Month: July 2008

The Professor on Fox Business News

July 17, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
On Monday, I spent most of the day traveling to and from New York City, and a little bit of time walking around a Best Buy store with a reporter and camera crew from the Fox Business News Network. And here is the result; it's posted on their Web site and will air this weekend.

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Olympics Force Export Exception

July 16, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What do rifle shells and HD video cameras have in common? In a story reported by TVTechnology.com earlier this month, President Bush asked Congress to provide a temporary exemption for the export of shooting munitions and certain HD cameras which otherwise would be blocked from export. The request was prompted by the need for these materials at the Olympic Games in China. Still scratching your head over this one? Okay,...

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IPTV Box for $199

July 15, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
How would you like to watch television programming from around the world on your regular television? There are many sites that make it easy to access streaming video from the US and other countries on your computer, but one of those sites -- WhereverTV -- is now offering a set top box for your broadband Internet connection that lets you access these stations on your regular TV. The WhereverTV site...

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What is “Analog Pass-Through”?

July 14, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The transition from analog over-the-air television broadcasts to only digital signals is scheduled to happen on February 17, 2009, just seven months from now (or Labor Day, if you're in Wilmington, NC). Let's just recap the key points; you'll only be affected by this transition if you use an antenna to get your TV signals. Cable and satellite subscribers shouldn't see any change in their service as a result of...

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FCC Chair Slaps Comcast Wrist

July 11, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Wire services report that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said yesterday that Comcast "violated our principles" on Internet access by blocking or slowing access to data by users of certain file sharing programs. The FCC policy is to guarantee open access to Internet data. If two more of the five-member commission agree with Martin, then Comcast could be in line to receive some hefty penalties. For its part, Comcast defends its...

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So Long, Syntax-Brillian!

July 10, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Syntax-Brillian, maker of the once popular Olevia brand of LCD TVs, is scheduled to slip slowly beneath the fiscal waves later next month. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, let go of all but eight employees, and is selling off its assets. It's ill-fated Vivitar camera business is still running fine, so that is expected to be sold off separately. The LCD TV business is going to...

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Sony Bets on FED

July 9, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Not content with leading the way in commercial production of OLED TVs, Sony has also backed another novel techlogy: field-emitter displays, or FEDs. The concept behind this technology is simple. A traditional CRT vacuum picture tube uses three electron guns at the back of the tube to shoot electrons at the phosphors inside the front screen to create an image. An FED uses similar phosphors, but instead of one electron...

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Orders for Projector Lasers

July 8, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
QPC Lasers, Inc. announced last week that the company has received a contract for $3.5 million for red, green, and blue lasers to be used in a 3D projector system. This is in addition to the $12 million contract to produce lasers for Laser TVs that was announced last December. These are certainly some impressive numbers. The details indicate that this is not likely to result in new 3D projectors...

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Reading the Tea Leaves

July 7, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As Costello might say, "I've got a baaaad feelin' about this, Abbot." We've started the second half of 2008, and the HDTV market forecast is clear as mud. Data point: Sony Electronics president Stan Glasgow is quoted as being upbeat about consumer electronics sales for the rest of 2008. At the CEA Executive Summit he said "I think the transition in February of next year is a very critical factor...

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DIRECTV On Demand Nationwide

July 4, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
According to a press release Monday, DIRECTV has launched its DIRECTV On Demand service to all U.S. customers. You must have a DIRECTV Plus HD DVR or R22 DVR receiver in order to take advantage of this service, but there is no additional charge. Customers can choose among 4,000 standard definition and HD titles, at any time. Many of the titles are free, and others are available on a pay...

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