CES 2012

Sony Outlines Plan To Revitalize TV Group

Sony used the backdrop of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to talk about the company’s plans to revitalize its struggling television division. Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai said new technologies, such as the Crystal LED prototype the company showcased Monday in its news conference, will factor in plans to return the TV group to profitability by March 2014.

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CES Attracts Record Number Of Exhibitors

The Consumer Electronics Association says the annual show has more than 3,100 exhibitors, up from a pre-show estimate of 2,800-plus. The show usually has just over 2,700 exhibitors, but dipped to 2,500 in 2010. It opened Tuesday and is expected to draw more than 140,000 attendees.

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Samsung Intros ‘Super OLED’, Improves Smart Hub

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TVs You Can Talk To Without Sounding Crazy

LG Electronics will sell a remote with its high-end flat-panel TVs that contains a microphone. You’ll be able to speak into the microphone to enter text on the TV for Twitter updates and Web searches. But you still won’t be able to change the channel or control the volume by yelling at the TV.

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LG Intros Large OLED, Is Bullish On Passive 3D

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Though Not At CES, Apple Presence Is Strong

Apple casts a huge shadow over the world’s largest consumer electronics show as rumors continue to spread that it has its own TV in the works.

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Microsoft, Fox Set TV, News, Web Video Apps

Fox Broadcasting Co., Fox News Channel, IGN Entertainment and the Wall Street Journal will launch apps for Xbox this year.

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Will Broadcasters Balk At Dish’s Auto DVR?

Dish Network is looking to make a splash at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — but one announcement, which leaked out prematurely, could raise the ire of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Dish’s new multi-room DVR, Hopper, will automatically record primetime broadcasts from local stations for ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC and retain those shows for a week — in effect turning Hopper into into a catch-up VOD service.

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CES 2012 Buzz: What To Expect In Vegas

A few things we know — the buzz around 3D continues to peter out after peaking at CES 2010, tablets and e-readers continue to find their way into more consumers hands, and “thin is in” as the hottest TV’s, laptops, tablets and phones will be thinner than ever in 2012.

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CES 2012: The Perils Of Ubiquity

The Consumer Electronics Association has made an aggressive effort to broaden its appeal and roster of members in recent years, expanding the categories of companies it represents to include automakers, major retailers and medical device manufacturers, among others.

Survey: TV Brand Names Become Irrelevant

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CES Buzz On TVs Up, Tablets Down

What’s generating buzz in the buildup to that technology industry bacchanalia known as CES? The most talk is still around tablets but TVs are seeing the biggest year-over-year gains in online buzz, according to new data from Nielsen’s NM Incite unit.

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LG Releasing Google TV-Based Smart TV

LG has taken the wraps off its first Google TV-powered television set, even as rumors of an Apple television loom over the industry.

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‘CES Curse?’ Gadget Show Has Poor Record

When the annual conclave kicks off next week, organizers expect more than 140,000 people  to descend on Las Vegas. The 2,800 or so exhibitors are hoping to set the tone for the year by showing off tons of tablet computers, throngs of 3D TVs and untold numbers of slim, light laptops called ultrabooks. But a look back at the products heavily promoted at CES in recent years reveals few successes.

LG To Sell 55-Inch TV Using New Ultra-Thin Tech

NEW YORK (AP) – For flat-panel TVs, the choice for years has been between plasma and LCD. In the coming year, there’ll be another choice, at least for those prepared to spend big. LG Electronics Inc. says it’s planning to sell a 55-inch set based on organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. The Korean company is […]

TV Makers Seek Fatter Profits In Thinner Sets

TV Set Prices Fall, Squeezing Makers, Sellers

Television sets are much less expensive now because of an oversupply and continued pressure on prices from low-cost manufacturers and online retailers.

Will Digital Media Own Next-Gen TV At CES?

In three weeks, thousands of consumer marketing executives will descend on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

Microsoft Says 2012 CES Will Be Its Last

Microsoft said the next Consumer Electronics Show, to be held Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas, will be the last show at which it has a booth or the CEO delivers the customary kick-off speech. Microsoft says it will continue to use CES as a place to connect to customers, but it won’t have a booth because its product milestones don’t align with the show’s January timing.

Apple Plots Its Television Assault

In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is also working on its own television set that relies on wireless streaming technology to access shows, movies and other content, according to people briefed on the project.

TVs Are Hot Sellers This Holiday Season

Heading into the holiday shopping season, TVs seemed so two Christmases ago. Sales had slowed as consumers tightened their budgets in the weak economy and technologies like 3D failed to spark their interest the way tablet computers and smartphones have. But now shoppers are responding to the discounts of up to 50%.

Weak Reception For 3D TVs

Sales of 3-D televisions are looking a little flat. Powered by the box office bonanza of the groundbreaking 2009 film Avatar, the latest evolution of 3D technology zoomed out toward TV viewers at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010. But analysts say 3D TVs are set for less-than-stellar sales for 2011, their first full year on store shelves.

Samsung In Last-Stage Talks To Launch Google TV

Prediction: 551 Million Connected TV Sets By 2016

Antennas Direct Gives Away Thousands Of TV Units

Stores Gear Up For ‘Dogfight’ In TV Aisles

The television aisles of top U.S. retailers are poised for a hard-fought contest this holiday season as chains take little chances with budget-conscious shoppers. Unlike last year when some such as Best Buy held the line on discounts and promoted only high-end TVs, many retailers told Reuters this past week that they plan to do whatever it takes to get the customer through the door.

Panasonic Bundles Social TV App With Viera TVs

Sony Overhauls Struggling TV Set Business

Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. is splitting its television business into three divisions to make operations more accountable as part of efforts to turn around the loss-making business. Sony said its TV division will comprise LCD TVs, outsourcing and next-generation TVs, beginning today.

US Home Video Spend Up For 1st Time Since ’08

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a welcome relief for Hollywood, Americans are finally spending more on home videos. For the three months through September, spending rose nearly 5 percent from a year earlier to $3.9 billion. The figures from an industry organization, The Digital Entertainment Group, show the first increase since the recession took hold […]

EARNINGS FORECAST

Panasonic Sees $5.5 Billion Annual Loss

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. forecast an annual net loss of 420 billion yen ($5.5 billion), its biggest in a decade, as restructuring costs ballooned, and a soaring yen and weak demand in the United States and Europe eroded income.

Flat-Panel TV Shipments Soften In Second Quarter

Philips TV Deal At Risk, Plans 4,500 Job Cuts

Sony Sees ‘Murky’ Holiday Consumer Sales Outlook

Apple Unveils Faster, More Powerful iPhone

The new iPhone 4S has an improved camera with a higher-resolution sensor. The processor is faster, which helps run smoother, more realistic action games. It’s also a “world phone,” which means that Verizon iPhones will be useable overseas, just as AT&T iPhones already are.

Samsung Grows Bigger, But Icon Status Elusive

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If you own a consumer electronics gadget, there’s a good chance something from Samsung makes it tick. The company has traveled far from its roots as a seller of cheap appliances in the 1970s and 1980s when South Korean products were more likely to be panned than praised internationally. Over […]

Feinstein: Regulation Of TV Devices Possible

Viewsonic Kills Boxee-Powered TV Set

Unclear Future For ESPN 3D

LG, Sharp, Philips Standardize TV Apps

Toshiba Intros No-Glasses 3D TV