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DRM: Don’t Fence Me In

November 23, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

One of my least favorite acronyms in the whole home entertainment business is DRM. It reportedly stands for "digital rights management." From my point of view, that's about as direct and honest as using "revenue enhancement" to refer to a tax increase. DRM is copy protection, pure and simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that the content providers want to protect their products. Hey, I've made my living...

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See You in Las Vegas?

November 16, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

What are you doing next year? I'm going to the HDTV Business Conference on January 4th, the day before the big Consumer Electronics Show -- CES -- starts in Las Vegas. It's put together by Insight Media, and will bring together the top executives from major companies in the HDTV industry. There will be presentations on everything from display technologies to IPTV. I'm especially looking forward to hearing about the...

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Sony Sends TV Anywhere

November 9, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Television may be a serious business, but Sony has just made gaming hardware an important player in the next generation of TV. Last week, the company announced that the PlayStation Portable (PSPT) has a new firmware upgrade that will allow it to receive audio and video content through a LocationFree Base Station. Sony's LocationFree lets users access their entertainment content around the house using a wireless network connection. It also...

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Plug In to Tune In HDTV

November 4, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, you’ve got a killer digital TV system set up in your living room, with cable and Internet and a DVR — digital video recorder — with a massive hard drive. But what happens when you go into the kitchen? You can’t enjoy your video assets in the other room. Oh, but you can. You can set up a wired or wireless home network, but this can be complex and...

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VOD is Here! Now!

November 3, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

Video on Demand -- VOD -- is already part of many digital cable packages. But are people using it? According to Comcast, the company's customers downloaded and watched 100 million programs. That's an impressive number, but here's the punchline; that was just in the month of March this year. And 94% of these shows were delivered at no additional charge beyond the monthly service fee. Fewer than one in ten...

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Satellite HDTV Relies on More Compression

October 27, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

As more and more consumers get HDTV sets, the demand for more HD content is growing. (And the manufacturers of the HDTVs want more HD content to be delivered, as this should help drive increased demand for the new sets.) One problem for satellite services is that they have limited bandwidth over which to transmit their content, and the higher-resolution HD content can consume more that its share of that...

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HP Asks for BluRay Changes

October 26, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

New developments continue in the fight to create the high-definition DVD format, though it appears that we're still far from being able to name a winner in the blue laser competition. HP had been a backer of BluRay for a long time, but last week, the company went public with its desire that the BluRay design incorporate some features currently included in the HD-DVD version. Many of these features would...

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