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Month: October 2005

iTunes Does Digital TV

October 17, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Apple’s announcement last week of a new iPod that can play video did not get my pulse racing; it’s been possible to watch video clips on all sorts of portable devices for years. The big news that got my attention, however, was the deal with Disney to make video content from ABC network shows available to consumers through Apple’s iTunes service. Yes, you can play these clips on one of...

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DLP Goes Mainstream

October 14, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

When it comes to propeller-beanie, techno-geeky, esoteric details, it’s tough to beat the micromechanical, digital micromirror device known as “DLP” (Digital Light Processing) from Texas Instruments (TI). (You can find out more about the details of DLP in Professor Poor’s HDTV Buying Guide.) This little chip is the heart of many front- and rear-projection displays, however, and has revolutionized the display industry. Still, it’s a bit of a surprise to...

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Networks for HDTV?

October 13, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

The Digital Delivery Group is a consortium of consumer electronics distributors, working with the custom-installation home theater segment. The group sees a major sea change in how home entertainment systems are structured. In the past, everything connected to the television. The new concept is that everything is connected to the network. This makes the display one more component of the entire system, and the focus is on the data —...

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HDTV Lies, Damned Lies, and Specifications

October 12, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

The HDTV display manufacturers and retailers are in danger of turning specifications into a waste of the paper that they're printed on. Specifications can be important to buyers who want to comparison shop, but they are dangerous for if you don't know what's being measured and what difference it might make. Too often, people make decisions based on which model has the highest numbers. And the problem is that in...

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HDTV on DVD: Will blue lasers be too late?

October 11, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

WARNING: there are acronyms in this item. There's no way to avoid it when discussing technical standards, but it's an important story, so hang with me on this one. Last month, Nero and KiSS announced that they will create a DVD recorder capable of recording and playing back content using MPEG-4 compression. This is a relatively new standard that is up to 4 times more efficient than the MPEG-2 encoding...

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$300 DVD LCD Projector

October 10, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, it's not HD. In fact, it's not even SD (Standard Definition) resolution. But Hasbro has announced the Zoombox, a DVD player with an integrated front projector. It's intended for kids, and is slated to be available in December for $299. The projector will only have 557 x 234 pixel resolution, which is about half that of Wide VGA and well below even standard television resolution. It is likely based...

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Recordable DVD Dilemma

October 7, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

I want to replace my old DVD player with a DVD recorder so that I can record TV shows to watch later, but I'm confused by all the different formats. What's the difference between recording onto DVD-RAM disks and using DVD-RW disks? Also, I see that there's a DVD-R and DVD+R????? and DVD-RW and DVD+RW. Is any of this important? Rebecca S., San Francisco DVD (and DVD video) are mass-produced,...

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Samsung announces dual format HD DVD

October 6, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Since the HD DVD and BluRay camps don’t seem to be able to come to terms on a single format for the next generation of high-definition DVD drives, Samsung has already announced that the company will build a single drive that supports both HD DVD and BluRay formats. I think that this “superdrive” approach is an excellent solution for consumers, at least in the short term. It means that you...

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HDTV: Boggled by Big Screen Bucks

October 5, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Last month, I attended a press event hosted by Sharp, at which they unveiled their new 65-inch Aquos LCD 1080p HDTV: the LC-65D. It was gorgeous, and it will be available for a list price of about $21,000. As impressive as it was, the impact was reduced by the fact that I had just come from a Sony event where they announced new products, including a 60-inch rear-projection 1080p television...

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HDTV LCD vs Plasma: a Hidden Difference

October 4, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Here’s an interesting fact: if you buy an LCD TV from Dell, and there’s a problem with it, you box it up and ship it back to the company. However, if you buy a plasma TV from Dell, and it should need to be serviced or replaced, the company sends a service to your home to box the display for shipping back to the company. Why the different treatment? The...

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