Westinghouse will be debuting the first integrated wireless HDTV next week at CES 2008. The Westinghouse Digital Wireless HDMI HDTV will be released in the second quarter of 2008, first marketed to the digital signage market, and features Pulse Link’s integrated CWave UWB Wireless HDMI technology for real-time wireless streaming of audio and video content from your Blu-ray, HD DVD or DVR home theater accessories or live cable/satellite feed.
Video is encoded using the JPEG2000 codec, and transmitted via a FCC Certified CWave® UWB chipset that at a 1.35 Gbps over-the-air signaling rate delivers 890 Mbps application layer throughput which is the fastest wireless speed currently available. The wireless range of the HDTV is also impressive with the CWave surpassing 500 Mbps at 8 feet and 115 Mbps at 40 feet.
No price or size details are yet available for the Westinghouse Digital Wireless HDMI HDTV, but expect to learn more after the unveiling next week at CES.
Asahi newspaper reports that Canon will begin to mass produce surface-conduction, electron-emitter displays, also known as SED TV's using their own technology after SED's failed to hit shelves in 2007 due to a patent dispute with U.S.- based Nano-Proprietary Inc. Canon's technology is reportedly more stable than Nano-Proprietary's, but Asahi neglected to mention where they received their information from.
Mitsubishi first starting talking about the laser TV back in 2006 and the technology was much-anticipated at last year's Consumer Electronics Show. Problem was, Mitsubishi didn't debut the laser TV at last years CES. Two years later, it looks like the company is primed to show off it's laser TV in Las Vegas next week.
The Novalux Necsel-based laser TVs are still 1080p resolution HDTV's, but they have the advantage of being lighter, thinner, and having a wider viewing angle than most other HD technologies available. They can also display 90% of the colors the human eye can see, whereas LCDs and plasmas can only display about 40%.
Do you ever wonder how you can easily find stories submitted to Digg.com that relate to Sony's HDNA technology used in Blu-ray players and Bravia HDTV's? Sony actually uses their own Digg-based content aggregator, Stories We Digg, that features Sony HDNA-related articles that have been submitted to Digg. Check it out by clicking the above link.
Japanese newspaper Daily Yomiuri ran an article the other claiming that Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic flat panels, will unveil a 150-inch plasma HDTV next month, making it the world's largest TV. The set is rumored to be debuting at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, beating out the 108-inch Sharp display from last year's CES show and the 103-inch Panasonic display in 2006. So far no price has been set on the massive display, but it's expected to hit shelves sometime in 2009. The display is so big at 3x2.5 meters is large enough to display a full-size adult.
You got that brand new LCD or plasma you wanted for Christmas and now you have to figure out where to put it. You don't have an appropriate entertainment unit and you kind of like the idea of mounting it. Personally I'm a big fan of wall mounts more for their aesthetic qualities than anything and the majority of them can be angled to maximize the picture quality of the HDTV. It's good to know then that all PDR wall mounts are on sale at Amazon and they all include a mail-in rebate that'll net you up to $75 off the sale price. Here's a list of all the PDR wall mounts on sale and their prices after the mail-in rebate.
For each of the above mounts, there'll be a rebate link you can't miss on the respective Amazon page. It'll bring up a PDF file on your screen that you can just print out and send in to the address given on the form.
In another high-def related market research survey, Frank N. Magid Associates have reached the conclusion that HDTV buyers' are making their purchasing decision based on the picture quality inherent in high-def TV's, as opposed to buying for HD specific programming. Sometimes I wonder why companies spend thousands of dollars to conduct surveys that state the obvious, and repeat the results of every other market research companies identical survey from the past year. However, in this survey, only 13% of respondents said they were likely to purchase an HDTV in the next year. Far off the one-third of "HDTV Intenders" who are likely to purchase in the next 6 months!
CNET has compiled a huge chart of the power consumption of HDTV's covering the gamut of LCD's, plasmas, and RPTV's. It even tells you how much you pay annually for that power consumption. One thing of interest I noticed was that while almost all of the plasma TV's scored "poor" for power consumption, the only good plasma rating went to the Vizio 42-inch P42HDTV.
Spend alot of time in the kitchen? Then this 20 inch stainless steel LCD TV may be for you. We're not sure of the exact resolution, but the HDTV features a TheatreWide LCD screen offering 5 picture size options, 3D digital comb filter, 16:9 aspect ratio, HDMI input, PC compatibility, built-in surround sound and a waterproof remote. The swivel stand is removable in case you'd like to mount it somewhere that doesn't take up your counterspace, but it's stainless steel body ensures it'll fit into any modern kitchen is an aesthetically pleasing way. Now you can look forward to slaving in the kitchen after a long day at work!
Should you buy a 1080p HDTV? A Tech.co.uk article from a couple weeks back lays out the positive and negative aspects of a 1080p purchase.
Those that believe 1080p HDTV is not worth buying argue that the fundamental specification for HDTV start at 1280x720 pixels or 720p and that marketing calling 1080p sets "full HD" are misleading. They are adamant that 720p is a valid high-def format. In addition, without any actual 1080p broadcast signals, there is no need to use a 1080p resolution to watch high-def programs and until HD DVD and Blu-ray gain more popularity, DVD is still the most preferred optical disc format, only outputting 720p/1080i at its very best. They would also argue that unless your screen size is 50 inches or more, you really can't tell very much difference between 720p and 1080p. The real difference is seen when viewing an interlaced picture versus a progressive scan picture.
There are also those that believe forking out the extra money for 1080p HDTV resolution is worth it. How do they justify it? 1080p is state-of-the-art, and 1080p fans believe your money should go the newest and highest quality equipment around. They can't imagine purchasing a 720p set that's been around for a few years now when they could get their mitts on one that's 1080p and only released a couple of months ago. They would also argue that the average TV set is our homes is getting larger and only 1080p can fill a bigger screen with a sharp, high-def picture. You can tell the difference between the two resolutions in the larger screen size, and even the pro-720p fans would admit this. Additionally, 1080p sets don't feature some of the side effects of interlacing, namely jagged edges, more so in larger screen sizes. The pro 1080p camp also agues that Blu-ray and HD DVD players will soon gain more popularity than the DVD format and since 1080p output is an option with the newer high-def players, buying a 1080p HDTV that takes advantage of that output makes more sense. The newest HDMI 1.3 socket can carry up to 1440 lines in progressive scan to your HDTV making 720p resolution look like standard-def by comparison and finally, evolving digital compression techniques make 1080p broadcasts very likely in the near future.
Almost seems like two sides of the same argument, doesn't it?