LAS VEGAS--First, Sharp unveils a program that will let TV customers get select Internet content on their TVs and Samsung follows up with a similar announcement two hours later.
Is the PC-TV coming back to life?
The South Korean electronics giant has inked a deal with USA Today under which stories, local weather, and other information from the newspaper's site will be delivered through high-end Samsung TVs. Flip your TV on and you get the headlines. The TV connects to the Net through an integrated Ethernet jack.
"Weather is the most popular feature (in trials). People use it … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Although men crave electronics, women actually make the buying decisions, according to Philips.
Thus, the Dutch electronics maker is launching on a campaign to appeal more to women by making their electronics more fashion forward and elegant, said Andrea Ragnetti, the new CEO of Philips Electronics at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (The old CEO, Rudy Provoost, has been shifted over to Philips lighting.)
To that end, it unveiled its Design Collection, a series of TVs, home audio systems, and other equipment with what Philips says will make a statement about personal style. … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Sharp is going to put select Internet content on some models of its TVs, the latest attempt by TV makers to cut out the PC.
The Aquos Net service, which kicks off later this month, will let viewers click a button on their remote and get Nasdaq stock quotes, local weather information, high-definition images, traffic information from Traffic.com and cartoons. NBC later will put information from some of its sites on the Aquos Net service.
Other publishers will be added later. (Sharp has offered a similar service in Japan for a little over a year.).
The Internet content … Read more
Even though we as a country still haven't quite caught on to the idea of ubiquitous mobile television, it appears that LG is stepping ahead anyway in its introduction of yet another standard for mobile TV. Called MPH, or Mobile Pedestrian Handheld, this standard utilizes bandwidth from the existing ATSC signal to broadcast live television to an MPH-compatible product, be it a cell phone, a laptop, or an in-car navigation system.
No one watches commercials anymore, right? In particular, 18-to-34-year-olds hate ads and will do anything to quash them, right?
It turns out these and other TV myths may be just that: myths. As The Wall Street Journal reports, researchers are discovering that the nature of the show and how soon after it airs publicly has more to do with ad-watching behavior than one's age group:
One evolving theory: that advertisers should pay more attention to people's viewing patterns than to their demographics, such as whether they are a twentysomething or a male. Fans of the NBC Universal show Heroes, for example, whether they are 18-year-old men or 54-year-old women, generally tend to watch the show the same way--often clicking through ads...
So far, commercial ratings show what advertising executives have long suspected--about 3 percent to 15 percent of an audience changes the channel during commercials or fast-forwards through them, while teens and older people tend to skip commercials slightly less than viewers aged 18 to 34. In general, the closer viewers watch a show to its original airtime the more likely they are to watch the ads.… Read more
Looks like Archos has finally let the cat out of the bag on their first set-top DVR, the Archos TV+. Offered in 80GB ($249) and 250GB ($349) versions, the Archos TV+ looks to do about everything the Apple TV failed to deliver, including: an onscreen recording guide; 640x480 video recording quality; a QWERTY remote control; an infrared emitter for controlling your cable box or TV; a built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet that can be used for on-demand video downloads from CinemaNow; a fully-functional Opera web browser with Flash video support (YouTube, DailyMotion, CNET TV, etc.); optional Flash video game downloads; and it even includes cables (gasp!).… Read more
If you want Uncle Sam's help in bankrolling your household's switch to digital television before analog channels go dark next year, you can start filing your requests now.
As promised, the U.S. government on January 1 began accepting applications from American households for $40 coupons to defray the cost of a basic digital-to-analog converter box.
The gadgets, which are expected to cost between $50 and $70, are supposed to enable analog TVs to continue functioning when analog channels are evacuated on February 17, 2009, per Congress' orders. (About a dozen models have been cleared for use with the coupons … Read more
To promote the release of their new album, In Rainbows, Radiohead is debuting a pre-recorded hour long set on Current TV. According to Billboard, the program will feature Radiohead performing the new album in its entirety.
Radiohead is embracing the internet more than any other band out there today, from their much publicized "pay what you want" internet release of In Rainbows back in October to this news today. This New Year's Eve concert just solidifies their web presence. Radiohead is leading the way right now and I expect to see other bands start to follow suit … Read more
One great way to determine whether your digital product is destined for greatness is how many people want to steal it. As the television industry is starting to realize, there's a great deal of positive information that can be gleaned from illegal torrents of the shows. If no one wants to watch it, no one is going to steal it.
The open-source analog, of course, is the download. If you aren't getting free downloads, then it's probably futile to try selling a product. Downloads, in other words, tell us a lot about future purchases, assuming there's a compelling business and revenue model behind the download. According to an article on Last100.com:
Tech-savvy consumers have been boldly declaring that piracy can help and not hinder industry for years (especially when it comes to music downloads), but I was shocked the first time I heard the same claim from some very knowledgeable marketing types one day over a year ago in a boardroom. One of them simply asked, "Is the show on BitTorrent? How many people are downloading it??" The rest of the group looked genuinely interested in the answer from a demand point of view, not from an outraged one. I've since heard the same thing again several times, from different companies.… Read more