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DRM: Don’t Fence Me In

November 23, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One of my least favorite acronyms in the whole home entertainment business is DRM. It reportedly stands for "digital rights management." From my point of view, that's about as direct and honest as using "revenue enhancement" to refer to a tax increase. DRM is copy protection, pure and simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that the content providers want to protect their products. Hey, I've made my living...

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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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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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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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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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LCD TVs: From Desktop to Den

October 19, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
By all accounts — including the numbers from Pacific Media Associates where I’m a Senior Research Associate — the LCD TV market is growing rapidly, especially for screens 30-inches and smaller. Lots of companies have been making LCD displays in this size range for years for the desktop computer monitor market. That market is crowded and margins are tight, so it should be no surprise that some established brands are...

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Dude! I’m Watching a Dell HDTV!

October 18, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
This changes everything. Dell is a juggernaut that has grown to dominate the desktop and laptop computer markets. And now the company is setting its sights on the living room with its new large flat panel TV offerings. In addition to smaller sets, the company now offers a 37-inch LCD HDTV and a 50-inch plasma HDTV. (You can learn more about the differences between LCD and plasma in Professor Poor's...

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