Sunday, December 30, 2012

LG to Exhibit 100-inch Class Laser TV System at CES

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As LCD, LED and plasma viewing experiences have begun to dominate the way many of us watch television or interact with computer devices, South Korean electronics company LG is set to introduce the power of lasers in a grand scale. Set to be demonstrated at the upcoming 2013 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, LG's 100-inch class HECTO Laser TV projector reveals some intense cinematic quality picture.

Comprising of specialized laser illumination, the LG television setup is a projector style entertainment setup offering Full HD 1080p resolution and a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Translated, the LG 100-unit class projector set would feature outstanding picture quality with vivid lighting contrasting. A two-piece entertainment unit where a special screen receives images from a Ultra Short Throw projector, the LG HECTO Laser TV harnesses movie theater viewing even in smaller rooms. With the latest LG design, the lens can be as close as 22 inches (about 56 centimeters) from the display screen. Incorporating all of LG's Smart TV platform capacities, built-in Wi-Fi with access to Netflix and YouTube, content management over the LG Cloud and the brand's Magic Remote are all integrated in the HECTO Laser TV projection system.

The use of lasers for creating a high-end television picture quality is a new technology principle but LG will not be the first to market. In 2008, Mitsubishi began selling LaserVue television sets at a price just under $7,000. Ranging from 73 to 93 inches in size, the Mitsubishi LaserVue units have dropped to between the $3,000-$5,000 range but obviously remains a premium viewing experience when compared to other displays.

Targeted to replace existing projector-type televisions, the LG 100-inch display is focused on attracting high-end home theater buffs and even office boardrooms. Speaking on the planned CES roll-out as well as what the electronics maker has planned for 2013 and beyond, president and CEO Havis Kwon says, "In the coming year, LG will continue to introduce innovative TV products to provide an outstanding productivity and entertainment experience for our customer."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Internet Video Consumption in US Set to Balloon by 2020

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Through the surging popularity of smartphones and that equally incredible boom in the sale of tablet computers, habits interest consumption of video content has been forever morphed. According to findings collected by Alcatel-Lucent's research arm Bell Labs, the growing utilization of small, Internet enabled devices who change the amount and methods many North Americans will receive video.

Today, the average American watches 4.8 hours of video content per over various devices (most commonly is still a television set). Based on educated predictions, Bell Labs anticipates the daily consumption of video media will grow to seven hours by 2020. The forecast suggests the increased prevalence of portable electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets will be the chief reason for the growth. Bell Labs attributes video content access on the go and at home through mobile devices as a major fixture in the acquisition of information as well entertainment sources.

In addition to examining the amount of video data set to be consumed, the Bell Labs predictions also took a look at the distribution side of media. It's suggested that the use of on-demand or Internet driven video content will rocket in the next seven years. Internet video content is expected to grow by 12 times its current size by the year 2020 as social networking and clouds-based data resources will continue to become fixtures.

It was claimed in a University of California Study rated the United States consumed a total of 3.6 Zettabytes (3,600,000,000,000,000,000,000) in 2008. For 2020, Bell Labs rates on-line traffic at 1.1 Zettabytes (1,100,000,000,000,000,000,000) for video data alone. The study also points to the fact the 8 pm hour will be recognized as a high peak periods with 10.5 percent of video data being shared.

The highlights the need for high speed Internet infrastructure capable of meeting increased demands.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Online Retailers Hoping to See Colour of Money on Green Monday

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So far during this holiday shopping season, there has been a virtual party going on through e-commerce. According to digital monitoring company comScore, 2012 has been a most opportune time to operate online businesses. comScore assessed that from November 1st to December 7th, shopping online in the United States has grown into a 26.8 billion American dollar marketplace. Up 13 percent from the same period in 2011, virtual shoppers have spent over three billion dollars extra online.

Breaking the data down for 2012, this past week resulted 6.44 billion dollars in sales. Three of those days last week accounted for over a billion dollars in transactions. Going back several weeks, Cyber Monday is not surprisingly the busiest single day so far in 2012 accounting for 1.465 billion dollars alone. While Cyber Monday has catapulted itself forward as the prime shopping day on the Internet, retailers online have also been optimistic to the prospects for December 10th on a day deemed “Green Monday“.

Not related to environmentalism, Green Monday has historically been a steady time for brisk Internet Sales. Since e-commence relies heavily on package delivery, Green Monday coincides with the latest possible time that an item ordered as a Christmas gift can arrive on December 24th or earlier. While the increased use of higher speed shipping by some retailers provides an extension into perhaps deeper periods, Green Monday is still seen as a safe zone for online ordering. In fact, Green Monday registered as the biggest shopping day online in 2005 and 2007. Consistently a top-five spending day, Green Monday exceeded the one billion dollar plateau last year.

There had been a cautionary note to the robust online consumer spending stated by comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. Despite posting three consecutive billion-dollar spending days and five in excess of $950 million, this past week saw a noticeable softening in e-commence momentum as growth rates dipped into single-digits after beginning the season in the mid-teens,". However, that note was also countered with optimism for December 10th's Green Monday. With Black Friday sales up over 17 percent this year, expectations for Green Monday has the day mirroring the positive economic results.