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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 03, 2014 2 comments
American cable subscribers get way more cable channels than we really want. In 2008, according to Nielsen’s Advertising & Audiences Report, U.S. households received an average of 129.3 channels and viewed 17.3 of them. In 2013, the number of channels jumped to 189.1, of which 17.5 were viewed. So the number of channels went up 46 percent, but the number viewed rose only 1 percent. Why are cable systems jamming so many channels down our throats? Their dilemma is that channels travel in packs—and a network that owns a popular channel will always insist that cable operators buy all of its channels. “However,” says the Los Angeles Times, “the rising cost of sports programming is starting to lead to louder calls that at least some content should be sold to consumers who want it and not forced on everyone.”
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SV Staff Posted: May 15, 2008 0 comments
Honey, pass the Puppy Chow and hand me the remote. In a time of economic woes, Wal-Mart has posted earnings that are up 6.9%. While many folks are struggling to make their house payments, where's the profit coming from? Oddly enough, it's the...
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 10, 2008 0 comments
Sure, we can talk all we want about high-end video. We can compare formats. We can talk until we're Blu about pixels.Who cares, though? Not when we have PUPPYCAM!!!! No wonder Circuit City is failing. All you need is a computer and a...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2008 0 comments
If you live in an eco-conscious city, you may have heard something about "earth hour" over the weekend. In various locales, public awareness campaigns were conducted for the March 29 at 8 p.m. holiday from electricity. National landmarks went dark,...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 27, 2010 0 comments
The originator of the MP3 audio file format is backing a new version that would embed extra features into the file.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 29, 2009 0 comments
Gatefold LPs and CDs with copious booklets seduced past generations of listeners with form factors that made them want to buy longform music--and settle down for long, pleasurable evenings playing it. While these formats are not exactly dead, a struggle has broken out over what kind of longform digital music album will succeed them in the age of downloads.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 11, 2009 0 comments
Under recent legislation, some television broadcasters will extend their digital TV transitions to June 12, while others will proceed earlier, by February 17. Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission released a list of TV stations that intend go all-digital next week, cutting off analog transmissions.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
This is odd. But, it kinda makes sense. Sony and computer memory manufacturer PNY Technologies are odd bedfellows indeed. They've come out with a 2GB USB flash drive that's preloaded with the comedy classic Ghostbusters, just in time for the 25th...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 02, 2007 0 comments
Is the end near for HD DVD? A recent spate of bad news suggests that the format is running out of retail friends. But the situation may not be as bad for Toshiba's favorite format as it first appears.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jul 13, 2006 0 comments
Sony is the best brand around - or so say the majority of the 2,351 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive between June 7 and 13, 2006. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Sony has made it to the top spot beating out other brands such as Dell, Coca-Cola, Ford, Honda, and Apple.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2009 0 comments
Consumers want green TVs. Or, to be more realistic, greener ones. So who's got 'em? For that, you've got to hunt for Energy Star certification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a new and tighter spec for TVs, so the Energy Star certification you want is version 3.0.
Michael Berk Posted: Oct 13, 2011 0 comments

Legrand - a leader in residential wiring and custom install components - in something of a surprise move announced the airQast wireless music system at this year's CEDIA Expo.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 09, 1999 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Time Warner Cable</A> said that it has successfully tested distribution of a high-definition TV feed from Home Box Office and will soon begin delivering it in the upgraded areas of its Tampa, Florida cable operation using equipment from <A HREF="">Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.</A> According to Time Warner, this marks the first time HBO's HDTV signal has been made available to cable customers using a form of signal-modulation technology known as QAM, which allows two HDTV channels to be delivered in the same bandwidth needed for one off-air HDTV channel.

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Dec 20, 2012 11 comments
Steve Guttenberg has a question that's on the minds of many: Why do we have to traverse an endless string of trailers, FBI warnings, promos, and menus before we can start watching a DVD or Blu-ray?


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