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Wednesday November 30, 2005

[H]ardNews 9th Edition - Tech Edition

ESRB Responds to “F” Rating:

The ESRB has responded to the article we posted in today’s 2nd Edition below. Obviously the ESRB is not happy with the “F” rating they were given and have fired back with a salvo of their own:

"The ESRB rejects this year's MediaWise Report Card just as we did last year, and for the same reasons. Ignoring the tremendous and verifiable success of the ESRB rating system, NIMF instead relies on flawed research and ignores any and all conflicting evidence. Its statement that it will exclude ESRB from its rating summit proves that NIMF has crossed over from being a fair-minded critic to just another interest group with an agenda to advance, whatever the cost. The shame is that the group most harmed by today's announcement is not ESRB, but the very parents NIMF claims to serve."

Flat Panel TVs Are Hot:

Global sales of flat panel TVs accounted for 55% of the total TV revenues, the first time flat panels have ever earned the majority of TV sales.

LCD TV shipments hit a record high in the third quarter at 5.5 million units, up 36% on quarter and 156% on year. Sharp maintained its leadership in the segment on a shipment basis, with an 18% share of the LCD TV market, while Philips/Magnavox, Samsung, Sony and LGE rounded out the top five brands.

Personally, I think that if they keep the prices low, we will continue to see this number rise. 32” LCD TVs seemed to be the most popular size world wide which can probably be attributed to their price versus TVs that are 42” and larger.

MS Offering More Vista Previews:

Microsoft is apparently rolling out monthly previews of Vista in an effort to get more feedback ahead of next years launch. More customer feedback = good.

Microsoft gave some customers preview versions of Vista in September and October and expects to offer another version with more improvements in December. Early next year, testers will try out a version that integrates all the features expected to be in the final version of Vista.