San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Electronics America launched Wednesday a new global brand campaign targeting the retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and SMB industries.
The campaign, called the “New Business Experience,” leverages the company’s popularity among consumers and shows its technology solving everyday challenges in a seamless fashion for the enterprise.
Los Angeles – The first quarter of 2013 may not have been a growth bonanza for many consumer electronics categories, but it appears to have treated the content industry well.
The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) reported increases in both digital and physical home entertainment media sales during the period.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The NPD Group reported that almost half of all home entertainment devices in U.S. homes are connected to the Internet.
The research firm’s recent “Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report” noted that 47 percent of connected home entertainment products were actually hooked to the web.
Laguna Niguel, Calif. — Panasonic said Monday it is sponsoring, participating in and supporting an international exchange of the latest ideas on sustainability through a dialog among the environmental community and enterprise leaders at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013 running through May 1, here.
Sunnyvale, Calif. — Home video server resource Kaleidescape said this week that it has launched the Blu-ray-quality component of its online video store.
Now Kaleidescape System owners can download movies from the Kaleidescape Store to view movies, special features and bonus content, with the same audio and video quality as the Blu-ray Disc versions.
The company said this is the first service of its kind to offer movies and bonus features in full Blu-ray-quality pictures and sound.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Walmart’s video-on-demand streaming service Vudu notified registered users this week that thieves had broken into its offices and made off with hard drives and equipment containing some customer data.
Vudu said the theft occurred last month and included hard drives containing sensitive customer information, including names and addresses, birth dates, email addresses and account activity.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – Video processing systems developer DVDO released Friday its Quick6 6-by-2 4K Ultra High-Definition HDMI switcher.
DVDO’s Quick6 (available now at a $399 suggested retail) is said to enable upgrades of home-theater installations to the latest video connectivity technologies including InstaPrevue, which enables a live picture-in-picture preview of each connected HDMI device.
Portland, Ore. — EPEAT, a registry for green global electronics, said Tuesday that it has expanded its product categories to include environmental ratings for television sets.
The comprehensive standards registry gives governments, institutional purchasers and consumers the ability to identify environmentally preferable televisions, including HDTVs and Smart TVs, EPEAT said.
The EPEAT registry now includes registered televisions from LG Electronics and Samsung, which together account for more than one-third of global TV shipments and revenues.
New York — Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed Internet startup distributing local TV broadcasts online, won a federal appeals court ruling Monday that rejected a request from broadcasters and TV station owners to halt the service.
The Second Circuit Appeals court voted 2 to 1 to deny a preliminary injunction motion filed by media companies including Disney, CBS and News Corp. The decision upheld a decision made last summer.
Seattle — Online streaming software developer MediaMall Technologies said its PlayOn software is now able to access Redbox Instant, enabling viewers to leverage the on-demand video rental service with devices beyond the Xbox 360.
Beginning Wednesday, PlayOn users can watch Redbox Instant on their TV using Roku, PlayStation3, Wii, Wii U, Apple TV (via AirPlay) and other devices, without the need of an Xbox 360, Media Mall said.