Who’s Watching? 3D TV No Hit With Viewers

Only 2% of TVs in the U.S. are able to show 3D programming, according to the most recent data from research firm IHS Screen Digest. That’s about 6.9 million sets out of 331 million. After this year’s Christmas buying rush, IHS expects the number of 3D-capable televisions in homes to jump to 19.3 million, mostly because many new larger TVs automatically include the technology. If you’re in the market for a big-screen TV, you’re likely to wind up with 3D, too. Even so, 3D TVs will amount to fewer than 6% of all sets.

Sluggish 3D Sales Makes 4K Next Big Thing

The consumer electronics industry is looking to shed the glasses and provide TV pictures that are sharper and brighter than HDTV.

LG End-Runs Sony With 84-Inch 4K TV

The new set with four times the resolution of standard HDTVs will go on sale in October for $20,000.

Sony To Sell Ultra-HD ‘4K’ TV Set In US

By December, U.S. stores will sell a TV set with four times the resolution of today’s best HDTVs, Sony Corp. said Wednesday. The set will measure 84 inches on the diagonal, making the screen area four times as large as the common 42-inch set.

Apple Interest In TV May Be Cooling

Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of Internet software and services, says Apple won’t get into the television business unless it can create a great user experience, which isn’t the slam dunk people think it is.

Hopes Dim For Sharp TV Panel Business

Sharp Corp. shares tumbled nearly 30% to their lowest closing level since 1976 on Friday as investors questioned whether Japan’s last major maker of television panels will survive the sunset of the country’s TV industry.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Panasonic Returns To Profit On Cost Cutting

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Tuesday it returned to the black in the April-June quarter, logging a net profit of 12.8 billion ($163 million) mainly on lower costs after cutting more than 38,000 jobs over the last year. The consumer electronics giant had a net loss of 30.4 billion yen in the same quarter […]

LG Display, Employees Charged With OLED Theft

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – LG Display Co. said 11 people including six of its own employees have been charged with stealing advanced TV display technology from rival Samsung. LG Display said Tuesday that it was charged along with the 11 for alleged theft of OLED technology between 2010 and 2011. Three of those charged […]

Sony, Panasonic Team To Develop OLED Displays

Samsung, LG Bet OLED Can Revive TV Sales

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) —South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity. It might prove to be a costly last gasp of innovation from an industry finding it ever harder to excite consumers who’ve been wowed by smartphones […]

Sharp Unveils 90-Inch TV Set

TV Makers Fight ‘Showrooming’ With Price Floors

Apple CEO: TV Is Area Of ‘Intense Interest’

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said technology for televisions was of “intense interest” but stressed the company’s efforts would unfold gradually amid speculation the iPad and iPhone maker was on the brink of unveiling a revolutionary iTV.

Report: Flat-Screen TV Boom Is Far From Over

Foxconn Said Beginning Apple TV Production

Chinese news sources report that the iPhone and iPad maker is preparing the production of an Apple-branded a television set.

Apple TV Slated To Debut In December?

That’s according to a research note from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who also weighs in on the iPhone 5. Munster said he expects the Apple TV product line to cost between $1,500 and $2,000 and range in size from 42 to 55 inches.

UPFRONTS

DVR Ad-Eraser Causes Tremors At Upfronts

As with past technological threats, network executives are closing ranks against a Dish Network device that undermines the broadcast business model.

Sony, Panasonic In Talks To Make OLED TVs

NEWS ANALYSIS

Asian Giants Wrestle For TV Set Dominance

LG Electronics will steal a march on its rivals by bringing forward the launch of a 55-inch flat TV using next-generation technology, raising the stakes in a cut-throat battle for the living room between Asia’s top tech powerhouses.

BreakingNews Introduces Smart TV News Ticker

IKEA To Sell TV’s Integrated Into Its Furniture

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Already the one-stop shop for smart and compact home furnishing, IKEA is venturing into the world of technology — with the IKEA TV. The new furniture range, named UPPLEVA, the Swedish word for experience, integrates an LED TV, a sound system with wireless bass speakers, an internet connection and CD, DVD and […]

Sony, AU Optronics In OLED TV Production Talks

Panasonic App ‘Flicks’ Videos From Phone To TV

Apple TV Set Said To Be Coming In 2013

A research group says that the long-awaited television set is in the works but most likely won’t debut until next year.

