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Month: October 2009

Samsung Adds Amazon On Demand

October 16, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

As of last Wednesday, owners of Samsung Series 650 and 7000 flat panel HDTVs can take advantage of Amazon's Video on Demand service. Amazon offers more than 50,000 commercial-free movies and television episodes -- many of which are available in HD -- that you can either purchase or rent for download. You can use a personal computer to access this service, but now you can also use these Samsung models...

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Another Tiny HD Video Camera

October 15, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

On Tuesday, JVC announced a new pocket camera with 8 megapixel resolution for still shots (3,264 by 2,448 pixels). Oh, and by the way, it also takes 1080p video at 30 frames per second (FPS). It does 720p at 60 fps. Oh, and it does all this for a list price of $199.95. The camera is called the Picsio GC-FM1, and it fits in your shirt pocket. It has an...

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Giant OLED Screen at CEATEC

October 14, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Techon reported last week about a technology demonstration by Mitsubishi Electric. At the annual CEATEC show in Japan, the company showed an OLED display that was 155" diagonal: nearly 13 feet diagonal. That's one big screen! Actually, it was really 720 little screens. Each tile was about 5" diagonal, with 16 by 16 pixel resolution. The result was a high resolution 720p display that was very bright, but this is...

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Be CALM: House Bill Passes Sub-Committee

October 13, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The closing scene of your favorite TV drama ends with a quiet emotional moment between the protagonist and the love interest. Fade to black. Cue the pickup truck ad with the blaring soundtrack. Cue the viewers diving frantically for their remotes, trying to turn down the volume. Some sets have automatic volume control, which can help moderate this problem, but apparently not enough. The subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the...

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TV in Your Pocket

October 12, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

FLO TV announced the FLO TV Personal Television last week, a $249 pocket device that receives streaming television content over the air. Instead of using terrestrial broadcast television stations, it uses its own network of transmitters. Until now, FLO TV has been available on select AT&T and Verizon mobile phones, but the Personal Television is the company's first attempt at a stand-alone television device. The FLO TV programming comes from...

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Fiber for Your HDMI

October 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

How big is your living room? Probably not too big for Gefen's DVI-1600HD. This professional level device is overkill for most residential installations, but it does let you run an HDMI connection farther than you normally can. How does up to two kilometers sound? The system relies on four strands of optic fiber cable. If you need to include HDCP compliance with 1080p resolution, then you'll be limited to a...

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Can One-Eyed People Watch 3DTV?

October 8, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The whole topic of 3DTV has been getting a lot of coverage lately (and I'm happy to see that my market research report for GigaOM Pro has been part of that). I have been on a lot of sites with discussions and comments on the topic, but one question in particular has stuck with me. One person added a comment to a 3DTV article, asking whether or not he'd be...

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A Dangerous Game

October 7, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

In doing some other research, I stumbled across the following article : Forrester Research Predicts HDTV Will Fail While digital television offers a variety of ways for TV manufacturers, broadcasters, and cable operators to make money, high-definition television (HDTV) doesn't. A new Report from Forrester Research, Inc. predicts that standard definition digital television (SDTV) will succeed where HDTV fails by offering an affordable digital TV experience for consumers and viable...

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Cisco to Buy Tandberg: Why You Should Care

October 6, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Yes, this sounds like a totally IT story: connectivity giant Cisco has a deal pending to buy TANDBERG for about $3 billion. Aside from dealing with numbers that are incomprehensible compared with the typical consumer's mortgage or rent payment, what's the point of bringing it up here? TANDBERG is a videoconferencing company, and Cisco has been a leading proponent of "telepresence", which is video conferencing on steroids. This still sounds...

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Do You Want 3D TV?

October 5, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

In-Stat recently published the results of a consumer survey designed to measure attitudes about 3D television in the home. The survey found that 64% were at least somewhat interested, and one out of four overall were either "very" or "extremely" interested. That's a high level of interest for a new technology, and demonstrates that there is already considerable pent-up demand for 3D television. The survey also found that 68% don't...

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