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Month: September 2008

IPTV Impacts Presidential Campaigns?

September 16, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Thomas Jefferson once wrote "The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate." The Internet could be a positive or negative force in this regard. On the one hand, it makes it too easy to only hear from those sources that agree with youon different subjects. On the other hand, the full spectrum of political views and discourse are equally available. I find that "first sources" are perhaps most valuable...

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Reader Question: Black Bars on Wide Screen

September 15, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Q: Is there anyway to eliminate the "side bars" from an HD picture ? Jack Keefe A: To paraphrase a former president, we could do that, but it would be wrong. The "side bars" on an HD screen occur when you show standard definition content on a wide screen. The standard definition has a 4:3 aspect ratio — nearly square — while HD screens have a 16:9 wide format that...

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DirecTV Grows

September 12, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

DirecTV must be on the right track as it focuses on adding HDTV channels. According to The Bridge, the satellite service grew by 219,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2008, while its rival DISH Network declined by 25,000 customers. This places DirecTV as the number two television subscription service in the US, behind only Comcast. And the more than 17 million subscribers tops Comcast's 16.3 million digital subscribers. One...

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Reader Question: Rabbit Ears for Digital TV?

September 11, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Q: I think I've heard you mention on The Personal Computer Show that rabbit ear owners would do well to replace their old antenna with a digital style model. Is that correct? Richard Blum A: Actually, Richard, my take on "rabbit ears" is slightly different. The problem is that analog signals can be received even when the signal has a lower strength; you get a snowy picture but you can...

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Built for “a Really Big Shoe”

September 10, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, I expect that few readers will remember how Ed Sullivan always introduced his Sunday variety TV show as being a "really big shoe tonight" (back in the day when TV hosts didn't have to be gorgeous and under 30). But if Ed's show was still on the air, you might want to watch it on a Runco CineWall CW-95HD. You also may not be familiar with the Runco brand....

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Laser TV Price Set; Brace Yourself

September 9, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Numerous sources are reporting that Mitsubishi has announced the pricing for the 65" model of its new Laser TV, recently branded "Laservue". The rear projection 1080p design is slated to ship by "the end of the third quarter" -- ("Really, Seth? Really, Amy!") -- so we've only got to wait a few more weeks . And when it gets here, you'll be able to buy one for $6,999. Huh?!? This...

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Amazon Heats Up Online Video

September 8, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

As Blockbuster and Netflix battle it out for dominance in the movie rental business, both will have to be looking over their shoulder at Amazon. Amazon has had its "Unbox" service that lets users rent and purchase and download movies, but last week, the company launched its new "Video on Demand" service. Aside from its simple but descriptive title, the service represents a big next step for on-demand online video....

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Has the Silly Season Started Already?

September 5, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

We were shopping in Costco on Wednesday evening -- that's my wife and I, not the editorial or royal "we" -- and I spotted someone rolling a Westinghouse box out the door as we walked in. Looked like a 42" screen or thereabouts. And sure enough, right on the second endcap, was a pile of Westinghouse boxes. The sale was on a 42" 1080p LCD HDTV model (no, I didn't...

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HD Projector Has No Lamp

September 3, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Front projectors are the most cost-effective way to get a really big HD image on a wall. One complication is that they use tiny arc lamps that need to be replaced every few thousand hours. Not only is it expensive, but it's also a nuisance... especially if your projector is mounted on the ceiling. Rear projection makers have replaced the lamps in some models with solid-state light sources that should...

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