Your Complete Guide to Satellite HDTV

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Category: HDTV Broadcasts

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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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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VOD is Here! Now!

November 3, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Video on Demand -- VOD -- is already part of many digital cable packages. But are people using it? According to Comcast, the company's customers downloaded and watched 100 million programs. That's an impressive number, but here's the punchline; that was just in the month of March this year. And 94% of these shows were delivered at no additional charge beyond the monthly service fee. Fewer than one in ten...

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Will IPTV Content Be Limited?

November 2, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The rise of IPTV -- getting video content on-demand and streaming over the Internet -- is an intriguing and powerful new development. There's a potentially dark side to it to, however. The service provider who controls the connection to your home will also be empowered to control what content you get to see. Broadcast television and radio has long been regulated by the US government to encourage free speech and...

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HDTV is a Hit

October 28, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Consumer Reports released a report this week that found that 87 percent of their readers that they surveyed felt that they thought digital HD content from cable or satellite was significantly better than other programming. Half of them also complained that there isn’t enough HD programming available. It’s important to remember that the HDTV display is only one of three parts required to get the HDTV experience. If you spend...

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Satellite HDTV Relies on More Compression

October 27, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As more and more consumers get HDTV sets, the demand for more HD content is growing. (And the manufacturers of the HDTVs want more HD content to be delivered, as this should help drive increased demand for the new sets.) One problem for satellite services is that they have limited bandwidth over which to transmit their content, and the higher-resolution HD content can consume more that its share of that...

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Comedy Central Goes Online

October 25, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Comedy Central is scheduled to launch a broadband optimized IPTV site called “Motherload” on November 1. The site will include short clips from shows including The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. It will also offer original material created just for the site. The site will be funded through advertising for Verizon’s broadband services, as well as car makers and the Army. This is one more piece of evidence that...

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Verizon IPTV Takes on Cable

October 24, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last month, Verizon got the go-ahead from the Fairfax County, Virginia supervisors to offer TV service. Yes, this is one of the first instances of the “triple-play” strategy, where a single provider aims to deliver phone, Internet, and television service all over a single connection. Verizon calls its service “FiOS”, which relies on fiber-optic connections instead of copper cable to carry digital signals to and from your home. The company...

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Digital TV Deadline Looms

October 21, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The US Congress has already passed a law requiring that analog terrestrial TV broadcasts cease by December 31, 2006, or when 85 percent of American households can receive digital terrestrial broadcasts. Now Congress is looking to push that up to a hard date of April 7, 2006. According to Consumers Union, as many as 80 million televisions in this country are dependent on the analog broadcasts. Why the rush to...

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HDTV on DVD: Will blue lasers be too late?

October 11, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
WARNING: there are acronyms in this item. There's no way to avoid it when discussing technical standards, but it's an important story, so hang with me on this one. Last month, Nero and KiSS announced that they will create a DVD recorder capable of recording and playing back content using MPEG-4 compression. This is a relatively new standard that is up to 4 times more efficient than the MPEG-2 encoding...

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