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Month: November 2008

Pico Projector to Ship Next Month

November 14, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Look at this picture. Yes, the device on the right is an iPod, and you can store photos and video on it which you can then watch on the little LCD screen. But what if you want to show the content to someone else, or a couple of people? Do you all crowd around and peer at the little screen? That's what the box on the left is all about....

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RP HDTV: Not Quite Gone

November 13, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

CompUSA.com sent out an email yesterday advertising some sale specials. The lead item was a 61" 120 Hz 1080p HDTV on sale for $1,099.99. This is no off-brand product; it's from Samsung. It's ready to display 3D images, such as movies or video games. And it's not a refurbished return; it's got a full factory warranty. And it's a 2008 model with up-to-date electronics. So what's the catch? There's no...

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How “H” is Online HDTV?

November 12, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

MultiMedia Intelligence issued a press release last week, announcing a new research report on peer-to-peer use of the Internet for for video content and its impact on connection bandwidths and the new data transfer caps being implemented by Comcast on all residential accounts. The release gives a lot of good information, even if you don't spend thousands for the full report. Buried in the release are some tidbits that are...

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The Lion Roars on YouTube

November 11, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

YouTube is the place to watch those funky homemade short videos, right? Stuff like cats doing clever (or stupid) things, or stunts that might make it on AFHV. And of course there are those clips from TV shows, many of which are posted illegally by viewers and soon get taken down. But you don't find a lot of lengthy, substantial content on YouTube, right? You may be surprised to find...

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Circuit City Tunes to Channel 11

November 10, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Circuit City acknowledged that there is indeed an elephant in the room today, declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an attempt to seek protection from creditors while it tries to create a reorganization plan to save the company. The problem is that it owes millions of dollars to the very companies that it needs to provide inventory for the upcoming holiday sales season. Given the dreadful sales figures for October, it...

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Vizio Meets Energy Star Specs

November 7, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Back in January, I singled out "green" issues as one of the key themes of the CES 2008 conference. I was focused on the environmental issues -- power consumption, hazardous materials, manufacturing pollution -- but the power consumption issue seems to have taken the spotlight as consumers are also more conscious about saving "green" on their utility bills. So when the new Energy Star 3.0 standards took hold on Saturday,...

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Sharp LCD TVs with Blu-ray Recorders

November 6, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Last month, Sharp announced the DX series of AQUOS LCD HDTVs for the Japanese market. The sets come in 26" to 52" sizes, but they all have one important detail in common; they all include a built-in Blu-ray DVD recorder. Now, including standard DVD players in an LCD TV is fairly common these days. A built-in Blu-ray high definition player is less common. But including a Blu-ray HD DVD recorder...

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NetFlix Takes Another Step

November 5, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

NetFlix is clearly preparing to make the transition from DVDs to electronic delivery of rental movies. On Monday, the company announced that it was ending its practice of offering used DVDs for sale. They didn't say what they were going to do with all those discs, but presumably they will be wholesaled to another company who will then resell them. (Either that, or NetFlix is planning on going into the...

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Help Me, Obi-Wan!

November 4, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Next to the SuperBowl, a presidential election seems to bring out the geek in the television graphic designers. It's a one-time event that lets them throw away budget limitations and build the slickest technology they can in order to make their broadcast coverage the most compelling show possible. So watch for some cool visuals tonight when you watch the election returns. For example, CNN is planning to create live holographic-style...

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Circuit City Closing Deals Start Wednesday

November 3, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Circuit City announced today that the company will close 155 stores. These stores will not open tomorrow, and the closing sales will begin on Wednesday, November 5. Our local store will not be closing. You can find out if you're near one of the targeted stores by reading the list posted on the Circuit City Web site at http://tinyurl.com/5krv5b. Will these sales generate enough cash to keep Circuit City afloat...

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