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Month: May 2010

FCC Orders Remote Kill Switch

May 17, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

In an order last week, the FCC granted a limited authority to cable and satellite services that allows them to selectively disable ports on your set top box. This order grew out of an original petition by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 2008. The FCC prohibited the use of "selectable output control" (SOC) in 2003. The MPAA argued that this meant that their content could be transmitted...

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The Balkanization of Streaming TV

May 14, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Would you like to watch your favorite TV shows online? Many of them are available with full episodes that you can stream to your computer or television. Isn't that convenient? Well, maybe. The problem is that you have to go to different sites to see different shows. Sure, many of them are on Hulu, but many are not. You may have to go to the network site to find your...

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New BDs for Old DVDs

May 13, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

I wrote about the Warner Brothers exchange program last November. The company not only has continued the program, but has expanded it and made some changes. The DVD2Blu program still lets you exchange up to 25 existing DVDs for Blu-ray versions, but now the price for many of the exchanges has dropped from $7.95 to $4.95. In addition, the program now covers a total of 90 different titles, including some...

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Time Warner and Cox Need More Fiber

May 12, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

According to an Associated Press story last week, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a decision that Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications should drop their claims of "fiber-optic" networks in their advertising. The decision came in response to a complaint filed by Verizon with the NAD, which is the advertising industry's own watch-dog agency. Verizon has a true fiber-to-the-home network (FTTH), while...

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The Fat Lady is About to Sing

May 11, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

You don't have to spend the weekend in New York City to see live performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Thanks to the Live in HD program, you can watch the performances live in more than 1,200 movie theaters across the country and around the world. In the 2009-2010 season, the series sold more than 2.2 million tickets. The program will be showing six operas this summer in its "Summer HD...

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Best Buy Includes Streaming Bonuses

May 10, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Customer loyalty programs are a big part of modern retail strategy, especially for brick and mortar operations. The use of streaming audio and video content from the Internet is growing rapidly. It does not seem likely that these two trends could possibly intersect. But they have. Best Buy's program is called RewardZone. If you spend $2,500 or more in a single year, you reach the Premier Silver level, which results...

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Hollywood Video to Close

May 7, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Do you still believe that there's a big future in moving little polycarbonate discs around the country? Here's another data point to the contrary; Hollywood Video is throwing in the towel and closing all of its 2,415 U.S. stores. The parent company, Movie Gallery, filed for bankruptcy in February and had planned to close more than half of its stores. It now has changed directions and is going to liquidate...

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FCC to Impose “Net Neutrality” Rules?

May 6, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, is anyone else here confused? On Monday, the Washington Post ran a story that stated "The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated". That's pretty clear, though it left some people scratching their heads a bit. Chairman Genachowski "swept into his job pledging to protect 'net neutrality'" according to a story Monday in the Wall Street Journal. So today the Journal...

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High-Definition Floor

May 5, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Who wouldn't want a high-definition wall in their home? But have you ever considered a high-definition floor? Researchers at McGill University have come up with floor tiles that can have a surface image displayed using projectors mounted overhead. So far, pretty cool. But the plastic tiles can sense pressure and be made to vibrate. As a result, it can feel like different surfaces as you walk across it. This simulated...

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Hulu #2 for March Viewers

May 4, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

comScore released its comScore Video Metrix results for March 2010. In terms of number of videos viewed online, it should be no surprise that "Google sites" came out on top with more than 13 billion videos, and a 41.8% share of the total. (Why no surprise? Because Google owns YouTube.) But here's the surprise: Hulu came in second with more than a billion videos watched in March. Okay, that's only...

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