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Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

Mobile display revenues set to surpass TV

Increasing demand for mobile displays, and greater demand for higher resolution and lower power consumption has led to a shift in the FPD display market, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report. The research firm notes that since 2006, LCD TV has accounted for the largest share of flat panel display (FPD) revenues; however, [...]

Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase 4-fold in 2014


Sony anticipates Ultra HD TV sales will increase four-fold in 2014 and also aims to hold a 10 per cent global share in LCD TV shipments. The company has said it aims to ship roughly 20 million LCD TVs and estimates that its overall Ultra HD TV shipments will increase four-fold in 2014, with Ultra HD TV sales in the [...]

6m curved TV shipments in 2017

After spending almost two decades trying to make TVs flatter, curved TVs emerged again last year. According to NPD DisplaySearch , curved TV display shipments are now forecast to reach nearly 800,000 units in 2014, and are expected to exceed 6 million units by the end of 2017. Curved TV is a design differentiator that is expected to reach its [...]

HEVC: Ready or not?

The world is about to start embracing the new HEVC compression standard in readiness for Ultra-HDTV and greater transmission efficiencies for all networks. What will this mean for consumers?  How are chipset manufacturers addressing the challenges of getting product to market?  Are set-top box manufacturers ready for these changes? How expensive will the transition be for broadcasters and viewers? Will [...]

Ericsson launches Virtualized Encoding


Ericsson predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, 15 billion of which will be video enabled. The proliferation of these devices, combined with consumer willingness to pay for high quality, premium content, is resulting in a new age of TV Anywhere. Today’s TV service providers must deal with an ever-growing level of infrastructure complexity to deliver high [...]

ruwido ‘3D input sphere’ technology

Next week’s TV Connect 2014 event will see the launch of the ‘bubble interaction mechanism’ ecosystem, the latest product solution from ruwido, the Austrian remote control specialist. The new system enables innovative TV experiences for consumers by implementing the company’s ‘3D input sphere’ and latest advanced user interface. ruwido’s end to end solution comprises of a remote control and set-top [...]

HDTVs in 77% of US homes


Consumer research from Leichtman Research Group has revealed that 77 per cent of households in the US have at least one high definition television (HDTV) set, and about 46 per cent of all households have multiple HDTVs. Five years ago, 34 per cent of US households had at least one HDTV, and 11 per cent of households had more than [...]

Sony leads UK Ultra-HD market, just

NPD DisplaySearch, in its analysis of the UK’s display and TV market, credits Sony with leading the main ‘pack of four’ (Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic) in terms of UK unit sales and market share. Sony has an 18.2 per cent UK market share, although this is well down on its dominant position barely six months ago when it held [...]

Samsung’s “tremendous” Ultra-HD growth


A senior Samsung executive, speaking in Indonesia, said that last year’s sales of large-format TV displays in Ultra-HD had resulted in the company quickly becoming market leader, and with a 33 per cent market share in the US. Bernard Ang, Samsung Electronics Indonesia’s consumer electronics business director, showcased the company’s new 55”, 65” and 78” models to local press, and [...]

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