By Lisa Johnston
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SCARSDALE, N.Y. — The future of plasma TV may be in doubt to some, but to dozens of TV enthusiasts, calibrators and press who attended the 9th Annual Flat Panel TV shootout, the current crop of plasma FullHD 1080p TVs from Panasonic and Samsung left even 4K Ultra HD behind in overall picture quality.
In fact, Samsung’s new flagship F8500-series plasma TV was voted the winner of A/V specialty retailer Value Electronics’ 2013 Annual Flat Panel TV Shootout, held here May 10-11.
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.
NEW YORK – In an effort to offer camcorders that diverge from basic HD video shooting available in mobile devices, several manufacturers geared up for spring by adding interesting new performance twists to the high end of their consumer lines.
JVC and Canon each ushered in new flagship FullHD prosumer-level camcorders, with advanced still and HD video shooting capability while Sony produced a second-generation binocular/camcorder with improved dual electronic viewfinders and high-speed still image capture capability.
SALT LAKE CITY – Todd Rytting, Panasonic’s new chief technology officer, said he expects the company to hold onto its consumer electronics acumen as it ventures into new business areas in the future.
Previously president and CEO of Salt Lake Citybased Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America (PEWLA), Rytting has added to that role the responsibility of overseeing and evangelizing in North America Panasonic’s key technology developments, replacing Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, who recently left the company to pursue other opportunities.
NEW YORK – One of the biggest trends among leading- edge TV manufacturers in recent years has been to make TVs “smart” by building in Internet connectivity while providing a host of app-enabled streaming services to turn passive tube watching into an interactive experience.
NEW YORK – Chinese TV manufacturer Seiki, a company of TongFang Global, set the Ultra High- Definition TV market on its ear last week by unveiling a Seiki-branded 50-inch 4K TV set at a threshold- setting $1,500 suggested retail ($1,299 street retail).
The model, based on a cutting-edge high-resolution screen, undercut even many competitive FullHD 1080 sets in the same size class, and may force the industry to dramatically move up its pricing timetables for the new technology segment.
NEW YORK — In these dire economic times, watching TV in the great outdoors may not seem like a very big priority, but manufacturers of dedicated outdoor TVs said the niche product category is growing and poised for a takeoff.
The weather-resistant category has been embraced by the communities of the well-to-do for a few years now, and more recently has started knocking on the door of mainstream audiences.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Global shipments of Ultra High-Definition (4K) LCD panels are forecast to grow 40- fold to reach 2.6 million units in 2013, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly Large Area TFT Panel Shipment Report.”
The market analysts said 4K panel shipments totaled only 63,000 units in 2012.
SAN DIEGO — Sony officially revealed pricing on two series of 2013 Bravia HDTV models that will ship now through May.
The new core lineup, which was unveiled at 2013 International CES, has two new LED LCD TV series and a number of new features in select models, including OneTouch screen mirroring that instantly shows content from phones and other nearfield communication (NFC)-enabled devices.
The new models in the Bravia LCD W and R series will hit retail shelves now through May.
NEW YORK – Samsung used a press showcase here Wednesday to unveil its 2013 TV lineup and to reveal pricing on select models for the first time.
Samsung’s LED LCD TVs and plasma sets begin shipping now through April, with additional model offerings expected later in the year.
Key features within both technology lines this year are improved speech recognition, Trackpad remote control operation, and Samsung’s “S-recommendation” TV program viewing suggestions personalized for each viewer.
LG Electronics Shows Wireless Ultra HD Technology
BARCELONA, SPAIN — LG Electronics used the recent Mobile World Congress to unveil its Wireless Ultra High-Definition Transmission technology. The next-generation mobile feature will enable viewing games and other smartphone content on Ultra HD TVs in real time, via wireless data transfer.