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Month: December 2009

The Ultimate Living Room PC

December 17, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Yes, we have a computer in our living room. It's a big, old-fashioned tower case with a powerful CPU and big hard drive inside, sitting on the floor next to the TV stand. It's not particularly lovely, but it gets the job done. Still, I think I could do better, at least until I visit and see that I definitely could do better. I met Jeffrey Stephenson years ago...

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LG Aims at 3D

December 16, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Look out, Panasonic and Sony, you've got another player walking onto the court. And LG is a force to be reckoned with. According to a report in Reuters, the company is drawing a bead on the emerging 3DTV market. LG has stated that it intends to sell 400,000 3DTVs in 2010, then skyrocketing to 3.4 million units in 2011. Note that these still remain modest shares of their total sales;...

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On the Skids, or Just Skidding on the Turn?

December 15, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Multichannel News ran an intriguing story on Monday about TiVo. Apparently, the television digital video recording (DVR) service has suffered a loss of subscribers from 3.5 million a year ago to 2.7 million now. In an industry where you have to grow to move forward, these look like pretty crushing numbers. According to the article, the company's new goal is to convince cable operators to use their software for DVR...

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Countdown to 3D

December 14, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I don't think the movie industry has ever invested so much hope (and hype) on a Friday that wasn't the 13th as they are this week. And since the television industry is inseparably entwined with the movie industry, Friday December 19, 2009 may turn out to be as seminal an event for the living room as it will for the cinema. So what's the big deal? If you watch movies...

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Wireless HD Standard Approved

December 11, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) group announced the release of the WHDI specification earlier this week. This is designed to let HDTV equipment makers create wireless connections between devices, up to 100 feet apart and through walls. It relies on a 40 MHz channel in the 5 GHz unlicensed band, rated at less than a millisecond latency. The interface supports 1080p resolution and HDCP, and unlike some competing approaches,...

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A Little Horn Blowing

December 10, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I don't usually take up space here talking about me, but I came across an interesting development and ask for your patience as I toot a little on my own horn today. Tekrati is a Web site that tracks blogs, and within that, the site maintains a list of analyst blogs. A site called The Customer Collective is a "forum for sales and marketing executives" according to its home page....

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Hulu Provides Needle-Finder

December 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

It should come as no surprise by now that I love Hulu. I probably watch as many shows on it as I do on broadcast television, now that I have a computer hooked up to my big screen. But one of the problems I've had is finding the shows that I want to watch. Discovering the queue feature was a great help; once I find a series I like, I...

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LED LCD TVs: Gaining Ground

December 8, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The industry analyst firm DisplayBank has released a presentation that gives an overview of the flat panel display industry, with some special emphasis on LCD HDTVs with LED backlights. This is the segment of the market that some manufacturers have chosen to call "LED TVs", which is a term that many people find misleading. LED backlights have a number of advantages over the traditional fluorescent tube backlights. They have better...

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You Want It When?!?

December 7, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The Internet changes everything, or so they say. Look up information and it's delivered to your screen at the speed of light. (Okay, maybe not that fast, but a lot faster than if you had to drive to the library.) But the Internet geeks still haven't figured out how to deliver physical stuff over broadband. Leave it to the seasoned retailers to solve that problem, like J&R Music World in...

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LED Backlights Gaining

December 4, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

One detail that came up in the dust-up over the California Energy Commission's new requirements that limit the energy consumption of flat panel TVs is that some existing models already meet the more stringent 2013 limits. And according to DisplaySearch, all but one of these low-power HDTVs were LCDs with LED backlights. LEDs are more efficient than the cold cathode fluorescent (CCFL) tubes used by most of the LCD TVs...

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