Japanese scientists demonstrated ultra high-definition TV in Europe even though the technology is not expected to be available to the public for another 25 years. U-HDTV has a screen resolution roughly 16 times that of HDTV.
Consumers need more help understanding the nuances of 1080p, LCD and plasma, one writer says. The New York Times reports that HDTV owners expressing enthusiasm about watching high-definition programming on their sets has dropped from 63% to 47% over the past two years.
TiVo Inc. is finally jumping on the high-definition bandwagon with its new, $800 Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder. The equipment offers a 250-gigabyte hard drive, which has the capacity to store 32 hours of HD programming or 300 hours of standard programming, and also boasts two tuners, so that users can record two different HD shows while viewing a third, prerecorded program.
Under an agreement expected today, MTV Networks has received a blanket license from Universal Music Group to its songs, videos and other content for mobile devices. Amid tepid consumer demand for mobile content, one MTVN executive noted, "The way to draw new mobile viewers is to create clips that have a buzz factor, and this deal gives us a free hand in creating amazing new content."
Atlanta sports fans embraced a mobile commerce trial under way at Atlanta's Philips Arena, proving that when given the opportunity, consumers are open to using their wireless devices to purchase everything from digital content to concessions.
Representatives from Warner Bros., ESPN and CBS all see a bright future for HDTV. "HD is one of the catalyst technologies that will define the next generation in consumer entertainment," a Warner Bros. executive says.