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Chula Vista, Calif. – Hitachi America’s digital media division introduced Thursday its fall 2012 line of 3D smart TVs, UltraVision UltraThin LED TVs and LCD HDTVs.
Hitachi is offering smart TV in a number of options, including all-in-one Wi-Fi-ready models and models that are “Roku-ready” to accept the new Roku USB streaming stick.
Hitachi’s UltraVision UltraThin LED series offers FullHD 1080p resolution and either 120Hz or 60Hz refresh rates.
City of Industry, Calif. – Sceptre introduced its 32-inch LCD HDTV model X328BV-FHD offering FullHD resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate and long-term energy savings.
The Sceptre X328BV-FHD ($499 suggested retail) features a slim cosmetic design and offers a 5,000:1 contrast ratio, 3D comb filter, multiple HDMI inputs and a USB port for PC monitor capability.
The X328BV-FHD is Energy Star V5.3 compliant with an estimated energy cost of only $11 a year. In addition, it has a rated lamp life of more than 50,000 hours or more than five years of nonstop use.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG Electronics is doing its part in the Sandy relief effort by offering victims free service for major appliances and TVs damaged in the storm in all affected states.
LG said trained service technicians are available to diagnose and repair LG-brand refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and large-screen TVs.
Affected consumers who would like to take advantage of the free service through Dec. 31 can contact the LG Hotline at (855) 400-4640.
Los Angeles — Fox Broadcasting Company’s legal challenge to Dish Network’s controversial commercial-skipping DVR called the Hopper was rejected by a Federal District Court judge here Wednesday.
Fox had sought a court injunction to block Dish’s AutoHop technology in the Hopper because it felt the feature would interfere with its ability to garner advertising revenue.
But in a statement late Wednesday, Dish said District Judge Dolly Gee rejected Fox's request.
New York – Satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish Network both reported continued tougher times adding new scribers in their respective third quarters, Tuesday.
DirecTV, the nation’s largest satellite TV service, reported adding 67,000 subscribers in its fiscal third quarter, down significantly from the 327,000 subs it added at the same time last year.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio Tuesday unveiled its fall TV and audio line, with a handful of model releases to reinforce the company’s holiday assortment.
New offerings include: LED E-series LCD TVs and four soundbars.
The new Vizio E-series models join the 60-inch Razor LED smart-TV model E601i, and include a flagship 70-inch Razor LED smart-TV model E701i ($2,000 suggested retail) and new 2.0 and 2.1 E-series and M-series soundbars.
Seoul, South Korea – Samsung said here Monday that its U.S. TV sales reached a new monthly record of 1.15 million units in October, topping the 1 million sales milestone set last year at the same time.
Samsung said it hopes to use the accomplishment at achieve its “the 7th consecutive global best seller title.”
Santa Clara, Calif. — Despite production snags that thwarted any pre-Olympics introductions of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs this summer, panel makers are gearing up for commercialization of the first 55-inch OLED TVs before the end of this year, according to a study released by NPD’s DisplaySearch Monday.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Outdoor LCD TV resource SunBriteTV said it is offering free shipping, special discounts and sales leads for the remainder of 2012 on its TVs sold to custom integrators in its Preferred Dealer program.
Dealers who join SunBriteTV’s Preferred Dealer program and agree to a 12-month minimum purchase amount qualify for free shipping on all SunBriteTV orders. At the same time, installers who reach their 12-month minimum purchase amount receive additional discounts.
Tokyo – Sony Thursday reported a narrower second-quarter net loss of $194 million (15.5 billion yen), as the Japanese consumer electronics firm continues to feel the weight of a depressed TV market.
The company, which reported a 27 billion yen loss in the same July through September period last year, stuck by its full-year $1.63 billion (130 billion yen) operating profit forecast, but lowered its sales outlook to 6.6 trillion yen from an estimated 6.8 trillion.