It seems coming back from the dead is pretty popular these days, and Pioneer is doing a reappearance once again – but as Sharp rebadged HDTV units, if reports are to be believed. We were quite sad when Pioneer closed their Kuro brand, but good news could be coming. More here:
It was a dark day when Pioneer announced its mighty Kuro HDTVs would be no more, but the Pioneer Elite brand still has significant cachet and will return in 2011 on new high end TVs. The bad news? They will be LCDs, not plasmas, manufactured by its partner Sharp, a not entirely surprising move since this was actually the original plan for the Kuro brand back in 2008. Apparently both see potential as Sharp will gain access to higher-end AV salesrooms and integrators for its products, while Pioneer will have TVs to match its continuing Pioneer Elite Blu-ray player and receiver lines. Despite an impressive local dimming demo at CES we’re still not sure Sharp can create enough new pixels to replace what we once had, but we should find out for sure when the new models arrive the end of the year.
We’re unsure if Sharp can make a TV like Pioneer could, but seeing is believing. We’ll report if the Sharp models are up to snuff.
We actually reported on this happening soon a few months ago, but now we’re receiving word that this joint venture has completed setup, and is official. Officially.
Pioneer and Sharp have finalized their long-talked about deal to combine both of their Blu-ray operations together, completing the joint agreement planned since Pioneer started slowly exiting out of the Plasma business.
The PDF here has all the details and geeky info, but the important points are as follows: Pioneer will hold 66% ownership and 3 of 5 seats on the big wig board of the 450-employee venture, which is planned to start up October 1st. Its goal will be to develop new disc technologies and players, mostly Blu-Ray.
All of this means lower priced players and better technology for HDTVs in the long term, two things we’re quite fond of at Screen Sleuth.
As was mentioned during Pioneer’s “reorganization” (read: laying off people and realizing they need to adapt to survive), it’s joining forces in the Blu-Ray biz with Sharp, and have signed a tentative agreement to start joining brains October 1.
What this means right now for both companies with their existing players isn’t really clear, but odds are the players that come of this agreement will be first class, and hopefully help to strengthen both companies position in the disc market.
Negotiations are still happening and a final agreement with full details are expected by June 25th or so. Hopefully, their meeting of forces will help to push BR discs to the general populace and help it to gain more of a foothold.
Pioneer needs to hire a new shipping company perhaps? It seems that way, as a high amount of complaints have been pouring in about Pioneer plasma TVs showing up with cracked screens. There’s even threads on several AV sites complaining about the issue, which isn’t a good thing for a high-end product such as this.
The Pioneer KRP-600M is the culprit right now, and on one thread 11 responders have seen their plasma TV arrive with a cracked screen, while 18 received their model in good shape — a really poor ratio to say the least. Hopefully it isn’t the materials or a defective lot, which could really take a bite out of Pioneer’s bottom line.
No big alarm necessary yet, but has anyone else had this trouble?
Announced here, Pioneer is exiting the TV/Plasma business for good by March 2010, and since their TV’s were rated among the top Plasmas available on the market right now, so it was a real head-scratcher.
It appears from the interview that Pioneer just wanted to focus their business on their A/V receivers and other related items, and felt the display business was diverting their funds and attention from that goal. It’s still sad to someone go out while still on top, but from a business standpoint, its not hard to see where they’re coming from.
With the impending layoffs for Pioneer coming (10,000+ layoffs over the next year or so), they probably figured they couldn’t give the products the attention they deserved. Their next-gen display design (a partnership with Panasonic) has been scrapped.
They did say they planned on going ahead with DVD/Blu-Ray players on the drawing board, so it isn’t as if Pioneer is shutting their doors altogether.
More of the (mostly self-promoting) interview here.
In yet another business blow for the battered electronics industry, Pioneer, electronics giant, is ending all HDTV and TV production as of now.The Nikkei in Japan is reporting this despite a strong resurgance in profits from the company, it still posted over a billion in losses, and will shut down all TV production.
The DVD business it owns will be spun off and/or sold off in a deal with Sharp, and several thousands employees will be laid off in a plan it had begun to implement anyway to shut down plants in Europe.
Hey, it was bad enough news when they let LaserDisc die on the vine, but the company feared the worsening economic climate would push them towards more losses in the next quarter.
RIP Pioneer TV (and Laserdisc, a Pioneer player of which I owned in the 6th grade and was quite proud to own).
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