Tag Archives: HDTV

Microsoft Brings OTA TV to Xbox One Users in North America

The offering, currently available to those in the invitation-only preview program, is a partnership between Microsoft and Hauppauge, a TV tuner manufacturer. Xbox One users can purchase a Hauppauge tuner for $79.99 and an HDTV antenna, and upon installation, they’ll receive on-screen instructions on how to set up the device to sync within Xbox. Microsoft says it is planning to offer a lower cost model at $59.99 in the coming months. – Natt Garun, The Next Web

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New York City. Popular Science sat in to learn how to nab affordable, high-resolution television. – Alexandra Ossola, Popular Science
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Why Hollywood Is Pissed Off At TV Manufacturers

There’s a distinct visual difference between movies shot on film and TV shows shot on video, but TV manufacturers are perfectly fine having you believe that isn’t the case, thanks to the defaults for modern televisions’ “smooth motion” settings. […] Cinematographer Reed Morano ASC has worked on films such as Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings and the recent dramatic comedy The Skeleton Twins, and her staunch stance is that motion interpolation, the technical term for the reduction of motion blurring on HDTVs, is doing its part to ruin the cinematic experience for home audiences. […] Morano wrote an enjoyable one-sided essay for Filmmaker Magazine, in which she explains her views in full. She’s even started up a Change.org petition to convince TV manufacturers to stop creating their own “smooth motion” defaults and to leave everything as it would be without that option there. – Nick Venable,Cinema Blend
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Plasma TV is dead: Samsung to end production later this year

As more and more manufacturers flock to 4K, the hurdle of producing an ultra-high definition 4K plasma HDTV was almost certainly a factor in the technology’s demise. But there’s also the matter of cost: plasmas are more expensive to build than LED LCDs. And despite the acclaimed picture performance that comes with plasma, consumers have for years voted with their wallets and overwhelmingly favored LCD TVs. Companies like Vizio, Sony, and Samsung itself drove plasma out of the market. Thankfully those LED TVs are looking better and better, making the loss of plasma a bit easier to swallow. – Chris Welch , The Verge http://bit.ly/1z7MV9e