By Lisa Johnston
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Sunnyvale, Calif. — Silicon Image revealed Monday that MHL/HDMI dual-mode connectivity technology is broadly supported across Sony’s latest Bravia LCD TV lineup.
The technology, which was developed and promoted by Silicon Image in conjunction with members of the MHL Consortium, enables TVs and monitors to receive up to 60 frames per second of uncompressed 1080p video with up to eight channels of digital audio from mobile devices, while simultaneously charging the device.
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 – Sony is soaring right to the top with the launch of a $1,299-everyday soundbar whose price handily exceeds the $399 price that previously topped out the company’s soundbar lineup.
The 7.1-channel HT-ST7 soundbar, which does not carry the top-end ES series designation, is available today at Sony Stores and electronics retailers nationwide, including Best Buy.
San Diego – Sony has created a luxury version of its Vaio Duo, Pro and Fit laptops through the addition of a high-gloss red finish.
Dubbed the Vaio red edition, the laptops are given the new exterior by adding individually applied layers of paint which are hand polished. The final step is adding a layer of UV protection to help maintain the color.
Tokyo — Sony Corporation’s board has rejected the suggestion by investor Third Point to spin off its entertainment businesses in a unanimous vote of its board.
In a letter, Sony’s board and management said they “strongly believe that continuing to own 100 percent of the company’s entertainment businesses is fundamental to Sony’s success, and that a rights or public offering is not consistent with the company’s strategy for achieving sustained growth in profitability and shareholder value.”
In the past two days Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Toshiba reported on their fiscal first quarter results (ended June 30), and, in varying degrees, there has been progress as they try to emerge from prolonged losing streaks.
Osaka, Japan — Sharp Electronics reported higher sales and posted an operating profit and reduced net loss in its fiscal first quarter, ended June 30.
Sales were up 32.6 percent to 607.9 billion yen. Operating income was 3 billion yen, compared with the prior year’s operating loss of 94.1 billion yen, and the net loss was 17.9 billion yen, down from the 138.4 billion yen loss in the prior year.
Tokyo — Sony returned to profitability in its fiscal first quarter, thanks in part to posting a profit in its TV business and favorable foreign exchange rates.
In its quarter, ended June 30, Sony net income was 3.5 billion yen ($35 million) compared with the prior year’s loss of 24.6 billion yen. Operating income increased 30.1 billion yen from the prior year’s first quarter to 36.4 billion yen ($367 million.)
Sales and operating revenue rose 13 percent to 1,712.7 billion yen ($17.3 billion) year on year, Sony reported.
San Diego — Sony Electronics has begun to accept orders for its FMP-X1 4K Ultra media player, set for delivery by July 15.
The $699 player will be preloaded with 10 titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment with more expected later in the year.
Those who have already purchased a Sony 4K Ultra High-Definition TV are eligible to receive a $200 voucher toward the purchase of the media player, according to the company. The voucher will be valid for 60 days from the date of the email.
New York — Manufacturers can’t just make a CE device pink and expect it to automatically resonate with female consumers.
A trio of panels, hosted by Techlicious during CE Week, here, offered market research, retailer perspective and buying advice, all under the umbrella of better understanding women consumers.
As Holly Pavlika, strategy senior VP at social-media shopping company Collective Bias, noted, “We’re one of the most studied groups out there on the Internet.”
San Diego – Sony introduced Thursday a pair of advanced RX-series Cyber-shot point-and-shoot cameras targeting the professional/advanced amateur audiences.
Models DSC-RX1R/B ($2,799 suggested retail price) and DSC-RX100M2/B ($749 suggested retail) both feature advanced CMOS sensors, with the former featuring a 24.3-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor sensor and the latter offering a one-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor. Both models also include Sony’s latest BIONZ image processors.