Month: April 2010

Mobile TV Moves Ahead

April 16, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Mobile digital TV (Mobile DTV) is one of the new technologies under development intended to bring video programming to portable devices. Mobile DTV is designed to use part of a local television station's broadcast spectrum to provide a signal for mobile devices, delivering a combination of free and subscription content. One issue (of many) challenges for this new approach is that many users already have a portable display of some...

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OLED Progress

April 15, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Researchers at two of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Dresden have announced the successful production of OLED devices using a continuous roll-to-roll process. While these devices are targeted for lighting devices, it is a step that could have a big impact on the future of OLED televisions. The OLED devices created at Fraunhofer are interesting on a number of counts. First, they use an inexpensive aluminum foil as the substrate. This...

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Hard Drive Comes with Movies On Board

April 14, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Buy a new external hard drive, get the 2009 movie "Star Trek" for free. That's the deal with select units of the new 500 GB FreeAgent Go drive from Seagate. The drive comes with 21 movies from Paramount, including "Star Trek" which you can watch for free once you've registered your purchase. The other 20 require a fee to unlock them, ranging from $9.99 to $14.99. The drive itself sells...

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ViewSonic Brings 3D Home

April 13, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
ViewSonic has announced their PGD-150 active shutter glasses that will allow viewers to watch 3D content on any of the company's 3D-capable DLP projectors. The glasses are priced at just $99 apiece, which is a reasonable list price this early in the game. This announcement also keeps front projection systems in the mix for those who want a giant HD image for under $1,200, and who also want to be...

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Strange Bedfellows?

April 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What could possibly bring the cable companies and the Hollywood studios together? Aren't these the same two warring camps that have been playing chicken over retransmission fees? Well, consider these two words: Netflix and Redbox. The fact is that DVD sales continue to drop as consumers choose other ways to get their movies at home, and rentals play a large role in that. And the studios aren't all that happy...

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Get Part of the Earth in HD for Free!

April 9, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
40 years ago, I was a marshal for the first Earth Day parade in Boston. We've certainly learned a lot about our planet and its ecology since then, and some of that knowledge has informed actions in our daily lives. I suspect that a significant portion of people reading this participate in some form of recycling, which was hardly the norm 40 years ago. The BBC is honoring the 40th...

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New Laser HDTV

April 8, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
You may have heard the buzz about Prysm and its new "laser phosphor display" (LPD). The short take-away points on this story are (1) this is a new and different approach to flat screen displays, and (2) it is not likely to be a consumer product any time soon. Here's how the display works; an array of lasers behind the screen scans an image onto the screen. Where the laser...

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FCC Loses on Net Neutrality

April 7, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Something big happened yesterday. It sounds a little geeky at first, but the implications are serious. Here's the quick summary. Comcast penalized some of their broadband subscribers for downloading too many movies (presumably from pirate sites, but that's beside the point) by slowing down their Internet connections. The FCC stepped in and ruled that Comcast cannot choose which types of broadband data streams are better than others, and thus can...

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Anti-Trust Suit Filed Against LCD Makers

April 6, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It has been widely reported that a U.S. District judge has ruled that class action suits can be brought against the LCD panel manufacturers that were accused of price fixing for their products. One class includes those companies that bought the panels to include in their own products -- such as televisions, cell phones, and computer monitors -- between 1999 and 2006. Another class includes indirect buyers, such as consumers...

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HDTV: Just 6% Worldwide

April 5, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
We tend to get a provincial view of technology in this country, sometimes. A recent report from Inform Telecoms & Media puts things in perspective a bit. According to their numbers, HDTV penetration worldwide for last year was estimated to be just 6% of consumer households. Of this, North America makes up about two thirds of the total penetration. (HDTV penetration in the U.S. was nearly 50%, or nearly more...

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