- Circuit City (HD identifications only):
- Akai PT4299HD 42-inch 16:9 projection TV $847.99
- ESA PDP4294LV 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899.99
- Hitachi 42HDT51 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99
- Hitachi 50VS810 50-inch 16:9 integrated LCD projection DTV $3399.99
- Hitachi 51F510 51-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599.99
- LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3199.99
- Magnavox 17MF200V 20-inch widescreen LCD TV $449.99
- Mystery brand 27-inch LCD TV $999.99
- Panasonic PT43LC14 43-inch LCD projection TV $2099.99
- Panasonic TC17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $759.99
- Panasonic TC22LH30 22-inch 16:9 LCD TV $1499.99
- Panasonic TC32LX20 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2699.99
- Panasonic TH37PD25U 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2299.99
- Panasonic TH42PX25U 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4999.99
- Philips 27PT8302 27-inch 4:3 CRT direct-view TV $469.99 AR
- RCA D52W20 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2299.99
- Samsung LTP266W 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1799.99
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Sharp LC13B6US 13-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $499.99
- Sharp LC20S1UB 20-inch 4:3 LCD direct-view TV $854.99
- Sharp LC26GA5U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1599.99 AR
- Sharp LC37GD4U 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $4999.99
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2699.99
- Sony KDF55WF655 55-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KDF60XS955 60-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $3699.99
- Sony KDF70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $6999.99
- Sony KDL32XBR950 32-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $5499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3199.99
- Sony KLV21SG2 21-inch widescreen LCD TV $1399.99
- Sony KLV23M1 23-inch direct-view LCD TV $1499.99
- Sony KLV26HG2 26-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2099.99
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1399.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599.99
- Sony KV30HS420 30-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $899.99
- Sony KV34HS420 34-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $1499.99
- Sony KV36HS420 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $1399.99
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- CompUSA (appropriate disclaimers):
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2969.99 TV
- Samsung HLP4663WX/XAA 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2249.99 TV
- Samsung LTP326WX 32-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $2699.99 TV
- Sharp LC26GA4U 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1799.99 AR TV
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2249.99 TV
- Sony KLV-23M1 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1439.99 TV
- Sony KLV-32M1 32-inch widescreen LCD TV $2699.99 TV
- Syntax Olevia LT27HV 27-inch widescreen LCD TV $899.99 AR TV
AR - price after mail-in rebate
TV - price includes TiVo PVR
- Dell (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Dell 42-inch widescreen integrated plasma DTV $3499
- Dell (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Dell 2300MP projector $1199
- Dell W2600 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- Dell W3000 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $1999
- Empire Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Samsung 5225N [?] 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $1099
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
- Sony KF50[W]E610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2299
- Epson (New York Times, no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson 47-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $2699 AR
- Epson 57-inch integrated projection DTV/printer w/CD-R/RW $3199 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
- Fry's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- "Major Name Brand" 52-inch 16:9 projection TV $999
- Mitsubishi WD-52327 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2699
- Mitsubishi WD-52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2999
- Mitsubishi WS-55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1499
- Samsung SP-P4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2697
- Good Guys (Los Angeles Times, appropriate disclaimers):
- HP LC3040N 30-inch widescreen LCD TV $2499
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $2999
- Mitsubishi LT3040 30-inch 16:9 LCD TV w/stand & $200 GC $2999
- Mitsubishi WD 52525 52-inch 16:9 integr. proj. DTV w/$200 GC $3199
- Mitsubishi WD 62825 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV/PVR $5499
- Mitsubishi WS65713 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7999
- Samsung HLP4674 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $3199
- Sharp LC37G4U 37-inch widescreen LCD direct-view TV $4999
- Sony KDE55XBR950 55-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $12,999
