San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas — Despite a decline of 1 percent in 2012, global sales of consumer electronics are expected to rise 4 percent in 2013, to $1.106 trillion, based on joint research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and GfK Digital World.
Steve Koenig, CEA industry analysis director, cited weakness in the GDPs of major mature markets, including the U.S. and Western Europe in 2012, but said emerging markets, led by such countries as Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as Brazil, Russia and China, will drive overall growth in 2013.
Las Vegas – Panasonic stepped up networking capabilities in new tabletop audio systems, added Apple’s 8-pin docking-pin connectors to two models, and launched three new soundbars sized for larger TV displays than last year’s soundbar line.
Information wasn’t available on whether Panasonic planned to launch new Blu-ray-equipped home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems.
LAS VEGAS – Samsung used International CES 2013 to unveil its latest TV lines highlighted by an 85-inch Ultra High Definition edge-lit LED LCD, a 55-inch OLED TV and lines of even smarter LED LCD TVs.
This year’s line stresses Samsung’s advanced Smart TV functionality, and improved picture quality.
LAS VEGAS – A variety of Samsung audio products intended for first-half shipment include the company’s first soundbar with tube amplifier, first HTiBs with post-processing technology to deliver a virtual 10.1-channel soundfield, and first HTiB with 4K2K passthrough and upscaling.
The company is also launching its first portable Bluetooth speaker.
In HTiBs, two models announced here incorporate DTS-Neo Fusion post processing to deliver a virtual 10.1-channel soundfield from 5.1- and 7.1-channel audio sources played back through a 5.1- or 7.1-speaker system.
LAS VEGAS – Dish Network will rollout at International CES 2013 the second generation of its controversial commercial-skipping DVR called The Hopper.
Dish CEO Joe Clayton said the new Hopper will hit the market later in the month.
The DVR/tuner will have all of the features of the previous version – including Primetime Anytime and the controversial commercial skipping Auto Hop function – plus more power and new features designed to expand the use of a Dish subscription both in the home and on the road.
Las Vegas - Soundmatters is at International CES to debut the foxL Duet, a compact desktop and travel-friendly AptX stereo Bluetooth satellite speaker and subwoofer system for portable devices.
The Duet combines a pocket-sized foxL speaker/speakerphone and a palm-sized foxLO powered subwoofer.
The Duet’s foxL portable speaker features dual tweeters and a BassBattery passive woofer. It features analog and Bluetooth connectivity with AptX for virtual CD-quality wireless streaming when used with AptX-equipped source devices, the company said.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Voxx Accessories today announced it is teaming with Roku to develop an integrated digital TV antenna that will allow consumers to receive over-the-air local HD broadcasts as well as stream entertainment from the Roku platform.
Voxx will introduce the new digital antenna with Roku streaming in the fourth quarter of 2013 under the RCA and Terk brands.
The day before International CES begins, traditionally called “Press Day” but seems to me to be like a speed dating marathon between media and exhibitors.
This year is no different and one of the things you will be reading and hearing about later today and during the show is 4K or Ultra HD TVs.
While 4K sets are not going to dominate the show the way HDTV used to five years ago, they will garner plenty of media attention.