Media reports that U.S. Internet giant Google has halted production of set-top boxes for Google TV are rumors, a company spokeswoman said. Google spokeswoman Gina Weakley said it was "rumors and speculation," that Google had asked manufacturer Logitech to stop production of the Revue set-top box, PC Magazine reported Monday. TG Daily also reported on the apparent order to delay production, which Logitech also would not confirm. Google, TG Daily reported, is not happy with the software, which forces Toshiba, LG and other TV makers into limbo concerning the January's Consumer Electronics Show, which starts in nine days in Las Vegas.
In five years, almost 40% of television produced for the U.S. market will have at least one TV set in the home with Internet connections and services. Media research publisher Futurescape says this will amount to 43 million U.S. television homes out of 115.9 million overall U.S. TV homes. Other research suggests that 57 million U.S. TV homes will be viewing -- at some time -- regular full-length TV programs from online sources on their TV sets. U.S. numbers register at a slower pace than global TV trends, where it is expected that 54% of all flat-panel TV sets that will be shipped in 2014 -- 148.3 million -- will have Internet-connected TV services. Aggressive TV maker Samsung says 70% of all its TV sets will be Internet-connected in 2014. Right now, the TV set maker says 17% of its production is Internet-connected TVs.
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Rumors are surfacing that Logitech has ordered a production freeze on its Revue set-top box until Google finishes upgrades to Google TV. Blog Digitimes.com says Logitech ordered Gigabyte Technology, which makes components for the device, to suspend production of the Revue until sometime in January. Nancy Morrison, a Logitech spokeswoman, told CNET she couldn't comment on the report about the production suspension but said Logitech continues to ship the device to consumers. Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Google had asked several TV manufacturers, including Toshiba and LG Electronics, to postpone plans to unveil their Internet-connected sets at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas because Google wants to overhaul the Google TV software platform. The platform lets users access the Web on a TV. The system has met with mixed reviews because of its complexity and its inability to access content from the largest broadcast networks. The access issue isn't a technology problem. The networks have chosen to block the software from presenting their shows.
LG swore up and down that it would be bumping its smart TV investment to kick-start 2011, and lo and behold, it looks as if this is one New Year's resolution that'll be kept. The aforesaid company has just revealed that it'll be bringing the planet's largest LED-backlit 3D LCD HDTV to CES 2011 next week, with the LZ9700 handling both 2D and 3D content and offering TruMotion 400Hz to smooth out Cam Newton's faster-than-fast evasion techniques. As you'd expect, this set is also outfitted with the company's Smart TV functions, giving owners access to TV apps, games, language classes, etc. The company's also talking up its Magic Motion Remote Control -- a diddy we'll definitely be anxious to put to the test once we land in Vegas. There's no mention of an expected price, but it'll be available starting in "early 2011" for those who passed on HDI's 100-incher.
Panasonic, Lutron Electronics, Savant Systems, AudioQuest, Sony, Sonance Visual Performance, and Universal Remote Control are recognized for their efforts in 2010
U-Decide Initiative 2010 Report Reveals 3D HDTV Pricing is in Line With Consumer Demand
Curious timing, no? This morning, Cupertino's PR department has blasted out a blurb stating that the newfangled Apple TV -- which only started shipping three months ago -- is expected to cross the one million mark in sales prior to Christmas Day. The obvious remark is hard to ignore: "That's a lot for a hobby." And yeah, it is. But it probably has more to do with trends in consumer purchasing and a delightfully low $99 price point than anything else, and if you doubt that logic, you should probably have a sit-down with Roku CEO Anthony Wood. The folks at Business Insider did, and Wood confessed that Roku media streamer sales have actually doubled since the introduction of the second-gen Apple TV. As the story goes, Jobs did the whole sector a solid by refocusing consumer attention on the set-top box realm, and with the most basic Roku retailing for just $59, it's pretty clear that the outfit drives a tough bargain. Roku's also expecting to sell its one millionth box by the close of this year, but of course it's had a lot longer than three months to do so. Still, for an up and comer, selling one million of anything (let alone looking at $50 million or more in annual sales) is quite the achievement.
Toshiba's groundbreaking glasses-free 3D TV will go on the market in Japan this week, with the product set to go global in the next year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The devices arriving in Japan are 12- and 20 inches, although the version coming available worldwide will be 40 inches. For the 3D effect to work, users must sit within a 40-degree area in front of the TV. The no-glasses 3D TV will be shown at CES, according to IDG News Service.
HUFFINGTON POST CO -FOUNDER AND EDITOR -IN -CHIEF ARIANNA HUFFINGTON FEATURED SPEAKER, ALONG WITH NETFLIX KEYNOTER HASTINGS, AT THE 2011 CES LIT DINNER
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be a featured speaker at the Leaders in Technology Dinner
HAI announced that the Hi-Fi 2 by HAI multi-room audio system is now available for worldwide distribution.
StJohn Group to Market Five New Models Comprising In-wall / In-ceiling Range with High-performance Features and "Stealth" Magnetic Grilles
INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES INCREASE PRESENCE AND ENHANCE GLOBAL FOCUS AT THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL CES
International Exhibitors Increase By 25 Percent With More Than 1,200 at 2011 CES
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The popularity of app stores is bleeding over from the smartphone and tablet market and into the living room. Many new TVs come pre-loaded with popular apps to deliver on-demand streaming video, music, and news.There are even a few app stores with free and cheap add ons to download directly to your TV. If you're looking for an upgrade, check out our picks for the apps your TV should have. Click here to see the 10 apps every smart TV should have →
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