San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Seoul, South Korea – LG Electronics (LG) said Wednesday it has developed a new and improved Magic Remote for its 2013 Cinema 3D Smart TV lineup.
The sets will be among those shown at the International CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11.
LG said the redesigned remote adopts enhanced language recognition ca-pabilities to simplify spoken commands, in a more natural, interactive and conversational way.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Outdoor LCD TV manufacturer SunBrite TV is promoting the all-weather aspect of its product lines by offering up to a $600 rebate on Signature Series models through December 31.
SunBriteTV points out that just because it’s winter, the outdoor TV watching doesn’t have to stop.
North Plains, Ore. – VEFXi, developers of 2D to 3D conversion technologies, said Friday that it is offering special holiday pricing on its 3D-Bee Diamond 2D-to-3D converter box.
The company is offering the 3D-Bee Diamond for $399 ($100 discount off the regular price) through the VEFXi online store at http://www.3d-bee.com/store from December 15-24.
The 3D-Bee Diamond device gives converts 2D material to 3D, giving the viewer the ability to control the range of depth in the effect.
Seattle – Amazon said Thursday its Cloud Player application for Samsung Smart TVs.
The new app gives Cloud Player customers access to their entire music library in the cloud, for access anywhere they are.
Calabasas, Calif. — DTS said Tuesday that a handful of content solution providers, including Digital Rapids, Elemental Technologies and Rovi, are now supporting DTS Express surround sound to create content in the UltraViolet Common File Format (CFF).
DTS Express, which is part of the DTS-HD family of audio solutions used extensively on Blu-ray Disc productions, is said to be fully optimized for digitally delivered content.
Tokyo – Qualcomm said Tuesday it will invest $120 million in Sharp Electronics to help keep the struggling big-screen LCD TV manufacturer alive, after it sent out warnings last month.
In a statement, Sharp said it will sell 30.12 million shares to Qualcomm this month. It will issue 4.9 billion yen ($59.7 million) worth of new shares to the firm at a discounted 164 yen a share.
After market close, Sharp said and it may issue another 4.94 billion yen of stock to the San Diego-based company if certain conditions are met.
Toronto — BenQ America introduced Tuesday what it is calling the first FullHD 3D DLP video projector priced less than $1,000 for the home market.
BenQ’s model W1070 (available this month at a $999 suggested retail) offers a host of premium capabilities, including 3D for movie watching and gaming. The projector supports various formats and connection standards, such as Nvidia 3DTV Play, DLP Link and dual HDMI.
It includes an auto-detect system for 3D source material for a plug-and-play experience.
Irvine, Calif. – Mitsubishi Electric Video Sales America (MEVSA) Monday confirmed reports that it notified service centers it has halted the manufacture of rear-projection TVs and told TWICE that it has nearly completed phasing out inventory.
Max Wasinger, MEVSA executive VP of sales, said Monday that there is “minimal inventory left in stock,” and there are no plans for special close out pricing to follow.
Mountain View, Calif. – Second-screen app developer Peel Technologies joined with Samsung Electronics Thursday to reveal that the Peel app now ranks as the most widely distributed second-screen app in the world, with distribution in over 20 countries.
In addition to North America, The app is now available across Europe and Southeast Asia, Peel said. Samsung joined the announcement to say that users of Samsung Tablets are now able to use the pre-installed Peel app to search, discover and play TV shows.
Boston, Ma. — TV app developer “litl,” creator of Woven, revealed Wednesday the release of “Woven for Samsung Smart TV,” which extends the app’s mobile photo-viewing capability to the living room big-screen.
The company said Woven for Samsung Smart TV “offers a new way to share special photos with family and friends,” without having to huddle around a tiny handheld screen.