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Month: April 2009

More Electronics Recycling Centers

April 16, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The Manufacturers Recycling Management Company -- MRM -- is a joint venture between Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba to encourage the recycling of consumer electronics in the U.S. Panasonic announced Tuesday that an additional 30 recycling sites have been added, bringing the total to 310 with coverage in all 50 states. These sites will accept any Panasonic, Sharp, or Toshiba consumer electronics for recycling at no charge; they will also accept...

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Circuit City Online to Continue

April 15, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Systemax -- the company behind Tiger Direct -- bought the Web site and a couple of the CompUSA stores in Florida when that company closed last year. Now Systemax is in line to take over the Circuit City Web domain and some other assets, which would increase the company's dominant position as an online consumer electronics retailer. The deal calls for Systemax to pay $6.5 million, plus a percentage...

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Projector Company InFocus to Be Sold

April 14, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

InFocus announced yesterday that it will be purchased by Image Holdings Corporation in a cash deal for $0.95 a share, or about $39 million. That's about half the share price from a year ago, and about one-tenth of the company's five year high price. Still, it is good news as it means that InFocus is more likely to survive and see another day. The company has been one of the...

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HD VuNow Available from Amazon

April 13, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

There's a lot of good video available for free on the Web if you have broadband Internet access, and it's not that difficult to connect a PC to your television. If your computer graphics adapter is like most, it has a DVI connector. You can get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to your TV, and some TVs even have a DVI connector so a DVI to DVI...

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Online March Madness Gets Bigger

April 10, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

According to a report in Fierce Online Video, the CBS Interactive free online coverage of the 2009 NCAA Mens Basketball championship delivered 8.6 million hours of video and audio. This represents a 70% increase over last year. The coverage garnered about $30 million in revenue, up more than 30% from last year. As I've pointed out for other Internet coverage of sport events, this still pales next to the traditional...

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Moxi HD DVR Adds Features

April 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Digeo makes the Moxie HD DVR that lets users of cable TV services record and play back TV shows. Unlike TiVo, there's no monthly subscription fee. However, the device costs about $200 more than a TiVo, so it will take about two years to recover the difference in cost. Digeo announced a range of new services today that could tip the scales in the Moxi's favor. Perhaps the most intriguing...

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Backyard Movie Theater?

April 8, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Friend and colleague Peter Putman (of is renowned for his HDTV SuperBowl parties, where he fills his house with displays so you won't miss a second of the game as you move from room to room. One of my favorite tricks of his is to hang a bed sheet outside over a picture window, and then use a video projector behind it; it feels as though the game is...

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Really High-Def Cinemas

April 7, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

There's an entertainment arms race that's been underway just about as long as there has been television. The challenge has been for the movies to offer a better experience than you can get in your living room, in order to entice you to part with your cash in order to watch a movie at your local cinema. Color gave movies an advantage for a while, and then it was multitrack...

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One Hot HDTV: Insignia IS-LCDTV26

April 6, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Last Thursday, Best Buy announced a voluntary recall of the Insignia IS-LCDTV26 television. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall announcement is posted here: The reason for the recall is that Best Buy received two reports of the TVs catching on fire as a result of a failure of the power supply. One report included "minor burns to the hands" as well. Best Buy is recalling all 13,300 units...

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What is the “Best” Flat Panel TV?

April 3, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I received an offer to do some cross-promotion with a site call Wize. According to the email, the company "aggregates and analyzes millions of reviews from around the web to determine the best products for specific uses / intentions." It's an interesting site, but I am not sure that its source information is capable of providing the conclusions that they offer. In short, I don't believe that this service can...

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