Wednesday, May 15, 2013
What if they stopped making Plasma TVs?
Would it affect you if they stopped making plasma TVs?
Major players in the TV market like Samsung and LG have eased back on mid-range plasma production, leaving the field to Panasonic, but Panasonic keeps dropping hints that they won’t make Plasma TVs forever (and then taking it back).
What’s the next big TV advancement? OLED? That’s years away per analysts.
Does it matter? Can picture quality get that much better than it is now? (I mean, would it be so much better that a regular person like you or me would even notice?).
Thoughts like these are discussed in the following article. If you’re a serious video enthusiast, check it out: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57579313-221/the-end-of-plasma/
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Apple leaving Samsung for LG?
This article describes the breakup between Apple and long-time partner Samsung. It’s hard to be partners when you’re also in competition with each other. (That’s why we don’t sell TV’s and Appliances, so that we’re not in competition with any local dealer that needs repairs for their customers).
It looks like LG will be benefiting the most from this, providing the majority of LCD screens for Apple products in the future.
I’m sure consumers will not notice the difference.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
One man's opinion: Why Apple will overtake Samsung
This fellow believes he knows why Apple seems to be overtaking Samsung in the smart connected device market.
It’s his opinion that people are looking for an easy, simple experience when they are shopping for the devices that are supposed to make their life simpler and easier. That makes sense to me.
In his opinion, Apple delivers that experience, and Samsung (currently) does not.
I personally think that each type of product has it’s own market. We’ll see which market is bigger in the long run.
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
Sony and Panasonic might team up to make OLEDs, and prices may fall quicker
This is just in the discussion phase, but these two long-time rivals might be considering this desperate measure to combat Korea's dominance in the television market, and to prevent them from being left behind in the burgeoning OLED market.
Hopefully this won't lead to more losses due to underpriced products, but the consumer will win either way (at least in the short term).
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.
Samsung OLED HDTVs on the way this year
Per Samsung Electronics, they will begin to sell OLED HDTVs in the latter half of the year... first in South Korea then expanding to the world.
They will cost twice what an LCD costs, be a lot thinner and lighter, and have a sharper picture.
If you need thin and high end, then this is the way to go right now.
Read the article: http://www.dealerscope.com/article/samsung-oled-tvs-on-way/1
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Google teams up with LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio for try #2 at Google TV
In this Yahoo! article, we learn that Google TV is back for a second try, and it's supposed to be faster, better, stronger than before.
Check it out on our Facebook page, and while you are there, please LIKE us. :)
Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/Service.Care/posts/232299930212333
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Samsung's vacuum tube mahogany audio dock for your phone looks gooood.
This a pretty, pretty device that will have audiophiles smiling. It looks very nice for an audio dock for your ipad, iphone or other phone... and it's supposed to sound really good too.
It's expensive though, so you'll have to really care about sound to want this.
Samsung launches high-end audio line with vacuum tubes
How about that. Samsung is coming out with a line of audio equipment with vacuum tubes. That's some old-school goodness right there. Obviously this is aimed at the audiophile market, which I assume still exists, since everyone else carries their stereo in their back pocket these days.
Read a little bit more here: http://www.dealerscope.com/article/samsung-debuts-home-audio-products/1
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
U.S. to impose duties on Samsung/LG/Electrolux refrigerator/freezers
Stemming originally from a complaint from Whirlpool Corp. to the U.S. International Trade Commission, these duties are a reaction to discounted appliances being brought in from Mexico and South Korea.
Samsung and LG contest the decision and the logic behind it.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Samsung Debuts "Future Proof" TVs in 2012
Carrying a host of new features, including voice and gesture controls, these new TVs promise to allow upgrades to a better TV without having to buy a new TV through software upgrades and hardware firmware upgrades.
Read more about the new Samsung TVs that are coming: http://www.dealerscope.com/article/samsung-s-5th-gen-smart-tvs-launch
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"Smart" appliances slightly closer to reality.
The idea of cool appliances that tell you when you're out of milk or that it has expired, or save you energy by working with the power company's smart meters to use the cheapest electricity is a really cool idea...
but it's been a slow-to-start idea.
Experts suggest that things should be picking up soon, with companies like LG, Samsung, BSH (Bosch and Thermador), Electrolux and Whirlpool planning for higher sales in the future on smart refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers and other appliances.
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.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy sales in U.S.
Apple alleges that the Samsung Galaxy violates four of Apple's patents. I don't now what those patents are, and I really like my iPhone 4s, but this smacks of anti-competion in the face of Samsung's strong advertising campaign for their new phone.
Read more here:
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Samsung TV sales up, lower end models
Samsung says TV sales are shaping up for the year, and they plan to introduce a line of lower-end TV models for people looking to save money (and give up some quality and features, I suppose)...