- Sony KE42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499
- Zenith P42W46X 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1999
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Great Indoors (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Samsung HLP4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- Samsung HLP6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3799
- Howard's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic PT47WX34 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $1199
- Panasonic TH37PD25UP 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499
- Philips 42PF9936 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2399
- Sony KDF42WE655 42-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2499
- Sony KE32TS2 32-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- Toshiba 51H84 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1599
- HP (no disclaimer):
- HP pl4245n 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3999.99
- J&R (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Samsung DVD-L1200 12-inch widescreen DVD/LCD combo $729.99
- Samsung HP-P4261 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3699.99
- Sony KDF-60WF655 60-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Sony KV32HS420 32-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- J&R (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- Akai LCT2660 26-inch widescreen LCD TV w/$100 GC $999.99
- Akai PDV42S10 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799.99
- GoVideo T1530 15-inch 4:3 direct-view LCD TV $329.99
- HP PE4240N 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Humax L3040 30-inch 5:3 LCD TV w/wall mount $1499.99
- JVC LT-23X475 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1199.99
- JVC PD-42WX84 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2999.99
- Panasonic PT-50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$100 GC $2499.99
- Panasonic TC-17LA2 17-inch 4:3 LCD TV $699.99
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV
- Philips 15PF9945 15-inch 4:3 LCD TV $449.99
- Philips 42PF9996 42-inch 16:9 LCD TV w/$100 GC $5999.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2399.99
- Samsung HL-P6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$100 GC $3299.99
- Sony KDE-50XBR950 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- Sony KDF-60WF655 60-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2999.99
- Toshiba 30HF84 30-inch 16:9 direct-view flat CRT TV $679.99
- Toshiba 57H84 57-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1599.99
- Toshiba 62HM84 62-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV w/$100 GC $2999.99
- Westinghouse W32001 20-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV $549.99
- Westinghouse W33001 30-inch 16:9 direct-view LCD TV w/$100 GC $1499.99
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- J&R (Village Voice, no disclaimer necessary):
- Sony KDE-42XBR950 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5999.99
- Sony KDF-70XBR950 70-inch 16:9 integr. LCD proj. DTV $5999.99
- Sony KDL-32XBR950 32-inch wide integr. LCD DTV $4499.99
- Sony KV-36FS120 36-inch 4:3 direct-view CRT TV $799.99
- Ken Crane's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch integrated direct-view LCD DTV $5998
- LG DU-42PX12 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3498
- LG DU-50PY10 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6498
- LG RU-17LZ22 17-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $798
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2498
- LG RU44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 projection TV $2498
- LG RU52SZ61 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2798
- Leigh Adams (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Mitsubishi WD-52325 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2799
- Mitsubishi WD-52725 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV
- Mitsubishi WS-55313 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699
- OfficeMax (no disclaimer necessary):
- Epson PowerLite S1+ projector w/$100 GC $899.99 AR
- Olympus VP-1 projector $1899.99 AR
AR - price after mail-in rebate
GC - price includes gift card of the amount shown
- Paul's (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P 37-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $2494 ELN
ELN - price "even less now"
- Royal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Mystery brand 42-inch widescreen flat-panel TV $1799
- Sears (Minneapolis Star Tribune, no disclaimer):
- JVC HD52Z575 52-inch widescreen D-ILA projection TV $3299.99
- Mitsubishi WS55315 55-inch 16:9 projection TV $1799.99
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2799.99
- Samsung HL[P]4663W 46-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2699.99
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999.99
- Samsung SPP4231 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499.99
- Sony KE42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3499.99
- Sony KP51WS520 51-inch 16:9 projection TV $1699.99
- Soho Electric (NY Press, disclaimer on one model):
- Hitachi CMP-4202 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2199
