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TV Retailing Across The Pond

The sphere of U.K. retail is undergoing a lot of changes at present, and it’s fair to say that it’s as competitive as it’s ever been.

More and more customers are now turning to discount stores in an attempt to make their shopping budgets go further, and the popularity of such outlets is being further secured by the rising quality of these reduced products.

Because of such discount chains, other outlets have to compete hard to lower their prices, or risk being left behind and losing substantial customer interest. That’s not something that any business wants.

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An U.K retailer gives high grades to ‘graded’ TV merchandising
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How CE Retailers Can Use Start-Ups To Ride The Alibaba Wave

There’s a perfect storm of retailing that’s brewing on the horizon. If you’re in the consumer electronics sector, then you have two choices as to how to deal with the approaching front: Either ride the wave or batten down the hatches.

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There’s a perfect storm of retailing that’s brewing on the horizon.
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Wise Choices Needed For Q4 CE Growth

Last week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said in its biannual factory-to-dealer sales report that there will be a 2 percent increase for calendar year 2014 and a probable 1.5 percent increase for 2015.

A 2 percent growth prediction for 2014 sales followed by a possible 1.5 percent increase next year is minimal. Still, some retail execs everyone knows may call any prediction of CE growth this year a fantasy.

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Last week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said in its biannual factory-to-dealer sales r
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LG's "Art of the Pixel"

LG has started releasing videos as part of its “Art of the Pixel” campaign using actor/spokesman Neil Patrick Harris. The latest humorous effort promotes both the four-times better resolution of LG’s Ultra HD TVs and a contest supporting student art work.

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The Aereo Case: Video Content Licensing Revenues in a Digital Age

The Supreme Court, in its ruling in ABC vs. Aereo, opted for the status quo over disruption. The Justices in the majority opinion determined that Aereo, to continue operations, needs to license the right to perform publicly. This outcome was a decisive blow againstAereo, which suspended its operations following the loss.

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The Supreme Court, in its ruling in ABC vs. Aereo, opted for the status quo over disruption.
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The Internet Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

As the CEO of a company that builds its brand and sells direct via the Internet and at retail across the globe, every day I think about more effective ways to reach out to and engage with potential customers online and off. Over the past several years, showrooming has gotten a lot of attention for being a threat to brick-and-mortar sales but I see the opposite and the Internet as an opportunity for growth.

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As the CEO of a company that builds its brand and sells direct via the Internet and at retail across
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Service Of The Future: Google Glass Changes Customer's Expectations

Technology is everywhere — and whether or not it’s visible, it is constantly surrounding us. This will only increase with an expected 26 billion electronic devices to be in use worldwide by 2020. While today smartphones and tablets are user’s favorites, this preference could shift within the next few years to wearables such as Google Glass, Nike Fuel or Samsung Smartwatch.

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A new technology trend is emerging: Google Glass may sometimes be viewed with skepticism, but electr
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TeenSafe Stops Cyberbullying Via Smartphone

After hearing about cyberbullying in the media, as well as being educated about the scourge as a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology division’s board, the release I just received this morning hit home.

A company called TeenSafe, creator of an iPhone and Android phone monitoring software, announced today it is providing parents the ability to see the text messages and social-media activity being sent and received by their children to ensure they are not suffering from the constant harassment of cyberbullies.

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After hearing about cyberbullying in the media, as well as being educated about the scourge as a mem
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Dolby Atmos And Blu-ray: Details Emerge

Dolby Laboratories has left it up to audio suppliers to fill in a lot of blanks about the forthcoming Dolby Atmos launch in the home theater market.

Dolby provided some good high-level information about the technology’s promise on its website, but you have to go to Onkyo’s website to find out, for example, that Atmos supports 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4, and 9.1.2 speaker configurations.

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Dolby Laboratories has left it up to audio suppliers to fill in a lot of blanks about the forthcomin

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