By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
Aurora, Ill. — Peerless-AV said Wednesday it has acquired outdoor-TV manufacturer Ciil Technologies, which markets the UltraView and Xtreme brand weatherproof displays.
The transaction closed on Feb. 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Green Bay, Wisc. – Séura Thursday launched a spring discount promotion across its Storm line of outdoor TVs.
The promotion, which ends April 30, is offering discounts of $600 to $1,000 off manufacturer’s suggested retail prices on the company’s Storm line of weatherproof TVs.
Séura Storm models are offered in 42-, 47-, and 55-inch screen sizes, in a choice of matte black or premium white finishes.
Newport Beach, Calif. — U.S. shipments of LED LCD TVs increased 29 percent quarter to quarter in the fourth quarter of 2012, while rising 2 percent to 32 million units for full-year 2012, according to the “LCD Market Review” issued by Quixel Research Wednesday.
The study also found that big-screen TV unit shipments and factory revenue increased dramatically in the fourth quarter from the same period in 2011, as 50-inch and larger sets saw double-digit unit share advances, growing from 11 percent to 24 percent from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012.
New York — CBS and Amazon.com have expanded a content-licensing agreement to bring classic series and TV shows from CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, the companies said Wednesday.
Amazon Prime members will be able to instantly stream the content at no additional cost to the annual membership fee.
Paris – Subscription music service Deezer, based here, said Tuesday it is teaming up with TV manufacturers LG, Toshiba and, in Europe, Samsung to bring Deezer’s services to connected smart TVs.
Deezer provides unlimited access to more than 20 million song tracks to subscribers who own Deezer-enabled mobile connected devices, and now smart TVs.
The service is available in more than 180 countries. The company claimed to have added 43 million smart TVs in the last year, and it is predicting that to reach 95 million by 2016.
City of Industry, Calif – Sceptre introduced Wednesday its first LED LCD TV featuring Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, capable of connecting with smartphones, tablets and aftermarket streaming devices like Roku’s SmartStick.
Sceptre’s FullHD 1080p ultra-slim 32-inch back-lit LED LCD will be part of a series of HDTVs designed to easily connect with smart devices and carrying universal remote controls that can operate connected devices.
New York – ‘Tis the season to sell big-screen TVs.
Super Bowl week is upon us and both the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and The NPD Group are ready to celebrate by pointing out the big-screen and second-screen sales opportunities that await.
According to the CEA’s new "Sports and Technology Study V" report, nearly a quarter of HDTV owners in the U.S. (22 percent) purchased their televisions for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl.
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp Electronics revealed Monday that it was found to be the top market share leader for 60-inch and larger LED LCD TVs in the United States in 2012, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service.
The feat was achieved by Sharp’s larger selection of large-screen choices, picture quality performance and brand strength, Sharp said. The TV manufacturer added that it more than doubled its market share between 2010 and 2012 (based on revenue share).