Apple TV The Prize In Hon Hai’s Sharp Gamble

It promises to revolutionise television in the way the iPad did computing, and the chance to make Apple Inc’s much-anticipated smart TV could explain Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry’s bold move to buy into 100-year-old Japanese firm Sharp.

Report: 100M Internet-Connected TVs By ’16

A new report from researcher NPD In-Stat predicts that 100 million homes in North America and Western Europe will own television sets that blend traditional programs with Internet content by 2016. These new hybrid devices, capable of displaying interactive content related to TV shows, are a bid to hold the viewer’s attention in a device-cluttered world.

Apple’s 1080p Apple TV Is A Hit With Reviewers

What The New iPad, Apple TV Mean For Media

Apple took the wraps off a new retina display iPad (with 4G LTE) and a 1080p Apple TV box today (sorry no TV set), both of which will be available on March 16. While the announcements themselves aren’t particularly groundbreaking — solid incremental improvements — Tim Cook revealed a metric that should be a bit of shocker.

As TV Screens Grow, So Does DVR Usage

Over the last 60 years, televisions have evolved to have slimmer profiles, larger screens and sharper pictures. Additionally, the devices delivering the content to these new high-tech screens have changed significantly and more rapidly — helping us watch what we want when we want it. The percent of DVR usage has grown fivefold from a mere 1.6% in 2006 to almost 8% in 2011.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Legal Settlements Rocketed TiVo’s 4Q Revs

Google Working On Voice-Activated Remote

In what could be the biggest boost to couch potatoes since the remote control, Google Inc. is developing a technology that would allow a viewer to tell a TV, by voice, to change the channel or even seek out a favorite show or movie.

Samsung To Spin Off LCD Business

Google Planning Home Entertainment Device

Google is developing a home entertainment device, according to people with knowledge of the company’s plans, in a move that would bring it more broadly into consumer electronics.

Manufacturing Concerns Delaying Apple TV

The chance is low for Apple to launch so-called iTV products in the second quarter of 2012 as there are no signs indicating that Sharp is ready to ship IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels to Apple, according to industry sources.

Internet TV Faces Some Big Obstacles

Technology increasingly blurs the lines between computer, television, phone and tablet. Online video options grow almost by the hour. A screen, in the era of cyber choice, is a screen is a screen. Still, to fill your screen with popular sports, comedies and dramas from the brands that dominate your television, generations-old economic models will have to be rearranged for the wild, wild Web.

TV Sets May Again Be Made In U.S.

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Broadcast Television: Still No. 1 At CES

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show was overflowing with TV technology. For the creative, forward-thinking marketer there was an abundance of innovative ways to reach television-loving consumers, and TV broadcasters were squarely in that game with mobile DTV. With mobile DTV, marketers will have the opportunity to establish the deepest connection with consumers through the reach of television, their relationship with local news and entertainment, the interactivity of the Web and the intimacy of personal devices.

Samsung Plans $41B Investment In 2012

Samsung Group, which includes Samsung Electronics Co, said on Tuesday it is raising its 2012 investment to a record $41.4 billion, underscoring the widening gulf between the dominant South Korean conglomerate and its faltering competitors.

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YouTube Betting Big On Web Video

In the next decade, 75% of all channels will be born on the Internet. That’s the bold prediction of the day from Robert Kyncl, the head of global partnerships for YouTube. In a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Kyncl said the Web is poised to become the premium channel for entertainment distribution within the next decade.

LEICHTMAN RESEARCH GROUP REPORT

Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Have HDTV

According to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, 69% of households in the United States have at least one high definition television set, up from 17% in 2006. Over the past five years, 52% of US households adopted HDTV. In addition, 48% of HDTV households have more than one HD set.