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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — LG Electronics recently made a deal to gain the rights to Hewlett-Packard’s open-source webOS platform for use on next-generation smart TVs, among other devices.
The move is expected to bring an improved user experience and more compelling second-screen interactivity to owners of next-generation LG smart TVs and mobile devices, Skott Ahn, LG Electronics president and chief technology officer, told TWICE.
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.
SARATOGA, CALIF. – Streaming entertainment-on-demand service Roku introduced the latest addition to its lineup of set-top boxes last week, offering a more powerful processor and enhanced user interface.
The Roku 3, which ships to brick-and-mortar retailers in April at a $100 suggested retail, will be positioned as the new premium set-top box in the company’s line, and will enable users to access more than 750 channels of web-based entertainment content.
SAN FRANCISCO — Photographers who like to view vast libraries of images on devices ranging from smartphones and computers to smart TVs may be interested in a new upgrade unveiled last week by Everpix.
The company announced its Everpix iOS 1.5 upgrade with a new Explore feature that uses metadata to automatically sort collections into themed categories, including pets, city, people and more, for fast and easy retrieval on the fly.
IRVINE, CALIF. — Western Digital introduced a new addition to its line of WD TV set-top streaming devices, offering a more affordable price point, easier to navigate user interface, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Western Digital WD TV Play ($70 suggested retail) is designed to bring smart-TV flexibility to the many consumers who have opted to buy lesser- featured TVs in recent years.
The WD TV Play features an HDMI output, composite video output, SPDIF optical digital audio output, USB and Ethernet inputs.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Hauppauge Digital recently started shipping a pair of PC-based HD PVRs to expand the flexibility of making HD recordings of favorite programs and even personal video game play at home in H.264 format.
The first device, called the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 model 1512 ($189 suggested retail), allows users to create a library of cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD and play them back on a connected TV.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. – Advances in large-screen LCD TVs continued to take their toll on the plasma display category in 2012, with U.S. factory unit shipments slipping 17 percent while wholesale dollar volume declined to $2.4 billion, according to data released by Quixel Research.
Still, some segments of the plasma category continued to show growth.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. – U.S. home-theater front-projector shipments climbed 2 percent to 160,000 units in 2012, as lower prices and broader retail placements helped stimulate demand, according to Quixel Research’s new “Q4 2012 Home Theater and Home Entertainment (HT-HE) Front Projection Market Review.”
During the year, the home-theater front-projector category saw 720p HD level models rise in unit shipments and factory revenue, with category market share growing 8 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — U.S. shipments of LED LCD TVs increased 29 percent quarter to quarter in the fourth quarter of 2012, while rising 2 percent to 32 million units for full-year 2012, according to the “LCD Market Review” recently issued by Quixel Research.
The study also found that big-screen TV unit shipments and factory revenue increased dramatically in the fourth quarter from the same period in 2011, as 50-inch and larger sets saw double-digit unit share advances, growing from 11 percent to 24 percent from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012.
OSAKA, JAPAN – Funai Electric recently signed an agreement with Royal Philips Electronics to transfer the Philips audio, video, multimedia and accessories businesses to Funai.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Funai will pay Philips $201.6 million and a brand license fee for an initial period of 5.5 years, with an optional renewal of five years.
The deal for the audio, multimedia and accessories businesses is expected to close in the second half of 2013.
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — THX began offering its first mobile app – called THX Tune-up – that lets iOS, and eventually Android device, users adjust their TVs, projectors and speakers for top performance.
THX Tune-up is now being offered in the Apple App Store for a $1.99 purchase fee. This is after THX offered the app for free during Super Bowl week under a special limited-time promotion.