LG First TV-maker to Use WiDi Wireless System – LG has entered into an alliance with Intel to use their WiDi System of wireless digital video over Wi-Fi in next year’s Cinema 3D smart TVs. The system will be built into LG’s sets, but currently it requires a receiver box or dongle to be connected to a TV’s video input. WiDi was developed to stream video content from an Intel-based laptop, notebook or other external mobile device to a TV, video projector or display monitor. It uses point-to-point connectivity and features a wireless interface for instant viewing of content on the wirelessly-connected display. It also allows streaming of online content such as YouTube and TV series from broadcast websites, and does not require an active wireless internet or Wi-Fi connection to transfer content between external mobile devices and the Cinema 3D smart TVs. This allows users to perform other tasks on their computers while simultaneously streaming video to their display.
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV in Europe – ANT, a provider of software and services for digital TV, has announced that leading set-top box maker smart electronic GmbH has licensed its ANT Galio HbbTV platform. Smart electronic is well-known for its user-friendly receivers for satellite, cable and terrestrial signals, and is engaged in developing hybrid set-top boxes. ANT is founder of the HbbTV Consortium, and its Galio HbbTV platform has been selected by many of the industry’s leading device and ODM manufacturers. It provides a pre-integrated software solution which is optimized for the HbbTV market. Germany has used the platform since 2009 and other countries are now launching it. As high quality HbbTV services are added, it is expected to provide a richer TV experience for consumers.
U.S. CE Industry Facing $17 Billion Product Returns This Year – An Accenture Research report counting receiving, assessing, repairing, reboxing, restocking and reselling of returned electronic products finds that it will cost consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers nearly $17 billion this year—a 21% increase since 2007. Product return rates have increased over the past three to five years for more than half of retailers, and nearly half of the manufacturers surveyed. The survey also found that only 5% of the returns were related to actual product defects. 27% reflected “buyer’s remorse,” but 68% were ultimately characterized as “No Trouble Found.” In other words, despite the customer perceiving a fault, nothing was detected when the item was tested against specs set by retailers or manufacturers. Solving or reducing the No Trouble Found problem could have a significant impact on the cost of returns. Accenture said companies need to refocus their strategies on proactively preventing returns thru customer education and aftermarket support. [And how about designing simpler and more user-friendly products, with understandable instruction manuals?…Ed.]
Singapore Consumer Electronics Report – The consumer electronics devices market in Singapore is regarded as one of the most important in Asia, and is projected to be worth around $4.3 billion in 2012. The strong Singapore dollar and rising living standards are partly responsible for spending on high-end electronics products. AV products, computers and mobile handsets are the big items, and digital cameras continue to sell well, with a strong demand for DSLR models. The domestic audio, video and gaming device market is forecast at $940 million in 2012.
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