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3DTV Prediction Coming True, Part II

April 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Earlier this week, I pointed out that the price of active glasses for 3DTV has plummeted, now that Samsung has announced that it will sell them for less than $50. Now it appears that another point has been proven. I have contended for a long time that adding 3D support to a typical HDTV from a major brand has a marginal cost that approaches zero. It is just a matter...

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3DTV Prediction Coming True

April 11, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Remember how I said that the price of the $200 active glasses would come down sooner or later? I was expecting that to come from the third-party vendors, but it looks as though the top brands are willing to make pre-emptive price cuts in order to increase 3DTV sales. Samsung has announced that it will start providing two pairs of active glasses in the box with their entire 3DTV line-up....

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See-Through TV?

April 6, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

News from Korea indicates that Samsung Electronics has started the commercial production of 22" transparent LCD panels. The panels are capable of 720p had images without scaling (they have 1,680 by 1,050 pixel resolution) but they are really intended for digital signage applications. Still, it's intriguing to think about what you could do with a transparent TV. It uses ambient light so you don't need a backlight, and as a...

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Sony Closes 11 U.S. Stores

April 4, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The "Sony Style" is changing. According to a report from TWICE, the company closed 11 of its retail stores last month. Perhaps more interesting is that the remaining stores will be renamed from "Sony Style" to "Sony Factory Outlet." The closings seem perfectly reasonable. The last few years have been difficult ones for retail stores, and it makes sense that a few of the locations that seemed like a good...

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XPAND 3D to Tame Chaos

March 29, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

XPAND 3D is leading the charge to bring some sense to the active-glasses stereoscopic 3DTV market. Yesterday, the company joined with Panasonic to announce the M-3DI standard for 3DTVs, computers, and home projectors, as well as digital cinemas that rely on active shutter glasses technology. This new standard provides a communication protocol for the signals between the display and the glasses. This means that one pair of glasses will work...

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Mitsubishi Abandons LCD HDTVs

March 24, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

When you've got an also-ran share of an enormous market and there are no signs that you can make a substantial dent in the leaders' share, what can you do? Mitsubishi has decided that if you can't beat them, quit. In a press release last week, the company announced that it was leaving the LCD HDTV business. Instead, it will focus on its DLP rear projection HDTVs as well as...

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CEA Offers Individual Memberships

March 22, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

The Consumer Electronics Association hosts a little event in Las Vegas every January called the "Consumer Electronics Show," better known by its initials: CES. The original intent was to hold a trade show for electronics dealers, such as home stereos and televisions. Then the corporate side of the computer market got boring and Comdex went away, so the slack was picked up by CES and it became the biggest personal...

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55″ OLED HDTV on the Way?

March 21, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, I'm probably the last person to write about this topic, but there was so much noise and confusion that it took me a while to find a source who could give me the straight skinny. And I mean, really skinny! You may have noticed stories saying that LG is going to come out with a 55" OLED HDTV in 2012. Then there are others who say that's wrong; LG...

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Japanese Disaster Has Worldwide Impact on CE

March 15, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Words fail. Disaster, devastation, catastrophe; nothing seems adequate to describe the situation in northern Japan. The triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami, and electrical power plant failures has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and untold billions in damages. No doubt, it will be weeks or months or even years before the magnitude of the losses can be tallied. But already the consumer electronics industry is marking...

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15 Million 3DTVs by 2012

March 9, 2011 | Ibex Marketing

Futuresource has announced a study that predicts an installed base of 15 million 3DTVs in the U.S. by the end of next year. They point to the increased content that is becoming available as the driving force behind this forecast. And other prognosticators are saying that this figure is way too high, especially when you consider how long it took HDTV to get traction. I take a different view. According...

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