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HD in a Cell Phone?

September 25, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

It was bound to happen. Cell phone designers have been putting multi-megapixel cameras in their phones, so why not use them to capture video as well? With all those pixels, what the heck; let's make them HD video clips! And that's exactly what Sprint is offering in its Samsung Instinct HD smart phone. No, it can't play them back in high-def on the little touchscreen display, but you can hook...

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Hit the Road, Kid!

September 24, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Earlier this month, Nielsen published their "A2/M2 Three Screen Report" for the second quarter of 2009. (You can download it for free at This overview report has some fascinating information about America's viewing habits, and I was particularly interested in online viewing. The graph doesn't show direct TV watching; those numbers are more than 100 hours for all age groups, and graphing that would obscure the other information. I...

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Is That a Hard Drive in Your HDTV?

August 26, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, now I'm really puzzled. I had (well, I still have) a Panasonic DVR that we loved to use. It made recording programs off-the-air so much easier to use than the old VHS recorder it replaced. But with the end of analog broadcasts, it's now just a somewhat complicated DVD player. And aside from TiVo, I'm not aware of anyone who is offering a DVR with digital tuners. The reason...

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Where Is Microsoft?

July 22, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

An announcement last week that Macrovision has changed it's name to "Rovi" (which was cleverly extracted from the middle of its old name) got me to thinking. According to a story in TWICE, the company is focusing on "a new multi-faceted integrated graphical user interface" that lets users find and view content from a variety of sources, including local storage, the Internet, and traditional broadcast services such as cable or...

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Supreme Court Okays Cable DVR

June 30, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it decided not to hear a case challenging Cablevision's new digital video recording (DVR) service that it intends to roll out. This decision could have enormous implications, as far reaching as the famous "Betamax Case" that allowed consumers to "time shift" their viewing of broadcast programming by recording shows on a VCR. In that landmark case, Universal City Studios brought the suit because...

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Moxi HD DVR Adds Features

April 9, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Digeo makes the Moxie HD DVR that lets users of cable TV services record and play back TV shows. Unlike TiVo, there's no monthly subscription fee. However, the device costs about $200 more than a TiVo, so it will take about two years to recover the difference in cost. Digeo announced a range of new services today that could tip the scales in the Moxi's favor. Perhaps the most intriguing...

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Roku Adds HD

December 23, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, now there's one less reason to roll your own Media Center PC in order to watch movies from the Internet on your HDTV. Roku announced yesterday that their $99 Netflix Player will now support streaming HD content. The company does not specify what "advanced compression technology" it uses, but I'm guessing that it's some form of H.264/MPEG4 AVC, as that's one of the most effective compression schemes for video...

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Reader Question: DVRs after the Transition

November 21, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Q: The transition to digital broadcasts poses a problem for some people who record daytime shows on their VCRs to watch when they come home from work. I asked the salesman at Radio Shack about the two converter models they sell, and they do not have a timer feature to set up like a VCR. I have seen ads online for cards that could handle this, though in what seems...

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TiVo HD DVR on Your PC

September 30, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

There's at least one dark side to the February 17, 2009 transition to digital TV broadcasts that few people have addressed, and that's the question of what to do about getting a digital video recorder. We have a Panasonic model in our home that we use to watch at least 80% of all our TV content. But it only has an analog tuner, so it won't work next year. We...

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Ready for Your Close Up?

April 29, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

When we talk about HDTV, we tend to focus on professionally-generated content that is commercially distributed one way or another. But this totally overlooks another important source of HD video: user-generated content. There's only one problem; most HDTV video cameras are extremely expensive. DXG USA has announced the DXG-569V HD camcorder. It comes in your choice of silver or black, and can record video at 1280 by 720 at 30...

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