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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 04, 2010 0 comments
Are you tired of TV ads blaring at what seems like a much higher level than the program you actually want to watch? Relief is coming thanks to the CALM Act.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 04, 1998 0 comments

Mother always said TV would rot your brain. Now there's proof.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2010 0 comments
A few days ago, ThinkGeek posted a new item that immediately caught my eye. The TV Clean is an electronics duster that doesn't use any sort of spray or cloth to wipe down flat panel screens, but instead uses a rubber cylinder to pick up dust. ...
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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 15, 1999 0 comments

Copyright hysteria is one of the entertainment industry's longest-running programs. Last week's episode featured an announcement by the recently formed Advanced Television Copyright Coalition (ATCC) that the group would exert legal pressure on <A HREF="">TiVo, Inc.</A>, and <A HREF="">RePlay Networks, Inc.</A>, two Silicon Valley-based makers of personal video recorders (PVRs). These are hard-disk-based video recorders that allow users to easily shift viewing times and instantly zip past commercials if they wish. The machines' manufacturers will be asked to sign licensing agreements for the use of the group members' content.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 16, 2011 0 comments
The yellow energy efficiency label already decorating store displays of air conditioners and refrigerators will also be required for TVs and cable/satellite boxes starting this year.

The familiar EnergyGuide label includes model, estimated yearly cost compared to similar models, and estimated energy usage for the particular model on display.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 25, 2015 2 comments
Major TV manufacturers are collaborating in field tests that would bring a new ATSC 3.0 television broadcast standard, which would include a new IP-based Ultra HD video standard and a broadcast- and streaming-friendly surround standard.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 07, 2010 0 comments
TVs sold faster in the first quarter of this year, reports DisplaySearch. And no wonder--prices are plummeting.
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Posted: May 28, 2000 0 comments

Rumors of network television's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Despite a declining viewership&mdash;several studies have shown that a smaller proportion of the population than ever is watching network TV&mdash;the networks are pulling in a record amount of money from advertising. Total "upfront" ad sales&mdash;those sold in the spring, before Memorial Day, for the following season&mdash;for all six broadcast networks will reach $8 billion, according to several news reports the last week in May. The networks have already sold about 80% of available prime-time advertising slots.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 01, 2003 Published: Dec 02, 2003 0 comments

Give-and-take is the essence of politics. On Monday evening, November 24, demonstrating that it's better to compromise than to lose entirely, US lawmakers agreed to cap broadcast ownership at 39% of the national market of potential viewers&mdash;less than half-way between the old limit of 35% and a new one of 45% approved by the Federal Communications Commission last June. Some Democratic lawmakers decried the 39% deal as a betrayal by their Republican colleagues.

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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&mdash;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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