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I'm sure almost everyone who owns a television has heard of HDTV. I am here to tell you all that if you watch television on a frequent basis and are trying to decide to get an upgrade on your television, DO IT. I recently bought my first HDTV, a new HD cable box, and a new HDMI cord to connect the cable box to the television. I watched the Super Bowl on this TV and decided I could never watch another football game on a normal TV again. The picture on my HDTV is incredible; crystal clear.

I… Continue

Added by Brian on February 6, 2008 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

Vizio Continues to Exceed Expectations with Unlikely Success Story

It’s a familiar story. American companies outsourcing to companies in Asia that can produce quality products at lower cost. And not just outsourcing manufacturing and the jobs that go with it, but outsourcing innovation and entire product categories to foreign vendors.

So the Vizio story is quite amazing. The young Irvine, CA company, which only began ramping its operations five years ago, took over… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 5, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Vizio Makes Huge Jump to Top Spot for Flat-Panel LCD TVs

For value brands, a sour economic climate can be a blessing as folks that used to splurge on high-end tech gadgets are now looking for deals. This rule of thumb applies even more when the product costs a thousand dollars or more—a 10% savings is dinner out with the family, or groceries for a week, or a couple rounds of golf. And it is even more true when consumers feel like they are not really giving anything up but getting a great… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 18, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Samsung LED HDTVs Merge Power and Supreme Beauty (and you thought your wallet was safe)

Samsung LED HDTV 8000 Series

As I sat in Samsung’s press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A senior executive was speaking on a stage over 100 feet away from me. The room was packed with hundreds of people. Like lemmings, all we press and analyst types had stood in line for 45 minutes for this honor. It felt a little like a James Bond film. You know the one. It is the usual… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 9, 2009 at 12:12am — No Comments

Sony Adds Netflix: OTT Video Catch-Up or Leapfrog?

Not to be outdone by rivals Vizio, Panasonic, LG, Samsung, and other HDTV manufacturers, as well as gaming consoles like… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 13, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Panasonic Attempts Leap-Frog of Vizio and Samsung Internet TV Plans

Not to be outdone by rivals Vizio’s and Samsung’s plans to bake Internet interactivity into some models of HDTVs, Panasonic… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 28, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Podcast: Silicon Mountain’s Allio Combo HDTV/PC

In our continuing podcast series, I had a chance to chat with Tré Cates, Silicon Mountain President and CEO. I love it when someone gets a good idea, wonders why it has not already been done, and then makes it happen. For Silicon Mountain, a manufacturer of high-performance computing systems, gaming systems, and servers, the “aha moment” came a little over a year ago— why not bake the guts of a computer into… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 27, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Vizio Unveils Aggressive Internet TV Line-Up

Vizio Internet HDTVs will be water cooled (not really).

Well, we had been waiting for more details about Vizio’s Internet TV plans, and yesterday they sprang it on us. The leading North American manufacturer of HDTVs has put together an impressive line-up of content and applications for its VIA Connected HDTVs. Vizio had already announced a… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 25, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

CES: Day One First Thoughts

Got into Vegas yesterday for the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, which is really the biggest one week toy store in the world. My focus for the show is the future of whole house audio/video for an upcoming report (including next-gen HDTVs, various set-top boxes, networking, Internet devices, etc.), but I am also taking a look at the latest in telephony and mobile technologies; technologies geared towards parents/children, handicapped,… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 7, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Will the New HDMI 1.4 Standard Simplify Internet-Connected Entertainment in the Living Room, or Just Contribute to the Clutter?

The new High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.4 specification was recently announced and it packs a lot of power and features into this AV standard for connecting multimedia devices to our HDTVs. The question is: will HDMI 4.1 help simplify the “digital octopus” in the living room or add to the clutter? And will it play a major role in the era of Internet-connected TVs or be eclipsed by the various wireless standards that are… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 2, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

What Makes Your Stuff Tick? Pulse~LINK's CWave Technology

In my preparation for the barrage of meetings I have set up at CES to identify the trend-setting new devices and services driving the home of the future, I have also been speaking with some of the players that provide key infrastructure that makes many of the devices in your home tick. They will be the focus of an upcoming report aptly entitled "What Makes Your Stuff Tick"? that will highlight some of these enabling technologies. Many of these companies' products go unnoticed by the average… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on December 19, 2008 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Can Amimon’s New WHDI Chipset Help Usher in the Over the Top Video Revolution?

