Thursday, October 18, 2007

Frequently Asked HDTV Questions

"High definition" or HD is the highest form of the new kind of television called digital television. Digital HDTV is a whole new viewing experience, like a movie theater in your home, even on smaller HDTV sets. HDTV means a widescreen TV picture with 5 times more information on the screen than conventional analog TV. What's more, HDTV offers 5.1-channel digital surround sound, like a movie theater.

You can enjoy FREE over-the-air HDTV on Channel 9 (and other local stations). Virtually all local TV stations are now broadcasting digitally and there's lots of programming to watch, like ABC's popular Desperate Housewives and Monday Night Football as well as NFL on CBS and Fox on Sundays and most primetime programming on all of the major networks. Please visit and click on the WFTV-DT tab to view the complete HD program listing for WFTV.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sharp aims to triple LCD output

Sharp Corp., Japan's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays and mobile phones, will spend 200 billion yen (US$1.66 billion) to triple output of the panels as rivals raise investment and pare unit costs.

Monthly production at the company's Kameyama factory in central Japan will surge to 90,000 glass substrates in 2008, the Osaka-based company said in a release Friday. Output will double to 60,000 by July this year, and the company expects LCD TV sales to jump 50 percent next fiscal year to 9 million units.

"In the current market environment, the investment is necessary," said Mitsuhiro Osawa, a Tokyo-based analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. who rates the company "neutral plus." Declines in LCD TV prices are "a worry," he said.

President Katsuhiko Machida is speeding up production of larger, high-definition screens to outpace falling prices and keep up with rivals such as Sony Corp.

Friday, September 14, 2007

HDTV guru offers tips to newcomers

This industry analyst, reviewer and HD freak tested at least 150 HDTVs last year, presides over the trade publication HDTV Insider Newsletter and is launching a Web site for consumers called few questions for the high-def guru:What do most people not know about HDTV that they should?That there is a vast amount of free, high-definition programming available via a roof or indoor antenna, though one’s ability to receive it depends upon proximity to the broadcast antenna.Many stations multicast, turning a single digital channel into two or more.The extra channels can be more news or around-the-clock weather services, music videos or whatever the stations wants.What advice do you give people before they go out to a store to buy their first HDTV?Be aware of the distance you sit from the screen, the amount of ambient light in the room and if you plan to get your HD programming from the cable or phone company, satellite, over the air (with an antenna) or a combination.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sanyo begins making LCDs planned for FC in Tijuana

Liquid crystal display televisions that were expected to be built at the Sanyo plant in Forrest City are now in production at the companys Tijuana, Mexico facility.

In December, Sanyo officials announced that the increasing demand for flat screen televisions was forcing the company to lay off more than one-third of its local workforce because the plant has traditionally produced cathode ray (picture tube) televisions (CRT), which are becoming obsolete. Orders for those have declined from 1.5 million in 2004 to less than an anticipated 300,000 sets for fiscal year 2007, which begins April 1, company officials have said.

When the layoffs were announced, company officials said they were negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the International Union of Electronics, Electrical, Technical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers-Communication Workers of America (IUE-CWA) to cover the new operations.