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New York – Pricing on new high-ticket Ultra High-Definition TVs have started plummeting faster than the consumer confidence index, with word from retailers that Samsung followed Sony’s lead in making price reductions on recently introduced Ultra HD LCD TVs.
Similarly, LG released a statement from Korea that it was planning to soon introduce new less-featured 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD TVs that potentially could also impact current price thresholds, but the company was not commenting on whether or not those plans included U.S. distribution.
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Electronics America formally introduced Tuesday its first 55-inch curved OLED FullHD TV in the United States.
Samsung model KN55S9C carries a $9,000 suggested retail and is said to be the first TV to feature MultiView capabilities, which allows two viewers to watch two different programs in FullHD, stereo sound, and even FullHD 3D, on the same screen at the same time.
The feature is enabled by Samsung’s 3D Active glasses, which come with built-in personal stereo speakers.
Sunnyvale, Calif. — Silicon Image revealed Monday that MHL/HDMI dual-mode connectivity technology is broadly supported across Sony’s latest Bravia LCD TV lineup.
The technology, which was developed and promoted by Silicon Image in conjunction with members of the MHL Consortium, enables TVs and monitors to receive up to 60 frames per second of uncompressed 1080p video with up to eight channels of digital audio from mobile devices, while simultaneously charging the device.
Long Island City, N.Y. - Aereo, the antenna/DVR technology provider to record and watch live broadcast TV, announced plans to add service in Miami, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth by September.
The Miami-metro area will be added by September 2, Greater Houston on September 16 and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by September 23.
This is in addition to previously announced expansion plans for Utah August 19 and Chicago on September 13.
Residents of the greater Miami, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas will receive priority access to sign up, Aereo said.
Irvine, Calif. – BenQ America has begun shipping the W1500 wireless full-HD (FHD) home entertainment projector supporting the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI).
Designed to provide complete source connectivity without the need for cabling, the W1500 enables “simple installation, easy operation, 3D support, and full mobile device integration,” the company said.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released a new report, “Ultra High-Definition: State of the Industry,” which provides a snapshot of the emerging Ultra High-Definition market, with overviews of key industry segments including content development, production and delivery, as well as overall product status.
Ultra HD is the next generation of display technology for the home, with more than 8 million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s HDTVs.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio’s Internet Apps Plus platform for its M-series Razor LED smart-TV collection now supports HTML 5 apps, and three apps have been added.
The three apps are:
· M-Go, a new pay-as-you-go digital entertainment service that enables consumers to browse, rent and buy movies and TV shows, “paying only for what they want without needing to commit to subscription fees,” Vizio said;
· ESPN ScoreCenter, which gives fans real-time game scores and information from all major leagues and sports; and
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – LG proved the naysayers wrong Friday by announcing the deliveries of the first 55-inch curved OLED FullHD TVs to Magnolia customers.
LG officially launched the first 55-inch curved OLED TV through Best Buy’s flagship Magnolia Designer Center showroom last week. But some doubters had said production issues would the manufacturer from delivering the sets to customers for weeks or even months.
Washington — LG Electronics said its newly introduced curved OLED FullHD TV has received Energy Star certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The 55-inch curved OLED TV (model 55EA9800) joins the list of more than 125 LG-brand Energy Star-certified TVs on the market in 2013.
Among its energy-saving feature is LG's Intelligent Sensor, which automatically adjusts the display brightness according to the viewing environment.
Diamond Bar, Calif. — Seiki Digital Thursday kicked off a five-month Facebook sweepstakes promotion that will give away a TV per month.
The “Seiki TV for Every Room” sweepstakes enables current and new fans to enter the promotion by visiting the Seiki Facebook page, clicking on the Sweepstakes tab and “liking” the page to complete the entry form.
Seiki will draw one random winner each starting this month and endingin December. Prizes include the following Seiki TV models: