Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 17, 2006  |  0 comments
Having reported the world's biggest TV, I might as well tell you about the smallest one operating at full 1080 by 1920 resolution. This Sanyo Epson prototype LCD is 7.1 inches and is designed for low power consumption. Who knows, you might see it on some enlarged iPod someday, though this is just irresponsible speculation on my part. The press release says Sanyo Epson has its eye on DTV broadcasting and mobile devices, especially One Seg, a just-debuted Japanese service that lets DTV be viewed on the move. The LCD has resolution of 310 pixels per inch, 180-degree viewing angle, and covers more than 100 percent of the NTSC color gamut (ATSC is not mentioned).
Mark Fleischmann  |  Apr 23, 2010  |  0 comments
Want more high-def choices on satellite? Both of the major satellite TV providers are adding HD channels, and DirecTV's 3D roster is now up to four channels.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 23, 2009  |  0 comments
A member of Congress is pushing for satellite video services to carry all local channels in all markets.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 01, 2010  |  0 comments
A Massachusetts tax on satellite TV service has drawn legal fire from the two major satellite operators.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 18, 2007  |  0 comments
Until now concerns over the transition to digital television, scheduled for 2009, have centered on broadcast-dependent viewers. But satellite viewers may be in for trouble too.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 24, 2008  |  0 comments
Local stations suffered a setback in the transition to digital television last week when the Federal Communications Commission ruled that satellite providers needn't carry local signals in HD till 2013.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 05, 2008  |  0 comments
Both DirecTV and the Dish Network announced last week that they would offer viewers more HD channels. Dish also announced it would do video on demand in 1080p.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 20, 2007  |  0 comments
What's interesting about the proposed merger of the XM and Sirius satellite radio operations is that their licenses, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, specifically prohibit one company from owning both networks. A press release lists benefits of the monopoly as more program choices, advanced tech innovation, enhanced hardware offerings for OEM and retail partners, better financial performance, and more competitiveness. Some of these claims are more credible than others. Will combining the two result in more choices for listeners--or will overlapping programs eventually be cut? How exactly will the removal of competition spur technology? And the big question, of course: Will the FCC provide conclusive proof of incompetence and/or corruption by saying yes to a monopoly and destroying competition in satellite radio?
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 06, 2014  |  11 comments
The AV receiver is such a feature-rich beast that it's hard to believe designers would ever dispense with a single feature. As the category has grown, features have just piled up, and generally manufacturers prefer adding them to subtracting them. But slowly, stealthily, a few features are vanishing from the spec sheet and the back panel. It had to happen eventually. Every feature costs money for parts or licensing. Either prices have to go up, sound quality has to suffer, or some old features must go gentle into that good night. That last alternative seems like the least of all possible evils.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Nov 12, 2007  |  0 comments
Both Toshiba and Hitachi have announced they're dumping their rear-projecction TVs. If new figures are anything to go by, they may soon have company.