Month: March 2010

Dell Sues for LCD Price Fixing

March 17, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It has been widely reported that Dell sued five LCD panel manufacturers for price fixing last week. The companies named in the suit are Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi, Epson, and HannStar. Sharp and Hitachi have already made plea agreements with the U.S. Justice Department for price fixing. In 2008, Sharp agreed to pay $120 million in fines, and last year Hitachi agreed to pay $31 million. Now, Dell's complaint presumably is...

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Free HD Video Online

March 16, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
WARNING: You can waste a lot of time if you read this. I stumbled across a great project call "FedFlix" in which volunteers are taking digitized video and film content from the National Archives and making them available on the Internet. One of the repositories for this content is the Internet Archive, which includes sections for text, audio, and moving images. The collection is searchable, so I decided to search...

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Broadband: the New Gold

March 15, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
While we're distracted by the tussles over the radio spectrum for mobile services and broadcast television and cell phones and a zillion other applications, keep your eye on the prize. Broadband means big data pipes delivered right to your door (or basement or apartment to be more precise). Phone companies like Verizon and AT&T got there first by with FTTH (Fiber To The Home), but others including Google have announced...

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More Web-to-TV Connections

March 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
My friend and colleague Peter Putman calls the new network-ready HDTVs "NeTVs" which I think is an apt name. It eliminates the need for another set top box or even a desktop computer parked next to the screen, but there are plenty of people who are happy to use such extra hardware. A new study by the Leichtman Research Group indicates that 24% of all households have a TV that...

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Deathwatch: Blockbuster

March 11, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Blockbuster has gone to the top of my list of home entertainment companies that may not be around a year from now. It has already closed more than 500 of its 7,000 stores (including our neighborhood store), and could close another 300 or more this year. It posted a net loss of $558 million for 2009, on a 20% fall in revenues. The company plans to roll out Blockbuster Express...

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Samsung Adds Skype

March 10, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The 7000 and 8000 series of LED-backlit Samsung LCD HDTVs are getting a new feature. In addition to their network connectivity, these sets will also offer Skype video call functionality. As I wrote in my CES coverage, I believe that this is likely to sell a lot more TVs in the next two years than 3D support will. Samsung joins LG and Panasonic in making this feature available in their...

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Wilmington NC: Guinea Pig Again

March 9, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
If you've never been to Wilmington, NC, you should plan a trip because it's a wonderful town close great ocean beaches with lots to do. And now there's something new to do there: connect to the Internet using "white space" wireless connections. This is a "Smart City" experiment coordinated by TV Band Service of Wilmington and Spectrum Bridge of Lake Mary, FL. "White space" is the buffer zone of radio...

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HD Camcorder: $80

March 8, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I got notice today that Best Buy is selling an HD camcorder for $80. Normally $130, this 720p camera with a 3" LCD screen is marked down an extra $50. With the Best Buy "Insignia" house brand, it has digital image stabilization, 90 MB internal capacity, and an SD memory card slot. It also has HDMI and USB cable connections. Okay, this where I do the geezer "crawled on broken...

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And the Oscar Loser Is…

March 5, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Sunday night, millions of TV viewers across the nation and around the world will be watching the Academy Awards ceremonies, with the possible exception of Cablevision subscribers in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester County. The problem is that the ABC network (and its parent company Disney) want Cablevision to pay for the right to rebroadcast the programming from WABC7, the New York...

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Broader Band on the Way

March 4, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last month, two giants held forth the prospect of faster broadband Internet connections to the home. First, Google announced that it was going to build a trial fiber network designed to deliver 1 Gbps bandwidth to subscribers, about 100 times faster than most broadband services. Then the Financial Times reported that Cisco was also developing a 1 Gbps fiber network, working with existing clients such as AT&T and Comcast. These...

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