- Hitachi CMP-5202 [?] 50-inch plasma TV $4699
- LG MU-42PM11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1899.99
- Panasonic TH-42PW6 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2099
- Panasonic TH-42PWD7 [?] 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299.99
- Panasonic TH-50PWD7 [?] 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV $4899.99
- Pioneer PDP-503CMX 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $4299
- Samsung PPM-42S3 [?] 42-inch plasma TV $2499.99
- Sony KDE-50XS955 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $5899.99
- Sony KF-42WE655 [?] 42-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2099
- Sony KF-50WE655 [?] 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2599.99
- Sony KF-60WE655 [?] 60-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $3199.99
- Sony KLV-26HR1 26-inch direct-view LCD TV $1699.99
- Sony PFM-42M1 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2299
- SVA HD4280UII-PDP 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1799
- Star Club (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- JVC 52-inch D-ILA projection TV
- JVC 61-inch D-ILA projection TV
- Mystery brand 42-inch plasma TV $1799
- Panasonic 42-inch plasma TV $2499
- Panasonic TH65PHD7UBY 65-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- Pioneer 50-inch plasma TV [url]$6299
- Pioneer 61-inch 16:9 plasma TV [url]$9999
- Sharp 45-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Sony 32-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Sony 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- Sony 60-inch widescreen LCD TV [url]$3399
- Toshiba 23-inch widescreen LCD TV
- Toshiba 46-inch widescreen DLP projection TV
- Toshiba 52-inch widescreen DLP projection TV
- Toshiba 62-inch widescreen DLP projection TV
- Ultimate Electronics (Minneapolis Star Tribune, HD disclaimer only):
- Magnavox 42MF7000 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $1998.95
- Mitsubishi WD52525 52-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3199.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WD62525 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3999.95 BS
- Mitsubishi WD62725 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $4199.95
- Mitsubishi WS55515 55-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $1799.95
- Mitsubishi WS65515 65-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $2199.95
- Mitsubishi WT42315 42-inch 16:9 CRT projection TV $1349.95
- Panasonic PT47X54 47-inch 16:9 projection TV $998.95
- Panasonic PT50DL54 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2969.96
- Panasonic PT50LC14 50-inch LCD projection TV $2519.96
- Panasonic TH37PD25 37-inch integrated 16:9 plasma DTV $2499.95
- Pioneer PRO1120HD 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $7199.96
- Samsung HLP5063W 50-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2519.96
- Samsung HLP5674W 56-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3419.96
- Samsung HLP6163W 61-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $3329.96
- Samsung SPP4251 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2699.95
- Sony KDF50WE655 50-inch wide integr. LCD proj. DTV $2699.96
- Sony KP46WT520 46-inch 16:9 projection TV $1349.96
BS - price "before savings"
- Universal Computers & Electronics (am New York, no disclaimer):
- Dell 26-inch flat-panel TV $1229
- Panasonic 37-inch plasma TV $1699
- Sony 42-inch flat-panel TV $1999
- Value Electronics (New York Times, no disclaimer):
- LG DU-30LZ30 30-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2799
- LG DU-37LZ30 37-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $3999
- LG KU17WDVD 17-inch widescreen LCD TV w/DVD player $899
- LG LST-4200A ATSC receiver/decoder $279
- LG RU-23LZ21 23-inch widescreen LCD TV $1499
- LG RU-42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2499
- LG RU-44SZ61D 44-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2499
- LG RU-50PZ61 60-inch 16:9 plasma TV $5999
- LG RU-52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2999
- LG RU-60PZ61 60-inch 16:9 plasma TV $11,999
- Video & Audio Center (Los Angeles Times, no disclaimer):
- Fujitsu P55XHA30US 55-inch 16:9 plasma TV $8997
- LG DU30LZ30 30-inch widescreen integrated LCD DTV $2797.97 BS
- LG DU42PX12X 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $3497.97 BS
- LG DU42PY10 42-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- LG DU50PY10 50-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV $6497.97 BS
- LG DU60PY10 60-inch 16:9 integrated plasma DTV
- LG RM26LZ30 26-inch widescreen LCD TV $1697.97 BS
- LG RU23LZ21 23-inch widescreen direct-view LCD TV $1497.97 BS
- LG RU42PX11 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $2497.97 BS
- LG RU44SZ80L 44-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2297.97 BS
- LG RU50PZ61 50-inch 16:9 plasma TV
- LG RU52SZ61D 52-inch 16:9 DLP projection TV $2797.97 BS
- LG RU60PZ61 60-inch 16:9 plasma TV $11,997.97 BS
- Mitsubishi WD-62327 62-inch 16:9 integrated projection DTV $3797 BS
- Sony KE-42TS2 42-inch 16:9 plasma TV $3497
- Sony KF50WE610 50-inch 16:9 LCD projection TV $2587
BS - price "before savings"

