By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – Panasonic kicked off its new LCD-centric TV phase at International CES by showing an expanded lineup offering step-up models, including additional Ultra HD TVs and an advanced Beyond Smart TV system worthy of a new Life+Screen designation.
The new offerings fill in for the recent departure of plasma displays as the brand’s bread-and-butter TV technology.
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.
IRVINE, CALIF. – Two years into taking over the JVC brand for TV in the U.S. market, AmTran Video Corp. (AVC) has methodically grown its share of the value-oriented FullHD LCD TV market, and is now ready to expand those efforts with more screen sizes and its Ultra HD products.
Drew Pragliola, AVC/JVC sales VP, told TWICE that the JVC TV line this year will include its first Ultra HD LED LCD TVs with screen sizes ranging to 85 inches.
LAS VEGAS – Liquid Image unveiled at International CES the Ego LS action cam that will have an optional Verizon 4G LTE module.
With a 4G LTE module, the Ego LS action camera will be capable of transmitting live WQVGA video at 30 fps as well as still images.
Recorded video can also be uploaded via Verizon 4G LTE to social networks.
The company also unveiled a pair of Hydra-series scuba masks with integrated waterproof action cams and a pair of OPS-series goggle cameras — one optimized for skiing and one for swimming.
IRVINE, CALIF. – Vizio used its offsite suite during International CES to bring in dealers and press to see its significantly up-scaled 2014 TV lineup, featuring its first two Ultra HD LED TV lines, and two revamped series of FullHD LCD models.
LAS VEGAS – Despite the rapidly accelerating popularity of video streaming, the Blu-ray Disc format continues to endure and evolve, and it will soon help lay the foundations for native Ultra HD viewing in the home.
That was the assessment of two ranking members of the multi-industry Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), whose members recently approved plans to expand the specifications to include Ultra HD support, requiring greater disc capacity, new content protection, and potentially new connectivity solutions.
SAN DIEGO – The number of HDTV retail placements did not see a huge change between the beginning of 2013 and the end of the year, according to retail placement data compiled by Gap Intelligence.
Gap said it observed that TV retail shelf placements contracted by 4 percent over the course of the year.
Also in the year, the number of placements from smaller, low-budget brands (Coby, Haier, Westinghouse, etc.) shrank to only 15 percent of overall TV retail placements from 20 percent in January, according to the firm.
LAS VEGAS — The camcorder field continues to evolve at the 2014 International CES with leading manufacturers stepping into consumer-level Ultra HD models, Wi-Fi and new flavors of action video cameras, a.k.a. point-of-view (POV) cameras.
According to Chris Chute, IDC worldwide digital imaging research director, the 2013 camcorder market saw the continued rise of the POV action camcorder, with GoPro maintaining its leadership as other vendors like iON and Sony helped expand the market beyond the U.S.
LAS VEGAS – The 2014 International CES should serve as an important milestone in the launch of the next evolutionary step in consumer television technology.
After the introduction last year of a promising new technology in large-screen OLED displays and a full introductory year for Ultra HD televisions, 2014 should mark a significant momentum push toward the mass market.
DirecTV Adds Second-Screen Partners
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – DirecTV said it has partnered with digital technology companies LiveClips and i.TV to offer new interactive multiscreen services for satellite TV subscribers.
The LiveClips technology platform aggregates live, post-game or archived sports feeds to create, digitize and deliver discrete searchable video clips of every play for delivery to linear broadcast and digital devices, DirecTV said.
NEW YORK – For TV specials, Black Friday proved once again to offer consumers significant savings, but this year the annual 24-hour shopping milestone lost some urgency as specials were spread out both earlier and later than normal, leading display analysts reported.