Month: October 2010

Toshiba Shows No-Glasses 3D

October 15, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Here's the good news: at CEATAC in Tokyo this week, Toshiba demonstrated its flat panel HDTVs that create 3D images without the need for any special glasses. The technical term is autostereoscopic, and it's just what consumers have been clamoring for. And the demonstration now proves what I've been saying all along; consumers are going to hate it. Why would they hate the no-glasses displays, since that's what they've been...

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Hulu Plus in Vizio HDTVs

October 14, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Hulu Plus is the subscription-based premium service from Hulu (though you still have to watch some advertisements) that lets you watch recent episodes of many major, popular television shows. More than just a "catch-up" service, many consumers are using it as their DVR function of choice. This has been made easier as access to the service is showing up in some consumer electronic devices, eliminating the need for a computer...

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FOX and Cablevision Playing Chicken

October 13, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Cable television companies are suffering from consumer approval ratings that continue to plunge headlong for the cellar. And at the same time, networks are trying to deal with their declining revenues by hitting up the cable companies for more money in return for retransmitting their content. Some might say that the cable companies are just getting a dose of their own medicine, as consumers constantly are asked to pay more...

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FLO TV Shuts Down Direct Service

October 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The question is whether or not consumers will pay for mobile television service. The people have voted with their dollars, and now Qualcom's subsidiary FLO TV has announced that it's shutting down the service that it sells directly to subscribers, as reported by TWICE. The company also announced that it will continue to support the branded versions of the service that it provides to AT&T and Verizon. Verizon's V Cast...

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Google Lands Big Partners

October 11, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What is the monster lurking among the dust bunnies under the beds of cable television executives? Google TV. Promising to be the one-stop solution to organizing all your video and other media options, Google TV could transform the way we think about and watch video programming. And now comes word from TV Technology that Google is working with some networks to optimize their content for the new system. Which networks?...

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Cisco Announces HD Video Chat System

October 8, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Millions of people use Skype every day to place hold video chats with friends, family, and business colleagues across town or around the world... for free. All you need is a computer with a Web cam and a microphone, and you're good to go. There are even Skype applications that let you have a video chat with someone using certain models of smart phones. (You need one with a camera...

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‘Tis the Season

October 7, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Ho, ho, ho, the holiday buying season is upon us. On Tuesday, I received what I think was my very first holiday sales pitch for consumer electronics. Judge for yourself; here's the heading graphic: CompUSA is a division of Tiger Direct, and the company has a reputation for aggressive marketing and attractive prices. (This particular email had a 55" RCA 240 Hz LCD HDTV from RCA for $999.99, and a...

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24 Million Blu-ray Players

October 6, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The market-tracking firm Futuresource is bullish on Blu-ray. The company forecasts that 24 million players will be sold in 2010, just in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. And this does not include the Sony PlayStation 3 (which includes a Blu-ray player). The company predicts that 11 million of these units -- nearly half of the total -- will be sold in the fourth quarter alone. They predict an 80% growth...

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Safety First for Your HDTV

October 5, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
While some people are mounting their flat panel HDTVs on the wall, many still have their sets placed in an entertainment center or sitting on a low table. And these pose a significant safety risk to small children. One study showed that in 2007, almost 17,000 children were admitted to emergency rooms after having furniture or a TV fall on them. This number marked a 41% increase over the number...

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Toshiba Pulls Plug on OLED

October 4, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Those who look for signs of hope in the OLED display market will now have one less place to look for them. Toshiba has announced that it will not produce OLED panels at Toshiba Mobile Display as originally planned, and instead will focuse on LCD panels instead. This comes after the company spent nearly $200 million two years ago to create an OLED production line. This decision makes a little...

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