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Month: July 2006

Samsung Ships LED DLP HDTV

July 17, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

According to a report in TWICE magazine, Samsung has started shipping their HL-S5679W rear projection DLP HDTV. This is a significant product, because it is the first to market with an LED light source instead of the conventional UHP lamp. The conventional lamp needs to be replaced every 3,000 to 4,000 hours, and can cost about $300 or so. This has been one of the points that have made buyers...

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Warner Brothers to Ship Blu-ray DVDs

July 14, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

It's hardly a flood, but a few new Blu-ray titles are starting to trickle out now that the Blu-ray player from Samsung has started to ship. Warner Brothers has announced plans to ship four titles on August 1, at prices ranging from $28.99 to $34.99: "Good Night and Good Luck", "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang", "Rumor Has It" and "Training Day". All but the first one have already been released on...

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More Movies the Web

July 13, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

The movie studios continue to throw spaghetti at any wall they can find, in hopes that something will stick. Now it's Sony inking a deal with GUBA.com to distribute feature films from the Sony catalog. The films will be available for download to own, and Sony expects to have 500 titles available within the year. Movies include new releases and older films from the Sony catalog. GUBA.com uses Microsoft's Digital...

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Putting the Brakes on LCD TV Production

July 12, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

LCD panel inventories are piling up around the world, creating headaches for LCD panel manufacturers. One of the largest -- LG.Philips LCD -- just blinked after reporting a second quarter loss of $392 million (compared to a $31 million profit for the same quarter a year ago). With four week's of inventory sitting in warehouses, the company has announced that it is "temporizing" production. Perhaps more significant is the fact...

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HD Red Laser Drive Debuts

July 11, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

If you don't want to spend $500 to $1,000 or more for a drive to play HDTV content on high-density blue laser discs, you now have an option. The AVeL LinkPlayer2 will go on sale at CompUSA on August 1, with a $249 list price. Yes, this is a red laser device that plays standard DVDs, and no, standard DVDs are not HD even though they look pretty good when...

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LCDs Go Wide

July 10, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

AU Optronics is one of the largest LCD panel producers in Taiwan, and according to a report from DigiTimes, the company has announced plans for new widescreen models for the second half of 2006. Sizes will include 19-, 20-, 22-, 24- and 26-inch models, some of which will also come with LED backlights instead of the standard CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent lamp) backlights. This is one more part of a push...

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HDTV and Gaming: Samsung

July 7, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

At least one major display company sees a tie between HDTV and video gaming. Samsung is a worldwide sponsor of the World Cyber Games, and has signed an agreement to provide displays and other devices for all WCG events in the US. Clearly, the company sees these as worthwhile opportunities to show off their HDTV models and other products. As the next generation of 1080-capable (either 1080i or 1080p) game...

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Who Pays for the Almanac?

July 6, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

A recent article in Business Week raises the issue of blogs and other commentaries receiving payments from corporations to say nice things about them. And in some cases, this financial "encouragement" is not disclosed by the writer. Maybe it's my 60s upbringing, but I don't read anything in print or online without questioning the source, considering the motivation. And so I expect it to be natural for readers of HDTV...

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BenQ and Blu-ray

July 5, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

BenQ has announced that it will start shipping a Blu-ray recorder starting next month. The drive will read and write CD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats. Perhaps the most startling feature is that it will sell for about $1,000, which is about the same price as many of the announced read-only Blu-ray drives from other countries. Has BenQ figured out how to make these drives much more cheaply than the competition?...

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