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Month: August 2007

IBM Gets the DTV Gig

August 17, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Congress and the FCC have decided that on February 17, 2009, analog television terrestrial broadcasts -- "over the air" -- will cease. This frees up all those radio spectrum frequencies for other uses, including the sale of some ranges to private businesses, which will bring billions of dollars into the federal coffers. Congress is concerned that many Americans are not aware of the cut-off, and that they will not have...

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Sony PC for Living Room

August 16, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

The number of good reasons for having a computer attached to your television grows daily. Digital video recording, access to shared media storage, Internet music and video streams, and more make it an ideal match. Of course, the "Design Police" may object to putting an ugly beige box by your beautiful flat screen HDTV. Sony has a solution. You might think that the new VAIO TP1 Living Room computer looks...

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Camel’s Nose Further into the Tent

August 15, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

DRM is the acronymn for "Digital Rights Management", but as I've repeatedly pointed out, it's just a pretty way of saying "copy protection". (Sort of like calling a tax increase "revenue enhancement".) And as I've stated before, the landscape is littered with failed attempts at making copy protection stick. I believe that in the long run, it is counterproductive and is an impediment to sales and earnings for the owners...

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HDTV Before “Same Day Release”

August 14, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Up until a few years ago, the standard practice for movies was to release them in the theaters first, and then four to six months later, bring them out on VHS or DVD. That "release window" shrank to four to six weeks, and now many movies are released to DVD on the same day that they debut on the big screens. Video on demand has also become a factor, and...

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NFL Zebras to Get HD Replay

August 13, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Have you seen the television commercial for Sharp Aquos LCD HDTVs? It's the one where the golfer hits the ball in the rough, and everyone on the course is searching for the ball but can't find it. And all the folks watching at home -- on high-definition LCD TVs -- can clearly see the ball, and they're all pointing and yelling at the screen. It makes for a great commercial,...

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Hi-Def DVD: Door #3?

August 10, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

At the CEDIA conference in Denver next month, the proponents of Blu-ray and HD DVD will be doing their best to convice professional installers of home entertainment systems to use their high definition DVD technology. However, a third choice will be making its U.S. debut; New Medium Enterprises will introduce their HD VMD technology. The acronym stands for High Definition Vesatile Multilayer Disc, and the technology has an important difference...

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IPTV: Heavyweights Join Forces in Japan

August 9, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Not all technology advances that take hold in Japan make it across the Pacific to the United States, but in many ways, the country is a bellwether for what we can expect to see next. And if TV Portal Service is any indication, IPTV may be a significant factor over here sooner than we might have expected. Sony has joined forces with Matsushita (Panasonic), Sharp, Toshiba, and Hitachi, to create...

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Sharp Sues Samsung

August 8, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Not since Godzilla took on Rodan have we seen a battle of oriental titans like this, even if the combat will take place within the staid confines of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. It's good that Texans are used to events staged on a grand scale. The battle lines have been drawn, as Sharp has filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung, citing five LCD...

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Hi-Def DVDs Taking Off

August 7, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

One of the big questions about the high definition DVD format wars between HD DVD and Blu-ray is this: Does anyone really care? Are consumers really ready to replace their existing DVD players and libraries with expensive high definition players? Well, it appears that a lot of people are headed in that direction. Yesterday, Warner Home Video reported that the company sold more than 250,000 high definition copies of the...

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When Is 1080 Not HDTV?

August 6, 2007 | Ibex Marketing

Plasma makers are making a big push back against the gains of LCD panels in HDTV applications, and they're pulling out all the stops. Buyers will have to look closely and read carefully to make sure that they get what they think their getting. For example, consider the new "1080" plasma panels put forth by Hitachi, in models such as the P42H401 or P50H401. Hitachi promotes these as "HD1080 Plasma...

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