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Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG Electronics USA, Learfield Sports and Best Buy have joined forces on a new promotion aimed at connecting with millions of collegiate hoops fans and campus communities leading up to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
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.
Bath, England — LG Electronics’ U.K. sales division said Thursday that its long-anticipated 55-inch OLED HDTV is available for pre-orders at 9,999 pounds ($13,100) now, with deliveries slated for July.
LG said in January the 1080p 55-inch OLED model will go on sale in the United States later this month at a $12,000 suggested retail, but no official promotional retail launch plans have been announced. The set is already on sale in South Korea.
El Segundo, Calif. — American consumers are placing more importance on such technology features as Internet connectivity and 3D when buying a new TV, IHS found in a consumer survey.
A total of 30.7 percent of consumers planning to buy a TV in the 12 months following the survey said one of the key factors driving their purchase intent is to get an Internet-connected TV. That’s up from 18.1 percent of TV purchasers who cited a desire for an Internet-connected TV when they bought a TV in the 12 months before the survey.
Mahwah, N.J. — Sharp Electronics said Tuesday it was named a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.
Sharp is being recognized for its “exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency” through its more than 154 Energy Star-qualified models across seven product lines in 2012.
Sharp was also commended for having the biggest share of large-screen televisions recognized as “Energy Star’s Most Efficient 2012.”
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday it has recognized Samsung Electronics with its highest award: the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence.
In a statement announcing the feat Tuesday, Bob Perciasepe, EPA acting administrator, said Samsung Electronics
“leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment.”
Los Angeles — DDD Group, developer of 3D technologies, said Wednesday that its Yabazam dedicated 3D video-on-demand (VOD) subscription movie service has been added to Samsung 3D smart TVs in the United States.
The Yabazam service costs $9.99 per month and allows unlimited viewing of the original 3D programming available from Yabazam.
Hollywood, Calif. – VEFXi said Tuesday it has joined the International 3D Society (I3DS).
Craig Peterson, VEFXi founder and CEO, has joined the the I3DS Board of Governors alongside Grant Anderson of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ron Geller of Dolby Laboratories, Bob Whitehill of Pixar and others.
Barcelona, Spain — LG Electronics said Monday it plans to demonstrate its Wireless Ultra High-Definition Transmission technology here this week for the first time at the Mobile World Congress.
The company said the next-generation mobile feature will enable viewing games and other smartphone content on Ultra HD TVs in real time, via wireless data transfer.
El Segundo, Calif. — Smart-TV functionality was found in more than one in four television sets shipped worldwide in 2012, according to a new study issued by IHS iSuppli.
The IHS Screen Digest TV Technology Service found that current set shipment forecasts are on course to see that number rise to more than half of all TVs in the market by 2015.
Worldwide shipments of smart TVs amounted to 66 million units in 2012, up 27 percent from 52 million in 2011, according IHS said.
This gave smart TVs a 27 percent share of the total television market for the year.
San Francisco, Calif. – Streaming-anime TV service provider Crunchyroll launched Thursday a branded app on the Panasonic Viera Connect TVs, bringing is Japanese content to viewers around the world.
The app will be available on the smart Viera TV platform everywhere except Japan, offering a library of more than 20,000 episodes.