Month: August 2010

Can’t Lick ‘Em?

August 17, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Cox has apparently decided to join 'em. In a recent story in the L.A. Times, Cox will put their video-on-demand (VOD) service into standard TiVo personal video recorders (PVRs), eliminating the need for a separate set-top box. The TiVo box also gives access to online services such as Netflix streaming video and Rhapsody music. This is significant because it shows that a cable company is willing to let go of...

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Portable Alphabet Soup

August 16, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What is it about technology products and acronyms? It's bad enough that products have deadpan model numbers; can you tell what the new Samsung product does if all you know is the "BD-C8000" model number? I know that I can't guess. Let me tell you what it is: a 3D BD HD player with WiFi, DLNA, and HDMI 1.4 support. If that makes your heart beat faster, you might be...

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Is That a Projector in Your Pocket?

August 13, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Market tracking firm In-Stat has predicted that by 2014, there will be 20 million devices with pico projectors embedded in them. These are tiny front projector devices that use either bright LEDs or tiny lasers as a light source. They can create an image the size of a sheet of paper that can be viewed in most normal room lighting conditions, and with the lights dimmed way down, can make...

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DIY 2D->3D

August 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Conventional wisdom holds that people won't buy 3DTVs by the millions because they don't want to wear the goofy glasses and there isn't enough content available. I've already addressed the first item, but let's look at the second one for a moment. According to the 3D@Home site, Hollywood plans to release about 40 movies -- new and conversions -- in 3D next year. Figure an hour and a half to...

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Big News from Netflix

August 11, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The Motley Fool declares "game over". I agree, though the seeds for this domination were planted a long time ago. What's the big deal? Netflix has agreed to pay $1 billion to Epix over the next five years in return for the right to stream movie titles over the Internet for its Watch Instantly service. Who is Epix? It's a new premimum movie channel owned by Paramount Pictures, MGM, and...

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5.4 Million 3D Capable HD Displays in 2014: Projectors

August 10, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Pacific Media Associates is a company that tracks the front projector display market, and they have recently released their latest projections. They expect that 5.4 million 3D-capable front projectors will ship in 2014, which is roughly five times as many as are expected to ship this year. While some analysts see the education market as the focal point for these displays, Dr. William Coggshall of Pacific Media Associates sees it...

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Sony’s HD-in-the-Round

August 9, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I've written here more than once that current efforts at "3DTV" are really stereoscopic displays that trick the brain into seeing depth in an image displayed on a flat surface. It's a little unnatural, and depending on a lot of factors, it can be easy or painful to view. But it still is only providing two images: one for each eye. This means that you can't "look around" an object...

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We’re #3! We’re #3! (Try Harder?)

August 6, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It's time to play a little Jeopardy. The answer is "Serbia and Macedonia". Can you come up with the question? Give up? Here you go: "What two countries rank higher than the United States in terms of average daily time spent viewing television?" Clearly we can do better, folks! You're just not trying hard enough. Nielsen is out with a new report: How People Watch. It reports on how people...

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Another One Bites the Dust

August 5, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday that the long arm of the law has reached out and grabbed another miscreant. The guilty party this time was a fourth executive from Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) -- which has since merged with Innolux and TPO to become Chimei Innolux (CMI). The charge was price fixing in the LCD flat panel market, in violation of the U.S. Sherman Act. The executive has entered...

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ESPN 3D to Show 13 College Football Games

August 4, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
ESPN 3D has announced that it will broadcast about 13 NCAA Division 1 football games this year. The network also has named the first three contests: - Monday, September 6, 8 PM Eastern: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech - Saturday, September 11, 3:40 PM Eastern: Ohio State vs. Miami - Saturday, September 18, 7 PM Eastern: Clemson vs. Auburn The network also will show the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game...

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