Month: December 2008

Shoe Drops for Best Buy

December 17, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Tweeter, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other consumer electronics stores have fallen by the wayside. And now we learn that Best Buy is not immune to the financial woes of a weakened economy. The company announced third quarter net earnings yesterday, which were down 77% from a year ago. That's huge. And the company is not sitting still as it watches the water drain from the bathtub. The company has announced...

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Preparing for the DTV Transition

December 16, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It appears that others share my concern that the transition to digital-only television broadcasts, scheduled for February 17, 2009, may not go off as smoothly as the federal government would like to predict. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) announced yesterday that it was opening DTV Assistance Centers in seven U.S. cities that that they have determined to be "at risk". According to the LCCREF, "Families on...

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And the Emmy Goes to…

December 15, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Molex. What's a Molex, you may ask. No, it's not some one-name action star from Hollywood. It is one of 10 companies that will share in an award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in recognition for their contribution to the development of the HDMI interface. Molex is one of the leading manufacturers of connectors for electronics. (In fact, "Molex connector" became the generic term for...

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Nielsen: 23.3% Have HDTVs

December 12, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Nielsen announced yesterday that a bit more than 23% of U.S. households have at least one HDTV as of November 30. This includes "HD capable" sets that are not receiving HD service. Unfortunately, Nielsen did not report on what percentage do not have HD service, but recent figures from other sources have indicated that it could be as much as half of them. The report trumpets the fact that this...

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HDTV Almanac Added to Alltop

December 12, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Alltop is an "online magazine rack" that aggregates RSS feeds about popular topics. For HDTV, it includes feeds from PC World, PC Magazine, HDTV Magazine, Engadget, and AVS Forum. And now it includes HDTV Almanac as well. And so we now proudly include the Alltop badge in the right-hand column of this page. (I was tempted to use the one that said "Alltop: I don't know how I got here...

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Truth Patrol: Digital TV Misinformation Abounds

December 11, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Okay, the fact is that I could probably write every entry from now until February 17, 2009 finding errors in what's being written about the digital TV transisition. Some of the errors apparently are made out of ignorance, and some are cases of the writer over-simplifying. But the fact remains that there's a lot of misleading information out there, and it only adds to the confusion. When a media outlet...

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Big Transition for NBC

December 10, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The transition to digital broadcast of television programming is not the only big transition scheduled for TV in 2009. On June 1, 2009, Conan O'Brien is slated to take over from Jay Leno at the big desk on NBC's late night "Tonight Show". But few were prepared for the big news that broke yesterday. NBC has convinced Leno to stay on with the network, with a new show that is...

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Sony Sharpens Its Ax

December 9, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One of the assumptions about a slow-down in consumer electronics sales is that the prime brands will be okay, and it's the smaller companies that get hammered. Well, as a measure of just how bad the situation is, Sony announced today that it intends to trim about $1.1 billion in annual costs. One way to get these savings is to cut about 8,000 jobs -- about 5% of its workforce...

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Blu-ray Built-In

December 8, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
When I was in a Costco last week, I looked for some smaller LCD HDTVs with built-in DVD players, but couldn't find any. I asked one of the store staff, and he told me that they used to carry such models but don't anymore. (I did notice that Best Buy and Circuit City both had some combo-models for sale.) Now comes news from Sharp that the company plans to build...

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WalMart Up, Others Down

December 5, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing
November retail sales figures are coming in for the discount chains, and according to a report by TWICE, the news is a bit grim. WalMart posted a 6.5 percent gain over last year, with consumer electronics, clothing, and home goods doing well. So much for the good news. Costco was down 3 percent, and sales were down 6.1 percent at Target. The report also cites data from MasterCard for the...

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