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Month: June 2011

Trouble Brewing for Wireless Broadband

June 16, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Let me start by explaining how this relates to HDTV. A growing number of U.S. consumers are turning to the Internet for some or all of their video content. Consumers are also becoming accustomed to getting the content they want, where they want, when they want. This means that we are growing to expect broadband Internet access wherever we go. WiFi can't cut it, with its 300 foot (theoretical) limit....

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Thin HDMI Cables Are Smart

June 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

When you just need an HDMI cable to connect your big flat screen HDTV to a Blu-ray player or other device, pretty much all you need is one that is long enough. The problem is that HDMI is now used in all sorts of devices, and you may have good reason to want to take an HDMI cable with you. The standard thick cables can be a bulky nuisance, but...

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Netflix Hurts Subscription TV

June 14, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

This should not come as much of a surprise, but The Diffusion Group (TDG) has done the legwork to back it up. People who stream video content from Netflix over the Internet are twice as likely to cut back on their cable or satellite service than they were a year ago. According to a company press release, 16% of online Netflix users in 2010 were inclined to change their subscription...

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Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

June 13, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

From the "How's That Again?" Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie a month on their game consoles, and that 15% of U.S. consumers report using a...

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$4 Billion for Five Rings

June 10, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

NBC has become known for its television coverage of the Olympics; the network has had the U.S rights every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Olympics since 2002. When the next four events came up for bid -- 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 -- a lot had changed at the network, however. It had been bought by Comcast, which had made noises about not being willing to overspend to...

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Rivers Are Low in China: So What!

June 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

If you still need proof that we live in a global economy, you need look no further than the consumer electronics market for HDTVs and other devices. In this case, the important factor is an ongoing drought in the Yangtsu River basin in China. A big yawn, right? Well, consider this. The Yangtsu River is the biggest source of hydroelectric power in China. And according to a Reuter's report, the...

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The Civil Shoe Drops

June 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

It should come as little surprise that a retailer has sued 15 LCD panel makers for losses due to price fixing. The first one to file is BrandsMart, a Florida-based electronics retailer. The list of defendants includes Samsumg, LG, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Epson, and NEC, along with other major companies in the display manufacturing business. BrandsMart is not just claiming damages on HDTVs, either; just about anything with an LCD...

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Here We Go Again: Broadcast TV on the Internet

June 7, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I think I've seen this movie before; it's the one where a company thinks it has a legal way to capture over-the-air broadcast signals and then make them available to customers to stream the live content over the Internet. This story ended badly for Ivi and FilmOn within the past year, but here comes another knight in technology armor, ready to take a turn at jousting with this windmill. The...

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Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

June 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year. According to NPD's figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales of flat panel televisons (LCD and plasma combined) with a 24.9% market share, first...

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What the BLEEP Did He Say?

June 3, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Call me old fashioned, but I'm still amazed at what can pass as acceptable content for broadcast television these days. I'm not saying that I think Rob and Laura Petrie should still be sleeping in seperate twin beds, but there's some pretty steamy dialog and scenes that occurs even in the "family hour" of 8 to 9 PM. I recognize that subscription-based content plays by different rules, but it appears...

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