Google's attempts to transform your living room into one big Web-fest have fallen flat, to say the least, and if you ask Logitech, it will tell you it made a "big mistake" getting in bed with Google, a decision that cost the company $100 million. That hasn't stopped LG from being smitten with the sultry sultan of search, and once the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas kicks off, LG will unveil a Google TV that combines Google's Android OS with its own 3D and Smart TV technologies.
It's tough to get a grasp on where the market stands for 3D viewing because different parts of the world have different attitudes towards 3D. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, Western Europe and China are the most enthusiastic regions for 3D consumption, whereas interest in the United States appears to be waning.
With CES 2012 just around the corner, we can expect to see a handful of product announcements trickle out ahead of the convention. Take for example LG's 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel, the largest of its kind in the world, according to LG Display, which announced the TV panel today. LG hopes this will help popularize the OLED TV market.
For every minute that goes by, Samsung sells 120 television sets. That's assuming Samsung's rate of sales is the same as it was in November, a record month for the world's largest supplier of TVs. Samsung said it sold 5.7 million TVs last month, up from 5 million in October and buoyed by a jump in U.S. sales during Thanksgiving weekend.
Get ready for a big update to your Xbox 360 console, one that Microsoft claims will transform how you enjoy TV entertainment. This is the biggest update yet for the Xbox 360. It will begin being rolled out tomorrow and among its biggest feature additions is voice control, which will integrate with an all-new Xbox 360 experience, including custom applications from content providers.
The latest figures from NPD DisplaySearch, previously just DisplaySearch (renamed 'NPD DisplaySearch' by its parent company, The NPD Group), suggests 3D adoption is more about price than available content. To wit, NPD DisplaySearch calculated 6.6 million 3D LCD TV panel shipments in the third quarter of 2011, accounting for 27 percent growth from last quarter, and it's because prices have come down.
Logitech admitted it was a "mistake" to get in bed with Google to promote the Google TV platform and is content to pull out and cut its losses, significant as they are. There will be no more producing Logitech Revue set-top boxes for Google TV, nor will there be a new model to replace it once current inventory is completely depleted, Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca told investors.
Fun Fact: Most people would rather watch a movie than go to work... unless of course watching movies is one of your job functions, in which case you might be happier reading a book--It’s a strange world out there. Unfortunately, the majority of we worker bees aren’t able to take in a flick while on the clock, forced instead to keep our eyes on spreadsheets, assembly lines and work orders. Don’t fret: Hollywood’s just a set of headphones away, thanks to Listen to a Movie, our Cool Site of the Week.
Sony's having a rough week (or year, depending on how you look at it). Having just suspended 93,000 hacked accounts and dealing with security issues all over again, Sony's Vice President of Television is making Bravia HDTV owners aware of a potential problem in which a particular component in certain models could overheat and even ignite inside their TV sets. Not cool (literally and figuratively).
Douglas Horton suggested that we should all be our own heroes as it’s a lot cheaper than a movie ticket. While he might be right, we think it’s a lot more fun to take in a film (or kill a few braincells watching TV). Additionally, these lean economic times demand a certain level of fiscal responsibility: Spending a few bucks on a movie ticket versus the hospital bill most of us would have to foot after taking on a bunch of thugs in a downtown back alley? Please--The math speaks for itself.
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