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Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp plans early 2014 shipments of the first Blu-ray player certified by the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association to transmit multichannel audio wirelessly to active WiSA-certified home-theater speakers.
The universal player will be on display at International CES and will ship early in 204. It was named a CES Innovation 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
New York – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) announced today a new collaboration to help develop and promote Ultra HD televisions and compatible products as well as 4K content for the home entertainment industries.
The announcement came during the TWICE/CEA Ultra HD Conference today at CES Unveiled New York.
London – The demand from emerging markets will spur solid growth in the major appliance sector worldwide, stated a report by IHS.
The research firm is forecasting a 4.5 percent increase in worldwide shipments this year, up from the incremental increase that took place last year. The company specifically cited demand from emerging markets, which are experiencing economic gains.
New York – Jay Vandenbree, senior VP of the LG Electronics USA’s home entertainment division, unveiled for the first time in the U.S. market a 77-inch Ultra High-Definition OLED curved-screen TV during his keynote address at today’s TWICE/CEA Ultra HD Conference, here.
The official debut for the U.S. market will take place during International CES in January.
In his remarks, Vandenbree called Ultra HD TV “a game changer for our industry,” saying, “This is the future.”
Wayne, N.J. – Just in the time for the holiday shopping season, Toys “R” Us has updated and redesigned its online store.
The company described the new site as having bigger and brighter images, simpler site navigation and a clean design. The chain has also integrated its Babiesrus.com site with the addition tabs on the top left of the homepage.
Wakefield, Mass. – The NFC Forum and The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have inked a formal agreement to collaborate on near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth applications.
A memorandum of understanding formalizes the collaboration of the two industry trade groups on the jointly published application document "Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing Using NFC." Under the new agreement, the two organizations will work together to update and maintain the document to accommodate Bluetooth Smart products using the low-energy feature of the Bluetooth spec.
New York—Meridian plans early-December shipments of its latest surround controller, the $7,000 G65.
The components will also be available with the company’s HD621 HDMI processor/switcher at a combined price of $10,000.
The surround processor, which replaces two models, joins the flagship 861v8 controller, whose price starts at $25,000. The G65 and 861 represent the company’s surround-controller lineup.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries has appointed Niraj Trivedi as Texas district sales manager of car audio.
Trivedi will be responsible for generating repeat business with Petra’s current customer base, increasing sales of Pioneer mobile A/V products, and promoting Petra as the car audio distributor of choice for the region, the distributor said. He has 13 years of car A/V sales expertise and extensive knowledge of sales and marketing strategies to grow its mobile A/V sales within the state of Texas, it added.
Los Angeles — Beats Electronics added a wireless version of its recently updated Studio headphones, updated its Pill wireless speaker, and introduced an enlarged version of the Pill, known as the Pill XL.
It also debuted several accessories for the Pill, a first for the company.
San Francisco – Tabletop-audio supplier Pure Audio expanded its selection of iPod-docking AirPlay-equipped speakers and enhancing the capabilities of its Jongo wireless multiroom-audio system.
The company is also rolling out active POP displays to demonstrate the sound quality and capabilities of its Jongo wireless-audio system.