Sony Corp. said today that its 60,000 yen ($800) “HMZ personal 3-D viewer” is set to go on sale Nov. 11 in Japan, and is planned for the U.S. and Europe, perhaps in time for Christmas, although dates have not yet been set.
U.S. consumers looking to buy a 3DTV during the next year plan to spend over 50% more than those buying a regular HDTV, with over 11% planning to buy one next year. According to Strategy Analytics, those early entertainment adopters will spend 56% more in the U.S than for a regular HDTV. That price is expected to average $1224 for a 3DTV compared with $785 for a HDTV.
Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. have begun talks on what would be Japan’s biggest ever domestic merger, three sources say, heralding a long-awaited shake-up of the nation’s sprawling industrial behemoths.
As prices drop, nearly one-quarter of U.S. homes are projected to have a 3D-capable set by 2015, according to SNL Kagan. The projected 21% penetration would be up from about 2% (1.8 million) at the end of this year.
A former Apple executive says the company is teaming up with a major OEM to sell iOS-powered, Apple-branded displays later this year or next.
TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp., which faces a tough road this year after Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, believes it can turn disaster into opportunity as the country rethinks its energy policy. President Fumio Ohtsubo said Friday his company’s recent efforts to move toward environmentally friendly products and renewable energy technologies would eventually pay […]
Nielsen reports that 96.7% of American households now own sets, down from 98.9%. The decrease is the first in 20 years. There are two reasons for the decline, according to Nielsen. One is poverty, the other is technological innovation, with many young people watching on laptops and opting to forego set ownership.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics has suffered a sharp fall in first quarter earnings, hit by weakness in its liquid crystal display business and price competition in tablet computers. The manufacturer of the Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet said Thursday operating profit for the first three months of 2011 will fall […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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) […]
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.
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.