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December 20, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

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  • CEA: Consumer tech confidence index hits record high in December
    The Consumer Electronics Association says the CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations increased 9 points this month to a record high of 97.3. The separate CEA Index of Consumer Expectations posted a gain of 8.5 points from November's mark. "Consumers are increasingly dedicating a significant portion of their overall gift budgets to electronics, which has crowded out other categories for holiday gift spending," said Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and senior director of research. Dealerscope (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Over-the-top box has new rival in cloud-based DVR
    Marketers still value consumer data from over-the-top set-top boxes, but the prevalence of smart TVs, gaming consoles and other devices eventually could make the set-tops "obsolete," according to a report from One Touch Intelligence for the Nielsen-backed Council for Research Excellence. Gaming consoles, with a presence in 56% of households, are the most popular new media devices, followed by DVRs, with 44% penetration, but that could change as cloud-based DVRs begin to gain in popularity, the study found. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nintendo goes live with TVii today in U.S. and Canada
    U.S. and Canadian consumers who own a Nintendo Wii U should now be able to use the gaming console for functions such as scanning for programs on television and the Internet, and purchasing downloadable content. Nintendo's TVii service, which launched in Japan this month, turns the Wii U's GamePad into a multifunctional remote that can be used with cable, satellite and Internet services. Time.com/The Associated Press (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • THQ files for Chapter 11 protection, will sell assets to Clearlake
    THQ on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors and said it planned to sell its assets to Clearlake Capital Group for $60 million. "The sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ's transformation and position the company for the future, as we remain confident in our existing pipeline of games, the strength of our studios and THQ's deep bench of talent," THQ Chairman and CEO Brian Farrell said in a statement. VentureBeat/GamesBeat (12/19), Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diminished demand for gadgets brings leaner times at Sony
    Sony expects sales of gadgets including Bravia TVs, Cyber-shot cameras and PlayStation game consoles to decline this year. Despite the success of two high-profile movies released this year, the company's shares fell to 30-year lows, and there's not a blockbuster new toy on the horizon to turn things around for the Japan-based electronics company, analysts say. Bloomberg (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: LTE handsets to take off in 2013, prices to drop
    Sales of smartphones that support 4G technology will soar next year, tripling to 275 million units globally and sending prices lower, research firm Strategy Analytics predicts in a report that provides the most upbeat news for Apple, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Analysts, however, say they will have plenty of competition, with multiple carriers and hardware-makers launching Long-Term Evolution models to capitalize on a high-growth market. Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/19), CNET/Crave blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPD: Most SVOD subscribers are happy to stay with the service
    Almost three-quarters of consumers with subscription video-on-demand services say they will "definitely" continue to subscribe to Netflix and other services, according to The NPD Group. Nearly one-fifth of those surveyed said they will "probably" continue with their SVOD service, the market research firm reported. Almost as many viewers said they will continue to use free VOD services, such as Hulu and the websites of network broadcasters. Home Media Magazine (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Redbox Instant by Verizon video service begins beta testing
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, a video joint venture of Coinstar and Verizon Communications, initiated beta testing of its service Wednesday. Invited users will be able to rent four DVDs from Redbox kiosks and enjoy unlimited streaming from the Internet for $8 a month; upgrading to Blu-ray disc rentals is an additional $1 per month. Streaming-only subscriptions are $6 a month. Bloomberg (12/19), GigaOm (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Developer University returns to the 2013 International CES
    Developer University is a unique event that brings application developers together with many different platform vendors, helping developers learn about the numerous opportunities available to them and helping platform vendors reach a large audience of developers. Developer University sold out last year and has been expanded for 2013 to accommodate more speakers. Platform vendors may now sign up for speaking slots at devu.ce.org. Registration for speaking slots is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a fee to present, and CEA members receive a discounted rate using the promotional code CEAMEMBER. Additional information about Developer University is available from Catrina Akers at 703-907-7060. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Documentary premiere at 2013 CES: "Silicon Prairie: America's New Internet Economy"
    After watching the U.S. government threaten the Internet with bills like SOPA and PIPA, Internet entrepreneurs from Reddit set out to "campaign for the Internet" during the 2012 presidential election season. Traveling from Denver, Colo., to Danville, Ky., during the presidential and vice presidential debates, the Internet 2012 Bus Tour explored the potential that the Open Internet holds to promote our economy -- not just in Silicon Valley, but also in cities and towns (and farms!) all over America. After the screening, filmmakers and Internet entrepreneurs will discuss why government and citizens alike should care about preserving (and developing) the Internet Economy in every city and every town in America. Attend the Innovation Policy Summit at the 2013 International CES and see the premiere of this documentary on Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renew your membership by Dec. 31 and save 10%
    The holidays are almost here -- don't let the New Year sneak up on you. Renew your membership today and save 10% on annual dues. The early bird discount will only last until Dec. 31, and the final renewal deadline is Feb. 28. Renew online today at payinvoice.ce.org. Questions? Contact Jamie Recio at 703-907-4346. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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