Englewood, Cliffs, N.J. – Commenting on its recent rebuke by the National
Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus for a
Cinema 3D campaign last year that slighted Sony and Samsung 3DTVs in a claimed
consumer preference test, LG Electronics home entertainment senior VP Jay
Vandenbree told dealers Friday that LG’s independent test claims were accurate.
In his letter to dealers, Vandenbree took aim at the NAD’s
decision concerning Sony, since Sony was also rebuked by the NAD for allegedly
contacting dealers prior to a formal announcement of the decision and using that
decision for promotional purposes.
Sony denied using the NAD decision for promotional purposes, but
acknowledged contacting dealers prior to the formal announcement since LG
allegedly told the NAD its ad program had “run its course” and would not be
But, Sony said, the advertising remained on LG’s website and
other places, justifying its clarification notice.
In its decision, the NAD, which oversees the advertising
industry’s self-regulatory practices, said
advertising claims were based on
consumer perception evidence.
In his letter Friday, Vandenbree pointed out that buried within
the full report, “the NAD did not comment on the survey methodology in its Sony
decision; but only that we should have tested more models if we wanted to make
a broader claim. This decision from the NAD came in December … hardly the time
to test more 2011 models or debate when our campaign was nearing its end.”
An NAD representative could not be reached upon repeated attempts
to get a full text of the study.
Further, Vandenbree told dealers: “There are no legal issues as
called out in the letter as the NAD is a self-governing group and not a legally
binding or law making entity. I’d save legal advice for the experts and not
take it from anyone else.”
Cinema 3D is the name LG
uses for certain 3D-capable HD LCD TVs that are based on its film-patterned
retarder passive-3D glasses technology. The company’s ads made bold pronouncements
that consumer tests found four out of five people preferred Cinema 3D TVs to
the active-shutter 3D glasses-based LCD TVs marketed by Samsung and Sony for
the overall 3D experience, brightness, color and picture quality, among other
Samsung has been quiet since the NAD decision was released.
In commenting on the action late last week, Samsung spokesman
Ethan Rasiel said “We are pleased with NAD’s careful review of the facts, and
agree that its recommendations are appropriate. Under NAD rules, we may not
comment further on the decision. For more specific information regarding the
decision and NAD’s reasoning, we refer you to the decision itself, which may be
obtained from NAD.”
In his letter, Vandenbree thanked customers for ultimately
“voting with the wallets.”
“LG Electronics USA grew more than any other tier 1 manufacturer
this past year – both in overall market share, and critical focus areas of big
screen and advanced technologies like 3D. We couldn’t have done that without
you, and we thank you for the support and partnership,” he said.