HDTV Sales Jargon??

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  1. Dan M~

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    I'm working on convincing my wife on purchasing an HDTV for ourselves as a Christmas present. (Yes, it takes six months to wear her down).
    As I look at ads and at store displays, I am confused by all the sales jargon that is out there... and no two salesman seem to agree on what any term means. Is there a site or listing of common terms used to market HDTV'S? (i.e HDTV "ready"? 3:2 pulldown? upconvert, down convert, etc.) Any help with these and any other "common" terms that I will run across will be greatly accepted!
    -Dan
     
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    Why don't you start by going to www.google.com and type in whatever terms you like. You will be amazed how many answers you will find.
    Frank
     
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    O.k.
    So there is not a good comprehensive site for HDTV's? Maybe by the time I'm done, I can create one!
    -Dan
     
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    I would second the Keohi but its a little hard to navigate. If you search hard enough at that site, you will find more info that you can understand. I would also visit avsforum.com which is a very informative forum site like this one! You'll have all your answers in no time! [​IMG]
     
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    I think I know of a few HDTV related sites. [​IMG]
    http://www.avsforum.com – A Home Theater Forum that has an excellent HDTV Hardware, Programming and Recording sections
    http://www.hdtvgalaxy.com/ - great place to find out what is televised in HDTV, good general information
    http://www.titantv.com/ - great place to find local DTV channels available in your area as well as great help for selecting an antenna
    http://www.ilovehdtv.com/hdtvforum/menu.html
    http://hdtvinsider.com/ - HDTV newsletter which appears in The Perfect Vision Magazine
    http://www.copperbox.com/ - HDTV STB
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/hdtv.htm - how it works, good overview, great links
    http://www.cnet.com/electronics/0-3622-7-2643589.html - Consumer Reports--HDTV Guide
    http://home.cnet.com/electronics/0-3...4926010-1.html – CNET’s HDTV explained article
    http://www.wral.com/digital/info/faq.html - good FAQ, nice site that demonstrates that there's a good amount of HD content out there right now on CBS
    http://www.princeton.edu/~conorneu/hdtv/hdtv.html - good site from a college student project. Not the most current but covers the basics well. Good introductory content
    http://www.ptvdigital.org/ - public television DTV web site
    http://www.pbs.org/opb/crashcourse/ - simple overview of HDTV
    http://www.hdtvbuyer.com/Htm/HomeSet4.htm - video professional site, good pro perspective, news, links, etc
    http://www.ce.org/pdf/dtv_guide_current_issue.pdf
    http://www.hdpictures.com/ - HDTV info center (on of the best resource sites)
    http://www.teleport.com/~samc/hdtv/ - Sam’s Digital Television Report
    http://www.twice.com/DTVcharts/1080mon.html – loads of info on most HDTV monitors currently on the market
    http://home.earthlink.net/~greenevideo/index.html - HDTV production house out of Arlington, TX
    http://dtv720p.com/ - programming info for ABC HDTV broadcast
    http://www.widescreen.org/ - The Letterbox/Widescreen (and Open DVD) Advocacy Page
    http://www.mgm.com/mgmhv/letterbox/ - Letterboxing
    http://www.dtvmax.com/ - DTV and HDTV news site
    http://www.dtvmax.com/dtv.htm
    http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/hdtvnews1.html - good newsletter site
    http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../ntsc/95x4.htm - Explains our current TV standard (NTCS)
    http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../hdtv/95x5.htm - Explains our new TV standard (ATSC) HDTV; but some of the info is outdated
    http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/history.html - history of HDTV
    http://www.interfacers.com/CurrentEv...uirements.html - HDTV Advocate
    http://www.cbs.com/hdtv – HDTV schedule for CBS
    http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/index.html - history of color TV, good for perspective on introducing new TV standards in the US market
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/SoundAndVision/FrameSet/0,1670,_sl_SoundAndVision_sl_Article_sl_0_cm_1653_ cm_149_2085_1_cm_00,00.html - Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno HDTV article
    http://www.bettercables.com/mvawdvd.htm - good review of aspect ratios
    http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/hdtvlinks.html - good collection of links, including links to stations now on the air with HDTV, good source for interview quotes from the station perspective.
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Archives...11-002672.html – info on how to record HDTV
    http://www.dtvisions.com/ - dtv consulting, hdtv production, digital media
    http://pub1.ezboard.com/bdigitaltelevisionhdtvforum – DTV Internet board
    http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm – HDTV tips site
    http://www.antennaweb.org – OTA (off the air) antenna help
    http://socpsych.lacollege.edu/hdtv.html - HECHT's HDTV (HD related links)
    http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/prodnws2.html - production news, including the first film to be fully shot on 24fps
    HDTV; good material on what's being produced on HD, implication is we can't watch it if it isn't created/produced first.
    http://socpsych.lacollege.edu/hdtv.html – HDTV site index
    http://www.hdtv.org/dtv/glossary.html - sparse glossary
    http://www.hdfest.com - the world's only high-definition film festival
    http://www.henninger.com/library/hdtvfilm/ - good overview of resolutions & conversions; resolution charts
    http://www.atsc.org/ - the people who set the standard
    http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/com/classes/cbr535/hdtv.htm - good links; very good collection of links to pertinent HDTV documents
    http://www.channel4000.com/partners/...26-195042.html - basic FAQ from WCCO Minneapolis
    http://tvschedules.about.com/tvradio/tvschedules/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fcc.gov%2Foet%2F faqs%2Fdtv faqs.html - FCC FAQ page, a little technical for the layman, but pretty informative
    http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm - Keohi HDTV
    http://www.digitaltelevision.com - good collection of info, good archive on CODFM vs. 8VSB
    http://www.hdvision.com – one of the worlds leading HDTV production house based in Irving, Texas
    http://www.digitaltelevision.com/dtvbook/glossary.shtml - full glossary
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/010112.html – AVS Forum Topic: DFAST and the restriction on HDTV
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/010315.html - AVS Forum Topic: What can WE do about DFAST/5C/DVI/HDCP?
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/011433.html - AVS Forum Topic: The Real Story on DVI/HDCP, 5C/DTCP and CGMS
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Archives...1-010627.html– AVS Forum Topic: Class Action Suit
    http://www.highdef.org/ - HD production news and info
    http://www.digitalmedianet.com/HTM/R...analogMORE.htm - survey of broadcast & production facilities, shows that 30% are already all digital; good adoption rate/conversion states that he/she will need
     
