By Lisa Johnston
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SAN DIEGO — Samsung leads all other TV manufacturers with the largest pre-Black Friday ad share going into the critical sales period with nearly half of all TV print advertisements, a Gap Intelligence report showed.
The market research firm, which monitors television shelfshare and advertising share, found that this year, many retailers released Black Friday preview ads ahead of the holidays in order to give shoppers more time to plan visits to their stores.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After advancing to the fastest-growing segment of the large-screen LCD TV class last quarter, 50-inch FullHD LED LCD TVs should finish the year on a dramatic upswing, according to pre-Black Friday research submitted by Quixel Research.
Quixel Research principal analyst Tamaryn Pratt said that during the third quarter of 2013, 50-inch LCD TVs for the first time represented the bulk of “big-screen” sales among LCD TVs measuring 40-inches and larger – a first for the screen size in that display technology sector.
NEW YORK – Both Hisense USA and Seiki Digital introduced new additions to their respective Ultra HD TV lineups in recent weeks.
Hisense revealed a $1,999 suggested retail and immediate availability on its 55-inch T880 Ultra HD smart TV.
The 55-inch T880 set includes a built-in connected TV system with Wi-Fi linking; an Opera web browser; four HDMI/HDCP inputs, one of which is “true UHD”; and a USB digital media player, the company said. Cosmetics include a narrow frame design.
SAN DIEGO — Heading into the holiday selling season, advance TV retail product placements have unsurprisingly emphasized midsize-format LCD TV models, across groups of retailers.
In a snapshot across retail channels, screen sizes and price points, Gap Intelligence’s TV retail placement analysis identified “a fairly predictable curve, with fewer placements for the smallest and largest sizes, and the majority of placements centered around the middle sizes.”
NEW YORK – A couple of announcements in recent weeks may give a little better insight into just how long it may take for the Ultra HD TV revolution to arrive.
First, a global Ultra HD TV market forecast from ABI Research’s First Screen Video Devices and Cloud Video and Video Hardware Research services indicated that the North American market will see a 5 percent Ultra HD household penetration rate by 2017 and 10 percent by the end of 2018.
SAN DIEGO — With the approach of the critical Black Friday shopping season, Gap Intelligence, which monitors TV retail shelf share and promotions, said the pre-holiday trend shifting that has occurred in recent years in advertising frequency and average ad value continues in 2013.
Samsung and LG, the two companies that offered the greatest advertised value during the third quarter of 2012, offered far lower savings this year, observed Deirdre Kennedy, Gap TV products analyst.
MOORESTOWN, N.J – Looking to expand its brand and seize some of the share of the action video camera market relinquished by Contour, Ion America introduced last week the Ion Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi wearable camera.
The newest iteration offers greater mounting options and is affordably priced compared to other competitive offerings in its class, the company said.
EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – MobiTV, developer of live and on-demand video delivery systems for multiscreen viewing experiences, recently introduced new HDMI dongle capabilities affording video system operators a cost-effective entry into the home.
NEW YORK – Pyle Audio introduced its answer to the action video camera category by unveiling the Hi- Speed HD PSCHD60.
The go-anywhere HD still camera and video camera hybrid was designed for action sports enthusiasts “looking to relive every hairpin turn or monster jump, while sharing their high-resolution photos and videos with family and friends,” the company said.
SAN DIEGO – A new shelf share study by Gap Intelligence suggests that if, according to a recent unattributed Reuters report, Panasonic exits the plasma market by the end of its fiscal year, the last remaining plasma makers – LG and Samsung – might not be too far behind.
Deirdre Kennedy, Gap Intelligence TV market analyst, pointed out that Gap’s recent retail shelf share studies indicate plasma TVs now “make up a small fraction of current retail HDTV placements.”