Items tagged with DTV

Mobile TV is still a growing technology in the U.S. People haven't had time to decide whether or not they're interested, and it's still available in just a few select markets. But to say it's going away anytime soon would probably be taking things too far. FLO TV, by Qualcomm, is pushing itself as the go-to mobile TV technology, and if the Super Bowl commercials didn't convince you, maybe the new innovations will.Announced this week at NAB 2010, Qualcomm stated that they are "working to enhance its mobile TV service with new applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools." It's no surprise to hear of these changes; more and more users are watching content through... Read more...
If you're interested in turning your computer into a HDTV and DVR, then Elgato's new EyeTV One may be something you're interested in. This digital TV tuner connects to your TV antenna and delivers over-the-air TV broadcasts to your Mac or PC. Best of all, since these over-the-air broadcasts are free and offer excellent quality, you could finally nix the cable company's monthly bill for digital TV services once and for all (that is, assuming you're happy with the number of stations available over the air). For Mac users, EyeTV One comes with EyeTV 3 software that lets you watch, rewind, fast forward, and pause live TV. With this software, you can also access a Program Guide, record TV, edit out... Read more...
Mobile DTV quietly became a reality in the United States earlier this year, and now LG Electronics is hoping to be one of the first company's to market with equipment to take advantage of the broadcasting protocol. As the new year kicks off, LG is introducing the planet's first "portable, battery-operated mobile DTV in the United States," which is designed to receive new rugged over-the-air signals being transmitted by local broadcasters. In case you're unaware, this new Mobile DTV protocol works a lot like mobile broadcasting signals in other nations, where--like in South Korea and Japan--they've been widely available and in use for years. Local TV stations already broadcast their signals as... Read more...
It was certified without making too much fuss (maybe because Americans don't really seem that fond of watching TV on the go?), but at any rate, the ATSC gave the green light to the Mobile DTV standard just a few months ago. The result? A new protocol for companies to jump on, and in the end, we should be looking at a range of channels that can be distributed over the air at high speeds for broadcasting content that's typically watched on full-size TVs to mobile devices.Now, Concept Enterprises is showcasing what looks to be the first-ever Mobile DTV box made specifically for automotive installations, which would bring Mobile DTV signals to a car. It's designed to connected to any built-in or... Read more...
The day so many had hoped to put off forever is almost here: June 12. That's the day when all broadcast channels must transition to digital broadcasting and millions of viewers across the nation will end up without TV service. The horror!While most people — anyone with cable or satellite television, for example — won't be affected, there are an awful lot of people out there who rely on the free broadcast signal that floats through the airwaves for their television service. It's estimated that fully 2.8 million people who get the basic broadcast channels now simply using rabbit ears or an old-fashioned antenna on their roof will lose that signal come Friday. That's 2.5 percent of Americans with... Read more...
Later this summer, customers in the greater Washington, D.C. area will be able to take advantage of free digital TV broadcasts designed for viewing on mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers, and in-car entertainment systems. Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metro area will become the first U.S. metro region to receive the free ATSC-M/H mobile TV broadcasts. ATSC-M/H is a version of the current ATSC digital television standard that will allow for mobile-formatted digital TV broadcasts to be made in parallel with existing DTV transmissions. Initially, the broadcasts will be identical to those beamed to TV sets, including advertising. Special receivers are needed to receive the new... Read more...
This whole digital TV transition has turned into an abject disaster (to put it nicely), but for those of you still holding out for a government voucher before buying a converter box, there's good news to share. After the National Telecommunications and Information Administration ran out of its $1.34 billion late last year and began putting coupon requestors on a waiting list early in 2009, panic began to set in. Procrastinators were (naturally) putting their requests in at the last possible moment, which arguably led to the decision to postpone the mandatory DTV switch from Febuary 17th to June 12th. Of course, some stations have already killed their analog signals while broadcasting solely in... Read more...
Like it or not, the deed has been done. The digital TV transition in America has officially been put on hold until June 12, 2009, but sadly, things still aren't cut and dry. After the new date was proposed, then rejected, then finally pushed through, a provision was included that would allow broadcast stations to still switch off their analog signal in favor of a digital one on the originally planned cutover date of February 17, 2009. As it stands, the four major over-the-air networks -- FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS -- have announced their intentions to hold off on killing analog signals until the new June date. By doing so, they will hopefully help to avoid a completely confusing order of events which... Read more...
Well, you can't say you saw this coming, can you? After the United States Senate approved a four month delay for the digital TV transition that would have effectively moved the cutover date from February 17th to June 12th, the House of Representatives stopped the whole show.In a shocking decision, the House voted 258 to 168 in favor of the bill, but under the special rules for this vote that required a full two-thirds majority to pass, it didn't quite make it. If it had received the appropriate amount of yeas, the switch -- which will see all local broadcast stations shut their analog signals off in favor of digital waves -- would have been postponed after years of advertising the once-again-current... Read more...
Months of "the sky is falling!" news stories have all led up to this: the Senate today voted unanimously to postpone the transition from analog to digital television from Feb. 17 to June 12.Apparently, according to the Nielsen Co., more than 6.5 million households in the U.S. that rely on analog television - the old-fashioned kind that comes through an antenna, rather than a digital cable box - would be unprepared for the changeover and would lose all television reception if the date were not to be pushed back.The House of Representatives still has to vote on the bill, where a committee vote has been scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday).The need to push the transition back a few months became apparent... Read more...
On Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama's transition team asked Congress to delay the shut-off of analog TV broadcasts, which is currently scheduled for February 17. According to Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, postponing this shut off could confuse consumers. There’s also concern that consumers won’t take the new deadline seriously if the date is moved. The request for a delay comes shortly after the FCC ran out of $40 coupons that help to make the converter boxes more affordable. These converter boxes will make it possible for older TVs to receive digital broadcasts after the transition. During an interview at CES, Martin said it’s important to get the converter... Read more...
It use to be that the big buzz word going around the industry was convergence.  In the multimedia living room of tomorrow, a melding of the capabilities of various entertainment center components, along with the computer functionalities, is the end goal that will culminate into a more intelligent, connected entertainment center.  Or at least it seems to be.  Granted, the HTPC (Home Theater PC) has come a long way at making that goal a reality but you'd have to agree we're not there quite yet.  Interestingly, in a reverse merger sort of fashion, Boulder CO company Silicon Mountain (mountain of silicon perhaps?) steps out today with the first fully integrated HDTV PC product. ... Read more...
How would you like to be the unofficial spokesperson for the U.S. transition to digital television (DTV) and win a home entertainment system in the process? All you need is a video camera and a YouTube account. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)--sponsor of the yearly consumer electronics circus, CES, in Las Vegas--is promoting a contest for user-submitted videos "that educates the public on how to prepare friends and family for the digital television (DTV) transition." The contest kicked off a few days ago on YouTube with a call-to-arms video featuring the country music group, Whiskey Falls. User submitted videos to the contest must be less than three minutes in length and in English.... Read more...
In May, the FCC announced that Wilmington, North Carolina had volunteered  to be the victims, er, first community to switch completely over to digital TV.  Although there were concerns that Tropical Storm Hanna would cause a postponement of the switch, the FCC announced on Sunday that the experiment would still go live on Monday, Sept. 8th.About 15% of Americans still get their TV over-the-air, via antennas, and when the switch to DTV takes place, many of them will require converter boxes.  Coupons to subsidize the cost of these boxes are available, with a value of $40.  Each household can get 2 of these coupons.In a press release, the FCC said: The early digital switch in... Read more...
AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac®ATI TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB for Mac offers both analog and HDTV broadcast receptionSUNNYVALE, Calif. -- November 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the new ATI TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB for Mac® – a new HDTV experience for Mac users. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as analog television programming. This new TV tuner solution joins AMD’s six TV Wonder™ offerings for the PC platform.AMD is also powering the new 20 and 24-inch iMac® models with the amazing graphics power of ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 XT, including 128MB of GDDR3 video memory,... Read more...
It's big. Really big. At 110 inches (279.4 cm), Japan Victor Corporation's (JVC) HD-110MH80 takes the crown as the world's largest high definition TV set. Everything about it is big: it is 3 feet deep, weighs 728 pounds, and will cost about $53,000 (USD). The HD-110MH80 offers 1920x1080 resolution, 1080p images, and 5000:1 contrast ratio. This behemoth goes on sale in July, but deliveries will start in October. Although impressive, it would be a major pain to move one of these things to another room, let alone to another home. However, it is probably safe to assume that whoever can afford this set will probably just pay people to move it for them anyway.... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  Marco here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, image quality, and overall performance of Autumnwave's OnAir USB HDTV Creator. Unlike most other analog / digital TV tuners for the PC, this device is able to receive digital HD signals over a cable connection and not just over the air with a clunky antenna. Click the link below and check it out...Read The Article Right Here!... Read more...
When you work with computer hardware virtually everyday for years on end, it's easy to become desensitized as to how much technology really has changed.  Take my history here at Hothardware.com as an example.  It was October of 2000 when I submitted my first article and since that day, my artilce tally has reach triple digit status.  Back then, Intel was getting ready for a November release of their  Pentium 4 , ATI rolled out their first Radeon , and NVIDIA was pushing the GeForce 2 .  Microsoft's Windows ME and 2000 were the Operating Systems of the day and when it came to TV on the PC, choices were limited... Read more...
Looking for the best HDTVs out there this holiday season?  Wired has your 411 from 32 inches to the mondo 62" DLP sets from Toshiba. "Everything-in-a-box systems don't usually inspire superlatives, but Sony's unprecedented TV-home theater combo is a real showstopper. When closed, the TAV-L1 plays audio through a superstylish flat-panel speaker. When you're ready for video, press a button and the motorized speaker elegantly drops down to reveal a 32-inch flat-panel screen." Only 32 inches?  Naahh...  I'd say go with a 52" set.  What's another 20" between friends?... Read more...
Those of you who are thinking about adding an DTV tuner to your rigs will be interested in this review at HTPC News.  They evaluate the VBox Cat's Eye DTA-150 HDTV tuner and ended up linking it very much.  It's kind of a simple looking card, but it got the job done. "DTV is absolutely amazing the first time you lay eyes on it. In fact, it is shocking how much better it will look over standard definition broadcasts. Of course nothing in life is a cakewalk. Poor signal reception, driver problems and hardware compatibility can hamper the effort for broadcast HDTV nirvana. That, of course, always leads to a grumpy significant... Read more...
If you're on the hunt for a high-end(but quiet) video card, make sure not to look past ASUS's 7800GT Top Silent card. We've had a chance to inspect ASUS's unique silent cooler design before, and it is quite impressive. Does the cooling performance carry over to a more powerful card like a 7800GT though? "Today we are going to introduce to you a graphics card from ASUS based on Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT and equipped with their own patented passive cooling system aka SilentCool. Let's try to find out if they managed to create a truly high-end and silent graphics solution."  ... Read more...
When LCD screens were first introduced they were plagued by many problems, but they also had some advantages over CRT monitors. LCD's were lighter, thinner, and used less power.  And so they caught on and the technology incrementally improved. Early generations were limited to lower resolutions, tight viewing angles, really slow response times, and they carried a hefty price tag. The screen size was also limited because of the early production technology. The main market for them at that point was laptop screens, as the LCD technology offered exactly what was needed in that space. Later on they were introduced as Desktop PC displays, but they still suffered from the same problems and slow... Read more...
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