By Alfred Poor • Jun 6 2011, 1:00pm
Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S.
for the first four months of this year.
According to NPD’s figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 21 2011, 1:00pm
Once a worldwide leader in the television industry, Philips has thrown in the towel and is exiting the business.
The company has been headed in that direction for some time.
In 2008, they licensed their brand name to Funai for sales in North America.
(Funai also makes televisions under some other familiar brands, including Emerson, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2011, 1:00pm
Walmart recently announced that it was expanding the number of HDTV models that it will offer, but that apparently will be primarily for online sales.
The company has announced plans to actually shrink the display space allocated to consumer electronics products in their brick and mortar stores.
Part of the move is due to their perception [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2011, 1:00pm
Remember how I said that the price of the $200 active glasses would come down sooner or later? I was expecting that to come from the third-party vendors, but it looks as though the top brands are willing to make pre-emptive price cuts in order to increase 3DTV sales.
Samsung has announced that it will start [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2011, 1:00pm
The major studios are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make money from their movies now that DVD sales are dropping.
Blockbuster is on the verge of disappearing, and Netflix is trying to transition to streaming services.
One possible replacement is to boost the video on demand (VOD) part of the business.
It has [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 29 2011, 8:05pm
Blockbuster announces it will close another batch of stores, while Philips takes a first-quarter beating in TV sales.
By Alfred Poor • Mar 17 2011, 1:00pm
As I’ve written here repeatedly, the biggest factor to slow 3DTV sales is the lack of content.
The extra cost of the sets and the annoyance of the glasses would be ignored if there were compelling content available in significant quantity.
But it costs a small fortune to convert existing 2D content to 3D, and [...]
By Pete Putman • Mar 8 2011, 4:08pm
While LCD TVs dominate the marketplace, they’re not the best way to show 3D on a direct view TV – plasma is.
And this review will show you why I think so.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 2 2011, 1:00pm
Parks Associates estimates that about a quarter of the new TVs sold in 2010 were able to connect to the Internet.
The same group forecasts that this will reach 76% by 2015.
These predictions make sense to me, though it’s not all about streaming content from Web sites.
I expect that a lot of these sales [...]
By Pete Putman • Dec 16 2010, 4:33pm
All of the hoopla about 3D TV hasn’t translated into increased sales at the checkout counter.
By Alfred Poor • Nov 18 2010, 1:00pm
In 2009, about 745,000 LCD TVs were sold in India.
In October this year, about 700,000 LCD TVs were sold in India.
(These figures come from the display tracking firm, DisplaySearch.) In other words, they nearly matched all of the prior year’s sales in just one month.
Sony, Samsung, and LG were among the dominant [...]
By Pete Putman • Oct 29 2010, 2:51pm
Blu-ray sales must REALLY be slow these days, if Warner Brothers' latest Blu-ray promotion is any indication.
By Pete Putman • Oct 27 2010, 11:35pm
3D Blu-ray players have dropped dramatically in price since their introduction this past April.
By Alfred Poor • Oct 7 2010, 1:00pm
Ho, ho, ho, the holiday buying season is upon us.
On Tuesday, I received what I think was my very first holiday sales pitch for consumer electronics.
Judge for yourself; here’s the heading graphic:
CompUSA is a division of Tiger Direct, and the company has a reputation for aggressive marketing and attractive prices.
(This particular email [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 29 2010, 1:00pm
Ah, the brave new world of home entertainment.
Streaming video across high-speed broadband connections will cause legions of viewers to cut their cable cords (and satellite cords, except that satellites don’t have cords).
HDTVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, and even digital picture frames have wired and wireless connections to home networks, opening up a [...]
By Pete Putman • Sep 1 2010, 4:23pm
3D TV sales are off to a slow start.
And Panasonic says Samsung isn’t playing fair.
By Alfred Poor • Jul 20 2010, 1:00pm
Can’t you just hear that holiday mall music playing already? Be glad that you’re not running a consumer electronics retailer business, because those folks are already holed up in their war rooms, mapping out strategies for Black Friday sales for this year.
According to a report in TWICE, “manufacturers, retailers and buying groups are already planning [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 27 2010, 1:00pm
At the IMS Market Focus Conference at SID 2010, yesterday was devoted to all aspects of the 3DTV market.
During the session on the 3DTV Market Outlook, one of the speakers was Jim Sanduski, Senior Vice President for Sales with Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.
He made a number of interesting comments during his presentation, such [...]
By Alfred Poor • May 19 2010, 1:00pm
Thinking about entering the LCD HDTV business? Here are some numbers that might make you rethink that plan.
According to Quixel Research, unit sales were up in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, which sounds like good news.
However, first quarter revenues declined from $5.2 billion in 2009 to [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • May 6 2010, 11:11pm
The average U.S.
household spent $1,380 on consumer electronics (CE) products in the past 12 months, an increase of $151 from last year, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
The average household spent 12 percent more on CE devices in the past year, according to the 12th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study, which also shows that individual consumer spending is up 10 percent from the previous 12 month period.
The average adult spent...