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New York – Low pricing will help keep consumer electronic market revenue for manufacturers just barely above water for 2012, according to IHS iSuppli.
Jordan Selburn, senior principal analyst for consumer platforms, is forecasting a 1.4 percent increase in sales this year by OEMs as these companies zero-in on attracting customers with low-ball pricing.
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.
Los Angeles - Streaming TV/movie service Hulu said this week that it has created a new Video Games hub on Hulu (www.hulu.com/videogames), featuring HD trailers, game play videos and reviews for the latest games.
Hulu will also provide game release information, and is available to PC users currently, before rolling out to all Hulu Plus enabled devices over the next few months, the company said.
Featured games this week include “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Halo 4,” and “Black Ops 2.”
Corning, N.Y. — Specialty glass giant Corning disclosed Tuesday a lower quarterly profit as sales to consumer electronics, telecommunication and automotive markets fell, and announced upcoming “modest” job cuts to reduce costs.
Corning, which is well known in the consumer electronics industry for its highly shock- and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, used as cover glass in smartphones and TVs, said it expects a pretax charge of up to $50 million in the fourth quarter on restructuring.
The FCC is said to be wrapping up its order lifting the prohibition on digital basic-tier encryption.
Commissioners were said to be working on statements at press time and the chairman was said to be pushing to get the order out by end of day. According to a high-placed source, the vote will be 5-0, but with some concurrences.
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Harrison, N.J. – Panasonic broke ground here this week on a 48,500-square-foot Panasonic North America Technology Center.
Mayor Raymond McDonough recently joined Advance Realty president and CEO Peter Cocoziello and Panasonic North America controller and finance VP Mike Riccio to kick off the project.
The center is being developed by Advance Realty, a Northeast U.S. owner and developer of Class A office, multifamily, mixed-use and flex-space properties.
Walnut, Calif. – ViewSonic said Wednesday it is adding touch technology to a 22-inch LED optical HD display monitor.
Model TD2220, which is targeted at commercial, high traffic and consumer environments, is equipped with dual point optical touch technology and a hardened 8H level scratch resistant surface for touch interaction.
Los Angeles — The digital content locker system known as UltraViolet is soon coming to movie lovers in Canada, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) said Tuesday.
The UltraViolet system, which enables consumers to pay one price to purchase movies or television content and have those titles be accessible by multiple devices, has already successfully launched in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us launched Thursday a new online streaming and offline download entertainment service, called Toys “R” Us Movies, that will provide a platform of entertainment content for families and kids.
The service, which is powered via a user interface and platform developed by Rovi, features more than 4,000 titles, and includes easy-to-use, customizable parental controls.
Alviso, Calif. – A week before the case was set to go to trial, TiVo and Verizon agreed to settle a patent infringement dispute on DVR technology that has been ongoing since 2009.
Verizon will also drop its counter-suit against TiVo.
Osaka, Japan – Panasonic issued a statement on the impact recent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China have had on their plants in that country.
The recent demonstrations in China are the result of a dispute over a set of islands both countries claim as theirs, which has led to protests at a variety of Japanese-owned facilities in the country, including Canon, which reported closed a facility in China.
Panasonic reports that there have been no injuries to its personnel so far due to the protests.