HD Pie: Sony grabs a piece of new Sharp LCD manufacturing plant

December 30, 2009 by  
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sakaiimage015As planned and reported among insider HDTV blogs and mags, Sony has grabbed up a small piece of Sharp‘s new 10g LCD plant built a year or so ago, which should allow Sony to grow its manufacturing muscle for LCD panels quite a bit in the next few years.

For now its small piece only equates to about 7%, but will jump to 34% by April 2011 or so, and other companies are expected to bid for space in the highly-regarded plant over the coming year or so, so expect a good number of HDTV units to originate from the Sakai City facility.

Companies rumored to bid on a piece of the pie: Samsung and Panasonic, as well as possibly LG. Times are good for HDTV companies (and consumers), indeed.

BRAVIA HDTV Update: Sony gets Netflix streaming

November 16, 2009 by  
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bravia-netflix-1Own a fancy Sony BRAVIA HDTV, but still don’t have Netflix streaming on it? Well, the wait is over according to a number of sources, as Netflix streaming has now been released for the Sony line of HDTVs.

The net-connected Sony Bravia finally got the much-awaited upgrade via the latest software update. Bear in mind this was promised back in July, so many owners of these models are probably (rightfully) pretty peeved at a 4 month delay, but as the old saying goes, better late than never.

The PS3 still requires a special CD to be sent from Netflix to update those machines to use the streaming feature, which seems a little unfair to some, but again, better to have the ability than not.

Leaked Info: Sony has some OLED goodness up its sleeve

November 13, 2009 by  
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sony-new-hdtvs-oledSony has some plans for a new OLED television, but be ready to pay through the nose, it appears.

Pictured are some ‘leaked’ Sony documents are showing a new “KDL-ZX Series OLED” on the 2010 / 2011 schedule/roadmap, enough to make any HDTV fan’s pulse quicken. All these on here are prototypes, reportedly, so their chances for making it to market are up in the air.

But with Sony’s 2-year old 11-inch XEL-1 OLED TV now made to look midget-like by LG‘s new 15-inch OLED TV we reported about and a new 20″ OLED projected for 2010, Sony realized they needed to step on the gas pedal a bit with development, lest they be beaten in their own backyard.

Lots of new TV models abound in the document, including a planned 60″ 240Hz model coming possibly next year and UV2A technology which has us pretty excited.

The Latest Vizio Legal Scuffle: A settlement with Sony

October 29, 2009 by  
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vizioBoy, Vizio seems to attract the legal battles like few others companies in recent memory (besides Apple). The very latest involves Sony and has a happy ending: they’ve settled for who knows how much money and promises made, but a settlement is a good thing for both companies in this case. Usually its Vizio doing the suing as we reported a few months back regarding their feud with Funai.

Vizio was sued by Sony in October 2008 for using patented Sony technologies, and the two went back and forth for awhile until reaching this latest settlement.

Press release from Vizio: Link

A spokesman for Sony contacted several blogs regarding this issue, and was quoted as saying:

In October 2008, Sony filed a litigation against Vizio in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California for infringement of fourteen of Sony’s patents related to color televisions and PC monitors. The parties have now settled all current patent litigation between them, with Vizio becoming a paying licensee under Sony’s patents for color televisions and PC monitors. Additionally, under the settlement, during its term, Sony will be licensed under any patents that Vizio purchased this year related to color televisions, as well as any they may own in the future that are related to color televisions or PC monitors.

Hopefully, Vizio can stay out of court for awhile and continue making solid TVs at affordable prices.

Thursday’s HDTV Deals

October 15, 2009 by  
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sonytvWe always enjoy a great deal, so we’re pleased to bring back our now infamous HDTV offers and specials:

BuyDig.com – Combo TVs are popular, so this one is a no-brainer: The Toshiba 15LV506 15” LCD TV With DVD player built-in for $229.00 – with free shipping. Great price on a nice unit for any room of the house not currently blessed with a flat-panel.

Amazon.com – Sony makes some of the better TVs out there, and this is a steal for the reviews and type of unit this is: the Sony KDL52Z5100 52” Bravia Series LCD HDTV for $1681.98 – with free shipping available. Amazon strikes again with nice HDTV offers!

Thanks for joining us, and keep an eye on this site for more deals in the days to come.

Sunday’s Satisfying HDTV Deals

September 20, 2009 by  
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9291777_sbWe chose a nice, relaxing title for today’s HDTV offers, so let’s get down to it:

BestBuy - A nice deal, especially for the size: the Dynex 32” 720p LCD HDTV for $329.99 with free in-store pickup included. A 32″ for that price; unbelievable.

Dell Home – Dell sometimes has very nice deals on fancier TVs and here we go once again: the Sony 52” Bravia Series LCD HD Television for $2299.00 – $700 discount = $1599.00 with free shipping as well. Good price for a very popular, well-reviewed TV.

Thanks for reading and see you on the flip side!

Explosion: LED HDTV makers growing in numbers

September 15, 2009 by  
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jvc-led-tvIt seems LED HDTV technology is starting to catch on with TV makers; four companies have now announced plans to release their own models in the next 3 months or so.

