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HDTV Expert - As The World Turns: Vizio Is Acquired by LeEco

By Pete Putman • Jul 27 2016, 8:16pm

Vizio has been acquired by Chinese online content provider LeEco. What impact will that have on their TV sales and marketing in North America?
The post As The World Turns: Vizio Is Acquired by LeEco appeared first on HDTVexpert.

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HDTV Expert - The Dog Days of Summer…and UHDTV

By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 8:01pm

This is one of the slowest times of the year to sell TVs. But you wouldn’t know it from the Sunday sales fliers.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #676: Interview with Gary Yacoubian, President of SVS Speakers

By The HT Guys • Feb 27 2015, 9:14am

SVS was founded in 1998 by four audiophile/engineers who noted that customers were paying too much for lackluster subwoofer performance because of a manufacturing to sales process that was stacked against the consumer. The conventional model, where just good enough subs were sold at high markups did a disservice to customers who wanted great audio experiences but didn’t have unlimited funds.


HDTV Expert - Smart Phones: Galaxy S5 Triumphs; Amazon 3D Entices

By Ken Werner • Apr 19 2014, 3:04pm

North American sales of Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S5 phone began on April 11, and pundits muttered that carriers were nervous about how the phone would sell. As it turns out, either the worries were overblown or the pundits were smoking funny cigarettes. Four days after North American sales commenced, a Samsung spokesperson said GS5 orders […]

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HDTV Expert - Smartphones vs. Digital Cameras: The Death Knell?

By Pete Putman • Dec 27 2013, 5:10pm

For those of us who focus on trends in display technology, trends in digital photography seem to be happening in another, parallel universe. Yet, what happens in that universe has a very real impact in ours. For the third year in a row, shipments and sales of digital cameras have declined worldwide — and the […]


HDTV Expert - Black Friday: Boom, Or Bust?

By Pete Putman • Dec 2 2013, 8:51pm

Depending on who's calculating the numbers, sales on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving) were either very goodâ?¦or not so great.

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HDTV Expert - UHD-TV, Small OLEDs, and Market Forecasting

By Ken Werner • Oct 31 2013, 8:35pm

Forecasting the market for technologies and for product categories early in their commercial lifetimes is a very tricky business. First there are no straight lines — or even curved ones — representing historical sales data that can be projected forward. Of course, reputable market intelligence companies, and there are some, don’t make their predictions based […]

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HDTV Expert - THX Certifies Up-converted 4K Television

By Ken Werner • Jul 25 2013, 8:20pm

The consumer television industry needs something new that will excite consumers and stimulate sales. 3D was a bust, OLED is struggling to raise its manufacturing yields out of the mud and bring its prices down from the stratosphere, and quantum-dot-enhanced color gamuts have yet to penetrate the consumer consciousness. But Ultra HD (or 4Kx2K, or [...]

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HDTV Expert - Windows 8: What if they threw a party and no one came?

By Pete Putman • Apr 12 2013, 9:45pm

A press release from Dealnews.com crossed my desk last week and explained how there were now 'Insanely good laptop deals, with Ivy Bridge laptops at better-than-Black Friday prices.' The reason? Sluggish sales for Microsoft's Windows 8 OS, which is apparently well-suited to touchscreen devices like tablets, but a real non-starter for laptops and desktops.
Windows 8, [...]


Consumer Reports: Latest TV Sets Are Bigger, Better, Smarter, And Cheaper

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 24 2013, 11:33am

Americans who are in the market for a new TV – perhaps in time for Super Bowl Sunday – will find models that are bigger, better, smarter, and cheaper, according to the latest Consumer Reports TV tests. The full report, which features Ratings of 140-plus LCD and plasma TVs, can be found...


HDTV Expert - ‘Black Friday’ takes on a whole new meaning – by Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Dec 5 2012, 11:14pm

With recent trends in retail consumer electronics sales, 'Black Friday' is starting to have more in common with the infamous 'Black Tuesday' of 1929.

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HDTV Expert - Low Unit Sales Do Not Keep Ultra HD TV from Being the Next Big Thing — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Nov 12 2012, 10:48pm

Very high initial prices for Ultra HD TV sets will keep sales low this holiday season, but excitement in the industry is still sky high.

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Smartphones, HDTVs Are the Most Planned CE Purchases This Year, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2012, 4:25pm

Smartphones and HDTVs are the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S. households plan to purchase over the next 12 months, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that household penetration rates for tablet computers will see their largest growth this year.

Smartphones will be the...

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HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Breaks More Bad News

By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2012, 1:00pm

The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it’s a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters. So it was like the  Dust Bowl when Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss. This is not quite as [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Five Rings in 3D

By Alfred Poor • Jan 12 2012, 1:00pm

Yup, sales of 3DTVs have been lower than what some people have predicted, or that what manufacturers had hoped for. The reason is not the goofy glasses or the high prices. You now pay little more to get 3D support in a television, and people are just fine with wearing the glasses in the local [...]


One Installer's Opinion: A Tale of Two Vendors

By Terry Paullin • Dec 6 2011, 3:33pm

Readers with a strand or two of grey hair will recall a time, somewhere in the late 80's I think, when Quality meant something in America. We heard terms like "zero defects", "Six Sigma", TQM (total quality management), and companies, trying to do the right thing by customers, formed things called "Quality Circles" and the like to get employees invested in the notion. The Ring Leader of the movement in the U.S. was a fellow named W. Edwards Deming and when his preaching's eventually fell out of favor (short-fused management found it too hard to bend the culture) he took his message to Japan where they used it to capture the Auto Industry, apparently forever...


HDTV Expert - Ho-Ho-Ho! Is Turning Into Uh-Oh-Oh!

By Pete Putman • Nov 7 2011, 5:37pm

TV manufacturers are struggling with profitability and lower-than-expected sales. And the upcoming holiday selling season isn't likely to change that.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #494: JVC 47-inch BlackCrystal 120Hz LCD HDTV

By The HT Guys • Sep 9 2011, 8:01am

The HT Guys have been JVC fans for quite some time, dating back to CRT tube TVs in years gone by. Braden has a JVC rear projection TV still in use in his home and Ara has a JVC projector in his theater. When we got the chance to talk to Tom Paterniti, VP of Sales for JVC BlackCrystal TVs and also check out a brand new 47' BlackCrystal LCD for ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity.

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: Mitsubishi HC9000 Diamond 3D Projector

By Pete Putman • Jul 7 2011, 5:00pm

Mitsubishi's entry into the 3D projector marketplace makes beautiful 2D images. But it needs either more horsepower for 3D, or a high-gain screen for viewing.

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Helps Blu-ray Make Gains

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2011, 1:00pm

From the “How’s That Again?” Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales. The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie [...]