By Lisa Johnston
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Newark, Calif. — The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) said Wednesday that is in the process of defining a micro-DisplayPort connector standard to accommodate connections between ultra-thin devices and up to and beyond today’s Ultra High-Definition-level video displays.
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.
Culver City, Calif. — Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Vudu, the Walmart-owned video-streaming service, launched Wednesday a new interactive movie-watching experience called Vudu Extras+.
The new service enhancement will offer with select titles interactive extra content, like that packaged with DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles online.
New York – More panelists and companies have signed on for the Ultra HD Conference at CES Unveiled New York, to be held 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, here.
The half-day session, coordinated by the editors of TWICE and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will set the stage for CEA’s annual CES Unveiled program later that afternoon.
Three panel discussions will be offered covering the hardware development, content production and retailing of Ultra HDTV.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung Electronics said its Samsung Smart Media Player is now available to bring Smart Hub TV apps and services to unconnected TVs.
Samsung model GX-SM530CF, ($149.99 suggested retail), ships with more than 100 Smart Apps including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU and YouTube, Samsung said. The Smart Media Player also enables viewers to access cable content without having to pay monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. —Samsung Electronics America’s headquarters, here, was evacuated on Wednesday due to a car fire in the parking garage connected to the building.
In a statement to TWICE this morning a Samsung spokesperson said, “Samsung’s Ridgefield Park office was evacuated yesterday afternoon following the report of a car fire on the outside parking deck. No injuries were reported, and normal business operations have resumed.”
Seoul, Korea – LG Display reported lower revenues, but higher profits in its third quarter ended Sept. 30.
Revenues in the third quarter of 2013 decreased by 13 percent to KRW 6,579 billion from KRW 7,593 billion in the third quarter of 2012.
Net income in the third quarter of 2013 was KRW 239 billion compared with net income of KRW 158 billion in the third quarter of 2012.
Long Island City, N.Y. – Aereo, the Cloud-based service that delivers local broadcast TV stations to handheld devices, said Thursday that it will release its first Android app through the Google Play store, on Oct. 22.
The app, which will be released in a public beta, will be available to Aereo members in markets where the service has previously launched – New York, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Houston and Dallas.
New York — The agenda for the upcoming Ultra HD Conference, to be held here during CES Unveiled on Nov. 12, has been released.
The half-day session, coordinated by the editors of TWICE and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will set the stage for CEA’s annual CES Unveiled program later that afternoon, and will bring together key stakeholders in the Ultra HD ecosystem.
Arlington, Va. – A new TV energy-consumption test proposed by the Department of Energy had the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) spitting kilowatts Wednesday for presenting a wasteful, redundant and unnecessary pile of red tape, in light of public/private programs already in place.
Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, issued a statement on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) move to mandate a test procedure for measuring power consumption in televisions.
Denver – Sony Electronics is getting more aggressive in the custom channel with the launch of a new program that it expects to accelerate its channel growth, which is already running 25 percent ahead of last year for the year to date.
The program coincides with the hiring of former Niles president Frank Sterns as Sony’s first custom sales VP.