Month: April 2008

LG Display Takes Shot at Sony

April 16, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A year ago, the president of Sony's U.S. electronics unit complained that there had been too much price erosion for LCD televisions in 2006, and he expressed hope that the price declines would be smaller in 2007. He said that some competitors priced their products so low that it "borders on being irresponsible". This adds a little irony to the statements this week by the CEO of LG Display (formerly...

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Blockbuster Wants Circuit City

April 15, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Blockbuster has offered $1 billion for consumer electronics retailer Circuit City. Circuit City has been struggling financially, but did post an 11% annual sales increase in the last quarter of 2007. Blockbuster, on the other hand, is part of the DVD movie disc rental business that saw revenues decline nearly 1% last year. One interesting development is that Circuit City has stopped providing due diligence information to Blockbuster, and is...

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TiVo vs. EchoStar: Nearing a Decision?

April 14, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied EchoStar's request for a rehearing of their case with TiVo. TiVo has complained that EchoStar -- parent company of the Dish Network satellite TV service -- had violated TiVo's patents. The complaint centered around hardware and software used in Dish Network's digital video recorders (DVRs), and prior court decisions were in TiVo's favor on the software complaint (but...

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Free Internet TV Network: Revision3

April 11, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Look at it this way; the Internet can be the world's biggest TiVo, full of on-demand video programming waiting for you to watch what you want, when you want. And much of it is free. Now, a lot of the content is short length, low resolution, over-compressed, slow frame rate clips like we're used to from sources like YouTube. These are the potato chips of online video programming: occasionally tasty,...

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Philips to End HDTV Sales in US & Canada

April 10, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Philips Electronics has announced that they are going to stop making HDTVs for the US and Canada markets, choosing instead to license the brand name in those markets. The company continues to be successful with these products in Europe and Latin America, but has failed to gain traction in the US and Canada against leading brands such as Sony and Samsung. The brand in those markets will be taken over...

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New Price for “Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV”

April 9, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
From the start about two years ago, I've sold my book, "Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV", as an electronic download through direct marketing. With the new second edition, I also started offering the book as a paperback through Amazon and other book retailers. For a variety of reasons, I have chosen to close down the direct marketing efforts. This means that I won't be offering the various bonuses that...

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My PC = My HDTV

April 8, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I'm dating myself here, but when I went off to college, the two essentials were a typewriter and a television. Technologies for both have advanced a long way since then, but the writing and entertainment functions remain fundamental requirements. Most notebook and desktop computers have DVD drives, so they can be used to watch movies. But watching television often still means using a separate device with a separate display. As...

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Hooked Up HDTV

April 7, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Is your television connected to your home computer network? According to a new report from ABI Research, it's a question of "when", not "if". Consumer electronics are becoming increasingly dependent on network connections for the distribution of images and sounds. And televisions are right in the path of this juggernaut. According to ABI Research, about 3.6 million HDTVs will ship with network connections in 2008. LG, Sony, and HP all...

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HDTV for the Babe’s House

April 4, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The new Yankee Stadium is scheduled to open in time for next year's baseball season. And the main center field video scoreboard is going to be in high definition. Mitsubishi Electric has announced that it will provide the Diamond Vision scoreboard. Don't plan on getting one of these puppies for your living room; at 101 feet wide and 59 feet tall, it's larger than many single family homes. According to...

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Where Will the Analog TVs Go?

April 3, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Next year, analog broadcasts of television programming will cease (more or less, but that's another story). It is possible that millions of analog TVs will become obsolete overnight (if they get their content over the air with an antenna). A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates that this will amount to fewer than 15 million televisions throuhg 2010, and 95% of these are likely to be sold,...

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