Mark Fleischmann

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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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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 04, 2006 0 comments
Time Warner Cable of Raleigh, North Carolina will not supply CableCARDs for the forthcoming TiVo Series 3 HD DVR, according to ConsumerFury.com. A consumer emailed the company asking about the card and received this response: "Time Warner Cable of Raleigh does not provide support for or allow TIVO devices on our cable network. Time Warner Cable provides DVR service and equipment for customers that would like to record programs and watch them later. Cable Cards will only be installed on Cable ready, Cable Card slot available television sets. This policy is subject to change at the discretion of Time Warner Cable of Raleigh." Of course, as the response points out, TWC would rather have you rent TWC's DVR, no matter how bad it is. Presumably that's why the 1394 output of my own TWC-NYC cable box is disabled, preventing me from hooking up any form of HD-capable recorder. Nice logo.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 22, 2008 0 comments
What if your DVR could record from other DVRs over the web? That was the provocative premise of TVCatchup, a U.K. startup. It sounded good to be true. And it was.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 31, 2007 0 comments
There are several fears surrounding the U.S. transition to digital television broadcasting in 2009 and one of them relates to the set-top boxes that would keep old analog sets running. The federal government will attempt to allay that fear by awarding as many as two $40 coupons per household to help viewers buy the digital-to-analog devices. Judging from what's happening in the U.K., that looks pretty generous.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments
Digital television has passed what is arguably its most significant milestone, with DTV sets in half of American homes, says a survey by the Consumer Electronics Association.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 16, 2008 0 comments
HDTV is booming. By how much, we're not sure.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 09, 2009 0 comments
The last six Virgin Megastores in the United States will close between April and June.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 11, 2007 0 comments
Want to test video displays like the pros? Then get your hands on the HD HQV Benchmark test disc. Our buddies at UltimateAV will help you buy it for five bucks off the regular price.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 28, 2008 1 comments
Most headphones beam sound directly into the ear canal. Ultrasone takes a different approach with the HFI-2200. With these German-made headphones, sound enters the ear just as it does in real life--bouncing off the complex fleshy surfaces of the outer ear, or pinna. This S-Logic technology has two desirable outcomes. One, according to the manufacturer, is more natural sound with better perception of distance, depth, and imaging. Another benefit is a 40 percent drop in sound pressure level for the same volume. The headphones are also shielded against electromagnetic radiation. See two different videos on the Ultrasone site and Amazon.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 21, 2011 0 comments
Buy it once, play it on any device: That's the promise of UltraViolet, a cloud-based computing scheme. While the Consumer Electronics Show was in full swing this month, it was reported that UltraViolet is launching this summer.

As we've previously reported, this is a big deal. UltraViolet will let you access content you've paid for once across multiple platforms including TVs, PCs, gaming consoles, smart phones, and any kind of computer.

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