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iPad Mobile DTV FAIL [Pic]

12 April, 2010 (22:55) | DTV, HDTV, NAB, TV |

While checking the Mobile DTV pavilion at the NAB convention in Las Vegas today I came across several mobile and portable devices showing off how well they can decode and display the new mobile DTV signals being broadcast.  All save one…

A Good Engineer Is Hard To Find… For TV Anyway.

5 April, 2010 (00:23) | Computers, Education, HDTV, rant, TV |

I was recently talking with a sales rep I deal with and we got on the topic of the aging TV engineering workforce.  He told me a rather depressing story about a recent SBE chapter meeting in his area where one of the old timers started poking fun at a couple  younger members who were […]

Hello Mobile DTV. Goodbye HDTV.

24 August, 2008 (23:30) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, MobileDTV, rant, TV | 1 comment

Regardless of what some liberal arts students or free-love hippies may tell you, you don’t get something for nothing.  Or, better yet, as the redoubtable Robert Heinlein coined, “TANSTAAFL” (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch).  This simple truth frames the cold, hard realities about to face broadcasters after the current mobile DTV […]

Another DTV Converter box goes under my microscope. OK, my glasses…

1 August, 2008 (17:36) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, TV |

Not too long ago I had some time to review the capabilities of an Insignia CECB (coupon eligible converter box) and found that it was quite capable for its intended purpose. However, it lacked a few features and I discovered a matrix that showed one converter box with the most features of any CECB and […]

NAB 2008 In Review.

4 May, 2008 (14:00) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, NAB, rant, TV |

This year’s NAB had a bit more energy among television broadcasters than the NAB show last year and almost all of it was around the mobile DTV plans and testing currently going on. Despite the interest in mobile DTV and the NAB claiming ~105,000 registered attendees, the North and Central halls were only mildly busy. […]

DTV “coupon” converter box put to the test. Does it work?

18 March, 2008 (09:47) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, TV | 1 comment

No “film at 11″ drama here; yes, it works and it works surprisingly well for a $60 piece of electronics ($20 after the $40 coupon is applied). For those that don’t know, this Insignia brand NS-DXA1 DTV converter box is one of a few available devices which are part of the US government’s effort to […]

How the format war has changed my purchasing habits.

5 March, 2008 (16:00) | HDTV, rant, TV | 1 comment

To be succinct, I simply don’t (and won’t) buy as much as I did before. For the past few years I didn’t think too hard about buying the week’s more popular DVD release of the latest blockbuster (or near blockbuster). This is why my DVD collection sprang to over 400 titles! I didn’t always buy […]

Visiting an SF Landmark. Sutro Tower.

1 February, 2008 (09:00) | Analog Transition, DTV, Fun, HDTV, TV | 1 comment

Not many people get inside Sutro Tower, so I consider myself pretty fortunate. My current employer doesn’t have transmit facilities or other interests at Sutro, so I was escorted through the gate and into the facility by a contract engineer, John Buckham, that our SF station has who also maintains a radio station there for […]

Ah, the smell of something free…

3 January, 2008 (23:03) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, TV | 1 comment

It’s a new year and as of the first of the year every Sally-Shopper and Johnny-Bag-O-Donuts is eligible for their two free coupons good for $40 towards the purchase of a set-top DTV converter box. Too bad it’s $30 short of the retail price of the box when it becomes available in mid February… Although […]

My new PS3 – Go! Go! Blu-Ray!

24 December, 2007 (23:00) | Computers, Fun, HDTV, rant, TV |

Today I made the plunge and finally got off the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray format fence and bought a PS3 system. There were several reasons for this; first I did NOT buy it because I love Blu-Ray. I like that it has multiple studio and vendor support as well as about 25GB storage per layer, but the hardware […]

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