Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • InfoComm 2018 In The Rear View Mirror

    June 19, 2018

    If you managed to make it out to this year’s running of InfoComm, you might have summarized your trip to colleagues with these talking points: (a) LED displays, and (b) AV-over-IT. Indeed; it was impossible to escape these two trends. LED walls and cubes were everywhere in the Las Vegas Convention Center, in many cases promoted by a phalanx of Chinese brands you’ve likely never heard of. But make no mistake about it – LEDs are the future of displays, whether they are used for massive outdoor signage or compact indoor arrays. With the development of micro LED technology, we’re going to see an expansion of LEDs into televisions, monitors, and even that smart watch on your wrist. (Yes, Apple is working on micro LEDs for personal electronics.) Projector manufacturers are understandably nervous about the inroads LEDs are making into large venues. Indeed; this author recently saw Paul Simon’s “farewell tour” performance at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, ..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