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Topic: Digital TV

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April 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Comcast expands digital adapter plan, time for new approach?

April Fool’s isn’t a one-day event for Comcast customers, especially those who subscribe to the company’s most-basic cable-TV service.

Over the past three months, those customers in Washington have been surprised to turn on their sets and discover that their high-definition TVs and cable service had stopped working.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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January 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

CES: A few gadgets that caught my eye

(From Saturday’s personal technology section …) LAS VEGAS — Picking favorites is hard when there are thousands of new products being unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, but here are a few that caught my eye. Samsung Ultra High Definition TV: It’s time to start building an addition on your home if you want one of Samsung’s…

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January 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

CES: Finding console clues – a PlayStation 4K?

With all the hoopla at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, you’d never guess it was missing a few hugely important products that are about to be released by two of the industry’s biggest players. I’m talking about new versions of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation that are expected to debut later this year. They’re potentially the…

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Comments | Topics: 4K TV, Bill Gates, ces

November 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Review: Nintendo’s Wii U delivers double-screen fun

With Sunday’s launch of the Wii U, Nintendo is once again disrupting the rec room with an unusual new machine designed to advance the notion of video entertainment. Exploring its capabilities will keep buyers and game developers engaged for years. The Wii U’s signature feature is its GamePad controller, a wireless tablet with a 6.2-inch touch screen…

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November 15, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Mariners adding huge display at Safeco Field, largest in MLB

Unable to wait for the Thanksgiving sales, the Mariners went ahead and bought a huge new TV for Safeco Field. Huge is actually an understatement. Last week the team began work on what will be the biggest video display in Major League Baseball and one of the largest in professional sports. It’s the centerpiece of the biggest upgrade…

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September 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Sony’s first 4K TV is actually $25K

If your high-def TV set just isn’t high-def enough, Sony has just the thing. Kicking off the next boob tube upgrade cycle, Sony today announced that it will begin selling this month its first “4K” TV with 4,000 lines of horizontal resolution. These sets have four times the resolution of a 1080p set, but their 8…

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August 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Comcast: All customers will need adapters soon

The next phase of Comcast’s digital switch is about to happen in the Puget Sound region. The last few analog stations will be transmitted digitally when the switch is complete early next year. That means that all subscribers – even those with the barebones “limited basic” service – are going to need digital tuners on their TVs. More

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July 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Microsoft’s hardware binge: First tablets, now big displays

Making Surface tablet computers was just the start of Microsoft’s plunge into hardware manufacturing. Today the company disclosed at its Worldwide Partners Conference in Toronto (which is being covered by colleague Janet Tu) that it bought Perceptive Pixel, one of the leading makers of big multitouch displays. These are like flat-screen TVs, but instead of…

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June 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Source: Nope, Microsoft’s not buying Hulu

I made a crazy guess about what Microsoft’s going to announce at its surprise press event Monday in Los Angeles, but I guess it was a little too crazy. I speculated that Microsoft might announce a big deal with streaming video provider Hulu. But a source familiar with the situation just told me that’s not happening. Apologies…

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