Your Complete Guide to Satellite HDTV

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Category: Digital TV

Microsoft Backs HDTV

November 22, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Microsoft announced last week that the company has an agreement with CableLabs that lets Microsoft and personal computer companies create Media Center PCs that will be digital-cable-ready (DCR). The systems will accept CableCARDs, which is intended to let devices connect directly to digital cable television service and eliminate the need for a separate set-top box. Microsoft wants to let the Media Center PC distribute the video content across a home...

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Analog TV to Go Dark!

November 21, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last Friday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a budget bill that included a hard date for the shutdown of analog TV broadcasts in this country: December 31, 2008. The Senate already passed a bill that also set a hard date: April 9, 2009. It's now up to the conference committee to reconcile the two bills, and it's a pretty safe bet that the final date will be somewhere...

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Thin and Beautiful HDTV!

November 18, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
OLEDs -- organic light-emitting diodes -- are emissive devices that are one of the most promising novel technologies that could result in a revolution in television technology. The image is fast and colorful and bright like a regular CRT, but they are as thin as a sheet of thick paper. They produce their own light, so there's no need for the backlight used with LCDs. And some companies are experimenting...

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More Networks on Demand

November 17, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Following on the heels of the successful deal between iTunes and Disney to make episodes froom some of the ABC television network's top shows available for download at $2 a pop, two new agreements were announced last week. NBC has a deal with DirecTV to offer episodes of a number of major shows for download to an interactive video recorder. And CBS has arranged with Comcast to provide on-demand access...

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See You in Las Vegas?

November 16, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What are you doing next year? I'm going to the HDTV Business Conference on January 4th, the day before the big Consumer Electronics Show -- CES -- starts in Las Vegas. It's put together by Insight Media, and will bring together the top executives from major companies in the HDTV industry. There will be presentations on everything from display technologies to IPTV. I'm especially looking forward to hearing about the...

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What Does “Fully HD” Mean?

November 15, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty proclaims "A word means what I want it to mean!" That's certainly a creative view of vocabulary, but it can become a barrier to effective communication when different people start using a term to mean different things. For example, take "Fully HD." Some people use it to mean 1080p displays, implying that 720p displays are somehow less than HD. The fact is that both...

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Black Friday Crystal Ball

November 14, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the biggest shopping day of the year for American retailers. It's the one day that retailers count on for getting "into the black" on their balance sheets. In the past, it was a list price event, and the sales didn't start until after Christmas Day. In recent years, the discounting has started earlier and earlier, and the stores cut prices agressively to compete...

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Samsung Hikes HDTV

November 11, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last week, Samsung announced a deal with the National Football League that makes Samsung's products the "Official HDTV of the NFL." Samsung products have good coverage of HDTV display technology, including LCD, plasma, and rear-projection DLP HDTV models. This move makes a lot of sense. Samsung has long used professional sports alliances as part of their marketing strategy. Sports are one of the main reasons that people get HDTV systems,...

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Cell Phone TV?

November 10, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Have you seen the ads on television where hip young people are sprawled around the city, watching their cell phone screens? The Japanese have already made watching TV content on cell phones a hit, and it looks as though some markets in our country may be ready to go for this feature in a big way. (The cell phone companies have to do something to expand their services and sales!)...

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Sony Sends TV Anywhere

November 9, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Television may be a serious business, but Sony has just made gaming hardware an important player in the next generation of TV. Last week, the company announced that the PlayStation Portable (PSPT) has a new firmware upgrade that will allow it to receive audio and video content through a LocationFree Base Station. Sony's LocationFree lets users access their entertainment content around the house using a wireless network connection. It also...

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