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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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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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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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Westinghouse Lowers LED LCD HDTV Prices

July 29, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

You can scratch off another "premium" feature that no longer carries a premium price. According to the company's press release, Westinghouse Digital has announced that it is shipping LCD HDTVs with LED backlights at prices that challenge the traditionally less-expensive cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight designs. Its 40" LD-4070Z is on sale online now at Walmart for $439.99; that's at least 40% less than LED-backlit models from the major manufacturers....

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DisplaySearch Lowers Expectations

July 28, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

"Demand in many developed countries continues to be very soft" so analysts at DisplaySearch have lowered their forecasts for the total worldwide television shipments for this year. The new figure is 252 million units, which is down 3% from the previous estimate. Three percent doesn't sound like much until you realize that represents more than 7 million sets with a total value that is probably more than a few billion...

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CEA Reports TVs Weigh Less

July 25, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

From the Who Ever Would Have Guessed It Department, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has come out with a report detailing the "materials footprint" of televisions and computer monitors from 2004 through 2011. In comparing televisions in the 13" to 36" size range, the group determined that flat panel LCD TVs weigh 82% less than CRT (picture tube) models, and take up 75% less space. That's hardly surprising. The fact...

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DisplaySearch: LED Costs Less Overall

July 19, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The display market research firm DisplaySearch has released its latest "Quarterly TV Design and Features Report" for Q2'11, in which the company points out the energy-savings advantages of LED backlights for LCD HDTVs. An analysis of 40" LCD TVs shows that consumers will save money over the life of the television set in spite of paying more for a model with an LED backlight. For the average U.S. consumer, the...

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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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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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Does Passive Glasses 3DTV Add Cost?

June 27, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Up until Vizio's stunning announcement at the end of last year, I was convinced that we would not see 3DTV flat screen TVs that use passive glasses any time soon. My reasoning was that the patterned polarizing retarder required to make this work was an added material expense, and panel makers are fighting to reduce costs, not increase them. Also, this extra film layer must be precisely aligned, which adds...

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