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Month: January 2009

CES 2009: Trend — Green

January 16, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

After I had sat through my fourth consecutive manufacturer's press conference at CES 2009, I started making the shorthand notation in my notes: OGS (Obligatory Green Speech). As I predicted last year, the environmentally friendly position gave a company an advantage last year, but it has become required just to stay competitive this year. So the companies were falling all over each other to claim how much cleaner their factories...

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CES 2009: Trend — No Wires

January 15, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Another trend at CES this year is that wireless connections for HDMI were everywhere. They were all different, and everyone had a reason why their solution was best, but the bottom line is that it solves a major HDTV problem; what to do with the wires. Some of the manufacturers, including LG, unveiled sets with the wireless interface built in; just connect your signal sources to a set top box...

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CES 2009: Trend — Thin is In, Sort Of

January 14, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I've got lots of photos of thin flat panel HDTVs that were announced by all sorts of companies at CES this year. And I'm not going to post any of them here. Sure, it's pretty amazing that they can make a big plasma or LCD set that's less than an inch thick. But my reaction is "So what?" When you're sitting in a position so that you get a good...

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CES 2009: Is That a Projector in Your Pocket?

January 13, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Front projectors are big and noisy and heavy and they put you right to sleep with then conference lights dim and the first PowerPoint slide appears on the screen. Right? Well, front projectors are poised to make a huge impact on both the business and entertainment segments with the new pico projectors. These tiny devices are only about 7 to 10 lumens bright, but they run on battery power and...

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CES 2009: DTV Switch Boosts Satellite

January 12, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The DISH Network booth at CES 2009 was emblazoned with a huge banner touting service including more than 50 HD channels and 15 premium movie channels and a free HD DVR upgrade for just $9.95 a month. Now, that's only a six-month promotional rate (only three months of the premium movies), but it's still pretty attractive. After the promotional rate expires, the rate jumps to $45 a month, but that...

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CES 2009: Dolby Smooths the Volume

January 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Don't you just hate it? You're watching a TV show and a commercial comes on with the sound track at twice the volume, blasting you out of your chair. Or in an action movie, the characters are whispering to each other inbetween massive explosions. And you're sitting there, wearing out the volume buttons on your remote control. Some TV sets do have a noise limiting feature, but this simply clamps...

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CES 2009: Netflix Everywhere

January 8, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Blockbuster had better watch out; Netflix is making some bold moves. The company is repositioning itself in preparation for the day when Internet delivery replaces the distribution of rental movies on little plastic discs, either from a storefront or by the mail. I've written lately about some of the new devices that let you access the Netflix on-demand movies over the Internet, and it's a great bargain at all-you-can-eat so...

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HDMI Wins an Emmy

January 7, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Today, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents the founders of HDMI with the Technology & Engineering Excellence Emmy Award, in recognition of the HDMI technology standard. Since its introduction six years ago, HDMI has become the connection of choice for HDTVs and related equipment. The high speed digital connection provides fidelity and performance that delivers the best image to a high definition screen, and can also...

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Hurry Up and Wait!

January 6, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Remember when I said you should order your digital TV converter coupon from the NTIA "today"? I hope that you did, because word comes from Washington that the agency has run through its funding and is now putting new requests on a waiting list. According to a report in TWICE, the NTIA has filled 46 million coupon requests from 24 million households. According to Nielsen, there are about 14.3 million...

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Your DTV Broadcast Reception

January 5, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

As I've mentioned here on more than a few occasions, digital TV broadcast signals do not carry as far as analog signals. A weak analog signal results in a snowy picture, but a weak digital signal results in a blank screen. How can you tell what your experience will be with broadcast television after the analog transmissions stop next month? It turns out that the FCC has been looking into...

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