Month: December 2007

HD DVD Preferred in New Study

December 17, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A new study from The Diffusion Group reports on the preferences of consumers who are planning on buying their first HDTV within the next six months. In this group, the study reports that among those who describe themselves as likely to buy a high-definition DVD player within the next six months, 43% prefer HD DVD and 27% prefer Blu-ray. The remaining 30% are undecided. The Diffusion Group finds that compared...

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Another Setback for OLED

December 14, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Remember how Toshiba promised to ship 30" OLED HDTVs in 2009? As the saying goes, that statement is now "non-operational". Surprise, surprise; Toshiba has discovered that the cost of mass production does not make it practical to produce the sets at this point. So the project is on hold indefinitely. The company will instead focus its efforts on small OLED panels for mobile displays. Given the manufacturing challenges and material...

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1080p: Is It Worth It?

December 13, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Earlier this week in his ZDNet blog, David Berlind mentioned a piece by CNET columnist David Carnoy, "720p vs. 1080p HDTV: The final word". (Isn't it something how so much of the Internet is about something else on the Internet? Escher would be pleased.) Now, I'm not going to pick apart either piece, as both writers make some good points. But I'm going to pick on the keystone of Carnoy's...

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Panasonic Offers HDTV Concierge Service for Free

December 12, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In a repeat of last year's promotional offer, Panasonic has unlocked the door to their "Plasma Concierge" service. This is normally available only to owners of Panasonic plasma HDTV products, but from now through February 3, 2008, anyone can call for advice about HDTVs. The service is intended to provide basic and technical information, as well as guide consumers in buying the right TV set based on viewing habits, room...

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Voyager TV on the Go

December 11, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As a child, I remember seeing limousines and other fancy cars with little delta wing antennas mounted on the trunk. Somehow, I learned that these were television antennas, and that meant that the people inside were probably watching a little Sony TV. I thought it was pretty cool, though I imagine the programming options were limited and the reception questionable at best. Now it seems that your minivan is not...

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R.I.P. CompUSA

December 10, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Have I mentioned lately just how tough the consumer electronics retail market is these days? The latest casualty -- but certainly not the last -- is CompUSA. About half of the chain's stores closed last spring, but apparently that was not enough to staunch the flow of red ink. The remaining stores have been turned over to the Gordon Brothers Group, which specializes in liquidating retail stores. (This is the...

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HDTV? Game On!

December 7, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It's a recurring theme of mine that I have not visited in a while, but an announcement from Sharp yesterday brought it to the fore once again. The topic is "Video Gaming and HDTVs". I have long-contended that many of the young adults with gaming consoles have the discretionary income and the inclination to trick out their systems with killer displays. Well, it appears that the display manufacturers agree with...

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Reader Question: Digital TV Conversion Rebates

December 6, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Q: I cannot find any specific information regarding the government rebates on the purchase of HDTV converter boxes. I read an article that mentioned a $50 rebate would be provided "by the government." However, there is no mention of a) who in the government b) who is eligible and c) how does one apply? I have recently purchased two HDTV sets and thus I am interested in finding out if...

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Good News for Laser TV

December 5, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Like the notorious "Norwegian Blue" parrot, Laser TVs may not be dead but only sleeping. Mitsubishi will hold a press event at CES 2008 in Las Vegas in a month, and the company is expected to show new Laser TVs as part of its 2008 product lineup. While this is still short of the mark for having product available for this holiday buying season, it remains a promising sign that...

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Useless HDTV Reviews

December 4, 2007 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The East Valley Tribune (Phoenix, AZ) picked up a story from the Philadelphia Daily News entitled "Three of best among myriad of HD TVs". The article begins with the following: How does a high-definition video display maker stand out in the crowded field of 300 current models? We sampled the latest crop and bring you three of the best. I'm not going to take issue with their three choices --...

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