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November 2, 2007

Blockbuster Closing Up Shop In The Near Future?


It looks as if Blockbuster will soon be going under. After the company's third quarter results were released Thursday which revealed a 5.7% revenue loss and a net loss of $35 million, Blockbuster chairman conceded that the battle with Netflix is over. He feels that the huge focus on competing with online vendor Netflix did more damage than good and rather than focus on Total Access membership which includes their online distribution service, the company would focus once again at total memberships.

This basically means that sooner or later, barring something drastic, the movie retailer will go under. There is no reason for consumers to flock back to brick-and-mortar stores with the ease of Netflix accessable from their homes and with Blockbuster closing down 526 stores in the past year and layoffs coming up to offset $45 million overhead costs, the proof seems to be staring us right in the face.

Via The Digital Home

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November 1, 2007

Wal-mart Says Forget Black Friday, Insane Deals Tomorrow; Best Buy Matches Price


As promised, Wal-mart kicks off the holiday shopping season tomorrow with some incredible deals. The doors open at 8 AM to some great deals for TV fans out there. Although HD DVD broke the $200 mark with the Toshiba HD-A2 at Circuit City and just a week ago, it's old news already. Wal-mart will be selling the same model tomorrow for only $98.99 while supplies last. Stores will have a minimum of 10 players each but get there early as at a price like this, they'll be gone in minutes. Also featured is a Sanyo 50-inch plasma HDTV for only $998.00 and select HD DVD titles for $14.96, dirt cheap by HD DVD standards. Check out the deals for yourself here.

Update: Best Buy is matching Wal-mart's price on the HD-A2, but check out your local store as online stock is not surprisingly already sold out.

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October 2007 Monthly Roundup For TVSnob

Definitely another exciting month in the TV industry, especially with Black Friday and then the holiday season approaching. The month began with the CEATEC conference in Chiba, Japan where Mitsubishi debuted their 140 inch LCD display along with the first mass-produced OLED television, Sony's XEL-1. We also found out that Blu-ray prices are going to decrease this holiday season, although HD DVD beat them to it with the sub-$200 HD-A2 HD DVD player. A new trend began in screen thinness and TiVo added a musical component to their DVR's. Big name television broadcasters are moving into the online video market at a feverish pace with video platform Dailymotion signing a licensing deal with the likes of CNN to provide online content, Comedy Central going online with Jon Stewart, and the long anticipated launch of Hulu. We also saw the beginning of a transition to digital airwaves with Best Buy removing analog sets from their shelves and the FCC handing out big fines to those caught selling analog-only sets. Definitely the biggest news of the month is upcoming Black Friday and the ad leaks we are beginning to see online. We're sure we'll have lots to report as deals develop on the way to Black Friday in November. So save some money, because the deals are coming!

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Blu-ray Copy Protection Hacked


The maker of the AnyDVD software, Slysoft, claims to have broken the BD+ advanced copy protection found on Blu-ray discs. Sony said earlier this year that the protection should be good for ten years, but CEO Giancarlo Bettini of Slysoft says that the BD+ hack software should be available from his company by the end of the year. Also notable is the Bettini pointed out that the more restrictions and protections put on software, the lower the sales. But then again, Blu-ray's blowing HD DVD out of the water anyway!


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October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween From TVSnob!


Via TV Harmony

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October 25, 2007

Snob News: Links For October 24, 2007

Here are your Snob links for October 24, 2007:

CNET TV- a review of MySpaceTV's new original series, "Roommates".

Gizmodo-Netflix considers distributing movies via game consoles and set-top boxes.

NewTeeVee-online animated video startup, JibJab Media, raises $3 million.

-new information on Samsung's new HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player and the cancellation of the new Blu-ray playing BD-P2400.

-check out this excellent video discussing the future of home entertainment.

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October 23, 2007

Snob News: Links For October 23, 2007

Here are your news links for October 23, 2007:

Electronista-Western Digital releases new version of My DVR Expander hard drive certified for Tivo Series 3 and HD recorders.

Rapid TV News
-Apple to release hi-def content on iTunes?

-Hollywood huge polluter but making steps in the right direction.

Business Wire-new extreme sport video website, "Shred Or Die" launched; features Tony Hawk.

Register-Transformers sets first day HD DVD sales record.

Earth2Tech-check out emPivot, the "green" YouTube.

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Double-Dose Of Snob News Today: Editor Sick

Yes I know, we didn't feature the Snob News links yesterday. I was sick as a dog and was in bed pretty much as soon as I got home yesterday evening. We'll give you a double-dose today to make sure you're up on the recent happenings in the industry.

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October 21, 2007

Snob News: Links For October 21, 2007

Here's your wrap-up for Sunday, October 21, 2007:

Engadget HD-LG tries to butt in to the 32 inch HDTV division with a new plasma in the $1000 price range.

CenterNetworks-is NBC's Hulu video-plaform coming this week? icon Douglas Rushkoff endorses BoingBoingTV

-Tioti funded; amount undisclosed but apparently in the millions.

Rapid TV News-looks like a healthy future for web TV in the UK.

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FCC Cranking Out Big Fines For Analog TV Sales


We were pretty sure that the FCC was behind Best Buy's decision to remove televisions with analog-only tuners from their shelves, but we were also anxious to hear the rest of the story. No surprise then to find out that the FCC has been cracking down on retailers selling analog sets by handing out a whopping fine of $8000 per model, per store. That brings a whole new meaning to thin profit margins! Stores with remaining analog sets in their inventory can still sell them, but only with accompanying info explaining their limitations in the near future. Apparently only 12 infractions so far; not surprising with such a hefty fine.

Via HDTV Almanac

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