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November 30, 2006

TiVo to Run Ads at End of Recorded Shows

Even though we all hate ads, they're obviously never going away. It looks like TiVo is trying a new ad strategy for recorded shows according to AdWeek:

NEW YORK TiVo upped its efforts to include advertising in its digital video recording service with its most intrusive effort to date. The company will embed ads after a recorded program plays.

The graphical ad unit, which TiVo calls a "program placement," appears at the end of a recorded program, on the screen asking viewers if they want to delete the show. It is designed to give advertisers a way to reach TiVo's more than 4.4 million subscribers, many of which fast-forward through commercial breaks. Burger King, General Motors and MasterCard are the first flight of sponsors testing out the ad unit.

TiVo's just taking advantage of space on their save or delete menu which doesn't seem very intrusive to me.

At AdWeek.com

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November 29, 2006

Wal-Mart Testing Movie Downloads

We've told you about Amazon's and Xbox Live's Movie download services. Now Walmart is about to enter the movie download fray. According to FoxNews:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is edging into selling video downloads by offering buyers of the "Superman Returns" DVD a chance to buy downloads of the same movie, beginning Wednesday.

The world's largest retailer said Tuesday that shoppers have the choice of paying $1.97 to download the movie to a portable device, such as Apple's iPod or Microsoft's Zune, or paying $2.97 to download it to a laptop or desktop computer. For $3.97, customers can download the movie for both formats.

At FoxNews.com

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November 27, 2006

Oklahomans Paying too Much for HDTVs

Here's an unbelievable article at Oklahoman.net:

The only thing that stopped Wilson resident Randie Case from getting a good deal on a 52-inch widescreen TV Friday morning was the state of Oklahoma.

Case's dreams of getting the RCA high-definition TV for $474 at Wal-Mart were dashed by Oklahoma's 1949 Unfair Sales Act.

The act prohibits retailers from selling merchandise below cost, requiring a 6 percent markup on items.

Case said she saw the ad for the early bird sale on TV and online.

The article also states:

Oklahoma was one of five states where the slashed price of the RCA widescreen — along with a handful of other Wal-Mart deals — was prohibited.

Wow! Maybe it's time to update a few state laws!

At Oklahoman.net

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November 23, 2006

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oops! Had a slight accident with the Turkey this morning!

Hope you and yours have an awesome Thanksgiving.

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November 22, 2006

My Experience with Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee

Alright, as promised I finally tried the Circuit City 24/24 Guarantee. To refresh your memory, the 24/24 Guarantee is pretty simple. Basically, you order your Circuit City items online and specify in-store pickup. The items will then be ready to pick up within 24 minutes of receiving your confirmation email. If your order isn't ready for pick-up within 24 minutes, you'll get a $24 gift card. Here's the actual fine print at Circuit City's website:

The 24 minute Guarantee applies from timestamp on order confirmation email until the time order is ready for customer pickup. Guarantee excludes customer wait time in store lines. Offer valid on orders placed at circuitcity.com or by phone during pickup store's normal operating hours up to 30 minutes prior to closing. Guarantee not valid the day after Thanksgiving, 12/26 or 12/27. $25 minimum purchase. One $24 gift card offered per qualifying in-store pickup ticket, which must be claimed at time of pickup and is good for future purchases.

In the interest of disclosure: Circuit City contacted me and asked me to try the 24/24 guarantee and then write about my experience. They provided me with a gift card in order to try the service. They asked that I post honestly about my experience with no editorial input from Circuit City. Because I received the card by mail, my local Circuit City was unaware of the experiment.

I'll start by sharing the online shopping experience. The Circuit City site is pretty easy to navigate. The best part is that you put in your zip code and then when you look at a product, it will tell you if the product is available or not:

Overall, I found most of what I was looking for was available in the store. Probably the weakest point I encountered while shopping on Circuit City's website is the fact that almost all of the movies and music available online aren't available for in-store pick-up. Besides the issue with the movies and music, everything else went smoothly while placing my order.

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November 17, 2006

Watch Futurama Online - For Now Anyway

For you Futurama fans out there, I just ran cross this site that links to every episode of Futurama. The website claims it's legal because:

This site is legal as watchfuturama.com does not host any of the episodes or upload them we only link to them.

Sticking with the ol' Napster defense I guess. I'm still betting we won't see those links up for very long, so if you want to watch some decent quality Futurama online you might want to hop on over to the site.

Update: Check out the Futurama: Bender's Big Score trailer for the November 27, 2007 much anticipated DVD release!

At WatchFuturama.com

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November 16, 2006

Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee Reminder

So I've gotten several emails asking if I've tested out Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee that I mentioned last week. Well, I still haven't had a chance to try the guarantee yet but I should have a post up by Monday on my experience.

