BERNSTEIN RESEARCH REPORT

Don’t Hold Your Breath For 4K TV

The technology sometimes referred to as “Ultra HD” provides extraordinarily vivid images — sets offer four times the resolution of a conventional HDTV — and was all the rage at recent industry shows including CES and The Cable Show. But ordinary consumers probably won’t share executives’ enthusiasm according to a report today from Bernstein Research.

Microsoft Hopes Xbox Will Rule Living Rooms

For the past two years, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has outsold its rivals. But it’s been eight years since that entertainment console came out, and Microsoft is the last of the three major console makers to unveil a new system, Xbox One. The stakes are high as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are all using their latest machines not only to draw gamers but also to command the living room. The goal is to extend their reach beyond loyal legions of hardcore gamers and to become as important to our lives at home as smartphones have become to our lives on the go.

Sony Debuts Marketing Campaign For 4K TVs

While U.S. TV programming networks are close to transitioning to the new 4K TV technology, none has specific plans to air programming in 4K. Still, Sony Electronics has started a marketing campaign for its new 4K Ultra HD TV sets today.

The Stupidity of Smart TV

Though the user experience in smart-TV environments has improved over the years, they’re still not as intuitive as the traditional multichannel world.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Panasonic Reports Big Loss But Forecasts Profit

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp. on Friday reported a near-record net loss of 754 billion yen ($7.5 billion) for the fiscal year through March due to restructuring costs and slumping sales, but predicted a return to the black this year as it prunes unprofitable businesses. The Osaka-based company, which makes Viera […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Returns To Black In Fiscal 4Q

The Japanese electronics and entertainment company also dragged itself back to profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, following four straight years of red ink. It reported today annual earnings of 43 billion yen ($434 million), a reversal from a loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) the previous year — the worst in the company’s nearly seven-decade history.

Latest Xbox Version To Roll Out May 21

WIGGIN'S DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT SURVEY

Report: More Buyers Look For Smart TVs

Netflix, LoveFilm and connected Web video players are behind the drive, according to a new survey.

Sony Sets Pricing For Budget-Friendly 4K TVs

Analyst: Apple To Launch 60-inch iTV

In a research note Wednesday, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the “iTV” will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small “iRing” that fits on the viewer’s finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing, White says.

Panasonic Chairman Ohtsubo Resigning

Panasonic said Fumio Ohtsubo will step down as chairman in June ahead of schedule to take responsibility for the company’s string of dismal financial results. Company president Kazuhiro Tsuga promised to improve profitability over the next two years as he announced a business plan and strategy for the fiscal year that begins next month.

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Rumor: Apple Releasing 4K TV in Late 2013

Rumor has it that Apple plans on releasing a 4K “ultra HD” television set in late 2013 or early 2014. The smart TV would feature a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and include voice and motion control functions.

At Samsung, TV’s Brains Matter As Much As Size

Mobile Devices Overtake TVs In The Bedroom

Smart TV Growth Is Set To Explode

According to IHS Screen Digest, more than a quarter of all televisions shipped in 2012 had so-called “smart” Internet connectivity capabilities, and the organization projects they will account for more than half of all shipments by 2015. In total, 66 million smart TVs shipped in 2012 (up 27% from the 52 million that shipped in 2011).

Smart TVs Register Uptick, 66M Shipped In ’12

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Cuts 3Q Loss To $115 Million

The company reported a 10.7 billion yen ($115 million) loss for the October-December quarter compared with a 158 billion yen loss a year earlier. Quarterly sales inched up nearly 7% to 1.95 trillion yen ($21 billion) despite declining sales of gadgets such as flat-panel TVs and Blu-ray video recorders, but only because Sony got a boost from a weaker yen. Sony has lost money for the past four years as it fell behind powerful rivals such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in profitability and innovation.

NPD DISPLAYSEARCH REPORT

500,000+ Ultra HD Televisions To Ship This Year

TECH PRODUCT REVIEW

Mobile DTV: ‘Kinda Cool And Actually Works’

At CES in Las Vegas last week, two companies were pushing gadgets that will convert an Apple Inc. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a TV. Escort Inc., best known for automotive radar detectors, offers Escort Mobile TV, while Elgato Systems sells the EyeTV Mobile.

