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Englewood, Cliff, – A nationwide survey of holiday shoppers conducted for LG Electronics discovered that 52 percent would rather receive an 84-inch Ultra HD Smart TV, than a watch, or jewelry worth $16,000 as a Christmas gift this year.
And before you think the survey must have been taken at a well-heeled men’s club, the tally dropped only marginally to 42 percent among the women.
In addition, 44 percent of consumers surveyed said they would rather receive a 55-inch smart TV valued at $2,300 than a trip to Europe.
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.
Suwanee, Ga. — Alex Rivera, formerly Panasonic display group sales manager, has been named consumer electronics sales director for Hisense USA, the company said Monday.
Rivera — who has a long history in the CE industry, holding various sales management positions at Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony — will be responsible for the development of strategic sales plans and retail expansion for Hisense.
He will report to Peter Erdman, Hisense USA consumer electronics sales VP.
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.”
New York — Consumers are ready to purchase Ultra High-Definition TVs, but manufacturers will need to ensure specs are kept simple and easy to understand in order to take full advantage of the upcoming refreshment cycle.
A panel of TV makers and experts convened today at the TWICE/CEA Ultra HD Conference, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion as part of CES Unveiled New York, where they discussed the challenges of making specs relatable to consumers and debated whether Ultra HD is an evolution or a revolution of TV technology.
New York – In less than one year Ultra HD TV has gone from just being a highly anticipated and discussed technology to a viable and much desired product.
Diamond Bar, Calif. — Seiki Digital, a unit of Tongfang Global, introduced Monday a new 55-inch model to its assortment of Ultra High-Definition TV LCD TVs, which will be sold exclusively through Sears stores.
Seiki Digital said model SE55UY04 will be sold exclusively through Sears online and more than 500 brick-and-mortar U.S. retail stores at a $1,499 suggested retail.
It joins the current 39- and 50-inch models in a series of LCD monitors and TVs with a 3,840 by 2,160 native panel resolution.
New York — TV stations in 12 markets launched a 12-week campaign to promote the first Dyle mobile TV accessory that turns Apple and Android mobile devices into Dyle-compatible mobile DTV screens.
In the past, Dyle TV stations have promoted Dyle TV on an individual basis, a spokesperson said, “but this is the first time that stations in a market have come together around mobile TV.” The promotion also marks the first time that Dyle stations are promoting a specific product, the spokesperson added.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics reported higher revenues but lower net profit in its third quartered, ended Sept. 30.
Third-quarter consolidated revenues were 13.89 trillion Korean won (KRW) or $12.5 billion, compared with the prior year’s third quarter of 13.28 trillion KRW.
Net profits were 109 billion KRW compared with the prior year’s 165 billion KRW.
However, LG saw a 27 percent increase in third-quarter operating profit to 217.8 billion KRW ($196.34 million) compared with the same period last year.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio launched on Tuesday a “TDs for TVs” promotional campaign using Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson as the spokesman for a charity effort supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Vizio said its “TDs for TVs” effort provides fans the opportunity to get involved with Johnson’s on-the-field play to support the charitable organization.
Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba said Thursday that its first three Ultra High-Definition TVs are now available at select retailers across the country and will soon receive a firmware update to support the new HDMI 2.0 standard.
The TVs in the 58-inch ($3,999 suggested retail), 65-inch ($5,499) and 84-inch ($16,999) screen sizes are part of the company’s L9300U series, and as a limited-time launch promotion, the company said it will bundle with each set purchase its BDX6400 Ultra HD up-scaling Symbio Blu-ray player and SBX5065 300-watt sound strip for on additional cost.