By Lisa Johnston
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Nothing enhances your entertainment experience like a huge new flat-panel TV.
The larger sizes are definitely a selling point, but this could also be a danger. The average 32-inch flat-panel TV weighs as much as three average adult bowling balls, and that’s just the 32-inch models. TVs are getting bigger. Thinner, lighter panels and rapidly falling price tags have allowed us to add much larger screen sizes all around the house. But the thin form and lighter weight that make these TVs so appealing is the very thing that makes them so much easier to tip over.
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Irvine, Calif. — Vizio launched on Tuesday a “TDs for TVs” promotional campaign using Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson as the spokesman for a charity effort supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Vizio said its “TDs for TVs” effort provides fans the opportunity to get involved with Johnson’s on-the-field play to support the charitable organization.
Denver – LG Electronics formally unveiled a pair of lower-price Ultra High-Definition TVs that were recently hinted at by the parent company in South Korea.
With the two additions, LG increases its Ultra HD model assortment to five.
Although not a floor exhibiter, LG made the announcement here on the first day of CEDIA Expo 2013, to flag attention to A/V specialist and custom installers who typically associate with state-of-the-art technologies.
Westlake Village, Calif. — Picture quality and price continued to rate at the top of consumers’ considerations when purchasing an HDTV, according to a study released Tuesday by J.D. Power.
Among customers who purchased an HDTV measuring 50 inches or larger, picture quality was cited most often as the reason for their selection (66 percent), followed closely by price (62 percent).
Among customers who purchased an HDTV smaller than 50 inches, price (68 percent) was the leading reason, followed by picture quality (58 percent).
El Segundo, Calif. — United States TV shipments declined 11 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to one year earlier, but prices and margins were better.
According to a TV Systems Intelligence update from information and analytics provider HIS, TV shipments hit 6.6 million units, down from 7.4 million in the first quarter of 2012.
By technology, LCD TVs were off by 7 percent, while plasma TV volumes plunged 39 percent, in the period.
Burlington, Mass. — Nuance Communications’ Dragon TV voice-recognition technology is being used in step-up smart-TV models in Panasonic’s 2013 TV line, the company said Sunday.
The technology will enable viewers to trigger basic TV commands, such as volume control and web searches by simply speaking.
Nuance’s Dragon TV’s text-to-speech capability also audibly reads TV text content and options on the screen, Nuance said.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Despite a 7 percent dip in global TV shipments from a year ago, North American retail sales have been steady, with unit shipments rising almost 3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, after posting small declines for the first half or the year, an NPD DisplaySearch third-quarter global TV sales report revealed.
The market trend in the U.S. has shifted toward bigger and cheaper TVs in recent months and is expected to continue through Black Friday this year.