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Suwanee, Ga. — Hisense USA said Friday it is now selling its FullHD LED LCD TV models K360G and K366W through SamsClub.com.
The K366W (currently $388 online) is a 40-inch model with built-in Wi-Fi with the latest Hisense smart-TV user interface and remote control. App partners available on the set include Vudu, Pandora, YouTube and Netflix, among others, “at nearly half the price of competitive models,” the company said.
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New York – LG Electronics gave its standout laser-based ultra-short-throw FullHD video projector a Big Apple sendoff and revealed its $9,000 suggested retail price tag.
The LG Laser TV, which ships in the U.S. in April, needs only 22 inches of separation from the screen to project up to a 100-inch image.
The projector will ship with a special 100-inch screen that helps reduce ambient light washout and includes LG’s smart-TV platform for access to a wide library of content choices.
New York — Samsung used a press showcase here Wednesday to unveil its 2013 TV lineup and to reveal pricing on select models for the first time.
Samsung’s LED LCD TVs and plasma sets begin shipping now through April, with additional model offerings expected later in the year.
Key features within both technology lines this year are improved speech recognition, Trackpad remote control operation, and Samsung’s “S-recommendation” TV program viewing suggestions personalized for each viewer.
New York — As supermodel Kate Upton, quarterback Eli Manning and hip-hop artist Flo Rida looked on, Samsung Electronics America executive VP Joe Stinziano gave a formal send-off to his company’s 2013 TV and A/V model lines in the heart of Wall Street on Wednesday.
San Francisco — Second-screen smart-TV app developer Flingo said Tuesday that Chinese TV manufacturer Changhong has reached a deal to integrate Flingo’s Samba interactive TV platform into its forthcoming smart TVs.
Samba, which made its debut at the 2013 International CES, instantly identifies live TV shows, recommends related online videos, and aggregates real-time information, including social-media discussions about the TV program currently playing.
San Diego — Sony’s official corporate blog revealed pricing on two series of 2013 Bravia HDTV models that start shipping this week through May.
The new core lineup, which was officially unveiled at 2013 International CES, includes two new LED LCD TV series and a number of new features in select models, including OneTouch screen mirroring that instantly shows content from phones and other nearfield communication (NFC)-enabled devices.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Global shipments of Ultra High-Definition (4K) LCD panels are forecast to grow 40-fold to reach 2.6 million units in 2013, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly Large Area TFT Panel Shipment Report.”
The market analysts said 4K panel shipments totaled only 63,000 units in 2012.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics said 27 of its 2013 products recently received Red Dot design excellence awards from a panel of 37 independent judges.
The awards were presented to top products in a field of 4,662 competing entries from 1,865 manufacturers, designers and architects from 54 countries.
LG said it won the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for its new curved OLED TV. LG also received 24 other Red ot design awards in addition to two honorable mentions.
Chino, Calif. — Genius introduced Wednesday a BellaVision portable pico projector designed for both business and personal entertainment applications.
The Genius BellaVision BV 200 (shipping now at a $270 suggested retail) is billed as a pocket-sized projector with up to 800 by 600 resolution. It measures 5.9 inches by 3 inches by 1.1 inches.
Images are presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio and are watchable on screen sizes of up to 80 inches.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Predicted lower demand for LCD TVs in 2013 has most LCD panel manufacturers scaling down their business strategies for the year, according to the newly released NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly LCD TV Value Chain Report.”
The market research report said panel makers are trying to avoid an oversupply of LCD TV panels, particularly in smaller screen sizes.