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CES 2006: HDTV Conference

January 13, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Wow -- where did this week go? I've been digging through all the information I picked up at CES in Las Vegas (plus catching up on all the work that accumulates when you're away from your desk for a week). And I still haven't given a summary of the HDTV Business Conference that was held on Wednesday, January 4, sponsored by Insight Media and Elliot Schlam Associates. It was an...

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CES 2006: No Clear Winner on Blue Laser DVDs

January 10, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Traditional DVDs using a red laser and MPEG2 compression do not have the storage capacity for a full-length movie in HD format. Using a blue laser with shorter wavelength light allows designers to use smaller pits and thus store more data on a disc the same size as a standard DVD or CD. Two camps -- HD DVD and BluRay -- are competing to become the blue laser standard. Both...

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Happy HDTV New Year!

January 2, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Every year, January gives journalists a fat pitch over the plate, and they can't resist swinging at the chance to declare that the coming year will be The Year of The Whatever! This is especially true for technology topics. One year it was networks, then it was WiFi. For some, last year it was the iPod. Maybe someone will claim 2006 as the Year of Television on Tiny Cell Phone...

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Blu-ray First to Market?

December 28, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It looks as though the race to be first to deliver a blue-laser, high-definition DVD player to the market may be won by the Blu-ray camp. Toshiba had announced that it was going to ship a drive based on the competing HD DVD standard before the end of 2005, but was unable to make good on the promise. Now Pioneer has announced that it will ship its Blu-ray drive in...

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Making HDTV Pieces Play Nice

December 21, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As I write in Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV, you need three parts in order to get a true HDTV experience: Display + Signal + Content = HDTV. If you don't have all three, you will get nothing better than your old-fashioned Standard Definition television experience, or maybe even worse. One of the big problems, however, is knowing whether all the pieces you assemble will work together. Two new...

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HP Straddles HD DVD Fence

December 19, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The competition to become the standard format for high-definition content on DVD discs just got more confused, if that's possible. HP has been a part of the Blu-ray development effort that is led by Sony. Earlier this fall, HP asked the Blu-ray camp to incorporate two features that were part of the competing HD DVD specification, but the group only decided to add one of the two. HP has now...

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DivX Support in PVR Software

December 13, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
PVR = Personal Video Recorder. Think TiVo. Without the monthly service fee. You can buy a box that will do this for you, and record onto a writeable DVD or hard drive, and they are a wonderful improvement over the standard VHS video cassette recorder. But these boxes are simply computers with limited capabilities. Many people are "rolling their own" PVRs using a computer and PVR software to create the...

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Holy HDTV Holograph, Batman!

November 30, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Okay, we're going to look just over the horizon on this one, but the implications for HD content are huge. Earlier this month, Maxell announced plans to ship a 300 GB disc drive next year. Big deal, you say. Okay, it's going to be a removable disc. Got your attention yet? Here's more; it will be a 5.25-inch disc. That's the equivalent of more than 60 single-layer DVDs. And the...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Yes, like many of you, I'm off today to work on a good dose of tryptophan, tamped down with some fresh-baked peach pie. So I'm going to share some of my thoughts about what we have to be thankful about in terms of HDTV and digital TV. First on my list is choice. We have a choice of technologies for our displays, and we have a choice of vendors for...

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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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