Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Sony adds more networked Bravias to its 2009 HDTV lineup

Sony adds more networked Bravias to its 2009 HDTV lineup

This year is shaping up to be the one where TV makers have decided they need to bring the Internet to their sets, in most cases in the form of widgets that display streaming information while viewers are checking out their favorite shows. Sony already announced a couple of networked sets back at CES—the Bravia Z5100 and XBR9—but yesterday the company added three more in the form of the new W 5100 Series.

March 3, 2009 by in Mobility

DirecTV, Verizon FiOS lead in offering HD channels

DirecTV, Verizon FiOS lead in offering HD channels

If you believed the commercials, it would be clear that Comcast is the leader when it comes to providing the most HD programming. But anyone who has Comcast as their cable provider knows that the cable giant makes that claim based on the amount of on-demand high-def programming it makes available, not on the number of HD channels it provides.

February 16, 2009 by in Telcos

Rumor: Pioneer is getting out of TV business

Rumor: Pioneer is getting out of TV business

Widely regarded as producing some of the best plasma TVs on the market, Pioneer has nonetheless struggled as the HDTV landscape has moved more and more towards LCDs. Now rumors are floating around the Internet that the company will be exiting the TV business altogether, no doubt being influenced by the bad economy, which doesn't help Pioneer move its pricey plasmas.

February 6, 2009 by in Mobility

SIM2 Solar Series LED-backlit LCD is first to use Dolby Vision technology

SIM2 Solar Series LED-backlit LCD is first to use Dolby Vision technology

Everyone's jumping on the LED-backlit LCD bandwagon this year, as even third-tier vendors like Haier are producing sets that rely on the technology, which is superior in color accuracy and black-level performance to the fluorescent lamps most other LCDs use. SIM2 Multimedia is hoping to stand out amid this crowd with its new Solar Series set, a 47-inch model that makes use of Dolby's new Vision technology to control each of the more than 2,200 individual LEDs in relation to the on-screen image.

February 5, 2009 by in Mobility

Is GE readying high-end HDTVs?

Is GE readying high-end HDTVs?

Once a consumer electronics giant, GE hasn't made a TV in several years, having lost out to Sony and other Asian manufacturers over the last couple of decades. But last fall, the company joined with Tatung in an HDTV venture called General Displays & Technologies (GDT).

January 25, 2009 by in Mobility

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