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Month: September 2006

Reconsider Front Projection HDTV

September 15, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

At the CEDIA show this week in Denver, one hot topic has been the new wave of 1080p front projectors designed for HDTV applications. Until now, these typically cost $10,000 or more, and were destined for high-end home theater installations. Then on Wednesday, Sony announced its new VPL-VW50 that uses the company's acclaimed SXRD version of LCoS technology. It is scheduled to ship later this month with 900 lumens, dual...

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Sharp Lowers Prices on New HDTVs

September 14, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

My position on whether or not to choose 1080p over 720p has always been tempered by disclaimers about how much of a premium you should pay to get the extra resolution of 1080p. If the prices are the same, then I definitely would get the 1080p model (assuming all else is equal, such as the quality of the LCD panel and of the scalers). Well, Sharp may have made the...

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TiVo Goes HD

September 13, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

TiVo -- the company that put "digital video recorder" on the map and became a verb just like Google -- has announced a new model this week. It's designed from the ground up to handle HDTV program recording, and this beast has the specs to prove it. For example, it has a 250 GB hard drive, which is reportedly enough to store 32 hours of HD programming. (Or 300 hours...

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Let Circuit City Do It!

September 12, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Pop quiz, cousin: You've just spent $4,000 on a 108 pounds of glass and electronics, and you're going to hang it on the wall, and you don't want it to fall down, and you want all the wires to run to it neatly, without having to tear huge holes in your living room drywall. What are you going to do? This is one aspect that many consumers have not considered;...

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Tipping Point for High-Def DVD?

September 11, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

The latest delays for the Sony PS3 are reportedly caused by problems with getting parts for the Blu-Ray DVD players that are to be part of the package. And now Sony says that they are only going to ship 100,000 units for the entire USA in November. How many stores will be carrying it? If each one takes a unit as a floor model, there goes a large portion of...

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HDMI Goes Wireless

September 8, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

If you have an older home, running wires to your HDTV from the various components can be a hassle. Cabling is costly, but the real expense comes in trying to route those wires through walls in a way that can be repaired or hidden. Gefen has announced a new product that may be a cost-effective alternative. Their $499 HDMI Extender includes send and receive units that communicate wirelessly at up...

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If You Have to Ask…

September 7, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Looking for a unique gift this year for that special HDTV-loving someone in your life? Check out the Yalos Diamond from Keymat Industrie of Italy. Those little sparkly dots around the black bezel in the photo are diamonds. Real diamonds. 160 of them, for a total of 20 carats. And in case you're concerned about buying an Italian product, rest assured that the company's founders "are aware of the fact...

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Wal-Mart on ESPN

September 6, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, so it's not surprising to hear that one of the world's largest retailers has inked an advertising deal with ESPN. Even less surprising is the fact that the deal is for time on (the new) Monday Night Football that starts next Monday. And given the strong links between HD and sports, there's no surprise at all that the retailer will be pushing their HDTV products. The surprise is that...

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The Power of Indie TV

September 5, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

It's been said that the power of the press belongs to the person who owns one. Starting with Gutenberg, technology designed to disseminate information has had the ability to change the world. Look at the effects of broadcast television: not just news but the cultural impact of entertainment and sports programming as well. The World Wide Web put this power in the hands of individuals. Millions and millions of Web...

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Happy Labor Day!

September 4, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Today is a holiday in the USA, in part to honor the working men and women of the country. And instead of taking the day off (well, not the whole day), I got to thinking about working folks and HDTVs. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage in June 2005 was $18.62, and the average worker clocked 35.7 hours per week. That's about $665 per...

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