By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – Sakar International celebrated here Wednesday the 75th Anniversary of its Vivitar brand, which Sakar founder Charles Sakar rescued from oblivion after the previous owner, Syntax-Brillian collapsed in 2008.
Since that time, Sakar International has reinvented the brand with an expanding portfolio of products for the mass market, including the new Vivitar Action camcorder (DVR785HD), designed as a high value alternative to Go-Pro HD models.
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.
LAS VEGAS – ProSource, the BrandSource buying group’s specialty A/V and custom install division, held its annual CES eve reception here at Bally’s Monday night.
The umbrella group for independent CE dealers is comprised of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and Home Entertainment Source (HES).
In brief remarks, PRO and ProSource president/COO Dave Workman said the group was happy to put 2012 behind it, and eBay VP Michael Jones reminded members of the online opportunities his company offers through its cyber storefronts.
Las Vegas – DTS wants to stimulate adoption of its Multi-Dimensional Audio (MDA) surround-sound format by offering the object-authoring format to the content-creation community as an open format much like PCM.
The technology places individual sounds inside a movie theater or home theater room in significantly more places than can be achieved with traditional discrete-multichannel surround-sound formats, delivering a new level of realism, the company said.
Las Vegas – Premium audio brand Bang & Olufsen came to International CES to unveil its latest custom-installed home speakers, a 3D OEM autosound system for Audi, and a new opening-price TV lineup that includes the company’s first smart TVs and first TVs with DLNA networking.
Las Vegas – Luxury-audio brand McIntosh unveiled its first products since its purchase last fall by Fine Sounds from D+M Group.
The seven new products are two-channel audio electronics components, including three integrated amps, the company’s first stereo receiver in about 20 years, a tube preamp, a turntable, and a digital preamp with five built-in DACs.
Las Vegas – DTS is putting in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multi-channel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.
The company is also talking up its first third-party Play-Fi licensing deals for its Play-Fi wireless multiroom-audio technology with Asus and with startup Wren Audio, a direct-to-consumer company headed by former Harman executive Mike Giffin. Play-Fi turns Wi-Fi-equipped Android smartphones into wireless multiroom music sources.
LAS VEGAS — Samsung president Dr. Stephen Woo gave a terrific International CES big-stage keynote but was overwhelmed by the star power of another president — William Jefferson Clinton.
The 42nd president of the United States spoke passionately about the power of technology to help people around the world — especially the poor. Clinton also tackled gun control, climate change, healthcare challenges and the American political scene in 15 brief minutes.
LAS VEGAS — The second annual IAWTV Awards were held at the Palazzo Theatre at the Venetian Resort Hotel as part of the International CES Entertainment Matters Conference.
The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators.
The winners are:
Best Animated Series – “Red vs. Blue”
Best Cinematography – “H+ The Digital Series” – Brett Pawlak
LAS VEGAS — The participants in the annual TWICE Retail Roundtable looked past a tepid 2012 holiday season toward an uneven 2013, with one or two potential bright spots.
The roundtable, held Monday and moderated by TWICE senior editor Alan Wolf, had execs from the nation’s top retailers and distributors give their take on 2012 and what will lead the industry this year.