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Westinghouse, AOC, Mitsubishi Prepare Video Introductions

6/20/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NEW YORK — Westinghouse, AOC and Mitsubishi
will show a range of new TV and video product introductions,
here, this week.

The occasion is the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) Line Show, opening on Wednesday. It may also involve
Vizio, which said late last week it was promising to
take the wraps off of a few products timed for the event.
 
Westinghouse Digital said it will use the CEA
Line Shows event to unveil several LCD SKUs shipping
later in the year, including the brand’s first 3DTV
and connected TV models.

The W47S2TCD ($1,199 suggested retail) is a 47-
inch 60Hz CCFL backlit 1080p LCD that is 3D ready.
It uses passive-glasses 3DTV technology (called Film
Patterned Retarder) for the 3D system to help keep
glasses costs low for the brand’s value-focused clientele.
The set will ship with four sets of glasses (nonpowered)
at a value-priced $1,199 suggested retail.

“In the long run we see passive 3D as the best technology
to deliver the value, most of the technology is in
the screen and therefore it’s easy to replace glasses,
and is very family friendly,” Rey Roque, Westinghouse
Digital marketing VP, said.

Westinghouse will also unveil its WC4625T Internet-
connected TV running what is called the Westinghouse
Connect system.

The 46-inch 120Hz LED backlit 1080p LCD set is
expected to ship in the fourth quarter at a $799 suggested
retail. It will also add a Yamaha chipset for DSP
equalized sound fed into a 10-watt per channel stereo
speaker system.

Roque said that so far the company has signed contracts with Netflix and Vudu (the set runs the Vudu Apps platform)
to provide streaming video on demand services.
Westinghouse Digital is also in negotiations with additional
partners for more content options, Roque said.

He said Westinghouse took its time in introducing a
connected TV product because some manufacturers
that rushed into the technology were left with first and
second generation products that are currently not upgradeable
to present-day services and enhancements.

In addition to unveiling new products, Westinghouse
will present several new SKUs that recently started
shipping to key retail partners around the country.

These are highlighted by the VR6025Z ($1,299 everyday
price) a 60-inch CCFL backlight 120Hz 1080p
LCD with Motion Estimation Motion Compensation
technology and a 42-inch LED edge-lit 1080p LCD
TV, both are now available at Best Buy stores.

The company is also showing the LD4070Z ($480
club price) a 40-inch LED edge-lit 1080p LCD TV that
just started shipping to Costco stores.

In smaller screen sizes, Westinghouse is just about to
ship the LD2470 24-inch 1080p edge-lit LED LCD TV
with PC input targeting the back-to-school audience.

AOC will use the event to debut a range of new
products — from a super-slim LED monitor with built-in
iPhone/iPod docking station to a full high-definition,
flicker-free 3D monitor.

AOC will also showcase
a new line of mobile
accessories including
the world’s smallest
Bluetooth-enabled keyboard/
mouse/presenter
combo.

Highlights include:

• the Aire Play 2343Fi
super-slim (12.9mm) LED
monitor featuring a universal
iPod/iPhone docking
station for streaming
live music and video from
a mobile device to the
22-inch display;

• the Aire Pro 2353Ph
ultra-thin monitor with
sleek metallic finish and
high-performance audio
system;

• a wireless Bluetooth keyboard, mouse and presenter,
model KB01, which includes a keyboard, mouse
and presenter in one portable device designed for use
with tablets and other mobile computing devices;

• the Touch Monitor 2339SFwT- FullHD monitor that
adds intuitive touchscreen functionality to a computer
or notebook;

• a 23-inch flicker-free 3D monitor model 2352PHZ
with ultra-slim styling, 3D support, FullHD resolution
and a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; and

• the USB monitor e1649fwu and e2251fwu portable
and ultra-light 16- and 22-inch monitors, powered
solely by a USB cable and can be used as an extended
screen display.

Mitsubishi will use the venue to showcase its new
lineup of very big-screen rear-projection 1080p DLP
TVs, highlighted by the previously announced 92-inch
840-series model with active shutter 3D technology.

Other key highlights
of the new line include
the 75-inch L75-A94 3D
1080p DLP rear-projection
set with the Laservue
laser-based light engine
technology.

The company is also
carrying 3D 1080p DLP
rear-projection models
in the 73- and 82-inch
screen sizes in the 740
series at $2,099 and
$3,499 suggested retails,
respectively. The
sets offer StreamTV Internet
streaming services
with Vudu Apps.

The step-up 840-series
models include the 73-,
82- and 92-inch screen
sizes that carry suggested retails of $2,599, $4,199
and $5,999 respectively. All include a 16-speaker immersive
sound system, 3D and 1080p HD resolution.

Also offered is the entry 640 series with a single
73-inch model offering 3D capability and 1080p HD
resolution at a $1,599 suggested retail.

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