Month: May 2006

Another Connection

May 17, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Are you confused enough yet by HDMI and DVI and composite and component video connections? Brace yourself; here comes DisplayPort. It's the new digital interface standard developed by VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association. Already backed by HP, Lenova, and Dell, the standard is designed to carry digital video and audio signals, and supports digital copy protection. The intent is to have a single standard that can be used for...

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Blu-ray Laptop Announced

May 16, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Sony hopes that you'll take your HD movies on the road with you, and view them on the new VAIO AR Premium notebook computer. It is scheduled to ship this summer for about $3,500, and will have a 17-inch wide display, analog TV tuner, and a Blu-ray drive with both read and write capabilities. The drive reportedly will support DVD+R/+RW formats as well. Sony will also offer a standard model...

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Can the Internet Handle IPTV?

May 15, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
An Associated Press story raises the question of whether or not the Internet can handle widespread adoption of IPTV. The system is designed to handle the occasional download of information, such as email, or a music file, or a Web page. But to watch full-resolution television programs -- not to mention video in HD format -- a computer must receive a steady stream of data. For a sporting event, this...

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PowerDVD Supports MPEG4 AVC

May 12, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
An announcement from CyberLink describes their new PowerDVD 7 Deluxe software package for DVD playback that makes it easy to watch movies on your notebook or desktop computer. One interesting feature of this latest version is that it supports MPEG4 AVC compression, also known as H.264. This provides higher compression rates with improved image quality over the MPEG2 standard used in regular DVDs. It is interesting to see the growing...

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Peer-to-Peer Goes Legit?

May 11, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
"Peer-to-peer" networks are almost synonymous with "piracy" in many people's minds. The infamous Kazaa and BitTorrent networks are known as havens for people who want to swap copyrighted content like audio CD tracks. The BitTorrent technology has gained a big leg up toward clearing its reputation, however. Warner Brothers has announced that it will use the system to rent and sell movies and television programs. Movies will be available the...

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HDTV to Go… Now!

May 10, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Back in February, I reported on Toshiba's announcement of the Qosmio notebook that could display 1080p HDTV. Well, they're ready and will be available on Toshiba's Web site this week. The Qosmio G35 has a pair of 100 GB hard drives, but the really interesting feature is the HD DVD drive. At about 10 pounds and $3,000, it's not a purchase to be taken lightly -- literally-- but this is...

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LCD HDTV Prices to Hold Steady?

May 9, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The display market research firm WitsView has reported that the average wholesale cost of a 42" LCD panel for HDTV use has fallen to $860, down from $890 last month. The company is predicting that prices for LCD HDTV panels will start to stabilize this summer, after fairly steady declines. Predicting the future prices in any market is a challenge, but the display market is nearly impossible. Even if you...

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Free CBS IPTV

May 8, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
CBS has jumped on the bandwagon of providing free online video. The network now offers "innertube" which includes a variety of broadcast, special, and behind-the-scenes programming. There's even a Pearl Jam concert from a David Letterman show available. The content segments are interspersed with short commercials (or spots promoting CBS shows). Segments range from a couple of minutes to nearly 50 minutes long in the case of Pearl Jam. Clearly,...

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More Blu-ray De-lay

May 5, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Surprised? I'm not. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that even though they will have their first Blu-ray high-density DVD titles ready to ship on May 23rd as planned, they will hold off on releasing them until June 25th. Why? Because Samsung has delayed the shipment of their first Blu-ray DVD player until then, and the retailers have asked that the releases be coordinated. Sounds reasonable; it's a little tough...

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50″ Plasma HDTV under $2K

May 4, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
"Residential AV" reports that Envision Peripherals has announced plans to ship a 50" plasma HDTV next fall with a list price of $2,395. This means that the model could well sell at a street price under $2,000. Wow. Prices have been falling for plasma and LCD, but this is a dramatic price point to break through. 42" plasma HDTVs only recently reached this point. This pricing strategy is going to...

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