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Month: July 2011

Closed-Captions Coming to the Internet

July 18, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

With all the interest and excitement about streaming video over the Internet, one detail is often overlooked. Some individuals with disabilities -- particularly those with limited hearing -- are closed out from this video content because it does not include closed captioning. Broadcast television provides it and most movie DVDs offer English sub-titles, but not on the Internet. As part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of...

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Beyond Smell-o-Vision

July 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I recently wrote about adding odors to movie screenings, but it was a low-tech, scratch-and-sniff solution. And it is totally eclipsed by a new venture coming out of Korea that looks to enhance your movie-going experience with a lot more than some simple scents. The company is CJ CGV, and it has created what it calls the CGV Smartplex cinema which uses the company's "4Dplex" technology. Yes, the system has...

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Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

July 14, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

"They cost too much." "There's not enough content." "I won't get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses." Two out of three ain't bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough. We've already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will be close to zero in a year or two, if you'll even have the...

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Netflix Raises Rates

July 13, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Netflix has raised its rates. Get over it. Apparently there has been a firestorm of protest over Netflix raising its rates this week. The focus is on the company increasing the rate by 60% for some subscribers. That's sounds pretty egregious, but let's break it down. There used to be a plan that gave you one DVD at a time by mail for $8.99 a month, and you also got...

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Product Placement on the Fly

July 12, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Frequent readers of the HDTV Almanac will know that one of my favorite hobbyhorses is the question of who will pay for episodic "television" and movie content going forward. Consumers now have more ways to avoid watching commercials, and there are limits to how much money you can get from them in monthly subscription fees. So where will the money come from? One source that I have stressed as a...

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ISPs Ready to Get Tough on Copyrights

July 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Have you heard of the Center for Copyright Information? I encourage you to head over to their site and check it out. In particular, look at the "Copyright Alerts" section because it could have an impact on your access to the Internet. The Center is a joint effort between the copyright holders -- the music, film, and television industries -- and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who provide consumers with...

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FCC: More Waiver Trouble

July 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The fast-track waivers that the FCC granted Lightsquared have received a lot of attention lately, none of which makes the federal agency look good. Now the courts have struck down another set of waivers that the FCC granted to allow some companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the agency's decision that was made back in 2008....

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For Sale: Hulu

July 7, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Disney CEO Bob Igor has gone on the record confirming the rumors that Hulu is up for sale. The joint venture owned by Disney, News Corp, and Comcast/NBC Universal is expected to reach a million registered users and more than $500 million in revenues this year. One problem is that Hulu does not own its content, and if it can't get...

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Rare-Earth at Sea

July 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

"Rare-earth" is the term given to a number of exotic minerals that have proven to be essential to the modern electronics industry. Currently, nearly all this material comes from China, but that country has made noises about restricting supply and increasing prices. As a result, geologists have been searching for other sources. The problem is that while these materials are not rare at all, they are so widely dispersed in...

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Throttle Back Production

July 5, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

DigiTimes has reported that LCD panel makers in Korea and Taiwan scaled back production of large size panels, starting in June. Panel prices went up a little in May, but soft demand for product has threatened to drive prices down again. By limiting production, the manufacturers hope to stabilize prices. The article indicated that the cuts will last through July, and likely will extend into August. This is not good...

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