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CE Week New York – Toshiba will roll out a special retail end cap as part of its 4K Ultra High-Definition TV promotional efforts later this summer.
Scott Ramirez, Toshiba’s product marketing and development VP, digital products division, said the end cap will be offered to retailers that have a sales person who can help explain the new technology to customers.
The end cap will feature a Toshiba L9300-series 4K TV plus a new Blu-ray player with 4K up-scaling and the new SBX 5065 soundbar, Ramirez said.
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.
New York — Sharp Electronics used the opening day of the CE Week Line Shows trade event to formally unveil its first Ultra High-Definition (a.k.a. 4K) edge-lit LED LCD TV.
The 70-inch set, which will carry a $7,999 price under Sharp's unilateral pricing policy when it goes on sale in August, is the first in the Sharp line to offer as much as 3,840 by 2,160 resolution.
The set is also one of the first edge-lit LED LCD TVs in the industry to carry THX Ultra HD certification.
New York – Seiki Digital continued its disruptive Ultra HDTV path Monday by announcing it will introduce one of the industry’s smallest 4K Ultra HDTV LED LCD sets, measuring in at just 39 inches, during CE Week Line Shows here, starting Wednesday.
Seiki said it is targeting the new 39-inch SE39UY04 Ultra HD display at “smart, savvy Ultra High-Definition television (Ultra HDTV) and PC monitor buyers.”
Port Washington, N.Y. — ESPN’s recent decision to drop its 3D HD sports channel followed a cooling in interest among manufacturers and consumers, alike, according to a recent blog by Ben Arnold, The NPD Group industry analysis director.
According to 3D TV unit sell-through numbers, NPD’s Retail Tracking Service said sales, which had been robust through 2012 at 32 percent growth compared with the year prior, have slowed through the first quarter of the year.
Emeryville, Calif. – Gracenote said this week that it will open its video API and metadata program enabling developers to create second-screen apps for TV shows without the permission of content owners.
The open video APIs will be put to work at the TV Hackathon June 22 at TVOT in San Francisco, where developers will have the opportunity to compete in second-screen app creation for a $2,000 “most innovative hack” prize.
Los Angeles – Hauppauge Digital introduced at the 2013 E3 a new all-in-one video recording capability that gives users of its popular gaming video recorder, the HD PVR 2, a new recording, streaming and editing application.
The Hauppauge Capture is a powerful video capture application which allows console and PC gamers to both record and live stream their game play along with commentary.
Hauppauge Capture is a free download for the HD PVR 2 and provides:
New York – Vizio unveiled this week an 80-inch Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D (passive-glasses) capability.
The behemoth FullHD 1080p edge-lit LCD TV (model M801d) is part of the company’s well-featured M-Series and will carry a $4,000 suggested retail.
The set will incorporate an updated and expanded built-in smart TV platform, called Vizio Internet Apps Plus.
Santa Clara, Calif. — NPD DisplaySearch is forecasting continued high prices and low adoption of AMOLED TVs due to low manufacturing yields.
DisplaySearch’s Tadashi Uno, materials and components market research director, said AMOLED panel manufacturing costs are seven times higher than for LCD panels. The estimated cost of producing a 55-inch panel is $2,543; however, Uno predicted that prices will fall.
Los Angeles — Youtoo Technologies, a developer of interactive television software systems, said Friday that its technology has been integrated into OK! TV, a nationally syndicated, daily TV show that makes its debut Sept. 9.
Youtoo’s technology will enable viewers to directly interact with the TV program.