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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: Wireless HDTV Is Possible

January 12, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One of the big themes at CES 2006 was IPTV. Digital TV transmissions already take digitized image data and send it out as packets, so it's a small step to apply the Internet Protocol -- IP -- to the process so that you can use standard Internet and network transmission systems to move programming from somewhere to your screen, whether it's from a server that the "broadcaster" runs, or from...

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Replay TV Goes Soft

January 5, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Now that TiVo has become a verb in the English language -- "I'll TiVo that show because I have meeting that night." -- the other company that helped launch digital video recording (DVR) is rarely mentioned. As a result, Replay TV has restructured its operations, and is focusing on DVR software instead of hardware. The company will be bundling its software with Happauge's WinTV-PVR cards for personal computers. If the...

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Network Your HDTVs

January 4, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Instead of connecting the televisions in your home to a cable or satellite service, or to a rooftop antenna, you may soon just connect them to a computer network. ED Digital is a new company that is introducing its Digitrex line of HDTVs that work with Microsoft's Windows Media Connect technology so that you can distribute digital entertainment throughout your home. As I see it, one of the major obstacles...

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Display Prices Down; Content Costs Up?

January 3, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing
EchoStar announced on New Year's Day that they were dropping Lifetime's channels from its DISH Network satellite service after 10 years. According to the press release from EchoStar, Lifetime "demanded an exorbitant price increase of 76 percent" and Echostar responded by saying "NO to Lifetime's strong-arm tactics." Lifetime's Web site doesn't discuss the contract or the increased fees, stating that EchoStar "unilaterally pulled Lifetime Networks off the air" which they...

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Cold News for DirecTV

December 30, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Digital satellite service provider DirecTV came up on the losing end of two major decisions in December. The Federal Trade Commission charged that DirecTV and the companies it hired violated the national Do Not Call Registry rules. According to reports attributed to DirecTV representatives, the violations were made by third-party marketing companies that had since been fired. Still, it will cost DirecTV more than $5 million to settle the charges....

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Look Ma! No Wires HDTV!

December 26, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Digital television promises to bring crystal clear images to your screen. HDTV promises incredible detail. And IPTV holds out the promise of all sorts of new forms of video entertainment streamed across the Internet. And what's wrong with this picture? All this content is delivered to a single location in most homes: a cable box, or a computer, or an antenna feed. So long as your TV-watching takes place in...

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One in Four with HDTV

December 23, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
When you consider that a display company -- Panasonic -- paid for the study, you need to take the results with a grain of salt, but the conclusions are plausible. One of four USA households either owns or plans to buy an HD display in 2006. Pretty impressive numbers, to be sure. But it leaves me asking, how many of these homes will be able to view HD content on...

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US Analog TV Dark Date Set!

December 22, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Okay, it has finally been decided. At least until Congress changes its mind. Yesterday, the Senate approved a spending bill that contained a provision for the date that analog TV broadcasts will cease in the US: February 18, 2009. The government apparently won't wait until then to collect on the windfall of the radio frequencies that will be freed up by the changeover to digital broadcasts. The spectrum will be...

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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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