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Pioneer set up a side-by-side comparison of HD Blu-ray vs standard definition DVD, with identical material displayed on identical Pioneer plasma displays. The Blu-ray used the company's prototype Blu-ray player. Some observers noticed artifacts on the DVD side. I thought that both looked good on the program material I saw, though the HD Blu-ray image was noticeably sharper. &mdash;<I>TJN</I>

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CES always begins on a note of chaos and near panic. You wonder how you'll actually find anything in the convention center maze, but as the day wears on and your lit bag and camera memory fills up, you feel better. But it's not always smooth sailing. Many of the larger booths seem to be peopled by a mass of ill-informed suits who only have their own little area of expertise, and it's seldom technical (and it's also never the area you're asking about). But you can usually piece together something useful with a little digging.- <I>TJN</I>

Geoffrey Morrison  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
’Scuse me, pardon me, ‘scuse me, pardon me…
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Two things are different about this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas: the weather is nicer; and there's even more square footage - and plenty more people covering those square feet with their own feet - to walk through. But all grumbling and protestations aside, no matter what day of the Show it is, you can always find at least two cool things that make you glad you made the trip. Here are my first two.
Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

For viewers who want more programming choice than is available off the air but not the expense of cable or satellite, USDTV offers a unique alternative. It leases unused secondary digital channels, often from religious broadcasters, and provides over-the-air pay TV.

Michael Antonoff  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Sharp's Aquos LC-57D90U 57-inch LCD HDTV boasts blazing fast pixel response and enhanced color reproduction.

Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Nintendo superstar Mario the plumber gazes appreciatively at the new Game Boy Advance-compatible version of Visteon's Dockable Family Entertainment System.

Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

DirecTV's latest HD-compatible satellite receiver supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video coding.

Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Dish ViP222 dual-tuner HD satellite receiver