By Dale Cripps • Feb 26 2007, 5:42pm
The following announcement is clearly a sign of the times.
The Internet is increasingly used as a delivery platform for entertainment television.
Traditional appointment viewing and its business model is being challenged with every capacity added to the net.
There are, of course, times when appointment viewing remains victorious--sports and news for example--but a majority of our free time is spent with programming that has no particular time imperative.
The announcement below studiously avoids the mentions of HDTV--the big bandwidth hog of the day--but the fact that BitTorent can boasts of 135 million "clients", whom they call the "BitTorrent generation", means by default that they are also the "HDTV generation".
You can trust that this “bit” generation will grow weary with anything less than HD and soon a demand for its quality will arise.
Will we pay for the bandwidth? We have done so every time we are treated with its reward.
Launches the BitTo ...
By Dale Cripps • Feb 16 2007, 9:22pm
AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 13, 2007-DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting, released Q4'06 TV shipments and revenues by technology, brand, region, size and resolution for 53 different TV brands as part of its Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.
Global TV unit shipments grew 26% Q/Q in seasonally strong Q4 while declining 1% Y/Y to 57.6M.
Due to a strong shift towards flat panel TVs, average TV prices fell just 1% Q/Q but increased 16% Y/Y to $534.
LCD and PDP TV prices fell 21% and 29% Y/Y, respectively, which increased flat panel TV demand boosting the flat panel unit share from 19% in Q4'05 to 38% in Q4'06 and the flat panel revenue share from 57% in Q4'05 to 73% in Q4'06.
As a result, TV revenues reached a new record high of $30.8B, up 24% Q/Q and 15% Y/Y.
By region, Europe enjoyed the fastest sequential growth, up...
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2007, 8:18pm
Texas Instruments Incorporated(NYSE: TXN) (TI) demonstrated the industry's first application processor to playback 720p high- definition (HD) video for high-end mobile phones.
The OMAP3430 solution is also the first application processor to integrate the newly-defined OpenGL ES(R) 2.0 graphic standard, bringing "life-like" 3D graphics to the handset and creating a mobile gaming experience comparable to today's handheld gaming devices.
In addition, TI introduced two...
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2007, 5:09pm
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
(NYSE: MC) known for its leading Panasonic brand, today announced that its U.S.
subsidiary, Panasonic Corporation of North America, will establish a Panasonic Hollywood Blu-ray Testing Center (PHBTC) within the existing facilities of Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory and start testing services immediately.
Blu-ray Discs feature strong copyright protection technology, and conducting logical format verification of entertainment content in replicated BD-Video discs requires...
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2007, 12:08am
DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service today announced the launch of A&E HD, a high definition simulcast of the network's blockbuster lineup.
"The exciting addition of A&E HD helps further complement DISH Network's industry-leading suite of high definition programming," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network.
"We are pleased to be the first national provider of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2007, 7:49pm
Probably the shortest bulletin you've ever seen from us.
The CBS website is reporting...