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How Low Can They Go?

February 3, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

Sorry, folks, but I cannot resist this one. I really struggle to refrain from the breathless "Wow! Look at how low this price is!" type of story because it gets old and it's inevitable that someone can come up with a deal that tops whatever you've found. But I have to give in to this one. Why? It's a set from a top tier brand. It's a deal from a...

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A Sound Idea

February 2, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

Futuresource Consulting has just released a free analysis report that highlights their observations about consumer electronics products and trends at CES 2012. One of the points that they made in their announcement press release caught my attention: Ever-thinner TV displays boosted interest in speakers, soundbars and home theatre systems. I confess that I've been a bit puzzled over the fascination with thin when it comes to HDTVs. I understand that...

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We Call It “Television”

January 30, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

There's an interesting discussion going on in one of the LinkedIn Groups that I belong to, and I find that I've been thinking a lot about it for the past few days. The topic of the conversation is that the industry has not settled on what to call this new and rapidly developing technology landscape that delivers video entertainment to us at home and on the go. Some of the...

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Another Passive 3DTV

January 20, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

At CES 2012, Westinghouse Digital joined the ranks of manufacturers offering passive 3DTV technology, along with LG, Vizio, Panasonic, and Toshiba. The company announced that it plans to ship the 47" W47S2TCD later this spring with a list price of $899, including four pairs of glasses. This means that this technology will now be available from one of the lower-priced brands on the market. I don't see this as the...

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Look, Ma! No Box!

January 19, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

One of the most curious developments to come out of CES 2012 for the television industry was the announcement from DIRECTV and Samsung. The two companies are going to partner by building set-top box functionality into a line of Samsung Smart TVs. This becomes curiouser when you add the fact that Verizon and LG made a similar announcement. The Samsung sets will connect to a DIRECTV DVR set-top box, so...

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Glasses-Free 3D HDTV Coming This Year!

January 18, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, your wishes have been heard and the display gods are going to give you what you asked for. Just remember that when you get it, I told you so. One of the big splashes at CES 2012 was the unveiling of Toshiba's monster 55" 3D HDTV, and to the breathless adoration of the technology press, it doesn't require that you wear glasses to see the 3D images! But wait,...

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Running into a Burning Building?

January 10, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

You can't tell the players without a scorecard. In yesterday's Almanac entry, I told you about personal computer maker Lenovo's surprising entry into the HDTV market. Today, it's time for turnabout. If there's a technology market that is worse than the HDTV business in terms of slim profit margins, cut throat competition, and distribution challenges, it's the personal computer market. It's so bad that the industry leader HP announced plans...

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HDTVs Get Smarter

January 9, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

One of my public speaking topics in recent years was "Why Your Next Computer Will Be a Television." Even without the network-connected "Smart TV" features that are commonplace now, HDTVs have long relied on powerful processors and other components that outperform the standard desktop computers of not-so-long ago. But even back when I gave this talk, I don't think I foresaw how far this aspect has develop in such a...

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LED TVs to Dominate World Market

January 6, 2012 | Ibex Marketing

The worldwide economic downturn put a damper on consumer demand for televisions, according to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report. High inventory levels meant that shipments for 2011 are exepected to be flat compared with 2010. The good news is that there are signs of improvement, and the forecast is for a modest increase of 2% in 2012, reaching 254 million units. [Source: NPD DisplaySearch Advanced Quarterly...

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3DTV Panel Shipments Rise 118%

September 1, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

According to the new Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report from DisplaySearch, the global shipments of 3D-capable panels for use in HDTVs grew to 4.9 million units in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 118% increase over the first quarter of the year. As the DisplaySearch analysis points out, "the LCD TV panel industry has been in oversupply for more than a year." 3D support is one way...

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