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SID 2011: 3DTV’s Door Number 3

May 20, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

All around the SID 2011 exhibit hall, a battle raged. In many booths, you could find proponents of the Shutter Glasses (SG) approach to stereoscopic 3DTV. This presents full screen images for left and right eyes, in rapid succession. The glasses synchronize with the screen so that the image is blocked or transmitted to each eye as needed. And that's why we call them "active glasses." On the other side,...

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SID 2011: Green Displays

May 19, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Yesterday, I attended a special conference-within-a-conference about Green Displays, hosted by IMS Research. It turns out that this topic runs deep and wide, but there was one particular aspect that I thought would be worth sharing. Consider the following comparison between two Sony 46" LCD HDTVs. The Qualia 005 was the first LCD HDTV to use LEDs for the backlight. It consumed 612 Watts of electricity, was 5" thick, and...

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SID 2011: LCD Weight Loss

May 18, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I want to tell you about what I saw yesterday that could have major implications for LCD HDTVs. A new technology from 3M can save weight and drive out all sorts of cost from large LCD panels. A typical panel for an LED edgelit LCD has a reflective layer in back along with a bunch of free-standing optical films: a light guide, diffusers, collimators, and so on. 3M has come...

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SID 2011: It Begins…

May 17, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I'm inLos Angeles, and today marks the official start of the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2011. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, this is the organization for the people who do the research and development that leads to the amazing devices that let us enjoy high definition and mobile video wherever and whenever we want. This conference is great fun for me...

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3DTV: Here Comes the Content

May 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

It is coming slowly, but it is coming. ESPN is working hard to figure out how to do live sports in stereoscopic 3D, and the movie studios keep churning out feature films. And now comes word that the kids are not going to be left out. 3net is a joint venture by Discovery, Sony, and IMAX, which produces a 24/7 network of 3DTV programming. The company recently announced a deal...

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46″ LCD HDTV Under $550

May 2, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

I know. Posts about "Look at this incredible HDTV deal!" are dime a dozen and I really try to avoid doing them because I don't think that they really tell you much that you didn't know already. And it's an immediate invitation to play "Top This" where everyone wants to chime in with an even better deal that they have found. But from time to time, I think it's worth...

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DisplaySearch: TV Replacement Cycle Shortens

April 22, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

According to a press release from DisplaySearch, the company's new study reports that consumers worldwide continue to replace their televisions more frequently than in the past. Traditionally, consumers replaced a CRT TV with another CRT TV every 10 to 15 years. That cycle is much shorter now, and not just in the U.S. but worldwide. Clearly, the advent of high definition programming and the ever-decreasing prices for flat panel sets...

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Philips Quits the TV Business

April 21, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Once a worldwide leader in the television industry, Philips has thrown in the towel and is exiting the business. The company has been headed in that direction for some time. In 2008, they licensed their brand name to Funai for sales in North America. (Funai also makes televisions under some other familiar brands, including Emerson, Sylvania, and Symphonic.) Philips already has similar licensing agreements in effect for China and India....

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New Hybrid Portable TVs from RCA

April 19, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

At the NAB show last week, RCA demonstrated three new portable LCD TVs. All run on battery or AC power, and both can pick up standard ATSC digital television broadcast signals. What makes these two models particularly interesting is that they also can receive the new Mobile DTV signals (that I discussed last week). Two models have 3.5" LCD screens: DMT335R and DMT336R. The 335R model runs on AA batteries...

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Walmart Shrinks CE Store Space

April 18, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Walmart recently announced that it was expanding the number of HDTV models that it will offer, but that apparently will be primarily for online sales. The company has announced plans to actually shrink the display space allocated to consumer electronics products in their brick and mortar stores. Part of the move is due to their perception that the flat panel TV market has stabilized a bit, and sales growth will...

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