By Lisa Johnston
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DENVER — Once again, outdoor flat-panel TV continued to see representation at CEDIA Expo 2013 with both SunBriteTV and Seura demonstrating products and programs for the custom channel.
Seura, which has become known as a resource for flat-panel systems for unusual mounting applications, showed a new range of Seura Storm outdoor TVs slated for February deliveries in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch screen sizes. The new models are 40 percent thinner than the previous series.
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.
DENVER – Although there were fewer players at this year’s CEDIA Expo, the front-projector category continued to generate a significant buzz as new technologies like 4K Ultra High-Definition resolution, and advances in brightness and black levels, gave dealers new messages to sell in the year ahead.
SAN DIEGO – Samsung has the most number of retail placements at each of three store channels, followed by LG and Vizio in second place, according to data from Gap Intelligence.
Gap Intelligence’s electronics store data includes both Best Buy and hhgregg. Mass merchants include Kmart, Sears, Target and Walmart. Club stores include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Sam’s Club.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. – Epson recently amped up its home cinema projector assortment with the introduction of the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a highly styled FullHD 3D-capable model featuring many of the best features of previous Epson home video models.
Epson’s Home Cinema 2030, which is available now at a $999 suggested retail, is a 3LCD model offering 3D support based on RF-connected active-shutter style glasses.
NEW YORK – It’s common practice for pricing on new consumer electronics technologies to come down fast and dramatically, but the Ultra High-Definition TV category may be setting a new record if recent price moves by top-line manufacturers are any indicator.
Sony, Samsung, LG and Sharp all revealed Ultra HD TV price cuts and/ or new model introductions at lower price thresholds in recent days.
Most of the manufacturers cited competitive price moves and improved production efficiencies as driving the price reductions.
NEW YORK – Continuing its leadership position in end-to-end 4K Ultra High-Definition TV to the home, Sony revealed the download service for its 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) went live at the end of August, as promised.
During a press event at the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sony also unveiled two more Bravia Ultra HD TVs at new price thresholds, and introduced the industry’s first curved edge-lit LED FullHD 1080p LCD TV.
NEW YORK – Continued growth in the wearable or action video camera market continues to attract new participants like moths to a flame.
Last week GPS device manufacturer Garmin International revealed that it has entered the action video camera market with a two-model Virb line, highlighted by a model with built-in GPS and Wi-Fi functionality.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. factory shipments of LED-based LCD TVs represented some 95 percent of all LCD TVs shipped in the second quarter of 2013, according to findings from Quixel Research.
“The torch was finally passed to LED with official 2013 to 2014 model transitions,” said Tamaryn Pratt, Quixel principal. “LED volume and value topped nearly 95 percent share in Q2.”
SAN DIEGO – Smart functions have become less of a novelty and more of an expectation in larger-screen and higher-end TV models, but the pace of smart-TV sales has not yet outstripped add-on set-top boxes, according to recent Gap Intelligence in-store placement research.
The number of amart-TV models continues to increase each year, even though the feature is not advertised as heavily as “regular” TVs, the market research firm said.
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. — Elmo, which has been long regarded as a manufacturer of high-quality document-scanning and imaging products for the corporate and industrial markets, is preparing to venture into the consumer electronics market with a line of lightweight, portable data projectors as its first offerings.