Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Panasonic to stop making Plasma TVs early in 2014
According to Reuters, Panasonic will be closing the doors on their remaining Plasma TV plant and reassigning workers to other product divisions.
LCD television technology has outstripped Plasma, and the Plasma is no longer the highly desired television it once was. (It’s also no longer profitable to make them).
In the future, Panasonic will be focusing on OLED as one of it’s big products. Panasonic OLED’s are said to have high contrast and deep blacks, which are two of the main advantages of Plasma over LCD televisions.
If you’d like to read a little more about this, follow this link:
Monday, July 15, 2013
How to clean your tv screen
Russ D. at our office sent me this great article on how (and how not) to clean your television’s fragile screen.
In summary, don’t use alcohol or ammonia, use a super soft microfiber cloth, and use the tiniest (if any) amount of plain water.
Read your owner’s manual or consult this article for specifics:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Consumer Reports looks at Seiki's low-priced Ultra HD 4k LCD TV.
If you're an early adopter of new technology, you're probably aware of super high resolution 4k TVs.
You're also aware how expensive they are.
New television contender Seiki is entering the market for 4k TVs with a model at only $1500.
That seems too good to be true, and Consumer Reports has a few things to say about it.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LG 55" OLED TV with a curved screen, for only $13,500
That’s my jaw hitting the floor. I can’t imagine paying that much for a TV.
But they’re apparently pretty awesome.
They’re curved to provide an IMAX like theatre experience (I guess).
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A quick video explains the difference between LCD, LED, Plasma and OLED televisions.
"The Difference Between LCD, LED, Plasma, and OLED TVs, Explained as Fast as Possible"
Check out the video here: http://feedly.com/k/Zlvc92
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Toshiba to halt domestic television production, as has Hitachi
In light of falling prices (and falling profits), electronics giant Toshiba has halted domestic production of televisions and will focus on more profitable ventures with an eye to double their operating profit by 2014-2015.
Together, Toshiba and Samsung dominate the world market for NAND Flash chips, many of which are used in Apple iPhones.
Read the entire article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/us-toshiba-idUSBRE84G09Z20120517
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hilarious article title includes "Asian giants wrestle"
I would post this article because of the content about televisions and the new OLED, and also because of the references to several brands that we service like LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp.
But it's the title of the article that I keep enjoying:
"Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control"
For someone with my imagination, I am picturing giant asians wrestling over a huge remote control, and hopefully now you are, too.
P.S. It's a very informative article on the subject.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Flat screen TVs are *not* disposable!
I just ran the numbers on our historical records for out-of-warranty TV repairs, and got some surprising results.
It turns out that we are fixing half a percent *more* of flat screens than we are older tube-type televisions (including DLP projection units). (These numbers are a percentage of repaired units out of the total of units upon which a repair is attempted, versus those that were not repaired).
By that I mean, we're able to repair an almost identical percentage of the newer flat screens as all other TVs and even compared to all other electronics (not including microwaves).
What does that mean? It means do not throw away your flat screen because someone tells you it's not worth fixing, unless they are with a certified television repair service. You may be throwing away money, and adding even more volume to our overflowing landfills.
Hey, it's worth asking a servicer right?
(Of course, if your plasma, lcd, or led screen is physically damaged, the rate of successful repair drops dramatically due to the high cost of the parts).
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi form JV Japan Display
Combined with a Japanese government-funded group (INCJ), these three major manufacturers have joined forces to produce small and medium-sized LCD touchscreens for automobile and mobile markets.
Apparently this venture is 70 percent owned by INCJ, and has reduced their workforce by about 1,400.
Read more here: Full cNet article
Samsung gains serious lead in LCD TV sales competition
The top 5 sales leaders for fourth quarter 2011 were (in order from highest to lowest):
Samsung - 23.6%
Vizio - 15.4%
LG - 12.4%
Sony - 8%
Toshiba - 7.8%
Of course, it should be kept in mind that in a previous post we listed how LCD sales are flattening in the U.S., so this is sales shares of a shrinking market.
Read more about the LCD sales leaders here: click to read article on DealerScope
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Samsung going OLED, spinning off LCD production
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Sharp have all experienced losses in the LCD production market.
With LCD sales dramatically flagging, and stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers, Samsung plans to concentrate on the newest TV technology, OLED.
Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-samsung-idUSTRE81J05L20120220?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtechnologyNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Technology%29
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Samsung and Sony pondering the future of LCD production
In the face of high costs and lower profitability, both Samsung and Sony are considering their options in regards to the future of LCD production for the television business.