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3 Ways Cord Cutters Can Catch NFL Action This Season

August 31, 2016 | Ibex Marketing

Traditionally, one of the biggest downsides of over-the-top and streaming TV (such as Roku, Playstation Vue, etc) has been the lack of live NFL coverage. Most of the NFL broadcasters - such as FOX, CBS and NBC - do have their own app you can install on Roku and the like, but they all require you login via your cable or satellite provider to access the feed. Well, with the...

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Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

June 27, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race? It could if the premium between it and standard DVD players (which is "good enough" for the majority of consumers) dropped to something approaching "zero." And apparently now it has. [caption...

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Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

June 13, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and "direct LED" TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. (David has invested a lot of time and effort to develop a pretty sophisticated "Skype...

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DVD and Blu-Ray: Exit Slowly, Stage Left

May 11, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

There was a time when DVDs enjoyed the fastest new technology adoption of all time. The transition from the clumsy, snowy VHS tapes to the sleek little polycarbonate discs was driven by the fact that the digital image looked terrific even on standard definition picture tube televisions. And they look even better on flat panel HDTVs; many people still think that they're watching high-definition content when they watch a DVD...

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More Streaming Time on U.S. TVs

May 3, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

A new white paper from Parks Associates reports on the shifting trends in home entertainment. One of the most telling statistics in this document is that the average broadband user in U.S. households now watches 1.6 hours a weeek of Internet video on their television. Not on their notebook or smartphone or tablet or desktop computer: on their television! When you consider that four out of five homes now have broadband...

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Cable Services Dangle Bonuses

April 17, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

If this keeps up, you'll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription. Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz. The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. Wow, when I sit down in front of my television, I often find myself thinking about renting...

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Best Buy Breaks More Bad News

April 4, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it's a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters. So it was like the  Dust Bowl when Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss. This is not quite as bad as it might seem, because their fiscal year ends on March 3, so this...

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Bye-bye, Polycarbonate Discs!

March 29, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

The writing is on the wall. Or perhaps it is just encoded in microscopic pits on a polycarbonate disc. But wherever you choose to read the signs, it is clear that physical distribution of entertainment media is on the way out. It has happened in the music industry, and we appear to be reaching a tipping point for movies as well. New research by IHS Screen Digest Research predicts that...

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Redbox Rising

February 8, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

The physical DVD is dead; long live streaming! That's the conventional wisdom, but I've got a dollar that says rumors of the DVD's death are premature. Why a dollar? Because that's what it costs to rent a DVD from one of those big red vending machines that you see everywhere from Walmart to McDonalds (not to mention the two just beyond the cash registers at our local grocery store). Yes,...

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NetFlix Posts Good News

January 27, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

In a letter to shareholders about 4th Quarter 2011 results, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reported good news and bad news. As I read the letter, it looks to me that while the company may have made some very public missteps along the way, there is no question in my mind that the corporate change of direction was a good choice and that it is already paying dividends. The big news...

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