By Lisa Johnston
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Santa Clara, Calif. – Rovi said Thursday that its Rovi Video database of TV, movie and celebrity metadata, will deliver information and graphics to the OneGuide electronic TV program guide on Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One entertainment console.
The launch is a part of a larger initiative that is to include Rovi Video on Xbox One in multiple countries, enabled by the multi-region, multi-format data Rovi is providing for TV, tablets and mobile phones.
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.
New York — Multi-industry efforts are in full swing to bring Ultra High-Definition video content into the home via physical discs, streaming and download services, cable and satellite TV, and over-the-air broadcasts, panelists said today at the TWICE/CEA Ultra HD conference.
Saratoga, Calif. — Roku launched a new advertising campaign on Monday called, “Now This Is TV.”
The campaign, which is timed for the holidays, highlights Roku’s lead in streaming content, including its ample selection of movies compared with other streaming devices.
New York – Panasonic in Japan confirmed last week that it will end the production of plasma display panels in December, sparking competitors and retailers to brace for a possible surge in last-minute demand.
Panasonic, which had three plasma display factories still operatiing in Amagasaki, Japan, said in a statement out of Osaka that it has now stopped business operations at two of those three facilities, with the last ending operations by the end of March 2014.
Osaka, Japan — Panasonic officially announced its end of plasma display panel production by the end of the year, as it reported higher sales, operating profit and net profit in its fiscal second quarter while it emphasizes more B-to-B categories.
Panasonic said it would end production of plasma panels in December, blaming the “rapid development of large-screen LCDs,” and “severe price competition” due to the stock market crash and recession that began in September 2008.
Tokyo — Sony reported higher operating revenue but lower operating income, due to its movie business, and a higher net loss in its fiscal second quarter.
The decrease in operating income was due to a “significant decline” in its pictures segment, which offset “significant improvement” in its mobile products and communications (MP&C) segment, reflecting strong smartphone sales, favorable foreign exchange rates and an improvement in its TV operations.
Los Angeles — A consortium of major Hollywood studios announced Wednesday the adoption of new terminology — Digital HD and Digital — to refer to digital versions of filmed entertainment and television content across all consumer communication.
The announcement was made by the DEG: Digital Entertainment Group, which said, “The new positioning enhances the value of digital home entertainment offerings and brings consistency to the way digital products are marketed to consumers.”
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung Display said Monday that it recently established its first LCD display plant outside of Korea, at a new joint venture factory in Suhou, China.
The Samsung Suzhou LCD (SSL) cooperative operation was first established on April 21, 2011, as a joint venture between Samsung, Suzhou Industrial Park and TCL.
Samsung Display has a 60 percent stake in SSL; Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) has a 30 percent stake, and TCL has a 10 percent stake.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Philips called off a deal announced in January to sell its Lifestyle Entertainment business unit to Japan’s Funai Electric.
However, Funai subsidiary P&F USA will continue to market the business unit’s products on an exclusive basis in North America under an existing agreement that expires at the end of 2015.
Lifestyle Entertainment products include portable and tabletop home audio products, headphones, portable DVD players and accessories.
Seoul, South Korea — Spurred mostly by rising mobile handset sales, Samsung posted a record quarter Friday showing third-quarter net profits climbed 26 percent.
Net profits reached to $7.76 billion (10.16 trillion won), and revenue climbed 13.2 percent for the year to 59.08 trillion won in the period.