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
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
Channel Conference Focuses on Unified Communications, Collaboration and Cloud Solutions for SMBs
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 * 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
Next-Gen Technology and Next-Gen Looks; Panoramic, Capacitive Multi-Touch Control Surface A Multi-Tasking Wonder
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Network Design, Management & Operations Seminar Program, to be presented in Las Vegas March 7-8, 2012.
The annual DSE Content Awards recognize originality in content applications tailored specifically for the many and varied global DOOH audiences.
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The BLE2 Series replaces our popular BLE Series and continues our brushless motor advantages by featuring an all new compact, high-power and high-efficiency brushless DC motor combined with a Driver that can be digitally set and controlled via external DC voltage or by the front panel. The BLE2 Series can easily compete with larger 3-phase inverter driven motors in many more applications, with built-in simple holding torque function, saving space and increasing performance thanks to the advantages of a brushless motor design. The BLE2 Series has a maximum speed of 4000 r/min, achieving a speed ratio of 1:50 (80 to 4000 r/min). The new motor structure is small than previous models and enables high power and high efficiency while incorporating easy setting, installation and wiring. The new motor connector offers IP66 degree of protection and allows for easy and direct connection between motor and driver with two available orientation of cable outlet direction.