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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 28, 2009 0 comments
Netflix, Blockbuster, and other online program providers are cutting deals left and right to get their services into various devices. But many of these scenarios hinge on an important assumption--that consumers have fixed-price internet service to bring all those audiovisual bits into the home. This assumption may not be viable indefinitely, as internet service providers are now threatening to shift from all-you-can-eat plans to metered, usage-based pricing.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 03, 2015 5 comments
Until now, strong tablet sales and weak TV sales have suggested a massive shift from TVs to tablets. But a slowdown in tablet sales may bring the two categories into a different balance.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 10, 2010 0 comments
TiVo's victory in a prolonged court battle may force EchoStar to pull the plug on eight million Dish Network DVRs.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 29, 2009 0 comments
Toshiba may be contemplating a move into Blu-ray. If it happens, the move would be quite a turnaround for the company that developed Blu-ray's superb (but ill-fated) competitor HD DVD.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments
Rocky road is a tasty type of ice cream. It's also the forecast some analysts are making for Tru2Way, the latest attempt to provide the consumer with the holy grail of digital cable readiness.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments
Warner currently releases high-def DVDs in both Blu-ray and HD DVD. But the studio may be about to concentrate on Blu-ray only, an executive recently hinted.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 03, 2009 0 comments
One of the key distinctions between PlayStation and Xbox is that Sony's game console has Blu-ray support and Microsoft's game console is Blu-less. However, change may--may--be in the wind.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 28, 2007 0 comments
Zune may be about to start making download decisions for you. The name of the Microsoft patent application in question is "Automatic delivery of personalized content to a portable media player with feedback." That says it all, doesn't it?
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2008 0 comments
While most of us have until February 2009 for the digital switch, for Wilmington, North Carolina, the switch is happening now!  Well, next Monday, to be exact. In a test by the FCC and local broadcasters, Wilmington stations will begin...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 11, 2008 0 comments
The DTV transition took over a whole metro area for the first time this week. Folks in Wilmington, North Carolina are getting digital signals exclusively in a trial run for the overall U.S. DTV transition which is scheduled for February 17, 2009. That's when analog broadcasting will stop entirely, with analog signals surviving only in cable, satellite, and other non-antenna systems. Wilmington is just experiencing the future a few months early.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 04, 2011 0 comments
Polk Audio is staging a contest that will put F/X Wireless Surround speakers into the hands of happy surround buffs. You can enter every day between now and March 31, 2011. No purchase is required.

The F/X Wireless Surround looks more like a squat subwoofer than a surround speaker. This unorthodox product is designed to be placed behind the main seating area, providing surround effects without intruding into the room.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2009 0 comments
Good news for Windows 7 users: starting today you can enjoy Netflix's streaming video library with a shiny new interface. The upgrade offers a streamlined way to navigate the "Watch Instantly" section through Windows 7's Media Center. ...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments
It's gonna be worth the wait - Corel's WinDVD Blu-ray playback software has received certification for BD-Live, or BD Profile 2.0. This certification is granted after guidelines and standards are checked by the Blu-ray Disc Association. The...
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 24, 2005 0 comments
One of the most realistic World War II videogames ever created, Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Activision) presents an often frantic, unsettling true-to-life series of exploits on the frontlines at the peak of WWII. We are among half a dozen soldiers on Russian, British, and American campaigns that take us to Russia, North Africa, and Germany on both vehicle- and infantry-based missions. T-rated for its graphic imagery, the story unfolds movie-style with a musical score by The Incredibles’s Michael Giacchino; single player or up to 16 online. The PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions offer Dolby Pro-Logic II audio while GameCube and Xbox deliver progressive scan video, and Xbox alone packs Dolby Digital 5.1-channel sound.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 02, 2001 0 comments

If you've been steadfastly waiting for the perfect reason to buy a new HDTV set, here it is: <A HREF="">NBC</A> and <A HREF="">HDNet</A> announced last week they will broadcast selected events at the upcoming 2002 Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City in 1080i high definition video with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.


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