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Month: March 2008

Best Buy Offers Blu-Ray for $300

March 17, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

One of the fears about Blu-ray's victory in the high definition DVD format war was that without competition, prices would not fall or could even rise. The fact that older Blu-ray players don't have the capabilities of current models, and that new models with Internet support won't be out until next fall (at the earliest?) could be causing some buyers to delay a purchase decison for the time being. And...

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Truth Patrol: Not All RP Is LCD

March 14, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

NBC 13 in Birmingham, Alabama, certainly had its heart in the right place when it published "The In's And Out's Of HDTV" on its Web site for its viewers, but it would have been better if they got their facts straight before they tried to explain these topics. The story has a number of glaring mistakes, but here is the one section that I'll pick on here: "If you want...

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YouTube on TiVo

March 13, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Yesterday, TiVo announced plans that will let subscribers access YouTube content directly through a TiVo DVR. To take advantage of this feature when it becomes available later this year, you will need a Series3 DVR (which includes the new TiVo HD) and a broadband Internet connection. You will be able to search and watch the YouTube content directly on your television set. Naturally, the content will not be in HD...

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More 3D on the Way

March 12, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

According to an Associated Press report, four major Hollywood studios have reached agreements with Access Integrated Technologies to help finance the conversion of up to 10,000 more movie theater screens to digital technology capable of projecting 3D images. The deal is worth up to $700 million. Hollywood has been enticed by digital technology for years, as it improves image fidelity and eliminates the production and handling costs of fragile film...

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Monster Promotes “Entry-Level” Cables

March 11, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, Monster Cable announced plans to expand the distribution of their lower-priced HDMI cables. Monster is known for its high quality cables available at many consumer electronic retailers, which sell for breath-taking prices. The next step down in price usually takes the buyer to a different brand. Monster intends to capture more of those sales by offering a lower priced cable, the MC 500 HD. This model retails for...

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More Blu-ray Fallout

March 10, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Samsung has announced cancellation of its plans to build its new dual format HD DVD/Blu-ray player, the BD-UP5500 that was announced at CES 2008. Apparently, the company will continue to sell the BD-UP5000 hybrid player that was supposed to be replaced by the new model. The older set is available on Amazon for under $500 (plus shipping) as I write this, but this still is more than separate Blu-ray and...

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Pioneer To End Plasma Production

March 7, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

It's official. Pioneer confirmed the rumors today and announced that the company will cease production of plasma panels. Pioneer was one of the few remaining plasma manufacturers, along with the giant Matsushita (parent of Panasonic). Pioneer had already announced plans for a joint venture with Sharp in order to get a supply of panels for LCD HDTVs. Pioneer is expected to get its plasma panels from Panasonic (which recently announced...

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eWaste: HP Makes a Dent

March 6, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Last month, HP announced that it had recycled almost 250 million pounds of electronics hardware and related consumables in 2007. According to the company's press release, this was equivalent to two Titanics. HP has already recycled more than 1 billion pounds of electronics, and has now set a goal of 2 billion pounds by 2010. Since the recycle amount for 2007 was 50% more than in 2006, they should be...

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End of an Era: Sony Trinitron

March 5, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Traditional picture tube televisions have the three electron guns arranged in a triangle. The resulting geometry requires a screen that is curved both horizontally and vertically. 40 years ago, Sony engineers realized that you could put the three guns in a line, and use vertical stripes of phosphors instead of circular dots. And this resulted in a screen that was only curved horizontally; it was flat vertically. This design was...

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Changing Partners

March 4, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Sony is one of the largest flat panel HDTV companies in the world, but they don't make the LCD panels used in these sets. They get many of their panels from a Korean company called S-LCD, which is a 50/50 joint venture with Samsung that was created in 2004. (Samsung actually owns 50% plus one share, so it has the controlling ownership.) But all that is changing. Sharp has already...

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