Month: November 2005

See You in Las Vegas?

November 16, 2005 | Author: 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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What Does “Fully HD” Mean?

November 15, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty proclaims "A word means what I want it to mean!" That's certainly a creative view of vocabulary, but it can become a barrier to effective communication when different people start using a term to mean different things. For example, take "Fully HD." Some people use it to mean 1080p displays, implying that 720p displays are somehow less than HD. The fact is that both...

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Black Friday Crystal Ball

November 14, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the biggest shopping day of the year for American retailers. It's the one day that retailers count on for getting "into the black" on their balance sheets. In the past, it was a list price event, and the sales didn't start until after Christmas Day. In recent years, the discounting has started earlier and earlier, and the stores cut prices agressively to compete...

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Samsung Hikes HDTV

November 11, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last week, Samsung announced a deal with the National Football League that makes Samsung's products the "Official HDTV of the NFL." Samsung products have good coverage of HDTV display technology, including LCD, plasma, and rear-projection DLP HDTV models. This move makes a lot of sense. Samsung has long used professional sports alliances as part of their marketing strategy. Sports are one of the main reasons that people get HDTV systems,...

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Cell Phone TV?

November 10, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Have you seen the ads on television where hip young people are sprawled around the city, watching their cell phone screens? The Japanese have already made watching TV content on cell phones a hit, and it looks as though some markets in our country may be ready to go for this feature in a big way. (The cell phone companies have to do something to expand their services and sales!)...

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Sony Sends TV Anywhere

November 9, 2005 | Author: 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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Got a Minute? HDTV Survey

November 8, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As you may have noticed, Alfred Poor's HDTV Alamanac has been going for more than a month now, but we've just launched the site officially. And if you poke around the site, you'll find that I'm in the process of writing Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV which is scheduled to be published here next month. But I want to make it as useful to you and other readers as...

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Pioneer Closes 2 Plasma Plants

November 7, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Pioneer is the second-leading manufacturer of HDTV plasma displays. Last week, the company announced plans to shut down two of their manufacturing plants. The company still plans to ship 2/3 more plasma panels than they did last year, up from 380,00 per year to 640,000. Even with closing a third of their production lines and this increased volume, Pioneer will still be operating the lines at less than 60% of...

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Plug In to Tune In HDTV

November 4, 2005 | Author: 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 | Author: 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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