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Month: February 2011

3DTV on DirecTV

February 14, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Last night, "3net" was scheduled to debut on DirecTV. (I can't confirm that it did, because I don't get DirecTV and I don't have a 3DTV to test it with anyway.) This collaboration with Sony, Discovery, and IMAX will broadcast 3D programming 24/7, which is pretty cool. And the network has promised to premier new content every night at 9 PM for the rest of February. Along with ESPN3D and...

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Cable Subsidies: “A Dumb Idea”

February 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

If you're not from the northeast, you may not be aware that New Jersey is in a serious financial bind. The state is facing a $2.2 billion deficit in the current fiscal year that ends in June, and forecasts for next year's budget predict a staggering $11 billion deficit. So it should come as no surprise that discussions of money might get a little heated these days. It turns out...

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Sue Me, Sue You

February 10, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I figure I could probably write exclusively about lawsuits in the display and consumer electronics industry, but frankly, I get tired of the stories and I suspect you do too. This one is worth mentioning, however, when you consider the two parties and the venue. LG has announced that it is suing Sony with an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint that PS3 gaming consoles and some Bravia HDTVs violate LG...

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The Subscriber Bowl?

February 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, so we now have another spectacular Super Bowl in our rear view mirror. (I won't make any mention of the favorable outcome.) But keep your eyes on the road ahead, because it may not be a smooth ride. I'm not just talking about the fact that the contract between the players and the National Football League ends in March. There's another contract expiring that could have even further-reaching consequences....

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Tough Times for CE Retailers

February 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Some chains are expanding, some are standing still, some are pulling back, and some are just plain going away. In the last category, the final shoe has dropped and Ultimate Electronics has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to throw in the towel. The company has not been able to secure credit for new inventory, and plans to sell off the remaining product to raise cash and pay off its...

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Samsung HDTV? There’s an App for That!

February 7, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Samsung's new Galaxy S smart phone and Galaxy Tab know how to play nice with their bigger siblings. According to news from Samsung, the company now offers apps for both of these devices that will let them control many of the 2010 HDTV models, using a WiFi connection. They can also control many of the 2011 model smart TVs. One attractive feature is that you can use the on-screen keyboard...

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HDTV Sets Turn Green

February 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

No, this is not an announcement of a major recall. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13" to 65" LCDs and 42" to 65" plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% from 2003 to 2010. Standby power use for LCDs dropped 87% from 2004 to 2010....

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Jon’s Back on Hulu!

February 3, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

There is happiness and rejoicing throughout the land. All the 20-somethings can now get their daily dose of news presented with a spoonful of sugar, for free, now that Viacom and Hulu have made peace. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is one of several Comedy Central shows that are back on Hulu with complete episodes. "The Colbert Report" is also on Hulu. And if you pony up for the...

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NeTV Sales to Grow

February 2, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Parks Associates estimates that about a quarter of the new TVs sold in 2010 were able to connect to the Internet. The same group forecasts that this will reach 76% by 2015. These predictions make sense to me, though it's not all about streaming content from Web sites. I expect that a lot of these sales will happen simply because Internet connectivity will rapidly become a standard feature on all...

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Netflix Tops 20 Million

February 1, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Netflix has announced that it added 3.1 million net subscribers in the last quarter of 2010, bringing it up to just over 20 million total. If it were a cable company, it would now be in second place behind only Comcast, which has just under 24 million subscribers. Some additional statistics make this comparison even more interesting. Netflix indicates that about a third of the new subscribers opted for the...

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