Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • Blu-Ray: On The Endangered Species List?

    July 18, 2018

    One of the problems with market research is that you often wind up with conflicting data from two or more sources. Or, the data presents a “conclusion” that’s all too easy to “spin” to advance an argument or make a point. Ever since the two adversaries in the blue laser optical disc format squared off with pistols at twenty paces in 2008 (and one lost), the clear trend of media consumption has favored streaming and digital downloads. Entire business models have collapsed as a result, including Hollywood Video and Blockbuster Video sales and rental stores. The last two Blockbuster outlets in Alaska are closing, leaving just one solitary brick-and-mortar operation in Oregon. With Netflix now serving over 100 million subscribers around the world and Amazon rumored to ..Read more

  • Product Review: Channel Master SMARTenna+ Indoor TV Antenna

    June 22, 2018

    A decade after broadcast television in the United States went completely digital, the delivery system continues to evolve. In 2009, the UHF TV spectrum shrank to channels 14 through 51, with higher channels auctioned off for other services (including at one time, a subscription TV package on former channel 55). Now, we’ve just completed another FCC spectrum auction, and channels 38 through 51 are history as of 2020. That means broadcasters are scrambling to find new homes, many of which won’t be in the UHF spectrum. On top of that, a new version of the ATSC standard (3.0) has been developed, tested, refined, and adopted by the FCC. As I write this, nearly two dozen experimental ATSC 3.0 broadcasts are taking place around the country, with several stations “lit up” in Phoenix alone. From the consumer perspective, cord-cutting to save on monthly cable bills continues to gain popularity, albeit slowly. Some cord-cutters are old enough to remember watching over-the-air TV wit..Read more