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Month: May 2009

Real Networks Fights Back Against DRM

May 15, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

DRM: it stands for "digital rights management" but many believe that it's just an indirect way of saying "copy protection". Publishers of all sorts of copyrighted material -- including music and movies -- have tried to find ways to prevent people from making illegal copies of their products. The major Hollywood movie studios created the DVD Copy Control Association (CCA) to provide a central organization to control their use of...

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Blu-ray Player on the Wall…

May 14, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Who's the thinnest of them all? I don't know if the Samsung BD-P4600 is the thinnest Blu-ray player on the market, but at 1.5" thick, it's certainly a contender. And it's designed to hang on the wall right next to your flat panel HDTV. Pretty cool, huh?

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Systemax Expands Online Empire

May 13, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

As I reported last month, the auction of Circuit City's assets happened yesterday, and according to several published accounts, Systemax came out as the top bidder for the online retail site and other intellectual property. The deal requires confirmation by the bankruptcy judge, which is expected later today. You may not be familiar with Systemax, but you've likely heard of at least some of its online retail brands. TigerDirect has...

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Vizio Regains #1 Spot in LCD TV

May 12, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

DisplaySearch has released their preliminary data on the flat panel TV market for the first quarter of 2009, and it indicates that the market was much stronger than might have been expected. The company tracks manufacturer shipments, not the actual retail sales. (Retail sales are tracked by DisplaySearch's parent company, NPD.) LCD TV shipments declined for the first time ever in the last quarter of 2008 -- no surprise given...

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Will Someone Please Answer the Remote?

May 11, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

You've got a short stack of remote controls in your lap as you're watching television, and the telephone rings. Now you have to shuffle around and find the phone handset to answer the call. Well, if Motorola has its way, your pile of electronic controls could be pared down to a single device. At CES 2009, Motorola introduced its R331 universal remote control. Designed to work with the company's set...

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Not Your Father’s Rabbit Ears

May 8, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Have your experiences with "rabbit ear" TV antennas been like mine? Have you ever draped pieces of aluminum foil and copper wire off the telescoping rods in hopes of getting a slightly better picture? Maybe you've turned them this way and that, only to find that the image changes when you let go? Well, the good news is that antenna technology has advanced a great deal since those rabbit ear...

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Maine Senators Concerned about DTV Cliff

May 7, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The two U.S. Senators from Maine, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins , have introduced the The DTV Cliff Effect Assistance Act of 2009. This bill aims to address some of the problems that rural consumers are encountering with poor reception of digital television broadcast signals. As mentioned here on more than a few occasions, digital signals behave differently than analog. The image from an analog signal gets snowy and...

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Hulu Scores Again

May 6, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, Disney announced that it will join NBC Universal, News Corp., and Providence Equity Partners as an equity owner in Hulu, the online video site. As part of the deal, Disney will post a wide range of full-length episodes of ABC and Disney show content on the Hulu site. Among the shows to be added are Lost, Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives. Content will also include programs from ABC...

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LED LCD TVs: Back or Side-Lit?

May 5, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Until recently, just about every LCD TV used cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) to provide the very bright backlights required to create an image using an LCD panel. (Even when showing an all-white screen, about 95% of the light is absorbed by the panel, so the backlight needs to produce a lot of light.) CCFL technology has some limitations, however, including the fact that it relies on some materials that...

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Panasonic HD Camera Give-Away

May 4, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Panasonic has created a "Living in HD" (LiHD) social networking site which it hopes will help "demystify High Definition and 'unconfuse' the consumer". It provides places to post still and video images, discuss technology, find answers to your questions, and more. And to promote the site, Panasonic is giving away an HD digital camera every day for the month of May to members of the LiHD community. That's a total...

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