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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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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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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 31, 2006 3 comments
"I love the sound of breaking glass," Nick Lowe once sang, and the Avdeco HR420 is just the TV stand for him. A member of the AV Science Forum relates: "I happened to be sitting in the next room, when I heard a tremendous crash. I thought that a plane had hit my house, and I ran into my bedroom to see what happened. The top shelf of the Avdeco stand EXPLODED sending shards of glass to every corner of my bedroom. Fortunately for me, I wasn't sleeping at the time, or I would have been hit by flying glass." The Panasonic 50PX500U plasma that had been sitting on the stand weighs 114 pounds, less than half of the stand's rated weight limit of 250. Neither Avdeco or the dealer that sold the stand, Threshold Concepts have responded to the consumer's complaints. The model is still listed on the Avdeco website. It's not on the Threshold Concepts site, though other Avdeco glass-rack models are, with the comment: "The simplistic lines are subdued, yet make a strong statement." Indeed. Other AVS members weighed in with useful pointers: (1) Tempered glass is designed to fragment into pebbles when broken, which is actually less scary than the angular shards of broken non-tempered glass. (2) It's been known to shatter in response to changes in temperature even when nothing is resting on it. (3) Manufacturers who make a quality product may disagree, but maybe glass of any type isn't the ideal material for a TV stand.
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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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