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LED TVs to Dominate World Market

January 6, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The worldwide economic downturn put a damper on consumer demand for televisions, according to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report. High inventory levels meant that shipments for 2011 are exepected to be flat compared with 2010. The good news is that there are signs of improvement, and the forecast is for a modest increase of 2% in 2012, reaching 254 million units. [Source: NPD DisplaySearch Advanced Quarterly...

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3DTV Active Glasses Standard in the Works

August 11, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Standards are great. It means that you can buy one set of wrenches and you can use them to work on any car or truck. Unless the car uses hardware built to a different standard. So maybe you need two sets of wrenches to work on cars. It looks as though we may be headed to just two types of 3D glasses for televisions, which is still a Good Thing...

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ESPN 3D: Too Little, Too Soon?

August 8, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
AT&T made a big public splash last year when it picked up ESPN 3D, the all-3D sports channel. So it's a little surprising that the company has dropped the channel without ceremony rather than renew the contract. According to AT&T sources, "the price tag was too high." Is this a major blow to ESPN or 3DTV in general? I don't think so. ESPN is clearly investing in 3D technology, and...

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DisplaySearch Lowers Expectations

July 28, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
"Demand in many developed countries continues to be very soft" so analysts at DisplaySearch have lowered their forecasts for the total worldwide television shipments for this year. The new figure is 252 million units, which is down 3% from the previous estimate. Three percent doesn't sound like much until you realize that represents more than 7 million sets with a total value that is probably more than a few billion...

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CEA Reports TVs Weigh Less

July 25, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
From the Who Ever Would Have Guessed It Department, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has come out with a report detailing the "materials footprint" of televisions and computer monitors from 2004 through 2011. In comparing televisions in the 13" to 36" size range, the group determined that flat panel LCD TVs weigh 82% less than CRT (picture tube) models, and take up 75% less space. That's hardly surprising. The fact...

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Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

July 14, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
"They cost too much." "There's not enough content." "I won't get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses." Two out of three ain't bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough. We've already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will be close to zero in a year or two, if you'll even have the...

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Hide in Plain Sight

June 21, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing an HDTV is that they get one that is too small for the viewing distance. Insufficient budget for a larger one is certainly a good reason for going with a smaller model, but too often I hear people complain that they don't want a "big ugly television" dominating their living room decor. I'll grant that it is not easy...

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Hello Comcast, Skype is Calling

June 20, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Last week, Comcast and Skype announced a partnership that will make Skype's video calling available to Comcast customers. Subscribers will be able to make and receive video calls through their television with other Skype users. This means that you'll be able to connect for free with other televisions, computers, tablets, or even smartphones. The plan includes the ability to place or receive Skype calls while watching programs on your HDTV....

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Rivers Are Low in China: So What!

June 9, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
If you still need proof that we live in a global economy, you need look no further than the consumer electronics market for HDTVs and other devices. In this case, the important factor is an ongoing drought in the Yangtsu River basin in China. A big yawn, right? Well, consider this. The Yangtsu River is the biggest source of hydroelectric power in China. And according to a Reuter's report, the...

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Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

June 6, 2011 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year. According to NPD's figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales of flat panel televisons (LCD and plasma combined) with a 24.9% market share, first...

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