Jon Iverson

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

In <A HREF="">poll</A> after <A HREF="">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

Things continue to look up for HDTV fans wedded to a cable provider. Following close on the heels of a similar <A HREF="">recent announcement</A> from Comcast Cable, <A HREF="">Charter Communications</A> announced last week that high definition television (HDTV) programming will be made available to some of its customers during the second quarter of this year.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 17, 2002  |  0 comments

Although broadcasters still have until 2006 to implement DTV, the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is reporting that manufacturer-to-dealer sales of digital television (DTV) products continued to beat past year performance. For the latest figures, DTV products are defined to include integrated sets and monitors displaying active vertical scanning lines of at least 480p and, in the case of integrated sets, receiving and decoding ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 10, 2002  |  0 comments

The four letters D, I, V, and X will trigger memories of horror for most DVD and home theater fans. The ill-fated pay-per-view DVD format from Circuit City died an ugly death a couple of years back. However, the acronym has been reborn as DivX, a video compression technology from <A HREF="">DivXNetworks</A> that is seeing the kind of popularity its former namesake only dreamt of.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 10, 2002  |  0 comments

It looked good on paper and at the demo: Digital Television and HDTV would revive the video market and create a wave of demand for new sets and playback equipment. Then there were the <A HREF="">8VSB versus COFDM</A> and <A HREF="">copy protection</A> flaps, leading to shifting connection standards and uncertainty both on the manufacturing end and in the marketplace.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 03, 2002  |  0 comments

Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology has been gaining ground in the home theater market over the last several months, in large part due to the implementation of Texas Instrument's native 16x9 display chip as seen in Sharp's popular XV-Z9000U projector, released late last year.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 24, 2002  |  0 comments

HDTV fans rejoice: The magic formula needed to bring high definition video into millions of consumer homes may be near. Nine of the major audio/video consumer electronics companies announced last week that they have jointly established the basic specifications for a next generation large capacity optical disc video recording format called "Blu-ray Disc."

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 24, 2002  |  0 comments

Sears and CBS Television announced an agreement last week under which Sears will sponsor high definition television coverage of the 2002 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. This marks the third consecutive year that CBS has broadcast the Final Four in HDTV.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 17, 2002  |  1 comments

One of the primary obstacles to getting high-bandwidth video such as HDTV to the home via cable is the limited signal-carrying capacity of what is termed "the last mile." Currently, cable modem users share a data pipe with TV channels that can carry about 30 megabits-per-second (mbps) into their homes.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 03, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Digital Light Projectors (DLPs)</A> are clearly coming into their own this year, based on what we saw at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Joining Sharp and its groundbreaking XV-Z9000 ($10,000)&mdash;and also based on Texas Instrument's 1280 x 720 DLP chip&mdash;are the new Sim2 HT300 ($14,995), the DWIN TransVision 2 ($12,999), and the Marantz VP12S1 ($12,499).