Month: May 2008

JVC and Kenwood to Merge

May 16, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It's all but a done deal; in October, JVC and Kenwood will merge into a single company. JVC has been struggling with its line of HDTVs and other consumer electronics products, and there apparently is some hope that merging with Kenwood's automotive entertainment systems business will provide some sort of synergy that can't happen as two separate companies. The new entity will be called JVC Kenwood Holdings, Inc. This is...

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Reader Question: Digital TV Reception

May 15, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Q: We recently purchased two digital converter boxes for our analog TVs. Although the pictures are generally very good, occasionally the picture freezes or distorts, as does the sound. This happens on both TVs. Each set is connected to its own antenna. Do I need a different type of antenna to receive the digital signal consistently or do you know what I need to do to fix this problem? Thank...

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Mark Cuban on Internet TV: Show Me the Money

May 14, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Mark Cuban is the high-profile owner of the the NBA Dallas Mavericks, and also has been a driving force behind the growth of HDTV with his HD.NET enterprise. He also has something in common with about 10 million other Earthlings; he has a blog. In a recent entry, he tackles the question of whether video content delivered on the Web can be a success. His starting point is a report...

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Sharp Cuts the Cables

May 13, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Sharp's X-Series of LCD HDTVs have gone on sale in Japan, and they apparently are headed to the U.S. market as well. These 120 Hz 1080p models are special in that the controlling circuitry is separate from the panel itself, so that the panel can be a lot thinner. And rather than have to string cables from the tuner to the display, the series can use WDHI technology from Amimon...

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Wimington NC: Lab Rat?

May 12, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Wilmington, North Carolina has been known as the high school home of basketball legend Michael Jordan, as well as the backdrop for the TV shows Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill. Well, Wilmington is about to make history again, when the television viewers there get to set their clocks ahead this fall... by about five months. The FCC has decided that maybe we should test this transition to digital television...

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Pioneer Rolls Out KURO Models

May 9, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
On Wednesday, Pioneer rolled out two new KURO plasma HDTV models. Both are 1080p models with one year warranties, and are scheduled to ship in June. The PDP-5020FD is a 50" version with a list price of $4,000, and the 60" PDP-6020FD has a $5,500 list price. The KURO technology empahsizes creating very dark black levels, which gives the images excellent contrast and eye-popping color. It is clear that the...

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How Long Does Sony’s OLED TV Last?

May 8, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV is gorgeous and impossibly thin; there is no argument possible about either of those facts. And that's enough to make people go gaga over it, even though it is about one sixteenth the size of a 42" 1080p LCD TV and more than twice the price. Oh, and it's not even HD. But it still looks cool. Sony says that it's good for 30,000 hours, or...

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Does the World Need Another DIVA?

May 6, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A group of Chinese companies announced the creation of a new consortium last week, with the goal of creating and promoting a new interface for consumer electronics products. They call it the Digital Interface for Video and Audio, which results in the unfortunate acronym, DIVA. Backing this new move are some major and influential companies, most of which you probably have never heard of, including Sichuan Chang Hong Electric Co.;...

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Time Warner to Sell Cable Business

May 5, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Time Warner, parent company of cable giant Time Warner Cable, said last week that it intends to spin-off the cable service as a separate company. The parent company owns 84% of the publicly-traded subsidiary, and has not yet announced details of how it intends to separate from the cable company which is still profitable and adding new customers. Clearly, the cable business is in a state of flux, especially since...

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iTunes: New Release Movies at Your House

May 2, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Roll out the red carpet and set up those swirling spotlights in your front yard; new DVD movie releases are coming directly to your living room, thanks to iTunes. And you don't need the DVD. "Day-and-date" is the oddly redundant term used by the film industry to refer to the release of movie content. iTunes has made arrangements with major studios to make their movies available on the same day...

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