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Month: July 2007

HD DVD on Demand from Amazon

July 16, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Amazon.com has created CustomFlix Labs, which produces DVDs on demand for sale on Amazon. The service has been in the news lately on two counts. First, it has settled on the HD DVD format for its discs, and is offering free authoring and setup services for the first 1,000 indie film titles to be offered through the service. The second bit of news is that CustomFlix and ABD News have...

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Sharp Boosts AQUOS LCD HDTV Support

July 13, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

It's not enough to have a great looking screen, as many retailers have found. Customers still return new HDTVs by the boatload. So retailers are looking for ways to help keep the new HDTV at home once it gets there. And some manufacturers recognize this as an opportunity to support their retailers, so they are creating new services for their customers. One prime example of this is Sharp's new program,...

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Blu-ray HD Movies on Your PC

July 12, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

As reported here recently, the list price for a Sony Blu-ray high definition DVD player has fallen to $500. That's still a lot more than the $299 for a Toshiba HD DVD player, but now there's a more affordable option to get Blu-ray if you already have a computer. Pioneer has announced yesterday that they are now shipping their BDC-2202 combination optical drive for personal computers. The drive can read...

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DISH Adds HDTV Channels

July 11, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

In an announcement yesterday, DISH Network revealed plans to add more HDTV channels to their offerings. Eight regional sports network channels will be added today, which bring the total to 17. On August 15, seven national HD channels will be added: MHD (music programming) Golf/Versus HD Animal Planet HD The Science Channel HD TLC HD Discovery HD History HD The company announced that additional HD channels will be added in...

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Big Glass for LCD HDTVs

July 10, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

LCD panels are produced in a batch process; you take a sheet of glass and apply various coatings and layers and eventually you get a display. If you use larger sheets of glass, you get more panels in each batch, so the process becomes more efficient. And greater efficiency means lower production costs. Or at least that's the theory. As consumers have demanded larger and larger screen sizes, the LCD...

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Sony Blu-ray Player for $500

July 9, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

In the battle for the high definition DVD format, the HD DVD camp has enjoyed a considerable price advantage over the Blu-ray competition. Sony has just diminished that gap by a bit by lowering the price on Blu-ray player by $100. No, this is not the BDP S300 that Sony dropped to $499 last month; it's the PlayStation 3 60 GB model that is now priced under $500. As the...

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FCC Cites Retailers on Analog Tuner Warnings

July 6, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Starting last April, the FCC required retailers to post warning labels on any TVs that have only analog tuners. In preparation for the cut-off of analog terrestrial broadcast -- "over the air" channels -- on February 17, 2009, the FCC requires that all devices that have television tuners must have a digital tuner. Manufacturers are permitted to sell any existing stock of analog-only tuner TVs, but must include a warning...

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Circuit City to Drop Some HDTV Brands

July 5, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

In reporting weak first quarter financials, the president of Circuit City announced that the national retailer intends to "simplify the selection" of HDTVs. This could mean that the company intends to stock fewer brands. If that's the case, it could help start the expected industry shake-out. Some say that there are too many different brands vying for shelf space. It's already difficult to get retail distribution, but it could get...

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New HDTV Content: Who Pays?

July 4, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Digital video recorders such as TiVo and equivalent services from many digital cable companies have made it you never have to watch a commerical again. Distributors of video content on the Internet are searching for business model that works. The changing landscape of video entertainment and information poses a difficult question: who is going to pay for the production and distribution of the content? It can be expensive to create...

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FiOS Hits Seven Figures

July 3, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Is fiber optic broadband to the home a viable technology? Verizon is betting heavily that it is, and the returns are starting to show. The company has announced that it has signed up one million subscribers for its FiOS service. Half of those subscribers are receiving television service via FiOS. Now, these numbers pale compared with competing services. The combined satellite services have around 30 million subscribers, and Comcast cable...

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