By Lisa Johnston
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CES 2014 Las Vegas - Panasonic kicked off its new LCD-centric TV phase by showing an expanded lineup of step-up models, including additional Ultra HD TVs and an advanced “Beyond Smart TV” system worthy of a new Life+Screen sub-brand designation during International CES.
The new offerings fill in for the recent departure of plasma displays as the brand’s bread-and-butter TV technology.
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.
Toronto, Canada – Morega Systems said Friday that it has successfully developed “the industry’s first Ultra HD 4K media mobility solution,” enabling the viewing of Ultra HD content on any screen.
Morega working with long-term partner ViXS Systems will be first to market with an Ultra HD 4K 10-bit High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution, the companies said.
Tokyo – Panasonic and Sony continue to winnow down their spending in the consumer electronics space, this time announcing that the two companies have elected to end a joint venture on OLED TV panel production.
A terse announcement, carried by the Wall Street Journal Monday, cited “technical challenges in improving panel durability and lowering production costs.”
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics (LG) said it will offer next year a curved 105-inch Ultra HD LCD TV with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
The new super widescreen set, model 105UB9, was pre-announced by the parent company ahead of its planned unveiling at International CES in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10.
LG is calling the set -- “officially the largest curved TV ever made.”
Thousand Oaks, Calif. – SunBriteTV said it is now running a “Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate” promotion, offering $300 and $400 off select models of outdoor FullHD LCD TVs from the company’s Signature Series.
The promotion, which runs through the balance of the year, is providing direct mail-in rebates of $300 on the purchase of a model 4660HD, and $400 on the purchase of a model 5565HD and 6560HD SunBriteTV Signature outdoor TV.
Englewood, Cliff, – A nationwide survey of holiday shoppers conducted for LG Electronics discovered that 52 percent would rather receive an 84-inch Ultra HD Smart TV, than a watch, or jewelry worth $16,000 as a Christmas gift this year.
And before you think the survey must have been taken at a well-heeled men’s club, the tally dropped only marginally to 42 percent among the women.
In addition, 44 percent of consumers surveyed said they would rather receive a 55-inch smart TV valued at $2,300 than a trip to Europe.
Suwanee, Ga. — Alex Rivera, formerly Panasonic display group sales manager, has been named consumer electronics sales director for Hisense USA, the company said Monday.
Rivera — who has a long history in the CE industry, holding various sales management positions at Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony — will be responsible for the development of strategic sales plans and retail expansion for Hisense.
He will report to Peter Erdman, Hisense USA consumer electronics sales VP.
New York – Jay Vandenbree, senior VP of the LG Electronics USA’s home entertainment division, unveiled for the first time in the U.S. market a 77-inch Ultra High-Definition OLED curved-screen TV during his keynote address at today’s TWICE/CEA Ultra HD Conference, here.
The official debut for the U.S. market will take place during International CES in January.
In his remarks, Vandenbree called Ultra HD TV “a game changer for our industry,” saying, “This is the future.”
New York — Consumers are ready to purchase Ultra High-Definition TVs, but manufacturers will need to ensure specs are kept simple and easy to understand in order to take full advantage of the upcoming refreshment cycle.
A panel of TV makers and experts convened today at the TWICE/CEA Ultra HD Conference, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion as part of CES Unveiled New York, where they discussed the challenges of making specs relatable to consumers and debated whether Ultra HD is an evolution or a revolution of TV technology.