Deals, Returned: Thursday Edition

April 21, 2011 by  
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We present the return of our great, almost famous HDTV deals, and without further ado, let’s kick it off with a great deal:

Walmart – How about a great deal on a Vizio 42″ E420VL 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $548 – free in-store pickup included (option is $20 for shipping). With a 120Hz refresh rate, 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and 3 HDMI inputs, tough to beat this one!

BuyDig.com – You know we love LG: how about a 55LV5500 55″ 120Hz LED HDTV for $1619 and $30 off with our special coupon code “BUYDIG30” = $1589 – and with free shipping? How can we do it?

Thanks for joining us and have fun!

3rd and 4th Place: Sony and LG respectively, LCD sales

February 27, 2011 by  
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You know the market is pretty topsy-turvy when Vizio is so dominant with LCD HDTV sales, and a company like LG is in 4th place (and very far behind indeed). Curious is the word we’d use.

Now we know the raw reasoning behind this number: Vizio is prominently featured at Wal-Marts across the country, and their prices are pretty tough to beat. Never mind their pure stats with contrast ratio, etc are inferior to Sony and LG. Marketing and decent technologies have combined with low prices to make a juggernaut the other companies cannot ignore.

Raw numbers: Vizio captured a 27.6 percent market share, shipping roughly 2.9 million units in the US last year, a huge number. Samsung was second (kind of a surprise) with a 20.6 percent market share, shipping about 2.1 million sets total. Sony was third with 10.1 percent market share while LG was fourth with 9.4 percent.

Early Party: Vizio celebrates its reign as LCD champ?

February 23, 2011 by  
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All of the numbers are not in, but early indications are that Vizio is once again the HDTV sales champion for last year, 2010. It’s the first place sales king for LCD’s, and no real surprise: their presence in Wal-Mart, low prices and decent technology have allowed it to ascend fairly easily, in reality. Read on:

Industry analysts will reveal all the numbers later this week but according to Vizio its LCD HDTVs have outsold all others, again. Specifically, it has again rated as the #1 seller of LCDs in North America according to DisplaySearch and #1 seller of LCDs in the US according to iSuppli by carving out a 27.6% share of the market, the largest for any seller since 2004.

Among some of us in the home theater community there’s still, deserved or undeserved, a perception of the company as simply a cheap, low end manufacturer that’s not as reliable as others but with results like these it looks like the rest of the market will be the ones with something to prove in 2011.

Our early gut feeling tells us 2011 won’t be that different really, as Vizio’s solid quality/low price combo continues to dominate the marketplace in sheer units moved.

SB Follow-Up: Wal-Mart’s HDTV Super Bowl Madness begins

January 30, 2011 by  
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Last article, we discussed Consumer Report’s picks for the best of the best among HDTV units, now we have Wal-Mart jumping in to offer great deals on HDTVs across the board. Here’s a preview of some great deals:

* Vizio 32″ LCD HDTV (720p, 60Hz, 31.5″ diagonal screen size) – $348
* Phillips 40″ LCD HDTV (1080p, 120Hz, 39.9″ diagonal screen size) – $498 ($100 savings)
* Vizio 42″ LCD HDTV (1080p, 60Hz, 42.0″ diagonal screen size) – $548
* Vizio 47″ HDTV (1080p, 120Hz, 46.1″ diagonal screen size) – $698

$698 for a 47″, 120Hz HDTV? Now that really is madness, and Vizio has established itself as a very decent brand nowadays. It’ll be interesting to see the sales totals after the Super Bowl is played, and we’ll truly hope that really helps to move units.

Lawsuit Settled: Vizio vs. LG

January 20, 2011 by  
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After several years and lots of legal wrangling, the ITC was just about to rule on the lawsuit between Vizio and LG when they suddenly announced a settlement between the two parties of their own accord. Settling usually ends up being the least expensive and tenuous option, and it’s good to see to two HDTV giants getting back to business as usual.

The agreement was apparently a (as of now undisclosed) cross licensing agreement of some sort, and both parties are saying they’re happy with the results. This isn’t even the first patent related lawsuit with Vizio and another party, and may not be the last either, if reports are accurate.

LG and Vizio fall on the same side of the fence when it comes to glasses-free vs. traditional 3D, so perhaps it isn’t a huge shock it turned out the way it did.

