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Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic officially announced suggested retails for its Viera ZT60 FullHD 1080p plasma TV series with advanced smart-TV capability.
Panasonic said the Viera ZT60-series plasma models, which include 65- and 60-inch screen sizes, will be available through approximately 400 Magnolia locations inside Best Buy stores beginning on May 20 through July 31.
The ZT60 models include the 65-inch TC-P65ZT60 ($4,100) and the 60-inch TC-P60ZT60 ($3,500).
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.
San Diego — Sony said Monday it recently launched an integrated marketing campaign behind the release of its two 4K Ultra High-Definition XBR LED LCD TVs.
The campaign features Garth Davis, who most recently co-directed Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed miniseries “Top of the Lake.”
Sony said Davis became inspired to make a 4K feature after the picture quality of a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV at the Sundance Film Festival.
Minneapolis – Sony Electronics’ three-step line of 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs are rolling out to Best Buy stores this week.
Nearly 750 locations will carry the XBR-X900 series, which includes Sony’s 84-inch flagship and recently-released 65- and 55-inch displays.
The LED TVs are Best Buy’s first Ultra High-Definition models.
The 4K sets will formally go on sale this Sunday, and BestBuy.com is already taking pre-orders for the 55- and 65-inch models, a Best Buy spokesperson told TWICE.
Denver -- HydraConnect this week announced improvements to its HSS line of HDMI matrix processors.
The company has added three new system drivers, for Savant, Bitwise Controls and Elan g! automation systems, and has extended the replacement warranty on its processors to five years.
The HSS line already supports Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule systems.
Current owners of HSS-2 and HSS-3 processors will have their existing warranties retroactively reset to the original date of purchase.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Video & Audio Center is continuing to push Ultra HDTV (a.k.a. 4K) events, this time with Sony Electronics.
Sony will demonstrate its TVs and its Xperia Tablet Z, at an event, here, Thursday, May 23, that will also highlight the retailer’s own local job fair and an announcement on new store openings.
Currently Video & Audio Center has three locations.
The event will be held at the store on 1426 Wilshire Blvd. on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The TVs and tablet will go on sale at 5:30 pm.
Alviso, Calif. – TiVo said that it is adding a new feeds feature to its iPad app in an update set to begin Thursday.
With the refresh, users will see a new element of the TiVo app dubbed “What to Watch Now,” offering six content feeds categorized by genre.
The feeds will deliver tailored recommendations based on users’ preferences and geographic locations, and are arranged in several categories, including Popular on TV, Sports on Now, Movies on TV, Kids, My Shows and Favorite Channels.
San Francisco — LG Electronics (LG) said at the Google I/O developers conference Wednesday that its Google TVs will be updated with the latest version of the Android 4.2.2 operating system.
Available in the third quarter, the update will open the platform to more applications, including games that provide a greater level of interactivity and advanced graphics, the company said.
LG is showcasing its Google TV with the new operating system here this week.
Scarsdale, N.Y. – In what turned out to be a very close vote, Samsung’s new flagship F8500 series plasma TV was voted the winner of A/V specialty retailer Value Electronics’ 2013 Annual Flat Panel TV Shootout held here last weekend.
Mahwah, N.J. — Sharp Electronics recently notified specialty A/V dealers handling the jointly administered Sharp/Pioneer Elite TV line that it will not be offering any new models under the premium brand this year.
Jim Sanduski, Sharp strategic product marketing VP, told TWICE that the company has been unable to acquire a key component part needed for the advanced TVs, which has forced it to put plans on hold for any new products for the foreseeable future.
He added the company has sold through inventory on models from the prior year.
Tokyo — Sony recorded a net profit, based on reduced TV losses and sales of facilities, and higher sales for its fiscal year, ended March 31.
Net income was $458 million, or 43 billion yen, compared with a net loss the prior year of 456.7 billion yen. Operating income for the year was 230.1 billion yen, or $2.5 billion, compared with an operating loss of 67.3 billion yen in the prior year.