Stressing the Industry, LCD Panel Prices Collapse 10% in 2015

In a sign of continuing struggles in the TV business, reports out of Japan indicate that LCD panel prices continue to decline. So far in 2015, the average price of LCD panels have dropped 10%…and show no sign of slowing … Continue reading

TV Maker Funai Says 2015 is the Year of 4K…Cheap 4K, That Is

Osaka, Japan-based Funai Electric announced earlier this month that it will release a line of inexpensive 4K televisions in the North American market this fall, in time for the region’s major selling season. The company expects this year to be … Continue reading

New Research Says by 2020 Almost 50% of All U.S. Homes Will Have 4K TVs

New research from Strategy Analytics predicts that shipments of 4K Ultra HDTV are about to take off thanks to new lower prices and homeowners’ growing need to replace aging flat-panel sets. In fact, they predict that almost one out of … Continue reading

CES 2015 Opens with Great Fanfare, But No Real Surprises

Like a carefully scripted political debate, Day 0 of CES (Day 1 for most of the press) opened with great fanfare…but offered no real surprises. Day 0 – officially known as Press Day – is an endless series of press … Continue reading

In Semi-Annual Update, CEA Says Industry Sales Will Hit New High

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) maintains a semi-annually updated forecast for all major categories of consumer electronics and has announced the results of their latest update for July saying the industry will hit another new high watermark in industry-wide sales. … Continue reading

Sony Puts OLED on the Back Burner; Ramps Up Deeper 4K Commitment

Just days after a similar announcement from South Korean rival Samsung Electronics, Sony Corp. has said it will put OLED technology on the back burner – scaling back development efforts for the forseeable future. Instead, the company says it sees … Continue reading

Sony’s Struggling Electronics Division is Hoping for a Spider-Man Rescue

Like a damsel in distress, Sony’s money-losing electronics businesses are hoping that Spider-Man can save them…and it just might take a superhero to do it. With Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 about to launch in Japan this month – … Continue reading

Sterns Moves Quickly to Rework Sony’s CI Business

When we first reported on the appointment of Frank Sterns as Sony’s VP  of A/V Specialty/Custom Integration on the eve of the September 2013 CEDIA Expo, like many of you…we were skeptical. After all, we’ve heard encouraging announcements from Sony … Continue reading

Sony, Finally Making Its Move, Puts the Computer Biz Up for Sale; TV Biz is Next Target for Shake-Up

The Nikkei reported this week that Sony Corp. has finally taken a bold step to reorganize its business by putting its VAIO computer division up for sale. According to the report, the company is in negotiation to offload the division … Continue reading