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Rounding Up HD News: AT&T Adds Inventory, Mitsubishi Goes Yard

Apr 3, 2008  •  Post A Comment

AT&T’s U-verse fiber-optic television service this week added three HBO channels, pushing its total high-definition linear channel inventory to more than 40. Meanwhile, Verizon’s FiOS service will expand its HD video-on-demand service to 14 states, up from four, within the next few weeks. Verizon FiOS had about 1 million customers as of January, while U-verse, launched in June 2006, had 230,000 subscribers at the end of last year.
Mitsubishi Hits the Long Ball in New Yankees Park
Mitsubishi will build the high-definition video scoreboard for the New York Yankees’ new ballpark, which will open next year. The 5,900-square-foot scoreboard will be flanked by smaller displays made by Daktronics, which is building the central HD scoreboard for the New York Mets’ Citi Field, also set to open in 2009.
Blu-ray Ads Drop, Prices Rise After Toshiba Pullout
Blu-ray player retailers cut newspaper advertising in half for the month after Toshiba’s February announcement that it would discontinue its competing HD DVD format. Toshiba’s move cut competition and caused supply shortages, Video Business reports, citing NPD Group unit DisplaySearch and manufacturers such as Panasonic. Blu-ray prices, which fell to a low of about $300 for holiday-season promotions, rose to about $400 last month, the magazine says, citing DisplaySearch.
Outdated TVs Likely to Be Recycled After Digital Switch
About 95% of the 15 million analog televisions that will be removed from households because of next year’s switch to digital broadcasting will be recycled, sold or donated, the Consumer Electronics Association reports. U.S. consumers recycled 30% more televisions last year than they did in 2005, CEA says.
Makeup Companies Launch High-Definition Lines
Smashbox Cosmetics, which is owned by the great-grandsons of film makeup pioneer Max Factor, is among makeup companies launching brands designed especially for high-definition viewing, the Los Angeles Times reports. Christian Dior and Cargo also have released such lines, which are designed to reflect light instead of absorbing it, the newspaper says.

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