By Lisa Johnston
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CES 2014 Las Vegas - Its legendary plasma HDTVs may be gone but Panasonic definitely plans to remain a major CE force in the years ahead — especially in the rapidly expanding realm of 4K technology.
That was a key message by Panasonic execs during its Press Day event Monday.
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.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – A curved 105-inch Ultra HD television with 21:9 aspect ratio, Ultra HD TVs with curved OLED displays up to 77 inches, an expanded selection of FullHD OLED TVs, and an expanded selection of Ultra HD LCD TVs up to 105 inches took center stage yesterday at LG’s press conference.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics (LG) continued to let most of its 2014 International CES cats out of its proverbial bag over New Years day, this time pre-announcing plans to show an assortment of new Ultra HD OLED TVs and screen sizes.
As previously announced, the highlight of the advanced TV showcase what is expected to be the first-of-its-kind 77-inch Ultra HD curved-screen OLED set (model 77EC9800).
Las Vegas — Wolf Cinema will use next week’s International CES, here, to show three new DLP-based front projectors, plus key upgrades to two current editions.
The company, which will be exhibiting at Venetian Hotel suite 30-102, said it is now shipping the company’s new entry model SDC-6 2D/3D projector, plus the ultra-bright SDC-20 projector/processor combo — both designed for higher ambient light room conditions. Pricing was not disclosed.
Las Vegas– Accusoft (LVH booth 46006) will bring a host of advanced imaging products including a ThinPic file shrinking mobile app to PMA@CES 2014 Jan. 7-10.
The company is also showing its PICTools Photo, rapid photo compression SDK; and a broad suite of imaging, document and content solutions.
The ThinPic app for Android and iOS devices shrinks digital photo files on mobile devices by as much as 70 percent, saving storage space on the device, while reducing the data plan minutes required to share photos or transmit them to off-device storage, Accusoft said.
New York — Both Dish Network and DirecTV announced in recent days plans to raises subscription fees in for 2014.
Most package tiers from both providers will see monthly cost hikes of between $2 to $5.
In both cases, rate hikes were attributed to rising content costs.
DirecTV’s fees will climb and average of 4.4 percent with the base “Entertainment” package climbing $3 to $58 per month, while the top-end “Premier” will increase $5 to $130 per month.
San Jose, Calif. - NanoTech Entertainment reports it has signed a U.S. distribution agreement with Ingram Micro to distribute the Nuvola NP-1 4K UHD streaming video player, which supports 4K Ultra HD movies and videos, to channel partners in the U.S.
San Francisco – Cognitive Networks, a developer of smart TV technologies, revealed a host of partnerships for the development of an smart TV ecosystem, involving interactive content creation and distribution platforms, app developers, advertisers, TV manufacturers and content providers.
New partners include: interactive platform providers Ensequence and Watchwith, app developers A Different Engine and Accedo, and advertiser solution providers BrightLine, DG MediaMind, emuse, Furious Minds, and Visible World.
Saratoga, Calif. – Roku, the streaming media player maker, said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Google to add its YouTube channel to Roku’s list of available services.
YouTube is available now on the Roku 3 player in the U.S. Canada, U.K. and the Republic of Ireland, the company said. The channel is expected to be available on additional player models next year.
The YouTube channel joins Roku’s large assortment of streaming entertainment services.
New York – The research firm GfK today issued a brief look back on the year in TV retail print advertisements.
GfK noted that 49 percent of print ads are promoted with instant rebates and the four biggest promotional events center on the Super Bowl, Father’s Day, Black Friday and Christmas.
The instant rebates remained relatively stable throughout the year averaging $412, GfK said.