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LG, Samsung, Westinghouse Offer CES Hints

3 Jan, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

With the International Consumer Electronics Show just a few days away, a handful of companies have begun offering previews of what to expect.

LG Electronics will unveil a full lineup of Ultra High-Def TVs, or screens with more than 8 million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s widely available HDTVs. LG will offer displays in 55- and 65-inch sizes, and will show off the 84-inch screen already available to consumers ($20,000).

“The products exhibited at CES 2013 reaffirm both our reputation as the field’s leading innovator, as well as ability to deliver market-winning solutions to customers around the world,” said Dr. Sang-Beom Han, president and CEO of LG Display.

LG will also debut its BP730 3D Blu-ray Disc player with smart-TV features, featuring Hulu Plus, Pandora, Netflix and YouTube, as well as a lineup of several connected HDTVs.

“A home theater system is much more than just a TV and speakers; it's a comprehensive package,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company. “LG offers superb audio and video products to help consumers realize a truly immersive home cinema experience. By implementing advanced technologies, Cinema 3D features, smart connectivity and control, LG will continue to lead the audio visual segment in 2013.”

LG will also show off its 55-inch OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV, a big-screen version of the TV technology that offers a sharper picture and thin display.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to make this announcement at the start of the new year because we believe that OLED will usher in a whole new era of home entertainment,” Kwon said. “Not since color TV was first introduced 60 years ago has there been a more transformational moment. When high-definition TV was first introduced 15 years ago, the public’s reaction was ‘Wow!’ but when customers see our razor-thin OLED TV for the first time, they’re left speechless. That’s a clear indicator as any that OLED TV is much more than just an incremental improvement to current television technology.”

Samsung will launch its Smart Hub content platform for its smart TVs, allowing users to access their personal content, live broadcasts, VOD movies, apps and the Internet, via a five-screen interface.

Samsung will also unveil its Evolution Kit for its smart TVs, which enable older models to access the latest features offered on newer models. The device attaches to the back of Samsung smart TVs and upgrades the display’s CPU, memory and GPU, allowing for faster speeds for browsing the Internet and multitasking, by using applications while watching TV.

“Evolution Kit has opened a new era of smart TV and completed a true Smart TV with its innovative concept, which fits in the rapidly changing IT trends,” said Sunny Lee, EVP of Samsung Electronics’ visual display sales and marketing team. “Consumers can enjoy the latest features and services every year without having to purchase a brand new set.”

Westinghouse Digital announced it would debut a 110-inch LED Ultra High-Def screen as part of a full lineup of Ultra HD screens, including 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models.

“Our new UHDTV lineup, and the value that it offers to consumers, will change expectations across the entire TV marketplace,” said Rey Roque, SVP of marketing at Westinghouse Digital. “Westinghouse Digital was at the forefront of providing 1080p TVs to consumers and now is positioned to provide Ultra High-Def TVs to a broader market. We believe that consumers will be amazed by the experience they can expect from these displays and delighted with the affordability.”

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