Best Selling HDTVs

October 10, 2007

Subprime Mortgage Crisis To Hurt US HDTV Sales?

Market research firm iSuppli has announced the turmoil in the financial markets mostly as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis in the US may make buyers hesitant to fork out the money required to purchase a high-definition television this holiday season. If this in fact is the case it could result in great HDTV sales after Christmas.

Because the supply of flat-panel glass is strained at the moment, iSuppli says we shouldn't expect the prices of HDTV's to decrease right away. TV manufacturers have to keep the prices high to offset the increased costs of glass. If HDTV sales are low this Christmas because potential buyers are worried about the state of the economy, it could mean an excess supply of HDTV's that no one is willing to pay for. TV makers would then have to liquidate the inventory at a loss. This could mean some hot deals for you.

The possible cash crunch could go beyond TV's however. Products such as the XBox360 and Apple TV rely on HDTV's for their optimal functioning. Slow HDTV sales could translate into slow sales for associated products such as these.

Via Big Tech

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October 8, 2007

J.D. Power & Associates Best HDTV's of 2007

J.D. Power & Associates released their inaugural "J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Large Screen HDTV Usage and Satisfaction Study" on October 4 with some interesting results. The study separated HDTV models into 3 segments-37- to 49-inch HDTV; 50- to 65-inch HDTV; and rear projection HDTV. The first 2 categories included both LCD and plasma models. The TV's were evaluated according to 4 key factors driving customer satisfaction: picture and sound performance; ease of operation; features; and appearance and styling. Each model was then awarded a point score out of 1000 for a cumulative ranking.

So what models came out on top?

The 37"-49" HDTV's

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Not surprisingly, Sony Bravia LCD HDTV's the took the cake in this category. With a score of 815 out of a possible 1000, the Bravia model took the highest segment scores in all four rating categories including overall customer satisfaction. In the 2nd and 3rd spots were the LG LCD series and the LG plasma series respectively. The LCD series scored 799 out of a possible 1000 points and the plasma series pulled off a 794.

Other interesting category findings:

-owners within this category watch an average of 23.3 hours of TV per week with 11 devoted to HD programming
-majority of purchasers believed they got the most value for their money
-91% intend to repurchase the brand

The 50"-65" HDTV's

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The Pioneer Plasma series had the highest overall customer satisfaction ranking with a score of 845 out of a possible 1000. The model was number 1 in every category except for television features with the Sony Bravia LCD series taking the number 1 spot in that category. And once again, not surprisingly, the Sony Bravia LCD series took the number 2 spot with a total score of 833. The LG Plasma series finished up the top three with a total score of 814.

Other interesting category findings:

-owners in this segment watch an average of 25.2 hours of TV per week, 12.4 are spent viewing HD programming
-85% say they purchased the best value for their money
-92% of Sony Bravia owners said they would "probably/definitely" repurchase the product
-86% of Pioneer plasm owners would repurchase their brand

The Rear Projection HDTV's

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The Samsung DLP series was number one in overall customer satisfaction with a total score of 785. Interestingly, it's picture quality was only ranked "about average". Numbers two and three were the Sony WEGA series and Toshiba DLP series with score of 777 and 776 respectively.

Other interesting category findings:

-category consists primarily of two rear-projection TV types: DLP and LCD projection
-owners watched an average of 25.3 hours of TV per week, with 11.7 devoted to HD programming
-Sony WEGA (at 95%) and Samsung DLP (at 93%) have a brand purchase advantage

Via JDPower.com

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October 7, 2007

HDTV's Having More Features, Becoming Easier To Use

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(Credit: BusinessWeek)

If you plan to purchase an HDTV in the next few months, the market is on your side. Prices are expected to be at least 33% cheaper than they were last Christmas. Also expect more added features to upcoming models.

Due to the saturation of the HDTV market, prices are rapidly dropping and that means profit margins are thinning for manufacturers. In order to tack on a few hundred bucks to the retail price of an HDTV, the manufacturer has to add extra features and that has what has been happening so rapidly in the last few months. OLED technology, LED backlighting, and 120-hz refresh rates all come to mind.

The downside of this is that home theatre is becoming a more daunting prospect for potential buyers every time a new technology hits the market. A full 89% of HDTV buyers do not have a full understanding of their TVs and that's understandable. So it would be reasonable to think that a differentiating factor we should see between TVs in the near future will be ease of use.

We hope this means that HDTV will not become a commodity just yet. We at TVSnob don't think so; we think HDTV is just getting started.

Via BusinessWeek

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Hot HDTV Deals At Circuit City Beginning Today

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Circuit City has some incredible online HDTV deals starting now. The promotions run until October 13. You save up to $650 on select HDTV's and pay no interest for up to 18 months. Don't wait until December for your Christmas purchases. The best deals are now! Take a look at Circuit City.com.

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October 5, 2007

HDTV Owners Happy With Picture Quality, Not So With Content

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Nielsen Media Research's 2007 High Definition Survey has found that 48% of HDTV customers rate the picture quality of HD television as excellent, but only 12% feel the same about HD programming options.

Steve McGowan, Nielsen Senior Vice President Client Research Initiatives stated that "Nielsen's High Definition Survey shows that HD technology is outpacing content, although a few networks do score high in consumer satisfaction" such as sports channel ESPN HD, documentary channel Discovery HD, and movie channel HBO HD.

Sports and movies were found to be the most popular HDTV content with reality programming (ugh!) and music bringing up the rear. Discovery Theater HD was deemed to have the best picture and 20% of survey respondents stated that they watch more TV since purchasing their high-definition TV.

The survey included 511 participants who were interviewed by telephone at the end of June and beginning of July of this year.

