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Category: HDTV Cable

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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Surprise! Cable Rates Going UP!

December 5, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
From the What Did You Expect Department, Comcast announced on Thursday that the company would be raising the rates for basic (analog) cable service an average of 6 percent nationwide, starting as early as January 1, 2006. This brings the average rate for basic cable to more that $47 a month. Most other cable operators including Time Warner, Cox Communications, and Cablevision have either announced increases or indicated that increases...

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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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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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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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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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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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