By Lisa Johnston
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SAN DIEGO – In recent weeks, pre-refresh TV placements at both electronics stores and mass merchants have been running much lower than last year, while club stores are remaining relatively flat, according to research from Gap Intelligence.
According to Deirdre Kennedy, Gap Intelligence’s TV product placement and promotions research analyst, market changes have been observed in placement counts by size class, where pre-refresh shelf share for screen sizes smaller than 60 inches shrank or remained flat between 2013 and 2014.
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.
SUNRISE, FLA — Sim2 USA recently announced availability and pricing on 2014 high-end, high-performance FullHD home cinema DLP projectors.
The U.S. arm for the Italian high-performance video projector manufacturer, said its 2014 Sirio-edition active- shutter 3D single-chip DLP ($20,000 suggested retail with standard lens) and its Superlumis Pro active- shutter 3D, three-chip DLP projector ($65,000) are both available through authorized Sim2 custom installers now.
SAN DIEGO – The Super Bowl lived up to its billing as the premiere selling event for big-screen TV, as indicated by an increase in ads and promotions for large-screen TV sets in weeks leading up to the big game.
According to data compiled by Gap Intelligence, in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl last year, 322 TV print ads were placed, while the two weeks following the Super Bowl saw a 29 percent drop in print ads to 229.
The pattern continued this year, with 314 print ads placed in the two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, Gap said.
NEWARK, N.J. – Panasonic had demonstrated its ability to add a new dimension to the traditional camcorder market by introducing a model that helps videographers create the video equivalent of a selfie.
The company that gave us the Palmcorder showed the new W850 ($800 estimated street retail) FullHD Twin Camera as the flagship of the 2014 camcorder line.
NEW YORK — Despite an increase in the amount of tablet and time-shifted video viewing, television still remains the central device for media consumption in U.S. homes, a new media study from Nielsen found.
The study showed that Americans as a whole consume 60 hours a week of media across all devices.
Meanwhile, viewers increasingly are watching programs on their own schedule, using time-shifted video recordings and streaming video through a computer or smartphone.
WILSONVILLE, ORE. — Flir Systems recently unveiled at International CES its Flir FX compact Wi-Fi camera.
The 2014 Innovations Award-winning camera, which will ship in the spring at a $249 suggested retail, is billed as an easy-to-use, affordable video-monitoring solution with a wide range of applications from outdoor security, home monitoring and sports recording.
LAS VEGAS – European sports electronics company Geonaute recently used International CES to introduce its spin on the emerging trend of 360-degree image capture.
In fact, the company’s Geonaute 360-degree action camera was a winner of a CES 2014 Best of Innovations Award in the digital imaging category.
The action video camera uses three wide-angle lenses, each with an 8-megapixel sensor that captures a 360-degree spherical image, creating 2K-resolution videos and 4K-resoloution photos, the company said.
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Zoom North America recently introduced an audio-centric action video camera with 24-bit/96kHz audio capture to complement its 1080/30p FullHD video recroding
The Zoom HQ4 Handy Video Recorder (shipping now at a $299 suggested retail) features a removable LCD screen and offers an action-cam-style mount in addition to a more traditional tripod mounting screw.
The camera is billed as being equally adept at recording point-of-view ski trips and up-and-close music concerts.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. – DarbeeVision used the recent International CES to demonstrate a range of visual depth cue imageenhancement products, including the new DVP-5100CIE (custom installer edition) HDMI video-processor.
The company also announced a series of partners that will be adding its technologies into forthcoming CE products.
The DVP-5100CIE includes PhaseHD technology, which is said to solve many HDMI connectivity issues, and Darbee Visual Presence DVP processing, which adds new levels of depth and clarity to any digital image.
LAS VEGAS – The Polaroid brand reemerged for TVs at International CES, under new licensee Empire Electronic of Ontario, Calif., which is planning a series of LED LCD TVs, including the brand’s first Ultra HD model.
Empire is licensing the moniker from PLR Holdings for the TV category, and will attempt to rekindle the success Polaroid had temporarily enjoyed in the category before the prior the prior brand owner, Peters Group, fell into bankruptcy.