  8. Marque D

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    When you are trying to sway you wife into going a long with you on making the HD plunge be sure to point out that there are some great shows that are shown in HDTV like Family Law, CSI, NYPD Blue, The Practice, and The Young & the Restless.
    STATIONS BROADCASTING HDTV:
    (CBS) - broadcasting 1080i
    Most of the CBS prime-time schedule is broadcast in HDTV each night. The Young and the Restless as well as special events, movies and sporting events are also broadcast in HDTV. Thus far this year CBS has broadcast the all AFC play-off games, Sony Open, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and the Masters in HDTV. CBS will have Collage football games in HD this fall . CBS-HD will be offered on Dish Network before the start of the 2001-2002 fall season .
    (ABC) - broadcasting 720p
    ABC broadcasts several movies a month (Wonderful World of Disney and ABC’s Saturday/Sunday night Big Picture) and 'NYPD Blue' in HDTV & 5.1 DD. It is rumored that ABC will follow CBS lead and broadcast a majority of its prime-time shows in HDTV for the 2001-2002 season. NYPD Blue, Philly, Alias, Thieves and The Practice have been confirmed far next season.
    (PBS) - broadcasting 1080i
    PBS transmits 4 - 5 new shows/documentaries a month in HDTV, plus several SDTV widescreen shows/documentaries. They also show HDTV Demonstrations regularly through out the day.
    (NBC) - broadcasting 1080i
    NBC carries 'The Tonight Show' in HDTV each evening. Dallas Maverick playoff games have also been televised in HD this year. ER may have a shoot of being in HDTV next season since ER is presented in widescreen this season. NBC has already confirmed that they will add several more hours of HDTV this fall.
    (Fox) - broadcasting 480p
    Fox does not broadcast true HDTV (720p or 1080i), but many Fox shows are in widescreen 480p. Starting this Fall Fox will shot most of its shows in 720p but they will only be aired in 480p.
    (HBO) – broadcasting 1080i
    About 75% of the movies on HBO is in HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV (480i to 1080i) Most of HBO produced movies are shown in HDTV. The Soprano’s is broadcast in HDTV. The Bruce Springsting Concert has also be televised in HDTV and 5.1 DD.
    (ShowTime) – broadcasting 1080i
    ShowTime is currently only available on C-Band, Dish Network and some Cable systems. I would say that about 55% of the movies on ShowTime are broadcast in HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV-like picture.
    (MSG-HD) – broadcasting 1080i
    Madison Square Garden’s sports station shows the Knick, Rangers and Yankees home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY. It will be available for other cable and satellite companies in 2002.
    (Fox Sports – HD) – broadcasting 1080i
    Fox sports broadcast New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, and New York Mets home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY.
    (Discovery) - broadcasting 1080i
    The Discovery channel was previously expected to have its HDTV channel up and running about 2 years ago but it know appears that they will only be shooting some things in HD and keeping it to them selves (i.e. Future-Proofing)
    (ASCN) - broadcasting 1080i
    Paul Allen and the Portland Trail Blazers have all ready started a new HDTV Sports Channel. Press Release
    Action Sports Cable Network
    (HDNet) - broadcasting format unknown 720p or 1080i
    Mark Cuban founder of http://www.broadcast.com and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is also planing an HDTV Sports Network. (Appears that this will likely be an DirecTV exclusive) http://www.hd.net
     
  9. Dan M~

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    Thanks to all... looks like plenty of reading to keep me busy for awhile.
    -Dan
     

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