About 50% of households with high-definition television (HDTV) will watch video-on-demand (VOD) in HD and other premium channels, according to a new report.
Sony's PlayStation Network has added an application allowing users to watch live Major League Baseball games in HD. The service is available to PS3 owners who subscribe to the MLB.TV service.
In what the company says is a first, Vudu has announced that it will begin offering on-demand downloads of movies, in HD, on its 1080p Internet Movie Player. Initially, around 50 movies will be available on the service, most of them independent titles.
Nearly 85 percent of HDTV owners rate the picture quality of their TV as “excellent” or “above average”- but less than 40 percent say the same about selection of high-definition programming available to them. That’s according to a survey released this week by The Nielsen Company. According to the survey, 47.9 percent of respondents rated their picture quality “excellent,” while 37.4 percent called it “above average.” 10.3 percent answered “average,” with two percent or less answering “below average,” “poor,” or “don’t know.” However, 37.6 percent of respondents called their selection quality “average,” with just 11.7 percent answering “excellent” and 27.5 percent calling it
Nearly half of Americans who own HDTV technology are unable to actually receive high-definition programming, and up to a quarter believe incorrectly that they’re watching in HD. That’s according to a survey by Leichtman Research Group that was reported Monday in the Rocky Mountain News. Leichtman attributed the high-def gap to certain programs not yet being available in HD, as well as various cable companies and satellite providers failing to make the necessary hardware available, and/or customers neglecting to sign up for it. The group recommended that viewers check listings to make sure their favorite programs are broadcast in HD, and to investigate local
New Medium Enterprises (NME) is in the process of introducing a third format to the high definition DVD format war. The High Definition Versatile Multilayer Disc (HD VMD -- no points for coming up with the shortest acronym) makes use of a red laser (thus minimizing retooling for DVD player and duplicator manufacturers who already use red laser technology) and, as the title implies, multiple layers for greater storage capacity. NME recently appointed former Warner Home Video President James Cardwell to its board as a media and content advisor. Says NME CEO Mahesh Jayanarayan, “As NME enters the HD marketplace, having James