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Satellite Merger?

October 17, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Liberty Media is the owner of the QVC cable shopping newtork and and Starz movie channels, among others. Last year, it made a deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to trade for a controlling interest in the satellite television service, DirecTV. Now a number of sources, including analysts Probe Financial Associates, are musing about the possibility of a DirecTV merger with EchoStar, which runs the DISH Network satellite television service....

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Tipping Point for HD DVD?

October 16, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
In the battle for the high-definition DVD, Blu-ray has a big advantage because there are all those PlayStation 3 consoles out there with Blu-ray drives. In spite of this, HD DVD has a strong advantage by having lower cost players than Blu-ray; entry level models cost about half as much. And I'm convinced that purchase price trumps features, available titles, and installed base. (Note that I'm impartial but not unbiased...

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More Big Screens from Olevia

October 15, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Syntax-Brillian is looking to make some noise for its Olevia brand in the larger sizes, and has announced two new LCD HDTVs. The 247TFHD is a 47" model that has an MSRP of $1,999. The 265TFHD is 65", and lists for $6,995. Both have 1080p resolution, a pair of HDMI connectors, and thin bezel design. The 65" model uses a panel provided by Sharp. It's interesting to note where these...

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LCD HDTV Wins

October 12, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Market researched DisplayBank has released its forecasts for the worldwide television market, and they predict that the number of TVs shipped will increase 50% from 196 million this year to 290 million units in 2015. This year, about 38% of those sets will be LCD TVs; by 2015 this proportion is expected to grow to 66%. So if you're going to go by the numbers, odds are two out of...

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2007: When to Buy Your HDTV?

October 11, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
One of the most frequent questions I get is "when is the best time to buy an HDTV?" I've mentioned this already recently, but I want to give a more detailed explanation of my thoughts on this thorny question. Note that this forecast is an informed guess, but it's still a guess. Here's how I see things playing out. The manufacturers have been building a lot of product, encouraged by...

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Truth Patrol: EDTV is Analog?

October 10, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
I know I did a Truth Patrol entry last week, but this one is too good to pass up. The WCPO Channel 9 Web site ran a story from the E.W. Scripps Co. about what you can expect to pay for an HDTV. The piece was doing fine until it ran off the tracks at the end: However, be careful of flat screen TV's for much under $300: They may...

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Hi-Def DVD: Confusion Aplenty

October 9, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
I'm the first to admit that getting all the details right is difficult in this business. The biggest problem is that it's so easy to pass along "common knowledge" items that contain true statements but that are misleading or even wrong in the whole. For example, DisplaySearch is a major market research firm that covers HDTVs and other related technologies. This week, they're holding their annual HDTV conference in Los...

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HDTV Guide Now Available in Paperback

October 8, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
I haven't had a chance to put out a press release about it yet, but not only is Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV now available in its newly revised Second Edition, just in time for the fall HDTV buying season, but it also is now available in paperback as well as the original ebook version. You can get the paperback version directly from Amazon. You also should be able...

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Best Buy Survey: Buyers Confused by HDTV

October 5, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
It must be the season for survey results, because here's another. According to a CNNMoney.com article, Best Buy VP Mike Mohan said "We were getting a lot of anecdotal evidence that showed consumers were frustrated with their HDTV purchases. We felt that we had some gaps in key areas of consumer education." I can't say that I'm terribly surprised by that observation; after all, that's what moved me to start...

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Truth Patrol: Radioactive HDTVs?

October 4, 2007 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, maybe I shouldn't pick on the Nigerian press, especially after all that country has done to help make sure that everyone gets plenty of email. But when I received this item from Vanguard Online, I couldn't believe that someone would actually publish this: General Manager of [LG]’s Nigerian operation, Mr. Tae-Joon Park also noted that ... "Plasma displays were also said to have short life spans because of the...

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