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March 12, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • "Angry Birds Toons" coming to a connected device near you
    The series of short "Angry Birds Toons" will appear first on television March 16, then on various devices, including a channel in the game app itself. Rovio plans to make a "Toons" button a regular part of its game apps. Among the initial sponsors of the series, Activision, BlackBerry, Paramount and Sony Pictures are on board already for a Comcast Xfinity launch. The series will also be available via several channels, including Samsung smart TVs and the Roku connected device. TechCrunch (3/11), Adweek (3/11), Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nielsen: 5 million U.S. homes are going without pay TV
    More than 5 million households in the U.S. don't have a pay-television service, compared with 3 million in 2007, according to Nielsen. These "Zero TV households" represent 5% of all U.S. viewers, the market research firm reports. Such households typically stream video from the Internet to computers, smartphones and tablets, Nielsen notes. TechCrunch (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lenovo may have its eye on BlackBerry
    For the second time in two months, a top Lenovo executive said it was feasible that the consumer electronics maker could buy BlackBerry. Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing told a French newspaper that the acquisition "could possibly make sense, but first I need to analyze the market and understand what exactly the importance of this company is." AT&T confirmed Monday that the carrier would introduce BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone on March 22 with a $200 price tag. Wall Street Journal columnist Matthew Lynley questioned BlackBerry's pricing strategy, suggesting it is too high in a market awash in less-expensive smartphones. Bloomberg (3/11), Reuters (3/11), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/11), Computerworld (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ouya CEO touts online multiplayer capability at SXSW
    The Android-based Ouya game console, which will start shipping by the end of this month, will have online multiplayer capability by the end of 2013, founder and CEO Julie Uhrman said at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The company was able to raise $8.6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to finish development of its console and put it into production. Some attendees at Uhrman's on-stage interview took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with a perceived lack of new information about Ouya. Forbes (3/11), CNET (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Robots to connect in the cloud
    A cloud platform called Rapyuta is designed to let robots around the world communicate, learn from each other and tap a database of knowledge and Web services. GigaOm (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sony reportedly cuts price tag on the PS Vita 3G in the U.S.
    The PlayStation Vita 3G model is being sold for $199 in Sony's U.S. stores, a $100 discount from the hand-held console's $299 list price, according to the Joystiq website. The discounted PS Vitas have 8 gigabytes of memory and include a free game if the buyers sign up for a data plan, it was said. Electronista (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mark your calendar for CES on the Hill, April 16
    CEA will host the fourth annual CES on the Hill this April 16 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The event provides policymakers the opportunity to interact with the technology companies and products that are changing the way we live, work and play. New this year will be a Eureka Park Showcase featuring innovative startup companies from the 2013 International CES®. Members of Congress, their staff and the Washington media are invited to attend and learn about these exciting technologies and how their support of innovation can help grow our economy. Registration is limited. Visit for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA's Market Research Brainstorm is coming ...
    Do you want to get the most out of your CEA Market Research benefits? CEA wants you to as well! We strive to continuously improve the market research benefits for members. To do this, we need CEA member feedback. Last year, members told us they wanted research on tablets, showrooming, 2nd screen, home automation, connected TVs and CE device cannibalization to name a few and we delivered! CEA's Market Research Brainstorm will take place online March 18 to 22. Don't miss out on this opportunity to voice your opinion about research you've been looking to get your hands on! Contact Rhonda Daniel (with email subject "CEA Research Brainstorm") for further details on how to join. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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