By Lisa Johnston
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Sony plans to grow sales of the pending Blu-ray Disc (BD) format behind a steady stream of new release titles, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president Ben Feingold told members of the press, here.
Speaking to an audience that had just seen Sony's home electronics division unveil Blu-ray Disc player pre-launch promotional plans, Feingold said Sony Pictures is witnessing “an explosion of demand for content at the same time that DVD sales numbers are in decline.”
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.
Sony said its much-anticipated BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc (BD) player is now shipping to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide.
The high-definition optical disc player, which hit a couple of delays on its road to market, is now available at a $999 suggested retail price. It is the company's first dedicated BD playback device and also capable of playing standard DVDs.
Vizio used a recent press briefing here to reveal plans to expand its offerings in LCD TVs using LED technology.
First, John Schindler, Vizio's new product development VP, said the company's previously announced 55-inch 1080p/240Hz full-area LED backlit TV, model VF551XVT ($2,200 suggested retail), will ship to retail this September.
More evidence that the end was at hand for Toshiba's HD DVD format came from a recent J.D. Power and Associates mystery-shopper study that found retail salespeople across the country were strongly recommending Blu-ray Disc players to their customers.
Chris Denove, VP with J.D. Power and Associates, said that less than one in 10 retail salespeople recommended HD DVD to survey takers posing as shoppers for the syndicated, independent field study.
DENVER — Sony brings Blu-ray Disc to CEDIA Expo in a big way, unveiling two new players and its first 200-disc Blu-ray Disc home server with 25GB Blu-ray Disc burning capability.
The company also is presenting new Bravia 1080p SXRD video projectors, including the VPL-200, which packages the advanced features of the former Qualia 004 model with a sleeker form factors.
As the economic storm clouds grow darker, consumer electronics manufacturers are looking at a handful of growth categories — including Blu-ray Disc players — to hedge the industry's bets, but one major retailer told TWICE that he fears the category is still not the slam-dunk some perceive it to be.
Steven Spielberg's classic UFO adventure "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," will be released in a special 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition in both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats Nov. 13, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said last month.