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Month: June 2007

Best Buy and Blockbuster Plan Movie Downloads

June 15, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Apple does it. Amazon does it. Wal-Mart does it. And now it appears that both Best Buy and Blockbuster are planning to offer movie download services at some point in the future. This revelation occured when the CEO of Lionsgate mentioned in an investor conference call that the studio has made digital distribution deals with the two retailers. It makes sense for both of these companies to explore electronic distribution...

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Panasonic Helps Plasma Dads

June 14, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

The HDTV manufacturers are doing their best to promote their products as the perfect gift for some deserving dad on this year's Father's Day. Panasonic is offering some free help to those trying to decide what to buy. In a reprise of a feature that they ran during last winter's holiday buying season, the company is opening up their Plasma Concierge service for free to anyone through June 17th. The...

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Westinghouse Backs Gaming on HDTV

June 13, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

At three national gaming events this summer, Westinghouse Digital Electronics will showcase its 1080p LCD HDTVs. The events are Comic-Con (July 26-29, San Diego, CA) and two Showdown LAN events (June 15-17, San Jose, CA and September 14-16, Indianapolis, IN). Westinghouse will also be giving away 37" 1080p LCD HDTVs at all three events. The fact is that gamers are discovering that larger displays add a great deal to the...

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Sony Sued over Blu-ray Patents

June 12, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

The bad news keeps piling up for Sony. A company named Target Technology has claimed that it has patents on the reflective layer materials that are an integral part of the Blu-ray design. They specified silver alloys that are less expensive than gold but more corrosion resistant than pure silver. The suit was filed in Southern Indiana U.S. District Court in May. Proponents of Blu-ray keep up a brave front,...

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Planar Buys Runco

June 11, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Planar Systems has been known for its display products for niche markets, such as medical applications. For a time, the company positioned itself to be a major player in the desktop PC monitor market. Then last fall, at the CEDIA 2006 conference in Denver, the company made a big splash with its announcement that it intended to go after the high-end HDTV enthusiast market. CEDIA is a show for custom...

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HDTV Sounds Great

June 8, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Some technologies are dominant in a market, but you may not be aware of it. For example, Corning makes more than half the glass used in LCD panels worldwide. But here's a technology that is almost as widely used that you might not know about; nearly two out of every five flat panel TVs sold last year included features made possible by SRS Labs. Never heard of them? SRS Labs...

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SID 2007: Flexible Displays

June 7, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

I will admit that this is an afterthought, but I'm still going over my notes from SID 2007 even though it ended two weeks ago. One of the big topics at the conference was flexible displays. A few were intended for video and other fast-moving images, such as the LG.Philips OLED build on a stainless steel foil substrate (mentioned here previously in the HDTV Almanac). NEC had an interesting LCD...

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Highs and Lows in HD

June 6, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

The Weather Channel has announced plans to transform the network to HDTV. In May, construction started on a new studio that is part of a $50 million investment over the next year and a half. The company has announced plans to launch a separate HD channel starting this September. Initially, the studio content will be in high definition, but over time, the rest of the programming and even field segments...

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More on Wal-Mart HDTV

June 5, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

A story posted yesterday on TWICE ( provides more detail about Wal-Mart's expansion into the HDTV market. According to the report, Wal-Mart is boosting its inventory from 10 to 11 brands by adding Vizio. In April, they had 28 models, but that swelled to 36 models in May, half of which were the four new Vizio models: VW26L, VW32L, VW37L, and VW42L. Wal-Mart is serious about its HDTV play, and...

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Licensing Pool for HD DVD

June 4, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

As we are frequently reminded, the reason that a lot of companies are in the consumer electronics market is not just to manufacture and sell products, but also to get revenue by licensing the intellectual property used to create those products. The battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD to be the high-definition laser storage solution is really a battle over who will get the licensing fees. One major challenge for...

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