Via TVDecoder, PRNewswire

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October 3, 2007

World's Most Boring TV Program Measures Your TV's Energy Usage

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(Credit: Reuters)

With climate change being a real threat to the existence of the human species, the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has devised "what may be the world's most boring TV program to measure energy consumption on new-generation televisions".

The 10 minute program has been developed to be a standard way of measuring how much energy LCD and plasma TVs use.

To create the program, broadcasters and TV manufacturers measured the proportion of broadcasting time for each genre of programming and then edited a mishmash compilation of images from different genres into a program that apparently "lacks drama". The reasoning behind the proportioning of genres into different time categories is that some types of programming require more energy than others.

"The images are supposed to be a representation of what we watch, but when you stick it together it doesn't make much sense", IEC spokesman Dennis Brougham told Reuters. He compared it to a test pattern on television that viewers can use to tune their sets.

The program will be used in the development of a new international standard by the IEC to accurately measure the energy consumption by different sets and allow manufacturers to provide accurate energy usage label on televisions for consumers.

The IEC has estimated that reducing energy use per model 25 percent by 2009 could save more than 10 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year in the United States alone.

Via Reuters

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September 27, 2007

Best TVs For Halo 3

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Halo 3 fans probably know by know that the game smashed first-day entertainment industry sales records by racking up $170 million in sales. With that many games sold, there must be some knowledgeable gamers out there that would know what the best TV is for maximizing the Halo experience. Not surprisingly, Jay Brewer, owner of Blogpire Productions has looked into this before. Check out his article.

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September 23, 2007

Samsung Is Hot!!!

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Samsung must be on to something. Oh, wait, I know what it is...quality. Samsung is absolutely blowing away the competition in Amazon television sales with 8 of the top 10 best-selling models. Another contributing factor to the brands hot sales is definitely the European style design of the newer models. I'm a big believer in innovative product design being a key to successful sales numbers, especially in a saturated market like that of televisions.

Here are the top three selling Samsung televisions at Amazon right now. Remember Christmas is coming and it's never to early to get your shopping started!

Samsung LNT4065F 40" 1080p LCD HDTV

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Customer reviews are notoriously harsh, but of 124 reviews on Amazon customers rate the Samsung LNT4065F an average of 4.5/5. Pretty impressive. The 1080p resolution and 15000:1 dynamic contrast ratio mean this model "will display finer gradients of shading making for more detail in darker scenes" meaning blacker blacks. The 10 bit video processor means sleek, smooth motion in faster moving scenes. SRS TruSurround XT audio technology means a thrilling surround-sound experience with speakers built right into the TV. Definitely something to consider!

Samsung LNT4671F 46" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV

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We still have the full 1080p resolution with this model and of course a larger screen. And you know what they say about TVs: bigger is better. This model uses Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technology that reduces motion blur by doubling the frame rate from 60 to 120 frames per second and then intelligently guessing what each image looks like between frames. That means no 2 frames are alike and you have a smooth picture with little blur. The Samsung LNT4671F also utilizes SRS TruSurround XT audio technology, but boasts a 25000:1 dynamic contrast ratio meaning shades and blacks like you have never seen before.

Samsung LNT3253H 32" LCD HDTV

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This is your best choice if you want Samsung quality and design at a cheaper price. While it only boasts a 720p resolution and a 32" screen, the Samsung LNT3253H is the 2007 update of the hugely successful 2006 Samsung LNS3251D. With an 8000:1 contrast ratio and hidden speakers, this model also uses a Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe) Video Enhancer to enhance both analog and broadband picture varieties. This is definitely a bargain.

We'll be doing plenty of TV tech reviews covering all of your Christmas gift needs in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!

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September 21, 2007

Pinnacle's PCTV HD Ultimate: High Def Solution For TV-Watching Laptop Afficiondos

So you're sitting at the local coffee shop trying to get some work done, but you're just spinning your wheels and feeling in need of a break. Stay in your seat because come Halloween you'll be able to purchase Pinnacle's PCTV HD Ultimate stick, plug it into your laptop's USB port, then sit back and watch some high-definition television on your laptop. The stick has a small antennae that picks up both high-definition and analog broadcasts from the airwaves so you'll have quite the choice in programming to choose from. There is no software installation required for use and the stick has about 2 hours of flash memory so you can record you're favorite shows.
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Ready For The End Of Analog: Pioneer PDP-5080HD 50" 720p Plasma HDTV

The date: February 17, 2009. The significance: the end of analog television. In approximately a year and a half, television will be digital-only. What better way to prepare for this than to start looking at digital televisions now. If you want to be sure that your TV has the right technical specifications for "the big switch", your best bet is to look at a premium brand such as Pioneer. Because they target the top-end of the digital market, they tag their products with premium prices. Keep in mind though, that when it comes to digital television you definitely get what you pay for!

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Definitely take a look at the Pioneer PDP-5080HD 50" 720p Plasma HDTV
(picture above). This is first high definition television out there that has been truly able to capture the artist's intended image on screen. The 1365 x 768 high-definition resolution and a newly developed cell structure with improved crystal emissive layer means for the first time a high-def TV is really able to capture blacks and darker colors on screen. This has been one of the downfalls of high-def TVs since they hit the market and higher end models such as those produced by Pioneer are the first to get a handle on the issue. Clear digital sound capabilities, a screen that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions in the room, and a simplistic but sleek design that looks great but isn't distracting all add to the value of this product.

Here are some related products you may find interesting:

Pioneer KURO PDP-6010FD 60" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Pioneer KURO PDP-5010FD 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Pioneer PDP-4280HD 720p Plasma HDTV


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