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Month: November 2009

Bugged, But It Could Be Good

November 16, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

My entry last Friday about advertising on television shows streamed over the Web hit a few nerves over on HDTV Magazine where the Almanac is republished every day. It generated a long string of comments that covered a wide range of issues, from how much people pay for television service in their homes, to how much a movie DVD should cost. In the course of the discussion, I shared an...

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How Much Can You Stand?

November 13, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I watch Hulu. Do you? If you do, you know that most shows are interrupted several times for advertisements. These typically run 15 to 30 seconds, and aren't long enough to get to the kitchen for a snack; you'll have to put the show on pause before making a raid on the refrigerator. Content providers worry that they're leaving money on the table, and Turner Broadcasting intends to find out....

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More on DVD Killers

November 12, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

On Monday, I wrote about the evidence that the DVD market is fading (and taking Blu-ray's hopes with it). So of course, I immediately found one more bit of evidence that adds more weight to the conclusion. NCR and MOD Systems announced on Monday that they were launching a new line of digital movie kiosks that will download movies to SD cards, which are the same memory cards used in...

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Wrong-Way Corrigan Works for Sony?

November 11, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

"Wrong-Way" Corrigan made history by flying across the Atlantic when he was supposed to fly coast to coast across the U.S. (History indicates that it was a case of "accidently on purpose" because he couldn't get clearance for the trans-oceanic flight.) But his spirit apparently lives on at Sony. I'm the first to agree that an ugly tangle of wires hanging down from a wall-mounted flat panel HDTV detracts from...

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Is 3DTV in the Cloud?

November 10, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Friend and colleague Jon Peddie is one of the leading analysts and experts in the area of graphics processing and related display concepts. In his blog yesterday, he mused about the role of cloud computing in various applications. He pointed out that lots of server farms have idle CPU cycles, and just as we rely on power plants as a central source of electrical power, there are applications where we...

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Where Are the DVDs?

November 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

So you think DVDs are doing just fine, and that Blu-ray is getting poised to be the high definition replacement for them in due time. Well, here are some news items that might cause you to think again. Best Buy and Sonic Solutions announced last week that they are forming a partnership to promote the Roxio CinemaNow online video streaming service. Best Buy will bundle the offering with brandband services...

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Walmart Joins Early Sales Trend

November 6, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Early Black Friday sales are popping up all over, and Walmart is holding a one-day in-store sale tomorrow, Saturday November 7, starting at 8 AM. Quantities are limited, and you can't buy more than two of some items, but here are some of the items that might get your attention. The 46" 1080p plasma HDTV TC-P46U1 from Panasonic will sell for $788. The Sharp 42" LC42SB45UT 1080p LCD HDTV will...

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Looks Like Last Year

November 5, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Last month, the NPD Group came out with the results of their annual survey of consumers, trying to find out what their holiday shopping plans are. And the results look very familiar. 11% of those polled indicated that they intend to spend more than they did last year, which is the same number as last year's survey. Those who plan to spend about the same rose slightly from 59% to...

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Go with the Flo

November 4, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I've mentioned Qualcomm's Flo TV before, but now you have a new way that you can get television programming as you go about your daily routine. Chrysler announced last week that it will be offering this mobile TV service as an option in most of its cars, starting next month. For $629 (plus dealer installation charges), you'll get up to 20 channels. And the subscription fee for the first year...

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Comcast Close to Buying NBC

November 3, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

It seems a little like a gasoline company buying General Motors, but it looks like the rumors about Comcast wanting to buy NBC Universal have some fire behind the smoke. In an article published Sunday by the New York Times, General Electric may be on the verge of reaching a deal with Comcast. According to the article, Comcast would end up with 51% of the company while GE would retain...

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