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HDTV Almanac - Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

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 [...]

Business & InvestmentMarketplaceCable HDTV

HDTV Almanac - Philips Quits the TV Business

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, [...]


HDTV Almanac - Walmart Shrinks CE Store Space

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 [...]

3D HDTVMarketplace

HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Prediction Coming True

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 [...]

Internet HD VideoMarketplaceDigital (DTV) TransitionBusiness & InvestmentHD DVD

HDTV Almanac - How Much Would You Pay?

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 [...]

MarketplaceBusiness & Investment

HDTV Expert - This TV business is a killer!

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.

3D HDTVMarketplace

HDTV Almanac - Recipe for More 3DTV Content: Small Cameras

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 [...]

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: Samsung PN50C8000 3D Plasma TV

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.

MarketplaceInternet HD Video

HDTV Almanac - NeTV Sales to Grow

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 [...]

3D HDTVMarketplace

HDTV Expert - 3D TV Came In With a Bang, But Appears to Have Fizzled Out

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.

LCD HDTVsMarketplace

HDTV Almanac - India LCD TV Sales Soar

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 [...]

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HDTV Expert - Blu-ray: Those hotcakes must be getting cold

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.

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HDTV Expert - The 3D Fire Sales have Begun

By Pete Putman • Oct 27 2010, 11:35pm

3D Blu-ray players have dropped dramatically in price since their introduction this past April.


HDTV Almanac - ‘Tis the Season

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 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Home Network Sales Slow Down

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 [...]

3D HDTVMarketplace

HDTV Expert - 3D: The Price Wars Have Started!

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.

MarketplaceBusiness & Investment

HDTV Almanac - Get Ready for Black Friday!

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 [...]

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HDTV Almanac - SID 2010: Don’t Look for Panasonic 3DTV Online

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 [...]

MarketplaceBusiness & InvestmentLCD HDTVs

HDTV Almanac - Sell More, Earn Less!

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 [...]


Americans Spending More on Consumer Electronics, New CEA Study Finds

By Shane Sturgeon • May 6 2010, 11:11pm

CEA LogoThe 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...