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Tom Cruise: Your TV Settings Are Likely Wrong

Actor films PSA about the 'soap opera effect'

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is here today to talk to you about ... your TV settings. The actor (wearing his Top Gun: Maverick gear) filmed a PSA with director Chris McQuarrie about a feature of high-definition TVs called video interpolation or motion smoothing. It's meant to reduce motion blur when you're... More »

New Intel Chips Will Block Would-Be Pirates

'Intel Insider' designed to bring better HD content from studios

(Newser) - Intel has added a surprise new feature to its next generation of Core microprocessors—an anti-piracy feature that it hopes will convince studios to stream true 1080p videos. Until now, studios have offered “HD” streaming content, but they’ve held back on the true 1080p resolution out of fear... More »

NFL to Dallas: Don't Move the Scoreboard

If a punter smacks it again, he gets a do-over

(Newser) - When a preseason punt hit the high-tech video screen at the Cowboys’ fancy new stadium, it prompted talk of moving the board. Now, the league says it can stay where it is, at least for this season, the Dallas Morning News reports. If another punter hits it—the team thinks... More »

At Dallas' $1.2B Stadium, Video Board May Be Too Low

(Newser) - The video board above the playing field at the new, $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium weighs 1.2 million pounds, is the world’s largest 1080p high-definition TV … and could be hanging too low, USA Today reports. Though it’s 90 feet above the playing surface—5 feet... More »

Why Your TV Isn't Getting the Whole Picture

(Newser) - The proliferation of wide-screen televisions and the rising tide of high-definition programming have created viewing troubles on both sides of TV’s technological divide, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. On older models, with a 4:3 screen aspect ratio, new HD shows often have a huge chunk of picture missing; old... More »

After Beating Back HD DVD, Blu-Ray Hardly in Clear

Satellite, cable, internet offers enough HD options to keep buyers on fence

(Newser) - Blu-ray might have won the battle against Toshiba’s HD DVD, but it may still be losing the high-definition war as it is forced to compete with other sources of HD content, the Wall Street Journal reports. With cable and satellite TV providers offering more HD channels and video-on-demand services,... More »

New HD Cameras Don't Cut It

Demands of high-definition video overwhelm these digital cameras

(Newser) - Many digital cameras also shoot video, and two new cameras from Kodak and Panasonic take that feature one step further by adding the capability to shoot high-definition footage. At price tags under $500, a fraction of an HD camcorder, the Kodak EasyShare V1073 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 would seem too... More »

Hi-Def Fans Allege Low Blow

Cable's compression of HD signals water down the product, connoisseurs say

(Newser) - TV enthusiasts are miffed that high-definition channels aren't looking as good as they should on expensive home-theater systems, the AP reports. Without much spare bandwidth, compressing the signal is cheaper for the cable companies than increasing capacity. "They have to figure out a way to deliver more HD content... More »

Toshiba Throws in HD Towel

Rival Blu-ray wins the battle of high-def movie formats

(Newser) - Toshiba is quitting the HD DVD player business after taking a licking in the protracted market competition, the company announced today. Toshiba's exit, which leaves Blu-ray's technology alone at the vanguard of digital video, comes after Warner Brothers joined the crowd of Blu-ray backers, leaving HD DVD in the cold,... More »

Toshiba May Pull HD DVD Plug

Sales, studio defections indicate fat lady may have sung

(Newser) - Toshiba has temporarily halted production of players and movies in the HD DVD format, and is contemplating dropping the format altogether, PC World reports. The move would cost the company tens of billions of dollars, but the defection of several studios and retailers to the rival Blu-Ray format has left... More »

Building an HDTV Without Wires

Wireless high-def products expected by year's end

(Newser) - Sick of all those cables tangled behind your TV or entertainment center? So are two companies that demonstrated products to wirelessly beam high-definition video and audio to TVs at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Pulse-Link is creating far-reaching signals, while SiBeam’s system can stream the highest quality HD... More »

Toshiba Fights for HD DVD Market Share

Price cuts, ad blitz attempt to counter Blu-ray's advances

(Newser) - Toshiba is stepping up efforts to keep HD DVD a contender in the battle between high-def formats, the company said today. Toshiba will cut prices and increase advertising, reports MarketWatch. It's battling rival Sony’s Blu-ray technology, which doubled HD DVD's US sales last year and scored a major win... More »

HD Radio Poised for Turnaround

New features, falling prices could lead consumers to tune in to digital revolution

(Newser) - The broadcast industry hopes 2008 is the year listeners finally tune into HD Radio—and conditions are right for a turnaround, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ford and other automakers are on board, and receiver prices have dropped. It's the nifty new features, though—you can, for example, "tag"... More »

Do Not Adjust Your Flat Panel TV

Joe Morgenstern on the problem with flat panel TV

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern needs you to know that you’re watching your HDTV wrong. Next generation televisions are built for a 16:9 aspect ratio, he explains, so normal TV’s 4:3-formatted programming only looks right when bordered by black boxes. But TV owners who... More »

Format Wars Rage in High Definition

Blu-ray and HD DVD slug it out to become next-gen movie media

(Newser) - Meet the new VHS and Betamax. It’s unclear who’s winning consumer tech’s latest format wars, the Economist explains, but both Blu-ray and HD DVD claim to be the high-def successor to the DVD. The cheaper HD DVD sells more stand-alone players, but Blu-ray sells more disks and... More »

NFL Refs Go Hi-Def

Officials finally get same quality replays as fans at home

(Newser) - The NFL is switching to high-definition signals for all review booths, a move that will allow refs to watch plays on feeds with the same quality as the ones many fans see. The league's instant replay equipment hasn't been upgraded since 1999, and in that time, many viewers have upgraded... More »

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