HDTV 3D Newness: Vizio to release passive-glasses HDTV 3D model line

January 3, 2011 by  
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Vizio is jumping into the fray of the 3D HDTV battle with their newest line release, The Theater 3D lineup. Its Vizio’s attempt to stay up with the current HDTV trends, and it looks pretty good, we have to say. Here’s more details:

We doubt we’ve seen all of Vizio’s 2011 product lineup yet, but the latest information is that it’s expanding upon the one Theater 3D TV model currently available with an entire line — promising to offer 3D with passive glasses in sizes from 22- all the up to 71-inches. There are 21 models detailed in the press release after the break including LED edge lit LCDs, direct LED backlit models, ones with the Yahoo! Widgets VIA package and a couple of the new Google TV-powered models. No word on price or ship date yet, but the company is quick to point out that putting the 3D processing into the screen means cheaper movie theater-style 3D glasses with ostensible greater brightness and less flicker, plus compatibility with Oakley’s “optically correct” specs.

Advancements are good, even if they are being geared towards a technology that isn’t exactly lighting up the shelves around the globe.

Monster 3D: Vizio 65″ 3D HDTV announced for release this month

December 18, 2010 by  
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We’ve heard of big 3D HDTV units, but this is one of the largest of the consumer units we’ve reviewed (and about the cheapest for its size as well and it comes with four pairs of glasses) and its from Vizio. More details for your reading pleasure:

If the current crop of active shutter 3D televisions isn’t your style and you’d prefer some cheaper specs, say hello to VIZIO’s new 65-inch Theater 3D Razor XVT3D650SV LED set, its biggest TV yet. Previously spotted lurking about on the manufacturer’s website, this set uses cheap polarized glasses like the ones in most movie theaters unlike the more expensive (and, according to the press release, more prone to dimming and flickering) active shutter glasses used on most televisions today, including a few of VIZIO’s own. Beyond that, it’s a 120Hz edge lit LED LCD set that comes with four pairs of glasses and also includes VIZIO Internet Apps and SRS TruSurround integrated speakers. The downside for the cheap glasses however, is that most of the cost is in the display itself ratcheting the price up to $3,499 when it arrives on Sam’s Club shelves this month.

We’ll attempt to cover this monster unit in a review when it gets released later on.

Stream of News: Vizio to examine HDTV move streaming options next year?

December 6, 2010 by  
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Yes, we all know movie and content streaming is probably the next big thing, but it appears even HDTV makers are thinking along the same lines. Witness this tidbit of interesting news from Vizio:

As if we didn’t already know that video on demand was the hot new ticket, the Wall Street Journal is today reporting that a couple more companies are ready to throw their hats into the ring. OnLive, the cloud gaming upstart, has confirmed its intention to offer up a subscription-based movie streaming service at some point next year, while HDTV vendor Vizio is said to also be looking at its options. What makes these new guys intriguing (aside from the fact that Vizio sells a lot of TVs in the US) is the general feeling among media companies that Netflix is growing uncomfortably big and should be diversified away from.

We actually disagree; big means standards, and this is an industry aching for standards to be established. Still, big HDTV companies getting into the race can mean only good things for its future.

More Google TV Fun: Toshiba and Vizio to jump on the bandwagon next year

November 26, 2010 by  
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It appears Google TV has been a moderate success, at least with TV execs. It appears (according to Engadget and various other blogs and sites) that HDTV makers Toshiba and Vizio will be joining the G-TV parade in January or so of next year. Read for more info:

Content providers might be banning Google TV left, right, and center, but hardware partners don’t seem to be losing any enthusiasm. After Samsung openly admitted to contemplating a HDTV with Google TV hardware and software built right in, Toshiba and Vizio are now said to have firm plans to introduce such new products at January’s CES 2011. While neither manufacturer would be drawn into confirming this latest bit of insider info, Toshiba’s American GM, Jeff Barney, is quoted as saying, “Google certainly is a key partner for us on the PC side and will likely be key for us on the TV side as well.” How else could Google function as a key TV partner than with its web-connected TV experience?

Hopefully, this will convince content providers that GTV is worth supporting and lift their embargo of the service. We aren’t holding our breath to be honest, but we can always hope.

