By Lisa Johnston
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New York — TV stations in 12 markets launched a 12-week campaign to promote the first Dyle mobile TV accessory that turns Apple and Android mobile devices into Dyle-compatible mobile DTV screens.
In the past, Dyle TV stations have promoted Dyle TV on an individual basis, a spokesperson said, “but this is the first time that stations in a market have come together around mobile TV.” The promotion also marks the first time that Dyle stations are promoting a specific product, the spokesperson added.
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Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics reported higher revenues but lower net profit in its third quartered, ended Sept. 30.
Third-quarter consolidated revenues were 13.89 trillion Korean won (KRW) or $12.5 billion, compared with the prior year’s third quarter of 13.28 trillion KRW.
Net profits were 109 billion KRW compared with the prior year’s 165 billion KRW.
However, LG saw a 27 percent increase in third-quarter operating profit to 217.8 billion KRW ($196.34 million) compared with the same period last year.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio launched on Tuesday a “TDs for TVs” promotional campaign using Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson as the spokesman for a charity effort supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Vizio said its “TDs for TVs” effort provides fans the opportunity to get involved with Johnson’s on-the-field play to support the charitable organization.
Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba said Thursday that its first three Ultra High-Definition TVs are now available at select retailers across the country and will soon receive a firmware update to support the new HDMI 2.0 standard.
The TVs in the 58-inch ($3,999 suggested retail), 65-inch ($5,499) and 84-inch ($16,999) screen sizes are part of the company’s L9300U series, and as a limited-time launch promotion, the company said it will bundle with each set purchase its BDX6400 Ultra HD up-scaling Symbio Blu-ray player and SBX5065 300-watt sound strip for on additional cost.
El Segundo, Calif. — In a sign that the global flat-panel TV market likely will not see growth in 2013, a new study from IHS said shipments of flat-panel televisions fell for the second month in row in July on a worldwide basis compared with the same period year ago.
The combined global shipments in July of LCD and plasma TVs amounted to 14.88 million units, down 6.3 percent from July 2012, according to the “Monthly Worldwide FPD TV Shipment Data Report” from the TV Systems Intelligence Service at IHS.
New York — LG Electronics took its latest cutting-edge television offerings to the Luxury Review at the Metropolitan Pavilion, here, Thursday to give well-heeled aficionados of life’s finer things a taste of its Ultra High-Definition TVs and its flagship curved-screen OLED TV.
LG presented Ultra HD models from its 9700 series, 9650 series and 84-inch 9600 series ($16,999).
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp said it has joined forces with THX and Red on a “resolution revolution” promotion highlighted by an “Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition.”
Sharp, THX and Red have started inviting independent filmmakers to create a short (four minutes or less) film that captures “the art of an amazing 4K entertainment experience through: energy, light, and scale.”
Seiki model SE65UY04, which will hit retail shelves in December at a $2,999 suggested retail, is Seiki’s largest Ultra HD edge-lit LED LCD TV to date. The company also offers a 50-inch model at a current $1,199 street price and a 39-inch Ultra HD monitor for $699.
The 65-inch iteration features a 3,840 by 2,160 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.
The set includes an HDMI 1.4 port that will accept 1080p signals and 4K signals at up to a 30p frame rate.
Newark, N.J. — Panasonic declared its intentions to defend its share of the U.S. market from a host of new Ultra High-Definition TV players by giving the press an up-close look at its just-launched 65-inch L65WT600 Ultra HD edge-lit LED LCD TV.
The set, which is available now at a $5,999 suggested retail, packs a host of cutting-edge features, including HDMI 2.0 (supporting 4K/60p resolution) and Display Port 1.2a input jacks, and an advanced up-conversion system that the company believes will set it apart from the competition.
Tokyo — Toshiba said here Monday that it will cut half of the 6,000 workers in its global TV operations, close two of three overseas factories, and up its reliance on outsourcing by the end of the fiscal year.
Toshiba said the cuts are necessary to help it reach a $101 million cost savings target and help return its TV division to profitability this year.
Meanwhile, Toshiba will increase outsourced production to 70 percent from 40 percent.