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Google TV Lives!

January 24, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
After last year's disappearing act at CES 2011, Google TV came back strong at CES 2012. Google announced partnerships with major players including Sony, LG, VIZIO, and newcomer to the Smart TV market, Lenovo. (Logitech was conspicuously absent from the list.) Consumer demand for "over-the-top" streaming video over the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds, and Google is certainly in a position to manage and deliver the oceans of...

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Zediva Goes Dark

August 15, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
I wrote about Zediva last month, and the fact that it was taken to court for violating copyright law. If you recall, the company had a clever idea for streaming movie content over the Internet; a customer would rent a physical DVD that would then be placed in a DVD player and the content would be streamed to that individual customer. No postage, no shipping delays--it seemed pretty simple and...

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Netflix Raises Rates

July 13, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Netflix has raised its rates. Get over it. Apparently there has been a firestorm of protest over Netflix raising its rates this week. The focus is on the company increasing the rate by 60% for some subscribers. That's sounds pretty egregious, but let's break it down. There used to be a plan that gave you one DVD at a time by mail for $8.99 a month, and you also got...

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Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

June 13, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
From the "How's That Again?" Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie a month on their game consoles, and that 15% of U.S. consumers report using a...

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Blu-ray Gets IP Clearinghouse

May 6, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Do you have an idea about how to make an insanely great Blu-ray player, or maybe something new that includes a Blu-ray player, such as an an ultimate mult-media bicycle? Before you go into production, make sure that you have all the necessary rights to build it. This means getting licenses for all the various patented parts that go into a Blu-ray player. This can include pieces such as the...

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Storefronts for Satellite TV?

April 13, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Last week, DISH Network successfully outbid others to buy the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster for about $320 million. (The company reportedly owes its creditors more than $1 billion.) Does DISH intend to go into the DVD rental business? It's not likely. Already, it appears that the company will continue to close many of the remaining Blockbuster stores. It is likely that the ones that stay open for business will have...

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How Much Would You Pay?

April 5, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The major studios are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make money from their movies now that DVD sales are dropping. Blockbuster is on the verge of disappearing, and Netflix is trying to transition to streaming services. One possible replacement is to boost the video on demand (VOD) part of the business. It has the convenience of a streaming service but produces fees similar to the DVD rental business....

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CEA Offers Individual Memberships

March 22, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The Consumer Electronics Association hosts a little event in Las Vegas every January called the "Consumer Electronics Show," better known by its initials: CES. The original intent was to hold a trade show for electronics dealers, such as home stereos and televisions. Then the corporate side of the computer market got boring and Comdex went away, so the slack was picked up by CES and it became the biggest personal...

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Netflix Dominates Digital Downloads

March 16, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Market-tracking firm NPD has issued a press release on digital video based on its VideoWatch Digital service. One of the interesting results is that digital video — either downloaded or streamed — now accounts for one quarter of all video watched at home. That’s a pretty stunning share of the total. Even more stunning are the numbers for Netflix. According to NPD, Netflix streaming is responsible for more than 60%...

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Japanese Disaster Has Worldwide Impact on CE

March 15, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Words fail. Disaster, devastation, catastrophe; nothing seems adequate to describe the situation in northern Japan. The triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami, and electrical power plant failures has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and untold billions in damages. No doubt, it will be weeks or months or even years before the magnitude of the losses can be tallied. But already the consumer electronics industry is marking...

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