The companies: Sharp, LG, Sony and JVC, all strong market players in one area or another, and all vieing for a piece of a (relatively) small pie at the moment. Prices are pretty high right now (mostly 2-3K range) for mainstream consumption, but its only a matter of time, like any other technology.

More about the models themselves in this article from ZDNET, including the 32″ Sharp LED model coming for only $1,099.

Cheaper, More Expensive and…Better?: Sony takes a chance

September 9, 2009 by  
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kdl-52Pictured here is the latest version of the Sony BRAVIA HDTV, armed to kill. Will it be the greatest necessarily though?

These 52- and 42-inch models leave out the expensive and cool Triluminos LED technology for less pricey edge lit LEDs like Samsung. But they are using the thinner frame to add wireless streaming technology to the units, which (sort of) makes up for the older technology in the picture itself.

So here’s the “extras” feature list: wireless HD, Internet TV Guide, BRAVIA 3 processing, Motionflow 240Hz, streaming from Amazon, YouTube and Netflix and Yahoo! Widgets. Willing to pay $4-5K for those features? We weren’t sure how many wouldn’t suffer from major price shock.

The KDL-52XBR10 and KDL-46XBR10 models are due to be released in mid-October with $5,000 and $4,500 price tags respectively, and that’s a grand more than a comparable Samsung with similar features. Is Sony making a fool’s gambit? Perhaps, and we’ll be here to report if that’s the case.

The Return of HDTV Deals

September 6, 2009 by  
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p15819M4000-f_MTWe’re proud to announce the return of our infamous HDTV deals section, with a bang:

Sears.com has a very nice deal on a great TV: the LG 42” 720p Plasma HDTV for $624.99 – $95.00 Instant Online Discount and Rebates via our link = $529.99 + free In-Store pickup too. Great price on a company that’s consistently one of the best in terms of HDTV quality. Expires 9/12.

Crutchfield.com – The long time vendor has a very nice deal on a side room HDTV: The Sony Bravia KDL19M4000S 19” 720p LCD HDTV for $399.99 with free shipping too. Amazing stuff. How do we find them?

Stay tuned for more great deals in the days to come. We’ve only begun to save you money!

Saturday’s HDTV Deals

August 15, 2009 by  
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A2851374temp1Yet another post with great weekend HDTV deals:

Dell Home – How about the Vizio 55″ VF550M 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV (it’s a monster) for only $1,499 – $140 off via coupon code we supply for you: 6FWJ247J1P44CK = $1359 w/ free shipping as well. Pretty good deal, indeed.

PC Connection – A neat little offer that will save you on your electric bill: the Sony 46in VE5 Eco-Friendly 1080p LCD HDTV for only $1,400 w/ free shipping. These are the newest ES3 compatible models. Nice deal and save the planet? We’re there!

More to come later on, so come on back, HD lovers!

Speaking of Sony: To buy TVs from Samsung?

August 1, 2009 by  
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samsung-sony-s-lcdWe just talked about a deal to partner up with Sharp, but don’t think Sony is done with their partner dreams yet. It seems they’re talking with Samsung about TVs too.

Word from the Seoul Economic Daily newspaper is that it may also make some sort of backroom deal with Samsung on LED backlight TVs, probably related to their recent decision to go with cheaper backlight technology on their BRAVIA line in the future.

A word of advice: Think about this story while TV shopping, if you’re putting it off until 2010. The big price differences between models might not buy as big a difference in actual performance as you may think it does, as either of these two stories today have established.

Finally: Sharp/Sony LCD factory up and official

August 1, 2009 by  
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ss02The recent economic problems have made things slow way down for this deal to go through, but Sharp and Sony have finally completed a billion dollar joint deal that has Sony taking a 7% stake later this year and stepping up to 34% by the end of April 2011, in a much-needed partnership between two companies struggling to sell units.

Production access is the big draw for Sony, while Sharp views this as the first of 2-3 deals to help them sell the 13+ million 42″ers produced each year to other manufacturers and companies under various nameplates.

The Nikkei says other partnerships with Toshiba and various other Europe companies are in the cards, so after October (when the plant will open) whatever name is on the front of your TV, there’s a 50/50 chance it will originate at this factory.

Changing course: Sony aims for buyers on a budget with their new line

July 27, 2009 by  
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sony_bravia_v3000_hdtv_lcdAre you waiting for Sony to debut their new LED-backlit LCDs? Well, you might be in for a surprise: Sony’s going lower cost over higher image quality.

FlatpanelsHD, an HD blog, has some info on the next models of Sony’s BRAVIA sets, called in the UK the X5500. The big diff here is instead of the company’s Motionflow tech they’re using now and super-fancy Triluminos LED backlighting, these sets will pack Black Frame Insertion tech (the older tech) to up the Hz flow, and will use white LEDs instead of the previous three color setup, reducing cost and potentially image quality too. It’s an attempt to capture the lower income bracket for LCDs, no doubt.

Of course, DLNA and AppliCast widgets will come in these units, so if Sony’s were a bit pricey for you before, look in September or so and there should be an announcement about this new “budget” line.

