November 22, 2009 |
To borrow a hackneyed radio commercial catchphrase, this year TV prices are insane. It's hard to believe that only four years ago, 42-inch LCD sets were going for $10,000. Now you can pick one up for $700, and that's with the capability to display images in 1080p, the highest resolution offered. As the holidays approach, prices might edge even lower. The average price for an LCD TV, in the 42- to 44-inch range, will be about $640 during the fourth quarter, research firm iSuppli predicts.
June 29, 2009 |
On the shopping list for budget-minded consumers: groceries, gas -- and a new flat-panel TV? Shelling out hundreds of dollars on a television is hardly wallet-friendly, but LCD and plasma sets have been flying off the shelves all year, with some retailers saying TV sales are better now than they were during the holiday season.
February 5, 2009 |
Panasonic Corp., sinking into what it expects will be its first annual loss in six years, said Wednesday that it was slashing about 15,000 jobs and closing 27 plants worldwide. It joins a string of Japanese companies making deep cuts as they cope with the global slowdown. Plunging consumer demand, lower gadget prices and the soaring yen, which erodes overseas income, are battering Panasonic, the world's largest maker of plasma TVs. It said Wednesday that it swung to a loss of 63.
January 3, 2009 |
That 52-inch, flat-screen television on the family room wall may have a terrific picture, but there's a big drawback: It's an energy hog. State regulators are getting ready to curb the growing power gluttony of TV sets by drafting the nation's first rules requiring retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient models, starting in 2011.
January 8, 2008 |
Television manufacturers showed off their biggest and brightest models at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. And wow, were they big and bright. Panasonic lugged in the world's largest plasma TV set, at 150 inches, or 12 1/2 feet, measured diagonally. It's 11 feet tall, for those already measuring space in their living rooms. "The only plane that could carry it was the Boeing 747 jumbo jet," Panasonic President Toshihiro Sakamoto said.
December 23, 2007 |
For some reason, people like to downplay the importance of television during the holiday season. As if the medium cheapens the message somehow, as if a 42-inch plasma flat screen couldn't possibly occupy the same spiritual space as a creche or a menorah. Which is pretty silly when you think about the actual logistics of the holiday season (though all those flat screens have removed the perfect surface for said creche and menorah).
August 19, 2007 |
In the beginning, there was the grill, and it was charcoal. Maybe it came with a picnic table. Maybe it sat next to a swimming pool. Then came the hot tub. And for a while that seemed plenty. Until an outdoor fireplace went up on the neighbor's patio. Southern Californians are connoisseurs of private leisure. What we're thinking is always written on our backyards.
May 10, 2007 |
Pioneer Corp., an early manufacturer of plasma TVs, is turning to the branding gurus behind the iPod for an image face-lift. The Japanese electronics maker said Wednesday that it had hired TBWAChiatDay, the Los Angeles agency that created the iconic silhouette ads for Apple Inc.'s iPods, to help its television sets stand out. "We're a small guy in a big pond," said Russ Johnson, senior vice president of marketing and product planning for home entertainment at Pioneer, whose U.S.
April 17, 2007 |
Aiming to satisfy tech-savvy guests, Hilton Hotels Corp. and ABC are pairing up to bring "time-shifted" episodes of popular shows such as "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy" into some guest rooms. Starting this week, 55 so-called Sight+Sound rooms at two Hiltons, one in Chicago and one in San Francisco, will feature 42-inch plasma high-definition televisions, digital surround sound systems and cable wires capable of connecting a suitcase full of MP3 players, digital cameras and gaming consoles.
January 11, 2007 |
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Wednesday that it would spend about $2.4 billion to build the world's largest plasma TV display panel plant amid expectations of a surge in demand for flat-panel televisions. The Osaka-based maker of Panasonic-brand electronics said it aimed for annual sales of 10 trillion yen ($84 billion) by the end of March 2010, up from an estimated 8.95 trillion yen in fiscal 2006. Matsushita dominates in plasma display flat-panel TVs with its Viera line.