Rounding Up HD News: Senate Moving Toward DTV Delay; Verizon Changes DTV Delay Stance

Jan 22, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Senate Makes Strides Toward DTV Delay
Senate negotiators are working on striking an agreement on a change to the digital transition date of Feb. 17, with legislation reaching the House by tomorrow, TelevisionWeek reported. Even with an agreement, there is no guarantee of a delay.
Verizon Changes Stance on DTV Delay
Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg now supports a delay of the Feb. 17 digital transition date after receiving confirmation that the delay will not be more than 115 days, Multichannel News reported. Previously, Mr. Seidenberg said a delay would be confusing and disruptive to viewers.
‘South Park’ Goes HD in March
Comedy Central’s “South Park” will broadcast in high definition starting March 11 with its 13th-season premiere, South Park Studios reported. “Park’s” previous episodes also will be receiving the HD treatment, the site reported. Instead of simply upconverting the footage, however, the studio is re-rendering each episode into true high definition.
LG Electronics: LCD Market Hit Bottom
The market for liquid-crystal display screens has bottomed out, and sales of the flat television screens are expected to recover in the following months, according to LG Electronics CEO Kwon Young-soo, Reuters reported. Mr. Young-soo also said LG’s focus now is mobile screens and displays. LG Electronics posted its worst-ever quarterly loss last week, the newspaper said.
Sony Shuttering TV Plant
Sony is closing one of two television plants in Japan, and cutting more than 2,000 jobs, or 3% of its workforce, in order to revive its electronics business, the AFP reported. Sony hopes to remove those 2,000 jobs through early retirement or other programs, the wire service said.

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