Monthly Archives: October 2009

TV White Spaces: New Frontier Could Be Especially Helpful In Rural Areas

Written on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 am, by

Donny Jackson at Urgent Communications has a very good article on last week’s launch of the first network operating on the unused frequencies between active TV channels, known as TV white spaces, in the small town of Claudville, Va. You can read the article here: http://urgentcomm.com/networks_and_systems/commentary/white-spaces-unlicensed-use-20091028/  More

VIZIO Licenses Digital TV Patent Portfolio to Sony Resolving Ongoing Patent Disputes

Written on October 30, 2009 at 10:17 am, by

[Press Release From PRNewswire] — VIZIO announced that Sony Corporation has become a licensee under VIZIO’s patent portfolio.  VIZIO, a leader in the American LCD HDTV market, owns a  substantial worldwide patent portfolio directed to digital television technology. “We are pleased with the result of our patent licensing efforts.  It further demonstrates the technical strength […]  More

Seduced. And Abandoned?

Written on October 30, 2009 at 6:04 am, by

It’s possible that you’ve never heard of AUO; it’s unlikely you’ve never seen their products.  They’re one of the world’s largest makers of LCD displays, ranging from 1.2-inch to more than 65-inch.  And now they’ve announced a “full-HD” resolution 14-inch OLED display. It would be nice to be able to replace picture-tube-based reference monitors with […]  More

3-D is The Future of Television

Written on October 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm, by

Rupert Neate of the UK’s Telegraph says that 3-D will be a big hit for broadcasters next year. To find out why he feels that way, see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/6455635/3D—the-future-of-television.html To find out why some people get queasy from 3-D, view the 3-D section from Mark Schubin’s Understanding IBC 2009 presentation on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_rk7w59f4o  More

Toshiba Unveils Highly Sensitive CMOS Image Sensor Using BSI Technology

Written on October 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm, by

Nikkei Electronics Asia reports that Toshiba has introduced a CMOS image sensor that will bring 14.6 million pixels to digital still cameras and to mobile phones supporting video imaging. The sensor is the company’s first to integrate the enhanced sensitivity offered by back-side illumination technology (BSI), and is the latest addition to the company’s Dynastron line-up. […]  More

WNYC Radio Rolls Out Innovative Radio Program

Written on October 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm, by

Reuters is reporting that WNYC, America’s most listened-to public radio station, has selected ViewCast’s Niagara GoStream SURF portable encoding system for the station’s newly-opened The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. The Greene Space is a state-of-the-art, multi-media performance space and broadcast studio that presents live broadcasts and tapings of WNYC’s signature programs. In addition, music […]  More

San Jose Police to get UniformCam

Written on October 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm, by

KGO (san Francisco) has a video report on how the San Jose police are about to become the first in the nation to have HD cameras integrated with their uniforms. You can see the report at: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/south_bay&id=7084427  More

Electronics Industry Fights Proposal to Regulate TV Energy Use

Written on October 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm, by

The San Jose Mercury news reports that California’s effort to regulate the energy efficiency of televisions has sparked an enormous backlash from the electronics industry, which is banking on consumers’ love affair with large and multiple TV sets to defeat the proposal. A newly formed coalition called Californians for Smart Energy, which represents small home theater […]  More

Not All Consumers Are Idiots

Written on October 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm, by

Doug Lung’s RF Report today discusses an FCC report on the testing of 136 digital-television converter boxes, presented at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium. Twelve boxes failed to work, 30% couldn’t get Daylight Savings Time right, both single-conversion and dual-conversion tuners had interference issues, “some of the boxes had problems with output video quality, and at […]  More

First Unlicensed Television Spectrum Broadband Network On-Air

Written on October 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm, by

Network World reports that after years of battles, Microsoft and Dell fired up the first public broadband wireless network based on unlicensed television spectrum when the service officially launched on Wednesday in Claudville, Virginia. It is uses sensing technology from Spectrum Bridge with software and Web cams supplied by Microsoft and PCs supplied by Dell. The project […]  More

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