Major OLED Production Problems Force Panasonic & Sony to Refocus on 4K

  In a report that appeared in the Nikkei on Christmas Day, it appears that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have dissolved a joint OLED production initiative and will instead seek new methods individually. As a result, both companies will … Continue reading

Toshiba Tries to Turnaround Its Troubled TV Division

Toshiba Corp. has launched an aggressive strategy aimed at turning around its troubled, money-losing television manufacturing business. We wrote last week about their decision to close a manufacturing plant in China in a bid to restructure their production base – … Continue reading

Strata-gee’s Editor Appears in Latest Edition of AV Week Webcast

Not having learned their lesson last time, AV Nation once again invited me to participate in the latest edition of their AV Week webcast to discuss the hot A/V topics of the day. Also appearing in this week’s episode of … Continue reading

World Wide Stereo Scores Exclusive Rights to Launch Samsung 85″ 4K Ultra HDTV in Region

World Wide Stereo, a prominent audio/video specialty retailer with two locations in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan market, announced today that they have been given the exclusive rights to introduce Samsung’s new 85″ 4K Ultra HDTV into the region. The company … Continue reading

Huge Loss & Management Dismissals Induce Sharp Pain at Sharp Corp.

Sharp Corp. announced this week the worst net loss in its long corporate history for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013. Booking a net loss of ¥545.35 billion ($5.4 billion), the company has aggressively moved to shake up … Continue reading

New Details of Drama Emerge in Continuing Sharp & Samsung Soap Opera

A story that has stunned many in Japan, the partnership between two former arch-rivals Sharp Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., continues to churn out surprising new details of the backroom drama worthy of the most melodramatic soap opera. As the … Continue reading

Samsung Takes Significant Stake in Sharp Corp.

*STORY UPDATED BELOW* – FOXCONN ‘OFFENDED’ The Nikkei reported today that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Company has agreed to invest ¥10 billion ($107 million) into former high-flying, now troubled Sharp Corporation as it continues to struggle to raise much-needed cash. … Continue reading

Plasma: The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The conventional wisdom in the world of television technology is that LCD won the panel platform wars and most talk of the future has moved from LCD to LED to OLED and beyond. But wait a minute, as new data … Continue reading

CES Overview – A Lot of Nervous Laughter

Today is DAY ONE of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, NV and running through Friday. While many attendees arrived today, most of the press has already been here – lost in the desert … Continue reading