By Lisa Johnston
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The U.S. LCD TV category posted flat year-over-year unit shipment results in Q1 and Q2 2013, according to a report from Quixel Research.
The market research firm said that this year further consolidation of sales channels heavy with inventory from the holidays made for a more challenging environment for manufacturers early on.
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.
SAN DIEGO – With forecasts for U.S. TV shipments to be flat over this year, the ever-critical holiday selling season should prove to be another volatile one for TV retailing, according to forecasts from market analyst Gap Intelligence.
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. — Despite a significant decline in unit shipments, revenue for the U.S. television market is expected to remain flat in 2013 compared to 2012 as larger, higher-priced LED LCD sets account for an expanding portion of sales.
While TV unit shipments in the United States are expected to decline 4 percent to 36 million, from 37.5 million in 2012, U.S. television revenue will amount to $28.2 billion in 2013, almost unchanged from $28.1 billion in 2012, according to a U.S. TV Market Tracker report from IHS.
NEW YORK — The audio category might be the oldest segment in today’s consumer electronics industry, but it’s attracting youthful newcomers targeting growth niches.
The newcomers include Mass Fidelity of Toronto, Stelle Audio Couture of Newport Beach, Calif., and Auralic of Beijing.
NEW YORK – Technicolor visited the CE Week Line Shows event here to evangelize its 4K Image Certification program.
In announcing the Technicolor 4K Image Certification program, the company revealed that Marseille Networks, developer of a system-on-a-chip (SoC) for 4K TV up-conversion, is the first to receive the official program mark or approval, and Toshiba is the second to receive the honor for a new up-converting Blu-ray Disc player.
NEW YORK – Ultra High-Definition TV (a.k.a. 4K) was the hot topic of the recent Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)-sponsored CE Week Line Shows event here as Sharp, Westinghouse Digital, and Toshiba made key new product announcements, and Technicolor pushed its 4K upconversion certification.
Sharp started off the industry trade showcase by unveiling its first Ultra HD edge-lit LED LCD TV.
NEW YORK — More mobile devices are being bought by than ever before, but to have consumers understand and fully capitalize on the second-screen trend they need demonstrations at retail and online.
That was one of the points participants made at the “Selling The Second Screen at Retail” held June 27 during the 2nd Screen Summit here, produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and NewBay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.
SELMA, VA. – SimulTV recently launched a beta site for a new online TV-viewing app that integrates live social engagement and TV viewing without the need for two screens.
The beauty of the service is its simplicity, said Steve Turner, SimulTV founder and president. In addition to providing a wealth of streaming video content options, SimulTV enables viewers to interact with friends in real time without having to take their eyes off of the TV program, according to the company.
LOS ANGELES — For the past couple of years, TV manufacturers have developed advanced new smart- TV systems almost as pre-emptive strikes against a rumored “Apple iTV” launch, but the upcoming E3 2013 show may ultimately deliver the greatest threats yet to any real or imagined living room entertainment systems.
SAN MATEO, CALIF. — Eleven years in, GoPro, innovator of the action video camera category, reigns as the most disruptive force in consumer camcorder marketing since Flip pocket video cameras made a fleeting flash in the sky.
But while Flip was acquired by Cisco and ultimately crushed by low margins and advances in the smartphone market, GoPro is going strong behind its takeanywhere weather-proof design that makes it hard for smartphones to keep up.