Month: July 2009

More Little HDTVs

July 17, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
ASUS got a lot of press coverage this week (including a number of blogs) that breathlessly drooled over their new T1 line of 1080p LCD HDTVs that "double as LCD monitors" for use with computers. Huh? Yes, these are HDTVs, available in 22", 24", and 27" sizes. Yes, they have digital tuners and HDMI connectors, along with S-Video and composite connections. And they have a remote control. Many of the...

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DTV Transition Winners

July 16, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As I expected, cable and satellite services will be big winners as a result of the transition to digital broadcast of television content when analog broadcasts ended on June 12. As over-the-air users discovered that their systems could not receive the same stations that they had received via analog transmissions -- especially in fringe reception areas -- their choices were limited to subscription-based services such as cable or satellite, or...

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Blockbuster and Samsung Team Up

July 15, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Is Blockbuster catching on? Yesterday, the company announced a deal with Samsung that will put Blockbuster OnDemand as a menu item on select Samsung Blu-ray player and flat panel TV models. Customers can pick a movie to rent or buy, and then choose "play" on the screen to view it immediately. Samsung 650 Series and later HDTVs as well as Series 7000 and above LCD TVs with LED backlights (which...

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Panasonic Aims Low for Big Sales

July 14, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
An article in the Wall Street Journal last week described a new strategy for Panasonic. The company plans to design products with stripped-down feature sets for sale in "emerging market" countries. These are nations that have large populations and growing economies that are likely to have increased demand from consumers with incomes that are limited, at least by developed nation standards. These markets include countries such as Brazil, Russia, India,...

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Vizio Wins Another Round

July 13, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In addition to its battles on the sales floor, Vizio has been fighting in the courtrooms and halls of government these days. Last Wednesday, the company announced another victory in its on-going disputes with Funai over claims of copyright infringement by VIZIO products. The US Customs and Border Protection agency ruled in favor of VIZIO, indicating that its products do not violate Funai's patent. This decision makes it possible for...

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Sharp Joins the LED LCD Movement

July 10, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
At their line show in New York City earlier this week, Sharp showed its new LE700 series of LCD HDTVs. Right off the bat, the good news is that the company is calling them "LCD TVs", and choosing to name the series "AQUOS LED". This is in contrast to Samsung and Toshiba who have chosen to use the misleading term "LED TVs" for their new products. In all three cases,...

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Please Define “Necessity”

July 9, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
On Tuesday, PriceGrabber put out a press release about its 2009 Consumer Behavior Report: Economic Trends in Consumer Spending. It paints a fairly pessimistic picture; two out of three consumers surveyed have cut back on spending, and 90% indicated that they plan to continue to control their spending even after the economy improves. But the item that made me scratch my head was the question that asked consumers to catagorize...

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Broadband Growing at High Speed

July 8, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The communication world is changing rapidly, and this has enormous implications for everything from how we get our news to who pays for our entertainment programming. And key to this change is the growth of broadband Internet connections to the home. Now that we've graduated from slow dial-up connections to always-on high-speed broadband over wireless home networks, it is practical to deliver music and video right into every room. Internet...

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Trying Harder: Rent-a-TV

July 7, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It's hard to differentiate your company in the car rental business. Once you have a lot full of late model cars at or near major airports, what's left? Well, Avis is teaming up with AT&T to offer mobile TV in their cars at vacation destinations in Florida. Avis adds $8.95 a day for the AT&T CruiseCast service, or $62.65 per week. What do you get for this extra fee? The...

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Where is Blu-ray?

July 6, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I stumbled across this statement on Betanews as I looked around for news about Blu-ray: "Back in April, Sony President Ryoji Chubachi projected that its Blu-ray Disc format would garner 50 percent of DVD market share by the end of 2008." So here we are, halfway through 2009, and I'm wondering where Blu-ray stands. According to the NPD Group, first quarter 2009 sales for Blu-ray players in the United States...

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