Discounted: Vizio 3D HDTVs showing up with slashed prices

November 26, 2010 by  
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We always like price surprises, and this time is no exception as Vizio’s 3D HDTV line is appearing on US shelves, with a several hundred dollar price reduction over the MSRP, a welcome sight indeed. Read on via Engadget:

Right on cue, VIZIO’s latest XVT 3D LCDs have been spotted on retail shelves. One reader noticed this 55-incher at Costco with a $1,999 price tag, a few hundred bucks off the initial MSRP. We’d still like to see some of those 3D specs thrown in, but with a pretty significant price advantage over similar TVs from other manufacturers like Sony we’re thinking there’s some room in there to snatch them up separately if one is so inclined.

Now all we need is a more complete detailing of the specs of the unit, and we’ll be all set. Anyone want to volunteer to check them out for us?

Vizio Update: New 3D HDTVs and 3D Blu-Ray player announced

November 19, 2010 by  
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With the race for holiday dominance already begun, Vizio isn’t standing pat, it seems. They announced a gaggle of new products today, including a new 3D Blu-Ray player and 3D HDTV models (mega-slick box for one seen here in the picture). Check it out:

Say hello to the new VIZIO XVT 3D series, while the XVT Pro line announced earlier this year (and that 72-inch model we were drooling over) were not to be, these 42-, 47- and 55-inch HDTVs are real and on sale today through Amazon, Sam’s Club and Target’s online shops and should be on shelves later this month. Features like the number of LED backlighting zones (for the 47- and 55-, the 42-inch features edge LED lighting), claimed contrast ratio, WiFi N and VIZIO Internet Apps are consistent with existing models, so the big addition this time around is 480Hz refresh rate and obviously, 3D readiness (active shutter glasses not included). VIZIO’s also announced two new 3D compatible Blu-ray players to match for $189, plus a new router and some high priced HDMI cables to fill out the lineup.

All prices were not announced at the time, but expect value price points if we know Vizio pretty well.

Monday’s Mad HDTV Offers

August 31, 2010 by  
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Not mad as in ‘angry’, mad as in crazy good. There. Now that’s we’ve settled that little mystery, allow us to list some really great HDTV offers for this fine Monday:

Sams Club has the Vizio M221NV 22″ Razor LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $239 – with free shipping. The finest in bedroom watching devices out there right now, pretty much, and for a song too! Valid only for a few days, so jump on this one.

Best Buy has a great deal on a decent size HDTV: The 46″ Insignia NS-40E560A11 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $899. Amazing. Make sure to select in-store pickup to save on shipping, otherwise it’s $70 to ship, but even that is really amazing for LED HDTV of this size.

Thanks for reading and have a good one!

Of Gadgets and Widgets: Vizio new loaded HDTVs ready to ship out

August 22, 2010 by  
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Vizio is seriously getting into the internet widgets game with their upcoming XVT line of HDTV units, it appears. Here’s the skinny:

This year’s iteration of VIZIO’s top of the line XVT LCDs (at least until the XVT3D — née XVT Pro — series hits in Q4) are finally ready to ship and, as we’ve come to expect, pack a long list of features to go along with their price tags. The 240Hz 42-, 47-, and 55-inch versions all feature LED backlighting, which may be ready to beat criticisms of light black levels with a claimed 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Whether or not you believe any TV manufacturer’s contrast measurements, an increased 120 zones of backlighting (up from 80 last year, up to 160 from 120 on the 47-inch) and a profile that’s 2 inches slimmer (down to just 3 inches deep) this time around should be easily noticeable. The 37- and 32-inch XVT models rely on the company’s edge lit Razor LED lighting tech and are less than 2 inches this, with stated 1,000,000:1 contrast ratios.

Prices will start around the $699 mark, which isn’t dirt cheap but pretty good for this amount of features and interactivity (not to mention specs). It’ll be interesting to see how far this sort of thing develops in the future.

Monday’s Manic HDTV Deal-O-Mania

July 26, 2010 by  
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Alaska is cold, candy is sweet, and Screen Sleuth always has great HDTV deals every week to present to you for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to peruse these:

Dell Home sometimes has some great deals, including this Vizio VF552XVT 55” 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $2099.99 – $500 off our special coupon code we supply you with “2$K34TRX3TWV0?” (Expires 07/29/10) = $1599.99 with free shipping as well. How’s about that offer for you?

BuyDig.com – And we finish it off with the always reliable LG 32LD450 32” 1080p LCD HDTV for $439.00 (use the See Price In Cart feature) with free shipping too? Yep, we’re serious. Three 5 star reviews already posted.

