Month: January 2008

HD DVD: Toshiba Fires Back?

January 17, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
On Monday, Toshiba announced deep price cuts on their newest HD DVD players. It's impossible to separate this action from the bombshell that Warner Brothers dropped 10 days earlier when it announced that it was going exclusive with the Blu-ray format for its high definition disc releases, starting in May. The Toshiba press release cited some interesting statistics about the hi-def DVD format market. According to Toshiba, HD DVD had...

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CES 2008: Bye-bye 37″

January 16, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
For my last entry about CES 2008, I'll say goodbye to the 37" LCD HDTV market segment. It's not really gone yet, but don't expect it to last much longer. Many major manufacturers told me that they will not be coming out with new products in this size. Why? The reason is simple; the difference in cost between a 37" LCD HDTV panel and a 42" one is not that...

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CES 2008: iPod Your JVC HDTV

January 15, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
At CES 2008 in Las Vegas last week, JVC showed a new line of LCD HDTVs. The P Series includes four models, ranging in size from 32" to 52": LT-32P679, LT-42P789, LT-47P789, and LT-52P789. The smallest has Wide XGA resolution, but the other three are 1080p models. All have three HDMI inputs and a side-loading USB port that can play slide shows of digital photos. But the special feature is...

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CES 2008: Wide Open Spaces

January 14, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
CES 2008 ended last week, but the hits keep on coming. This is a monster of a show, and I've still got a number of interesting products and issues to cover. Normally, I don't spend time on computer products here, but this display needs to be mentioned: I saw an Ostendo Technologies prototype at the Texas Instruments booth with an NEC nameplate on it, and apparently Alienware had one at...

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CES 2008: Panasonic Goes Long!

January 11, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It was only a prototype, and its appearance was telegraphed widely before it appeared, but it is still worth mentioning, if only to keep score in the "mine is bigger than yours" category. Panasonic showed a 150" plasma monitor at CES 2008 in Las Vegas this week. How big is a 150" flat panel? It's about 11 feet wide. Or you could take nine 50" plasma and tile them in...

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CES 2008: 3D HDTV

January 10, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
If there was a surprise for me at CES 2008 this year, it was the number of companies pursuing 3D HDTV. It's a reasonable strategy on two counts. First, these sets will be more expensive (simply because there's more stuff and production costs in them), but it also is an opportunity to get better margins and be more profitable. Also, it's a way to differentiate your product line in a...

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CES 2008: Four Themes

January 9, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
From what I've seen, 2008 is going to be a very good year for HDTV. The industry is not sitting still, and you can expect to see many interesting developments. I've found that there are four major themes that cover many of these changes: thin, wireless, the Internet, and green pitches. I'll cover them quickly. Thin: The flat panel makers know that the U.S. consumer wants to get a flat...

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CES 2008: Laser TV — Too Little, Too Late?

January 8, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last night I went to the Mitsubishi Laser TV event in which they rolled out the prototype 50" Laser TV. The company is careful not to call it rear projection, as they don't want it to carry the baggage associated with that market segment. Instead, they want to present it as a new class of television. I went prepared to be wowed, but today, I'm still reserving judgment. First, they...

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CES 2008: Blu-ray Bombshell

January 7, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I was planning to write about the three big themes emerging about large displays here at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, but an announcement last Friday from Warner Brothers is the elephant in the room that has to be addressed first. The studio was the only major to offer high definition movies in both HD DVD and Blu-ray in the United States. Most of the other studios are committed to...

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Look Ma! No Wires! (again)

January 4, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
You get your new flat panel HDTV home, and you hang it on the wall. Now what? You have to snake all those cables around to the different components so that you can watch cable, DVD, PVR, and whatever else you want on your new screen. And your living room suddenly turns into a mockup of NASA Mission Control. There's got to be a better way. Westinghouse Digital is going...

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