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3D HDTV Is Unstoppable

August 25, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

I don't know exactly how it will happen, or even whether or not I think it's a good idea, but brace yourself; 3D television is coming to a living room near you. Just as the local cinema created demand for the color television and stereo sound (and later, surround sound) that are now standard features for home entertainment, the rousing success of 3D feature films is going to drive content...

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The Norwegian Blue of HDTV

April 17, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

Last week, Mitsubishi announced its lineup of premium TV models for 2009. In addition to a range of flat panel LCD HDTVs, the company also announced seven new rear projection DLP models which makes them the last major company to still emphasize DLP HDTVs. (It is interesting to note that the company's press release did not mention the term "rear projection" at all, and only mentioned "DLP" in the footnotes.)...

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009 | Ibex Marketing

2008 was a rough ride in many ways, but there were some silver linings. The Dow gave up 33.8% for the year, making it the worst year since 1931 during the Great Depression. Across Wall Street in general, about $7 trillion in shareholder value was lost in 2008. (That makes the Obama $1 trillion stimulus package sound almost like a bargain.) Consumers were uncertain about their future, and stayed away...

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Truth Patrol: Digital TV Misinformation Abounds

December 11, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Okay, the fact is that I could probably write every entry from now until February 17, 2009 finding errors in what's being written about the digital TV transisition. Some of the errors apparently are made out of ignorance, and some are cases of the writer over-simplifying. But the fact remains that there's a lot of misleading information out there, and it only adds to the confusion. When a media outlet...

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Bracing for Black Friday

November 26, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

I recognize that there are many sites that give you the "inside scoop" on the Black Friday offers. And this year -- more than ever -- the retailers themselves have been tipping their hand and pre-announcing their own specials. And then let's not forget the fact that we've been seeing Black Friday pricing on lots of items for the past month. But I can't let this seasonal mayhem pass without...

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RP HDTV: Not Quite Gone

November 13, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

CompUSA.com sent out an email yesterday advertising some sale specials. The lead item was a 61" 120 Hz 1080p HDTV on sale for $1,099.99. This is no off-brand product; it's from Samsung. It's ready to display 3D images, such as movies or video games. And it's not a refurbished return; it's got a full factory warranty. And it's a 2008 model with up-to-date electronics. So what's the catch? There's no...

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Are “Staycations” the Answer?

October 28, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

A press release from Futuresource , a British market research firm, makes some interesting observations about the state of the world economy and its impact on consumer electronics. Their numbers are based on United Kingdom measures, but I expect that for this purpose, they are similar enough to the situation in the USA for argument. The company went back to the "economic slump" of 2001 to see what happened in...

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Circuit City: Strong Measures

October 21, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Some analysts have questioned whether or not Circuit City will survive until the end of 2009. Now there appears that the company may not finish 2008. A report in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere yesterday indicates that Circuit City may shutter as many as 150 of its 712 stores and lay off thousands of employees in an attempt to stay afloat through the holiday shopping season. The struggling chain...

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Reader Question: Scaling HDTV

September 23, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Q: If a HDTV is limited to automatically displaying 720p what will be the picture results if the signal come at 1080 off air or cable? Curt A: Curt, when an image of one size is displayed on a screen with a different native resolution (number of pixels), then the image has to be scaled. If the image is smaller — a 720p image on a 1080p set — then...

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HDTV Half Full? Half Empty?

September 17, 2008 | Ibex Marketing

Market research firm NPD has stated (according to a report by TWICE) that about 46 percent of USA television households now have HDTVs. 34 percent have only one HDTV, and 13 percent have two or more. So depending on how you look at it, the HDTV glass for US viewers is either half empty or half full. We've had free digital broadcasts of HDTV as well as HD content on...

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