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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 04, 2011 0 comments
The ownership of TV sets has dropped from 98.9 percent of U.S. households to 96.7 percent, a decrease of more than two percent, according to Nielsen. The last time TV ownership declined was in 1992 following a recession.

Nielsen attributes the decrease to drooping incomes and alternative media. The research company derived its figures from the 2010 Census as well as a national sample of 50,000 people.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 21, 2008 0 comments
Brace yourself. Visualize a 32-inch LCD HDTV in a store. Then visualize a pricetag on it that says...$350. At least, that is what one analyst is predicting for the forthcoming holiday shopping season.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 12, 2007 0 comments
February brought bad news for plasma TV makers. Plasmas clocked their first year-over-year drop in sales with a 16 percent drop in dollar volume, according to the NPD Group. Pricing was down more than 35 percent with the average plasma selling for $1672. This is, of course, good news for consumers and we showed our appreciation by driving up unit sales 30 percent. Forty-two inch models are most popular though 50-inchers are gaining.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 21, 2008 0 comments
Manufacturers are shipping more more television sets than ever, according to the latest figures from DisplaySearch.
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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 08, 2003 Published: Sep 09, 2003 0 comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has temporarily halted ownership transfers of broadcasting stations.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Despite high-definition television's official debut last year, it still has virtually no audience—the equipment needed to receive it is still too expensive for all but the wealthiest early adopters. No audience means no ad revenue, and in the world of commercial broadcasting, no ad revenue means no budget for program development.

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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: Sep 20, 2004 0 comments

TVs have long been the centerpieces of most American homes. New developments will make that position permanent.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 23, 2008 0 comments
It's the same in every business. You have to keep adding features to keep the sales flowing. You need a new camera because the new ones do so much more than your old one. Your old cellphone worked just fine, but the new ones have so much more...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 26, 2011 2 comments
The $7.99 per month that Netflix customers pay for unlimited streaming isn't enough, according to the folks at Time Warner and HBO. They want Netflix to raise the fee, and until that happens, they're withholding their content.

The story emerged in The Hollywood Reporter, which quoted a Time Warner executive saying Netflix streamers should pay $20 a month. Ouch. Until then, HBO refuses to license its premium content for Netflix streaming, citing the cost of producing that content and its value to viewers.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 11, 2011 0 comments
Time Warner Cable and Viacom are in court over TWC's recently announced iPad app. Viacom, owner of CBS and other TV networks, says the cable operator has violated their licensing agreements. TWC sued back, asking the federal court to declare the iPad app legal once and for all.

Viacom isn't the only content power to oppose the TWC app. News Corp., Scripps Networks, and Discovery Communications have also objected. But Viacom has the sharpest teeth, demanding millions in damages.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 04, 2011 0 comments
Time Warner Cable recently introduced an innovative iPad app that allows subscribers to access live TV channels on everyone's favorite tablet. But a hostile response from content owners has forced the cable operator to sharply reduce the number of available channels.

It was (and still is) a beautiful idea. TWC subscribers who buy both TV and internet services get access to the app. It grabs a router wi-fi signal and displays channels without having to record them. Unlike Slingbox, it works only within the home. Not such a threat to Hollywood, right?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 26, 2007 0 comments
At least one major cable operator is pruning analog channels in advance of the end of analog broadcasting, slated for February 17, 2009. Time Warner Cable's Staten Island Project will provide 100 new channels of HDTV to the southernmost borough of New York City.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Hate your cable company? Sick of unrelenting robocalls that seem to pop up at home and on your cell at the most inopportune moments?

A federal judge fined Time Warner Cable $229,500 for robocalling a Texas woman 153 times in an attempt to dun another customer.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 24, 2008 0 comments
Here's reason number 37,878 to resent the cable industry: It may soon start charging prohibitive tariffs on high-def downloads to penalize consumers who buy or rent from non-cable-controlled download services.
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Posted: Mar 25, 2001 0 comments

Audio and video retailer <A HREF="">Tweeter Home Entertainment Group</A> announced last week that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Big Screen City, located in the greater San Diego and Temecula, CA areas. Big Screen City is a four-store specialty consumer electronics retailer with annual sales over $15 million, and has been in business in the San Diego market for 20 years. The companies say that they expect to complete the transaction on or about May 1, 2001.


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