By Lisa Johnston
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Scarsdale, N.Y. – In what turned out to be a very close vote, Samsung’s new flagship F8500 series plasma TV was voted the winner of A/V specialty retailer Value Electronics’ 2013 Annual Flat Panel TV Shootout held here last weekend.
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.
Mahwah, N.J. — Sharp Electronics recently notified specialty A/V dealers handling the jointly administered Sharp/Pioneer Elite TV line that it will not be offering any new models under the premium brand this year.
Jim Sanduski, Sharp strategic product marketing VP, told TWICE that the company has been unable to acquire a key component part needed for the advanced TVs, which has forced it to put plans on hold for any new products for the foreseeable future.
He added the company has sold through inventory on models from the prior year.
Tokyo — Sony recorded a net profit, based on reduced TV losses and sales of facilities, and higher sales for its fiscal year, ended March 31.
Net income was $458 million, or 43 billion yen, compared with a net loss the prior year of 456.7 billion yen. Operating income for the year was 230.1 billion yen, or $2.5 billion, compared with an operating loss of 67.3 billion yen in the prior year.
Austin, Texas — Projection screen manufacturer Screen Innovations (SI) launched Tuesday its newest screen technology called Pure Zero Edge.
The projection screen system is said to combine the look of a sleek flat panel with the versatility of a projection screen, and supports resolution levels as high as 8K and beyond, the company said.
Corona, Calif. — TCL and Marvel Entertainment kicked off a joint promotional campaign Thursday linking Marvel’s upcoming “Iron Man 3” movie with TCL’s TVs, highlighted by the 110-inch Ultra High-Definition 3D China Star TV that was previewed at January’s International CES.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG Electronics said Wednesday that it will host a Facebook chat at 9 p.m. EDT April 28 with comedian Joan Rivers from NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” which is to feature an episode with LG smart appliances, smart TVs and smartphones.
LG Twitter followers will also have a chance to win prizes used by contestants on the show.
UPDATED! Pula, Italy — TV manufacturers looking for a some good news on both margins and unit sales for 2014 didn’t get it from Michael Zoeller, Samsung's senior director of sales and marketing TV/A/V Europe, along with market research firms GfK and DisplaySearch at the annual IFA Global Press Event, here.
Essentially, Zoeller advised consumers not to buy a new 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TV.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Display reported Monday its fourth consecutive quarterly net operating profit after seven losing quarters.
LG Display said earnings for its fiscal first quarter, ended in March, were 151 billion won ($135 million). The company showed an improvement from 211 billion won reported in the year-ago period, but was down 74 percent from the previous quarter.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio kicked off this week with its “Win It For Mom” contest, giving sons and daughters the chance to win Vizio products for their mothers this Mother’s Day.
Vizio is inviting interested parties to upload a video or picture showing why they are Mom’s biggest fan and share their personal story of appreciation.
The mom with the winning story will receive a Mother’s Day Vizio Home Theater Gift Package.
Suwanee, Ga. — Hisense USA said Monday it has implemented a new in-home warranty program to address customer concerns before, during or after their decision to buy.
All in-warranty Hisense televisions purchased on or after April 1 are eligible for the program, the company said.
Under the program, Hisense said it will send a factory-trained technician from a Hisense service provider to the customer’s home to repair the television at the customer’s convenience.