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Month: December 2005

Brillian LCoS HDTV Wins Again!

December 16, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Brillian announced this week that their 65" 6501m rear-projection LCoS HDTV was named Product of the Year for rear-projection displays by PC Magazine. This is the same HDTV that Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies recently crowned as the new standard by which all other displays should be judged. This is strong praise for the Brillian product, and speaks volumes about the advantages of a three-panel LCoS display. The fact...

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New High Resolution Plasma Panel for HDTV

December 15, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display has demonstrated a 42-inch plasma display with 1080p resolution: 1,920 by 1080 pixels. The panels are slated to go into production in 2007, at which time you may see them showing up as HDTVs under the Hitachi brand. This high resolution at this size is unremarkable for LCD panels, but is an important development for plasma displays. There is precious little 1080p content available at this...

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USA CRT Plant to Close

December 14, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Matsushita announced recently that it plans to close the CRT manufacturing plant in Troy, Ohio, which it owns in partnership with Toshiba. The plant builds CRTs for use in televisions, sold under a variety of brand names including Panasonic. Declining sales for CRTs in the face of the rising popularity of flat-panel LCD and plasma models led to the decision, and the plant is slated to close in February, 2006....

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DivX Support in PVR Software

December 13, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

PVR = Personal Video Recorder. Think TiVo. Without the monthly service fee. You can buy a box that will do this for you, and record onto a writeable DVD or hard drive, and they are a wonderful improvement over the standard VHS video cassette recorder. But these boxes are simply computers with limited capabilities. Many people are "rolling their own" PVRs using a computer and PVR software to create the...

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New LCD HDTV: Astar is Born?

December 12, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, Astar announced the release of its LTV 3201, a 32-inch LCD HDTV. The model has 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution, making it suitable for 720p content. It carries a suggested list price of $1,299.99, but it can already be found for sale on the Web for under $1,000. Full specifications for the LTV 3201 are available at the Astar Web site. One point to make is that this...

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Epson Announces New Rear-Projection HDTVs

December 9, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Epson announced last week that they will be shipping two new LivingStation rear-projection LCD HDTVs for the Japanese market before the end of this year. The 55-inch ELS-55GL1 and the 65-inch ELS-65GL1 will have 1080p resolution, and memory-card slots. There's no word yet when or if they will be available in the USA market, but since more RPTVs are sold here than anywhere else, it's likely that they'll show up...

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Protests over Product Placement

December 8, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

I've written a number of times about the question of how people are going to make money producing entertainment content for the new world of "television." Video recorders let you leap over commercials in a single bound. When you let the viewer control the flow of the content stream, the paid advertisements are likely to be the first casualties. One response is to weave the sponsorship into the show itself,...

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Truth Patrol: Plasma HDTV Amazing Facts!

December 7, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Source: "The Face of TV to Come: Plasma Vs. DLP," by Phil Conner, Plasma TV Buying Guide Quote: "Plasma, by contrast, uses a small electric pulse for each pixel to excite the rare natural gases argon, neon, and xenon (a k a "phosphors") to produce the color information and light. As electrons excite the phosphors, oxygen atoms dissipate. These rare gases actually have a life and fade over time. Manufacturers...

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Mitsubishi Wants HD-MTV!

December 6, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

January 16, 2006 is the date for the launch of MTV's new HD music channel, MHD. (Music-High Definition, I presume?) The station will air original and aquired music-based HD content. And on Monday, Mitsubishi Electric announced that it will be the charter sponsor of the new channel. Expect to see Mitsubishi displays sprinkled around the Vail, Colorado studios that will be home to the new station, as well as the...

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Surprise! Cable Rates Going UP!

December 5, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

From the What Did You Expect Department, Comcast announced on Thursday that the company would be raising the rates for basic (analog) cable service an average of 6 percent nationwide, starting as early as January 1, 2006. This brings the average rate for basic cable to more that $47 a month. Most other cable operators including Time Warner, Cox Communications, and Cablevision have either announced increases or indicated that increases...

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