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DIY DTV Antenna

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Design, HDTV, Videos

Still cursing over the DTV change because you finally got a converter but your antenna sucks? John Park has a solution using a few coat hangers, wire and wood. If that doesn’t solve the problem add some foil. Still have lousy reception? You are just going to have to cave and pay for a probably overpriced retailer’s antenna. As a bonus, at the end of the video John also makes a camcorder stabilizer.

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Harris Poll Finds DTV Transition Mostly Positive Experience

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV

Harris Poll

It didn’t take long for Harris to take a poll to find out how many TV watchers will opt for free OTA today. Fifty five percent said they are likely to switch to antennas and drop their cable or satellite subscriptions, while those under 24 seem the most positive about the switch. Sixty nine percent found that the transition will be “good,” and the company’s Jay Adrick feels that “consumers are embracing the change.” We are not sure we agree with the survey completely as most viewers we know wouldn’t dream of giving up their gazillion+ channels.

 

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Digital Transition This Friday

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Misc. Tech

DTV logoYou know this is your final week before your TV turns into snow, right? If not, it is time to stop procrastinating with the excuse, “The dog ate my coupons.” DTV.gov says that about 42% of stations have already made the digital transition and that means that as of Friday, 58% of the channels you take for granted on your old analog set will cease to exist. Check out their site if you need physical or emotional support.

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DTV Transition Makes Man Shoot TV

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV

Elvis TVWe thought it most amusing when we learned that Elvis shot his TV when he would see Robert Goulet, but we guess this man took that kind of anger a bit too far. A man in Joplin, Mo. got so irritated at the DTV transition that when he lost his cable and couldn’t get the converter to work, he shot his television. Apparently, he had been drinking at the time, still that was an extreme reaction. He was charged with unlawful use of a firearm.

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Consumer Reports Preps for Black Friday

CR logoRemember Consumer Reports? They are still out there and if you are planning on buying any electronics this year and want their assessment in spite of the Black Friday price, they have recently compared LCD and Plasma TVs, including those with OLED display and some with Web access. We also noticed they reviewed DTV converter boxes (only a couple of months to go,) GPS navigators, cameras and phones. Subscribe to get in depth details on products.

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WinFast PalmTop DTV200 H: DTV Made Simple

Leadtek DTV

Leadtek’s WinFast PalmTop DTV200 H has a whole lot of name for its minute size, but we certainly like its looks. The analog/digital PCTV box is plug and play with USB 2.0, and has DVB-T, FM antenna,  a 4-in-1 AV cable and remote. The device, which accepts NTSC, SECAM, and PAL standards,  works with your PC to deliver video to your VCR, game console, or camcorder. Powered by WinFast PVR2, its functions include DirectBurn, time shifting, scheduled recording, and EPG on a 2-layer menu. Contact Leadtek for price and availability.

 

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Retailers to Feature ATCS Tuners

FCC logoThere are now only 433 days to go until analog TV is no more. Eight retailers will begin to sell ATCS tuners to convert analog TVs to digital beginning in February. You can find them at Circuit City, Target, Sears, Kmart, RadioShack, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club. To facilitate that purchase, don’t forget to contact our helpful FCC who will be issuing two coupons worth $40.00 apiece. We suggest you not procrastinate, for although the program will dispense with over 33 million coupons, we suspect there are still at least that many analog TVs kicking around by 2009 that dont have satellite or cable.You can apply for your coupon after January 1 by contacting the FCC’s official site or calling 1-888-DTV-2009.

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ATI Xilleon 260 HDTV Processor

Posted by Brian Viele Categories: HDTV

On September 1, ATI announced that they would be releasing the newest addition to their line of HDTV processors, the Xilleon 260.  The new 260 is the successor to the current 240 chip which has received much praise and success.  The 260 is the first system-on-a-chip that supports full HD for worldwide DTV (digital television) standards including Europe, Japan, Korea and North America. Advanced features include HD deinterlacing, 3D comb filter, dynamic contrast, noise reduction, sharpness, and color control to deliver top quality end-to-end performance. Xilleon 260 also offers a full audio subsystem for home theater applications.

The Xilleon 260 is currently being distributed in samples to its customers, and will likely be in use in set-top boxes within the next year.  With the big push from TV manufacturers starting to release almost every model of display in full HD capacity, it’s only a matter of time before people will be looking for set-top boxes with the Xilleon 260 logo.

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