- Tech-Notes number 128 has come out:
http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_128.pdf

- Intelsat's IS-804 satellite failed on January 14, isolating some Pacific
islands:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=716

- Upcoming Dates (DTV and non-DTV):

- January 25, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California,
NABA Technical Committee meeting
http://www.nabanet.com/calendar/default.asp?action=view&EventId=379.
- ***January 26-28, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, California, ***The
Technology Retreat*** http://www.hpaonline.com.
- January 28, Wokefield Park, England, International Association of
Broadcasting Manufacturers conference
http://www.theiabm.org/index.cfm?RecordID=80.
- January 30-February 2, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, SMPTE Advanced
Motion Imaging Conference and VidTrans
http://www.smpte.org/conferences/vidsm.cfm.
- February 17-19, Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, CEA
Summit http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WS05.
- February 21-22, New York and London, Collaborative Conferencing
Summit http://sites.securemc.com/folder4073/.
- February 25, 1750 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., ATSC Forum
http://www.atsc.org/technicalmeetings.html.
- March 7-11, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas, CEA Winter Technology
& Standards Forum
http://www.ce.org/events/event_info/default.asp?eventID=WTS05.
- March 23, KQED, San Francisco, VSB seminar
http://www.lns.com/sbe/archive/sbenov04.html.
- March 28-31, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, SURA/VIDe
2005 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2005/.
- April 3-5, Moscone Center, San Francisco, NCTA: The National Show
http://www.thenationalshow.com/ncta2005/ncta2005/public/enter.aspx.
- April 14-16, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, PBS Technology Conference
https://secure.connect.pbs.org/conferences/technology/2005/.
- April 16-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB 2005
http://www.nabshow.com/default.asp.
- May 22-27, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, SID International
Symposium 2005 http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- May 28-31, CCIB, Barcelona, 118th AES Convention
http://www.aes.org/events/118/.
- May 30-June 3, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary,
SAIT/WABE Broadcast Training Seminar wayne.watson@sait.ca
http://www.wabe.ca/.
- June 4-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, Infocomm 2005
http://www.sid.org/conf/sid2005/sid2005.html.
- June 14-16, Macau, IEEE International Symposium on Consumer
Electronics http://www.ieee.org.hk/
- June 28-30, Javits Convention Center, New York, Entertainment
Technology Alliance Summit http://www.etaexpo.com/register.html.
* - new or revised listing

TTFN,
Mark

PS Permission is granted to forward this or any other Monday Memo. Next
week's memo might be both late and thin; I'll be busy at ***The Technology
Retreat***, and I won't have access to all my usual ad sources.

Have a question about the memo? Before contacting me, please try the FAQs
and glossary in the second postscript to the January 10 memo:
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/mondaymemo/mlist/frm02163.html

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http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html
http://www.directrelief.org/index.html
http://www.hopeww.org/
http://www.mercycorps.org/splash/

- Follow-ups:

- ***The Technology Retreat*** -
- Carolyn Giardina has a front-page story on the broadcast part
of it in the February 4 Shoot:
http://www.shootonline.biz/pubs/2005/jan/shoot_024_e.dition_lite.asp
- I neglected to mention that Sinclair's Mark Aitken raised the
issue of DTT stations charging for cable and satellite retransmission.
Sinclair's (and others') actions in that area led to a slew of stories on
viewers losing the Super Bowl in HD because it wouldn't be carried on cable
or satellite. You may draw your own conclusions about what that says about
media awareness of over-the-air DTT:
http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/04/commentary/column_sportsbiz/sportsbiz/
Sinclair eventually reached an agreement with Comcast:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050204/phf025_1.html
There were also other agreements:
http://www.eyewitnessnewstv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2903724&nav=F2DOW09D
Broadcasting & Cable's story on the subject can be read without need
of a subscription:
[url]http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA501628.html?display=Features&ref
erral=SUPP[/url]

