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Month: May 2007

OLED Screens of Steel!

May 17, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Today, LG.Philips LCD announced that they will be demonstrating a flexible OLED display next week at the Society for Information Display Symposium next week in Long Beach, CA. (And I'll be there, reporting on the new developments in display technology here in the HDTV Almanac.) The demonstration panel has a 4" diagonal size, and a QVGA resolution of 320 by 240 pixels. The panel has two interesting features. First, it...

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Is HDTV on Cable in Peril?

May 16, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

It's strange that one acronym -- IP -- covers two different terms that both stand to have a big impact on HDTV content on cable systems. IP stands for Internet Protocol, and it's shaping up as a competitor to cable; as more and more people get high-speed broadband Internet access, delivery of HDTV content over IP becomes more practical. But IP also stands for "intellectual property" and that may pose...

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Wal-Mart Goes HDTV

May 15, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

That happy smiley face will be shining down over a lot more HDTVs, as Wal-Mart aggressively expands its offerings. According to a company press release yesterday, the chain will start carrying Vizio’s 26", 32", 37", and 42" flat panel television models . You can also expect to find 1080p sets 40" or larger from Philips and Polaroid. The stores will also carry more Samsung models. The heart of this announcement...

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A Movie on a Card

May 14, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

I was originally skeptical about the demand for video content on mobile phones, but studies in Europe made me a believer. The US market still trails Europe and parts of Asia in adopting this technology, but signs indicate that Americans are about to see lots of new products and services in this area. And a new development does not require the third generation wireless networks that are slow to develop...

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Another Company Bails on Plasma

May 11, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Panasonic is the big dog in the plasma display market, and their planned production expansion is a measure of their commitment to the market. Others are not so confident that plasma can remain competitive, however. Direct view LCD has already taken over the HDTV market up to 5o", and is poised to make a fight for the 50" to 55" range. So it should not be a shock that Funai...

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Pioneer Announces New Plasma HDTVs

May 10, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Pioneer has a strong reputation for high-quality plasma displays. At their spring line show event in New York, the company announced their new products for 2007: Brand Model No. Screen Size (Diagonal) Resolution Availability Suggested Price Pioneer PDP-4280HD 42 inch XGA June $2,700 Pioneer PDP-5080HD 50 inch XGA June $3,500 Pioneer PDP-5010FD 50 inch 1080p September $5,000 Pioneer PDP-6010FD 60 inch 1080p September $6,500 Elite PRO-950HD 42 inch XGA July...

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LG Replaces ‘Fridge Magnets with HDTV

May 9, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, our refrigerator is covered with snapshot photos of family and friends. I mean covered; apparently there is a social barometer that indicates when your photo moves off the doors and around to the side to make room for a more "door-worthy" picture. But now LG has come up with a refrigerator that may provide a permanent solution to the magnet and door-space shortage. Yesterday, the company announced the LSC27990TT...

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Get SMART with Online Video?

May 8, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Bruce Springsteen sang about "57 channels and nothin's on". It makes you wonder about what he'd think about all the video that's available online these days. I have a widget on my Google homepage that brings up a variety of new and popular video clips, which led me back to something I already new about but had forgotten. Did you watch the movie "Good Will Hunting"? The premise is that...

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DirecTV on the Road

May 7, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

On Thursday, DirecTV announced their new "Sat-Go" product. This briefcase-sized device contains a 17" LCD screen and a DirecTV satellite receiver. Just open it up, point it south at a DirecTV satellite, and you'll get all your DirecTV programming on the system including premium sports subscriptions. It has rechargeable batteries, and runs on regular household AC current, or 12 volt DC. The main drawback is that it only receives standard...

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Google Mounts YouTube Defense

May 4, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Media giant Viacomm holds the rights to many popular video properties, including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. I'm not saying that these programs are designed to appeal to viewers with short attention spans, but the content does lend itself well to capture and uploading to YouTube (which has a 10 minute cap on segment lengths). And these viewers seem to want to share the latest thing they saw on these...

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