Researcher Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) reports HDTV penetration at close to 80 million households, and Leichtman Research Group reports that half those households have second HD sets. Ever on the hunt for that elusive next winning product, television set manufacturers, having struck out with 3D, have stepped up to the plate for another at bat. At CES earlier this year, most manufacturers were showing prototypes of 4K receivers and promising product for later in the year.
In June of this year, D.I.S. Consulting released a comprehensive market study titled “Sports Video World 2012.” The study represents a complete analysis of the market for sports television equipment. Sports have always held a uniquely important position in television, and the growth in sports revenue over the years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Sports today represent a mega-multi-billion-dollar total market that just seems to keep growing exponentially.
The Summer Olympic Games always provide a welcome respite from the political campaign coverage, the tit-for-tat, mud-slinging commercials and the incessant talking heads. With a Congress at vitriolic loggerheads and presidential opponents mounting increasingly scurrilous attacks against one another, that breather this year was particularly attractive. Trading news-cycle discussions of red and blue states for sports talk about our red, white and blue medal winners provides for much more enjoyable television viewing.
Remember those Easter egg hunts of childhood? As adults, some of us have found ourselves again exposed to them. In software, for example, an Easter egg tradition has developed. Program authors of everything from games to business software (having taken pride in their creations and wanting to demonstrate a good sense of humor) embedded hidden keystroke combinations or mouse click sequences that unveiled treasures from hidden games to videos. As software companies have become more sensitive to security issues, though, Easter eggs have disappeared.