If you've had experience with the 24/24 guarantee, be sure to leave us a comment.

At CircuitCity.com

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November 10, 2006

Shopping Online with Circuit City's 24/24 Guarantee

I hate Christmas shopping! There I said it. It's not the season that bothers me, it's just the crowds that drive me crazy. Of course, that's probably how most of us feel about Christmas shopping.

As of the last few years, my family has pretty much stuck to online shopping. The biggest problem is that the for procrastinators like us, the longer you wait, the slower and more unreliable the Postal system becomes. So what's my whole point of this rant? Circuit City has asked me to try out their 24/24 Guarantee. Basically it means I can shop online during store hours and then pick up my merchandise within 24 minutes after I get a confirmation email. If my order isn't ready for pickup within 24 minutes, they'll give me a $24 gift card. Sounds pretty simple doesn't it?

I really like the idea of shopping online and then running buy to pick up my merchandise at the local store. So next week I'll do a litlle mystery shopper test with Circuit City's 24/24 service and give you the scoop on how it works out.

Till then, here's a excerpt from a Press Release that was released last year andit appears all of the details and stipulations are the same this year:

RICHMOND, Va., Oct 03, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- With the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching, Circuit City Stores, Inc. has launched its 24/24 Pickup Guarantee(SM) for qualifying purchases made through its Web site, catalog or its telephone call centers.

Qualifying purchases will be ready for customers to pick up at their designated store within 24 minutes of purchase confirmation, or the customer will receive a $24 Circuit City gift card.*

"Many of our customers have enjoyed the convenience of buying products online and picking them up in our nearby stores," said Fiona Dias, Circuit City's senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Circuit City pioneered in-store pickup for Web purchases and this guarantee takes our customer service promise to the next level. We know shoppers are especially busy during the holidays and they need to be able to count on prompt service."

Circuit City has offered in-store pickup as an option for its online customers since July 1999, when the company launched http://www.circuitcity.com. Web shoppers can check inventory in real-time to determine if the product they want to purchase is available for in-store pickup. The feature is extremely popular; about half of the customers who buy online from Circuit City choose the convenience of in-store pickup.

*The 24 minute Guarantee applies from timestamp on order confirmation email until the time order is ready for customer pickup. Guarantee excludes customer wait time in store lines. Offer valid on orders placed at circuitcity.com or by phone during pickup store's normal operating hours up to 30 minutes prior to closing. Guarantee not valid the day after Thanksgiving, 12/26 or 12/27. $25 minimum purchase. One $24 gift card offered per qualifying in-store pickup ticket, which must be claimed at time of pickup and is good for future purchases.

So stop by Circuit City's and check the details out and we'll let you know next week how our experience with the 24/24 guarantee went.

At CircuitCity.com

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November 6, 2006

LG Introduces Awesome Dual Screen Refrigerator

Wow! What a cool fridge! LG has announced the LSC27990TT, a refrigerator that contains 2 TV screens. According to Engadget:

The main display is a 15-inch 1,024 x 768 number -- able to connect to a DVD player if you choose -- while its smaller counterpart takes things down to a wee 4-inches for use with LG's "weather and info center."

The LSC27990TT also has some other cool features:

Other non-traditional refrigerating capabilities include an FM radio, recipe bank, calendar, and digital photo album, as well as a "CustomCube" ice maker

Of course the LSC27990TT isn't cheap at $3600 but hey, my wife's worth it!

At Engadget.com

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November 2, 2006

Consortium Formed to Develop WirelessHD

For me, one of the most exciting things about the future of TV is wireless television. Now it looks like some major manufacturers are making a serious attempt at bringing wireless HD to consumers. According to MSNBC:

The world's leading electronics makers have teamed up to develop a wireless technology to carry high-definition video and eliminate some of the cable spaghetti that links televisions with set-top boxes and other equipment.

Seven companies were to announce Tuesday that they formed the WirelessHD Consortium to free high-definition TVs from the tangle of cables connected to cable or satellite boxes, gaming consoles, DVD players, or even camcorders and other portable multimedia gadgets.

The article continues:

The format is designed to work within ranges of up to 32 feet — and within the same room — using the 60-gigahertz radio frequency band, said John Marshall, chairman of WirelessHD.

It will transmit high-definition video that has not been compressed digitally so users should experience the same image quality they currently get with wired HD-capable video connectors.

Sweet! While the article states that it'll be 2008 before we see any WirelessHD products, it's nice to see the work being started.

At MSNBC.com

More Details at WirelessHD.org

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