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High-Def DVD: Who to Believe?

September 14, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
The marketing and PR campaigns for the dueling high-definition DVD formats continue to heat up. Each side lays claim to the Number One position. The Blu-Ray camp has claimed that they have sold twice as many Blu-ray discs than HD DVD. Toshiba has countered that they have maintained a lead in sales of "high definition stand-alone video players" from the outset. What's the truth? I expect that both of these...

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Cool HDTV Stuff at CEDIA 2007

September 13, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, I'm finally digging out from under all the backlog that piled up while I attended CEDIA 2007 in Denver last week. Here are few of the highlights that I feel are worth noting. The first item is the new Epson Ensemble. It's a clever combination of either their 720p or 1080p home theater front projector, plus everything you need to easily install it. You get a motorized 100" screen...

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DVRs Upset Traditional TV Business

September 12, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Most of us grew up hearing the often-repeated mantra, "But first, a word from our sponsors." Commercial interruptions of broadcast television entertainment has been a fixture of the industry almost from the start. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch a soccer game that runs without commercials thanks to the sponsors whose logos appear next to the onscreen scoreboard the whole time. But that has changed; you can watch just...

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Truth Patrol: What This Ad Means

September 11, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
This weekend, I found an a sales circular from Target as I was compiling the data for my Weekly Intelligence Report. One item prompted me to single out Target on the wording of one of their items: The ad shows a 37" Magnavox listed as a "1080i LCD HDTV". Two out of three ain't bad in most arenas, but in consumer electronics, a miss is as good as a mile....

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Uh-oh! Comcast Throttles Bandwidth

September 10, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
We've hit a speedbump on the way to Internet TV. It's probably not the first, and certainly won't be the last. The Washington Post reported Friday that some Comcast customers have had their accounts cancelled because they were using too much bandwidth. According to the article, the company won't reveal its download limits, but they are believed to be about the equivalent of 1,000 songs a day or four feature-length...

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End of the Optical Disc?

September 7, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
As I have mentioned before, memory costs have dropped so low that it's now reasonable to think of solid-state memory devices to take the place of magnetic and optical storage discs. The USB thumb drive is a perfect example; it has no moving parts, requires no batteries, is lightweight and portable. Now SanDisk has announced a module that can be incorporated into a circuitboard design, such as a computer motherboard....

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HDTV Cost per Hour Down 11%

September 6, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Are you ready for some football? Sports appears to be one of the greatest driving forces behind the adoption of HDTV, and football is probably the most influential of all. So it's little wonder that this is the time of year when the thoughts of football fans turn not to the kick-off for the season opener, but rather to the task of convincing their significant other (or themselves) that they...

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Satellites and Power Lines

September 5, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Technology -- like politics -- can make strange bedfellows. Take the example of DirecTV. What could be more wireless than a satellite TV service? You physically cannot run a wire to a satellite. Still, there are some services that just don't lend themselves to the current wireless technologies, such as providing telephone service or broadband Internet connections. That's why DirecTV has existing partnerships with AT&T, Clearwire, Qwest, and Verizon to...

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New Updated “Guide to Buying HDTV”

September 4, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
After Labor Day, sales of HDTVs tend to build right through the end of the year. It's likely that you're one of the millions of Americans who are considering buying an HDTV soon. And just in time for this increased interest, I am pleased to announce the release of the Second Edition of Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV, now available in paperback from Amazon or other fine booksellers. The...

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Download Your Movie Rentals

September 3, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
It used to be that you'd have to drive all the way to the video rental store to get your movies to watch at home. DVDs helped change that, because they were much less expensive to mail than the bulky old VHS tape cassettes. And thus NetFlix came into being. Blockbuster saw a bunch of its business flowing right out through the customers' mailboxes, and so followed suit with a...

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