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Cord Cutters Survival Stories

Our friends at NewTeeVee have done a series of posts about people who have cut the cord from pay TV. The series asks “What’s working, what’s missing, and what equipment does the best job replacing the cable box?”

Some of the solutions include a Roku XDS, a Mac Mini with an EyeTV tuner, Xbox Live, Netflix, Hulu PLUS , Amazon and a plain ‘ole Dell Zinio with a web browser.

Still a bit geeky for baby-boomer me, but surely the wave of the future.

FOLLOW THE NEWTEEVEE SERIES AT “CORD CUTTERS SURVIVAL STORIES

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Content Creation to Living Room Display

While last month the movers and shakers attended NewBay Media’s 3DTV2011 event, today geeks like me were at the SMPTE/IEEE sponsored 3D Workshop. Here are some take-aways:

  • 2011 should be the make-it or break it year for consumer 3D as Panasonic helps underwrite the Discovery/Sony 3D channel and ESPN promises 100 original events on its 3D network.
  • Visio is expected to come out with a line of “pattern retarder” 3D TV’s that use cheap polarized glasses like you wear in the movies.
  • Remember the Viewmaster? Expect to see a lot of consumer 3D cameras at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  • Most ill effects from 3D viewing are a result of poor choices made during capture & post production. Duh.
  • 3D content is shot and mastered for a certain screen size and viewing distance. Features should be remastered for home viewing else “viewing sickness” could result.
  • In real life your eyes converge and focus in the same place. In projected 3D, your eyes are always focused on the screen. (Which is why 3D may not be healthy for children or other some other living things.)
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ClearWire Readies 4G in NY & LA

ClearWire Readies 4G in NY & LA

CNET has reported that Clearwire has begun 4G “operational readiness activities” in NY, LA and SF. According to CNET, some New Yorkers have “discovered” 4G service in their neighborhoods.

And NYConvergence reports attending a Sprint 4G sneak peak at the Sprint Executive Briefing Center in Manhattan this week.

And yes, there was 4G service outside of (but not inside) SobelMedia headquarters on Desbrosses Street last week.

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TNT Takes NASCAR Into 3D

NASCAR joins the list of sports available at home in 3D beginning with the July 3rd telecast of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Speedway. Turner Sports and NASCAR Media Group are producing two 3-D feeds that can be viewed on both cable/satellite and on the internet. Turner will utilize six 3-D rigs from 3ality Digital, splitting them into a track feed and a pit feed.

The race will be available on Direct TV’s newly launched 3-D channel n3D, as well as on Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House cable systems. NASCAR is also providing coverage on it’s RaceBuddy 3D website.

FOR THE COMPLETE STORY ON NASCAR IN 3-D CLICK HERE

FOR THE COMPLETE STORY ON n3D CLICK HERE

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