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Month: August 2006

Take a PC TV Survey

August 17, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I've read Jon Peddie's writing for years, and he's one of the top experts I know on computer graphics. His areas of interest now collide with HDTV, as the personal computer may be poised to become the central hub for television and other forms of home entertainment. His company is conducting an online survey about TVs in PCs, and he is interested in your opinions, whether you know anything about...

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Radio Shack for HDTV?

August 16, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I've reported here already about Radio Shack's plans to bring HDTVs into its stores. The question now is whether or not they will be in financial shape to make the transition. The company has already closed 480 stores, leaving about 6,000 stores. And last week, they announced that they will be cutting as many as 450 jobs, mostly at their headquarters. Cell phone sales have not been working well for...

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Disney Goes Slow on BluRay

August 15, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

According to a post on TVPredictions, Disney CEO Robert Iger stated last week that neither Cars nor Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest would be released on BluRay this year. This is potentially embarrassing for Sony as Disney is a member of the BluRay camp. According to the report, Iger predicted that "adoption of next-gen DVD will be slower to market than standard-definition DVD." It looks as though Iger...

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Load Up the Senses

August 14, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

I read a press release today in which the president and CEO of D2Audio claimed "We have long understood that improved audio leads to a perception of better video." I won't argue. In a past life, I was active in the flight simulation community: people who fly airplanes on their computers. In my studies of simulations -- flight and otherwise -- I learned about the concept of "immersion." This referred...

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Simpler HDTV Offers

August 11, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Dell recently announced that it will make its offers simpler for its PC, peripheral, and consumer electronic products. Over the next year and a half, they intend to reduce the number of rebates, special discounts, and other promotional offers by 80 percent. The net price is expected to remain about the same, but it will be easier for buyers to figure out what that is. Dell's announcement is like a...

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HDTV: Made in the USA?

August 10, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Syntax-Brillian announced Tuesday that they will be assembling Olevia LCD TVs in California starting later this month, and their LCoS rear projection TVs starting in September. According to the company, this will cut down on shipping costs and import duties. Presumably, the company also hopes to trade on their products' new "made in the USA" status. Will the savings and increased sales be enough to offset the higher labor costs?...

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US Gov Sells Frequencies Today

August 9, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Today, the US government hopes to have a little sale and raise $15 billion. What are they selling? Air. Well, to be more precise, they are selling the right to use radio waves in certain frequencies that travel through that air in certain parts of the country. According to the laws of the land, the radio spectrum belongs to the citizens, and the FCC is charged with managing those resources....

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IPTV Forecast to Grow Big

August 8, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Over the next five years, the number of IPTV subscribers will grow, according to the market research firm iSupply. Now, it would be nice if the market would double by 2010. Tripling would be better. Growing six times larger would be impressive. But iSupply forecasts that there will be 12 times as many subscribers in 2010 as there are today. That's enough growth to get anyone's attention. IPTV is still...

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New Optoma HDTV Projector

August 7, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

If you're a frequent reader of the HDTV Almanac, you're probably aware that I don't do product reviews. However, I will highlight new product announcements when I think they have some relevance beyond the individual model. And that's exactly why you should know about the EP1690 from Optoma. This is a DLP front projector. Yes, I know that most people do not consider front projectors for home use. They are...

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August 4, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

One of my standard comments about IPTV is that it will have to be at least as easy to use as regular broadcast, cable, or satellite TV. Five major HDTV manufacturers agree, and have announced plans to develop a standard user interface to get video content from the Internet. Sony, Matsushita (parent corporation of Panasonic), Sharp, Toshiba, and Hitachi have joined to create TV Portal Service. The key concept is...

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