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Month: March 2007

March Madness IPTV Again

March 16, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

CBS and the NCAA have teamed up again this year to provide free online coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. You can watch any game that isn't televised in your local market on the March Madness on Demand Web site. Registration is required, but it's all free and you get buzzer to buzzer coverage. Last year, CBS offered the service for free and more than 1.9 million viewers watched...

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Telco Video Franchise Rules Set

March 15, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

A report last week on TVTechnology.com describes the new video franchising rules set down by the FCC. The rules should help the telephone companies get permission to start offering television services around the country. One key element of the rules is that the local franchise authorities must reach an agreement within 90 days of application if the company has access to public rights-of-way. Most telephone companies have this. If the...

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3-in-1 HDTV Scaler

March 14, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Gefen -- www.gefen.com -- has announced a new product that may make it easier for some users to coordinate the video signals from various sources. The new HD Mate Scaler has two sets of component inputs and a DVI-I input that handles digital and analog signals. It then can identify the resolution of the incoming signals and reformat them to match the native resolution of your HDTV. This means that...

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HDTV Clearance Time

March 13, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

CES 2007 is fading into the mists of memory, but all those new HDTVs are starting to appear. Over the next six months, the products announced in January will start to appear on retailer's displays and in the listings of Web shopping sites. The dealers still have a sizable inventory left over from the end-of-year shopping season, however, so they are motivated to move some of their existing stock before...

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DST and Friendly HDTVs

March 12, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

If you managed to miss the fact that Daylight Savings Time (DST) started yesterday -- three weeks earlier than in years past -- you probably showed up an hour early for your first appointment today. Unless you had at least one clock in your home that made the change for you. Here's the "Spring Forward" scorecard from our home and office. We had nine devices that changed themselves to DST:...

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LCD HDTV Surplus through 2008

March 8, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

At the DisplayBank FPD Materials Conference last week in New York City, DisplayBank's Kenny Kim gave a presentation on the supply and demand for LCD panels over the coming years. He forecasts a sizeable surplus manufacturing capacity to continue until early 2009. This is in spite of many companies announcing plans to slow down or cancel new plant construction and expansion of existing plants. The fact is that the capital...

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Will Flash Trump High-Def DVDs?

March 7, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

All the pundits are still trying to handicap the race between the two blue laser high-definition DVD technologies. (For the record, this pundit has already picked HD DVD as the eventual winner over Blu-ray.) At the USDC investors' conference for displays last week in New York City, my friend and colleague Pete Putman posed an interesting thought; maybe Flash memory will trump the new DVDs entirely. This thought was prompted...

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New Wine in New Bottles: Laser TV HDTVs

March 6, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Anyone familiar with HDTV issues knows that the rear projection television -- RPTV -- market defies gravity. These devices are largely 1080p resolution, so you get the best image detail possible, and they come in the large sizes that people need for a typical living room viewing distance. They weigh much less than a plasma or LCD display of the same screen size, they have smaller bezels so they blend...

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Truth Patrol: More Digital TV Confusion

March 5, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

The headline on the BizBlog on the Idaho Business Review Web site screams "You need to buy an HDTV in the next 24 months". This proves that there is at least one more Chicken Little writing about television in the blogosphere. Here are the facts, folks. In February 2009, analog broadcast over the air will cease. Digital broadcast over the air will continue, as it is available now. If you...

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Satellite HDTV Services Make Nice

March 2, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

On Tuesday, the two satellite TV services issued a joint announcement. EchoStar -- the company behind the DISH Network -- and DirecTV announced that they had settled "certain litigations" between them. Apparently, both were using each other's trademarked names in sponsored links on search engines using services such as Google Adwords. These links would use the competitor's name to drive traffic to their own sites. The announcement stated that both...

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