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Category: HDTV Recorders

Can’t Lick ‘Em?

August 17, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Cox has apparently decided to join 'em. In a recent story in the L.A. Times, Cox will put their video-on-demand (VOD) service into standard TiVo personal video recorders (PVRs), eliminating the need for a separate set-top box. The TiVo box also gives access to online services such as Netflix streaming video and Rhapsody music. This is significant because it shows that a cable company is willing to let go of...

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Netgear NAS Plays Nice with TiVo

July 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Netgear has announced their new ReadyNAS Ultra storage devices. NAS stands for "network attached storage" which means that the data on its hard drives can be accessed by any device on your home network. This provides you with a powerful storage system that lets you share files and create backups of critical data -- including music, video, and photo files -- from all your home computers. One key feature of...

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TiVo Loses Latest Round

June 9, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
TiVo and the satellite TV service Dish Network (and its parent company, EchoStar) have been embroiled in a series of legal actions over TiVo's claims of patent infringement. Last year, TiVo won a $200 million judgment against Dish, but a federal appeals court recently decided that it will review that decision and the claim that the presiding judge should have given Dish a new trial to determine whether or not...

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DirecTV Offers Whole Home HD DVR

May 18, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
TiVo created a revolution in television viewing when its digital video recorder (DVR) first showed up. In a world resigned to scrolling back and forth through an endless stack of VHS tapes, TiVo made it simple to record a show and watch it later. More than anything, the user interface made it quick and easy to set up recordings and play them back when you wanted. Now all sorts of...

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More Bad News for High-End Retailers

February 18, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Another one bites the dust. Last week, the Washington DC area electronics retailer, MyerEmco Audio Video, announced that it was going out of business. Lack of available credit was cited as a major factor in the company's demise. The president announced that the store would sell remaining inventory at half-price, with larger discounts available as they near the end of their stock. One of the keys to the company's failure...

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Apple Wants Lower Prices

February 16, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
According to a Wall Street Journal article last week, Apple is in negotiations with TV networks to lower the price for TV shows sold on the company's iTunes site. The report indicates that the goal is to make video content more affordable when the iPad starts shipping, presumably in support of their claim about it being the best way to watch such content. One source indicated that Applie has already...

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Another HD Cell Phone Video Camera

February 2, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last fall, I wrote about the Samsung Instinct HD cell phone that could capture HD video. Now comes news that SonyEricsson is following suit. The new Vivaz is a 3G touchscreen phone that can record 720p video using the 8.1-megapixel camera. (The phone originally was known as the "Kurara".) Apparently, the press release announcing the product may have be posted prematurely, as it appears that it has since been taken...

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DISH Network is Everywhere

January 19, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
"TV Everywhere" is the moniker given by subscription video services to their attempts to let their subscribers watch their content through a streaming connection over the Internet. It makes sense; if I'm already paying for the content, why can't I "tune in" over a broadband connection to see whatever my set top box can deliver? It's a nice idea, but it raises some thorny issues. Are the cable (and satellite...

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On the Skids, or Just Skidding on the Turn?

December 15, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Multichannel News ran an intriguing story on Monday about TiVo. Apparently, the television digital video recording (DVR) service has suffered a loss of subscribers from 3.5 million a year ago to 2.7 million now. In an industry where you have to grow to move forward, these look like pretty crushing numbers. According to the article, the company's new goal is to convince cable operators to use their software for DVR...

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Wireless HD Standard Approved

December 11, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) group announced the release of the WHDI specification earlier this week. This is designed to let HDTV equipment makers create wireless connections between devices, up to 100 feet apart and through walls. It relies on a 40 MHz channel in the 5 GHz unlicensed band, rated at less than a millisecond latency. The interface supports 1080p resolution and HDCP, and unlike some competing approaches,...

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