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Month: August 2011

Roku Gathers Momentum

August 17, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The easiest way to turn a dumb TV into a Smart TV is to add a network media player. And some of the most attractive choices at this point are available from Roku. The new Roku 2 models are smaller than ever, and even the entry level $60 model can stream HD resolution content to your television from the Internet. Others are willing to bet on the success of the...

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iSupply: Low-End Brands Drive Down Prices

August 16, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Here's another item from the Stating the Obvious Department, though it is still worth noting; iSupply has released a study showing that lower-priced HDTV brands are helping drive down the price of premium models. According to a company press release, "U.S. average pricing for a typical high-end LCD TV amounted to $1,002.58 in July, down 23.9% from $1,317.89 during the same month in 2010." One of the key points made...

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Zediva Goes Dark

August 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I wrote about Zediva last month, and the fact that it was taken to court for violating copyright law. If you recall, the company had a clever idea for streaming movie content over the Internet; a customer would rent a physical DVD that would then be placed in a DVD player and the content would be streamed to that individual customer. No postage, no shipping delays--it seemed pretty simple and...

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Walmart Does End Run around Apple iStore

August 12, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

My accountant once gave me some sage advice: "Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered." A little greed is okay, but when you start gouging your source of sustinance, you may discover that you end up going hungry. Consider the case of Apple's iStore and its policy concerning content for iPhones and iPads. Apple insists on getting its 30% cut of the proceeds from any content transactions. According to a...

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3DTV Active Glasses Standard in the Works

August 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Standards are great. It means that you can buy one set of wrenches and you can use them to work on any car or truck. Unless the car uses hardware built to a different standard. So maybe you need two sets of wrenches to work on cars. It looks as though we may be headed to just two types of 3D glasses for televisions, which is still a Good Thing...

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Pay TV Services Lose 0.5 Million Subs

August 10, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Are people unhappy with their pay TV subscriptions? Is the bad economy wiping out the money that people are willing to spend on television entertainment? According to the second quarter earnings reports, the cable and satellite television services lost a net of 553,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year. Only DirecTV picked up a modest 26,000 gain, while Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Dish Network posted significant losses....

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Amazon Snags Universal Movies

August 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Last month, Amazon did a deal with CBS for television episode content to stream to its Amazon Prime members. Now it has added movies from Comcast's Universal Pictures catalog, including popular titles such as "Notting Hill," "Being John Malkovich", "Fletch," and "Billy Elliott." According to an Amazon press release, this brings the service's total count to more than 9,000 movies and TV show episodes. I have to wonder whether or...

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ESPN 3D: Too Little, Too Soon?

August 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

AT&T made a big public splash last year when it picked up ESPN 3D, the all-3D sports channel. So it's a little surprising that the company has dropped the channel without ceremony rather than renew the contract. According to AT&T sources, "the price tag was too high." Is this a major blow to ESPN or 3DTV in general? I don't think so. ESPN is clearly investing in 3D technology, and...

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Best Buy Uses TiVo for HDTV

August 5, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

According to a company press release, Best Buy has released two new connected HDTVs under its Insignia brand. The 32" NS-32E859A11 sells for $499, and the 42" NS-42E859A11 has a $699 price tag. These sets have fairly typical feature sets, including LED backlights, 120 Hz LCD panels, and support for online streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Pandora, and CinemaNow. (Best Buy owns CinemaNow.) The big difference from other smart...

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Streaming Sports for Canadians

August 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

There are many items that are unique in Canada, including the Toronto Blue Jays: the only Major League Baseball (MLB) team in the entire country. The team's unique status has resulted in an unusual and perhaps unintended consequence. MLB treats all of Canada as the home market for Blue Jay games, and thus blacks out online coverage of home games throughout the whole country. That's like not letting Seattle residents...

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