New research says public not ready to buy HDTVs

On April 24, 2009 by

New research has come out from Buckingham Research, which provides some interesting insight into the HDTV market in the UK.

One of the most important facts to be established was that although nearly all the people questioned (99%) were aware of the existence of HDTV (hardly surprising), only 11% of them were looking to purchase an HDTV of their own during the course of 2009.

A total of 695 people participated in the survey, which took place online, and the questions were geared towards issues to do with HDTV and their feelings towards it.

14% said that although they were aware of HDTV, they did not understand it. Also worrying was that, of the 99% who were aware of HDTV, 53% of them have no intention of taking out a subscription, with only 19% either having a subscription or intending to take one out.

However, on a more positive note, 48% of the interviewees said that HDTV made watching TV more enjoyable. However, 45% of people said that there were not enough HDTV channels currently available.

Paul Nola, the managing director of Buckingham Research, said that although awareness levels are high,

Samsung develop new, more energy efficient edge-lit LED HDTVs

On April 17, 2009 by

Is it a painting or a television? It’s a hard one to answer sometimes, isn’t it? No longer is the box in the corner encroaching on half the room. Now the clever people at the big electronics manufacturers are finding more and more ways to hide the things we love the most. Samsung are the latest to show off something new and exciting in the world of HDTVs, as they launch their brand new edge-lit LED LCD flat screen panels.

Where Samsung stand out is with their edge-lit technology. In normal flat screen TVs there’s a direct-lit LED LCD display. But the brains at the Samsung HQ have found a way of making the screen much thinner and lighter, which allows them to be hung on the wall just like a painting. The other big bonus is that the LED backlit displays in the new Samsung screens are mercury-free, which means they consume much less energy, roughly 40% less, and therefore are much better for our electricity bills and, more importantly, better for the planet.

Slice a regular LCD panel into four and you will see the thickness of the new Samsung screen. It measures in at a minuscule 10.8mms. The technology behind the edge-lit method for lighting is quite different from that of the direct-lit found on most LCD screen. This method bends light away from the centre of the screen and then reflects it forward through a light-guide plate. This makes the light perfectly focused and consequently provides a perfect picture quality too.

Sony present their new Blu-ray disc to the world

On April 3, 2009 by

Now that the dust from the format war between Sony’s Blu-ray and Toshiba’s HD DVD has settled, it’s time for Sony to conquer the whole market with its army of HD ideas. The Blu-ray format was supported by many companies in the industry during the great war of 06/07, crucially top Hollywood studio Warner Brothers. With success in their camp, Sony will soon be launching their new disc: the micro-BD.

On first glance the major difference between the two discs will be the actual size. Unlike the Blu-ray, it’s new brother the micro-BD, will be about half the size, which will mean it’s the same as Sony’s UMD disc used in the gaming world. The other difference is in the wavelength. The micro-BD will again be a little smaller but only by 30 nanometres. This is more important than you might think because one of the big selling points of the new disc is that this wavelength difference means it can store up to 75GBs on just two layers, and maybe even 25 extra GBs if another layer is added at a later date.

The new, more advanced disc differs from the Blu-ray, so they won’t be compatible with current Blu-ray players. However, new micro-BD players will be able to play Blu-rays when they come out, so it’ll be worth buying one of them too. For those of you who are keen on the gaming world then you’ll be pleased to hear that the micro-BD is being planned for use on Sony’s new portable PSP2, which is due in our shops in the next year or so in order to compete with the Nintendo DSi.

It will be interesting to see how the two brothers from the same family will fare in their own little format war. It’s not something Sony will be worried about, but they’ll certainly be intrigued. When the public decide whether they prefer the Blu-ray or the micro-BD, then Sony are likely to put the other one to bed.