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More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

June 29, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S. in support of his statement about the FCC auction of part of the TV radio signal spectrum. According to his statement, the portion of U.S. television households that rely solely on free broadcasts has grown to almost 18%. In...

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Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

June 27, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race? It could if the premium between it and standard DVD players (which is "good enough" for the majority of consumers) dropped to something approaching "zero." And apparently now it has. [caption...

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Strawberries and Cream Over the Top

June 25, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
There is one type of content that makes "television" the most compelling entertainment media available: live sports. If streaming video -- also known as "over the top" -- is going to make serious inroads into the traditional linear television broadcasting markets, it will need to offer "better-than-television" coverage. And we've already seen many experiments that are making significant progress in this direction. For example, the Olympics in China had more...

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Verizon Jacks Up the Speed

June 21, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Verizon's FiOS service has become very popular with some users for its outstanding broadband service speeds. It doesn't seem that long ago that getting a couple Mbps over DSL was amazing; now FiOS service starts at 15 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. And Verizon has now raised the ante. Recognizing that broadband households are using more and more data from the Internet, Verizon has introduced "FiOS Quantum" service. This...

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Amazon Adds MGM Movies

June 18, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Amazon Instant Video is the quiet third-place contender behind Netflix and Hulu, but the service keeps adding content to its catalog. Many of the titles are available for free streaming -- some in high-definition -- for customers who pay for an Amazon Prime membership at $79 per year. In addition to benefits such as free two-day shipping on most orders and free "borrowing" of Kindle books, members also get to...

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Net Neutrality: Justice Department Investigates Cable

June 15, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into cable television company practices, especially as they relate to streaming online video from sources such as Netflix and Hulu. One focus of the agency's concerns is the fact that some cable companies are imposing data caps on subscriber usage of broadband network connections. In particular, the Justice Department is probing Comcast's preferential treatment of its...

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Comcast, TiVo, and… PayPal?

June 14, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Attention: QVC Shoppers! Open up those home equity credit lines because shopping online is about to get faster and easier! On Tuesday, Scott Dunlap, vice president of emerging opportunities with PayPal, announced a new partnership with Comcast and TiVo. What could a cable giant, a DVR maker, and an online payment processor possibly do together? Let you buy stuff directly from your television, that's what! This means that you'll be able...

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Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

June 13, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and "direct LED" TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. (David has invested a lot of time and effort to develop a pretty sophisticated "Skype...

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Comcast Partners with Skype

May 21, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
In a joint announcement last week, Comcast and Skype unveiled plans to provide video chat service to Xfinity customers. By adding an adapter box to their set-top box and a "high-quality" video camera, subscribers will be able to send or receive instant messages or video calls to any Skype user worldwide, including smart phones, tablets, and personal computers, as well as other Comcast subscribers who are equipped for Skype calls. The...

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Cable Loses; Telco Wins; SatTV Draws

May 16, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011. The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010. The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S. cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011. The telco services (Verizon's FiOS and AT&T's U-verse) picked up the lion's share of the gains, splitting 1.5 million new video...

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