By Lisa Johnston
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Durham, N.H. — Although 77 percent of all U.S. households now have at least one HDTV set, and 46 percent have more than one, only 30 percent of U.S. adults have heard of the newer Ultra HD TV technology and only one-third of them have ever seen one.
The findings were part of a Leichtman Research Group study released late last week, indicating the consumer electronics industry has its work cut out in bringing the public up to Ultra HD speed.
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.
Durham, N.C. — Consumers continue to grow frustrated watching the same channels repeatedly and are migrating more and more to over-the-top (OTT) video streaming alternatives, according to a fourth-quarter 2013 survey outlined in TiVo’s Digitalsmiths’ “Video Trends Report.”
Arlington, Va. — In-vehicle technology was an important factor when purchasing a new vehicle within the past year for more than half (59 percent) of online U.S. consumers of driving age, according to research released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Calgary, Alberta — Apple could gain worldwide smartphone share in the second half because of the lack of innovation in high-end smartphones introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), investment research company Canaccord Genuity concluded.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The premium U.S. headphone market jumped 21 percent in sales in 2013, The NPD Group said, spurred in part by a rise in fitness-related features.
Premium headphones, which are models that cost $100 or more, surpassed $1 billion for the year. The stereo headphones market, meanwhile, grew 11 percent to $2.3 billion in 2013.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Taiwanese LCD panel manufacturers Innolux and AUO are forecasted to lead the world in production of 4K Ultra HD LCD TV panels in 2014, according a newly released quarterly report from NPD DisplaySearch.
The NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly LCD TV Value Chain & Insight Report” said 4K LCD TV panels have become increasingly available and affordable to TV manufacturers as the Taiwanese manufacturers have ramped up production.
Arlington, Va. — Smartphones rank among the top technology products owned and/or used, and both smartphones and tablets rank among the top five devices used to connect to the Internet across all the countries surveyed in the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) new “Global Consumer Technology Trends” study.
Arlington, Va. — Consumer confidence toward both the overall economy and technology spending saw slight increases in February, according to the latest figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer expectations about the broader economy, increased by 0.3 points from last month to reach 167.6 in February.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Tablets with embedded cellular modems accounted for a shrinking share of retail-level U.S. tablet sales in 2013, yet the installed base of tablets with an embedded modem and active cellular subscription grew by 46 percent, The NPD Group found.
The installed-base growth is due to the launch of carrier’s data-share plans, which reduce the relative cost of powering cellular-capable tablets, NPD told TWICE. In the past, many consumers purchased cellular-equipped tablets but didn’t activate them, it said.
Washington – The major appliance industry got off to a mixed start in 2014, with factory shipments rising 2.1 percent in January.
According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), which compiles the monthly wholesale data, the gains were concentrated in room air and microwave ovens, and masked steep declines in home laundry, down 10.8 percent, and refrigerators/freezers, down 10.1 percent.
Gas ovens saw the biggest drop last month at 34.5 percent, while chest-style freezers and trash compactors followed with declines of 22.5 percent each.