- Companies leaving flat-panel display businesses - After giving up on
plasma, Fujitsu also appears to be giving up on LCD:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/08/technology/08flat.html

- The magic 85% - Although many people seem to be rushing to find ways
for the DTT-programming penetration figure in the Balanced Budget Act of
1997 to be met, today FCC Media Bureau chief Ken Ferree sent a letter
denying KJLA the right to shut down its analog operation early to save
money. Among the reasons for the denial were these fascinating sentences:
"You submit documentation from Nielsen research that purports to show
that 0.25% of the station's analog viewers receive the station via
over-the-air viewing. While you did not supply the exact number of station
viewers, we find that in a market the size of Los Angeles, the loss of
analog over-the-air service to even 0.25% of a station's audience could
result in the disenfranchisement of a significant number of persons."
0.25% is a lot less than 15%:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-343A1.pdf

- July 1 -
- My travels are making my ad gathering sporadic. It probably
won't be normal again until March (but, if you want to stop by the Kennedy
Center Opera House this week to see a TV truck newly changed from SD to HD,
come on over).
- This week I've listed 111 advertised TVs 36-inch or larger. Of
those, 28 (25%) have integrated DTT-reception capability.
- See also the ads section for inexpensive non-integrated sets
that are HD and/or widescreen.
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2004:
- Sony Wega 36FS10 @ Universal $519
- Sony 36S45 36-inch TV @ Universal $319
- Toshiba 36H45 36-inch TV @ Universal $279
- Zenith ZA50 50-inch projection TV @ $409 DV
- Sony 53S65 53-inch projection TV @ Universal $519
- Sony 61S75 61-inch projection TV @ Universal $624 DV
- Sony 65S75 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $769
- Toshiba 65H65 65-inch projection TV @ Universal $689
DV - price includes DVD player
- TV sets that would require DTT-reception circuitry starting 2005:
- Aventura AT427E 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $149.99
- JVC AV27D305 27-inch TV @ Circuit City $229.99
- Sharp 27C241 27-inch TV @ Best Buy $189.99
- Sony 27S45 27-inch TV @ Universal $159
- Toshiba 27H45 27-inch TV @ Universal $139
- Devices that would require DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- "Famous Brand" 13-inch TV @ Universal $49
- Magnavox 13MT143S 13-inch TV @ Circuit City $69.99
- Advent Q1435A 14-inch flat-screen TV @ Best Buy $99.99
- "Famous Brand" 19-inch TV @ Universal $65
- ESA EF420E 20-inch flat-screen TV @ Circuit City $119.99
- ESA E4000 DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City $74.99
- "Famous Maker" VCR @ Universal $29.98
- Samsung DVD-V4600C DVD/VCR combo @ Best Buy $99.99
- Samsung DVDV4600C DVD/VCR combo @ Circuit City w/$20 GC $99.99
- Centrios EDW8020 DVD recorder @ Circuit City w/$20 GC $159.99
- Philips DVDR615 DVD+R/RW recorder @ Best Buy $229.99
GC - price includes gift card of amount shown
- Devices that would require dual DTT-reception circuitry in 2007:
- ESA EC313E 13-inch TV/VCR combo @ Circuit City $99.99
- Devices not covered by the mandate but using analog TV broadcasts:

- May 1 -
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has updated its
lists as of February 3. 1677 stations have been granted a DTT construction
permit or license, and 1488 of those are said to be transmitting some power
of DTT for some period:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvsum.html
- There has been no change in the 40 top-10 market stations
due on the air on May 1, 1999; 38 are fully licensed and two are said to be
still operating on temporary authorization:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat.html
- There has similarly been no change in the 79 market 11-30
stations due to be on the air November 1, 1999; 72 are fully licensed, and
seven are operating on temporary authorizations:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvstat11.html
- This chart covers the basics: