Feb 8, 2008

Annual display screen production moving toward one per person worldwide

The world population of flat panel displays appears to be growing much faster than the world population of people. Worldwide, manufacturers' shipments of panels, from tiny ones in phones to huge ones in HDTVs, have passed 3 billion a year and will pass 5 billion a year in 2015, according to DisplaySearch, a market research company. Even with the considerable assistance of the human sexual drive, the people population is growing just 77 million a year, having accumulated just 6.65 billion, the Census Bureau estimated. In the United States, 2.4 million HDTV sets were expected to be bought in time for the Super Bowl, the Consumer Electronics Association crowed. HDTV models now make up 95 percent of LCD set sales, TV Week reported.

ABC News, WNET team up for North Korea broadcast

ABC News will collaborate with New York's WNET-TV to produce a Feb. 26 broadcast of the New York Philharmonic from North Korea, reports the New York Times. The broadcast will be distributed via PBS as well. "I didn’t want to just show a concert," said Neal Shapiro, WNET's president, about the collaboration with ABC. "It was a historic place at a historic time."

NPR's Stewart doesn't need any more shoes

NPR's Alison Stewart, host of the Bryant Park Project, talks with the New York Observer about leaving commercial TV for public radio. She says she appreciates being free from the emphasis placed on appearance in TV: "[T]here was a certain element of like, wow, NPR is a place where I could grow old gracefully."