Episode's Soundbars and On-Wall LCRs Reach the Market

With an emphasis on performance and installation conveniences, TV Soundbars and OnWall LCRs are now available from acclaimed loudspeaker brand Episode Speakers. All are finished in a luxurious high-gloss piano black and backed by a lifetime warranty.

VERIZON AND COINSTAR'S REDBOX FORM JOINT VENTURE TO CREATE NEW CONSUMER CHOICE FOR VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT

Verizon and Coinstar, Inc. today announced the formation of a joint venture that will create a new choice for quality- and value-conscious consumers seeking a simple and affordable way to access the video entertainment they crave. The venture's services will offer all of the convenience, simplicity and value of Redbox® new release DVD and Blu-ray Disc® rentals combined with a new content-rich video on-demand streaming and download service from Verizon.
The joint venture plans to introduce the product portfolio in the second half of 2012. It will offer subscription services and more in an easy-to-use, flexible and affordable service that will allow all consumers across the U.S. to enjoy the new and popular entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the media and devices they prefer. Additional brand and product information will be revealed in the coming months.
 

Verizon and Coinstar's Redbox Form Joint Venture to Create New Consumer Choice for Video Entertainment

Joint Venture Will Offer the Best of Both Worlds - Physical and Digital - to All Consumers Nationwide

VMP Features New DVR Lockbox for Mobile/Rackmount Applications at 2012 ISC West

Now Shipping, the DVR-MB1 has been Designed Specifically for the Peace of Mind of Those Who Require DVRs be Either Portable or Rack Mounted in Settings that May be Prone to Theft or Vandalism

Alteva CSO to Discuss Cloud Opportunities in the Channel at UC3 Summit

Channel Conference Focuses on Unified Communications, Collaboration and Cloud Solutions for SMBs

Is the Japanese TV Business Facing Extinction?

You would be forgiven for thinking that TV manufacturers were doing pretty well. After all, for the last few years we’ve seen abundance of new products flooding the market: 3D, ultra-skinny backlit LED, 70”+ behemoths, 21:9 ratio sets and OLED is being released later this year. Despite this, all is not well in TV-land.  Several manufacturers have recently issues losses (or warnings of losses) in their TV divisions:

Panasonic warned of $10.2B loss and reduced projected shipments of TV from 19 million to 18 million sets this year.

A few days ago, Sharp announced its worst ever annual loss of $3.8b and said it will cut the output at its largest TV panel factory by 50% to reduce inventory.

Sony is predicting losses in its TV business for the 8th consecutive year.

Hitachi announced that it will stop making TV’s in its Gifu facility by September this year.

In 2011, Philips abandoned TV production.

According to flat panel industry research company DisplaySearch, annual global sales of liquid crystal TV’s will contract by 8% by 2015 and plasma will shrink by 38%. The latter not being good news for Panasonic, who are the major manufacturer in this sector.

Many of the manufacturers’ problems are caused by fluctuations in the Yen, which has appreciated by almost 25-percent in the last 3 years. This makes exports of Japanese products very expensive in relation to other countries’ products (such as South Korea). In an effort to combat this and the effect of exchange rate fluctuations, many are turning to outsourcing and contract manufacturing.

South Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG now produce about one third of all TV’s globally and will ship new OLED products later this year. Vizio has leapt to over 25%. As a result, there has been a lot of shake ups in the Japanese companies while they try and recover. With strong rumors that Apple will launch their TV in the near future, the Japanese manufacturers have little to be positive about.

ihiji Ships Category Changing, Low-Cost, and Energy Efficient Remote Network Monitoring Appliance

ihiji Ships Category Changing, Low-Cost, and Energy Efficient Remote Network Monitoring Appliance * At $200, the new INV-APP-500 is the industry's lowest cost remote monitoring appliance * Simple and easy to deploy - field installation takes only minutes * New low cost service model starts at no annual fee * Enables remote power management via the cloud for existing IP-based power products * Cost efficient way to own a customer's network - large or small

AMX Begins Shipping Modero X Panoramic Touch Panels Taking User Experience to Next Level

Next-Gen Technology and Next-Gen Looks; Panoramic, Capacitive Multi-Touch Control Surface A Multi-Tasking Wonder

PSAV Deploys HARMAN's Crown Audio VRack Complete Amplification System to Make Hotel Events Easier

The Crown VRack is a turnkey, out-of-the-box amplifier rack system that includes three I-Tech HD I-T12000 power amplifiers, a versatile input panel with analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards.

Happy Chinese workers spell the end of affordable tech

Recent coverage in the media over worker conditions in the Chinese factories which manufacture Apple's products have "exposed" much of what all of us in the technology industry already knew but were unwilling to accept - that China is the most powerful engine of production for the technology industry, and that the blood, sweat and tears of Chinese workers is what fuels that hungry engine, at a tremendous cost to human rights. The bottom line why all of these manufacturers, Apple included, outsource much of their manufacturing to China is that the labor is cheap, in addition to escaping American taxes and regulatory issues which lower the costs of production. It would be nearly impossible for these companies to stay competitive if they produced electronics in the United States because you would have to pay these workers decent salaries and decent benefits, you would have to conform to American labor laws which significantly reduce the number of hours these people could work, and you could never legally employ child workers. So the sad truth is that in order to feed the world's thirst for the latest and greatest in inexpensive smartphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electronics, a vast number of human beings in China need to suffer.

LG Display in talks with Sony to supply OLED TV panels?

There are reports that Sony is increasing its LCD panel purchases from LG Display. Sony stopped their partnership with Samsung (Samsung bought Sony's stake in the LCD joint venture). An LGD official is quoted saying that future talks will also cover OLED TV panel outsourcing. LG Display is currently gearing up to start producing 55" OLED TV panels. Their 8.5-Gen pilot line will produce around 48,000 monthly panels - which probably won't be enough to outsource to Sony. But LGD already decided to increase their OLED TV panel capacity (by building a new fab or perhaps converting an LCD line). This will take at least a year and half.

Matrox 2012 NAB Show Product Preview

2012 NAB Show Product Preview Matrox Video Products Group Las Vegas April 14-19, 2012 Booth SL5115

DSE's All New Content University and Hands-On Content Workshops to Offer Sourcing, Creative Solutions & Programming Guidance for Network Operators

DSE's Content University Seminar Program, to be presented in Las Vegas March 7-8, 2012

DSE 2012 Introduces New Digital Engagement Platform to Highlight Innovation at DSE

Digital Signage Expo® (DSE),has just introduced a new digital engagement platform designed to showcase the ground-breaking innovation, new ideas and envelope-pushing applications that will be featured at DSE in Las Vegas March 6-9th.

DSE 2012 to Provide Comprehensive Program for Network Operators on Design, Management & Operations

The Network Design, Management & Operations Seminar Program, to be presented in Las Vegas March 7-8, 2012.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!