San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Santa Clara, Calif. — Worldwide flat panel display (FPD) revenues will climb 8 percent to $120 billion in 2012, up from $111 billion in 2011, according to a new study from NPD DisplaySearch.
The market research group’s Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report said TFT LCD displays account for the majority of the revenue at $107.7 billion in 2012, up from $99.4 billion in 2011.
UPDATED! Suwanee, Georgia — Hisense USA revealed a mid-season football-themed price break on its line of K316 3D FullHD LCD SmartTV models.
The Hisense sets, which feature built-in Wi-Fi reception and SmartTV capabilities, are available in 42-, 46- and 50-inch screen sizes, and are being sold exclusively at hhgregg stores and on its website at the following prices:
Long Beach, Calif. – Epson revealed Monday new lower prices for K-12 education-focused projector replacement lamps.
The replacement lamps that are compatible with two dozen Epson projector models are now available for $99 or less for the company’s “Brighter Futures” customers, the company said.
Epson is hoping to use the program to ameliorate a perceived high cost for projector maintenance that has come out of recent education sector surveys.
New York – 3M and Roku formally launched at a press event here Friday a family-targeted DLP Pico-class projector that will come bundled with a Roku streaming stick to access a range of online entertainment services.
Irvine, Calif. — BenQ America said it will ship this month three DLP-based SmartEco projectors for small- to medium-sized spaces.
SmartEco models MS517 ($450 suggested retail), MX518 ($550) and MW519 ($650) all feature increased brightness to 2,800 ANSI lumens, an improved contrast ratio of 13,000:1, longer lamp life of up to 6,500 hours, and SVGA (MS517), XGA (MX518) and WXGA (MW519) resolutions.
New York – Panasonic said Wednesday that it is teaming with global 3D media platform 3doo to add a 3doo app to Viera 3D TVs in the United States and Canada.
Users of 3D-ready Panasonic Viera Smart TVs will be able to install the 3doo streaming application on their sets. The app will be added to a network of entertainment apps including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu.
The 3doo service originally launched March 27 on Panasonic's European line of Viera 3D televisions.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio revealed Monday that it is rolling out its 2012/2013 M-series and E-series lineup of big-screen LED edge-lit FullHD 1080p LCD TVs, ranging in size from 55 to 70 inches.
The company is now offering online and through retail partners three M-series models, including a 55-inch 2D model for a $949 suggested retail, and two 65-inch models at $1,699 for 3D capability and $1,499 for 2D 1080p only.
Mountain View, Calif. – Second-screen app developer Peel said Monday that owners of Samsung Galaxy devices preloaded with the Peel Smart Remote TV app can provide real-time user generated feedback during the 2012 presidential debates.
Starting on Oct. 3, viewers using the Peel Smart Remote app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 2 7.0, Tab 2 10.1 or Note 10.1 with built-in IR blaster will able to use the app to switch the TV channel to any of the available stations showing the debate.
Detroit – Favi Entertainment came up with a way to turn a dumb TV into a smart TV.
The supplier of projection screens and DLP projectors developed an Android-based Wi-Fi-equipped HDMI adapter that can be plugged into HDTVs to-stream movies via Netflix, HULU or EPIX, stream music via Pandora or Spotify, stream You Tube video, and access social media sites such as Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.