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What is Apple up to with Its TV Plans?

March 13, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Who is Henry Blodget? According to the "Business Insider" website, he is "co-founder, CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider, a former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, [and] the host of Yahoo Daily  Ticker, a Yahoo Finance video show viewed by several million people a  month.  He is often a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other networks." Clearly, here is someone who spends much of his time learning and thinking...

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We Call It “Television”

January 30, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
There's an interesting discussion going on in one of the LinkedIn Groups that I belong to, and I find that I've been thinking a lot about it for the past few days. The topic of the conversation is that the industry has not settled on what to call this new and rapidly developing technology landscape that delivers video entertainment to us at home and on the go. Some of the...

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Will DLNA Become Indispensable?

January 25, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Let's review the trends. Televisions are becoming more "connected" to all sorts of content. Subscription television services such as cable and satellite are being battered by "over-the-top" streaming video on the Internet. Everything is going wireless now that we've had a taste of untethered computing and communications thanks to our smartphones and tablets. And these smart screens are becoming the second and third windows onto our video entertainment environment. And...

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Look, Ma! No Box!

January 19, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
One of the most curious developments to come out of CES 2012 for the television industry was the announcement from DIRECTV and Samsung. The two companies are going to partner by building set-top box functionality into a line of Samsung Smart TVs. This becomes curiouser when you add the fact that Verizon and LG made a similar announcement. The Samsung sets will connect to a DIRECTV DVR set-top box, so...

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Glasses-Free 3D HDTV Coming This Year!

January 18, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Okay, your wishes have been heard and the display gods are going to give you what you asked for. Just remember that when you get it, I told you so. One of the big splashes at CES 2012 was the unveiling of Toshiba's monster 55" 3D HDTV, and to the breathless adoration of the technology press, it doesn't require that you wear glasses to see the 3D images! But wait,...

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The World Watches Less TV

January 17, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Brace yourself. According to a new report by Accenture, the number of consumers watching broadcast or cable TV in 2011 in an average week was just 48%. That number is down from 71% just two years earlier in 2009. (The survey includes an international sample, drawing data from the United States, France, Japan, China, and India.) What is driving the change? According to the same study, one third of the...

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“Dragon TV” Will Let You Talk to Your HDTV

January 13, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Okay, before I get to my point, I have to stage a little hissy fit that is related to the topic. The topic is the news that Nuance has announced "Dragon TV" which will let future televisions understand your spoken command. And an enormous number of my colleagues in the technical press have written about this as a great advance in"voice recognition." And it's not. "Voice recognition" is the recognition...

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Five Rings in 3D

January 12, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Yup, sales of 3DTVs have been lower than what some people have predicted, or that what manufacturers had hoped for. The reason is not the goofy glasses or the high prices. You now pay little more to get 3D support in a television, and people are just fine with wearing the glasses in the local cinemas. The problem is simple; there's not a compelling library of 3D content available. But...

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Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

July 14, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
"They cost too much." "There's not enough content." "I won't get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses." Two out of three ain't bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough. We've already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will be close to zero in a year or two, if you'll even have the...

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Satellite Shouldn’t Count

June 2, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
I was sitting in a restaurant lounge the other day, waiting for a take-out order to be prepared, and I was watching a sports channel on their flat screen televisions. Actually, I mostly watched text images that announced that the signal had been lost (which was probably caused by the massive thunderstorm that was going on at the time). The fact is that satellite doesn't always work, even in areas...

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