By Lisa Johnston
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Irvine, Calif. — Vizio said it has started rolling out its 2013 M-series Razor LED smart TVs, featuring ultra-thin bezel designs.
The new M series shipping to Vizio retail partners across the country now including the following models and screen sizes: the 32-inch M321li32 ($400 suggested retail), the 40-inch M401i ($530), the 47-inch M471i ($730), the 50-inch M501d ($800), the 55-inch M551d ($1,200), the 60-inch M601d ($1,600), the 65-inch M651d ($2,000), the 70-inch M701d ($2,500) and the 80-inch M801d ($4,000).
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Fremont, Calif. — Optoma introduced two portable DLP projectors on Friday that incorporate 3D capability and advanced image processing capabilities.
Both the WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution W304M and the XGA (1024 by 768) resolution X304M offer high brightness output — the W304M outputs 3100 lumens and X304M outputs 3000 lumens.
Both projectors are also positioned at an affordable $849 suggested retail.
Rockville, Md. — Hillcrest Labs and TCL Multimedia have entered a multiyear agreement to extend the use of Hillcrest’s Freespace in-air pointing and motion-control software in TCL’s Internet-connected smart TVs, the companies said Thursday.
Hillcrest’s Freespace enables small in-air movements of remote controls to move a cursor around the TV screen. This allows users to navigate their TV user interface with point-and-click controls, just like they do on computers, smartphones and tablets.
Vancouver, British Columbia — Video display market analyst IHS said TV panel makers attending this week’s Society for Information Display (SID) 2013 Display Week are betting on a high rate of growth for UHD LCD TVs during the next four years.
These companies expect to ship nearly 943,000 UHD LCD panels this year, up from less than 33,000 units in 2012, according to the IHS’s Display Materials & Systems Service.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic officially announced suggested retails for its Viera ZT60 FullHD 1080p plasma TV series with advanced smart-TV capability.
Panasonic said the Viera ZT60-series plasma models, which include 65- and 60-inch screen sizes, will be available through approximately 400 Magnolia locations inside Best Buy stores beginning on May 20 through July 31.
The ZT60 models include the 65-inch TC-P65ZT60 ($4,100) and the 60-inch TC-P60ZT60 ($3,500).
San Diego — Sony said Monday it recently launched an integrated marketing campaign behind the release of its two 4K Ultra High-Definition XBR LED LCD TVs.
The campaign features Garth Davis, who most recently co-directed Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed miniseries “Top of the Lake.”
Sony said Davis became inspired to make a 4K feature after the picture quality of a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV at the Sundance Film Festival.
Minneapolis – Sony Electronics’ three-step line of 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs are rolling out to Best Buy stores this week.
Nearly 750 locations will carry the XBR-X900 series, which includes Sony’s 84-inch flagship and recently-released 65- and 55-inch displays.
The LED TVs are Best Buy’s first Ultra High-Definition models.
The 4K sets will formally go on sale this Sunday, and BestBuy.com is already taking pre-orders for the 55- and 65-inch models, a Best Buy spokesperson told TWICE.
Denver -- HydraConnect this week announced improvements to its HSS line of HDMI matrix processors.
The company has added three new system drivers, for Savant, Bitwise Controls and Elan g! automation systems, and has extended the replacement warranty on its processors to five years.
The HSS line already supports Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule systems.
Current owners of HSS-2 and HSS-3 processors will have their existing warranties retroactively reset to the original date of purchase.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Video & Audio Center is continuing to push Ultra HDTV (a.k.a. 4K) events, this time with Sony Electronics.
Sony will demonstrate its TVs and its Xperia Tablet Z, at an event, here, Thursday, May 23, that will also highlight the retailer’s own local job fair and an announcement on new store openings.
Currently Video & Audio Center has three locations.
The event will be held at the store on 1426 Wilshire Blvd. on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The TVs and tablet will go on sale at 5:30 pm.
Alviso, Calif. – TiVo said that it is adding a new feeds feature to its iPad app in an update set to begin Thursday.
With the refresh, users will see a new element of the TiVo app dubbed “What to Watch Now,” offering six content feeds categorized by genre.
The feeds will deliver tailored recommendations based on users’ preferences and geographic locations, and are arranged in several categories, including Popular on TV, Sports on Now, Movies on TV, Kids, My Shows and Favorite Channels.