Best Buy Stocks Roku Players

The Roku XD player — an $80 set-top that lets users stream video from Netflix and other services over broadband pipes — is now available for purchase at Best Buy stores nationwide and at BestBuy.com. The unit is a 5-by-5-by-1-inch box that provides support for up to 1080p HD streaming support and includes 802.11n Wi-Fi.

3D Becomes A TV Commodity

In just a year, 3D has gone from the cutting edge of television technology to a simple feature in the 2011 models that are rolling into stores. But that hasn’t stopped a war of words between Samsung and LG, the two biggest TV makers.

Tsunami Sparks Concern Over Electronics

Sony To Reorganize Key Businesses

A massive new consumer group will be led by Kazuo Hirai, a rising executive who has overseen a recovery in Sony’s video game business. The move likely sets the stage for him to one day take over for current CEO Howard Stringer.

Samsung Said To Be Mulling Google TV Products

LG Puts Hopes On ‘Next-Generation’ 3D TV

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics says competition is heating up in the global battle to woo viewers to 3D TVs. And the South Korean company thinks it has an edge. Seoul-based LG Electronics showed off its Cinema 3D TV on Wednesday. The company hailed it as the “next generation” in the sector as […]

Is Apple Planning A Move Into TVs?

Apple’s recent investment of $3.9 billion in components is likely for device displays ranging from the iPhone to the 27-inch iMac, and could signal Apple’s intention to build a television set up to 50 inches in size, investment firm Piper Jaffray believes.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Hitachi Quarterly Profit Almost Triples

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Profit Falls 8.6% On Strong Yen

TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s quarterly profit dropped 8.6 percent as a strong yen and falling TV prices erased the boost the Japanese electronics and entertainment company got from its hit movie “The Social Network.” Tokyo-based Sony Corp. said Thursday it earned 72.33 billion yen ($886.4 million) in profit for the October-December quarter, down from 79.17 […]

Samsung’s Fourth Quarter Net Profit Rises 13%

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer memory chips and flat screen televisions, said net profit rose 13 percent in the fourth quarter amid higher sales of semiconductors and smartphones as the technology giant rounded out a record year for earnings and revenue. Samsung warned, however, of a cloudy […]

MAGNA GLOBAL RESEARCH

DVRs Approaching Critical Mass, Finally

As far as important industry milestones go, the one announced late Tuesday by Interpublic’s Magna Global unit, that DVRs are finally poised to reach the 50% mark a level often thought of as critical mass for a mass medium like television may seem a bit anticlimactic, and just goes to show that big industrial shifts sometimes are more evolutionary, than they are revolutionary.

QUARTERLY REPORT

LG Electronics Posts $229 Million Quarterly Loss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics reported its first quarterly loss in nearly two years as prices for flat screen televisions fell and devices like the iPhone provided stiff competition for its mobile phone business. The company, a major global manufacturer of flat screen televisions and mobile phones, lost 256.4 billion won ($229.4 million) […]

Samsung Hits 2 Million TV App Downloads

JESSELL AT LARGE

Shapiro’s Blind Spot: Broadcast TV Innovation

Gary Shapiro, the president of the Consumer Electronics Association, uses his new book, The Comeback, to argue the importance of taking spectrum away for TV broadcasters and giving it to broadband providers. What he totally misses or ignores in his arguments is that broadcasters are moving rapidly to use their spectrum to introduce mobile DTV, a service that, by any definition, is innovative and, given the quality of the programming, more important than many of wireless gimcracks and geegaws shown at CES.

CES 2011

Connected TVs Offer Promise, Challenges

If CES 2011 is any indication of the future of the TV viewing experience, it appears that the days of TV sets that deliver only crystal-clear images will go the way of a wired telephone handset that delivers only crystal-clear sound.

CES 2011

CE Suppliers’ Tack: Make 3D Ubiquitous

CES press-conference day featured plenty of new product announcements, and, while “smart” TVs may have been a consistent hot topic, the 3D announcements suggested that 3D has some staying power. And a number of innovations are proving that some of the gating factors, such as expensive glasses, may eventually be a thing of the past.

CES 2011

Sony Plans IPTV Hookup With TWC

Time Warner Cable will deliver its entire video programming lineup to customers with Sony’s Internet-connected Bravia HDTVs this year.

CES 2011

3D Set Makers To Offer Cheaper Glasses

Manufacturers don’t plan to completely supplant the 3D TVs that require the heavier, battery-powered glasses, which went on sale last year for the first time.

How Blu-Ray Could Speed Up 3D TV Adoption

TV Sales Climb, 3D Adoption Rate Is Slower

Apple’s Absence To Be Felt At CES

Apple Inc. It won’t be at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off this week in Las Vegas, but its tablet computer, the iPad, is the most important new product for an industry that needs to once again excite consumers. But nearly every other company in the industry will be there for CES, which runs Thursday to Sunday

What’s In Store For Personal Tech In 2011

Products, services and big developments to watch for and the challenges facing the major players.

N.J. Law Requires Recycling Of TVs, Monitors

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Beginning Jan. 1, New Jersey residents can no longer put televisions, computers or computer monitors out for trash. A new law requires that so-called “e-waste” be recycled. That means many residents will have to take the items to a dropoff point, such as a county or municipal recycling center or to […]

Costs Come Down, HDTV Set Ownership Goes Up

Purchase Intent For 3DTV Varies Around The Globe

Sony Says It May Miss LCD TV Sales Target

Sony Corp’s LCD TV sales will likely fall slightly short of a targeted 60% rise in unit terms this financial year, a senior executive said, with new 3D TVs unable to resuscitate soft sales in mature markets.

Buyers Shrug Off 3D, Internet TVs

Fancy new features like 3D screens and Internet connectivity have failed to inspire U.S. television shoppers, dashing a hoped-for recovery in the global consumer electronics industry.

TV’s Largest Social Network, Xbox Sales Soar

Samsung Promotes Chairman’s Son To President

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A scion of the family that founded the sprawling Samsung conglomerate has been promoted to president at the flagship electronics business, sending its shares to a record high. The elevation of Lee Jae-yong, 42, from executive vice president at Samsung Electronics Co. comes after his father, the company’s chairman, last […]

Samsung Expected To Include Google In TV Sets

TV Set Bargains Come Early This Year

HD TVs Now Majority, But Viewing Lags

Now in 56% of U.S. households, high-definition television is one of the most quickly adopted consumer entertainment technologies of the past 20 years, but true HD viewing is still far eclipsed by viewing of standard-definition TV.

U.S. 3DTV Shipments Hit 655,000 Through Sept.

FTC Mandates Consumer Info Tags On New TVs

CALLS IT 'COMPELLING'

‘Consumer Reports’ Tests 3D TV Sets

Consumer Reports rated 3D TVs for the first time — but it couldn’t decide whether the new technology was a fad or here for the long term.  “It remains to be seen whether 3D TV is just a novelty or a new product category in the consumer electronics space,” wrote Paul Reynolds, the magazine’s electronics editor. But, he added: “We can tell you 3D TV is the real deal: realistic, compelling and exciting.”

WFLA Tampa Launches Mobile DTV

If you’re a gamer, the appeal of immersing yourself in a virtual world might be obvious. The rest of us, though, still need convincing. The new systems represent “science fiction coming to reality,” said Gary Shapiro, head of the group that runs the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas, which will showcase VR and related technologies in early January. What’s changed? Screen and graphics technologies have finally gotten good enough to provide a realistic and responsive VR experience.