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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…

The DTV Delay Debacle. Just cut the cord already…

6 February, 2009 (14:48) | Analog Transition, DTV, rant, TV |

Recently our congress has passed legislation to delay the DTV transition/analog shut-off yet again – this time to June 12th of 2009.  For those that aren’t already aware this makes the 2nd time the date has been put off.  The original date (created in 1997) for this to happen was December 31st, 2006, but in […]

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 […]

Will The Popcorn Hour NMT Replace My XBMC?

13 June, 2008 (10:18) | Computers, Projects, TV |

Not yet.  And after the latest debacle with the June 18th firmware, maybe not ever.  My old, original xbox softmodded to run XBMC is still more polished and faster than this little guy, despite the glowing reviews I read which led me to purchase the Popcorn Hour NMT in the first place. As everyone knows, […]

Competition for Cable & Satellite? Says Who? Sezmi.

25 May, 2008 (15:08) | Analog Transition, DTV, rant, TV |

Sezmi is a startup out of Belmont, California that hopes to win subscribers from cable and satellite providers by providing a cheaper, on-demand and real-time television viewing service for a select selection of the more popular broadcast and “cable” channels. This new company is born from the ashes and founders of the defunct USDTV service […]

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 […]

TV Broadcasters struggle to remain relevant. Probably too little, too late.

15 February, 2008 (01:12) | Analog Transition, DTV, NAB, rant, TV |

Traditional, over-the-air TV broadcasters are pretty screwed. Time and technology are rapidly shooting past and only now are they collectively looking for ways to recapture a lost audience. Only now are they, as a majority and as part of a coordinated effort, actively promoting the DTV transition, by way of shutting off the analog transmitters […]

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 […]

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