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Month: November 2010

Black Friday Starts at Midnight

November 16, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

It looks like you'll be able to sleep in on Black Friday this year, if you're planning to do your shopping at WalMart. According to reports, the stores will open at midnight for many of the the Black Friday special deals. Unfortunately, if you want consumer electronics devices, the only midnight deal appears to be a Nintendo Wii plus a $50 WalMart gift card for $199. For the rest of...

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Boxee Box Debuts

November 15, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

There's another network media player on the market. Boxee has been available as a free service that you can download to your computer (which you then hook up to your TV), but now the Boxee Box is shipping for $199. While it is priced higher than other products--such as Apple TV or the various Roku models--it has more features. For example, flip over the remote control to find a convenient...

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Get Ready for Bargains!

November 12, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

The HDTV manufacturers are making bold statements about how they've got the inventory problems under control, but it sounds like whistling in the dark to me. A perhaps more honest appraisal of the situation came out this week from the president of the discount consumer electronics retailer, hhgregg, according to a report in TWICE. In a conference call with analysts, Dennis May stated that he expected 3DTV retail prices to...

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Still Watching Standard Definition?

November 11, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

More than half the U.S. households -- 56% -- now have at least one HDTV installed, according to a new study by Nielson. That's not particularly surprising, since it's getting increasingly difficult to buy a display that isn't high definition (except for the iPad perhaps). But here's a statistic that might surprise you. More than 80% of the television viewing in U.S. households is in standard resolution. Part of that...

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The Power of a Home Network

November 10, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

You now have more reasons than ever to connect your HDTV to the Internet (or to some device that connects to the Internet), but many people don't have an outlet for their home network in the living room. A wireless WiFi connection is not always the answer, as it may not have sufficient bandwidth to handle high definition content. Rather than spend the money to snake wires through the walls,...

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Sports Fans Like 3DTV

November 9, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

ESPN has released a report about testing it conducted with sports fans and the viewing of sporting events on 3DTV. The study was conducted by ESPN Research + Analytics during the network's 3D broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup last summer. One of the results was that fan enjoyment of the event rose from 65% to 70% compared with 2D, while the sense of being there increased from 42%...

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Philips HDTV Comes with Solar Powered Remote

November 8, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

The new 42PFL6805 LCD HDTV from Philips boasts a "green" feature that you won't find on the screen; the set's remote control has solar panels on the back so that it can recharge using the light available in the room. In my experience, we get a year or two from a set of batteries in our remote control, but I can see how a battery or two a year from...

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It’s Time for Electronics to Fall Back

November 5, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, it's time for my semi-annual rant about consumer electronics that tell time. Just about everything seems to tell the time these days, from microwave ovens to electronic picture frames. Some of them make sense; a cell phone needs an internal clock, I believe, to help negotiate communications with cell towers, for example. I'm not entirely clear, however, why some personal media players need to know the time of day....

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Look, Coach: No Ads!

November 4, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

An article in GigaOm noted a curious detail about ESPN's new TV Everywhere service that is now available to Time Warner subscribers. You can now access live and on-demand content from the sports network, but only if you are an authenticated subscriber to TW cable. The curious detail is that the content is not accompanied by commercials. You don't get uninterrupted programming, however. Instead, the commercial segments are filled with...

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Don’t Touch that Screen!

November 3, 2010 | Ibex Marketing

Let's face it; touchscreens are taking over. Smartphones, personal media players, and even HDTV remote controls are now using touchscreens. The advantages are obvious; instead of being limited to pre-defined functions for specific buttons and other controls, a touchscreen can display an infinite number of choices, and lets you respond with touchs and gestures for greater control. Most of these devices now use a "capacitive touch" technology that is much...

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