UK Has 13,000 Homes With Only B&W TVs

CES 2013

Smart TVs Get Smarter, By Just A Little Bit

The idea is to make TV watching easier and more pleasant as viewers are confronted with more and more choices — from the hundreds of live TV channels from the cable or satellite provider to online video services such as Netflix Inc., Hulu and Apple’s iTunes. A traditional remote control that lets you flip through channels one at a time suddenly seems inadequate.

CES 2013

4K, Second Screens Center Stage At CES

As the annual Consumer Electronics Show gets underway in Las Vegas, the focus is on big screens with ultra-high resolution as well as the growing adoption of tablets as viewing options.

LG Beats Rivals In Race To Sell New OLED TVs

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. started taking pre-orders on Wednesday for the world’s first big TVs that use an advanced display technology promising startlingly clear images on wafer-thin screens. The South Korean company said the 55-inch TVs, which use a technology called “OLED” and have a price tag of 11 million won […]

LG Enhances Google TV Options

ONE TOUCH INTELLIGENCE STUDY

Smart TVs Not Utilized To Full Capacity

Smart TVs are growing, but many of those U.S. consumer owners are not smart enough — or just not interested — in using those TV units to their fullest potential.

Nintendo’s TVii A Remote Replacement

The TVii service will debut in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday. The aim of the service is to bring order to the hundreds of channels on regular TV and the thousands of shows and movies available through apps from Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Hulu Plus and Google Inc.’s YouTube.

 

MORGAN STANLEY STUDY

Apple TV Could Generate $13B in U.S. Rev

A product that doesn’t even exist yet could net Apple as much as $13 billion in revenue from U.S. consumers, according to a study by Morgan Stanley. The nifty device remains hypothetical at this point, but Apple’s plan for an internet-connected television is one of the worst kept secrets in Silicon Valley.

Japan’s TV Giants Hawk $3 Billion Of Assets

Japan’s troubled TV makers, Panasonic Corp., Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp., are  selling buildings and businesses in a giant “garage sale” that could raise a combined $3 billion as the firms look to trim fixed costs and improve cashflow at a time of intense competition, particularly from South Korean rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co.

CEO: Apple Will Be Made In USA; Hints At TV

Apple will manufacture of one of its existing Mac lines exclusively in the United States next year, CEO Tim Cook told Brian Williams during an interview for NBC’s Rock Center. Cook also hinted that Apple is ready to redefine the television: “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,” Cook told Williams. “It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.”

Samsung Ups Chairman’s Son To Vice Chairman

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung Electronics Co. promoted its chairman’s only son to vice chairman, putting the 44-year-old closer to the top leadership position at the world’s largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. Samsung, South Korea’s largest industrial conglomerate, announced Jay Y. Lee’s promotion to vice chairman just two years after […]

Report: New Apple TV Coming, Could Boost Arris

Era Of Japanese Consumer Elec. Giants Over

Once venerable names in consumer electronics such as Sony, Panasonic and Sharp have been besieged by competition from rivals in the U.S., South Korea and, increasingly, China.

Yahoo, Samsung Expand Connected TV Deal

Wal-Mart Inks Exclusive Deal Selling Boxee TV

Sharp Fears For Future As Japan TV Makers Bleed

Hot This Holiday Season: Ads For Tablets

The introduction of Apple’s long-anticipated iPad Mini yesterday heralded what should be a huge holiday season for tablets. Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft all have new devices to push, and the Consumer Electronics Association predicts that a quarter of holiday shoppers will buy a tablet of some sort. That has sparked a surge in tablet advertising among marketers eager to get in on the next big thing.

TV Set Sales Remain Flat, LCD Demand Up

Next Big Thing Will Be Called Ultra HD, Not 4K

The early-stage format offering resolution four times greater then HD will carry an industry-wide moniker of Ultra High-Definition or Ultra HD. The less flashy 4K will be shunted aside as a consumer term, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Panasonic To Stop Making LCD TVs

Review: How Do The New Slingboxes Stack Up