Month: August 2009

VHF to UHF: Moving on Up!

August 17, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
At least four television stations have petitioned the FCC to reassign their digital broadcasts from a VHF channel (2 through 13) to a UHF channel (14 through 51). (Note that UHF channels used to go up to channel 83, but the frequencies for channels 52 to 83 were auctioned off as part of the transition to digital broadcasts.) There are many reasons for stations to want to switch. VHF stations...

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Did You Get a $10 LCD HDTV?

August 14, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Ooops. For a few hours on Wednesday, the Best Buy Web site listed a Samsung 52" LCD HDTV for the unbelievable price of $9.99. Sure enough, it was not believable. Best Buy quickly fixed the typo, restoring the correct $1,699.99 price. The company also issued an apology, and stated that they would not honor the advertised price. This was clearly a disappointment for the many customers who placed orders at...

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Program DVR on Your Cell Phone

August 13, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Verizon announced on Tuesday that any FiOS TV DVR users can now program and manage their DVR remotely, using a cell phone. This free service can be accessed either using a special application for select phones, or through a mobile Web site that you can reach from any phone that has access to the Internet. The phones with their own applications include the Blackberry Storm 9539, Curve 8330, and World...

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Win a Panasonic 50″ Plasma

August 12, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I've got just one question for you; are you feeling lucky? If so, Panasonic's Living in HD Web site is running an "End of Summer" contest where you have a choice of winning either a Panasonic digital camera or a 50" VIERA G10 Series plasma HDTV. The set is THX Certified and has 1080p resolution. It also supports VIERA CAST that gives you direct access to services including Amazon Video...

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1080p Projector Under $1,000

August 11, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Home theater: a dedicated room found in trophy homes created by professional installers who charge from $50,000 on up to create a cinematic experience in your own home. That definition is starting to fall apart, as prices for all things high definition continue to tumble. The latest breakthrough is a 1080p projector for less than $1,000. Last week, Optoma announced the HD20, a new DLP projector. Rated at 1,700 lumens,...

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Online Video Growing Rapidly

August 10, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A study by Ipsos MediaCT reveals that more than one out of four Americans with Internet access streamed at least one full length video program during April this year, and 14% streamed at least one full-length movie. I find these to be remarkable statistics, especially when you consider that these represent more than double the usage just eight months earlier. And if you look at the 18 to 24 age...

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42″ LCD HDTV Under $600

August 7, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
You're thinking about buying a new flat panel HDTV, and your budget is $600. So natuarally, you're looking for a good price on a 32" model. With luck, maybe you can stretch it to cover a 37" set. Hold on a minute; you don't have to wait for Black Friday for crazy prices. Look no further than your local Walmart. The store has a sale on the Vizio economy model...

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HDTV Prices: Reading the Tea Leaves

August 6, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The two questions I get asked the most are (1) what's the best HDTV, and (2) when's the best time to buy one? I'm not going to give my soapbox speech about the first question (short version: nobody can answer that question), but now that we're just a week away from the start of the NFL preseason, let me share some thoughts with you about the second one. A good...

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Panasonic BD Players Add Amazon Access

August 5, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Yesterday, Panasonic announced that all its 2009 Blu-ray players with VIERA CAST will now be able to access Amazon's Video On Demand service without the need for anything else but an Internet connection. This includes the B15 portable Blu-ray player. Amazon offers more than 45,000 titles, including more than 1,000 in HD format. Once you have purchased a title from the service, you'll be able to watch it using any...

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All-In-One: Movie Camera and Projector

August 4, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Today, Nikon announced its new Coolpix S1000pj digital camera. It's pretty typical for a higher-end point-and-shoot camera: 12.1 megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom, optical and electronic image stabilization, 2.7 LCD panel, and a host of image processing magic features built in. And like most digital cameras these days, it can also take digital video clips (at VGA resolution, 640 by 480 pixels, which is equivalent to standard definition). But the...

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