Month: November 2007

HDTV: Far Out!

November 16, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A press release from DirecTV today, the company is offering to do an extreme home makeover that is out of this world. Their target? Nothing less than the International Space Station! They want to equip the new living quarters with a 42" HDTV screen, and HD DVR, and HDTV service including a variety of national HD channels. And to make sure that nobody loses the remote control, they plan to...

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Black Friday Intelligence

November 15, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The cat-and-mouse game over Black Friday ads may be ending. In years past, a number of Web sites have vied to reveal the most the soonest. Somehow, they manage to get to peek at the sales circulars for major retailers in advance of their distribution on Thanksgiving. Reactions to this practice have been varied. According to one report, last year at least one retailer submitted their own ads to one...

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Seen Joost Lately?

November 14, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Why do I think IPTV is going to be such as big deal? Maybe it's because I can't resist checking out what's playing on the "B Movie" channel on Shoutcast TV, even though it's a small image and horribly over-compressed. Or maybe I think that Lynne & Tessa are really funny. Or maybe it's how entertaining it is to practice my French comprehension watching French TV. What I want to...

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Samsung Gen 11: 70″ LCD HDTVs

November 13, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Samsung is betting that lots of people will want larger HDTVs as the prices come down. In an interview with the Korea Times, the chief of Samsung's LCD Technology Center announced that the company has plans to build aGen 11 LCD fabrication plant. The line will use 3,200 by 3,600 millimeter sheets of glass substrates. That's 10.5 feet by 11.8 feet; we have rooms in our house that have smaller...

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HDTV Consumers Still Confused

November 12, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Okay, your family and friends and neighbors still don't get it. A new study by Leichtman Research Group shows that not much has changed in the HDTV market over the past couple years, in spite of all our efforts. According to the results, about one in four U.S. households have at least one television capable of displaying HDTV content. That's the good news. Of those, about 75% think that they...

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More Bad News for Rear Projection

November 9, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A report in DigiTimes states that Hitachi is pulling its rear projection HDTV products from the North American markets. The article staes that the company's Mexican factories have shut down, and shipments have dropped from 340,000 units in 2006 to just 30,000 units in 2007. The company apparently will focus on plasma and LCD HDTV models instead. Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC appear to remain committed to the rear projection...

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Verizon to Boost HD Channels

November 8, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
"57 channels and nothing on." Bruce Springsteen clearly did not set his sights high enough, as the new competition among broadcast television providers is the number of high definition channels that they will deliver. DirecTV has set the bar, promising 100 HD channels by the end of this year, increasing to 150 by the end of 2008. Verizon has stepped up to meet the challenge, and now also promises to...

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Consumer Reports: Flat Panels are Reliable

November 7, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last week, Consumer Reports released the results of a study about the repair rates on various HDTV technologies. Overall, LCD and plasma models have about a 3% repair rate. The company cited the Panasonic TH-50PZ700U plasma HDTV as having the lowest repair rate. Pioneer and Samsung plasma products also rated well, as did Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, and JVC for LCD models. Rear projection models did not fare as well in...

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Samsung to Build OLED HDTVs

November 6, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Reports from last week's FPD International 2007 Forum quote Samsung's executive vice president as saying that he expects to have 42" OLED HDTVs for sale by 2010. Naturally, this has caused a bit of excitement on the Web, especially as this would be a huge step from the tiny 11" OLED TVs that Sony is expected to sell in tiny quantities at incredibly high prices by the end of this...

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Did You Get a $100 HD DVD Player?

November 5, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I didn't find out in time to put it in the HDTV Almanac, but last Friday, Wal-Mart reportedly sold the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for $98.87. It was a one-day only sale, and supplies were limited, though some reports indicated that there would be at least 10 units per store. I know one person who checked at a store in the Albany area, and they didn't have any available,...

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