LCD TVs are quickly taking the lead over plasma displays in terms of value. Despite a pervasive downturn in the economy, the value of LCD TVs has increased 14% in year-to-year comparisons, going from $19.9B in 2007 to $22.7B in the same quarter of 2008. Quarter-to-quarter, LCD sales have increased by 7%.
Reports from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei have indicated that Pioneer will discontinue manufacturing TVs, and will enter into a joint venture with Sharp in order to maintain its DVD player business. This report was released on the tail of Pioneer’s announcement of huge losses anticipated for the end of the fiscal year this March, and its 2,000 employee layoffs.
During this week’s Integrated Systems Europe Show held in the Netherlands, SIM2 Multimedia and Dolby Laboratories unveiled the latest version of the Solar Series – an LCD TV using LEDs and Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range) local dimming technology. The 47-inch TV showcased Dolby’s proprietary algorithm which controls LEDs behind the LCD panel.
Wednesday, 04 February 2009
Not all HDTV manufacturers are suffering through this economic downturn, as VIZIO is quick to point out. The company has seen a boom in sales and support, thanks, in part, to their Super Bowl ad. This ad asserted that if a consumer was watching the Super Bowl on anything but a VIZIO TV, they paid too much.
Media Décor is offering a solution for hiding flat screen or projection screen TVs – the new Ecco Series offers moving art as a framing option for those concerned with having an elegant and stylish home theater setup. For a starting price of $1,495, the Ecco System will change from a framed piece of art to a home theater with the simple click of a button on the included remote.