By Lisa Johnston
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New York — John Homlish, formerly Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) home electronics sales VP, has joined Haier America in the newly created position of TV group sales and marketing senior VP, said sources connected to the companies.
Homlish will begin his new assignment with Haier April 29.
In the position, Homlish will assume many of the duties that were handled by Doug Lane, who left Haier four months ago to join RadioShack.
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.
Fremont, Calif. — The super-widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio for HD displays hasn’t disappeared yet, but it is being repositioned as a monitor play.
AOC said Monday that it is now offering its Q2963PM ($499 suggested retail) 29-inch 21:9 super-widescreen HD monitor with IPS LED technology and multiple connectivity solutions, including DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI, “to provide a cinematic display experience.”
The Q2963PM includes 3-watt stereo speakers and WFHD 2,560 by 1,080 resolution.
Diamond Bar, Calif. — A mass market for 4K Ultra High-Definition TV may have arrived a bit earlier than many had expected Monday, as value CE manufacturer Seiki Digital unveiled a 50-inch 4K Ultra HD LED-edge-lit LCD TV at an eyebrow-raising suggested retail of $1,500.
Seiki’s 50-inch set is one of the smallest announced to date offering native 4K by 2K (3,840 by 2,160) resolution, which is four times that of FullHD 1080p.
Green Bay, Wisc. — Weather-secure TV resource Séura this week launched its Premier S1 Series of vanishing mirror TVs.
The Séura Premiere S1 series offers a new design that is said to eliminate the gap between the mirror and monitor, allowing for improved picture quality and minimized internal reflections.
The S1 models also said to have improved durability and relocated the inputs and outputs.
Suwanee, Ga. — Walmart stores across the country have started selling Hisense USA’s 40-inch and 46-inch K360M-series Roku-ready LCD HDTVs and 50-inch and 55-inch K610 smart TVs, the TV maker said this week.
The K610 models — 55-inch ($798) and 50-inch ($648) — offer a super-slim (13mm) bezel, built-in, FullHD 1080p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and a Hisense smart-TV interface, providing access to streaming apps from Vudu, Netflix, YouTube and Pandora, the company said.
New York — Panasonic held its traditional spring open house for the press this week where it offered a closer look at the anticipated new top-of-the-line ZT60-series FullHD 1080p plasma models, and formally revealed pricing for a majority of the LCD and plasma sets in the 2013 lineup.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG Electronics said Wednesday it is adding the PayPal e-commerce transaction service to its Smart TV platform.
The service is available now on 2013 LG smart TVs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and will soon be included in LG smart TVs in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia, with other markets to follow.
Las Vegas — A finding released Wednesday of a new study of Adobe product users identified a 12-fold increase in the use of encrypted video (or TV Everywhere) consumption in 2012.
The findings were released during the NAB Show, here, and reflected aggregated data from Adobe’s Digital Index.
The study looked at video in a number of different ways including social media, mobile use, advertising and general video-consumption patterns.
El Segundo, Calif. — U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year, according to IHS iSuppli.
Shipments into the U.S. market will reach a projected 36.6 million units, compared with 37.6 million last year, according to the research firm's “U.S. Television Market Tracker Report.”
Santa Clara, Calif. — Despite the increasing numbers of smart TVs available, most people around the world use a gaming console to connect their television to the Internet.
According to NPD DisplaySearch, 19 percent of flat-panel-TV households use a Sony PlayStation, Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii as the primary web connection. The next most popular method, at 17.3 percent, is a media center box from companies like Roku and Apple TV.