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3DTV No Longer a Premium

June 22, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47" LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you'd expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The big difference is that the Westinghouse model also has 3DTV support. Not only is it...

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Hide in Plain Sight

June 21, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing an HDTV is that they get one that is too small for the viewing distance. Insufficient budget for a larger one is certainly a good reason for going with a smaller model, but too often I hear people complain that they don't want a "big ugly television" dominating their living room decor. I'll grant that it is not easy...

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Hello Comcast, Skype is Calling

June 20, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, Comcast and Skype announced a partnership that will make Skype's video calling available to Comcast customers. Subscribers will be able to make and receive video calls through their television with other Skype users. This means that you'll be able to connect for free with other televisions, computers, tablets, or even smartphones. The plan includes the ability to place or receive Skype calls while watching programs on your HDTV....

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China Passes Japan in LCD Production

June 17, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Korea is first (thanks to LG and Samsung), and Taiwan is second in terms of producing LCD panels, including those used in LCD HDTVs. Now comes word from Displaybank that China has taken over as the third largest producer of LCD panels, pushing Japan out of the money and into fourth place. This is in spite of Sharp having the world's largest LCD plant -- Gen 10 -- in operation....

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Rivers Are Low in China: So What!

June 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

If you still need proof that we live in a global economy, you need look no further than the consumer electronics market for HDTVs and other devices. In this case, the important factor is an ongoing drought in the Yangtsu River basin in China. A big yawn, right? Well, consider this. The Yangtsu River is the biggest source of hydroelectric power in China. And according to a Reuter's report, the...

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The Civil Shoe Drops

June 8, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

It should come as little surprise that a retailer has sued 15 LCD panel makers for losses due to price fixing. The first one to file is BrandsMart, a Florida-based electronics retailer. The list of defendants includes Samsumg, LG, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Epson, and NEC, along with other major companies in the display manufacturing business. BrandsMart is not just claiming damages on HDTVs, either; just about anything with an LCD...

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Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

June 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year. According to NPD's figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales of flat panel televisons (LCD and plasma combined) with a 24.9% market share, first...

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Samsung Connects with 3D Content

June 1, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

So you think there's not enough 3DTV content available yet? Samsung wants to sell more 3DTVs, so they are making it easier for you to find the content to watch on their sets. One of the apps available for their connected models is Explore 3D. According to a company press release, this gives you access to free content including movie trailers, music videos, and "educational content." There are even full-length...

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SID 2011: 100 Micron Glass

May 26, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

You can't see it, so you probably take it for granted. But think for a moment about all the glass that you use in everyday life. From windows to windshields, light bulbs to flat panel screens, these variations of melted sand are a fundamental part of many technologies. One of the key applications is for LCD panels, which require glass that is especially smooth and uniform in thickness. Corning is...

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SID 2011: Spread the Word about 3DTV

May 25, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The day before the official start of SID Display Week 2011, I attended the Business Conference hosted by DisplaySearch. I could probably write the rest of this year's Almanac entries based just on the information that was presented that day, but I want to highlight one here. Mike Abary is the Senior Vice President of the Home Division of Sony Electronics, and his presentation covered the 3DTV market from his...

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