Still Going, Just Delayed a Bit: The Sharp/Sony LCD partnership

July 24, 2009 by  
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sony_sharp-thumb-450x337We told you awhile back that Sharp and Sony would be joining minds in a LCD factory venture, but up until now, it’s just been a blueprint, and the details were being worked out.

Now its happening: Sony and Sharp’s LCD joint agreement will be finalized by the end of the month and Sony is expected to agree on investing around $1 billion in return for a 34% share in the swanky new LCD plant by next spring or so, and Sharp is expected to take the reins in early October, assuming things go well.

What does mean for HDTV fans? Cheaper and better TVs, as the two companies will swap a few trade secrets, no doubt. And cheaper and better is good in any industry, HDTVs included.

Sunday HDTV Deals

July 19, 2009 by  
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amazing-dealsIt’s Sunday, a day of rest, relaxation and fine HDTV deals around here, as usual:

PC Connection – A fine deal on one of the better smaller HDTVs out there right now: the Sony KDL32S5100 32″ 1080p Bravia LCD for only $600 w/ free shipping (that beats most other places by $100+ or so). Nice price.

Best Buy – Now this is a tad bit depressing: Here’s a LG Electronics 47LH40 47in 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for only $1,098 w/ free shipping to store. I paid $1,200 for a 42″ 6 months ago or so. Argh! Grab this one up.

Thanks for joining us and have a happy (rest of your) Sunday!

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Sales: DisplaySearch shows Plasma to best LCD in some tests

July 13, 2009 by  
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20090409-panasonic_tc-p50g10The past year or so has been pretty rough on Plasma, and yet we’ve said there are times and usages that Plasma beats LCD. And now the tests of a company whose specialty is TVs has backed that up. TheĀ  “old” gas capsule technology is considered outdated in many circles, but test results don’t lie.

The lineup of 2008 top of the line LCDs from Samsung, Sharp and Sony were carefully calibrated and compared against a top-end Pansonic plasma TV.

Here’s the full details of the test, but the gist is: the plasma set beat all of the LCDs in contrast, color accuracy and black level, and in some cases, it wasn’t even close. That should be alarming for those who know that Plasma is on its way out for most companies, but it appears maybe it could be another Beta vs. VHS kind of situation (Beta was also clearly superior in sound and picture quality, but lost the cassette tape wars anyway and faded away).

Saturday’s Great HDTV Deals

July 11, 2009 by  
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a2543745On a lazy Saturday we aim to spice up your day with more great HDTV offers, such as these:

Dell Home – Dell has the Sony KDL26L5000 26” Bravia LCD TV for $499.00 – 15% off coupon code we kindly provide you with “65G7RQ11J?M2LH” (this expires 07/31/2009) = $424.15 with free shipping too. Nice set at a great price.

BuyDig.com – Yet another amazing deal for the discerning HDTV lover: the LG 32LH30 32″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $587 (once its in the cart) + free shipping. That’s about 15-20% cheaper than we normally see this one for, and LG makes great TV sets.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you soon with more eye-popping deals.

Tuesday’s Tempting HDTV Deals

June 30, 2009 by  
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hot-dealsWith no further delay we present today’s HDTV deals and (almost) steals:

Newegg.com – How about the LG 42LGX 42” Super-Slim 1080p LCD HDTV for $999.99 – with free shipping. Nice deal on a great TV that’s been established and well received, and will fit in pretty much anywhere.

AbtElectronics.com – How about a really big TV for a nice price – complete with great reviews? This one delivers – The Sony BRAVIA 52” 1080p LCD HDTV for $2126.00 with free shipping too. No way to beat that!

Thanks for joining us for this round-up, and we’ll see you back here soon.

Wednesday’s HDTV Deals ‘n Steals

June 24, 2009 by  
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9222646_sbYet another installment of Screen Sleuth’s HDTV deals begins:

Newegg – How about a nice deal on a HDTV with some very solid stats: The Honeywell Altura ML MT-HWJCT42B3AB 42″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $650 with free shipping as well. Hard to beat this one.

BestBuy.com – A nice Sony for under $500? Count us in! Best Buy has the Sony KDL32L5000 32” LCD Flat Panel HDTV With Digital Tuner for $497.99 + free In-Store Delivery too. Well-reviewed and light on the wallet.

Thanks for tuning us in and have a very happy Wednesday.

Thursday’s HDTV Deals

June 18, 2009 by  
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8632875_rbOnce again, we peruse the depths of the internet and find out the very best HDTV deals around. Here they are:

JandR.com – Here’s a Sony KDL37M4000 Bravia 37” M4000 720p LCD HDTV for $679.99 – and free shipping. Sony BRAVIAs have been among the better reviewed TVs out there for awhile now, and at this price, you can’t lose.

BestBuy.com – Sometimes store brands can really save a lot of cash for the bigger sizes. A case in point: The Insignia NSLCD47HD09 47” 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV for $797.99 with free shipping too. One of the best prices on a 1080p panel this size we’ve seen, and some sources say LG actually makes these for Best Buy.

Grab these up and we’ll see all of you soon!

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