By Lisa Johnston
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Miramar, Fla. — Sim2 said Monday that its 2013 Sim2 World Road Show will hit the United States July 23-26 in Miami.
From there, the show will continue on with scheduled stops in Los Angeles on Aug. 20-22 and New York Sept. 3-5.
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.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. – SunBriteTV will offer rebates this month to new consumers purchasing Signature Series 3260HD and 4660HD models will receive $100 and $200 rebates respectively.
“As if great weather wasn’t enough, this rebate truly makes July the best time to invest in a new backyard paradise,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV.
New York – Smart TVs are popular, their features are more advanced than ever, and they are selling profitably at retail.
Those were some of the comments of the retailers on the “Smart TVs: Use and Differentiation” panel at the 2nd Screen Summit, which was produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and New Bay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, held here Thursday morning.
New York – There are a variety of ways tablets and smartphones can and should interact with a home’s main TV, and those mobile devices can also help in selling the experience at retail.
That was the consensus of a panel called “Selling The Second Screen at Retail,” held Thursday morning during the 2nd Screen Summit here, produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and New Bay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.
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.
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: