By Lisa Johnston
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Mahwah, N.J. — Longtime industry veteran Jodi Sally has joined Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) as the company’s new home entertainment products marketing director.
Sally was most recently marketing VP at Coby, and previously held senior marketing roles at Toshiba and Panasonic.
At Sharp Sally will oversee the product-based marketing of Sharp’s consumer home entertainment portfolio. She will report to Jim Sanduski, SEMCA strategic product marketing VP.
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.
Mahwah, N.J. — Its 70-inch Ultra High-Definition TV isn’t even on the street yet and already Sharp Electronics has cut its original asking price, the company revealed to TWICE Tuesday.
A Sharp spokesperson told TWICE that the 70-inch Sharp Aquos LC-70UD1U has had its manufacturer’s suggested retail price lowered $500 from $7,999 to $7,499, and its new unilateral pricing policy (UPP) retail tag is now set at $5,999, reflecting a $2,000 drop from the UPP originally announced at launch.
Bentonville, Ark. -- Walmart announced today a major rollback on retail prices for popular CE devices.
The new prices, effective immediately, include:
* A 16GB Apple iPhone 5 in white or black goes from $129 to $98 with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint;
* Samsung's Galaxy S4 is now $138 with a two-year contract with Verizon and AT&T. Verizon S4 phones were originally priced at $148 and AT&T phones were originally priced at $168;
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – The Ultra HDTV price slashing continued this week, after retailers revealed to TWICE that LG Electronics has responded to Sony’s and Samsung’s recent price moves by cutting the prices on its recently introduced 55- and 65-inch 4K LCD TV models.
An LG spokesman confirmed that the unilateral pricing policy (UPP) adjustments will take effect September 1, and will reduce the price tickets of the 55-inch 55LA9700 by $1,000 from $5,999 to $4,999, and the 65-inch 65LA9700 by $1,500 from $7,999 to $6,499.
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.
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.