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Month: May 2011

SID 2011: It Begins…

May 17, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I'm inLos Angeles, and today marks the official start of the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2011. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, this is the organization for the people who do the research and development that leads to the amazing devices that let us enjoy high definition and mobile video wherever and whenever we want. This conference is great fun for me...

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Stream Netflix on Your Smartphone

May 16, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Netflix has announced that is starting to roll out an app for select Android smartphones so that subscribers can stream content over their phones. This adds to the support already available for iProducts and Windows Phone 7 devices. Here are the five Android phones that are supported now: HTC Incredible with Android 2.2 HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3 HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2 HTC G2 with Android...

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3DTV Over the Air?

May 13, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

ATSC stands for Advanced Television Systems Committee, and about 20 years ago, this group developed the standard that became the basis for our digital terrestrial TV broadcasts. (Remember all that confusion about the digital transition two years ago?) The standard is due for updating, and the group has been hard at work on ATSC 2.0 already. At their annual meeting this week, the committee talked about some of the changes...

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Sen. Kerry Weighs in on Cable Rates

May 12, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Are you unhappy with your cable TV subscription rates? Have you been faced with increases year after year? Apparently, this has been such a point of contention among Comcast customers in the Boston, Massachusetts area that the mayor filed a petition with the FCC. He wants the feds to give his city the power to control cable rates. The FCC lets communities control the basic rate if there is no...

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CEA Launches Lobby Assault on Congress

May 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the organization behind the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that is held each January in Las Vegas. It also represents the interests of the consumer electronics industry, which means that it spends a lot of time and money trying to get Congress to see things their way. The group has gone over the top this time, however, with a little four-page brochure entitled "America is...

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Streaming Goes Up, Up, and Away!

May 10, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Talk about "cord cutting"! American Airlines announced that it is the first North American airline to test video streaming over WiFi during flight. Initial tests are being conducted onboard two 767-200 aircraft on transcontinental routes. The system relies on WiFi service which is provided by Aircell, and customers are expected to get a chance to try it out this summer. Wow! This could mean that I would get to choose...

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3DTV: Here Comes the Content, Part II

May 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, I wrote about new content being developed for the 24/7 3DTV network, 3net. This week, I need to add a quick footnote. Digital Revolution Studios (DRS) announced that they created the new series, "Bullproof", that debuted last week on 3net. The company claims that it is "the first episodic docu-reality or Sportumentary series to be shot entirely in native 3D." They have produced four one-hour episodes. The series...

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Blu-ray Gets IP Clearinghouse

May 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Do you have an idea about how to make an insanely great Blu-ray player, or maybe something new that includes a Blu-ray player, such as an an ultimate mult-media bicycle? Before you go into production, make sure that you have all the necessary rights to build it. This means getting licenses for all the various patented parts that go into a Blu-ray player. This can include pieces such as the...

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Railroads versus Highways

May 5, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I'm not an expert on transportation history, but I think I have enough of the facts straight to make this analogy work. So please bear with me if I stretch the facts in order to make them fit my purpose. In the early days of this country, transportation was more or less based on the individual; you rode your horse or wagon to get where you needed to go, and...

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3DTV: Here Comes the Content

May 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

It is coming slowly, but it is coming. ESPN is working hard to figure out how to do live sports in stereoscopic 3D, and the movie studios keep churning out feature films. And now comes word that the kids are not going to be left out. 3net is a joint venture by Discovery, Sony, and IMAX, which produces a 24/7 network of 3DTV programming. The company recently announced a deal...

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