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Month: April 2011

3DTV Prediction Coming True, Part II

April 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Earlier this week, I pointed out that the price of active glasses for 3DTV has plummeted, now that Samsung has announced that it will sell them for less than $50. Now it appears that another point has been proven. I have contended for a long time that adding 3D support to a typical HDTV from a major brand has a marginal cost that approaches zero. It is just a matter...

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Coming to You Live on YouTube!

April 14, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

First, YouTube extended the limits on uploaded content; some partners are now able to post feature-film-length videos. But it seems that Google has even bigger plans for YouTube to become not just the video network of the future, but the whole broadcast system as well. Last week, the company announced that YouTube Live is now active. YouTube again is starting with selected partners, but eventually they hope to have thousands...

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Storefronts for Satellite TV?

April 13, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, DISH Network successfully outbid others to buy the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster for about $320 million. (The company reportedly owes its creditors more than $1 billion.) Does DISH intend to go into the DVD rental business? It's not likely. Already, it appears that the company will continue to close many of the remaining Blockbuster stores. It is likely that the ones that stay open for business will have...

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More Mobile DTV on the Air

April 12, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, 76 stations in 32 U.S. markets are now on the air with Mobile DTV signals that let consumers receive station programming on mobile devices without needing to access the Internet through WiFi or data wireless broadband networks. According to Anne Schelle, Executive Director of OMVC, "Mobile DTV will reach more than 77 million households – or more than two thirds of all viewers...

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3DTV Prediction Coming True

April 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Remember how I said that the price of the $200 active glasses would come down sooner or later? I was expecting that to come from the third-party vendors, but it looks as though the top brands are willing to make pre-emptive price cuts in order to increase 3DTV sales. Samsung has announced that it will start providing two pairs of active glasses in the box with their entire 3DTV line-up....

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PBS Loses Major Affiliate Station

April 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Another dot got connected in the broadcast television picture. Earlier this week, WMFE-TV in Orlando, Florida, announced that it was to be purchased by a Christian broadcaster based in Dallas, Texas, and would be leaving the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The viewer-supported station was unable to raise enough in donations to meet the annual PBS membership fee. This is the second major market station to leave PBS this year. In...

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What Can We Learn from Internet Radio?

April 7, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

A news release from Futuresource indicates that the number of people listening to streaming music over the Internet has remained about the same over the past year and a half -- about 38% in the U.S. -- but those people are listening more. The study reports that U.S. listeners increased the number of hours by 27% over the same period. Pandora is cited as one of the reasons, with its...

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See-Through TV?

April 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

News from Korea indicates that Samsung Electronics has started the commercial production of 22" transparent LCD panels. The panels are capable of 720p had images without scaling (they have 1,680 by 1,050 pixel resolution) but they are really intended for digital signage applications. Still, it's intriguing to think about what you could do with a transparent TV. It uses ambient light so you don't need a backlight, and as a...

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How Much Would You Pay?

April 5, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The major studios are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make money from their movies now that DVD sales are dropping. Blockbuster is on the verge of disappearing, and Netflix is trying to transition to streaming services. One possible replacement is to boost the video on demand (VOD) part of the business. It has the convenience of a streaming service but produces fees similar to the DVD rental business....

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Sony Closes 11 U.S. Stores

April 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The "Sony Style" is changing. According to a report from TWICE, the company closed 11 of its retail stores last month. Perhaps more interesting is that the remaining stores will be renamed from "Sony Style" to "Sony Factory Outlet." The closings seem perfectly reasonable. The last few years have been difficult ones for retail stores, and it makes sense that a few of the locations that seemed like a good...

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