By Lisa Johnston
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Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp said Thursday that retailers have started selling its Aquos Quattron Plus (Q+) advanced FullHD LED LCD TV line.
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.
Mahwah, N.J. – Preparing to deliver its new Quattron Plus (Q+) premium FullHD LCD TV line, Sharp Electronics told TWICE last week that it is moving forward with a brand-refresh campaign that will place retail partners front and center in the effort.
Mark Viken, Sharp Electronics brand marketing VP, said the campaign will rely heavily on Internet assets, including a recently revamped company website, web-based merchandising tools, in-store merchandising and demo displays, and sales training efforts that dealers can draw from to help sell the new Q+ technology.
Tokyo — Sharp Electronics reversed losses and posted higher sales in its nine-month results, ended Dec. 31, 2013.
Net sales were up 21 percent; net income was 17,720 million yen vs. a prior-year net loss of 424,347 million yen for the same period. Operating income was 81,472 million yen vs. a prior-year operating loss of 166,232 million yen.
Sharp said it experienced growth at home in Japan, as well as in the U.S. and China.
Mahwah, N.J. – Longtime industry product development expert Mark Knox rejoined former employer Sharp Electronics at the start of the year as a product and marketing consultant, focused on the launch of the Sharp WiSA-compliant Universal Player, the company confirmed for TWICE Monday.
Las Vegas — Sharp is coming to International CES with its first Bluetooth speaker, first nearfield communications (NFC)-equipped Bluetooth soundbar, its first Bluetooth-equipped microsystem and first Bluetooth-equipped executive component system.
Sharp is also displaying its first Blu-ray/SACD player with WiSA-compliant wireless technology to stream soundtracks to WiSA-certified active speakers.
All products ship in the first half. Prices weren’t announced.
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp plans early 2014 shipments of the first Blu-ray player certified by the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association to transmit multichannel audio wirelessly to active WiSA-certified home-theater speakers.
The universal player will be on display at International CES and will ship early in 204. It was named a CES Innovation 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.
Osaka, Japan – Sharp Electronics reported an increase in net sales, a reduced net loss and a turnaround in operating income for its fiscal first half ended Sept. 30.
Compared year on year net sales were up 21.5 percent to 1,342 billion yen, operating income was 33.8 billion yen versus a prior year loss of 168.9 billion yen, and a net loss of 4.3 billion yen compared with a prior year net loss of 387.6 billion yen loss.
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp said it has joined forces with THX and Red on a “resolution revolution” promotion highlighted by an “Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition.”
Sharp, THX and Red have started inviting independent filmmakers to create a short (four minutes or less) film that captures “the art of an amazing 4K entertainment experience through: energy, light, and scale.”
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp Electronics said Wednesday its 70-inch Aquos Ultra HD LED LCD TV is now available at regional and national specialty retailers around the country.
Sharp model LC-70UD1U (carrying a $7,499 suggested retail and a $5,999 unilateral pricing policy tag), is billed as the first THX 4K Certified Ultra HDTV on the market.
The Ultra HDTV (UHD) set is available at national specialty retailers, major regional retailers and on Amazon.com, among other venues, the company said.