Thanks for hanging out with us, and see you tomorrow for more world-shaking HDTV news and views.

Saturday’s Satisfying HDTV Deals

July 18, 2010 by  
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Now its time to let you in on some great HDTV offers, starting right now. Read on, HDTV lover:

Dell Home sometimes has some great HDTV offers, such as the Vizio VF552XVT 55” 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $2099.99 – $500 coupon code we happily supply you with: “6BP4F82T2VSJ97″ (Expires 07/22/2010) = $1599.99 with free shipping as well. First class deal on a first class set!

Newegg has the Hannspree ST329MUB 32″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for $360 + $2 shipping = $362 shipped. Now its tough to beat this sort of offer, good for any side TV for any room in the house, and with 10,000:1 contrast ratio, it’ll look amazing.

Thanks for reading and please come back for even more amazing offers in the future!

Saturday Scary Good HDTV Deals

July 10, 2010 by  
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More great HDTV offers, so let’s get right to to savings with little ado:

Tiger Direct has a very nice deal on a decently sized Samsung P2770HD 25″ LCD HDTV for $299 – and with free shipping too. Pretty awesome price, and well-reviewed too.

Walmart has an excellent deal on a Vizio 42″ E420VL 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $598 with free shipping included. It’s just amazing how far prices have fallen of late, and this is just one example.

Check these out and feel free to join us tomorrow for more HDTV news.

Monday’s Marvelous HDTV Deals

July 5, 2010 by  
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It’s Monday, and its time for yet another installment of great HDTV deals. Check them out below:

Walmart – Here’s one of the better deals we’ve seen: The Vizio 37″ VO370M Eco LCD HDTV 1080p for $479 – and that includes free shipping too. First class deal, so feel free to check it out.

6ave.com – On the other side of the price spectrum, here’s a Sony KDL60EX700 60” LED Backlit HDTV & BDV-E570 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System package bundle – for $3247.00 and free shipping. Great offer and quite a bit off the suggested retail price.

Feel free to check them out and have a great day!

Thoughts: How much did you spend to get your HDTV?

June 26, 2010 by  
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Prices, features and sizes are pretty varied in today’s HDTV marketplace, but one thing is for sure: Prices are so much lower than they used to be in the ‘old days’ (read: about 5-7 years ago or so) that it just boggles the mind. Even this writer’s current LG HDTV 42″ is about half of what it was just 2+ years ago (the source of many annoyed conversations in our home).

So we’re curious: what route economy wise did you take with your HDTV? A moderately priced Vizio or Samsung? A larger priced Sony or Pioneer model?  What kind of budget did you start out with, and what did you end up getting? These answers will vary widely, we understand, but hey, that’s the point of polls, after all.

So feel free to leave your comments in our Comments area. What kind of dough did you lay out to get in on the HDTV revolution?

Battle Royale #2: Samsung vs. Vizio for HDTV sales supremecy

February 23, 2010 by  
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vizio2301It’s official: Samsung is the leading flat-panel seller in the US, according to a new study from research firm iSuppli, which tracks these kind of numbers. Vizio remains the #1 HDTV LCD seller in the US as well, which should be no great shock. Their partnership with various discount stores like Wal-Mart would easily net them this honor.

Samsung led in overall sales because it makes both Plasma and LCD flat-panel TVs, obviously, and their quality has greatly improved over the last year or two. iSuppli stated all flat-panel TV sales grabbed a 23 percent market share in 2009.

The numbers: Samsung had a 18.4 percent market share while Vizio was second with 16.8%. Bad news for Sony though: their market share dropped from 12.8% to 10.3%, a pretty sizable drop (probably mainly due to higher price).

Vizio Talk: Not cheap, just smart

February 2, 2010 by  
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vizioWell, Vizio has earned itself a decent reputation for quality with their HD units, but being present in Wal-Mart and other such stores also gets it seen as a “cheap” company that lower prices by using inferior parts. Not true, says the CEO of the company in a recent interview.

CEO William Wang’s interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia .pointed out some interesting fallacies about the company, countering the opinions of some that its TVs are made cheaply to enable them to price lower and states “You can’t make inexpensive TVs with cheap parts”. Well, actually you can if you try hard enough, but hopefully it appears that Vizio does not do so.

The interview is pretty much cheerleading for Vizio, but it might be worth a read if you think Vizios are equivalent to some cheap knock off brand.

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