We have said before that, for Over the Top Video to truly achieve mainstream adoption, it needs to find its way to the HDTVs in the house either by using the existing home wiring or through cost-effective wireless solutions for distributing HD video. While we have covered home video distribution methods using coaxial wiring, such as ZeeVee’s ZvBox and… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 30, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hulu Scores Huge Win with Disney/ABC Deal

Hulu takes down another big elephant with the announcement of its new deal with The Walt Disney Co., which will take an undisclosed stake in Hulu and board seats.

Hulu now adds Disney and ABC content to the existing line-up of NBC Universal and Fox content. Huge news. This pretty much solidifies Hulu’s position as the online video content kingmaker and further erodes rival… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 4, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Getting closer to cutting the cord completely

My daughter's friend was over the other day talking about her favorite shows and my daughter had no idea what she was talking about. It was then that I realized that my kids have already cut the cord from channel surfing the major channels. For about 3 years now, the majority of our content comes from Netflix, with a bit more from Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube, or directly from, etc.

My kids have been mostly raised on documentaries and movies. My sons love "Famous Tank Battles"…


Added by Brian Mahony on April 22, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Cutting the Pay TV Cord Part 2: OTT Video Device Options

Last week my wife Kirsten and I announced our plan to “cut the cord” from our Comcast cable TV service. We gave several reasons for this decision including the desire to have a more deliberate TV and movie watching experience that would better fit into our family’s lifestyle. But we also hope to save a few dollars on a TV service which has for a long time now been overkill for our… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Remaining Upside Opportunities for Pay-TV Services

The legacy pay-TV services market can now be divided into two distinct groups. First, those regions where the market is fully saturated and customer churn is the primary activity. Second, the developing nations where local pay-TV providers can still find new customers willing and able to pay for their offerings.

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global pay-TV market added nearly 47 million new customers in 2012 -- reaching a total of 864 million…


Added by David H. Deans on April 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

TelcoTV Conference Session Highlights

Here are my stream of consciousness notes from the conference sessions at TelcoTV, and from walking around the show floor.


• Jim Funk, VP BD for Roku, says online video sites like Netflix make heavy use of CDNs, and encode streams from 500K up to 3.5 MBs depending on the connection that is available. For this reason he suggested that “Internet” video is somewhat of a misnomer, since a lot of effort is expended… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 12, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

ZeeVee’s Zinc 3.0 Gets Rave Reviews

ZeeVee launched the next version of its free Internet TV browser this week. Zinc 3.0, formerly known as Zviewer, is already getting rave reviews as a robust alternative to Boxee. Like Boxee, Zinc is designed to provide a “big screen interface” for navigating Internet video content on your HDTVs. It works great for use on a PC, and looks even better on an HDTV connected to your PC directly or through their ZvBox or another PC-to-TV device. Zinc works… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 26, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

CES Communications Round-Up Part 3: Minoru

To close out our conversation on CES communications news we take a look at three more companies innovating in this space. While we are on the topic of video telephony and webcams we can’t forget to touch on one of the major trends coming out of the show—3-D.

What? Put on those silly glasses? Watch blotchy, nauseating, red and green video? Are we bringing back “Creature Double Feature?” Well… yes, no, and no.

3-D has come a long way… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

WHDI Podcast: Can WHDI Become the Video Version of WiFi?

In our latest podcast, we chat with Leslie Chard, President of WHDI, LLC. In it, we talk about WHDI’s release of the new WHDI 1.0 specification, and what this means for the industry. Click here to listen and read on for our thoughts.

For over the top video (and for that matter any home HD video/media) to truly achieve mainstream adoption, it needs to find its way to the TVs… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 7, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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